CS:GO match balance indicator

What is the Balance Indicator?

The balance indicator is a graphic that displays information regarding the win probability of each team inside a match room on FACEIT, and therefore, acts as an indicator of how balanced your match is. For example, a match where both teams have a 50% win probability can be considered a perfectly balanced match where both teams have an equal probability of winning.

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How is the Balance indicator calculated?

The balance information and the win probability for each team are calculated by taking into consideration the 'Team Rating'. (e.g. the higher team rating a team has, the stronger it is considered by the system)  

Is the Team Rating equal to the average Elo/Skill level of the teams?

No. The Team Rating is instead a score that is calculated by taking into account several characteristics of both teams and players. The current version of the Team rating takes into account: 

  • The skill level of the players for each team
  • The party composition of each team (whether a team is made up of solo players or a full stack)
  • The number of matches played by the player
  • The discrepancy of the skill level between players 

Why are the Balance Indicator and the Team Rating important?

When a game finishes, the elo won or lost for each team is based on the probability they had to win that match prior to playing. 

For example, if you win a match where your team is considered the favourite, your skill rating will increase by a lower amount compared to winning a perfectly balanced match. 

In the same regard, if you win a match where your team is considered to have a lower probability to win, your elo will increase by a larger amount than a perfectly balanced match.

You can find out more about this update here.




 

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