Hello, this post will be stickied for a couple of days before being merged with this thread to make as many people as possible aware of this new project. If you took a close look at the Smogon Championship thread you probably noticed that SC points would be awarded to "Ladder Seasons". But what are these exactly ? Ladder Seasons will last for 50 days, and at the end of the 50 days, the best performing players will be awarded points depending on how well they got ranked. This goes without saying that Ladder Seasons will take place on Pokémon Showdown's ladder. Most specifically, on the Official current generation OU Ladder (that would be the [Gen 7 OU] ladder right now). Let's break down how a Ladder Season works : - Each Ladder Season will consist of 5 cycles. Each cycle will last for 10 days - At the end of each cycle, the top 500 from the ladder (this) will be saved - After the 5 cycles, the 5 top500 will be merged together and the average of the 4 best Elo scores for each player will determine their final ranking - Players outside of the top500 will have a score of 1000 Elo by default Let's take an example. Say you place 10th during the first cycle with 1700 Elo, 3rd at the second cycle with 1800, 1rst at the third cycle with 1850, 499th at the fourth cycle with 1605, and 650th at the fifth cycle with 1500. You'll end up with a final score of 1737 (=[1700+1800+1850+1600+1000]/4). This final Elo score will determine your placing for the Ladder Season. Ladder Seasons will award Smogon Championship points : To earn SC points for a Ladder Season, your final Elo score needs to be among the 50 best scores. For instance, if with 1737 you are 8th, you'll be awarded 10 SC points. However, the maximum amount of SC points that you can get through Ladder Seasons will be capped at 50. How can you participate ? It's as simple as it gets, you need to ladder with a PS! account that matches your Smogon username OR use a SC Username account. For instance, myself, I need to ladder with the Reymedy PS! account (or SC Reymedy). Any alt I could use will not be able to give me additional SC points. Obviously, we are aware that some of you do not own the PS! account that matches their Smogon username. If that is your case, then use the SC Username alternative. I do not advise you to use special characters for your nickname (like Reymedy♣) as it might mess up the identification. Also, NO NUMBERS after the "SC"! To make it clear, you don't need to signup ANYWHERE to participate. The top 500 will be the top 500 from PS! and that's it. Also, if one of the PS! accounts from the final top50 cannot be identified (ie: linked with a Smogon account), then the SC points are LOST. Below the schedule (these are the exact times at which each Top500 will be saved) : 1rst Ladder Season's deadlines Cycle 1 : 10/03 midnight EST Cycle 2 : 20/03 5AM EST Cycle 3 : 30/03 10AM EST Cycle 4 : 12/04 3PM EST Cycle 5 : 22/04 8PM EST 2nd Ladder Season's deadlines Cycle 1 : 04/05 11PM EST Cycle 2 : 14/05 4AM EST Cycle 3 : 24/05 9AM EST Cycle 4 : 03/06 2PM EST Cycle 5 : 13/06 7PM EST 3rd Ladder Season's deadlines Cycle 1 : 28/06 10PM EST Cycle 2 : 08/07 3AM EST Cycle 3 : 18/07 8AM EST Cycle 4 : 28/07 1PM EST Cycle 5 : 07/08 6PM EST 4th Ladder Season's deadlines Cycle 1 : 22/08 9PM EST Cycle 2 : 01/09 2AM EST Cycle 3 : 11/09 7AM EST Cycle 4 : 21/09 noon EST Cycle 5 : 01/10 5PM EST 5th Ladder Season's deadlines Cycle 1 : 16/10 8PM EST Cycle 2 : 26/10 1AM EST Cycle 3 : 05/11 6AM EST Cycle 4 : 15/11 11AM EST Cycle 5 : 25/11 4PM EST At the end of every single deadline, the top500 will be published. Same goes for the final top50 at the end of every single Ladder Season. This "hall of fame" will hopefully be added on PS! aswell when their developpers will have less pressing issues on their hands to deal with. Some other possible features are being explored (including a soft reset after each season). With this new system, we are looking to reward ladder activity without making it too harsh on the players. Basically, you participate at your own pace, and if you don't want to, well, nothing is stopping you from qualifying without the Ladder Seasons' SC points ! Thanks for reading, and if you have any question, feel free to PM me directly.