If you missed it before you can catch the first part of this series over here. Today I decided to write a sequel to the post because as I was going through the different sources of last nights article I realized that I never really tackled MMR with a friend. So let’s talk about you, myself, and MMR.
If you’re not familiar with what MMR (Matchmaking Ranking) is it’s a secret number that is used to help group you with other people of similar ranking. It’s something that’s used in practically all PvP systems in more than just Blizzard games. It’s essentially a label, which is one of many reasons it’s not a public number for Heroes. Generally, once you start putting a label on anything or anyone you’re going to Probius somebody off so Blizzard has opted to keep the numbers hidden for now… It is of importance to note how these numbers are derived in the first place, which is why the coming Matchmaking changes of 2018 are such an interesting topic. But for now, let’s just focus on the MMR number itself.
One thing that is somewhat frustrating in Heroes is that currently there is only one MMR, yours. Meaning I have an MMR, and you have one. If we group up to play it’s going to try and find other players somewhere around the middle(?) or an average of those MMR ranges. The reason that can be off-putting is that if I’ve been in the Nexus for a long time, and you just made your account yesterday then our MMR’s are going to be vastly different. What that means to you is that your opponents are going to be at a much closer experience level to me, then you. This creates an issue.
There is now a significantly higher chance that you’ll have a very hard time in our upcoming games. And I, being a good friend, don’t want you to get discouraged prematurely. I’d like you to get sucked into Heroes and want to stick around which means, unfortunately, there’s really only one good thing I can do for you. Role a smurf account.
WTF is a smurf account you’re asking? It’s another account that isn’t your main one used to effectively cheat the system for different reasons. Whether it’s in Heroes or not, the term smurfing has been around since Warcraft II and is fairly common in many games. The idea is because this smurf account is brand new, it doesn’t have any positive or negative assessments as of yet. Meaning it thinks I’m a new player right now so it’s going to pit me against other new players. In time, however, if it’s used a lot the system will level out and put me back up to where I belong. This process should be even faster come the Matchmaking changes of 2018 where the system is supposedly going to be smarter. This equates to placing me back up to a higher MMR, quicker.
For now, if you want to help out your friend to get into Heroes go grab a different email address and make another Battle.net account to join them inside the Nexus. Because Heroes is a Free-to-Play game you’re lucky in that you don’t have to make purchases for your new account. This effectively means you could make an infinite number of accounts but for now just make one. You should find your games to be a lot more manageable for at least a little bit. That is until as I mentioned above, your higher skill boosts the two of you higher. Hopefully, by then your friend is up to the task or nearly-so. If not, just rinse repeat. Go create a new email and account and log back into Heroes. Before long you should be able to resume your main account with your friend and everything will be hunky-dory.
In a situation like the one you read tonight, MMR sounds very frustrating. In reality, it’s actually one of the most important parts of playing Heroes. It helps us get into “good” games that have the right balance of difficulty for our skill level. The more you play, the better the understanding that the system will have of you as a player. No one likes to get assigned a number but that’s the reason it’s hidden. It is an integral piece of our gaming experience so just forget all about it and have fun. If you’ve come this far then you’ve already brought some friends to the Nexus. Why not queue up and enjoy a few games.