Which is sad, because that was pretty much free points.
But changes to matchmaking make up the bulk of this Dota 2 patch - enough, in fact, that there's a gargantuan blog post about them. Let's go over them quickly.
In an update to the Dota 2 matchmaking services today, Valve announced that players will have to register a unique phone number in order to compete in ranked matches. This is to prevent using the same number on multiple accounts. Bit of a pain in the arse for those like me who don't actually use a mobile phone, though. If a phone number is removed from an account after registration, a new number can be added, but there will be a three-month waiting period before the removed number can be registered on a new account.
Should those populations reach a certain threshold, Valve insists these regions will be given access to ranked play again.
The update also brings back Solo Queue to the game, allowing players to queue for ranked matchmaking all by their lonesome. "For the time being, players in these regions will need to join Ranked Matchmaking queues in one of the other nearby supported servers". If you're a 4K solo player and 3K party, then you'll be apparently be queuing at around 3500 MMR. Before the update, solo players would be placed in matches with teams just to hasten the matchmaking process, as pointed out by IGN.
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And that person Google Home recognized was probably the one who has his/her account set up on the device , and not you . Click on one of the additional accounts or tap on the drop-down menu and select Manage accounts to add a new one.
Tweaks have also been made to the way undesirable behaviour is dealt with in matchmaking.
You have until May 4 to set it up - after that date you'll be locked out of Ranked until, you do.
Valve has also improved detection for "clear cases of intentional feeding", which involves players sacrificing themselves to the enemy so the opposing hero can accrue experience and power quicker. That might sound like an obvious feature, but it's one that's been lacking from both Dota 2 and League of Legends for years now. This doesn't mean that players in those regions can't play Ranked - just that they'll have to queue for Ranked matches in a different region.
The current matchmaking update is now trending on the DotA 2 Reddit page as a result and general reception has been overwhelmingly positive.