Counter-Strike 5on5 rules Ladder (rating)
- Please take the time to read through our global rules before you start playing in this ladder. These rules not only apply to Counter-Strike 5on5 but all ladders within ClanBase. Knowing the global ladder rules will avoid conflicts and will increase your chances of winning conflicts.
Pay particular attention to our rules on freelancing, linking your accounts and the 24-hour rule, reporting a no-show and the match conflict rules.
The General rules section covers the default punishment for breaking the rules, our right to broadcast matches, the complaints system and what counts as official match rules. The rating system is explained in detail, and provides information about the number one spot.
- A list of defined ladder terms can be found .
2. Match rules
- All matches are played using the MaxRounds 12 scoring system by default.
- A match is either played on one or two maps. Each map will be played one time as CT and one time as T.
- Both clans get to choose if they start as T or CT on their own map. The clan with the lowest rank will get to choose what map is played first.
- All matches need to be played using CounterStrike v1.6
- Only 5on5 matches are allowed in the Counter-Strike 5on5 ladders. All matches that are played with a different equal teamsize (2on2, 3on3, ...) will be cancelled.
- This rule applies to this game's ladders which have had more than 500 activity for 30 days or more:
Clans in the top 10 must play at least 5 legitimate matches within 30 days, which is not a no-show. Clans in the top 10 who haven't played 5 matches in 30 days willl be forced into hibernation without warning.
3. Optional rules
- SteamBans: If this option is selected clans are obligated
to play on a server with the SteamBans plugin. If you are unable to
find a server where the SteamBans plugin is installed, both clans may
demand that the match is cancelled.
- Optional Anti-Cheat Tools: You may select another Anti-Cheat
tool from the list. If an Anti-Cheat tool is selected then the clans are
obligated to play on a server with the selected Anti-Cheat tool. If you
are unable to find a server where the Anti-Cheat tool is installed, both
clans may demand that the match is cancelled. All players will be
expected to have made sure that they will not get any violations before
the match starts. ClanBase will not take any actions if screenshots are missing or they are black. The available Other Anti-Cheat Tools are:
- EasyAntiCheat (EAC). Server must have EAC installed on server. (download)
- Manual silent run forbidden: When this option is selected, tapping duck in order to quieten your footsteps' sound significantly (=silent run aka russian jumps) is forbidden and results in a forfeit loss.
- MaxRounds: The amount of MaxRounds to be played may be chosen by the challenger.
- MaxRounds 12: 2x12 rounds will be played per map.
- MaxRounds 15: 2x15 rounds will be played per map.
- Maps: The amount of maps to be played may be chosen by the challenger.
- One map: The first map listed on the match page will be played.
- Two maps: Both maps listed on the match page will be played.
- 32-bit colors: When this option is selected, all the players have to use 32-bit colors. Everyone must take a smoke shot (screenshot showing smoke grenade's smoke effect and scoreboard) with "net_graph 2 or 3" enabled (type "net_graph 2" or "net_graph 3" to the console) at the beginning of the match. If a player leaves the server and rejoins later, he must take a new smoke shot. Using different color depth than 32 bits will lead to a forfeit loss. If player doesn't upload requested smoke shot, it will also lead to a forfeit loss. Uploading smokeshots isn't required anymore if the use of 32 bit colordepth can be verified by other means (via anti-cheat shots for example).
The amount of smoke shots that can be requested are: 1on1: all, 2on2: 1 per map, 3on3: 2 per map, 4on4: 3 per map, 5on5: 4 per map. Requesting clan must upload as many smoke shots from themselves as they are requesting from the opponent.
- The maplist for Counter-Strike 5on5 is:
- In addition to the maps in the maplist, you may select "custom map" on the challenge form and 2 text boxes will show up where you can enter the names of the maps you want to play. This way you'll be able to challenge your opponent on any map, but your opponent may decline the challenge freely.
- Servers should have installed for de_nuke, de_train & de_dust2, else either clan may demand that the match be cancelled before the match has started.
- Download maps: , , , , , , , de_mirage & de_forge
- Download map: de_mirage_csgo
5. Client settings
- Usage of external programs to modify client settings is strictly forbidden.
- Changing the default value of the following commands is forbidden and will result in a forfeit loss.
- r_speeds (0)
- cl_showevents (0)
- gl_max_size (256/512)
- gl_polyoffset (0.1/4)
- gl_monolights (0)
- s_a3d (0)
- gl_picmip (max value: 2)
- s_show (0)
6. Server settings
- All matches are played with the following server settings. If you have rcon access to the server, you can use to automatically set all the settings correctly. Changing one or more server settings during a match will result in a forfeit loss.
