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Is "Players must have finished approximately 150 games." real? I've heard that you just need level 13... Aghan1m (talk) 08:34, 21 June 2014 (UTC)


Changing language preferences are only a hint in the matchmaking algorithm, right? It doesn't actually guarantee anything? For example, when I only have English selected I have played several times with several different players that have said that they had not selected the English checkbox at all. Yet we were still matched together. If so we should mention on the wiki page that the language preferences are by no means a guarantee that players with matching checkboxes end up in the same match. This could clear up the confusion about how many that believe players queued up for English servers even though they can't speak the language - in reality it's likely that they had English deselected and that Valve just matched them with English players anyway.

Shadow Pool[edit]

I know this isn't the type of wiki that uses sources (since everything is in the client), but wouldn't be a good idea to have some official Valve posts/sources about the Shadow Pool section? Shadow Pool is one of those things that gets speculated about a lot as everybody has a tendency to blame the system when they lose, so people may doubt the authenticity of what's written here --Hortify1 (talk) 14:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

If you know of any official posts or sources from Valve, please feel free to add them as references to the section. We use the standard MediaWiki ref tags <ref></ref> and Template:Cite web or Template:Cite news to create references. See DotA for examples of how references are used. If a page doesn't have any references on it yet, it will need a References section at the bottom, "== References == <references/>" -- Sanhard 14:54, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
I did a quick search and couldn't find much, but I'll try again more thoroughly when I have the time. Closest thing I could find was this dev.dota2 forum post which doesn't mean much. If no official source for the existence of a Shadow Pool is found soon, maybe the section should be rewritten to reflect its speculative nature? People seem to think it's an accurate description of the Shadow Pool [1] [2] even though there are no sources to back up any of the claims. --Hortify1 (talk) 15:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
I've added a note to the Shadowpool section pending additional sources. -- Sanhard 15:51, 13 August 2019 (UTC)