StarCraft II Beta: Leagues and Ladder FAQ
The Starcraft II Team has released a Leagues and Ladder FAQ for beta testers who wish to know how the ladder works for 1v1 and 2v2 player matches. In addition, Bashiok announced there will be a full reset, so don’t be surprised if your friends list is wiped. Make sure to write them down in a notepad document, and re-add the friend list once it’s wiped.
“In the near future, we will be doing a full reset of the beta database. This reset will wipe the following information for all players:
- Character and identifier
- Friends list
- League placement
- Ladder rank
Due to the amount of people currently participating in the beta, this database reset will allow us to monitor and test conditions similar to a game release (albeit smaller). We want to thank everyone for their patience and continued help and support in testing StarCraft II.”
How do your placement matches calculate which league you will be joining?
How do we move up in rank in your division? For example, from rank 51 to rank 44.
Example: Player A may have a win-loss ratio of 19-17 and be ranked in the Silver League at 35; while player B may have a win-loss ratio of 18-19, but because of the difficulty of some of those matches (say playing against Gold League players) he either received more points for a win or lost less for a loss.
How do players move down in rank on the ladder? For example, from rank 44 to rank 51.
What is the relevance of the Favored indicator and how does that effect the points distributed from winning or losing a match?
Currently there is a known bug where the score screen will display a level of you or your opponent being favored that’s incorrect. The loading screen however shows the correct level of ‘favoritism’.
You can use the level of ‘favoritism’ to gauge the number of points you are likely to gain or lose after the match depending on the result.
|What are the league ranks?
Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum. In that order. There is also the practice league for player’s starting out and there may be other special leagues created in the future, such as an invite-only pro league.
How does a player move laterally from one division to an adjacent division in the same metallic league? (For Example, From Division 5 Silver League to Division 4 Silver League.)
Do the different numbered divisions indicate various levels of skill; is 4 a slightly tougher division than 5?
How does a player move from one league to another? (For Example: from Silver league to Gold.)
Are matches ever made between different leagues? (For Example: A Gold league player playing against a Silver league player in a rated match.)
What is the bonus pool and how are bonus points acquired?
How is the bonus pool used in competitive play?
For example: If you were to have a Bonus Pool of 30 and you win a match that would normally give you 10 points, points will then be pulled from your Bonus Pool to match those 10 points and you’ll be awarded 20 points for winning that game. Your bonus pool will then sit at 20. (We’re aware of an issue your bonus pool not displaying properly in some parts of the UI).
Are the gains and losses in the 2v2 game type higher than that in 1v1?
Are 2v2 ranks counted individually or in pairs? For example: If Player A plays with Player B and their team is ranked 2, is there another ranking for when Player A plays with Player C?
How are ratings calculated for 2v2? Is it an average of the two players or cumulative?
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