This year’s Dota 2 Battle Pass includes an experimental “Avoid Player” list that aims to ensure you won’t match with players you don’t want to.
Revealed on Dota 2’s International Battle Pass 2019 page (via GamesIndustry.biz), the page states “Not all players and playstyles work well together. To help keep your team chemistry balanced and fun, we’ve added an experimental Avoid Player list that guarantees you won’t match with a player again. Designate players to avoid on the post-game screen to filter them out of your matchmaking pool.”
Unfortunately, since the Battle Pass has been released, some players have shared complaints on Steam forums that marking a player to avoid doesn’t actually guarantee that a player you had an issue with in a previous team won’t still appear in future matches. Other users have said the feature works fine for them, though the marked player can still appear on opposing teams.
This is an interesting, if somewhat hands-off, way to avoid toxic players, though it’s locked behind the $9.99 Standard Battle Pass price tag – however, the “experimental” nature of the feature suggests it may later be brought to the base game for free. Of course, this is only a small feature that comes with the pass, which also includes the Wrath of the Mo’rokai special event, a new Jungle Expedition, living Guardians of the Lost Path towers, new consumables, a new Party Finder and more.