- pausable 1
- allow_spectators 0
- edgefriction "2"
- decalfrequency "60"
- mp_consistency "1"
- mp_buytime 0.25
- mp_decals "300"
- mp_roundtime 1.75
- mp_friendly_grenade_damage 1
- mp_friendlyfire 1
- mp_c4timer 35
- mp_freezetime 6
- mp_forcechasecam 2
- mp_forcecamera 2
- mp_fadetoblack 0
- mp_footsteps 1
- mp_flashlight 1
- mp_autocrosshair 0
- mp_limitteams 0
- mp_logfile 1
- mp_logmessages 1
- mp_autoteambalance 0
- mp_autokick 0
- mp_tkpunish 0
- mp_hostagepenalty 0
- mp_startmoney 800
- mp_timelimit 0
- mp_maxrounds 0
- sv_aim 0
- sv_cheats 0
- sv_maxrate 25000
- sv_minrate 5000
- sv_maxupdaterate 101
- sv_minupdaterate 20
- sv_maxspeed 320
- sv_gravity 800
- sv_airmove 1
- sv_airaccelerate 10
- sv_clienttrace 1
- sv_alltalk 0
- sv_proxies 1
- Server has to be secured by Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC2). If you are unable to find a server where the Valve Anti-Cheat is installed, both clans may demand that the match is cancelled. All players will be expected to have made sure that they will not get any violations before the match starts.
7. Demos and screenshots
- All players must record demos from the whole match. Demos can be requested and must be kept until the result has been accepted on ClanBase.
- In case of a conflict: both clans may request ineye demos from the other clan, but the following is required or the conflict will be discarded:
- The clan must explain their reason(s) for doing so and provide specific detailed information (i.e. approximate match time when an event took place and why they want to investigate it further). Providing non-detailed reasons such as "He cheats" will get your conflict discarded!
- The clan must immediately state the exact demos they want; players and maps.
- Upload at least one complete set of demos from 1 of their own players.
- The amount of ineye demos that can be requested are: 1on1: all, 2on2: 1 per map, 3on3: 2 per map, 4on4: 3 per map, 5on5: 4 per map, 6on6: 5 per map etc. 1 demo is a 1 complete map demo of one player. A clan can request demos in a conflict only once, other requests apart from the first one will be ignored. Failure to upload requested demos or uploading demos that are broken or missing will lead into a forfeit loss.
- Clans who repeatedly fail to upload demos will be . Players who repeatedly fail to upload demos can be suspended from playing according to .
- If a working HLTV demo is uploaded to ClanBase, players don't need to give the requested in-eye demos anymore. HLTV being in the server isn't an excuse for not recording in-eye demos.
- Demo is not valid if it's missing 3 or more rounds.
8. Regional ladder rules
- The regional rules in this section apply to Finnish CS ladders only.
- In order to participate in a regional ladder a clan/player must reside in that region or in a region that includes it. For example: East Europe includes Hungary.
- Any clan or player not from a ladder's region will be removed from that ladder. Depending on the kind of violation, the clan/player might face suspensions from a forfeit loss to a 3-month suspension from all regional ladders for that game.
- All matches MUST be played on servers within that region. Once a match has started then the server's settings and region is accepted, so clans/players will not be punished if the match is played. When neither clan/player can provide a server from that region and they refuse to play, the match should be cancelled. If a clan/player does have a server from that region and the opponent doesn't, the match must be played on the server from that region. In this case, the opponent may not refuse the server with the correct region and if they do, then the clan/player (with the correct server) should report the match as a no-show in the ladder channel.
- During matches a certain number of players must be from the ladder's region. The values are as follows:
- In a 2v2 : both players must be from that region
- In a 3v3 : 2 players must be from that region
- In a 4v4 : 3 players must be from that region
- In a 5v5 & 6v6 : 4 players must be from that region
- In a 7v7 : 5 players must be from that region
- In a 8v8 : 6 players must be from that region
- In a 9v9 & 10v10 : 7 players must be from that region
- Anything above this must have a minimum of 8 players and must be a minimum of 70% of the team
Violating this rule will result in a forfeit loss. In addition, you will be suspended for a period of time depending on the type of violation as stated in the . If the players are faking nationalities, more harsh punishments may be used.
- It is a clan's responsibility to make sure its clan & player flags are correct for when clans are checked for regional status.
- IPs can be traced to a country by using IP trace tools such as 'Network Tools' and 'Geektools'.
- Any clan found guilty of abusing the regional ladder rules by faking nationality will be punished, depending on the violation, with a forfeit loss or more harsh measures. Players who continually rejoin ladders they were removed from despite warnings will have their responsible clans .
- GUID's are unique identifiers used in games to recognise players. Examples: SteamID, PB guid, CoD2 guid, UT2004 guid, ETpro guid, DMW client nr and Xbox Live Gamertag.
- 1. Every player must register his HL/CS SteamID guid on the . Click to find out how to retrieve and register your SteamID.
- The last change of a GUID can not be done later than 24 hours before a match. Players who did not register the correct GUID more than 24 hours before a match will be considered freelancers.
- Only the last entered GUID (the one you can see on your account's page) in the changelog will be considered as valid to play with.
10. Miscellaneous rules
- Clans are not allowed to share line-ups. Clans should not have more than 50% of their members in other clans, where they are active in the same ladders. Clans will be considered active if they are ranked in those ladders. Hibernating clans are not ranked. All violating clans will be warned by email. After this warning, the clans have five days to clear up their members list. Clans still violating the rule after this period will be for 1 month from the involved ladders. Repeated violations will result in a 3-month suspension from all ladders. This rule also applies to ‘multi-gaming’ clans.
