Anyone who “smurfs” must expect a ban in Dota 2 from now on


Anyone who “smurfs” must expect a ban in Dota 2 from now on

A new ban policy in MOBA “ DOTA 2 ” (Steam) is now active. Valve wants to improve the experience for beginners and goes to people with second accounts to the collar.

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What's new: On March 25th, the Valve team published a blog entry about their MOBA DOTA 2, one of the biggest hits on Steam. The blog post is all about showing fresh approaches to help new players learn DOTA. This includes the following 6 changes:

  • A revision of the shop
  • A kind of quest system that introduces players to various aspects of DOTA
  • Revised reward system
  • A kind of dictionary that explains terms and features
  • A game mode for new players
  • The banishment of Smurfs

The banning of Smurf accounts in particular triggers a larger discussion in the community. In some situations, according to professionals, it makes perfect sense to play a smurf.

That's what the developers say about the smurf ban

This is what Valve says: In the blog post , the team writes that Smurfs can cause damage. The aim is now to curb this damage even more with the new rule. “As of today, 'smurfing' will be a banishable offense. We will primarily focus on new accounts that will be created after today that we are very sure will be smurfing and will damage the gaming experience.

To this end, we will occasionally manually ban accounts that already exist that are clearly disruptive to the game. In addition, if it turns out that you are selling, boosting or engaging in similar game-disruptive behavior, your primary account could also be banned.

Anyone who smurfs too much comes to the other Smurfs in Smurfs House

If Smurf allegations are not so clear, Valve reserves the right to put these accounts in a special pool. This ensures that these suspicious accounts have a high chance of playing with other players who are suspected to be smurfing. Then you want to be able to decide whether they were suspected rightly or wrongly.

What are smurfs / what is smurfing?
The term “Smurf” is known from many multiplayer games. It refers to a second account that a player who already has a primary account in the same game creates.
The idea behind it is, among other things, that an experienced player creates a new, fresh account to compete against “true” beginners whose new account is their first. He can flatten these fresh players over and over again over many games.

Players are advised that in the post-game of a match you can now report other players if you suspect them of smurfing.

What's the problem with smurfing?

Depending on the intention, smurfing can be a small to big problem. You know this from other multiplayer games with a ranking system. Well-known streamers create new accounts in order to achieve a high ranking as quickly as possible. In the first few games you will often meet fresh players who are doing one of their first rounds. They are mercilessly overrun by the experienced player and have a lousy gaming experience.

Others just want to play with their friends and not "screw up" their MMR in ranked matches. You create smurfs for playing with friends who have a lower ranking.

Still others create the Smurf accounts simply to “clap noobs”. As a seasoned player, going up against a gang of beginners can be fun. But only if both parties feel like it.

Anyone who “smurfs” must expect a ban in Dota 2 from now on

It's annoying: Learning a new MOBA like DOTA as an inexperienced player is not easy. The game has been around for many years and features a selection of more than 100 heroes. In this learning phase, meeting experienced players in the opposing team, who then flatten you again and again, spoils the game experience immensely.

What players say: Former LoL pro Mike “Wickd” Petersen writes on Twitter that this new ban rule against Smurfs has its advantages and disadvantages. “I think that professional players should always have at least 2 accounts. It is crucial that they can try new things on a secret account. For [games at] low ratings, it's good because it reduces the number of unfair games. "

The player “Inhuman” asks on Twitter : “So if I want to play with my friends who are bad, I just can't? Unhappy".

Player Isaac_L95 said on Twitter , “It's funny to see all the ridiculous excuses and rationalizations people make for smurfing. I fully support this and hope that more games will follow suit. ”

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