You may have seen or heard of Guardians being compared by their site score (or DTR score), but what does that mean?
DestinyTracker Site Score is your long-term standing that awards points to Guardians for each game they play. The more games you play, the more score you’ll accrue. However, more effective Guardians will find themselves doing so at a much faster rate. It is possible to lose DTR Score for poor performance, so the higher your score is, the more difficult earning more score becomes (much like a logarithmic curve).
Initially, a higher DTR score will usually be determined by having a higher number of games played since the penalties associated with not doing well as minimal. When comparing two players of similar scores at this point, the player with the fewer games should be considered more effective as they have reached the same score in less time.
With these penalties increasing in intensity as your score increases, the system becomes more competitive as players battle it out to increase (and even keep) their scores across their games.
How is DTR Score calculated?
Site score takes your post-game score, kills, wins, assists, and other positive factors and weights them against negative factors such as your deaths and losses. Your score changes based on the information gathered between your collections here on DestinyTracker and is not averaged to return a value that can be immediately compared between two players like Bungie’s Combat Rating.
Where is DTR Score used?
Our site score is used in multiple Crucible calculations. Each character has their own site score, as well as a total site score that uses the stats from all character (which is calculated on its own, not just the sum of all three). We also use score for each Crucible playlist (which uses the data from all three characters as well).
Can my site score decrease?
Yes it can, but if you're in your early thousands, this is unlikely. As you climb to a higher site score, you'll notice that your games aren't giving you the same score as they used to. This is a result of the penalties becoming more prevalent. Keep finishing your games strong to avoid losing your hard-earned score!
Why do I have a lower site score than someone who has worse stats than mine?
For players who are not near the top of the leaderboard, this discrepancy is typically a result of when you originally visited the site. Some Guardians have been around longer and have been collecting their statistics frequently over time, giving them a steadier increase in score rather than large jumps. For those who are at higher ranges, remember that your score can decrease for poor performances.
The sum of my character site scores don't equal my total site score. Is there a bug?
No, this is not a bug. Your total site score is generated based on the sum of all your stats, not the sum of your characters' site scores. Since site score becomes more difficult to acquire as your score increases, it would unfairly favor those who play evenly across three characters. Generating your total site score as the combination of your stats allows a single value that changes regardless of what character you play on the most.
Is there a limit to how much site score someone can have?
While there is no limit, there comes a point where acquiring score becomes too difficult, even for the best players. You can estimate the upper bounds of site score by taking a glance at Guardians that are at the top of the leaderboard.
Will my site score decrease when I delete one of my characters?
If you have Crucible stats logged on the character you intend to delete, yes your score will drop. The severity of this drop is dependent on the percentage of your total stats that are logged on the deleted character. This drop occurs during the first site update after you delete your character.
My question hasn't been answered, what do I do?
Any questions you have regarding site score can be either asked in a reply to this thread, or directed to Darkened Night.