When searching for how to boost the trust factor, you’ll see a bunch of guides of how to get a green Trust Factor, like this one:
And let me tell you this one thing that many people hate: THEY ARE CRAP.
They were designed to be as the same format that many people copy-paste all the time to get that sweet sweet Steam points to spend on their profiles just to they can jack off on their neko waifus.
And today, let me present to you the true definitive guide of getting a good trust factor.
1. What is Trust Factor?
So, what is Trust Factor, you may ask?
Well, if I’m already mistaken and I’ve seen a lot of people asked: Trust Factor is a part matchmaking, as a “a new and improved method for matchmaking players”.
On November 13th, 2017 (the end of Operation Hydra, to be exact if you care about that), Valve introduced a new matchmaking system that applies on competitive matchmaking, as the goal is to improve the matchmaking and with complex calculation (more percisely, how well you are going to get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ up so hard) to find a match as a replacement for Prime.
BUTT! On December 6th, 2018, the free-to-play and the Danger Zone update (more like dead gamemode if you ask me) released, and yes, it was drowned with many blatant cheaters with stolen credit card that they taken from their parents to buy ezfrags, but most importantly: Valve ALSO made another change to the trust factor system. They change the matchmaking resolve into 4 categories: Non-prime + Low Trust Factor, Non-prime + High Trust Factor, Prime + Low Trust Factor and lastly, Prime + High Trust Factor.
Again, this is really getting old, but on February 25th, 2020, Valve made ANOTHER change to the trust factor experience so it can percisely concludes and change at will, as in this blog:
It’s really complicated, but I’ll show you how to know if you can check your trust factor.
2. Identify your teammates using your Trust Factor
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get into the main business.
For the most part, identifying a teammate relying on your Trust Factor is really hard, but once you get the grip of the red and yellow Trust Factor, you know that you either you’re in a bad match or you’re just not getting the grip on the thing.
Here’s how we know on how the teammate works:
𝐑𝐄𝐃 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐒
The reminder of this list is that we’re identifying how the Trust Factor works and how you can easily detect your teammate using your Trust Factor. The experience of getting on is described as this:
- Will grief you and get you a temporary cooldown like this: Example [media.discordapp.net]
- Most likely toxic, as you’ll see with a message: Player xxx has been muted for receiving significantly more communications abuse reports than most players.
- Probably using cheats as you most commonly see, here on SEA servers I actually see them using otc, skeet, neverlose or so-so, but your areas may vary.
- Don’t have any teamplays at all.
𝐘𝐄𝐋𝐋𝐎𝐖 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐒
- Might gets you a grief like the red trust factor teammates, but much more better than the Red ones.
- 50% chance that they might cheat
- Less toxic than the red ones
𝐆𝐑𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐓𝐑𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐎𝐑 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐒
- Good teammates that knows callouts and gives you a much better time than the 2 other experiences
- Never cheats or injects, as he was purely clean
- Never gets an abusive mute
Now you know? Excellent. Time to move on to the next part.
3. How can you check your Trust Factor
Unfortunately, Valve mentioned that there’s no way to check your Trust Factor in-game, as Valve stated below:
We don’t plan to display your Trust Factor – the goal is to provide a better matchmaking experience without you having to worry about optimizing anything. In fact, in most cases knowing your Trust Factor wouldn’t be very helpful – we’ll try to match you with similar players, but like skill groups, the range of players on a server will vary depending on the time of day, your region, the maps you’re queuing for, etc.
But there is a work-around.
You can ask one of your friends to invite you into a lobby, and then test queue to see if any line of text comes up. Results will be like this below:
With a red Trust Factor: Your matchmaking experience may be significantly impacted because Trust Factor of (player) is substantially lower than yours.
With a yellow Trust Factor: Your matchmaking experience may be slightly impacted because Trust Factor of (player) is lower than yours.
Another way to check your Trust Factor is to take a look at the Looking to Play tab, the tab with the antenna symbol in it. (Example: Looking to Play tab location [media.discordapp.net])
The way you find players in the Looking to Play tab is also HEAVY AFFECTED to the Trust Factor.
Red Trust Factor: No players around or 1-2 players Example [media.discordapp.net]
Yellow Trust Factor: 2-12 players
Green Trust Factor: 20 players max.
Now you know.
4. How does the Trust Factor calculates?
Here’s the thing: Valve NEVER mentions all the main points of how to check your trust factor , but they gave you some insider informations of some of the points to check.
Those points are:
- How many times you have reported for griefing or cheating
- The amount of playtime you’ve spent in CS:GO
- The amount of playtime you’ve spent in other games
Valve also did not mention some of the points affected to your Trust Factor the most, like:
- The amount of times you’ve been banned (Including VAC bans, game bans, trade bans and community bans). Since Valve uses your playtime on other games to calculate the Trust Factor, they may also affects the ban to score the joint.
