play JK:JA Open Ladder 1on1 Saber Europe

Last change: 12.03.2017 19:07

These are the rules for the JK:JA Open Ladder 1on1 Saber Europe. We make every effort to ensure the rules are complete and up to date but this may not always be the case. You should also check the Info Page and News for additions, exceptions and modifications that may apply. The rules are a guideline and the decisions by admins may differ from them depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions about the rules, please write a support ticket.

1. General Ladder Rules

1.1. Challenging

In a ladder, any participant may challenge another. The challenge may be refused by the challenged if they choose. In ladders with more than 20 participants compulsory challenges are activated. If a participant is within 20 places above the challenging participants the refusal will be punished with one penalty point. If both participants are in the top 10 then the refusal will be punished with 2 penalty points.

A challenging participant from the newcomer pool (unranked) is considered as being at the bottom of the ladder, therefore the 20 participants ranked last in the ladder would be punished for rejecting a challenge.

Participants that have more than 5 outstanding challenges in a ladder, no matter if the matches are confirmed or not, may not take on any further challenges. This is scripted into the ESL system and cannot be changed.

1.2. No show

If your opponent does not show after 15 minutes, you must enter the result as your opponent did not appear in time. Do not enter a default win for yourself.

In Instant Challenger matches, is the no show time 10 minutes.

1.3. Agreements

Certain agreements between participants are allowed to slightly differ from the ESL rules. Agreements that differ greatly from ESL rules are however not allowed. Please note that the ESL rules were made to ensure a fair match for all participants. You are not allowed to file a protest after the match if you think that the agreements made before the match in the end resulted in a disadvantage for your or your team.

Rules that can be changed with agreements are explicitly stated. Rules that do not explicitly state they can be changed by agreement, cannot have agreements made.

All arrangements between participants, made in addition to the ESL rules have to be written down in the match comments. The other participant has to confirm the arrangements also in the comments. To avoid abuse of the edit function, a third comment must be written.

Please also keep screenshots and/or logfiles of your arrangements. If you do not fulfil these requirements, any protests or supports concerning arrangements will be rejected.

The following rules may never be changed by arrangement: (a) Entering results for matches that have not been played (b) Allowing players to play that are barred because of penalty points, or are barred in the league due to a ban (c) Allowing players to play that in leagues with premium requirement that are barred for not having Premium

2. Match Media

All match media (screenshots, replays) must be kept for at least 14 days. Screenshots have to be uploaded within 24 hours after a match while replays have to be uploaded upon request of an admin. Failing to do so will result in a penalty. Manipulating match media is, of course, forbidden and will lead to severe penalties.

2.1. Screenshots

2.1.1. Scoretables

A screenshot of the score table, showing both players' scores and the round time, must be taken after every round.

2.1.2. RCON status

A status screenshot must show every single player that is connected to the server. The server hosting party is responsible for the availability of the screenshot. In case the match is played on a neutral server, both parties have to take care of getting in touch with the host to get the screenshot.

To create a status screenshot, proceed like this:

  1. Open your console using SHIFT-^
  2. Log in as server administrator with the appropriate RconPassword
  3. Type in the following commands:
/rcon status

Such a status screenshot has to be taken and uploaded for each of the following occasions:

  • At the beginning of the match
  • In case of a server/player change
  • If a player reconnects

2.2. Replays

Replays of every round have to be recorded by at least one player per team.

3. Settings

3.1. Server settings

3.1.1. Configs

To provide you have as less work as possible, we have prepared some server configuration files that you have to edit (according to the commented lines in the configuration files) and put on your server.

Download the ESL server configuration package here. Other settings

All settings that are not mentioned in the config files have to be set to their default value.

Exceptions are:

  • map (has to be changed to the maps you play on)
  • seta sv_privateClients
  • seta g_allowVote
  • seta logfile
  • seta g_log
  • seta g_logClientInfo
  • seta g_statLog
  • seta g_statLogFile
  • seta g_logSync

and settings having to sole purpose of providing information such as:

  • sets Clan
  • sets URL
  • sets E-Mail
  • etc.

