The current Splinterlands ranked play season is scheduled to end on Tuesday, 9/15 at 8:00 UTC. There have been some unanticipated issues this season as a result of being in a transition period between the second and third phases of the collection power update, and we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we work through those issues.
We anticipate that the third phase of the collection power update (which you can read more about here) will resolve the problems that some players are facing currently, and that is why we have pushed the release date of the next update up to 9/15 instead of the end of the month as originally planned.
In the meantime, we want to address the leaderboard prizes for the current season. While we will be releasing separate leaderboards for each league with the update scheduled for this Tuesday, the current leaderboard is intended for Champion league players only. The fact that it is showing players from lower leagues who have been able to reach Champion I level ratings is an unintended side-effect of the recent collection power changes.
It would not be fair, nor is it intended, that players who were facing much weaker competition in lower leagues are able to take leaderboard rewards from the Champion league players, so for this season we will only consider players who have played in the Champion league for the majority of the season in the leaderboard rankings. The Splinterlands website will be updated to reflect this change as well before the end of the season so that players can see the accurate leaderboard rankings and rewards that will be awarded.
Additionally, there were a few players who were pushed into a higher league due to having received unwanted card delegations during the season. It should never be the case that one player can directly affect another player's league or otherwise cause negative effects via in-game actions. This issue will be fixed with the changes on Tuesday, as players will now be able to choose whether or not to move up to the next league, but we take full responsibility for it and the negative experience a small number of players received as a result during the current season. If anyone affected by this issue would like to discuss it further, we encourage you to reach out to @yabapmatt on the Splinterlands Discord server after the release on Tuesday.
While there have certainly been a few bumps in the road, and there most likely will be some more to come, we are very excited for the upcoming update and we expect that the changes will lead to a much healthier system going forward which will greatly benefit all players and card holders in the long run.
We also have a number of extremely promising new features, integrations, and partnerships in the works that should set Splinterlands up for a really exciting end to an incredibly crazy year!
Stay tuned for more updates from the Splinterlands!
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