Valve have announced the beginning of a new ranked season in Dota 2. The calibration period will begin this Thursday, September 19th, while the new changes will be introduced gradually over the coming few days.
Among the announced new features of this season are:
Besides that the developers have banned players with exceptionally low behaviour score, those who sale and purchase Steam accounts, as well as users that use exploits to gain an advantage over other players. In future Valve will conduct weekly ban waves without additional announcements. The developers will also try to solve the smurfing issue by using number verification, changing requirement for ranked access from a number of played games to 100 hours of playtime, as well as forcing recalibration to detected accounts. Overall, going forward matchmaking remains a priority for the development team.