If the percentage of players shared is more than 50% of the total number of players in one clan, but is significantly less than 50% in another then only the first clan will be warned. For example, 51% of one clan’s roster also belongs to another clan’s, the other clan has more players so only 30% of its roster is in the first clan – the first clan will be warned, the other won’t.
- At least half the line-up used in every match (not 1on1) should be different from those used by any other clan in the same ladder. This does not apply to 2on2 ladders (unless it happens too regularly - both clans use the same line-up in 4 or more occasions) or matches older than 14 days. The following list shows what is not allowed, based on the line-up of two matches, one for each clan:
- 3on3 ladder: two players are the same
- 4on4 ladder: three players are the same
- 5on5 ladder: three players are the same
- 6on6 ladder: four players are the same
- 7on7 ladder: four players are the same
- And so on
Violating clans will receive a forfeit loss for all of the matches in which they are violating the shared line-up rule. Two or more violations of this rule will also result in .
- It's not allowed to use the Riot Shield. Doing so will result in withdrawing 2 roundwins from the abusing team and giving them to the opponent per round it's used.
- Playing a match before the time indicated on the match page is not allowed. If the opponent chooses to claim that the match was a practice because it was indeed played on a different time then the match will be cancelled, only if there is clear proof. Slight differences between the play time and the match time are allowed.
- If all the players on one team drops because of technical error, the other team should wait at least 5 minutes before leaving the server.
- If a player drops because of a technical error you must pause the match at the end of the round or during freezetime (never during a round). The maximum time you can pause is 5 minutes, which is enough time to reboot and reconnect. Unpausing the match before the time is up without the missing player and without the agreement of the opponent will result in withdrawing 2 roundwins from the abusing team and giving them to the opponent. If one team has paused the match for a total of more than 15 minutes, the other team may either demand that the match continues without waiting for the missing players or that the match is cancelled. Pausing for no apparent reason, regardless of how much time passed, will result in withdrawing 2 roundwins from the abusing team and giving them to the opponent.
- Once a match has started, its result counts unless both sides agree it shouldn't. Ping, lag issues, incorrect server settings, the lack of anti-cheat or no bug fixed maps are no excuse for leaving; you should have checked the server before you started playing.
- Substituting players is allowed at any time during a match, but you'll have to convince your opponent to pause the match if you want to do it in the middle of a round.
- If one team willingly leaves the server before the match is finished, the clan that stayed are awarded the remaining rounds.
- If the server crashes before 5 rounds of a map has been played, the side will be replayed from the start. If it crashes after the 5th round has finished, the remaining rounds will be played with mp_startmoney set to 4500, after the restart of the round mp_startmoney has to be set back to 800.
- If a server crashes more than 2 times during a match, either clan may demand a serverchange.
- Before each round can start the team who controls the server always have to make sure that the other team is ready. If one member of a team says that his team is ready he is considered to speak for the whole team, regardless of his status in the clan. Once a round has started it may only be restarted if both clans agree. When the match has been started, restarting the server without the agreement of the opponents is not allowed, if this were to happen the opponent can either claim a forfeit win or continue the match with the score before the restart in mind. If a match was started without the agreement of the other team they can demand that the round is stopped as long as at least 1 of their members remain in the spawning area. In that case the team who controls the server should wait until the other team is ready for a maximum of 10 minutes before restarting again.
- After the match has started, when the map has changed, pausable may be set to
0 accidentally and no clan is at fault. Once it's found out it must be set to 1
immediately or two roundwinds will be taken from the clan that is using the
rcon to their opponent for each round that passes by.
- Server spectators are never allowed. This does not include HLTV/SrcTV spectators.
- HLTV servers are always allowed on the server, but they have to use at least 90 seconds delay and both clans must be able to join it. If the HLTV proxy is blocked to 0 spectators the HLTV delay can be ignored.
- If there's an anti-spam plugin on the server, the clan that controls the server have to notify their opponent of this before the start of the match. If they fail to do this and a member of the other team is kicked for spamming during the match, then that team may demand a forfeit win immediatly. However if the teams decide to play on, the team of which the member was kicked gives up it's rights for a forfeit win. The match should always be paused at the end of the round or during freezetime when someone is kicked for spamming.
- It is not allowed to use rcon say at any time during a match to give away positions or hints that could alter the match. The use of all other admin commands to get an advantage are strictly forbidden as well.
For each violation to this rule we will withdraw 2 roundwins from the abusing team and give them to the opponent.
- Clans have 5 minutes to get ready after changing sides and 10 minutes after changing maps. Once these periods are up the other team may demand that
the match continues without waiting for the missing players.
- If a player joins opponent's team during the match and gets advantage because of it, two roundwins will be withdrawn from the player's clan and given to their opponent. However, if the player disconnects from the server almost immediately and then reconnects, the accident won't be punished. In extreme cases, when the team change has been done clearly in order to abuse (the player stays in the opponent's team for over a round for example), the other clan may demand a forfeit victory or that the match will be stopped and the current score will be accepted if they were leading.