- The day of birth of your Steam account
- How many times you’ve been putted into a cooldown
- How many times you’ve been kicked or initiate a kick to someone
- The amount of team-damage you cause to your teammates
So basically, the main point here is:
If you are a good boy and never do naughty things, you might be considered to put on the higher trust factor, results in getting good matches and specialized teammates.
5.1. How do you improve your Trust Factor? (Part 1)
The way you improve your trust factor is already available to the public and being resulted in many changes. So here’s the actual way to improve your trust factor.
1. NEVER. ATTEMPT. TO INJECT/CHEAT
With a game this large and being overwhelmingly shadow-forced by Valve’s great son known as Dota 2, this might be the large cause of many untrusted bans. I’ve seen that a lot, but VACnet is still a thing and VAC still exists. I’ve seen that non-prime matchmaking is still unplayable in a couple of years lately, and: THEY NEVER BOTHER TO FIX IT.
But with that said, if you still want to cheat because you have a grudge on the other team or you basically just mad because the enemy team is better than you, forget about it. If you use an already detected cheat, you’re going to be banned the next few days because your trust factor is so low that I can’t even compensate. You have been warned.
2. Use Steam Guard and link your phone number
Steam Guard acts like a way to manage your confirmations whenever you deposit something on the market and other things, but it can also be a way to manage your Trust Factor. If you use Steam Guard, the results are significantly better.
Sure, you may get a yellow or red trust factor the first time you create an Steam account, but this is everyone’s first time , so not to worry about it. And as mentioned to the blog about Trust Factor, linking your phone number is a way to boost your Trust Factor even more. It used to be a remnant for players who reached level 21 before the free-to-play update, but I guess it doesn’t really matter, huh?
3. Play other games, take a break from CS:GO for a bit
This might seems redundant to you, but unless you’re a sweaty tryharder like the average Scout mains in TF2 trying to cap the point in 2fort, you really should take a break sometimes.
Instead, you could play some other great games on the store and results the same funkiness as you were playing CS , so that’s still a bonus if you ask me. And if you take a break from CS at least 1 or 2 weeks, your Trust Factor will be slowly restored to the good old days.
5.2. How do you improve your Trust Factor? (Part 2)
4. Fill with skins?
John Mcdonald made an excellent compliment to the system in the “Deep Learning to Combat Cheating in CS:GO”, and the logic is this simple:
If you have skins in your inventory, your results of getting a low Trust Factor is lower than many demoknights nerf.
5. Become an active member of the Steam Community
This is self-explainatory, but John Mcdonald also made a statement on the Trust Factor FAQ:
Q: I’m a new player, will I have a low Trust Factor?
A: Not necessarily. Your Trust Factor is impacted by your experiences on Steam as well as CS:GO, so if you’ve been a positive member of the Steam Community in the past, you’ll likely enter CS:GO with a high Trust Factor.
6. Manage your Steam account by actually leveling up to make it look more legit
CS:GO is a part of your Steam library, so Steam account also matters in this context. If you want to improve your Trust Factor, spend some money on Steam badges so it looks more compelling and it’ll make your profile look nice and shiny.
5.3 How do you improve your Trust Factor? (Part 3)
7. Be a nice teammate
Many reasons of you getting a low Trust Factor is because that you are constantly griefing your teammates too badly.
So I say, if you want to be a good boy in the big leagues, stop griefing or doing any actual toxicity in-game. That includes no blocking teammates, no trash-talking (counts in the toxic meter), and absolutely NO team-damage your teammates. Just be a good boy, or if you want to be an actual Rocktwo fanboi. We report, you decide.
8. Do actual contents like Overwatch cases
Overwatch came out for the last 8 years and it is still as broken as it was fully filled with cheaters identifying who the suspect actually is. But it’s still a vital part of improving your trust factor.
To unlock Overwatch, you would need:
- Gold Nova 1 or higher
- Wins 150 competitive matches or more
- Have a playtime of 300 hours (you could sit a duck and afk to get your playtime while you rocky chug)
- The account never gets a ban
By doing Overwatch cases and confirms the evidence, this would significantly boost your Trust Factor more. Overwatch UI: [media.discordapp.net]
And that’s it. Managing your Trust Factor is a hard work and a chore to do, but if you do you, you’ll be getting in the big leagues in no time.
Thanks for reading. If you want, you can send in awards like one of those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that sends the awards on a private profile and level 0 like this one here The profile: [media.discordapp.net]
But I mean, you could if you want to.
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