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Enter the Ranks

Salvatore Grosso

Oct 31, 2019

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So you wanna be a master of Skyweaver. You want to understand the secrets and have some fun. Do you have the skills to be number one? If you caught the reference to that intro, you're already a master in my eyes.

I’m Salvatore (Azrael on Discord), one of the designers here at Horizon. Today I will reveal the coolest ranking system I have ever seen in Skyweaver (flashbacks to my aunt saying I’m her favorite nephew… but I’m her only nephew 😅).

NOTE: While the contents of this post is accurate, it was originally published during our Private Beta. For all the latest information around Skyweaver's progression system and economy, please read this post!

The Climb

The Skyweaver rank system is a reflection of one's skill and effort within the game. There are 7 ranks to achieve, each one more difficult to obtain than the last. To ascend the ranks, you need to obtain victory points, which you accumulate by winning matches.

Above is a table displaying the ranks and their respective requirements. The loss penalty is incurred when attempting to reach the given rank. Two key things to note about this system: the XP bonus is a flat amount awarded upon reaching the corresponding rank and you do not incur a loss penalty if you happen to match up with an opponent who is at minimum 2 ranks higher than you.

You also won't fall between ranks during a season, which means that, if you become a Master, you stay a Master. When a season ends, players who attain the rank of Scholar and above are sent back to Apprentice after a season ends. Also, everyone's Elo (score) is reset to the default value of 1500. No need to worry though; high ranking players will be rewarded tradeable cards every week! So there's a chance you won't leave empty handed 🙂

Game Types

Whether you fancy playing Constructed (where you build a tailed deck) or the more whimsical Discovery game type (where the cards are randomly pooled from the chosen Hero's Prism), you’ll be placed on a separate progression track. This means you could potentially become a Master and receive rewards for each if you play both game types! Toss out those preconceptions; double dipping is encouraged here 😆

Leaderboards

Skyweaver seasons to last one month–or 28 days to be exact. Every week free Silver cards are distributed to high ranking players! You can check out the exact distribution model for Soft Launch here! We do this to encourage players to rank at the top of the leaderboard throughout the entire season, rather than only the last few days of the month 👌. Just don't take too long to reach that convenient Grandweaver rank though… if you can.

Keep in mind that this reward schedule and season length may change after we fine tune our system during the beta and get feedback from our community.

Something Special

We’ve got one last thing to share with you! While all the cards you obtain during Private Beta will be wiped from your account when we enter Soft Launch, we’ll reward the top ranking players with something special at the conclusion of the Private Beta! We’ll share more details about that in another blog post and post it on our Discord. So be sure to join our awesome community if you haven’t already to stay in the loop! See example below:

It's funny because most people play Discovery (Random) right now :p

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