We have introduced a decay mechanic to each player's Matchmaking Rating to adjust for inactivity. For example, if a higher-skilled A+ player takes a significant break from the game then we want to adjust so that when they come back they are not immediately playing at a level where they may not belong.

**If a player is long-term inactive, at maximum they will derank to one rank below their starting position. For example, a Rank A+ player will go to the bottom MMR of Rank A. Meanwhile, a Rank B- player will go to the bottom of rank C+.**

The decay-percentage is applied to the difference between your current MMR and the lowest possible MMR you can decay to and is then subtracted from your current MMR.

Time Inactive | Penalty (of difference between ranks) |

7 days | -2.5% of their potential max decay |

14 days | -7.5% of their potential max decay |

21 days | -15% of their potential max decay |

28 days | -25% of their potential max decay |

35 days | -50% of their potential max decay |

For example,

A player is in Rank X with 1000 MMR, and the rank below (ie, X-1) is between MMR 900-999 then the maximum potential MMR-decay for that player is 1000-900=**100**:

After 7 days the player has decayed -2.5%: 2.5 MMR lost (their MMR is 998.5 total)

After 14 days the player has decayed -7.5%: 7.5 MMR lost (10 total lost, their MMR is 990)

After 21 days the player has decayed -15%: 15 MMR lost (25 total lost, their MMR is 975)

After 28 days the player has decayed -25%: 25 MMR lost (50 total lost, their MMR is 950)

After 35 days the player has decayed -50%: 50 MMR lost (100 total lost, their MMR is 900)

The player is now at the bottom of Rank (X-1) and won't decay further unless they play again and become inactive once again.