### The Silph League Arena

# Arena Update

# Nov 3, 2022: Factions Power Rankings – Bout 7 Cycle 2 Season 2

This recurring article will highlight some of the best **Factions** and **Players **in the format, using an ELO rating system developed by Nerowx. If you want to skip the formulas and explanations of what every term means, go straight down to the **Power Rankings** section for the fun stuff! Also links to all the Data and Ratings can be found at the end of the article, plus a link to a Discord Server where the Ratings are shown by Region, Tier, and much more!

## ELO Formula, FELO, PELO and more!

So first of all, what do I mean by ELO rating? Like in chess, which uses the regular formula (read more here) to calculate a player rating based on the game between the two players, the same formula can be used for factions and players.

In short, the formula is:

Where the points don’t matter, only if the score is a win or loss. is the ELO rating one gets after the bout. is the old rating one has before the bout. is a value depending on a faction’s/player’s strength. ranges from 10 to 40, where typically a top player has 10 and a beginner or players with relatively low rankings have 40. Henceforth the value will always be 10. is the expected score, the formula is as follows:

Where is the opponent’s rating before the Bout. 400 is simply an arbitrary number.

When **Cycle 1** of **Season 2** started, every Faction and Player started with a rating based on the tier the Faction/Player played in. (**Emerald** – rating of 1000, **Diamond** – rating of 980 etc). Ratings after **Bout 9** from **Cycle 1 **have been carried over to the start of Cycle 2. To separate the ELO ratings of Factions and Players we can call the rating for Factions **FELO** and the rating for Players **PELO**.

Let’s “calculate” an example:

For Bout 1, NA, Pair 1, **Evanstonks** is facing **Stadium Elite**. When Cycle 1 ended Evanstonks had a FELO rating of 994 and Stadium Elite 1019. If Evanstonks wins Bout 1, the formula gives a new rating of 1000 and Stadium Elite gets 1014. If Evanstonks loses, the new rating is 990 and Stadium Elite gets 1024.

The same applies for a player that wins its battle.

Now, the rating can also give somewhat of a prediction to whichever wins. There can also be another rating by weighing in a Faction’s wins, and calling that rating **XELO**. For a Player, another fourth rating, by weighing in the Player’s wins, can be called **NELO**. Lastly, a fifth rating for Factions, by averaging the Faction’s players PELO rating can be called **AELO**.

## Power Rankings – Bout 7

The cycle is getting closer to an exciting ending, and this will be the second to last update to the ratings. After Bout 9, a summary and last article will conclude it all.

First **FELO**, we see that the same two Factions at #1 and #2 are still **INFINITY GO WHITE** and **EU EMPERORS**. A new #3, up two spots from Bout 6, is **POGOATS**, and taking over the spot from **MAGNISPVP**. Of the Top 25 there are only two undefeated Factions: #20 **HYDRA ESPORTS** and #24 **CANADIAN SHIELDON**.

For **PELO**, the #1 and highest PELO rated player is **MRKANGKANGL** from APAC Emerald MILK TEA PUI PUI. They have won the last six bouts and has 14 total wins. At #2, undefeated, is **TANGENT444**, who got a lower rating at the start of Cycle 2, but has made bigger gains than the rest of players at similar starting PELO. **NIMBLEDRAGONLKJ** at #3, with a high rating going into Cycle 2, still in the top despite two losses and four bout wins. All three players are also the highest rated playing Primeval. Lastly at #4 and also the highest Sorcerous PELO rated player: **THOTECHTICA**L, with six out of seven bout wins.

Looking at **AELO**, a new entry taking a spot in the Top 4 is #2 **THE METAL RAPTORS**, with six of its players taking a bout win, (with the 7th game ending 0-0). At #1 is still **INFINITY GO WHITE** and at #3 **EU EMPERORS**, both factions winning six out of seven matchups. **MILK TEA PUI PUI** at #4, down a spot because of a loss in Bout 7.

Finally, for **NELO**, since last recap, a couple of players have lost, so our new #1 is **B0PPER** from NA Silver TEXASPVP. With all 7 bouts won and having 20 total match wins, with six 3-0’s, the spot is well deserved. At #2 is **MRMCCALVIN** from EMEA Emerald GUERILLA GARBODORS and #3 is **LNDSGOKU **from LATAM PLATINUM HYDRA ESPORTS, both having 18 wins. And a player from the lowest tier in the Top 11 is **ELDKRYUFF **from EMEA Bronze SWÉMONS with 19 wins. The battle of most wins in Cycle 2 is surely going to be one of these players, (or maybe **GIGGETER **or **0EL1TE0**).

2 more bouts to get those last gains for the Cycle, 2 weeks until the final recap!

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