Q u o t e: While Battle.net's internal player skill ratings provide better matching of players, the skill rating is not suitable as the lone means of determining the "best" players on a realm's ladder."
They say skill rating isnt good enough, because back in the day (and even today for sc2), people ask why we arent just ranked based on our ELL, or in the case of Sc2, their hidden rating, rather than how it is today: a number that crawls up to your ELL/Hidden rating
Q u o t e: To try and better distribute the wide range of players and skills on the ladder, Battle.net also translates your current skill level to an expected ladder level (ELL)."
I pretty much read this as "skill rating = ELL". Basically your skill level is evaluated with your ELL.
Q u o t e: "Battle.net gave each player an initial skill rating based upon that player's previous ladder rank. Thus, high-level players initially had a very high ELL based on skill, but they didn't necessarily have as many games played as Battle.net expected them to have played. The lack of expected games played therefore reduced the ELL of some high-level players below their current levels"
This was a special case, when they changed the AMM, they kept the ladder levels and ranks peopel already had. What happened back then is that the high level players ELL was so low, and the system flawed, that they would win 0 xp per win but lose 3242342xp per loss. I used to be a top 20 RT player, and game went from really hard to stupid easy, my ELL was not appropriate to my old rank, i felt like i had rerolled a new account..
Q u o t e: -> AMM and ladder systems are separate. they first change the matchmaking, and as a separate project revise the other systems
I dont understand what youre trying to imply. AMM means automatch making, its the name of the system by which we are being matched against other people... The ladder system is how it ranks players and awards xp gain and loss.
As for ELL, i know what it means, but how do you think they evaluate skill rating? Their skill rating is the ELL they give players, and that ELL determines who they play and how they gain/lose XP. At any rate, if what you say is true and that there is indeed a skill rating.. it should be directly linked to ELL, as it would be the thing that increases or decreases your ELL directly. Your ell is supposed to be the maximum level you are able to reach, thus displaying your skill somewhat. Skill rating would sound exaclty like ELL... one cannot go without the other, and it would be very redundant. I maintian that ELL = Skill rating, it's probably just a wording Blizzard use to try to make their article more understandable.
I dunno, i've been playing this game since the beginning and ive been following every discussion about the AMM, ive read a lot of posts from blizzard about it and all i read seems to say the exact same thing i do.