Please read this article to learn how to configure your ladder settings before your event.
An important thing to be aware of is that players do not register for ladder.Any player that is listed as an Attendee in your event, even if they just paid venue fee only, is able to join the ladder once the queue has been opened.
- Players queue from their phone.
- Players get matched up and check-in. Clicking check-in tells the software the player is aware of the pairing.
- Players will follow on-screen instructions to get station assignment from tournament organizers.
At-Event Best Practices
- Two staff running ladders
- One staff member available to answer questions and to call players/assign stations.
- One staff member for reporting results.
- This person should have a conspicuous line in front of them.
- Designated meeting area
- Whichever area you choose to set up ladders should not be a location that is already expecting heavy foot traffic.
- Players will congregate around the location you dictate in the matchmaking settings.
- Clearly notate ladder stations
- It should be clear to your attendees which stations are for ladders and which are for casuals or bracket matches.
- If stations are not clearly notated you will encounter people playing casuals on ladder stations.
- It can awkward for people to ask others to get up so they can play ladders, and also detracts from the tournament experience of the person being asked to move.
- Station counts
- The ideal station count for ladders is one setup for every two participants. This comes with the shortest wait times.
- More realistically you can aim for one setup for every four participants.
- Your goal should be to keep wait times below 5 minutes. Longer waits can take away from the player's experience.
- Ensure players know:
- They must click "Check In" when it appears on their screen. If they don't, and if the match expires before they realize it, they have to re-queue and wait again.
- If they are having issues clicking "Check In" you can assist them.
- Clicking the match in the match dashboard provides you the ability to check players in for the ladder.
Report results in the Match Dashboard. This is where all the matches will appear.There are two types of states that will appear at the bottom of the match display. These states are:
- On "Waiting for Setup"
- The players have not received their station assignment
- Stations will be auto-assigned by smashgg
- On "Game Setup"
- The players have received their station assignment and are now playing their set
Assigning a station as follows:
Reporting a match is as follows: