|saturnin55 gets a big daily highscore, falafel_raptor continues to skyrocket, and 2 new players to watch!|
|Posted by Kinnijup on September 18th, 2016 @12:59PM|
Hey gang! Quite a bit of activity the last 5 days, so I will waste no time getting into it.
First up, saturnin55 got a ~125k daily highscore improvement. He hit a $2,345,025 score on the August 16th Daily. This was enough to bring his daily average up to $1.813mil. saturnin also worked on some RTA categories, and managed to PB in all three of them! He got a 20:27 All Shortcuts + Olmec run with an 18:20 key split, a 1:23.890 Tutorial% PB, and a 57:34 All Journal Entries run! Nice job getting under an hour, sat!
falafel_raptor had some massive PBs, as usual. He got around to doing an All Shortcuts + Olmec run, and it is already under 20 minutes! He got a 19:32! He also nailed a 20 second Any% PB with a scary 4-3 and Olmec! He hit a 2:25. These runs gained him a massive amount of points, as well. He now sits in 11th place at 719k!! His progress has been super exciting to watch. He may be in heated competition for Grooomp's #10 spot soon...
More All Shortcuts action came from hbix. He is nearing sub 20 already, as well! He got a 21:28 with an 18:57 key split. He also hit a nice 1:27.420 tutorial, done without the blackout glitch. Nice job hbix, you are definitely getting faster!
Yoshimitsu524 continues his exploration of some other categories, and hit a 24:41 All Shortcuts + Olmec run. He has been to Olmec on a handful of fast Low% No Gold runs so far, so I am confident we will see him nail a good run there, too. It has been a lot of fun to see Yoshi get some other categories done, because he deserves a much higher Mossrank than he currently has. Having completed Low% Hell and having a 3:00 Low% run, he certainly has a ton of potential. The other categories he is doing are important too, and I think we are going to see his rank go up in the coming months.
Another couple of RTA runs came from ix. He did a 97:42 All Journal Entries run. Glad to see you enjoying the run, ix! His other RTA PB was a 1:25.420 Tutorial% run. He also got a 22:40 Basejump% run, and an 11:12 Big Money run. Nice!
We had a debut from a new runner, DemoJameson. He submitted one run, but it is pretty jaw-dropping: a 3:13 Low%! This was also about 3:07 pace into Olmec. It will be really exciting to see if he has some motivation for other runs. Good luck and nice to have you, Demo.
Another new player came out of nowhere with a big run - LVIO. He submitted a 2:57 Any% run, done with the mattock! Great job getting a run under 3, LVIO! Again, it will be really exciting to watch his progress!
meowmixmix is a guy who really stepped up to help out with the Spelunky Star League/Weekly Showdown races. He is a lot of fun to watch on Twitch. He continued his improvements this week, and got a solid 8:35 Max Hell run! Way to go, Meow.
Mazerak is working on his remaining challenge runs for Mossranking points, and completed a 15:03 No Gold Hell run. This is one of the harder runs to complete, for sure. He also got a speedlunky Max Hell run! His final time was 7:16. Lastly, he hit a nice 3:30 Low% run. He has been on pace for sub 3:10 runs into Olmec before, so this is definitely not the last we will see from him here. It is still a solid PB, though. Great job, Maz!
Great job, guys.
|20 runs including an incredible Max Low% PB from Raptor and a No Gold Hell run from Shin.|
|Posted by Kinnijup on September 13th, 2016 @04:31PM|
Hey gang, Kinni here.
This week, we saw falafel_raptor getting a fantastic Max Low% time. He nailed a 4:08.208! Max Low% has become quite a popular and competitve category over the last year or so, and Raptor managed to get 5th place in it. It is also a website win on d_tea, though I am pretty sure d_tea has a 4:00 or 4:01 that he lost the recording of. Regardless, this is also a win on several other players in the top 10 who put time into the run including Grooomp, Buddy, twiggle, and krille! At 83.97%, this is also Raptor's new best run (in terms of % of WR) on Mossranking. He also nailed a nice sub 3 Any% No Teleporter run. He hit a 2:57. These runs gained him enough points to move him up to 14th with 11th place not far off. Great job, Raptor.
