Dota 2 New Update: Valve adds the new report option to use against smurfs & boosters. Encountering smurfs is part and parcel of Dota 2 life. With a small update, the developers have given an option to report smurfs & boosters after a game.
After a long wait, Valve is adding the much-needed option which will help players fight back against smurfs & account boosters. Encountering smurfs in Dota 2 is pretty common, especially in the lower MMR matchmaking. But, for the first time, Valve is giving players the power to identify and report smurfs as soon as the game ends.
A new report option has been introduced on the post-game score page. Earlier, post-game reporting was only for communication abuse. The rest could be reported only in-game through the overwatch system.
However, you can now report a player for matchmaking abuse even post-game. This includes, “manipulating matchmaking, boosting, or similar behavior.”
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Reporting option against smurfs & boosters
Smurfing is one of Dota 2’s age-old problems, and plenty of new players avoid ranked matches fearing smurfs. Although the description in the reporting option doesn’t explicitly say smurfs, we are sure that’s what it is for.
The interesting thing is that the update comes at a crucial time. DOTA: Dragon Blood is releasing in 2 weeks on Netflix, and this may lead to an injection of new players in the popular MOBA game.
It is possible that this is Valve’s way of cleaning up the cobwebs before an entirely new set of players try out the game. There is no doubt that after the release of the anime show, there will a new set of players trying out the game. Valve probably wants them to have the best game experience, so a new set of players can start playing Dota 2 and increase the number of players currently playing it.