- Teams have 5 minutes to get allowed amount of players back to server after over 50% have left the server or they will lose the rest of the rounds. There must be at least 50% of players on server; 5on5 - 3 players , 4on4 - 2 players, 3on3 - 2 players, 2on2 - 1 player.
- Players are not allowed to retry in the match to get more money. If money retry can be seen clearly two roundwins will be withdrawn from the player's clan and given to their opponent.
11. Cheating and abuse
- The applies to all ClanBase ladders. Any cheating or excessive abusive behaviour during a match will result in a forfeit loss. Cheating and/or using suspended players in matches results also in different kind of .
- If both clans cheated and/or used a suspended player in the match, both clans get a forfeit loss.
- Ladders are moderated by four methods: join applications, score changes, suspensions and deletions:
- Join applications are dealt with by the ladder/mod supervisors to stop fake clans, members with fake GUIDs and countries from the wrong region from entering the ladder.
- Matches may be edited to a cancellation, no-show, forfeit loss or a win for the opponent - depending on the ladder rules and severity of the problem. A forfeit loss is the standard punishment for all violations unless the punishment is otherwise stated in the rules.
- Suspensions are used to punish abuse of the ladder system and range from short-term to long-term/permanent suspensions, from one ladder only to all ladders. Suspensions are added by the ladder chiefs and assistants.
- Punishments are summarised in a table, found . Clans that are suspended from a ladder may not form the same clan elsewhere to play that ladder, this includes new clans or altered existing clans. The guidelines for determining if a clan with an active suspension has rejoined with a new clan will not be given out so don't ask for them.
- If a clan is suspended from a ladder the suspension can be viewed by using the clan's matches page. Appeals to the suspension reporter will only be acknowledged if the accusation against the clan can be proven false. Provide all necessary proof immediately on the war summary page. Members may only contact the ladder assistants/chiefs if the reporter is not mentioned.
- Clans or accounts may be deleted without warning as described in the .
- It is strictly forbidden to use accounts of other users, even if the users are in your clan. Such cases will always be considered abuse and subject to temporary bans. This does not apply to players who are forced to share GUID's.
- It is not allowed to take advantage of or abuse bugs. Any kind of bug abuse is considered cheating and will lead to a forfeit loss, unless otherwise mentioned specifically in the game-related rules.
- All programs or files, either changed game files or new files, that change the game or add to its functionality, or which interact with the game in any way, are strictly forbidden unless other rules specify otherwise. Modified versions of the game's resource files are always forbidden, regardless of what they do. The use of any forbidden program or file by any clan member during a match, leads to a forfeit loss, and could lead to a removal and ban from ClanBase in major cases.
- Programs that do not interact with the game in any way are allowed, even if they can be used and operated simultaneously with the game. Voice communication programs are examples of such programs.
- The following scripts are forbidden:
Buyscripts are allowed.
- No-recoil scripts
- Strafejump scripts
- Bunnyhop scripts
- Turn scripts (180 degrees or similar)
- -mlook scripts (e.g. centerview)
- Silent run (script).
- It is allowed to use manual silent run (aka russian jumps) in the match by default. However, silent run scripts and binding duck to mouse's scroll are forbidden.
- Custom skins (weapon, player, textures, hud, crosshair, ..) are not allowed and will cause a forfeit loss. The only exceptions to these rules are:
- Condition Zero player models (click for the fix)
- Steam skins
- CS 1.5 player/weapon models
- Any sort of map bug exploiting is strictly prohibited and will result in withdrawing 2 roundwins from the abusing team and giving them to the opponent. Due to a lot of questions, we list a few here:
- Silent plant is not allowed (e.g. planting inside a wall)
- Throwing grenades/flashbangs/smokes across walls in maps is allowed (f.e. on de_dust2)
- Flashlight defuse (making flashlight sounds while defusing) is not allowed
- Boosting is not considered a bug
- It is allowed to boost with several players except to disallowed places
- Highplanting is allowed
- Buying and using multiple grenades is allowed
- Abusing flashbang and/or HE grenade bugs is not allowed and it will always result in punishment
- Moving inside walls or the sky ('map swimming') is not allowed
- Looking (and therefore also scoping) under the floating walls in de_train is not allowed
- Some examples:
It's allowed to sit on the boxes
Upperledges on bombsite A are not allowed (Screenshot)
All ledges above doors are allowed (Screenshot)
Upper ledge in the middle is allowed (Screenshot)
Upper ledge on bombsite B is NOT allowed (Screenshot)
Examples of some allowed and disallowed roofs (Screenshot)
Lower green rock is allowed, higher is forbidden (Screenshot)
It's not allowed to sit on the ledge with the barbwire or the lamp (Screenshot)
Looking and therefore scoping under the floating wall is not allowed (Screenshot)
- Clans abusing the ladder system in any way in order to gain an advantage or just to be a nuisance will be deleted or suspended from ladder(s). Further punishment may include deletion of the accounts of the person responsible for the abuse, in extreme circumstances. Abusing any clear loopholes in the rules is forbidden, Chiefs of Ladders can punish clans/players for abuse not described in these rules.
