The SFCCL is 78 members (156 fighters) strong for Week 17.
Some of you might have seen a big change in your rankings, even if you lost your matches. The reason for that is because a total of 8 players have left the League. Three players left voluntarily (Refraxion, Cynistar, & TheHiddenHand). I personally thank them for playing in the League and wish them the best. Perhaps they’ll return with SUPER SF4. They are always welcomed back. The other five players were dropped from the League due to inactivity. I don’t mean to repeat myself, but the RULES need to be clear to everyone – two weeks of not playing your matches will result in you being dropped from the League. The League is designed to reward those players that win their matches, or at least play their matches. I’ll reiterate this below. The big change in rankings is a result of 16 fighters leaving the League and thus, giving everyone else a chance to move up even if you lost your matches. Of course, if you won your match, then you moved up even higher in the rankings or the divisions. Congrats to all the winners. And many thanx to everyone that played, or attempted to play.
The good news for Week 17 is that we have 14 new members. Please welcome the following players into the League: TheSirren, Ogofdaforce, RTSDnightmare, Theonly_J, Dionysus-X, Hypeftw, Katosourai, Laswagga, Artdude20, Epedemicc, Djnvee, Suksess1, Tallzombie, & LneSldier. A new division (Division G) was created to support these new fighters.
I’ll take this opportunity to further explain the benefits of playing (even if you lose) your matches versus not playing your matches. As noted above, 27 matches had some type of forfeit involved in "deciding" the match. Some were ‘automatic forfeits’ while others were ‘double-forfeits’. There is a big difference between the two.
An ‘Automatic Forfeit’ (AF) occurs when a player does not play his two matches for the week. Therefore, his two opponents are awarded the victory in those specific fights ONLY IF his opponents have played their other match for the week. If a member does not play his two matches, he is preventing his opponents from completing their matches. Any member that does play their 2 matches will automatically forfeit his matches to his opponents. The declared winner is awarded by moving up in the rankings & taking advantage of any auto-promotions, a result of other players dropping out from the League. The forfeited loser will not benefit from any auto-promotions, which allows players/fighters below him to jump him in the rankings. This is to reward the players that play or attempt to play their matches and penalize those that don’t play. Anyone that has two weeks of automatic forfeits is dropped from the League.
A ‘Double Forfeit’ (DF) occurs when neither player in a match have completed their 2 matches. A double forfeit can also occur when both players have completed one of their matches but not their 2nd match. When both players are don’t complete their 2 matches (basically, a double automatic forfeit) both fighters are penalized two spots in the rankings and rescheduled to fight the following week. They are both in danger of being dropped from the League if they don’t play the following week. They will also not benefit from any auto-promotions, allowing other players/fighters to jump them in the rankings. In the case where a match is un-played by two players that did complete their other match, both fighters will drop two spots in the rankings, re-schedule the match for the following week, and both fighters will not benefit from any auto-promotions. This rule is also in place to keep anyone from ‘ducking’ their opponents. However, since they did complete one of their matches, they are not in danger of being dropped from the League. Again, the system rewards members that play (even if they lose) and penalizes those that don’t play.
Confused? Don’t be. Just play your matches and all forfeits will cease to exist. Simple. This is supposed to be fun after all!
Next week brings back the always fun Inter-Divisional matches. The format for the Inter-Divisional Matches changes every time we play. Basically, a division is either fighting up or down a division. For example, in Week 13, the SILVER Division challenged the GOLD Division, giving all Silver Division fighters a chance to move up to the Gold Division. However, for Week 18, the SILVER Division will battle the BRONZE Division, which means the Silver fighters are now defending their spots against the Bronze Division (Bronze is fighting up this time since they battled the A Division in Week 13). This format exists for all the divisions, except the GOLD of course since Gold can’t fight up, only down. Each division gives its fighters a chance to challenge a higher division OR defend their spots against a lower division. The format for each division alternates each week.
Good luck to everyone this week. DEADLINE FOR WEEK 17 IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH.