Season 9 Format
The ladder format will change for Season 9. The new format will hopefully encourage more competition towards the end of the season, and maintain a competitive nature through the whole season, with more community interaction on streams and other media.
- Season will consist of 11 game weeks
- In each week, each bot will play each other bot 3 times
- Bots can enter or update at any time and will be entered into the next available week.
- Deadline for each bot update will be the Wednesday of each week. Updates submitted after this will be entered into the following week.
- Results will be released at the end of each week, most weeks this will be on a stream with reviews of some of the games
- Bots which crash in more than 50% of their games in a single week will be disabled. Authors will be able to enable them again at any time
- Ladder Maps
- Bots will no longer gain ELO points
- As a base value, each bot will receive 1 point for a win, or 0.5 for a draw, 0 for a loss
- There will also be a points multiplier based on how late we are in the season:
- Weeks 1 – 2: 1x
- Weeks 3 – 4: 2x
- Weeks 5 – 6: 3x
- Weeks 7 – 8: 4x
- Weeks 9 – 10: 5x
- Week 11: 6x
- So for example, a win in week 1 would give you 1 point, where as a win in week 10 will give you 5 points. This is to encourage bots to enter at any stage of the season
- Points for bots will accumulate over each week.
- Top 2 bots for each week will qualify for the tournament
- Top 4 bots from the final week will qualify for the tournament
- Top 4 bots from the whole season will also qualify
- If there are less than 12 bots qualified through this process, places will go to the next available bots from the full season rankings
- Seedings for the tournament draw will be decided based on full season rankings.
- Authors with multiple qualifying bots will be able to select which one of them to take into the tournament, but may still only enter 1