- If the ladder rules for a specific ladder conflict with these global ladder rules, then the specific rules have precedence.
- The proper functioning of the ladder system depends on the sportsmanship of the participating clans. We expect everybody to play by the rules, but also to be flexible when circumstances require it and to be reasonable when an opponent has problems beyond their control.
- Not knowing the ladder rules is never a valid excuse for not following them.
- ClanBase reserves the right to broadcast every match. This can be done with online game broadcast tools for spectating purposes. The recording of such broadcasts can't be refused by the clans. In many cases ClanBase will allow or ask third parties to broadcast the matches. Spectators may never be charged.
- For any questions or comments concerning the ladder or the outcome of conflicts, contact the ladder supervisor by e-mail or CB Private Messages. For any questions or comments concerning the ladder or the outcome of conflicts that the supervisor can't resolve, or for complaints about the supervisor, read .
Messages not written in English will not be understood and will not be read. Messages containing abusive language will be ignored. Messages will be dismissed by the ladder managers if the controversial issue has not been discussed with the ladder supervisor first, or the ladder supervisor answered correctly but was ignored.
- Agreements and arrangements made in the challenge notes field, on the server or elsewhere are not binding. Only the official ladder rules and settings (maps, optional rules) decided on the challenge form should be followed and be considered as the correct rules. Agreements that contradict the ladder rules will be overruled in conflicts.
For example: In conflicts, we will ignore clans who claim that the opponent agreed that they could use a freelancer on IRC or that the clan had put ‘24-hour rule doesn’t apply’ on the challenge notes and the opponent accepted. Proposed servers are never binding and are ‘suggested’ play locations only.
- Disclaimer: references to any gender in any ladder rulebooks within this website do not imply these ladder rules are gender-specific.
13. Clans and Players
- Any clan registered on ClanBase can participate in any regular ladder. There are some additional requirements clans must meet before they can join an Invitational ladder described in Invitational ladder rules. For information on how to register your clan on ClanBase, read the .
- It is not forbidden for a player to be a member of more than one clan if the player links their personalities by using the link on the admin page. Any player in more than one clan without will be considered to be a freelancer in all clans except the one they were registered with first, unless the duplicate account is inactive. Account is considered to be inactive if the last login date was over 60 days ago before the match date.
Duplicate accounts will be forcibly merged when they are noticed. Users are notified five days before their accounts will be merged via CB private message to give them a chance to try to prove that the accounts' owner isn't the same. Oldest account will remain as the main account in forced linking. If the oldest account has been abandoned, the next oldest (used) account will remain.
- Only players who are registered in a clan on ClanBase can play in ladder matches, and they can only play with the nick (or very similar) they're registered with in that clan. Only players that have been registered as clan member for 24 hours or more are allowed to play for their new clan. Unregistered players, players violating the 24-hour rule and registered clan members who use a different nick or GUID from the one registered on CB will be considered freelancers.
Clans may request another player to be used by the opponent before the match, if their choice is violating this rule. If they cannot replace the player then the match is a no-show.
- Once the match starts, neither clan can complain that the other clan is using a player with a different nickname or who hasn't been in the clan for 24 hours. A clan may make a claim of freelancers if their opponent uses a player who has the wrong GUID registered or is an unregistered player, or uses a substitute who is breaking the above rule, or a player changes their name into an unrecognisable nickname during the match.
- The above 24-hour rule does not apply to clans that joined the ladder (for the first time only) less than 48 hours before the official match time. The 24-hour rule does not apply to players who were briefly removed from the clan, for instance accidentally by the clanleader, assuming they were in the clan for 24 hours previously. A brief period is considered no longer than 18 hours. Players who are absent for longer than this period will be considered new to the clan again and must be in the clan for a further 24 hours before they are eligible to play.
- Using a freelancer in a ladder match will result in a forfeit loss. Using freelancer(s) in multiple matches will result in a temporary suspension of the clan from affected ladders or even all ladders. Violations are accumulated over time. See the for specific durations. Freelancers used over a year ago will not count, unless the clan has a long history of using freelancers.
- ClanBase only creates ladders when we believe there's a 'market' for it. When a new game or mod is released, we usually create a European ladder for it first, and country ladders later as the European ladder becomes busier. A game/mod must have been played very actively in CB for a while before we consider making an invitational ladder for it.
- If you would like to request a new ClanBase ladder for a new game, mod or an existing game and you think there will be enough interest from other clans to make it competitive - please start a petition (or vote for an existing petition) using .
Next, we will consider adding the ladder, based on the popularity of the game or mod and based on our relevant expertise in order to provide a great working ladder. There is no set number of votes that will ensure a ladder or game is added. The ladder/game may be rejected if it has been tried before and failed.
- Country/region ladders may be restricted to clans of the corresponding nationality, appearing in the Regional Ladders section of the rules. Not every ladder has these rules, but the restriction for all regional ladders is that matches for country/region ladders have to be played on servers in that country/region, unless both clans prefer not to. When clans play on a server not within the region, neither clan can later dispute the score because of it, as when a match starts – servers and settings are accepted. Disputes need to be settled before the match starts.
