The Rocket League season 12 started recently. So it is time to look back at the statistics of season 11 rank distribution. The game’s development studio Psyonix published the relative rank distribution of all gamers on Reddit.
The game studio Psyonix published the relative rank distribution of all Rocket League players in the competitive modes for last season on Reddit. By the way, Psyonix published the statistics after each season. In the following, we are going to a look at the results for season 11 in the competitive modes and the extra modes. In the end, we will compare the results with the results of the last season 10.
In the extra modes Rumble, Dropshot, Hoops and Snow Day, the rank distribution is a normal distribution (Gaußian distribution) that is skewed to the left. This means that most players find themselves in the mid-ranks around Platinum 2. The upper and lower tails of the ranks contain the fewest players. The distribution is skewed because there is no Bronze 1 player in the extra modes.
Special about the extra modes is that their distributions are quite the same. All of them are more or less bell-shaped. In the competitive modes, this is not always the case as we see in the following.
In the competitive modes Doubles (2vs2), Standard (3v3), Solo Duel (1vs1) and Solo Standard (3vs3 Solo), the distributions differ in their shapes. Especially the distribution for Solo Duel is peculiar.
In Solo Duel, most of the players find themselves in the ranks Silver 2 to Gold 1. The distribution is strongly skewed to the right. From Gold 1 onwards, the relative number of players shrinks until Grand Champion. If you are playing in Platinum 3 in solos, you are already one of the higher ranked players.
The rank distribution for Doubles is somehow platykurtic. In the ranks between Silver 1 and Platinum 1, there is a similar percentage of players. Additionally, the distributions seems a bit right-skewed. Relatively more players are located in the lower ranks than the higher ranks.
In Standard, the distribution is a nice bell-shaped curve. Only the small hike in Diamond 3 indicates that a lot players are almost Champions.
Changes to season 10
As said in the beginning, Psyonix publishes the rank distribution for all of the past seasons. That allows to compare the season results with each other.
In Doubles, relatively less gamers play in the lower ranks Bronze 1 to Gold 1 while at the same time relatively more gamers play in the ranks Gold 2 to Grand Champion. Relatively more gamers play in the higher ranks. One could assume that the players skills have improved in season 11.
This assumption is not verifiable solely based on the relative distribution. More likely, the reason is an inflation of MMR points following a change in the amount of players. The ranks are MMR-based and the MMR requirements for the ranks did not change since season 6.
In the mode Standard one can see the contrary. The relative number of players in the lower ranks increased, while the relative number of players in the higher ranks from season 10 to season 11 decreased. The relative number of Grand Champions increased.