3.1.2. Modifications

There is no modification allowed. The server needs to be running on basejka.

3.2. Client settings

The following settings have to be set on the game client.

  • cg_drawTimer 1
  • cg_lagometer 1

3.2.1. Saber settings

The following settings have to be set on the game client depending on the saber you play with.

If you play with a single lightsaber:

  • saber1 kyle

If you play with two lightsabers:

  • saber1 kyle
  • saber2 kyle

If you play with a double-bladed lightsaber:

  • saber1 dual_1

3.2.2. Graphic tools

Using graphic tools to gain an unfair advantage, for example making game textures translucent with a graphic card driver, are strictly forbidden. This is considered cheating.

4. Match Rules

4.1. Game preparations

Please resolve any problems that might occur before the match starts. Agreements between the teams/players have to be posted as match comments before the match starts.

4.1.1. European Section

This is the European section. In general, players and teams from outside of Europe are welcome to participate, but are considered guests, and therefore must accept that due to ping and timezone differences may have some disadvantages when participating.

4.1.2. Game version

Every match has to be played with the recent game version, which is 1.01.

4.1.3. Nickname

You have to play with a nickname that relates to your ESL nickname. Usage of colors and symbols for decoration, as well as the clan tag are allowed, however, one must be easily able to tell who you are.

4.1.4. Choice of server

Players should aim to find a server that gives both parties the same chances. Try to find a server with low and even pings. If you cannot decide on a server, the team on the left side of the match details may decide on the server for the first round, while the other may decide on the server for the second round. If a third round has to be played and the teams cannot agree on a server, it has to be played on a neutral server.

4.1.5. Checking the server settings

With the beginning of the match you accept the settings the server has. If there is something wrong with the server settings, they have to be changed beforehand. If the server owner declines to change the server settings that can be found in the ESL server configuration files and the leagueinfo pages, you have to create a protest ticket.

4.1.6. Warm Up

The players are able to request a short warm up time of up to 5 minutes. Before each round starts, both parties have to state clearly that they are ready.

4.1.7. Best of three (BO3) JKJA style

The player/team that wins 2 rounds wins the match. If, after 10/15 minutes a round resulted in a draw the players/teams keep on playing untill there is a winner. (also called "Golden Frag").

4.1.8. Agreements

The following settings can be altered if both parties agree:

  • 2on2 Ladder
  • Fraglimit: The fraglimit may be increased but never decreased.
  • Timelimit: The timelimit may be increased but never decreased.
  • TDM Ladder
  • Timelimit: The timelimit may be increased but never decreased.
  • Player count: The player count for both teams may be increased but needs to be even. For example you are allowed to play 4on4 but not 3on4. Spectators

In case one party disagrees with having people spectating the match, every player who will not participate in the match has to leave the server before the match starts. The host has to guarantee that no one will join the server throughout the match.

4.2. Ingame

4.2.1. Choice of team

If you cannot agree on who plays as red/blue team, the team on the left side of the match details has to join the red team.

4.2.2. Exchanging players during a match

Each team may exchange one player for another one once during a round. The opponent has to be informed of this beforehand via ingame chat. The exchange itself may only be processed right after the player to be exchanged dies. If no spectators are allowed in the match, the opponent has to be informed of the exchange before the new player connects. The player to be exchanged has to disconnect from the server immediatly after the switch in this case.

4.2.3. Player drops

In case a player lags out or is unable to continue to play because of another understandable reason, the match has to be paused at once and a screenshot of the current score and time has to be made. After 5 minutes of waiting for that player, the match must continue. The team can let another player take the empty spot but only if they have not exchanged a player in that round yet. If this is not possible, the team may continue with 1 member less. If a team loses more than 1 player, it will count as leaving the match early (after the 5 minutes waiting time).

4.2.4. Game Intermissions

If the match gets interrupted, the points that have been scored so far will be rated. Take a screenshot if possible. The match will continue with the remaining time, only regarding the minutes. So if the interruption occured at a time of 9:12 with the max time of 15 minutes, you still have to play 6 minutes. For 9:00 also 6 minutes. For 8:59 7 minutes, etc.

