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ESL A-Series explained IV: Minimum Activity
Divisions, matchmaking and points system have already been explained in parts one to three of our A-Series preview. In part four we will illustrate how often you have to play. Our upcoming ESL A-Series is focused on competitive players with ambition and demands some standards of its participants such as a minimum activity.
We gave many thoughts to a minimum activity. On the one hand we want to push the activity, so you will always have opponents to play against and the bests teams can not just rest at the top. On the other hand our system should be flexible, so you can take breaks for vacations or any other private reasons without have to worry about the A-Series too much.

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 reguar 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.

Example

Every four weeks there will be an update in your division (including promotion and relegation). The available dates are Wednesdays 7pm and 9pm and Sundays 8pm and 10pm and minimum activity is set to 8 matches. It is up to you, if you participate in all matches of the first two weeks and rest afterwards, play just one match every Wednesday and Sunday or play as many matches as possible.


Do you have any questions?

Please feel free to leave us questions or feedback regarding the matchmaking. In the coming days we will present more details of the A-Series:

otacon, Friday, 21/09/12 18:28
 
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hmmm interesting enough
Will players be able to get all matches in one day with only one same player?

How many matches on the same day\week\month I will be able to get against same players?

When and how I will be informed that I didn't get any opponent on the scheduled time?

I would like to see same massage as in Versus, when opponent is searching for me, with countdown and with message of "Here is your match [click]" or "You have no match sorry, search for new time [click]"

What kind of ranked opponents I can get with my match. For example: I'm low pts player (900pts) and I get into my match top-1 ranked player (1200pts), nets matches will be with top-3,2,6,9,7,11,2,5 and so on in any sequence. Is this possible or not?

I signed for all times and didn't get any matches, will it happen next days or this is only one bad day for me?
hmm
Ofc it were all examples, I'm just trying to get AMAP info about it :)
Rough wrote:
1. Will players be able to get all matches in one day with only one same player?

2. How many matches on the same dayweekmonth I will be able to get against same players?

3. When and how I will be informed that I didn't get any opponent on the scheduled time?

4. I would like to see same massage as in Versus, when opponent is searching for me, with countdown and with message of "Here is your match [click]" or "You have no match sorry, search for new time [click]"

5. What kind of ranked opponents I can get with my match. For example: I'm low pts player (900pts) and I get into my match top-1 ranked player (1200pts), nets matches will be with top-3,2,6,9,7,11,2,5 and so on in any sequence. Is this possible or not?

6. I signed for all times and didn't get any matches, will it happen next days or this is only one bad day for me?


1. Nope, the matchmaking detects and remembers when you already played against an opponent and won't match you several times.

2. That depends, we factor matches against the same opponent with a modificator, when other factors are worse it might happen, but in genereal only once every 8 days.

3. About 10-15 Minutes before the timeslot, when the matchmaking created the matches.

4. There is a message that informs you, why you didn't get a match and of course you can directly enter again for another slot.

5. It depends, within your division it is theoretically possible that you get match against any other player/participant, it all depends on number of participants for a timeslot, but in general the matchmaking tries to find the best possible match.

6. No, the matchmaking remembers when you were left out and handles you with priority for the next matchslot.

We will answer more questions in a news early next week.
Will I be able to see how many players signed up for some time?

I would like to be sure that in the bigger amount of signups I will get the best (equal) opponent for me. So this parameter would be nice to see somwhere near the signup button.

And another question from the above. Will there be some limit of signups for one time?
Rough wrote:
1. Will I be able to see how many players signed up for some time?

I would like to be sure that in the bigger amount of signups I will get the best (equal) opponent for me. So this parameter would be nice to see somwhere near the signup button.

And another question from the above. 2. Will there be some limit of signups for one time?


1. No, you will only see that someone is signed up, not who or how many. We decided against that, because it could lead to manipulation.

2. nope
are the games played best of 1 or best of 3?
TBH im not sure where i should say this but isnt getting 2salve and a clarity or a stout shield a better choice than ward and salve just bcuz of the ward nurf somone might want to buy wards u never know =D it all = the same gold spend
 
 
 
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