How to Deal with Toxicity in Ranked Matches
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Mute the Toxicity Immediately 

Whenever you queue a ranked match, there are high chances that you might find a player who will be toxic later in the game. However, as you sense toxicity in the game, mute it. Now in this case, there are multiple possibilities. One of them can be that you are actually having a bad day and your game is not going your way, your teammates start flaming you for feeding. Writing them back or screaming in the mic would never help you get your game back.

However, if you just mute the chat and voice as soon as you start hearing the flame, you might get the chance to focus back on your game and play better. 

Similarly, there can be a possibility that your teammate is not playing good and starts blaming you for his failure. In these cases, you might lose your patience and turn your rage mode on. However, muting them and focusing on your own game is the only thing that would help you. 

Therefore, when you see toxicity is entering the game, the first thing you need to do is, mute it.

Don’t Feed the Trollers

A game basically becomes toxic when players start blaming each other for losing. If you have already played ranked matches in Dota, you might know that the moment your team loses the momentum, your teammates will start blaming each other. There can be many chances that your team will roast you in it as well. However, in order to stay focused in the game, you have to stop yourself for feeding the trollers. For sometime, as they stop getting replies from you, they will stop for sure. 

However, if you get into the fight and become a keyboard warrior, there would be no better for the game. That is why, whenever you feel like your team is trolling you for no good reason, you need to mute them and not give them any answers. 

Be Lighthearted

Being lighthearted can really help you remove toxicity in your ranked matches. Although it is a big ask to ignore all the noob stuff going on, you still need to act with patience. Whenever you play a ranked match, just think of your teammates as your friends. Even if they make a mistake during the game, don’t start pinging immediately. This might enrage them and they start feeding intentionally. If you try to become understanding, players might listen to you and keep a soft corner for you as well, later in the game. 

Therefore, be lighthearted while you are in a ranked match of Dota 2. Ignore little errors and be understanding with your teammates.

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Discuss Strategies with your Teammates

This is a very strange technique that actually works very well in ranked matches. When you are in the first minute of the game, try using your microphone and talk to your teammates. As you get responses from your team, discuss the main strategy of the game and they will know that you have the knowledge of the match. Later on, even if you make a mistake, they would know that you had another plan for the game. 

As you move on in the mid-game, keep in-touch with your teammates as you might need to change strategies multiple times. Even when you try and fail, discuss the failure with your team as well. Your team will surely back you with your plan and will pass some feedback on your previous mistake. This will definitely reduce the amount of toxicity in the game as all of you players are now talking and playing together. 

Try playing with your friends 

If you are dealing with a lot of toxicity in the game, try playing more with your own friends. We know that a party game would not give you the same MMR as a solo game. However, a party game would not surround you with toxicity, and you will actually enjoy your match. Playing ranked matches with friends is highly recommendable as you can always blame your friend for a bad play without making the atmosphere toxic. 

By playing ranked matches with your friends would actually give you the feel of the game. You would not feel disgusted after the game and of course, you will enjoy it a lot more. 


A lot of Dota 2 veterans have left the game due to its toxic ranked match environment. Players have been asking Valve to eliminate the toxicity from the game. Valve has also done a lot of things to remove the toxic players from the game. However, it’s still not enough. Players usually face toxicity in ranked matches more. However, ignoring all the bad things going on in your game and focusing on your own game is the best solution. You can always mute the toxicity coming towards yourself and that is how you deal with it in the best way.