4.3. Illegal Actions

4.3.1. Exploits / Bugusing

It is not allowed to exploit map bugs at any given time. This includes for example:

  • Glitching through objects that should be unpassable [1]
  • Exploiting a texture bug to gain a view through objects [2]

Killing a player by jumping on him while he's using an elevator is not considered a map bug.

4.3.2. Modded Content

It is generally forbidden to use any content that may alter gameplay or give you an advantage over your opponent. When in doubt whether this is the case for a specific file, a protest ticket has to be opened before the match starts. Usage of modified/new sabers

It is not allowed to use sabers that do not comply with the ESL rules. Violation of this rule leads to severe penalties. Usage of modified/new player models and skins

The only allowed models and skins are those you can choose by default when you select "Profile" in the main menu. Custom models created with the game's character creator are considered legit. All other models and skins, be it custom files or models/skins only accessible via cvar command, are not allowed to be used.

4.3.3. 3rd Party Software/Patches

The usage of any software which may alter gameplay or give you an advantage over your opponent is strictly forbidden. This includes for example ESPs, Wallhacks, using gamefiles altered with an unofficial patch and CVAR unlockers. Violations to this rule are considered cheating.

4.3.4. Excessive avoidance of enemy contact

It is not allowed to continuously bar the opponent from fragging by any form of action (e.g. running or jumping away, extreme passive play). Normal passive play remains unpunished, because this kind of gameplay generally allows the opponent to frag. An admin will, however, decide case specific after the available replays.

4.3.5. Intentionally killing/laming

Intentionally killing/laming someone that is in chat will be penalized as "Unsportsmanlike behaviour" with 1-4 penaltypoints depending in the case. Does not apply when your saber is down, or lost your saber due to a block. Its your own responsibility to go into chat when you have a problem. Lames that are accidentally may not be penalized, but will be reviewed by an admin to judge.

4.3.6. Excessive usage of special moves.

Staffers are now allowed to make a max of 5 BF/GBF during 1 round of 10 min and 7 during 1 round of 15 min. More than that will be penalized with 1-4 penaltypoints depending on the case.

4.3.7. Rank blocking

From now on, a player/team that is holding a high rank in the ladder will be kicked after 10-15 days of inactivity. The decision upon the fact on how much a player/team is guilty for such unfair actions, will be determined by the admin squad alone.

5. Penalty point catalogue

5.1. Penalty Point Catalogue

In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together.

Rule violation Number of penalty points
No show Team: 3; Player: 2
Reject compulsory challenge Normal: 1
Intense (top 10): 2
Abort match Player / Team: 2
Use of ineligible player
Inactive barrage Player / Team: 3
Barraged Player / Team: 6
Unregistered player Player / Team: 3
Missing Premium (where required) Player / Team: 3
Missing Trusted (where required) Player / Team: 3
Ringer/Faker Player / Team: 6
Playing with wrong gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Playing without a registered gameaccount Player / Team: 3
Unsportsmanlike behaviour
Multiple/Fake accounts Warning / 1-3 penalty points
Deception Player / Team: 1 - 4
Fake result Player / Team: 4
Fake match media Player / Team: 6
Fake match Player / Team: 6
Cheating Player: 12 / Team: 6

Matches get only deleted if the team/player violating the rules won the match. In cup and league matches default wins are given instead of a match deletion and penalty points.

Usage of a non-allowed saber Player: 3 / Team: 3 (if used by more than one player)
Match media
Missing, incomplete scoreboard screenshotPlayer / Team: 1
Missing, incomplete rcon status screenshotPlayer / Team: 1 (Server-hosting party. If neutral server both)
Missing requested demoPlayer: 2 / Team: 2
Unsportsmanlike behaviour
Excessive avoidance of enemy contactPlayer / Team: 4
Excessive usage of special movesPlayer / Team: 1 - 4
Intentionally killing/lamingPlayer / Team: 1 - 4
Usage of map bugsPlayer: 4 / Team: 4
Usage of 3rd party softwarePlayer: 12 / Team: 6