The Hearthstone Battlegrounds open beta launched yesterday so everyone and their mum has started playing the brand new autobattler. After its announcement at BlizzCon, we got the first taste of how the new Hearthstone mode worked, and the chance to play.
As the game is an eight-player autobattler, your MMR (or matchmaking rating), is a little more complicated than a usual win-lose situation. You might lose the game by a lot, or maybe just a little bit, so your rating can fluctuate based on these factors and more. Matchmaking is a rather important part of any competitive game so fans are keen to know what they should expect from the rankings in Battlegrounds.
Playing a few games means that a new user will see turbulent MMR scores. Being within the top four means some MMR gain, and being in the bottom four means an MMR loss. Outright winning or losing means over a hundred points either way. After your initial matches are over, however, users are reporting a major difference in the MMR system.
Players are claiming that the first 20 or so games you play in Hearthstone Battlegrounds are volatile and grant large amounts of MMR points, and then after those games which act as a sort of placement, accounts stagnate, gaining or losing very little ranking. Some streamers have been vocal about the same issue like Kripparian, one of the largest Hearthstone content creators. In the video below he explains the difference he saw in his own games.
There is yet to be a post about how MMR works by the Hearthstone team, but it is coming. On Reddit, user Mdonais, a lead developer on Hearthstone, says that the team has heard the community’s frustration with the system and will be doing two things. The first will be making a post about how MMR works in Hearthstone Battlegrounds. The second is that they will be performing an update to the MMR system so that you will gain more MMR for a win, and lose more for a loss, which may help balance the system a little more.
We’ll be looking out for when MMR is officially explained by Blizzard, and we hope an update comes soon! If you haven’t played Hearthstone Battlegrounds yet, we have a great tier list, a hero list, and a card list for your viewing pleasure. We’ve even got a guide on how to play Hearthstone Battlegrounds if Blizzard’s tutorial doesn’t cut it for you.