Unless I'm misinterpreting this...
So this is basically a competition for who can tolerate the most grinding?
You are misinterpreting it. And disregard my above post, I misinterpreted several things in the rules as well.
You don't get anything for grinding too long.
If anything, grinding is discouraged by the rules.
The game is set up such that the efficient way to gain ranks is to:
Log in, grind for exactly one hour, slightly more if certain skills. Then log out. (you'd have to do this at least twice, since it's a best of 3 contest)
A smart clan with 5 players, playing 2 hour per player every 3 days, will beat out a dumb clan that grinds endlessly.
I'm still reading, but the ladder still has some major flaws that I'll point out in a bit.FlawsFlaw 1: Leadership Disadvantage
there is a MASSIVE disadvantage for going to war with a lower ranked clan.
rank 50 clan goes to war with a rank 60 clan.
If rank 50 clan wins, they earn +5 points. rank 60 clan loses 5 points
if rank 60 clan wins, they earn +15 points, rank 50 clan loses 15 points.
I can't see the difference in clan quality being worth a 3x factor, except at the very highest levels.
Skill warring at lower tiers, will become extremely frustrating.Flaw 2: You can challenge anybody.
Step 1: Create Proxy Clan
Step 2: Make proxy clan challenge your real clan.
Step 3: Deliberately make the proxy clan lose
Step 4: Repeat every war.
Automatic +5 points every war. You never lose.
And you can continue challenging the proxy clan regardless of how low their rank falls.Flaw 3: Potential sales of ranks.
Lets say you have a clan, that's rank 2. With 1000 points.
Lets say you have another clan, that's rank 1000, with 0 points. The lowest ranked clan in all of runescape!
Rank 2 clan goes onto ebay, sells their rank for 100 bil gp.
Rank 2 clan deliberately forfeits next war.
Rank 1000 clan wins, exchange of points is equal to rank difference + 5 (1003)
Rank 1000 clan is now in 2nd place with 1003 points
Rank 2 clan is now in 1000th place with 0 points (or -3, depending on if jagex will allow for negatives)
And 100 bil gp has been sold on ebay.Flaw 4: Quantity over quality
since it's ranked is based on points, rather than performance. The only way to rise in rank is to get A LOT of points.
you gets points per war, so your rank is based on the # of wars you do.
A clan that wins 100% of their wars, will be ranked lower than say, a clan that wins 60% of their wars, but wars 10x as often.Flaw 5: Random Event? GF
title says it all. Get a random event, your xp rate for that hour is pwned.
Log off, and try again with a new session.
Will force players to deliberately force random events to spawn prior to their training sessions.Flaw 6: Gameable Dungeoneering xp
You can log out during dungeoneering.
The session timer starts when you log in.
So complete a floor 60, full floor, max level mod.
Log back in to end the floor. Then do a few more larges.
You're starting off session with, essentially, a half hour bonus on your xp.Flaw 7: Gameable Slayer xp
Get a Jad task, log out, log back in, finish jad task for massive xp bonus following the same logic as the dungeoneering gameable trick.
Then do whatever it is in your power to get cannonable tasks.
And get them in a row.Flaw 8: 1st place is a [bleep]
1st place receives no points.
Thus, YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IN FIRST PLACE UNTIL NEAR THE END OF THE COMPETITION
The other teams will be steadily accumulating points while you are in first place.
Meaning, if you stay in 1st place too long, and you lose your first place rank, your point count will be VERY low.
The other teams spent their time farming their points, and your team did not. The moment you lose, you are at a HUGE disadvantage.
Especially during the early stages of the competition, being in 1st place is VERY VERY bad.Flaw 9: 2nd place is a [bleep] too
While in second place, the only clan you want to challenge is 1st place.
But, 1st place can challenge either 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th.
If 1st place wins, they keep their rank
If 1st place loses, they revert to their previous points, regardless of what it was.
So, if 1st place was previously 2nd rank, they will revert to 2nd place upon losing. Regardless of whether they lose to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th.
THUS 1st place will ALWAYS choose to fight the weakest link of the 2nd through 5th place.
If your the second place clan, you will NOT receive the opportunity to rise to 1st, not without Jagex intervention.
You know how i said you don't want to be first until near the end of the competition?
What if it comes close to the end of the competition, and you, being in second place, simply do not receive the opportunity to challenge rank #1.
Guess what, you're done, out, no chance at 1st place for youWhat I likePro #1
The list of disqualifying items is rather comprehensive:
Although i disagree with the inferno adze, lumberjack.
What can I not do during the sessions of Skilling?
You must not use:
Morphic tools from Stealing Creation
Volitile tools from Stealing Creation
The Inferno Adze
Penance Horn from Barbarian Assault
Runecrafting Tele Tabs from the Great Orb Project
Locators from Mobilising Armies
Any type of Brawling gloves
XP Lamps of any type
Any Distraction and Diversion (specifically Penguin Hide and Seek, Evil Trees, Shooting Stars, Fish Flingers, Shattered Heart and Balthazar Beaurgard's Big Top Bonanza)
wars based on AVERAGE xp income rate.
if you grind too long, get tired, and your xp rate drops, you get punished.
Also discourages some forms of botting (emphasis on some) because bots cannot perform better than a human (in most cases)
A human with proper scripts > a pure bot at any rate.
So, it encourages Macros being used WHILE a player is actively playing.
It discourages macros being used while a player is not actively playing.
Not an ideal solution, but better than most alternatives.
It sounds like Jmods will be actively investing their time in clan wars anyways.
They're tasked with setting rules between clans that can't agree on rules for example.
There exists the possibility that Jagex could manually check for macros in high ranked clans.
But I won't cross my fingers on that.Pro #3
You can accuse another enemy team of cheating.
So I mentioned a bunch of ways clans can cheat right?
Jagex claims they will play an active role in dispute resoltion.
Will they? who knows.Pro #4
Separate free to play and pay to play ladders