Thread started by Zior on Wednesday, 4:25pm June 23rd with 7 replies. Views: 5,472
4:25pm Jun 23rd 10 and edited 4:38pm Jun 23rd 10
Firstly, when you get to the ladder page you will see this:
Note the following parts in particular: The Ladder Time is the CyberGamer clock, all games are scheduled to this time regardless of your time zone. This time is set on Sydney time, which means it changes with Day-Light-Savings. The Rules are a copy of the current ruleset. ALL players must know the rules, breaking them will result in penalties such as match overturns and bans. Join/Create a Team is where you join the ladder. For 1v1 you will create a team, for 2v2 ladders one person will need to create a team and the other person will need to join the team. Follow the prompts in both cases and fill in the fields.
You can see one of CyberGamers active ladders here: HON CGo (CyberGamer open).
On the main Ladder section you will see your current Rank, your Team Name, your Win/Loss streak, your Wins, your Losses and finally your Status. Under your Team name you will see your current match information, in the above example 'default' has challenged 'proven' and proven has chosen de_inferno at 9:00 on xday. Beside that information is a little arrow which leads to the Match page information where among other things you will get access to your opponents Battle.Net ID, Match Date/time, Private Chat between teams, a link to automatically generate a forum thread and links to the team info.
Now back to the Ladder page, there are five different status'; Free, Challenging, Defending, Vulnerable and Protected. When you are marked as Free, you can both challenge and be challenged, thus making you either Challenging or Defending. You can only challenge someone higher than yourself on the ladder. The maximum distance you can challenge is half of your own rank or 4 ranks, whichever is larger. Depending on whether you win or lose and whether you were challenging or defending you will be marked as either Free, Vulnerable or Protected. Vulnerable means you are on the defensive unable to make new challenges until the timer has expired, Protected means you are free to make challenges, but cannot be challenged until the timer has expired.
To make a challenge, you must offer a minimum number of times on a minimum number of days. This will change depending on the Ladder you are participating in, as will the days and times available for challenge. It is a simple matter of ticking the boxes you wish to offer and hitting submit, and ALWAYS try to offer as many times as you possibly can. Once a challenge has been made, you have X hrs to accept the time of the match. Failure to accept a time within the time frame, or declining the match will result in your forfeit, and the challenger will advance. Accepting a time and not showing for the game will result in your forfeit. Here is a great example of offering as many times as you can: [SPOILER]http://www.cgdata.com/users/16081/f/377/challenge.png
This is not an ELO points based system; when you win your challenge you take the place of the defender who then drops 1 spot lower. If you lose your challenge you remain where you were as does the defender. When you put all of the challenge functions together you get a solid system that allows players to quickly advance to the appropriate rank and continue to work their way through as they gain in skill. At the end of each season the Ladder has worked out approximately where everyone should be, with the exception of the newly joined where upon the top X will be locked out and qualify for the finals. Once the finals have been held, the ladder moves into the next season. All ranks are kept the same, but wins/losses are set back to 0 and the challenging begins again.
The final positions of the Ladder will go on to determine eligibility for the Leagues which will be introduced in season 2. These will be Pay-to-Play Leagues a controlled match environment usually Round-Robin format. This will be where the more competitive players compete for with a substantial prizes each season. There will be several entry levels of Leagues to participate in.