posted by Abelle,
For once, Valve Time has aligned with the real world. Six days after Valve announced that the second matchmaking season would come "in the coming week or so", the MMR reset has actually arrived! Valve have promised that the reset will come in today's update, and explained a bit about how it will work. Like the first season, you'll need to play ten ranked games to earn your new medal.

Some complained that the last calibration resulted in a rank too similar to their old one, but Valve have specifically said that this calibration "will allow for a substantial change in rank based on your performance during calibration, seeded by your previous rank."

That could mean a substantially lower MMR if calibration goes poorly or your skill level has suffered in the past six months, but it also means it could give your rank a bit of a boost if things go well.

Valve's Jeff Hill has even chimed in this time with some rare information on how calibration will work - it's all about wins, not stats. His comment can be found on a reddit thread about the upcoming reset.

I've done work on the re-calibration code for this season; I can answer that. For the seasonal re-calibration games, it only uses wins or losses, the relative team rank balance (match fairness) and the estimated uncertainty on your rank.

You will not get additional calibration credit for your performance in the game beyond simply winning the game. For example; hero damage, kills, assists, wards placed, creep score, gpm, hero choice - those kinds of things do not inform the re-calibration system today.

A few small changes have also been made to the medals and progression. Medals will now always have a star - instead of 0-5, they now go from 1-5. You'll also be able to view a private stat which tracks your current progress towards your next star or medal.

Finally, a new medal called "Immortal" has been added for leaderboard players. Instead of stars, it will display their current leaderboard ranking, similar to the Divine five medals from the current season.

Are you looking forward to recalibrating your rank? Did you meet your MMR goals this season?

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