ShinGraywords hit an important run, as well. He got a 26:18 No Gold Hell run! The only two runs Shin has remaining for bonus points/penalty removal are Eggplant and Low% Hell, both of which he is more than capable of. He's even been to Yama on Low% Hell. It will be exciting to watch him try these runs. He also nailed a solid $2.332mil score run on the September 12th Daily.
Speaking of the September 12th Daily, it had three other big scores. ix got a $1.727mil score on it, saturnin55 got a $2.046mil score on it, and hbix nailed a $2.289mil score on it. All four of these guys are really hitting some impressive dailies lately. I think soon we will see ix get his first $2mil daily, if a seed comes around. Great job, guys!
Tutorial% saw some more action, as well. Bum nailed a solid 1:18.370, Grooomp hit a 1:18.580, hbix hit a 1:28.260, Khold got a 1:28.670, and ix got a 1:33.980. ix's run did not make use of the somewhat new blackout glitch, either. Great tutorials, gang.
Long time daily runner H1xMasterT has started to try his hand at speedruns. He is already off to a great start, as he finished a 4:19 Low% run! It is clear some of the skill he built up from his years of score running was transferable to speedruns.
Last but not least, I have a few daily highscore PBs to go over. Polodajaneiro got a $304k run, The Mad Murf got a $975k run, and PolPotNoodle got a $1.259mil run. All three of these were done on the September 12th Daily.
Thanks for checking the news out,
|Saturnin gets a shield run, Curt gets the tutorial record again, and many other impressive runs.|
|Posted by Kinnijup on September 10th, 2016 @09:39PM|
Hola! A lot of action on some of the newer categories these last few days. In particular, Tutorial% saw 6 submissions. Let's dive in.
Another super active runner was falafel_raptor. He got 3 PBs. These were a 6:07 Max Any% No Gold run, a 6:46 Max Hell run, a 4:42 Haunted Max Any% run, and a nice 10:28 Big Money run. The Big Money run was enough to push him into 15th place on the overall ranking!
For the last few weeks, ix has been trying to finish a No Gold Hell run. He even lost some late in Hell. He finished one yesterday though! His final time was 23:56. Of the categories that count for points, he is now only missing Eggplant% and Low% Hell. He also submitted a 9:17 Max Any% No Gold run, and an 11:35 Olmec Failplant run, which is currently the fastest run submitted for this category. GG, ix!
That's all for now,
|Big daily happens, Grooomp gets sub 3 Low%, krille with a new tutorial% record, and a new subranking added!|
|Posted by Kinnijup on September 6th, 2016 @02:36PM|
Hey gang, it's Kinni. Another active few days to go over here. I'll hop right in.
The September 5th Daily saw some massive finishes. There was a 4-1 Hired Hand on this seed who was not super difficult to rescue. This allowed players to get the scepter and plasma cannon both into 4-2, which lets you keep the plasma cannon for the rest of the game. Shingraywords finished a $2.479mil run, and Mazerak finished a $2.538mil run! This was a 750k+ improvement for Shin's daily highscore and helped his Mossrank overall score significantly. At 73.33% of the WR, Daily High Score is now his strongest Mossranking run! Great job, Shin. Mazerak's run is at 75.09% of the WR and is his 3rd strongest Mossranking category now, though it is very close to his top 2. It was nearly a 500k improvement on his previous Daily High Score PB. Mazerak also got a nice 3:05 Any% PB, and a 7:29 Draining Olmec% run. The Any% PB was enough to push Mazerak up to 18th overall, and Shin has a strong spot in the top 25 (he's currently in 23rd).
Dr. Probably got a $1.05mil score on this same daily. Great job getting over $1 million, Doc.
Saibot improved his Daily High Score on this daily, as well. He got a $1.304mil daily on it.
The last daily highscore on this daily came from Mind_w. He got a $1.2 million run on it. Nice to have you, Mind.
