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.
ExampleEvery 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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