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Scheduling
June 15th, 2004
There seems to be some confusion as to how scheduling is done. I will go through the schedule process breify to hopefully make it more clear.

First of all, the league is on-going. It's not seasonal. That being said, there will always be a Title Holder in BGL with few exceptions (when the league started or when the current Title Holder leaves). Since there is always a Title Holder, there needs to always be a Challenger for the title. Therefore, on a typical match week, there must always be a Title Match and a Title Shot. The Title Match is the match where the current Title Holders and the Challenger are playing for the title. Obviously, a Challenger for the following week must be determined. So there is a Title Shot match involving two teams which play for a shot as the Challenger for the Title Match the next week.

I think it makes sense that the clans able to get a chance at the Title Shot match should be on winning streaks of some sort. I don't think a losing clan deserves a shot at a title- that just doesn't make sense. As we can clearly see from this setup, there needs to be 4 winning teams each week for the 2 matches (title match and title shot). The two clans playing in the Title Match were winners the previous week- one is the winner/defender of the Title and the other won the Title Shot match. The two clans playing in the Title Shot match were also winners the previous week- they won, and thus are deserving of a Title Shot- Losers don't get a shot at the title!

Now obviously if there are many winners any given week, then the clans with the longest win streak or the highest rank should play in the Title Shot. However, let's examine the league's current situation. There are only 8 clans. There are only 4 matches every week, and thus only 4 winners. Let's put it this way- if you win a match, you are going to be in the Title Shot. If you win again, you are in the Title Match. If you win a third time you have the title. In other words, if you win 3 times in a row, you are the champions of BGL at this point.

Admins have little flexability when creating a schedule. The 4 winners are forced to play each other and then the 4 losers are matched up based on rank and past opponents. For instance, if 2 of the losers are at the bottom of the rankings, but they've played each other the previous week or 2 weeks before, then they will probably not be scheduled against each other. Half the matches are out of the admins hands- they schedule themselves. And the other 2 matches are determined by rankings and previous opponents. When there are 10 clans or more this obviously changes the dynamic, and allows us to make sure similar skilled clans play each other, but with so few there is little that can be done.

I hope this clears up how scheduling is done in the BGL.


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