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Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/4/2014 17:50:55

Pulsey
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DISCLAIMER: This guide does not, encourage the use of unsportsmanlike methods to gain high ranks on ladder. That being said, some people will continue to game the ladder anyway, so this guide will help point you in right direction.

About the Author: #1 on 1v1 ladder with astronomical rating, #1 on 2v2 ladder twice with two different partners.




Pre-reqs for guide to work:

1v1 Ladder
Top 1
-Top 25 without stalling
Top 10
-Top 60 without stalling

2v2
Top 1
-Top 6 without stalling

Top 10
-Top 25 without stalling

Join the ladder. Best if you have NO unexpired game. (unranked, rating =0)




PLAYING WISELY

1) CHOOE FIVE GAMES. Choosing 2 games helps your rating, however this only helps if you are a very good player and you are confident. Choosing 5 games increase your chances of getting a high rank. If you choose 5 games and you want #1, you MUST get a 15-0 perfect score. This is not so hard as you’ll be aiming to beat 12-13 bad players + 2-3 good players.

2) Play the initial games fast. Offer real time. This way you’ll get a bad rating after your first few wins, allowing you to play more noobs. You are beating these noobs more for occupying the 15 game quota rather than for your rating. So really you are playing 5-6 actual games rather than 15.

3) When game seems lost, don’t panic. Stop real time and leave the game. We shall now start to stall

4) CORRECT WAY TO STALL IS IMPORTANT. If game seems over don't bother continuing to defend your bonuses. USE EVERYTHING AND RUN. Use your blockade card to block chokepoints behind you to slow him down and buy you a few more turns rather than use it to stop him taking your bonus. If you have enough armies go in a few directions. In 2v2, use your gift card so that your teammate can survive more turns. Its usually a wise and safe idea to commit after 2 days 12 hours every turn.

5) All 5 games are stalled losses? That's too bad. Look at all your games and surrender the one against the player with the highest rating. This will lower your rating least.

6) If you are very close to your desired rank, you can always stall with vacations. So you'll be waiting and hoping the players above you lose or some players youv beaten gain in ratings, helping yours.




CHOOSING YOUR OPPONENTS

6) When you’ve just won a game then look at the ladder page. Ladder players and teams can be classified by 3 types

- Overrated (Good ratings, but they probably deserve worse, good idea to go for these)

-Underrated (Bad ratings, maybe due to boots or unlucky, and deserve much higher, avoid these teams)

- ‘Boot’ (Good ratings and skill, but has high chance of getting booted)

You’ll probably be matched against someone who has just finished a game in that hour and is around your rating. That should filter down to only a few choices. Look at them and analyse them each. Have you got a good or a bad record against any of them? Do you think they are overrated or underrated? If you don't like your chances against any of them, reduce your game count and keep an eye on the ladder page. Join back when you see a player you are confident of beating.

Examples taken from 2v2 ladder

Overrated : Pulsey’s, Vendetta’s, Ze’s, Master Bjarke’s, Julkorn’s

Underraed : Timi’s, Ribena’s, lobstrocity’s, giovinni’s

Boot: lobstrocity’s, lawm’s, ribena’s




Got an overrated player? Play fast.

Got an underrated? Wait for force join and play slow.

Got a ‘boot’ team? Best to join fast, play slow. Chances of beating them are low, your best chance is probably by boot.

Dont offer a replacement game to anyone.




ADVISE

Got any friends? Maybe you can ask them for help on picks or maybe ask them to surrender their games to you.

This covers the aspects: Stalling, choosing opponents wisely etc

Good luck!



An asshole-y guide?
All Is fair in love and war

-John Lyly




Another useful source by QI : http://warlight.net/Forum/Thread?ThreadID=28007

Edited 6/5/2014 08:22:32
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/4/2014 20:13:29


Bananashake 
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You forgot to tell that if you stall to much (like every game), you will never get a rating and a rank.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/4/2014 21:08:58


master of desaster 
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very nice! like that everybody can finally get a good rank without actually beeing good :) nice from you to share your secrets
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/4/2014 22:40:15


Beren • apex 
Level 63
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I think everyone should follow this advice. Then nobody will ever finish a ladder game again!
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/4/2014 22:45:10


lawm 
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Hey stop doing that to us that get booted! It's not our fault alco.. i mean RL gets in the way.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/5/2014 00:10:47


Jefferspin 
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Youre preaching to the drunken choir lawm
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/5/2014 02:18:34

Pulsey
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This will work as not everyone will read this and fewer will follow it. If you read this one and the one byy Qi, I think you can very likely see an increase in your best rank and raing.

Sorry about it Lawm. I'v never actually played against you guys so I dont think it matters. Hope you are doing fine in real life.

Edited 6/5/2014 02:24:32
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/5/2014 08:44:08

Master Bjarke
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well at least you tell people to play fast against me - that's nice :)
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/6/2014 03:11:29

Pulsey
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Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/6/2014 10:09:25


Daisuke Jigen
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I do not condone this behaviour! Shouldn't you be retired from WarLight or something?
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/6/2014 10:57:13


Latnox 
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Thanx, because of people like you Pulsey, one day I'll wake up just to realise, that all my 5 ladder games are being stalled. By opponents...
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/6/2014 11:22:56


Pink 
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or tou might just decide to have fun and play the games regardless of your rating....
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/7/2014 01:17:33


ChristophU
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This is why the point system for the ladders should be changed, the number 1 player should not be able to become number 1 by not beating anybody in the top 5% I think the warlight ladders should switch ranking systems. An example of a working ranking system is the ATP ranking system used in Tennis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATP_Rankings#Current_points_distribution_.282009_-_present.29

This is just an example, but the rank a person has will reflect their skill/luck for the most part.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/7/2014 01:24:52


{rp} Clavicus Vile 
Level 55
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Why would you want to do this in the first place though? Everyone will know your number 1 rating wasn't due to skill and you'll not earn prestige... For the Achievement or the points? I don't get it.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/7/2014 01:48:55

Revolution X
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Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/7/2014 02:02:01


[LN] Lion
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I'm not the best of skill players, in fact I'm probably horrible but I refuse to use this so called 'guide' to basically cheat the system. The only people I'll stall against are your clan members ;)
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/7/2014 04:34:42

Nauzhror 
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Thanks Pulsey. I appreciate that rank 1 is stalling his loss to me because you taught him that doing so was cool.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 03:52:44

Pulsey
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You're most welcome.

Doesnt make much difference to me Lion, because you will never be drawn against me :)
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 04:19:17


UltraLawlz
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Damnit pulsey I should have read this before I got on the 1v1 ladder >.< I could have stalled my way to #1!!!!!!!
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 06:58:07


Master Potato
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I'm about to grab #2 on the ladder with my alt (spontaneous alcoholic) without any stalling :)
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 07:08:32


professor dead piggy 
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Ideally everyone follows this guide, the ladder becomes an unworkable clusterfuck and fixxer is obliged to do something about it. I am so so tempted to start stalling as a protest against the broken ladder system.
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 07:08:49


Darkpie 
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Nice job Potato! I hope you climb up to #1 :)
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 08:15:39

Repulsive Gentleman
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Thanks darkpie!
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 08:41:54


Mudderducker 
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Congrats Potato!
Guide: Ladder#1 (Stall, Boot, choose opponent etc): 6/8/2014 13:13:49


UltraLawlz
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IMPRESSIVE POTATO!!!!!! YOU ARE A GOD AMONGST MEN!!!! /hats off =D
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