Dota Underlords Will Introduce Ranked And Casual Matchmaking In This Weeks Update

Heads up. Some big changes are coming to ranked matchmaking in the next update. Read on for what to expect in this weeks update which usually drops Thursday/Friday.

We heard from many of you that you wanted a place where you could experiment with different strategies or just play more casually in general without worrying about risking your hard-earned rank. So we’ve made the ground-breaking design decision to have two ways of playing; Casual and Ranked. Let’s break them down:

In Casual:
  • You will be matched against opponents of the same skill level.
  • You can queue up solo or with friends.
  • This is where you experiment with new builds or complete those elusive challenges.
  • Daily Challenges and Achievements can be earned.


In Ranked:
  • You can only queue up solo, and your Rank (Enforcer I, Upstart III, etc) is used to find opponents.
  • New players will need to unlock ranked mode by playing 5 casual games. (Don’t worry, accounts with at least one Multiplayer game will be grandfathered in.)
  • Daily Challenges and Achievements can be earned.

We also received a lot of feedback from players who were (rightly) confused trying to understand the relationship between rank promotions and demotions and their performance in the preceding match.

We’ve completely redesigned how the numbers work under the hood. Actually, we’ve removed the hood; your Rank is now a number you can see that moves up and down in a predictable way. This change is based solely on where you finish in a Ranked match and does not depend on your opponents’ Rank. Any time you reach the next minor Rank, we also grant you bonus points. And just like before, once you obtain a major Rank, it’s locked in and you cannot drop to a lower major Rank.


Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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