Hello ladies and gentlemen, I have now finally gathered all of the info I need for the league briefing and now I can share some of the things about the league such as some of the rules and workings. This is not the official rules page for the league yet. Now before I do that I would like to let everyone know that not all of these are gonna be certain till actual league start so please leave an opinion in the comments.
The first thing I want to tell everyone about is the name of the league the original idea was to call it ASR - Advanced Study Room and make it the same thing. Now due to some recent events it will have a name change and it has already been chosen. The new league name will be “The Nova League” I chose this name because I noticed there are some players who liked the name that OGS previously had so I wanted to bring a little bit of nova back into OGS.
Too sign up for the league you will need to contact Mikasa and/or other admins of the league when I announce them. Before that please read below some of the things that you will need to know.
To start, It is important to make sure that our players are really dedicated to playing on OGS or at least to make sure they are going to consistently play here. You will need at least 15 games played to join the league. NO SANDBAGGING WE WILL KNOW.
Classes will be listed simply with A, B, C, etc etc… I do not feel a complicated naming system is needed. Each class will not be a giant cluster of people classes will consist of no more then 5 to 7 players so you can find time to play every match.
The league placement will be by rank at start. This one is a bit complicated for people to understand so let me talk about this for a moment! The reason I choose to place it by rank is because when you stick a dan with many kyu and there is a giant cluster of kyu for this dan to play… or even a high kyu with a low kyu they start to wonder whose going to help them. The kyu are okay with this because there the ones who are getting the help but it can really bore the stronger players. So I want you to understand that you will still learn because when your game is done you can’t just leave call it good and say you didn’t learn anything you have to discuss the game afterwards to learn something… So just because it is sorted by rank and you will play people around your own level does not mean you will not learn anything if you can’t learn that way then your rank is probably not for you which means you are over or under rated. This will allow everyone to study the game with players there own level and it will be a competitive learning experience and not a massacre so please work with me!
The scheduling of matches must be done by you and your opponents we give a one month window to play every match against 5 to 6 opponents there is a in server email system. It is very simple you hit compose and in the “To” box you type there username and talk about each others time zones and schedule the match.
If you are having trouble playing all of your games within a month due to a real life problem you must let us know… I am a nice person I will help you work something out so you do not get kicked from the league or will you be dropped a class. I am not psychic I wish I was . Please do not think I will just know. So if you get kicked from the league for inactivity I reserve the right not to be yelled at for not knowing your real life problems
You are required to play ALL of your matches unless you are not able to discussed in the previous topic.
The settings for matches are still up in the air but I will post what we are thinking so far. The games will be live on 19x19 with japanese rules + byo-yomi of 35:00 main time and 5x50s byo, 6.5 komi. Please discuss this in the comments if you think its too much or too little.
Another important thing to note is that league matches are ranked this is done automatically by the system so it can’t be free anyway… I do agree with the system though that it should be ranked because the games are suppose to be competitive and learning by doing the best in your ladder you will rank up in classes meaning you will have to play stronger ranks and if your rank is too low because you gained some experience from your previous class it could cause problems.
I now want to talk about the prizes a bit… It is very difficult to come up with any real prize since we do not produce any money and its hard to get donations of teaching games for students I also do not think this works very well in terms of participation… I have come up with something else instead. I am volunteering as a teacher of the entire league and I hope a few others may do so as well you will be put on a list as a teacher with a rank and players of the league if they did not get enough learning experience from discussing the game with there opponent after you may come to one of the teachers and ask them to review your game IF they are available. You can volunteer as a teacher no matter what rating you are any help is appreciated. At the end of each month I will gather a few volunteers to enter as teachers in a drawing for all of the active players who played ALL of there matches for teaching games I will enter this every month as one of the teachers and hopefully others will as well.
There are a few more “Special” event things that will happen during the league but I have no solid plan for them yet so expect more then just a league.
Lastly, here is an example of how the league will work when determining promotion and demotion.
LEAGUE EXAMPLE Class 1 1 2 3 4 5 1. Mikasa ! X X O O 2. lemmata O ! X O O 3. xhu98 O O ! O X 4. mark5000 X X X ! O 5. matburt X X O X !
Promotion : The person in first place always has initiative when thinking about next level so if Mikasa has 3 wins and lemmata has 3 wins Mikasa will go up to next class and a month later lemmata will be ranked 1 in his class. In this example Mikasa only has 2 wins and 2 losses which means the initiative goes to the player in 2nd place you will notice that lemmata and xhu98 both have 3 wins and 1 loss the one who is higher in the list will move onto the next class and the one who got 2nd place will get to be in first initiative a month later.
Demotion : The person in the 5th place area has the initiative in going back a class so if Mark5000 has 3 losses and 1 win like matburt with 3 losses and 1 win matburt will be the one to fall down a class.
Promotioned and demotion into next class - When a player is promoted into the next class they are put into the 4th spot while the person who was demoted a class gets put onto the 5th spot.
Registration is not open yet… but please follow this link to join the group that it will be held in https://online-go.com/group/157
Please leave comments about what you like and what you don’t like it will really help thank you!