This is the transcript of Heartboune’s liveblog coverage of the StarCraft II Secrets of the Masters panel at BlizzCon 2010.
1:26 Heartbourne here, ready to begin delivering the latest from the “Starcraft 2: Secrets of the Masters” panel.
1:32 panel is starting now. people are clapping
1:33 “if you are top tier diamond, this panel isn’t for you”. LEAVING NOW
1:33 ooo they are going to talk about how the ladder works
1:34 they are going to give us “exclusive tips” that haven’t been revealed for how matchmaking system. its an “adaptive learning system”
1:35 as i’ve said before, it only uses win/losses and relative difficulty of opponents
1:36 “there is an internal rating that we use… that is a rolling average… to determine how we matchmake you”
1:36 the rating persists across seasons. it never wipes. “its really good for the players”
1:37 “it is not to be confused with your ladder points”
1:37 all ladders are individual internal ratings. other ratings are used for initial data but are quickly wiped
1:38 “you aren’t going to screw yourself by playing with your n00b friend”
1:39 “we do distribute the population per league – 20% per”. hmm, this does not match with the data on sc2ranks…
1:40 internal rating is used for matchmaking. the divisions and rankings themselves have no effect on matchmaking
1:42 “about league promotions – we will only promote you when you are ready”
1:43 “we balance leagues and ladders on a constant basis.”
1:43 preview of stuff coming in coming months!
1:44 improving league icons!
1:44 Starcraft 2 League “icons” improving to show ranking on user profiles
1:45 improving detail page to showcase top 8 and make the pages more interesting and flashy Continue Reading