Onto some speedruns, Grooomp finally got a sub 3 minute Low% run! He finished a 2:58.596. Grooomp has lost runs on pace for as good as 2:42 on Olmec, so this will for sure not be the last time he PBs in this category. It will be a lot of fun to see how far he pushes it, now that he has that mental barrier of sub 3 broken down! Great job, Grooomp.
Next up, Berumondo came seemingly out of nowhere with a 3:10 Low% PB! This run was on pace for a 3:00 - 3:02 with the optimal Olmec strategy! It is still an impressive PB and shows us Berumondo is more than capable of joining the sub 3 Low% club. He also tried his hand at Hell%, and finished a nice 9:46. Great job, Beru!
krille71 nailed a solid 1:17.200 Tutorial% WR, edging curticus2 out by just .120. This is a really neat category (our category with by far the least RNG) and I am glad it is getting some attention at a high level of play! gg, krille.
saturnin55 got in on some of the Tutorial% action, and finished a 1:27.300. He has at least a 1:26 done from before this category came to be, so he will probably take this down some soon. Way to go, sat!
Buddy7heElf got a big Low% Hell PB, a 6:40. Some troll stuff on Yama cost him sub 6:30, but this was still a 30+ second PB and a crazy run. Great job, Buddy. He also got a nice Haunted Max Hell PB, which is also his Max Hell PB (also no teleporter). It is very near the record in the former. His final time was a solid 6:23.
falafel_raptor nailed a sub 3:30 Low% No Gold run! His new 3:28 is not far from his regular Low% PB, which is very impressive. This run also passed some crazy good players in the top 15 like twigglefly, Grooomp and Linkruler. Raptor continues to climb the overall list and is currently in 16th place. He has some competition right behind him though, as NightHarvester(17th) has consistently been PBing over the months and Mazerak(18th) is moving up fast and seems super motivated to accomplish some goals, as well.
AGDQ 2016 Spelunky commentator DiMono finally got around to doing some work on his Mossranking score. He finished an 11:31 Low% No Gold run, a 5:14 Any% PB, and a 5:36 Low% PB! The regular Low% run is particularly impressive, and was a minute and 45 second improvement. Good job, Dimono.
HecticXXX9001 is expanding his playstyle to incorporate more categories. This is really exciting to me, as Hectic has at least top 10-15 potential for sure. He so far finished an 11:04 Big Money run (also his Hell PB) that had a solid late-game. GG, Hectic!
That's all for now,
|Ranking system explained|
|Posted by saturnin55 on September 2nd, 2016 @01:47PM|
Here are the different ranks you can achieve on MossRanking. The more points you gain, the better your rank becomes.
For more information about how to increase your MossRanking points total, please read this.
|Boots gets Low% Hell, Polo and Khold get $1 mil, and Low% sees some more action!|
|Posted by Kinnijup on September 2nd, 2016 @01:21PM|
Hey hey, many players were active the last few days. Let's get to it.
First up, bootsthatshoot had been going for a Low% Hell run for quite a bit now, and finally he did it! He had previously died after defeating Yama multiple times, and lost track of the number of times he made it to Yama total. All of those are in the past now as he finished one in 16:40! This was not an easy seed at all, either. It was crazy that one of the most difficult seeds I've seen him have to handle was the one that worked out! A troll layout in the Black Market forced a bomb usage (he used the bomb expertly so as to avoid a rope usage, too), and he had to use a rope later on in the level. All three of the Hell levels were very scary, and the Yama fight itself was intense. A big congrats to Boots as he worked very hard on this! You did it, maaaaan!
Polodajaneiro is another runner who accomplished a goal of his that he worked on for quite a bit. He got a $1 million score run! His final score was $1.063mil. He is just starting to get familiar with the mechanics of the plasma cannon, and when he does, he will be able to nail an even higher score. Great job, Polo!
