Season 9 Format

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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.

Regular Season

  • 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

Scoring

  • 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.

Tournament qualification

  • 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