Seasonal Rankings represent the level of skill a player achieves in a single season, as determined by their matchmaking rating (MMR) and other hidden factors. It is only available for ranked matches. Medals are reset at the end of each season. The previous season’s medal is displayed next to the new medal for the next season.
How it is Calculated (Read this first!)
- The exact calculation for earning medals is kept secret by Valve and may change over time.
- This page reflects rough estimates based on community observations.
- MMR will not always match their estimated medal. It is normal to be off by a few hundred points from the estimates below.
- MMR is not the only factor in determining medal rank.
- Some players may have medals far above their MMR because:
- The player may have multiple Steam accounts.
- The system remembers player performance based on peak skill level, not current skill level. This is a common mechanism in competitive games to combat smurfs and intentional derankers.
- Medals displayed during matchmaking may differ based on the role a player picks, and their proficiency with that role.
MEDALS in DOTA 2
– 0 MMR
– 154 MMR
– 308 MMR
– 462 MMR
– 616 MMR
As players at the absolute bottom of the ladder, those in Herald typically have little to no knowledge of the game just yet. In other words, this tier is home to absolute beginners, or those that might not have the time to invest in such a complex game.
Herald players tend to lack a basic understanding of Dota 2, and thus may take unnecessary risks in the laning phase, fail to recognize when to fight or retreat, and may even auto-attack creeps without knowing the importance of last hitting. Many of them likewise forget what certain abilities or items even do, which can lead to incorrect responses or a lack thereof.
It takes plenty of dedication and patience (emphasis on the latter) to get out of Herald status, but even those in the highest tiers started somewhere. Perseverance and an eagerness to learn the game are essential for climbing out of this rank.
Summary of Herald rank:
- Complete novices
- Arguably the steepest part of the learning curve in Dota 2
- Passive play, no understanding of when to engage/disengage
- Players know very little about what each ability does, and how to deal with cheesy heroes like those with invisibility mechanics
– 770 MMR
– 924 MMR
– 1078 MMR
– 1232 MMR
– 1386 MMR
The jump between Herald and Guardian really isn’t that large, and are much the same in terms of relative skill level. Players in Guardian, however, tend to have a bit more experience than those in Herald, and can be seen as taking their first steps into understanding the game better.
Players in this skill bracket might also be aware that last hitting rewards gold, which is of course an extremely important aspect of Dota 2 and its economy game. Those who played WarCraft III back in the may already be in possession of this knowledge, though.
What they do lack is the mechanical skill to apply their newfound knowledge, which holds them back accordingly. After all, all the game sense in the world means nothing if it doesn’t translate into game-winning maneuvers and decisions. To compare this to traditional real-time strategy games like StarCraft, knowing many openings and build orders does not automatically mean that you will win every game; executing the builds themselves is another thing altogether.
Summary of Guardian rank:
- Baby steps towards a better understanding of the game
- Players learn how to last hit creeps for gold, albeit at very low efficiency
- Slow but steady improvements to mechanical skill, but not quite at the level considered “decent”
- Though Guardians still have small hero pools, they may begin to explore other picks
– 1540 MMR
– 1694 MMR
– 1848 MMR
– 2002 MMR
– 2156 MMR
This tier is when things start to come together for total newbies. Crusader players tend to have a sizable bank of in-game knowledge, which they can regularly pull from while playing. This is typically a result of reading up on heroes, items, abilities, and intermediate concepts online, while also practicing and applying the information to actual games.
Against other Crusader players, expect them to know about the existence of Observer and Sentry Wards, which form the core of the vision game in Dota 2. Knowing this, you should pick your spots more carefully and assume that you won’t always have the element of surprise on your side when ganking or initiating.
Expect them to also know about the jungle as an alternative source of gold, as well as how to itemize on specific heroes.
Summary of Crusader rank:
- Crusaders start to display a keen interest in the game, following it up with research and study (i.e. hero guides, general strategies, etc)
- Players in this bracket know what wards are and why vision is important
- Crusaders may also discover neutral creeps, and which heroes are good at killing them for extra income
- Item builds may start to vary depending on the situation here
– 2310 MMR
– 2464 MMR
– 2618 MMR
– 2772 MMR
– 2962 MMR
Archon tier represents the last step before hitting the global average, which we’ll get to in a bit. Players in this bracket will likely have a few hundred hours of gameplay under their belts, with the game sense and mechanical skill to match. The use of non-basic consumables such as Infused Raindrops and Smoke of Deceit becomes more common as well, though infrequent.
Archon players exhibit an observable improvement in mechanical skill as well. Contesting creep kills in the lane is a bit more intense here compared to the lower tiers, which separates the dedicated from those that are just here to have fun. Intermediate concepts such as orbwalking, animation canceling, aggro pulling, and even neutral creep stacking likewise show up in this tier.
This is also when the importance of balanced drafting starts to become apparent. Picking heroes that synergize well with each other and cover each other’s weaknesses is an easy way to improve your win rate in this tier, so make sure to communicate with your teammates at the draft screen.
Summary of Archon rank:
- Archons display vastly improved mechanics and in-game knowledge
- Team consumables become more commonplace, compared to lower ranks
- Players in this bracket start to learn the importance of mechanics that improve overall efficiency
- Drafting a synergistic lineup becomes more important
- Communication is key; use voice chat to coordinate with your teammates
– 3080 MMR
– 3234 MMR
– 3388 MMR
– 3542 MMR
– 3696 MMR
Legend tier is the global average, making up the vast majority of the entire playerbase around the world. For those that have been around long enough to see the old ranking system, Legend is roughly where 3-4K MMR was before. Players in this bracket tend to have years of experience, possibly dating back to before Patch 7.00 or even DotA Allstars.
