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#1 The Maestro

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:35 PM

In 2014 we started with a tournament structure (Divisions System), as there had been many requests about having a better / cleaner ranking, top players not wanting to wait for ages to get a game and a lot of people were looking for tournaments where they could play people within their own skillrange or just play without hassles.

 

Two open tournaments were held in 2014 (one in Spring and one in Autumn). All participants that entered and ended the tournament(s) without being disqualified were awarded Tournament Ranking Points (TRPs). Based on the total TRP’s scored (sum of both tournaments) a list was made. In December the first ever Divisions Tournament(s) started.

 

The players that gained the highest total TRPs in 2014 were invited for the Division 1 Tournament No TRP’s could be won but something even better: the winner of this special Tournament could  claim the title: Master 2014 (The Ultimate Champion of the year).

 

The next Group of players went into Division 2, followed by the foramation of Division 3. This way every player, of every level, had at least 10 great matches against players of approximately their own skill level. In all Divisions there were fierce battles, with players looking for Promotion and trying to prevent Degradation.

 

After the 2014 Years End Divisions all TRP’s were reset to zero.

 

In 2015 there will once again be 2 Open Tournaments (one in Spring and one in Autumn), but also A Mid Year Divisions (MYD) Tournament. 3 Tournaments to score TRP’s in. The year once again ends with the Years End Divisions (which will include the crowning of the Stratego Master 2015).

 

Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic: http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101

 



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 02:50 PM

What happens after the Masters 2014 to the points and the Divisions?
At the start of 2015 there was a complete reset of TRP's, so we all start at 0 again for 2015
BUT: the divisions stay intact in 2015!
 
Which means that you have to join the Spring open tournament in Approx March 2015 to be sure to get your first TRP’s (Tournament Ranking Points)
 
How can I win TRP’s in 2015 and how long do they count ?
TRPs can be won by joining one (or more) of the several Tournaments held here at stratego.com
 
For 2015:  3 Chances:
Approx. March 2015: Spring Double Elimination Tournament Open tournament: Sign up is now open
- Approx May 2015: Mid Year Divisions Tournaments. Invitation only.
- Approx September 2015: Autumn Tournament. Open tournament
 
The results of these 3 Tournaments will be added up and players will be invited for their division in the grand Finale of 2015 in November/December 2015: The Masters (Years End Divisions Tournaments). Invitation only.
 
At the end of 2015 there will be a complete reset of TRP's, so we all start at 0 again for 2016
 
Can you give me an example of how many TRP's can be won in each tournament?
 
The first one to win TRPs (The Open Spring Tournament) will start on Friday 20 February. Sign Up has closed. The TRP's that can be won:
 
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Very important: besides scoring TRP's players can catapult themselves into a (higher) division for the next tournament
 
In May we will see the Mid Year Divisions.
 
During the divisions tournaments there are a lot of TRP's to be picked up (more than in the open tournaments). These TRP's can be won:
 
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Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic:http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101

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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:08 PM

What is the difference between Divisions Tournaments and Open Tournaments?

Division Tournaments are invitation only tournaments, only open to players that are currently ranked in a Division. or are on the Divisions placeholders list or scored TRP’s after the last Divisions Tournament (by joining an open Tournament). 

The Divisons work like this: Several tournaments (one for each division) are being played at the same time. Only players that are invited to a certain division can join. The aim is to have 10-14 players in each division (although that may vary). In each Division, every player plays every other player once. Points will be scored and will lead to a final standings. After the tournament, (at least) the last two of Division 1 will automatically move down to Division 2 for the next Divisions Tournament. They will then be replaced by the #1 and #2 in the final standings of Division 2 (who will then be automatically invited for Division 1 participation). This system is similar for all divisions: the highest two move up one division and (at least) the lowest two move down (if possible).

There will be Two Divisions Tournaments in 2015, one starting around May, called the Mid Year Divisions MYD) and one in the winter, the Years End Divisions. In that one, the players that enter Division 1 will play for the for the prestigious title Master 2015.

2015 will also have two open tournaments (one in Spring and one in Autumn).

So in total you can join 4 tournaments in 2015!

We are sure all this will add a lot of fun and competition to this site and will be another reason for players all around the world to join us and match their skills with us!


How does the Spring Open Tournament (starting in February) work?

