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How does PvP matchmaking in Hearthstone Mercenaries work?

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How does PvP matchmaking in Hearthstone Mercenaries work?

The new rating and matching system is based on two concepts.

Along with the release of Hearthstone Mercenaries, the game’s developers revealed details on the game’s PvP mode in a blog post on Tuesday.

According to Lead Data Scientist Tian, the new system is based on two concepts. To begin, the ratings consider a player’s skill over time rather than squad composition, mercenary level, or ability and equipment level.

Second, matchmaking considers rating, ability and equipment levels, mercenary levels, and party responsibilities. This is to help guarantee that matches are fair and that queue times are appropriate.

Ratings overview

The Hearthstone Mercenaries PvP system has two ratings.

The internal rating of a player represents his or her current skill level. This value is calculated after a player has fought in early placement matches and does not reset at the start of each season. This figure, which the user cannot see, is also gradually modified over time when the player continues to play or takes an extended hiatus from PvP mode.

In the meanwhile, a player can view their external rating. This value is reset at the start of each season and can move closer to the internal rating as the season progresses.

While matchmaking is based on a player’s internal rating, the leaderboard is based on the player’s exterior rating.

“The discrepancy between your internal rating and your opponent’s is an important factor in predicting your win probability against the opponent before each match,” Tian explained. “The win probability is then compared to the actual result to calculate ratings changes.”

Mercenary levels

Individual ranks of mercenaries within a player’s party play an important role in rating updates after a game and matchmaking before a game begins.

The PvP mechanism matches a player with an opponent that has the same mercenary level as them. If a player is matched with someone from a higher-level party, the player’s chances of winning are reduced. This means that if the player wins the match, they will receive more rating points, while losing the match will result in fewer points.

When players do not have equal-leveled parties, a formula is utilised to calculate a level score. This determines the size of a mercenary party. At the end of each game, the level score is calculated.

Ability and equipment tiers

Each mercenary has tiers of abilities that are considered. An ability score, like a level score, governs the strength of mercenary talents.

“That ability score is then converted, by a non-linear function, to help anticipate your win probability versus your opponent and to calculate post-game rating updates,” according to the developer insights.

When a player and their opponent’s mercenaries are all at their maximum level, the ability score becomes less important.

Equipment levels are calculated using different characteristics than ability tiers. A player, for example, is not required to have any equipment linked with their mercenaries. A mercenary who does not have equipment is viewed as if he is bringing “tier zero” equipment into the combat.

Mercenary roles

While roles have no effect on rating updates after a game, they do have an impact on the matchmaking phase.

When compared to party levels and tiers for skills and equipment, the influence is less significant. However, mercenary roles are utilised to reduce the likelihood of extreme matches, such as six casters vs. six casters.

The Hearthstone team employs a concept similar to that of information entropy. More variation in the mix of mercenary roles means more entropy.

“We then multiply that entropy score by a characteristic function to make sure that only the extreme match cases are affected,”  Tian explained.

Queue time, AI and more

When Hearthstone Mercenaries first launches, if a player’s queue duration exceeds 1-1.5 minutes and both their internal and external ratings fall below certain thresholds, the player will be pitted against an AI. The external rating has a cut-off of 7,000.

Games against AI opponents take into account a player’s internal rating as well as mercenary levels. After an AI game, the rating updates will be altered as well.

Furthermore, actual abilities, equipment, and mercenaries are not taken into account in rating updates and matching. This means that two mercenaries with the same roles, levels, ability and equipment tiers are treated the same.

The makers of Hearthstone Mercenaries will also keep an eye on the rating and matchmaking systems. They will update variable values and algorithms using real-time data.

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‘Destiny 2’ Disables Telesto For What Is Possibly The Best Reason Yet

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‘Destiny 2’ Disables Telesto For What Is Possibly The Best Reason Yet

Another week, another issue brought on by Telesto, the Destiny 2 fusion gun that shoots bugs and malfunctions. Bungie has been investigating Telesto and its sticky bolts for years, and the community continues to find new methods to damage the game using the rifle after all this time.

Telesto has now been disabled in PvP and Gambit due to a new thing you can do with it, and what is it? This one is probably my favourite.

So, the new Telesto issue is that you can shot a teammate with the gun’s sticky bolts, and those bolts will work as body armour for your ally. As demonstrated in the video below, this can neutralise all damage from enemy players while they are linked, and it is rumoured that it can even tank Golden Gun super hits.

While this is fairly situational and impracticable, I suppose in a smaller scale 3v3 format like Trials, you could stick one buddy up and have them auto-win the first 1v1 they come across, giving your team an instant edge. Even if that only works on rare instances, it’s sufficient to deactivate the gun in PvP games for the time being.

