Matchmaking Update on the Dota 2 website
with the latest on Valve's
MOBA. Among other things, they announce players are now required to link a phone
number to their account in order to join the ranked queue. Here's word:
The first major change is that players must register a unique phone number to
their account in order to queue for Ranked matches.
Players using multiple accounts create a negative matchmaking experience at all
skill brackets, so our goal is to add just enough friction to this process that
the number of players doing this will be noticeably reduced. Having more players
using their primary accounts will have a positive effect on both Ranked and
There will be a two-week grace period from today during which players have time
to register a number, but starting on May 4th, accounts without a registered
number will no longer be eligible for Ranked play. 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. This is to prevent using the same number on multiple accounts.
Online services that provide phone numbers are not allowed.
With the return of the Solo Queue, solo players who enter Ranked Matchmaking can
now choose to be matched only with other solo players. Any player who selects
this option will be placed into matches where all ten players are queuing