Action over on the Low% front has been intense, too. First up, NightHarvester seems motivated to get a sub 3 run and already has a 3:07! It is clear to me that he is capable if the seed shows up, looking at his platforming in general and his splits over the months of his various Low% PBs. Night also nailed a 5:09 Max Low% run! He is capable of much faster, but this is already a solid time for the run. Night is now in 17th place on the main ranking, a tiny bit behind falafel_raptor (623,578 to 623,902). Great runs, Night!
Speaking of falafel_raptor, he got a killer Low% run done, too. He finished a 3:10! It is really exciting to follow all these guys who are close to getting a Low% run under 3 minutes finished. Raptor also nailed an Any% teleporter run, a sweet 2:45! Great runs, Raptor. Looking at each of their stats pages, it is pretty startling how evenly matched Night and Raptor are. Night has a slight edge right now in the main 3 speedruns, while Raptor has an edge in score. Good luck, guys.
Berumondo is our third runner to nail a Low% PB for this update. His time was a solid sub 4 run! It was a 3:53. Berumondo is a long time daily runner with several impressive daily scores, and only recently got into speedruns. The skill was clearly transferable for him though, so it is great to see him using it for speedruns too!
Next up, Khold got his first $1 million + score run! His final score was $1.019mil. He made it to the City of Gold on the run, and can push it quite a bit further for sure. He also got a 10:11 Hell run done. It looks like the next one he does will be under 10 minutes. Good luck if you go for sub 10, Khold!
Newcomer Kazzy made her first ever submission - a 15:38 Any% run. She is getting better at dealing with enemies and platforming in general, and it will be fun to see where she goes from here. Nice to see you on the site, Kazzy!
BumCommando is continuing to benefit from the motivation a short break gave him, and I couldn't be happier :P. He got a a 1:20 Tutorial% PB. He is motivated to get under 1:20 at some point. Along with Buddy7heElf, Bum is the guy who got me into speedrunning this game. So I am always excited when he plays.
The player who got the most PBs this week was Mazerak. This guy is making some serious progress quickly on his speedruns. He finished a 4:29 Low% No Gold run, a 5:52 Hell run (congrats on sub 6!), a 25:24 All Shortcuts + Olmec run, a 7:50 Haunted Max Hell run (congrats on speedlunky!) and a 4:43 Max Any% run! All of these PBs are looking good already, and are really quite impressive for the small amount of time he has put into speedrunning. He also nailed a new daily highscore PB - $2.056mil! This was done on the September 1st Daily, and was enough to push his daily average to $1.769mil. Congrats on the $2mil+ daily, Mazerak!
Another fast and active mover is meowmixmix. He got a $1.288mil score run this week, and is motivated to push it even higher. He also got all the way to 5-3 on a Low% Hell attempt, after having only tried the run a handful of times in the past! Good luck, Meow.
curticus2 got a 3:57 Max Low% PB, and finished his first Max Any% run with a teleporter. The Max Low% run is only the 4th run under 4 minutes done, and is also 3rd place! Great run, curt. For Max Any%, it is super hard to even finish with the teleporter. Curt has also over the years been more focussed on Low% runs (too bad he didn't get a WR or anything with this approach). So it was not unusual that he did not try this run a lot. He still nailed a solid time for it, a 2:44. Great runs, curt.
Until next time,
|2 new faces, 25 new PBs, 2 new WRs, and Hectic gets a 2:59 Low% run!|
|Posted by Kinnijup on August 30th, 2016 @04:18PM|
Hola, gonna hop right into it today.
The two new faces are santabrake and Kazzy. santabrake has been consistently playing dailies ever since January 2014! He joined with a highscore PB of $1.1mil. Kazzy also got the game in early 2014 (in March). She recently has been super motivated to play, and is very active in Twitch chats. Welcome to the site, santa and Kazzy!
HecticXXX9001 nailed a 2:59.983 Low% run with a solid Olmec fight! He is now motivated to try some of the other categories! He will skyrocket up the ranks if he just completes some of them, so it should be quite exciting to watch. He's also been getting near a huge score PB, so it will be interesting to see how that goes, as well.
falafel_raptor got a sub 3:20 Low% run, a 3:18. He's been on pace for better but this time is already looking great. Like Hectic, Raptor has been super close to an insane score PB. He's even been into hell on a couple 3m+ pace runs so far. His consistency in getting through the tricky robot stuff makes me think that he will get that 3m run sometime in the near future. Good luck in whatever runs you do next, Raptor!
