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Ladder information

Ladder is a way to rank players. When you win games you gain ladder rating which will place you higher on the ranking. In Warbarons there are four separate ladders.1 vs 1, Free for all, best team player and team ladder.

Ladder seasons
There are 3 ladder seasons each year which last for 4 months each.
January - April
May - August
September - December.

At the end of each season the top 15 players / teams of each segment is saved and can be viewed under previous ladder seasons. Games that meet the following criterias are automatically ended with a winner.

1. Ladder game and is on at least turn 11.
2. One player (or team) holds more than 70% of the game resources* that player/team will be declared winner and the game will be ended.

Game resources are calculated based on these values:

15 points per city.
1 point per unit per level
1 point per 100 gold
2 points per building
3 points per hero, 1 per level

All ladder games that doesn't meet that criteria will be counted towards the next season instead.

The top 3 players / teams are awarded with credits.

Top 3 of 1on1, FFA, and best team player
#1 3000 credits
#2 1500 credits
#3 500 credits

Top 3 teams:
All players of team #1 1500 credits
All players of team #2 1000 credits
All players of team #3 500 credits.

How ladder rating is calculated
Ladder rating calculation is based on the ELO rating system.When you beat a player ranked higher than you, you will get more ladder points, and less when you beat someone ranked lower than you. The calculation is based on the rating when the game is started, not the rating when the game ends. The size of the map is also affecting the amount of points you get from winning. There is a K value that is altered depending on the number of map tiles until we have collected average time it takes to complete a map.

K Value based on map size
< 5000, K =16
>= 5000 && < 7500, K = 22
>= 7500 && < 10000, K = 28
>= 10000 && < 15000, K = 34
>= 15000 && < 20000, K = 40
>= 20000 && < 25000, K = 46
>= 25000, K = 52

K value based on average number of turns it takes to complete a game on the map.
Turns > 0, K=8
Turns > 8, K=12
Turns > 13, K=16
Turns > 18, K=22
Turns > 22, K=28
Turns > 30, K=34
Turns > 35, K=40
Turns > 40, K=46
Turns > 45, K=52

FFA Games
For FFA it works like this, every player is compared to the average rating of all the opponents, so each participant will be facing a diffrent rating value. For example we have: Player1 with rating 2000 Player2 with rating 1750 Player3 with rating 1500 Then when calculating the ladderpoints, for calculation it works like Player1 is facing an opponent with rating (1750+1500)/2 = 1625 Player2 is facing an opponent with rating (2000+1500)/2 = 1750 Player3 is facing an opponent with rating (2000+1750)/2 = 1875 So the players who loses will lose points equal to a 1v1 loss versus an opponent with that rating. The player who wins will gain points equal to a 1v1 win versus an opponent with that rating, and then times number of opponent, i.e. * 2 for this example.

Team games works just like 1 vs 1 but its the team that get the ladder rating. There is also a individual team rating that you carry with you betweendifferent teams. This rating is based on your team wins, if your team wins a 3 vs 3 you will get the same amount of points that your team is awarded with.In addition to the ELO forumla there is a matching point system. If you win and get 16 ladder points for winning your point pool will match that with 16 extra points giving you 32 points for the win. You point pool starts at 40 points at the start of the ladder season. Each day the 1 on 1 pool is increased by 2 points, Team pools are increased by 1 and FFA pools are increased by 2 points per week.