Thus, you can expect players in Legend to have a lot of in-game knowledge, plus the skill to apply it accordingly. Counterwarding, clever use of the fog of war and the treelines, and proper adjustment of item and skill builds to suit specific situations become common at this level, which can catch some people off guard.
Unfortunately, Legend players are still held back by occasional poor decision-making, or by their own mechanical skill ceilings. Players in this bracket may have bad habits that they are unable to get rid of, or simply do not have the advanced mechanics of those in the upper tiers. Their potential certainly makes it very possible to climb out of the bracket, though—so there is hope still.
Summary of Legend rank:
- Likely made up of DotA Allstars veterans, with previous knowledge helping them stand above most other players
- Unorthodox itemization and skill builds in response to unique in-game situations
- Counterwarding and other semi-advanced mechanics start to show up
- Despite their potential, Legends tend to have their growth stunted by their skill ceilings
– 3850 MMR
– 4004 MMR
– 4158 MMR
– 4312 MMR
– 4466 MMR
This tier is a nice step up from the previous one, with those who are gifted with great game sense and good mechanical skill being the stars of the show. Ancient players frequently display advanced tactics and finger dexterity, being able to apply their knowledge at a decent level.
Role versatility comes into play at this bracket, with some players able to switch freely from positions 1 to 5. There isn’t much else to say about this tier, except that you might find a lot of pretty good Invoker and Meepo players lurking around.
Summary of Ancient rank:
- Ancient players are a real cut above the rest, able to display small amounts of brilliance and serious skill
- Mechanics start to reach a more refined level
- Role versatility allows Ancients to fulfill multiple roles without crippling themselves
- Invoker and Meepo pickers in this bracket might stomp lower-skilled players
– 4620 MMR
– 4820 MMR
– 5020 MMR
– 5220 MMR
– 5420 MMR
Here’s where things start to get really serious. The Divine bracket is where some really scary pub players reside, and a lot of them are able to carry their teams almost singlehandedly at times. For the old folks, Divine is basically the old 5K MMR, which marks a player’s first step into the big leagues in terms of ranked matchmaking.
If you ever land here, pat yourself on the back! You’re good at this game for sure. You likely already display a keen understanding of Dota 2, and possess the mechanical skill to back it up.
Summary of Divine rank:
- Divine players are just right below what is considered top tier
- These guys are able to put their teams on their backs and carry them to victory, by virtue of their sheer skill
- Mechanically demanding heroes become extremely powerful for the same reason
“Gentlemen, you are the top one percent of all naval aviators. The elite. The best of the best.” – Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf (Top Gun, 1986)
Immortal tier represents the absolute pinnacle of Dota 2 skill, with semi-professional and full-time professional players calling this bracket home. Expect nothing but the best from this league, where highlight reel-worthy plays are a dime a dozen. Players in this bracket are frequently part of dazzling displays of sheer mechanical prowess, or genius-level game sense.
These guys live and breathe the game, and sometimes even make a living out of it.
Summary of Immortal rank:
- Immortals understand Dota 2 through and through, and know the game like the backs of their hands
- Cutthroat competition, very high mechanical skill, and
- Semi-pros, pros, and popular streamers clash regularly in this bracket
The player’s medals are easily seen in your profile, so everyone can know your exact skill level. Moreover, remember that everyone in the game can also see your outward appearance. So don’t hesitate to buy and sell the best Dota 2 skins on DMarket with no fees involved.
On receiving the Divine 5 stars medal, players appear on the Dota 2 Leaderboards and from then on they can claim the Immortal rank medal, which enjoys in-game animation effects.
Dota 2 Leaderboards
For each major region in Dota 2 (namely America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and China), there exists a regional leaderboard. Players that excel in their respective servers may eventually find themselves in their region’s leaderboard, which solidifies their status amongst the very best players in the region.
Only those that prove themselves worthy of the rank of Immortal can even land themselves in the leaderboards, though—along with some other conditions that must be fulfilled.
Aside from having an MMR way above average, players who aspire to appear on the leaderboards must have at least 300 matchmaking games played, as well as 100 ranked matchmaking games under their belts. Moreover, they must have played at least one ranked game in the last 21 days, in the same region that they normally play in.
The last condition in particular forces top players to maintain their ranks, rather than simply make it to the leaderboards and stop playing in hopes of preserving their spots. Thus, it takes an incredible amount of dedication to stay within the leaderboards.
Those that put in the time and effort are rewarded quite nicely, though. For one, their exact position on the leaderboard is displayed in-game, serving as a serious badge of honor that shows everyone precisely how good they are. Also, the Dota 2 client itself allows players that hold spots on the leaderboards to enter their official player information into the system, thus etching their names into the hall of fame for as long as they can maintain their skill level and playing time.
The leaderboards also give players a bit of insight on just who has the highest MMR in each region. While MMR is still not readily available for public viewing even when a player reaches the rank of Immortal, one can pretty much guess who rules the roost just by looking at the highest end of the leaderboards. This doesn’t allow us to get an exact value, of course, but at least we know who the very best players in the world are at any given time.