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.
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 favorite, 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.