- It is possible to have special coverage in the ladder pages about interesting matches, interviews etc. if game crew and community are motivated & active enough. Ladders can have a separate coverage supervisor who isn't directly involved in running the ladder.
- The inactivity system will remove clans from all the ladders with more than 20 active clans, who haven't played for 8 weeks. Read for more info. The inactivity system is designed not to work on ladders with no or little activity. Dormant clans will not be forcibly removed from inactive ladders by the ladder chiefs unless they hold the number one spot. Please do not ask us to do so, alternatively challenge more active clans in the ladder.
- The gold, silver, and bronze ladder icons can be obtained only in large/active ladders. These icons feature next to the clan’s name.
- Playing several matches against the same opponent in a short period of time is considered cheating as it distorts the ranking. As a rule of thumb, never play the same opponent twice in less than one week unless you also play many other matches. Playing the same opponent three or more times in one ladder or over many ladders will result in short-term suspensions as described . In case of grave violations it will be assumed the matches are fake.
- Clans without the required amount of players can be removed from the ladder after 7 days.
- When a possible fake match is discovered, both clans involved will be suspended from all ClanBase ladders without warning. Players who create 3 or more fake matches get their accounts banned. See the .
Clanleaders have 1 week to appeal against this decision, but they must supply proof of the match in the form of screenshots or demos and post them on the war summary page. Players should then mail/CB pm the supervisor that reported them. If supervisor's details weren't included in the clan's suspension/deletion notes, you should email the Chiefs of Ladders
- Clan won't be punished for a fake match if all the following criteria are met:
- Clan leader didn't arrange the fake match.
- The clan (leader or a trustee) reports the fake match to ladder's supervisors via CB PM and war summary page's comments page before 48 hours have passed of the fake match's 'starting time'. Tell in the war summary page also to which supervisors you reported the fake match, including their nick and link to their CB profile.
- The person responsible of the fake match is removed from the clan as soon as possible after the fake match is noticed and the clan leader gets online. If it's uncertain who did the fake match, ladder supervisor can be consulted regarding it.
This can only be used three times per year and clans trying to abuse this by reporting matches that aren't actually fake will lose the right to use this for a year.
15. The rating system
- ClanBase ladders use a rating system based on the ELO system known from chess. Every clan starts with a rating of 1000 points. After each match, points are added or subtracted based on whether the outcome of the match was a win, a loss or a draw (the score has no importance).
- How many points you gain after a win or lose after a defeat depends on the rating difference between you and your opponent before the match. The ELO formula is very complicated, but the following easy examples will give you a good idea:
- Beating an opponent with the exact same rating gets you 60 points.
- The maximum amount of points you can win for a single victory is 120, but to get this many points you'll have to beat an opponent who is 700 or more points ahead of you in the ranking. You get 100 points for beating an opponent who is 200 points ahead.
- Beating lower ranked opponents gets you less than 60 points. If they were 200 points below you you only gain 20 points, if they were 300 points below you only get 10 points, and if they were 400 points below you get a mere 5 points.
- If a match ends in a draw you will gain points if your opponent was ranked higher, or lose points if they were ranked lower.
- The number of points you can win and the number of points you can lose always add up to 120. So if you can only win 30 points with a victory, you can lose 90 points with a defeat.
- Against clans that have played less than 3 matches in a ladder, you only win or lose half the amount of points you could win or lose.
- The ladder leader does not have a rating, but is considered to have an infinite rating instead. Top 5 clans can take the top spot by challenging the current ladder leader and beating them in a direct confrontation. If that happens they become the new ladder leader while the old leader will return to the normal ranking with the points they had before. If the challenger loses or plays a draw, the ladder leader’s position doesn’t change.
- The ladder leader is not allowed to refuse playing the other top 5 clans without a valid reason (valid decline options are proposed by the system, see Arranging Matches). Repeatedly rescheduling to senseless dates or with non-default match rules or only playing lower ranked clans in order to be able to decline challenges will be considered abusing the ladder system and the clan will risk being removed from the first spot, and . You need to provide the supervisors with valid match IDs (wid) of matches they have declined or we will not act.
- Clans at the number one spot who are legitimately beaten may not create a war, accept and confirm the score with a 2nd clan before the score to the original one has been confirmed - so that the 2nd clan gets the number one spot.
- Clans outside the top 5 can also challenge the ladder leader, but such challenges can be declined freely. If the ladder leader is beaten then they're switched with the second ranked clan while the challenger gains 120 points. If the ladder leader wins, nothing changes.
- In case the number one has been deleted for ladder, cup or C&A violations, the second clan in the ladder is set to number one.
16. Methods of challenging
- There are in which to find clans to play against:
- Direct challenges
- Open challenges
- IRC requests
- LAN matches
- Direct challenges are challenges where you challenge specific clans you have selected yourself. They can be made by clicking the challenge cross on the ladder's or to the right of the clan's name, or to the right of a ladder's name on a clan's matches page. The challenged clan is required to confirm the challenge, decline it or reschedule the time.
