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Is is in any way possible to determine if my opponent is in a higher/lower or same league as myself while I'm actually playing against them in 1vs1 in starcraft 2, or am I forced to check this after the match is over?

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In theory if you had a person's user name and number, you could look them up (on the blizzard website). Unfortunately those numbers are hidden by default so unless you get your opponent to give you his number, I don't see how.

Ultimately I tend to ask my opponents, and I find this works well. I can probably trust their answers about as well as I can trust them to give their hidden number.

More often than not, I can tell a person's league just by scouting:

  • If they have a lot of workers and are using a known build: probably plat/diamond
  • If they are doing something weird, or I find a proxy blank, probably gold.
  • If they don't have more than 13 workers, definitely silver or lower.

These rules aren't hard and fast, but they do tend to explain 90% of my games.

If I'm getting 4 Gate timing push at 6:30 you can bet the guy is in diamond.

Where this breaks down is when you start to get top 10 diamond and then start seeing things like: bunker push, 2 pylon wall in. And all of a sudden I start sweating...

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What league are you tze? – juan Oct 4 '10 at 18:48
@Juan here or on KR? My usual policy on a ladder reset is to throw my placement games and work my way up the ladder so I get a good cross section of strategies. The match maker is fairly digressive so usually I quickly end up against Diamond level players. So while the answer to your question is (usually): Diamond US and Gold KR, that doesn't give you an indication of my skill. To reference ICCUP rankings I'm probably a C- as zerg, D+ as Terran/Toss... actually that might be generous. – tzenes Oct 4 '10 at 20:08
'here' is relative, but that answers my curiosity-question :) -- I hadn't thought about trying to rank low, it should be fun; the practice matches are absolute fun because both players are inexperienced (in case it wasn't obvious, I just started and I don't have a lot of time to play, so I'm still having fun there). – juan Oct 4 '10 at 20:38
@Juan sorry, I live in NA, so "here" means NA to me. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the algorithm for advancing from league to league and I intentionally threw games to help with it. So far the only thing I can verify is that you need some number of losses before it will consider you for moving up (and some number of total games). – tzenes Oct 4 '10 at 20:40
Did you mean moving down? Because that was my next question, suppose you rank high by mere chance, but you lose a lot of matches, how long until it lowers you to a more suitable league? – juan Oct 4 '10 at 20:43

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Here is a picture of the only way I know of determining what rank your opponent is before the game starts. Keep an eye out for the color of the boarder around your opponents unit portrait during the vs loading screen before the game starts.

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I don't know of any way to check this ingame, but i wouldn't recommend it anyways... you need those APM you would use to check his league to beat him.

Short Answer: No

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Since this isn't really an answer, it might be better served as a comment. In any case, there's some time early in the match where you'd be free to check their league, if there was a simple in-game way to do it. – Steven Oct 4 '10 at 19:02

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