Buddy7heElf nailed a crazy Low% run, a 2:47! He's been trolled out of similar runs in late temple and even on Olmec, so it was great to see one work out. With this run, he is not far from 900k total Mossranking points, as well.
meowmixmix got in on some of the Low% action, and also kept it no gold. He nailed a super impressive 3:36! This time is really getting low now. It is very close in this category to some great runners like twigglefly and Linkruler, and even beat Grooomp! Another solid run Meow got was a 6:28 Hell% run! I knew when he finished a speedlunky one of this it would be substantially below 8 minutes! Great runs, Meow.
Patdog56 got in on all the insane Low% action, as well. He nailed a 3:08! What a week for Low%! His run had about a 5-7s timeloss on Olmec. It is safe to say Pat is capable of breaking that 3 minute berrier! I had been watching Pat whenever he streamed, and there was a big increase in his skill the last several times he played compared to a few months ago. He also got a $1.42mil daily on the August 30th Daily. This pushed his daily average up to $1.29mil. Really great job, Pat!
Saibot tackled a run that had given him some grief in the past: All Shortcuts + Olmec. He had hardly any trouble this time around though, as his overall skill has greatly increased since he last attempted the run. He nailed a 21:50 already! Nice job, Sai.
Another guy who took on some All Shortcuts + Olmec runs was Khold. He nailed a 24:44 run with a 22:02 key split. Khold also got a new daily highscore! He nailed an $875k run on the August 30th daily. His daily average is now just under 500k. Solid runs, Khold!
I (Kinnijup) got a new No Gold WR. I hit a 1:57.324. This was a 3 second improvement over the previous WR. Some runners have lost faster runs of this late into the temple, so there is still some room. I was really happy to get it under 2 minutes, though.
Resident daily scouter hbix completed Max Low%! He finished a 12:41. He has lost much faster runs late, but the run is so hard to simply finish that this in itself is impressive. He also nailed his first sub 4 Low% run! He got a 3:57. Another solid run he did was a $1.95mil score run on the August 28th Daily. This was his 2nd best daily ever, and enough to bring his daily average all the way up to $1.722mil. Lastly, he got a solid 6:55 Low% No Gold run! It is great to see hbix tackling the last few challenge runs for points and improving his times on them, as it was clear to me he had the skill to earn a higher overall rank if he tried. Great job, hbix!
Finally, ShinGraywords hit a Max Any% PB. He got a 5:43. Shin has been super close to a Low% PB for quite a bit now. The temple has just not been kind enough yet. He's hitting other PBs consistently though, and will likely improve Low% soon. Good luck and good job, Shin.
That's all for now,
|Mazerak and others nail impressive score runs, plus some solid speedruns :D|
|Posted by Kinnijup on August 26th, 2016 @02:21PM|
Hola, got just under 20 runs to go over today. We saw several impressive score run submissions - let's get to it.
Biggest score submitted this week was a $2,613,650 run from Mazerak. Having done some dailies as far back as November 2013, Mazerak is well-versed in Spelunky score running strats. He only recently made the move to socialize a bit and speedrun, but it is clear his skill is there. Now that he finished a long score run, it's only a matter of gem spawns to reach that $3 million mark. In addition to this score run, Mazerak also nailed a 4:00 Low% time. Great runs, Mazerak, and good luck in the future!
ix has also been tackling more score runs, and already reached $1.69mil. He's right at the stage where he will have to try to get the City of Gold monies to make massive improvements. Good luck if you go for it, ix!
Saibot is basically in the same boat, and submitted a solid $1.58mil run. You can get a score over $2 million for sure without hired hand shenanigans, but I would say the late game is much easier if you are able to keep the cannon for it. Both of these guys have been motivated for score runs lately. Good luck in whichever tactics you try, guys! This run helped Saibot reach the rank he had before the Mossranking formula adjustments, so I was really glad to see him get it quickly. He now sits at 18th place, though there are only about 15k points between 16th and 20th place.
