DestinyTracker TrueSkill is an important aspect of a Guardian's Destiny career. This thread will explain roughly how TrueSkill works and what you can do to increase your level.
TrueSkill is an image-defined metric that appears on each playlist that a Guardian competes on that gauges that individuals performance in that mode. The range of levels begin at level one and max out at rank fifty. TrueSkill is measured by your individual performance over time (much like Site Score), but prioritizes wins above all else. TrueSkill is collection-based, that means that your rank will change only based on the statistics from your collections, it is not based on averages like Bungie's Combat Rating statistic. Players are never locked to a specific-rank and can always improve to a higher TrueSkill no matter how many games they have played in the past.
Due to the nature of our formula and its calculations based on the data acquired from a Guardian's collections, it becomes difficult to grade new visitors to the site. So, in order to prevent every Guardian (even ones with hundreds of games) from beginning at a level one TrueSkill on their first visit to DestinyTracker, a second formula evaluates your existing statistics and places you based on its results. These are by no means perfect, but it helps save new members from beginning from level one.
How is TrueSkill calculated?
TrueSkill increases or decreases based on the stats from your collections (the games you've played between the last time you updated your stats and the newest update). This information is evaluated and points are given or taken away from your TrueSkill value. Once you pass a threshold for a specific rank, your TrueSkill will increase. As you level up, the threshold becomes more difficult to attain. Consider your TrueSkill similar to other games with ranking structures.
What factors influence my TrueSkill?
Winning your games is a big indication of skill level, but individual performance in your games is also considered. If you are scoring high consistently, you can expect to increase your skill level. Just make sure you keep winning your matches!
Where is TrueSkill calculated?
We provide a TrueSkill value for each playlist that exists in the Crucible; your highest TrueSkill value will also be displayed on your player page as a sign of what you have accomplished.
Why is my TrueSkill so much lower compared to my friends, but my stats are better?
We usually get these questions from members who are new to the site. Remember that when you visit for the first time, we place you based on the summary of your performance thus far, so you were likely graded lower than what you are capable of playing at. As you continue to play and visit DestinyTracker, you should notice that TrueSkill value change rapidly until you reach your expected level.
Can my TrueSkill decrease?
Yes, your level can drop if your performance does not meet the requirements of the level you are currently at. But never fear! You are never locked in to a specific TrueSkill, so improvements in your skill will always lead to an increased TrueSkill.
Why am I matching this person when their TrueSkill is so much higher/lower than mine?
Our TrueSkill value does not provide insight to the other players you will be matched with in the Crucible. Bungie likely uses a specific algorithm to match players that we are unaware of.
If I delete my character, will my TrueSkill change?
No, since TrueSkill uses stats from your collections, the number of characters you use or compete will not affect its calculation. However, deleting a character will affect your DTR score. Be aware of this before you delete your characters.
What about Rumble? Do I lose TrueSkill if I don't come in first?
Bungie technically considers only the top player in a match of Rumble to be considered the winner. To accommodate our free for all player base, we have a specially modified version of TrueSkill that handles the unique nature of the mode.
My question doesn't appear to have an answer, what's next?
If you have any questions about TrueSkill that you'd like answered, feel free to contact Darkened Night or post a reply with your question on this thread. Your feedback is important!