ESL Major Ladder
Everybody's way to the top of the Major League starts at 0 points. This is both, starting point and bottom line. No matter how many losses you have to suffer, you will never get below zero. The points system is designed in a way, that you will still gather points in the long run, if you lose slightly more than half your matches. Basically, there are four possibilities to win or lose points: A victory, loss, default loss or draw.
Victory Winning a match will earn you 20 to 30 points depending on the strength of your opponent. If both teams or players had the same amount of ranking points in the Major League, you would receive 25. The better the opponent, the more points you get.
Loss A lost match will cost you 20 points every time. This guarantees a constant progress for participants with a win ratio of 50% and rewards activity. But if you manage to win the greater part of your matches, you don't have to be afraid of mass gamers to outpace you.
Draw 10 points will be split up among both participants, when a match ends up in a tie. This split depends on the respective ranking points. Both teams or players had the same amount of points? Both get 5 points! Team A had more? Team receives 4 points and Team B 6 points. This may look too little, but it is comparable to the gain after one victory and one loss.Default Loss Whoever doesn't show up for a match, or breaks a serious rule 25 points. In our opinion this behaviour should be punished more than a common loss, which is a natural part of (e)sports. Nevertheless, the (default) winner will not be punished and receives/keeps the 20 to 30 points they would have received anyway.
I want to play!There won't be no more forced date every week, where you have to play like in the old Amateur Series. If you want to play, all you have to do is sign up for an available date in your division 15 minutes before the date is due (of course, you can also sign off 15 minutes prior). Then the matches for all participants are generated and you can get started.
Skillmatching - Oh, not you again.Your opponent will not be generated by accident. Our skill based matching considers a couple of factors, first of all the respective Major League points. But it is also important if you already faced a certain team or players multiple times. It is a matter of fact, that an odd number of players/teams signed up for a date and someone will not get a match. Our skill based matching recognizes how many matches you have played recently and knows if you had to take a forced break before.
I can't make it!If you have signed up for a date and didn't sign off 15 minutes prior to the match, you will receive a Default Loss. This will not be necessary as participation in all dates is optional. Well, not completely optional. An Major League will require a minimum activity, which we will elaborate on next time.
How often do I have to play?Our so called minimum activity is the required number of matches you have to play in between two division updates. This number isn't set in stone, but can and will be set separately for every division. The higher and more ambitious a division, the higher the minimum activity is going to be. Beginners can get used to mandatory matches in lower divisions. To play in higher divisions you will not only need more skill, but also a better organisation.
What happens, if not?We don't want to punish players too hard for failing the minimum activity. There won't be any penalty points. However, there will be somewhat of decay due to inactivity: For every match below the minimum activity of your division you will lose 25 points at the division update - five more points than a regular loss. So, playing is always the better option. Next to wins, draws and losses default wins will also count to your minimum activity, since it isn't your fault your opponent didn't show up. If you don't manage to play at least one single match in between two division updates, you will be downgraded to a lower division, which will result in a disqualification in the lowest division.
ScheduleEvery four weeks there will be an update in your division (including promotion and relegation). The available dates/times are: Monday – Friday