Hello, friends- The ranking system was updated for the new year.
The period for ranking points has been reduced from 360 days to 300 days. This change reflects a higher (expected) frequency of events. The intended goal is to keep the ranking as "fresh" as possible, but not make the change too drastic because the calendar is still dependent on the global response to the pandemic.
A small number of points will be given for losing. This is meant to reward teams for being active and participating in events. This will help more teams get ranked and active teams will achieve a higher ranking than less active teams.
The amount of points will be a percentage of the number of points for winning:
Example: If the winner of a Group Stage match gets 100 points, the loser gets 1 point.
Losses as a result of disqualification will not be awarded points. Instead, they will be considered a loss by forfeit (= 0 points).
Previously, bonus points were awarded for teams that were invited to an event as well as teams that qualified for an event. No more bonus points will be awarded to simplify the scoring and make it completely match/results-based.
If a team temporarily plays with a minority-female line-up, we can make a manual adjustment to the points they earn.
Example: Vicimus Elda finished ESEA Season 39 with a minority-female line-up (2 women + 3 men). The points they received for winning/losing was reduced to 40% to reflect the change in roster composition.
These features (including examples) are also updated in the article explaining the ranking system.
Following the first edition of ESEA's Women's Cash Cup, several teams were reinstated. They inherit the points from the previous iteration of their team because at least three players are still together. The were the reinstated teams (former team name in parentheses if applicable):