The Spring Tournament is a Double Elimination Style tournament, meaning that a player is not out of the tournament after (just) losing one match. There will be two brackets, one called Premier (for players that have not lost yet) and the other called Rehabilitation (for players with one loss only). If a player loses a second time they are out of the tournament. This tournament is open, which means players that are registered on stratego.com, joined the forum and are eligiable according to the specific tournament Rules can enter this one. Seeding will be random. At the end of the tournament all players receive TRP’s (according to their results)

Since ALL players started 2015 again with zero TRPs this is a great chance to get a head start on the opposition. Also a good endresult in this tournament can catapult you into a higher Division immediately. The Top 4 finishers in the ST will be added to the D1 invitation list for the next Divisions Tournament (Mid Year Division Tournament 2015). That may also be the case if you end up as #5 or #6. If you reach the Final 16 you will have some priorities -starting for Division 2-, see post below.

Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic: http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 03:39 PM

How does the Mid Year Division Tournament (starting approx in May) work?

 

The Mid Year Division Tournament 2015 is an invitational only Tournament and will only be open to:

 

1a  Players invited based on their position in the final standing of their Winter 2014 division. This means for division 1 (D1) the Top 10 of the Winter division 1 standings will be invited plus the #1 & #2 of division 2 (D2). 

 

1b also invited will be some players based on their result in the Spring Tournament. A player that ends in the Final 4 in ST (and is not yet on the invitation list) will be invited to D1 at the same time as the 12 mentioned above. This may lead to a D1 of maximum 16 players (although that is highly unlikely).

 

If not all of the above mentioned players accept their invitation to join D1, other players can get invited until we reach the desired amount of players in this Division (probably 10-12).

 

Who are next on the list to receive an invitation?

 

2. The Numbers 5-8 in the endranking of the ST (#5 getting priority over #6 and so on). A play-off match may be needed.

 

3.  If that won't lead to the desired amount of players in D1, the players that were invited for the winter D1 tournament but skipped it (in our example 3 did that) will be invited to take the empty spots (highest first).

 

4. If it is still not filled by then and still one spot left there will be a play off match between #11 of division 1 and #3 of division 2, if there are 2 spots left also a match between #12 of division 1 and #4 of division 2. If there were 3 spots left #11 of division 1 and # 3 of division 2 would be invited without playing a match and #12 of division 1 and #4 of division 2 would play for the last spot (etc).

 

Invitations for D2 will go out to the two players that degraded from D1, the two players that promoted from D3, the players in Final D2 standings after the Winter Tournament (that did not promote or degrade) and players that skipped Winter D1 and were not invited for D1 MYD. 

 

Also invited will be some players based on their result in the Spring Tournament. Players that ended ST in spots 5-8 are eligible (if they have not declined an invitation to D1 for MYD), but D2 shall not exceed the amount of 12-14 participants. It is the same procedure as with the invitation list for D1. So highest finisher in ST has priority - if needed (a) play off match / matches can be played-, followed by players that were invited to Winter D2 but skipped it etc.

 

Invitations for D3 will go out to the two players that degraded from D2, the players in Final D3 standings after the Winter Tournament (that did not promote) and players that skipped Winter D2 and were not invited for D2 MYD.

 

Also invited will be some players based on their result in the Spring Tournament. Players that ended ST in spots up to #32 are eligible (if they have not declined an invitation to D1 or D2 for MYD), but D3 shall not exceed the amount of 12-14 participants. It is the same procedure as with the invitation list for D1. So highest finisher in ST has priority - if needed (a) play off match / matches can be played-, followed by players that were invited to Winter D3 but skipped it etc.

 

All other players with TRP’s will be invited for the next Divisions (we will open as many as needed to get everyone in). First the players that degraded from D3, then players based on their result in the Spring Tournament, followed by players that skipped Winter D3 and were not invited for D3 MYD.

 

Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic: http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 04:07 PM

How does the Autumn Open Tournament (starting in September) work?
 
Approx. September 2015 will bring another open Tournament. So like in the Spring Open Tournament this will be a chance for all players to gain more TRP's but also for (new) players not yet in divisions to earn the right to be invited for future division tournaments.
 
The Autumn Tournament will also be an open tournament; the exact concept of this tournament will be announced later. The last chance of the year to score TRP’s! 

 

For a lot of players this will mean the difference in playing one Division higher or lower in the Year End 2015 Division Tournament !

 

Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic:http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 04:28 PM

How does the Year End 2015 Division Tournament work?
 
After this tournament we have had 3 tournaments (1 division tournament,  the Spring and Autumn tournament) in which TRP's were scored. The top 8 in the Total TRP score will receive an automatic invitation for the Masters 2015. The remaining spots will be filled by players based on their spot in the final standings in the Mid Year League, meaning the highest placed Division 1 players not yet automatically invited get in as well they are (if needed) followed by #1 and #2 of last times Division 2. The top 2 of MYD D2 prevail over the last 3 of D1. 

 

For all divisions: If players that ended the year with the same amount of TRP's, TRP's scored in the MYD will be used as the tie breaker. Players that caused too much delays and trouble to the schedule can be excluded from being invited.
 
