Thank you to everyone who contributed to the thread where potential rules were proposed (https://www.warzone.com/Forum/276576-potential-new-official-ladder-rules
). There was a lot of good discussion and I'm happy to announce that we can unveil the official rules of the ladders. Since the reception of the rules was mostly positive the rules are very similar to what was proposed in the previous thread. There are a few changes that take into account some of the biggest concerns. The rules have also been added to the wiki pages for the respective ladders.These rules will go into effect immediately unless otherwise stipulated.
1.) A player can't start playing on the 1v1 ladder with an account if they have another account with unexpired games. Games expire after 5 months. Violations will be punished with a warning and then a suspension.
2.) A player may only play on the Seasonal Ladder with one account per season. Violations will be punished with a suspension on all implicated accounts.
3.) A player may not play on the Real Time ladder with an account if they have another account which is currently ranked. Accounts become unranked after 3 days of inactivity on the ladder. Violations will be punished with a warning and then a suspension.
4.) A player may only play on a team ladder if there is no team consisting of the same players (not accounts) with unexpired games. They may join the ladder on a new team if at least one of their teammates is a new different player or if one or more of the players on the old team is not on the new team. Essentially, if the only difference between two teams is that a player has been replaced by an alt of the same player, then it is not considered to be a different team.
Violations will be punished with a warning and then a suspension.
5.) Since the community isn't able to agree on what constitutes stalling, there won't be any enforcement of rules against stalling.
6.) Manipulation of the force-finish in the Seasonal Ladder is not allowed, and the use of vacations towards the end of a season leading to force-finish will be considered especially suspicious. Violations will be punished with a suspension. Fizzer retains the right modify results in egregious cases as has been done in the past possibly resulting in the loss of games and/or trophies.
7.) A player may not have two ladder teams ranked at the same time in any ladder.
In addition, each season of the Seasonal Ladder will be extended from 60 days to 75 days since the next season rarely starts immediately, in order to cut down on force-finishes unless there are reasonable objections.
Rules 2, 3, and 6 will go into effect immediately. There will be a grace period of 5 months before Rules 1 and 4 are enforced in order to allow all games that are unexpired at this time to expire.
It was brought to my attention that I didn't cover the case where a player is playing a team ladder with two different sets of teammates at the same time. You can't have two accounts ranked at the same time in any ladder.
Edited 12/6/2017 16:40:31