The issue with Telesto is almost usually due to how its bolts were designed; unlike other munitions, they are actual objects that frequently count as…enemies that can absorb damage and trigger on-kill effects. We recently had a Telesto bug where you could quickly regain your super by blowing up Telesto bolts with a grenade or charged melee (or both? I’m not sure), triggering super regen mods. Not long ago, Telesto was doing double damage with a seasonal update. One of the original Telesto bugs was that firing the gun anywhere in the Blind Well and having the bolts explode quickly filled up the percent enemy kill metre, because each exploding bolt counted as an enemy killed.

But what about Telesto’s ally armour? That’s a first. There’s no indication on when it’ll be re-enabled, but I wonder if Bungie will ever simply remove it from the game owing to all the issues it’s caused. But, at this point, they’re mostly simply going along with the joke:

What is Telesto going to do next? Will its bolts begin to drop engrams? Counting as kills in order to boost your KDA? Who knows, but we certainly haven’t seen the last of the king of problems.

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Aria Saki is stunned by Pokimane’s over 1,000 Twitch subs

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Starting with fellow Twitch streamer Aria Saki, Pokimane has begun to distribute her large stockpile of Twitch given subs.

Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has so many gifted subs on Twitch that it’s starting to cause her PC troubles, as we reported earlier in October 2021.

With a gift of 1,000 subs to fellow Twitch streamer AriaSaki, the Twitch star is starting to make a dent in that pile.

@poki

I can’t believe @ariasaki actually did it 😳 #twitchstreamer #twitchclips

♬ original sound – Pokimane

Pokimane began by slowly drip-feeding Aria’s stream, only giving roughly 50 subs at a time. She swiftly increased it to 100 gifts, quickly approaching four figures.

When the subs arrived, Saki remarked, “Poki, oh my goodness, thank you, I love you.”

Aria began to doubt her own sanity once the talented Twitch subs began to pour in.

“Poki, this is not OK, girl, what the heck? She’s not stopping!” Aria said.

“Poki, what are you doing, you’re drunk! Go home!” Saki told her friend. It was getting hectic after the 400-sub mark but Poki wasn’t going anywhere until she hit 1K.

After Poki’s thousand, the total number of subs gifted to the stream was above 1,200. The OfflineTV-affiliated streamer chose to honour her unexpected benefactor.

How? Of course, she did it by writing “Pokimane” on her chest. Given the tremendous amount of traffic Poki generated to Aria’s channel, it was a tiny price to pay.

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How to finish the RTTK Fekir SBC in FIFA 22

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RTTK Fekir SBC in FIFA 22

The first new FIFA 22 player SBC for the Road to the Knockout campaign has been revealed for French midfielder Nabil Fekir, and we’ll show you how to accomplish it.

In FIFA 22, the classic “Road to the Finals” advertisement has been replaced with something a little different. We’ll follow some of the world’s most recognised players as they compete in several European tournaments for a berth in the knockout rounds for Road to the Knockout.

Real Betis of La Liga could see some postseason action, and with this new squad building challenge, we have the opportunity to unleash the team’s explosive midfielder Fekir.

So, let’s look at how to complete this SBC as quickly as possible by using as few FUT Coins as possible.

How to finish the RTTK Fekir SBC in FIFA 22

Fekir RTTK in-game stats 

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Nabil-Fekir-RTTK-SBC-stats-FIFA-22

Rewards:

1 pack of little gold players
1 Prime Gold Players Pack (Small)
RTTK card of Nabil Fekir — 86 OVR — CAM
SBC requirements for RTTK Fekir in FIFA 22

To get Fekir’s new Road to the Knockout card, you’ll need to complete only two separate SBCs in total. All of the requirements, as well as a low-cost solution for each, are stated below.

La Liga 

The minimum number of players from LaLiga Santander is one.
IF Players: 1st Squad Rating: 83rd
Min. 70 for team chemistry
The squad consists of 11 players.
1 Small Gold Players Pack as a prize

Solution

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Fekir-La-Liga-solution

National Duty

Number of French players: Minimum 1 Squad Rating: Minimum 86
Min. 65 for team chemistry
The squad consists of 11 players.
1 Small Prime Gold Players Pack as a prize

Solution

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Fekir-National-Duty-solution

That’s all there is to it! That’s how you use FUTBIN solutions to finish Fekir’s brand new Road to the Knockout SBC in FIFA 22.

FIFA 22 Fekir RTTK SBC cost

Overall, it appears that the two SBCs required to unlock Fekir will cost about 78,000 FUT Coins on PlayStation, 89,000 FUT Coins on Xbox, and 82,000 FUT Coins on Origin PC, which is fairly close to de Ligt’s recent RTTK SBC.

Sane, Vidal, and Son are among the players whose cards have been revealed for FIFA 22’s Road to the Knockouts.
Keep in mind that the FUT market can be unpredictable even at the best of times, so these values may fluctuate slightly.

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