The last score run to go over today is a solid $849k score PB from denis1080. Denis has been racing in Star_League when the opportunity arises, and it is nice to see a PB from him again. You'll get $1 million in no time, Denis!
Patdog56 got two big speedrun improvements! He finished a killer 2:35 Any% run with a teleporter. The run was actually on sub 2:30 pace, but pushblocks trolled him hard on the Olmec fight. This is still a huge improvement and a showcase of solid teleporter skill. Congrats, Pat! Pat's other PB was a nice 6:28 Max Low% run. Great to see you capable of speedrunning this one, Pat! It is not an easy run to finish, regardless of the pace.
Khold got a run under 4 minutes! He got a jetpack + mattock + compass seed and nailed a 3:41. He also put some time into All Shortcuts + Olmec, and got a sub 30 run. His PB is now 28:35. Great job on the runs, Khold.
TNF has only recently made his presence known to the community, and he is already nailing some killer runs. He submitted a 3:26 Low% this time. This is a very impressive time, given how little time he has put into speedrunning! This is also currently his Any% PB. Really looking forward to what he can do next.
Next up, Polodajaneiro has been trying Low% No Gold runs for some months. He didn't finish a run for a little while, but this was because he had high standards for his final time. It paid off, too, as his first completed run was a solid 5:30! This is extremely fast for someone's first completion of the category. Well done, Polo, you earned it!
Finally, meowmixmix was hard at work all sorts of runs! He's been making great strides in his score running abilities, but for this update he had several speed PBs. He got a 15:05 Max Hell PB (which is also Big Money), and a 5:02 Max Any% PB. Meow sits just outside of the top 25 now at 26th place, though it seems clear he will keep moving up. Great runs, Meow!
That's all for now,
|Activity out the wazoo :P|
|Posted by Kinnijup on August 24th, 2016 @01:48PM|
Hey gang, there's over 20 runs to go over today so let's waste no time getting to them ;)
First, I want to go over a few slightly older runs that got submitted cause they are super impressive.
d_tea submitted two runs that are actually fairly recent. He got a 2:26.034 No Teleporter Any%, and a 4:10.779 No Teleporter Hell%. The Hell run in particular has a sick pace into the temple. He said he plans to go for a run of this under 4 minutes in the future, so that will be super exciting!
The other guy who submitted an older run is SchnitzelDX! He had a nice 2:38 No Teleporter Any% that he added. Schnitzel's ranking went up significantly now that he can use a 3rd score run for points, and I have to personally say it was a well-deserved boost for him. He was hitting a lot of runs like Low% Hell and sub 3 Low% long before most of us. He has a lot of untapped potential for sure. It is nice to know he still follows the community.
Now, onto the runs done over the last few days.
saturnin55 had a crazy hour or so in his stream last night where he got two big PBs. He got a 4:59 Low% No Gold run, and a 3:03 Any% + No Teleporter Any%. These were enough to push him into the overall top 15, so way to go, sat!
Speaking of RTA runs, ShinGraywords made a big improvement to his AJE time. He's nearing the 60 minute mark, and currently has a 65 minute run. Shin also got a big score on the August 22nd Daily. He hit a $1.5mil run! This was his 3d best daily, and brought his average up to $1.25mil. Great job, Shin!
Another RTA run came in from meowmixmix. He got a run just under 1 minute slower than Shin's, a 66 minute run. Meow also got a 3:06 No Teleporter Any% run, a 3:25 Low% run, and (perhaps most impressive) a sub 3 Any% run! His Any% used a teleporter and came in at 2:52. He lost a run about 20 seconds faster into the temple a little bit before this, so he still has a ton of potential. The seeds are just so rare. A cool thing about this 2:52 of his was a queen bee telefrag. Meow has also been working on score runs and has learned some tricky ghosting mechanics, so he will likely improve his PB there soon, as well. Looking good meow!
