The FAF League System
League Site: https://www.faforever.com/competitive/leaderboards/leagues
Ladder League Season 8: November 1st - December 1st
What is it?
I’m sure many of you can recall architect and rowey’s ladder events that were meant to juice up the activity for ladder by introducing a sort of competitive board that rewarded activity. Well, long story short that’s basically the system I’m bringing back here. It will be a month long contest to determine the top, active ladder player for that month.
I’ve decided to personally take charge of keeping it going so I hope to keep it maintained at a regular interval. I’m unsure what precisely I will do as the intervals but I expect I’ll do something like one month of leagues, one month off, one month of leagues, etc. Before it seemed to be more of a yearly event but I want it to be something that people of all rating levels can look forward to throughout the year.
I’ve also adjusted the point system to be a bit less focused on spamming games and to give people that play well, albeit with less games, a shot at winning even if they don’t sit on FAF for the whole day. Before the point breakdown was 2/0/1 for W/L/D and that tended to mean that two people would often skyrocket ahead of everyone else in their division and others could never really catchup. While it certainly rewarded activity, I think it just didn’t deliver any sort of competitive feeling as you tried to maintain your position because it always just came down to an equation of who had more time to invest into the ladder. I’ve decided to adjust the point breakdown to 2/-1/0 to see if that makes it easier for people behind to catch up to those on the top spots on the leaderboards.
I’ve also updated the league division breakdowns in order to remove an issue that seemed to occur during the last few ladder events. Mainly, people at the top of their league never being able to get a top slot because they could never match against those in the bottom tier of their league. I’ve broken the league up into 500 rated chunks in order to see if this prevents the issue and to see if further work will need to be done to make it fair for all players involved.
I’ve also added rewards for all leagues, but I’ll expand on those rewards down below.
The Leagues and Their Rewards
Supreme Commander League: 1800+
Major League: 1300-1800
Captain League: 800-1300
Lieutenant League: 300-800
Operator League: <300
The top player in each league will be given a custom avatar that will be active unless they lose their title in the next ladder league month as well as a permanent "Ladder Warrior" avatar. In the top two leagues, the winner will also receive a $50 reward for topping their league. Finally, the top scoring player that mains a faction for more than 50% of their games will also win a King avatar for their faction (if 1800+) or a Prince avatar for their faction (if 1300-1800).
Avatars (Going from Operator to Supreme League Champion):
Season 3: https://imgur.com/a/ZQarHXt
Season 4: https://imgur.com/a/fxTWseQ
Season 5: https://imgur.com/a/8D83JxM
Season 6: https://imgur.com/a/yX0ewko
Season 7: https://imgur.com/a/Otd2MI7
Season 8: https://imgur.com/a/kWTnzUh
Good luck everyone!