- Open Challenges (OC) can be by members without specifying who their opponent is. Their matches are then advertised and other clans can for matches they want. The OC creator sets criteria which clans must reach, including judge rating, proposed maps and ladder ranking. Once accepted an OC becomes a regular match where all the rules in this book apply. Clans can create up to 3 OCs per ladder and cannot accept more than one OC from the same opponent.
- Automatches are matches randomly scheduled by CB which clans set up with an . CB pairs opponents if their entry settings match each other's. Once a match is created from an automatch entry - all the same rules apply as direct challenges. Turning up to the match is obligatory. Clans can make up to 7 automatches per ladder. Times between automatch entries cannot overlap.
- IRC requests - Users are allowed to use CB game channels (i.e. #clanbase.cs) to search for ClanBase wars, within reason. If someone cannot find an opponent straight after making a request they shouldn't spam the request again or they may be removed from the channel.
- LANs - Clans should not play ladder matches at LANs as they may be mistaken for fake matches, unless the following precautions are taken:
- You arrange friendly matches only, OR
- You arrange the match in advance of the LAN and sort out the scores after the LAN has finished OR
- You upload demos immediately after the match, or post match screenshots showing the final scores.
17. Arranging matches
- The deadline for reacting to a challenge is 7 days after the challenge or 7 days before the war, whichever is later. If by the deadline the opponent still hasn't reacted to the challenge, they get a penalty of 5 points. If the ladder leader ignores such a challenge, they will lose their position to the second clan. You can set an earlier deadline for accepting the challenge, but then there is no penalty if the opponent doesn't react in time.
- You can only refuse a challenge from another clan in the following cases:
These options are only available for the ladder leader:
- Reschedule: You want to reschedule the match to another date. This date has to be within 14 days of the original challenge.
- Unequal match: There is a gap of 10 ranking positions and 100 points between you and your opponent, or you have more than 1100 points and it's your opponent's first match.
- Busy in this ladder: you already have 2 or more matches in this ladder in the next 30 days.
- Custom maps: the opponent selected custom maps.
- Declinable matchrule: the opponent selected a declinable match rule in the challenge form.
- Hibernate: you want to set your clan as inactive in this ladder. You lose 32 points but after that you can decline all challenges. All your scheduled matches are cancelled when you go into hibernation. Hibernation ends automatically when you play an official match for this ladder again.
If you don't want to play the match for some other reason, you'll have to contact the other clan (e-mail, IRC, MSN, XFire) and persuade them to cancel their challenge.
- Unequal match: The challenging clan is not ranked in the top 5 of the ladder.
- Resign: Using this option will make the ladder leader lose it's position in the ladder to the second ranked clan.
- A scheduled match can be cancelled until 12 hours before the starting time on the . The side that wishes to cancel the match will either have to request a reschedule or go into hibernation.
- When both clans agree not to play a match it can be cancelled for any reason after its scheduled starting time. Just choose the 'Match was cancelled' option on the result form.
- If a match is played without being arranged on ClanBase first, then both sides are depending on each other's sportsmanship to accept the result afterwards. We will not force match results when there was no accepted challenge for that match.
18. Before the match
- To find your opponent before a match, you should look on their clan channel on IRC or contact them directly through ClanBase private message (aka CB PM), Xfire, MSN or any other means if you don't use IRC.
- If you still haven't managed to get in touch with your opponent 10 minutes after the scheduled starting time of the war, you can fill in a no-show. Report a no-show by posting a clear comment on the war page and tell why the match is a no-show and what you've done to contact your opponent. No-shows reported 20 minutes after the official match time will be ignored.
To contest this, the other clan must also log a no-show report in the match page comments.
- If you're more than 10 minutes late, you have to accept a no-show if your opponent insists. If you feel there's a good reason the result shouldn't be a no-show, you'll have to convince your opponent of that.
- If one clan is short of players or refuses to start the match with the rules agreed upon in the challenge form, the other clan can demand a no-show to be filled in. Remember that challenge notes, the proposed server and agreements made elsewhere are not considered to be binding rules.
- Repeatedly not showing up for matches will result in .
19. During the match
- Once a match has started, its result counts, unless both sides agree it shouldn't. Ping, lag issues or incorrect server settings are no excuse for leaving; you should have checked the server before you started playing.
- If one clan walks away from the match, the score at the time when their last player quit can be considered to be the result of the match if the clan that stayed was leading. If the leaving clan was winning but the losing clan could have still won the match, ClanBase can change it to the advantage of the clan that stayed.
20. After the match
- Either clan can enter the result of a match, unless the other has already done so. A match result can be:
- The real score of the match.
- A no-show if the opponent didn't show up.
- The result reflects the punishment specified in the rules which the opponent violated.
- A forfeit if the opponent violated rules with no punishment specified.
- In case of a no-show/forfeit it's strictly forbidden to fill in any score (even 1-0), even when both clans agree. Instead you must check the no-show/forfeit box on the result form, which will result in a fixed penalty of 10 points for the clan not showing up or 120 in case of forfeit. No-show/forfeit matches where a score has been entered may be cancelled or changed to a no-show/forfeit without warning.
