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Ladders are a way of ranking players. They are called ladders because the system is based on the principle of rungs - winning games moves you up the rungs of the ladder and losing games moves you down.
When you play a ladders' game for the first time you are automatically entered at the bottom. Your goal is to climb your way up the rungs until you get to first place.
Moving Up and Down
Example: Assume that Fred is at rung 10 and Mary is on rung 30. If Mary defeats Fred, Mary moves to rung 20 (because 20 is halfway between 10 and 30), and Fred moves to rung 11. The players who were at rungs 20-29 each move down one to make room for Mary. The player who was at rung 11 will move up to rung 10 to replace Fred.
For ladders with more than 1000 players, if in the first day of the month your rung is in the top 100, you must defend your rung against 20 different players outside the top 100 and 40 different players inside the top 100 during the month. For games in which a player has multiple opponents, one of the opponents would be considered to be a valid defense. The system runs a check the first of every month to make sure you have met the above defense rules. If it finds you delinquent you will be demoted 100 rungs. This is automated and there are no exceptions.
Additionally, every time you start a ladder game the system checks to make sure you have not played any of your opponents in your last 30 games (15 games for partnership games). If so the game will not affect ladder rungs. Note: in ladders with fewer than 1000 players, only your last 6 opponents are checked. This check does not occur in ladders with less than 300 players.
If a particular user is severely abusing a game please let us know by sending feedback.
If you are having problems with another ladder user in a game or chat the best thing to do is just ignore them. You can also block their chat indefinitely. To ignore a player, double click their name in the list of players. A new window will open showing information about this player. At the bottom of the window is a checkbox labeled "ignore". Check this and you will no longer receive chat messages from the offensive player.
If you notice one particular user being abusive repeatedly let us know by sending feedback. Be sure to give the offender's username, and a brief explanation of the problems that you encountered.
It is not polite to continually harass one specific player for a game. It is also not polite to ignore a request for a game, espically when that person can't move up unless you play them. Blacklisting a player will be considered as cheating.
Challenging Another User
If you wish to invite a particular player who is not online, there are a couple things you can do:
It is very bad form to refuse games based on Ladder rung. You should not refuse a valid challenge simply because the challenger is not the rung you are wanting to play.
Be A Good Player
Ygamesadmin reserves the right to penalize you if you do not meet the defense rules or determines that you are playing in an unfair manner in order to hold your rung and stop movement on the ladder.
It is important that lower ranked players be given a chance to move up the ladder. Everyone should try to play more games against lower ranked opponents then they do against higher ranked opponents. Remember, you will be penalized if you do not meet the defense rules or we determine that you are playing in an unfair manner in order to hold your rung and stop movement on the ladder. Removal for inactivity is completely automated. No exceptions are made for this rule. Ladder tournaments do not count towards the seven-day inactivity rule.