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Default Pokemon TCG: Premier Ratings and Rankings Changes!

Pokemon TCG: Premier Ratings and Rankings Changes!
-01/24/07-


Pokemon Organized Play have announced new changes to the Pokemon TCG's Premiere Ratings and Rankings, you can view them below:

POP Premier Rating Invitational Tiebreakers
After the final Premier Event in a Rating Zone has been uploaded, Pokemon Organized Play will verify the validity of the ratings and will then award invitations to the 2007 Pokemon TCG World Championships to the top-ranked player or players in that Zone.

In the event that two or more players are tied for a rating-based invite, Pokemon Organized Play will determine who receives the invite based on a series of tiebreakers. These tiebreakers will only be applied after the final Premier Event in a Rating Zone has been uploaded and after the validity of the ratings has been verified.

The tiebreakers will be applied in the following order:
- Premier Event Match Win Percentage
- Total Matches Played
- Average Size of Premier Events Attended
- Average Record at Common Tournaments
- Coin Flip

Cross-Age-Group Match Ratings Changes
After much research and discussion, the POP rules team has determined that it is in the best interest of the program for Cross-Age-Group Matches to no longer be rated. Our findings show that a significant portion of players who play a match against an opponent in an age group above their own will lose that match. This means that even a highly rated Junior player is at a severe ratings risk and disadvantage when playing against a Senior player.

We believe that this change is imperative to the integrity of the Premier Ratings System and is a fair and balanced decision for those players affected. Therefore, this will be implemented retroactively to the beginning of the City Championships series. Players can expect to see changes in their ratings shortly after this change is implemented.

Ratings and Rankings Display Update
With the introduction of Premier Rating Invites, it has become more important for players to know more accurately where they stand in the rankings as the season progresses. Because Pokemon Organized Play allows players to opt in and out of ratings and rankings at their discretion, POP believes it is important that players who remain opted in throughout the season know where they actually stand against players who may not opt in until the last moment.

Therefore, effective immediately, all players will appear in the rankings list. However, those players who have not opted in will be displayed as “Not Opted In.” This will allow players to see that there are other players potentially ranked higher who could opt in and earn an invite, pushing some players out of the top rankings by earning those invites.

POP will not announce the date of the final Rankings pull until it has been completed. It will, however, take place be on a date after the final Premier event in a given Ratings Zone. Players not opted in to the Rankings prior to this pull will not be eligible for a 2007 World Championships invite and Travel Award.

Decimal Rating Display
Effective immediately, POP will be displaying player ratings down to two decimal points. This will allow POP to better separate the rankings, avoiding some tiebreakers later on. We hope this change will help our players better track their own ratings and those of others rated close to them as they strive to earn an invitation to the World Championships in 2007.

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For more information on Premiere Ratings, go here: Premiere Ratings and You

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