Tuesday, February 17, 2009

40K League in Full Swing

With Week 1 in the books, we're easily on pace to exceed last season's total of both players and games played. If the recruitment and games continue at the rate we're at, this should be a mighty season indeed for Warhammer 40,000.

I thought I'd take a quick moment to explain how the posted league stats work, particularly how players are ranked, and what the colors all mean. If you've never seen our format before, I can see how it might be a bit confusing...

All players in Legio Malaysia leagues are ranked by their League Point Average, or LPA. This score is derived from the final game results after applying bonus and penalty points to both players. We take the total amount of League Points earned, and divide it by the number of games played. This yields the LPA, and it is this score that is used to rank you up against the other members of the league. Sportsmanship and Appearance scores have no bearing on this whatsoever- league ranking is based solely on your army's combat performance. We then sort these scores to determine the current rankings.

However, before we post these rankings, we also have something we check these scores against. To be ranked, players must be current in their "Games Played". All Legio Malaysia leagues operate on a one game per week minimum basis. So, for the current six week 40K league, each player needs to have played a minimum of 6 games to qualify for the League Championships. While these games can be played any time, we do track the stats based on the pace of one per week.

So, to determine what the minimum games are to be current, we simply take the current league week we're in (Week 2 as of this post), and subtract one from that number. This means, as of today, that each player in the league should have played at least one game. In Week 3 each played should have played 2, and so on. If any player has not played enough games to be "on pace", their LPA is NOT counted for league ranking. Their data line is highlighted in red, and a " - " appears in their ranking. As soon as the player in question gets up to the minimum games, we immediately update the sheet and rank that player.

So, with all that in mind, we rank and post the results. For reference, we also color code data lines based on a few conditions:

If a player's data line has white text, that player has played at least the minimum number of games needed to be current, and is ranked.

If a player's data line is red, that means the player has NOT played enough games to stay current, and is unranked.

If a player's data line is green, that means the player has played at least six games, and has a fully painted army. The player in question has met all requirements for potential participation in the Wild Card Tournament and/or the League Championships. That player does not need to play any more games if they do not wish.

If a player's data line is yellow, that means the player has played at least six games, but for some reason does not qualify for the finals. In virtually all cases, this means the player does not have a fully painted army. If the army does not get painted before the end of the regular season (midnight, March 20th in the current league), the player will not be eligible to participate in the Wild Card Tournament and/or the League Finals.


So folks, that's how we do it. If you have any questions or comments about this, feel free to post a reply. We'll get you sorted pronto.

Cheers

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