MTGO Ratings

  • #1
    Hi Guys,

    This is my first post on MTG Salvation!

    I'm looking for a little guidance on MTGO ratings. My rating since the release of SOM hovers between 1700-1725. But, what does this mean?

    Where do I rank overall on MTGO?

    Can anyone give me an idea of the level of player at say 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900...

    Any help much appreciated.
  • #2
    as near as I can tell on MTGO the rating system is more or less defunct. It is primarily used to tell you as the individual how you have done over your lifetime of gaming. It doesn't actually as far as I know have any bearing on tournament qualification or anything like that the way that the DCI Ratings have. Though I could be entirely mistaken about this.

    There is one important thing to keep in mind however, and that is that you are the only one who can see your rating. Thus what you say you are rated is only able to be validated to yourself, and to no one else.
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  • #3
    Talking limited

    1400 really bad, should play a different game
    1500 bad
    1600 below average to average
    1700 is above average.
    1800 really good
    1900 amazing usually only able to hit this level if you win a big turnie

    Mid to upper 1800 is where you can play for free, assuming your smart with selling cards and pick $ cards over playables a good chunk of the time.
  • #4
    Quote from Shivdaddy
    Talking limited

    1400 really bad, should play a different game
    1500 bad
    1600 below average to average
    1700 is above average.
    1800 really good
    1900 amazing usually only able to hit this level if you win a big turnie

    Mid to upper 1800 is where you can play for free, assuming your smart with selling cards and pick $ cards over playables a good chunk of the time.


    And this is why I hate associating a person's rating with their actual skill level as a player (and I believe it is also why WotC decided to make Magic Online Ratings private).

    Simply put, one's rating will naturally fluctuate over time, depending on the difficulty of a given set's draftability, or constructed playability or whatever mitigating factors may be applied based on the set itself. Not to mention the fact that people sometimes experience ruts in their play skill. Not even Luis Scott Vargas can win all the time, and I think we all would agree that he is one of the best players in the game.
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  • #5
    I think the limited ratings probably don't vary more than +- 30 points unless the person goes on a long winning or losing streak.
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  • #6
    you start at 1600. so a person with a 1600 rating is either average or new.
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  • #7
    Quote from benbuzz790
    I think the limited ratings probably don't vary more than +- 30 points unless the person goes on a long winning or losing streak.


    A change in the skill level or consistancy of the player could indicate they have plateaued in a different spot. When I was drafting TSP in the old client 4-3-2-2 ques and loosing first round a lot my ratings hovered around 1550. I've played a lot more drafts now and I'm better at it. My ratings generally +/- around 1680.

    I would say that's a pretty fair assessment of my skill based on my recent w/l wouldnt you?
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  • #8
    Quote from DalkonCledwin
    And this is why I hate associating a person's rating with their actual skill level as a player (and I believe it is also why WotC decided to make Magic Online Ratings private).

    Simply put, one's rating will naturally fluctuate over time, depending on the difficulty of a given set's draftability, or constructed playability or whatever mitigating factors may be applied based on the set itself. Not to mention the fact that people sometimes experience ruts in their play skill. Not even Luis Scott Vargas can win all the time, and I think we all would agree that he is one of the best players in the game.


    So what do you think LSV rating is? Of course it will fluctuate over time, does that even need to be said? Of course there will be good and bad steaks, does that need to be said too?
  • #9
    Quote from benbuzz790
    I think the limited ratings probably don't vary more than +- 30 points unless the person goes on a long winning or losing streak.

    I tracked my rating for a while and I saw that it fluctuated pretty much, depending on the set. See the graph.

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    Also many people use MTGO for testing purposes and do o in sanctioned tournaments like two mans and 8 mans . If ratings actually mattered for something you would see people going to tournament practice rooms and other places for testing purposes.
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  • #11
    The only thing yo get from your MTGO rating is byes at MOCS but you need atleast a 1900 to get them i believe.
  • #12
    Where can you view your rating? I've been trying to find it but haven't been successful.
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    Where can you view your rating? I've been trying to find it but haven't been successful.

    Right click on your own name in the "buddies window" and select "Information"
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  • #14
    By the way, does anyone know how MTGO ratings are correlated to real life DCI ratings? Is it more difficult to have a high rating at MTGO than in real life?
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    Quote from pizzap
    By the way, does anyone know how MTGO ratings are correlated to real life DCI ratings? Is it more difficult to have a high rating at MTGO than in real life?


    They are not connected - but they are calculated the same.

    So the more you play the more your rating reflects your true skill level. Just because you got lucky and got a broken sealed deck and did well in a GP can boost your rating literally hundreds of points.

    Overtime losing and winning streak will even out though. And since most people play more sanctioned matches on MTGO over a short period of time, MTGO might give you a more correct image of your skill level.

    but in short, no the ratings are exactly the same.


    p.s: i guess if you factor in the many "1600-noobs" that give away rating drop to 1500 and stay there probably never gets on MTGO, so a "new" 1600'er on MTGO is probably a better player than a new 1600 paper player going to his first prerelease since very few people start out with the online version.
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  • #16
    Quote from benbuzz790
    I think the limited ratings probably don't vary more than +- 30 points unless the person goes on a long winning or losing streak.


    This isn't true, especially as your rating gets higher. I play limited regularly, and my rating fluctuates +/- 50 points regularly.
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  • #17
    Quote from Boxxer81
    The only thing yo get from your MTGO rating is byes at MOCS but you need atleast a 1900 to get them i believe.


    MOCS byes are determined by how many QPs you have in a month, not your rating.

    Rating is completely worthless online.
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  • #18
    Thanks a lot guys, certainly clears things up for me.
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