With the last changes occurred in the skill league table, we have seen some overall changes in the Matchmaker outlook. Any doubts you may have, you can see them answered here:
Why have this changes been applied?
The main objective is to make a good distribution of grades, since the top skill levels were heavy on players, meaning that they were not representing in an effective way, the best players. By not differentiating players grade correctly, there were several cases where they had large chunks of skill between them, yet being represented by the same qualitative skill level.
But what has really changed in the skill league?
The main changes were applied to the middle qualitative rank – priest -.
The “priest” rank suffered a major change, being extended by 62 skill points and it is now starting at 300 to 399.
The rank was extended to regroup here the majority of players, since a bigger interval will lead the average player to be the bigger active cluster, which will lead them to fight each other, creating the possibility for them to climb up the wall to higher ranks. This also removes any need to fight lower or even higher ranks, that can lead to an untruthful ladder.
The “firewarrior” rank was truly raised to higher values, being now from 400 to 449.
This new rank tries to certify that when a player reaches the “firewarrior” rank, it is because he really is a raw talent that now must be shaped to play high level games. How is this ensured? The fact that the “priest” rank wraps a lot more quantitative levels (300 to 399), ensures that the effort to get to the next level is trippled than it was before, meaning that now you have to fight all kind of enemies just to get there. This can also ensure that those players, that quickly climb up the ladder, only because of high sigma, will not pass priest rank so easily and eventually when playing other priests they will lose, if that is not their true value.
By the time the player get to be “firewarrior”, he is going to engage in “firewarrior” + “shaman” games, where he can work his abilities and develop them even further. This rank is to be seen as a select group of players that highlighted themselves and have the chance to fight for a position amongst the top players.
The other ranks have also suffered some changes, the scheme below shows all changes that took place from the old grades system into this new one:
28,100,140, – Brave
180,202,226, – Spy
246,263,279, – Warriors
288,301,315, – Preacher
326,348,372, – FireWarriors
401,421,1000 – Shaman
25,100,140, – Brave
180,200,225, – Spy
250,270,290, – Warriors
300,350,390, – Preacher
400,415,430, – FireWarriors
450,475,1000 – Shaman
And you? What are your thoughts and first impressions about the New Grades?