A player who ranks among the top 10 in Dota 2’s SEA leaderboard has been accused of abusing the matchmaking system to boost his MMR.
Dota 2 is the biggest esports fame in the world right now. With a prize pool of $25 million at the TI8, it had the highest prize pool for any event in esports. So being good at it is no small deal, especially considering the fact that it logs millions of unique users in a month. But it looks like some people will allegedly use unfair means and abuse the system to get to where they don’t deserve. In a Reddit post on r/Dota2, a user by the name of smifserneville has accused Luk, who is Rank 7 on SEA leaderboard of “cheating”. More specifically, Luk has been accused of abusing the matchmaking system to play with the same people on a team while looking for a match in solo queue. He posted:
“I did some digging especially for player with nickname Luk(Rank 7 SEA leaderboard) and Wormy(Rank 40ish SEA leaderboard). If you don’t know who’s Wormy, he’s known ranked abuser in SEA server (sic).
So I decided to collect Luk game history (28 matches for early sampling) and found the early list of people that always in the same team with him, remember the game that I used for sampling all of them pure solo queue (sic). Found 6 people that always in the same team with Luk(sic).”
*At the time of writing this article, Luk sits at the 10th position on the SEA leaderboard.
He then posted a part of sample’s screenshot. The whole sheet can be accessed here. Green color means they were in the same team in a match, the red means they were either not in the match or not in the same team as Luk.
He also ran a python script and found out that Luk had only 132 unique teammates in 100 matches out of possible 400. He went on to compare this number with other players on the leaderboard and their teammates.
This is a serious accusation on a player on the Top 10 leaderboard. After all these years, Dota 2 still has some kinks, but this is a serious one for a game of this stature. We hope Valve does something about it.