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In this question, tzenes mentions that there are "hidden" and "visible" ranking points in SC2.

  • What's the difference between the two (besides the obvious "Hidden are hidden")?
  • How do you view your visible points? Is it simply your division-rank, or do you also have an ELO-like rating?
  • And why did Blizzard separate our rank into a visible and a hidden?
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So hiding your actual ELO Style ranking was a move to prevent smurfing as well as direct comparison between people in different divisions. The ultimate goal of a division is to prevent you from being rank #1,000,000 (my current MW2 Rank). However, if your ELO rank was displayed it would undermine this goal.

Because ranking within a division is still important, Blizzard also introduced a points system so that people could be ranked with in a single division. This number is visible so that people can use it for personal goals (and to know why so and so is above them despite a win/loss number).

Finally, your Hidden rank is actually an estimate which is used to determine who your opponents are and what league to place you in. As points are only relevant to a given league, it is necessary to have such a rank to allow for placement during league advancement.

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do you have a link to a source confirming this? I have heard speculation that it is done this way based on the way MMR works in WoW, but have not seen any official blizzard source discussing this. – en1gmatic325 Aug 27 '10 at 2:54
Could you elaborate on smurfing prevention by hiding the rating please? – Rotsor May 23 '11 at 7:28

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