- Once one clan has entered a result, five things can happen:
- The score is edited by the clan that entered it.
- The score is accepted by the other clan, and ladder ratings are adjusted accordingly.
- The other clan refuses to accept the score, and enters another result.
- The other clan refuses to accept the score, making it a match conflict (see below).
- Both clans do nothing for 4 days, after which the score is accepted automatically.
- Clans may not confirm a no-show/forfeit instead of the real score to get more points, unless a no-show/forfeit is the punishment for violating a rule. Clans that put in an excessive no. of no-shows/forfeits instead of the correct score will be . To avoid this, ensure that you report a match as a no-show in the match page comments at the match time.
- Clans are expected to have proof of their match being played for one week after the score has been confirmed in ClanBase.
- Clans should provide an accurate Player of the Match list. Supervisors may alter or remove a clan's PotM list if the wrong players were added or an excessive number of members were added to the list.
21. Match conflicts
- The match conflict system functions as a court room with ClanBase admins acting as judges. A match conflict can be made when the result entered by one clan is not accepted by the other.
- If you can't resolve the conflict with your opponent then try entering the appropriate match result first. Only after the opponent changes the result multiple times, you should initiate a conflict. Entering false results will lead to a conflict loss.
- The system will not allow the creation of match conflicts during the first 24 hours after the match time, so try to solve the conflict with your opponent by IRC/MSN/Xfire/e-mail or in the match report first. Not making an effort before starting the official match conflict, will result in a conflict loss.
- In the conflict both sides must explain the problem in a short but clear and complete way. Both sides should state the match result they claim and only relevant and proven facts may be mentioned. This can be in the match conflict or in the comments located under the conflict case. Failure to make a clear match conflict will lead to a conflict loss.
- 'Conflict loss' means that a conflict rule (insulting opponent in conflict, entering false score...) mentioned in this chapter was broken. Match score can be a played score like 21-19, no-show or forfeit win (if opponent used freelancer, cheated...) that's based on the rules of other chapters. Winning below means that clan has won according to the match score (can be forfeit/no-show too):
- If both clans break a conflict rule, the match score stands.
- If losing clan breaks a conflict rule, the match score stands + losing clan might get a warning and/or ladder suspension based on .
- If clan won by playing and breaks a conflict rule, loser gets a noshow win.
- If clan won by forfeit/no-show and breaks a conflict rule, match is canceled.
- If the match was tied, breaking a conflict rule leads to a noshow loss.
- All proof and information on the match should be written to the conflict page. However, supervisor can use information found in the warpage.
- Examples of valid proof are demos, in-game screenshots and server logs that were obtained from a neutral party. Screenshots are used as main means to prove the match's score. Private logs from IRC, MSN etc. or server logs provided by either clan will not be considered to be evidence because they can be easily falsified. If a demo is used as proof of cheating or other malicious actions, you must specify the exact moment(s) (down to the exact minute and second) where the cheating occurred or you will get a conflict loss. Supervisors will not look at entire demos.
- Ladder-specific rules tell details on how to request demos and/or screenshots from an opponent. Upload requests can only be made once by both sides. When a requested demo/screenshot upload is complete, the other clan has 3 days (72 hours) to provide all info as how the requested and uploaded items would make proof for their claims; for example exact times that show cheating in a demo. Giving information too late doesn't matter if it's already available when supervisor solves the conflict. Supervisor can give clans more time to give the required info.
- Any form of abuse, starting off-topic discussions, making unproven accusations, needless repeating already mentioned facts or any other comments not relevant to solving the case, if done excessively, will result in a conflict loss.
- Falsifying evidence in a match conflict results in a ladder suspension as described in .
- If both clans violated the ladder rules in a way that would award them both a forfeit loss, the match will be cancelled. Such closure of the conflict does not mean proven individual cheating will go unhandled, such cases can be reported to the ladder supervisor by mail/CB pm in order to punish the player(s).
- It is strictly forbidden to contact any admin in private to defend your case. Anything you have to say must be said openly. Trying to influence an admin in private will lead to a conflict loss.
- Match conflicts are never urgent and the admin will typically let a week go by before looking at a case to give both sides the chance to explain their case. Wait patiently until a decision is made. Only when a conflict is older than one month, you can mail/CB pm the game supervisor. If the conflict involves watching demos, you should wait two months before contacting the game supervisor.
- If a clan does not give any new relevant information within 3 days (72 hours) since the last reply, it will be considered they have nothing more to add.
- Match conflicts will be judged by the ladder rules at the time of the match and by the match rules agreed upon in the challenge form.
- Clans who repeatedly make conflicts will be , if they have no foundation in the rules or they are clearly made for the sole purpose of complicating the match process. Clans who repeatedly violate the ladder rules and force other clans into making conflicts will also be .
- Clans are allowed to write conflicts and comments in the language of a regional ladder if the ladder supervisor is from that same region but a translation in English should always be provided as well. In the event the conflict is looked at by another supervisor, everything not mentioned in English will be ignored.