How the Year End Divisions will be filled:
 
Division 1 (10-12 players):
 
1-8: Top 8 TRP's for 2015
9 +:  Highest MYD D1 players not yet in (but if that player ended MYD in D1 on place 11 or lower, MYD D2 #1 and #2 will be invited first)
 
If we still don't get to 10 players, the next highest TRP player gets invited. However, if that is a player that ended with the last 3 in MYD D1, and the top 2 of MYD D2 is not in yet, that TRP player (last 3 of MYD D1) has to play a deciding match against the highest of the top 2 MYD D2 players not in yet. If the MYD D2 player wins that player will be invited first. If the D1 player wins that player will go in followed by the next highest TRP player.

 

If there is still another player needed and the MYD D1 player lost the deciding match, that MYD D1 player (based on TRP) is next, unless the MYD D2 player that ended MYD D2 as # 2 is not in yet; then they have to play a deciding match.  
 
Division 2 (10-12 players):
 
1-8: The next group of 8 highest TRP players for 2015 (# 9-16 on the TRP list)
9 +:  MYD D1 players not yet in, followed by players that skipped MYD D1 and then the highest MYD D2 players not yet in (but if that player ended MYD in D2 on place 11 or lower, MYD D3 #1 and #2 will be invited first)
 
If we still don't get to 10 players, the next highest TRP player gets invited. However, if that is a player that ended with the last 2 in MYD D2, and the top 2 of MYD D3 is not in yet, that TRP player (last 2 of MYD D2) has to play a deciding match against the highest of the top 2 MYD D3 players not in yet. If the MYD D3 player wins that player will be invited first. If the D2 player wins that player will go in followed by the next highest TRP player.

 

If there is still another player needed and the MYD D2 player lost the deciding match, that MYD D2 player (based on TRP) is next, unless the MYD D3 player that ended MYD D3 as # 2 is not in yet; then they have to play a deciding match.  

 
Division 3 (10-14 players):
 
1-8. The next group of 8 highest TRP players for 2015 (# 17-24 on the TRP list)
9 +   MYD D2 players not yet in, followed by players that skipped MYD D2 and then the highest MYD D3 players not yet in (but if that player ended MYD in D3 on place 9 or lower, MYD D4 #1 and #2 will be invited first)
 

If we still don't get to 10 players, the next highest TRP player gets invited. However, if that is a player that ended with the last 2 in MYD D3, and the top 2 of MYD D4 is not in yet, that TRP player (last 2 of MYD D3) has to play a deciding match against the highest of the top 2 MYD D4 players not in yet. If the MYD D4 player wins that player will be invited first. If the D3 player wins that player will go in followed by the next highest TRP player.

 

If there is still another player needed and the MYD D3 player lost the deciding match, that MYD D3 player (based on TRP) is next, unless the MYD D4 player that ended MYD D4 as # 2 is not in yet; then they have to play a deciding match.  

 
Division 4 (open amount of players):
 
1-8: The next group of 8 highest TRP players for 2015 (# 25-32 on the TRP list)
Then MYD D3 players not yet in, followed by players that skipped MYD D3 and then the next highest TRP players.
 
More Divisions (if needed)
1-8: The next group of 8 highest TRP players for 2015 (# 33-40 on the TRP list etc)
Then the MYD D4 players not yet in, followed by the next highest TRP players.
 
This will result in the final standings of the year (2015), the crowning of a Master and there will be a TRP reset again and the divisions will stay in tact for 2016.
 
Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic:http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 04:36 PM

So am I foced to play all tournaments?
Ofcourse you can play or skip as many tournaments as you want but since every tournament has TRP’s up for grabs, the more you play the more points you get.

If players prefer to play against their own skill level we advise them to join the divisions tournaments for sure.

Any tips for players that have not played tournaments yet?
Join the Spring Tournament (open) that starts in March! Not only will that get you TRP's, but it will also guarantee you to be invited to the Mid Year Division Tournament, where you can score more TRP's, or even promote to a higher division.

Another chance (final one for 2015) is in the Open Autumn Tournament. Those TRP's will get you in the Divisions system as well.

Questions about the working of Divisions can be asked in this topic: http://forum.strateg...stions/?p=22101



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Posted 25 September 2014 - 08:06 PM

Best idea in ages.


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 10:57 AM

Congratulations Μaestro for the idea of the organization of tournaments in site and the fun that offers players each year. 
If could anyone to translate in 3-4  countries(GREECE, Dutch, Spanish, etc.)  of plans i believe it was the best.
I have understand of plans but I can not do, accurate translation.
 
Thank you 
 
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