Next up, ix submitted a $1.5mil score run! ix is basically at the point where he can attempt some hired hand shenanigans to get the plasma cannon into the City of Gold. It will be nice to see if he goes for this strategy to get the City of Gold monies :D. ix also has been working on his daily average, and got a 1.3m daily on the August 24th Daily. This is his 5th best daily, and brought his daily average up to $1.28mil. Nice!
Patdog56 is back! It seemed like forever that Pat's computer was out of commission, but Pat returned this week. He returned in style, too. He got a 6:52 Max Low% run, his first one done. This is very fast for someone's first completion of the run, as well. He also submitted a 3:22 Low% run. Pat actually finished a Low% run in the past that was over 10 seconds faster, but he was unable to record. I'm sure he will get something better than the unrecorded run sometime soon, though. Glad you can play again, Pat!
hbix finished an important run this week, a 27 minute No Gold Hell run. This was his first completed hell run without taking gold, so a speedrun is not expected. Great run, hbix! hbix is now only missing Max Low% and Low% Hell from the challenge runs for points pool. He gained a great deal of points by completing several of these challenge runs over the last couple weeks.
Take care gang,
|A handful of fun Mossranking changes, explained.|
|Posted by Kinnijup on August 22nd, 2016 @02:53PM|
Hey gang, Kinnijup here. It has been some months since we discussed possible changes to the ranking formula or the site in general. Some of us got together and discussed some changes and, from also discussing with many of the active runners, came to a consensus that these changes would improve the quality of the site, and the enjoyment players get out of it. Here is a list of those changes.
1) Perhaps the most noticeable change is we moved daily average to the pool of challenge runs, instead of making it mandatory. It is important to note this is not meant to be disrespectful to the category or view it as less important. Afterall, players like me and d_tea are finding it difficult to get to the top here. It just tends to take the longest time to get a good ranking in this, and as a result several players have mentioned to me they are demotivated. Especially a player who does not like score runs, as 10 complete score runs can sound like a monumental task (and honestly kind of is). There are even more players who like score runs, but did not want to have to complete 10 comparatively nice ones to match the rank they hold in other categories. So this was mostly a change to appeal to speedrunners. However, there is a nice change for score runners which I'll go over next.
2) Daily highscore was moved to the pool of challenge runs instead of counting for your regular score run. This change might seem negative for you if you are using a daily highscore as your score PB. However, you now have the option of using an additional score run for your overall points. This change has made it possible for someone who prefers speedruns to have as little as 1/9 score categories, or someone who likes score runs to have as many as 3. Before this and the daily average change, a player was always using 2/9. There are a couple of players who don't have a regular score run submited, so they will initially lose some points overall. However, I can guarantee that if you are in this position, you will be able to get a score similar to the daily high score you were using, without much difficulty or grinding. If you got a 1 million daily, you can get a 1 million score run on your first seed with a jetpack in the mines. Feel free to come to me for help, and I would even be willing to help you in a stream you do. Think of it like this: it will be way easier to finish 1 solid score run than it would be to finish 10 (for daily average). This change is just going to be very beneficial for the site and score runners in general, so I feel it is an important one to make.
3) No Teleporter Any% was added to the pool of challenge runs a player can use for points. This category used to be popular and asked about sometimes on the reddit by newer (not necessarily slower) players. The idea behind this change is it allows a fun use for seeds that don't have a teleporter, and will be easier for mid-ranked players to get a high rank in compared to, say, Low% Hell or eggplant speedruns. This category is the most popular category that does not influence points, and has almost as many submissions as some of the points categories. So players independently have shown interest in it. It is also a throwback/nod to the OG Spelunky, in which the teleporter was not a good item for Any%. We are also giving every player a default run in this category, their Low% time, so as to not enforce a penalty on anyone.
4) 10 categories now count for your overall rank instead of 9. This will consist of score + any% + low% + hell% + your highest 6 challenge runs. This might sound like a lot, but it really is not a big change. Consider this: substituting a run for daily average makes us have 5 instead of 4 optional categories already, so making the move to 6 is not a big deal. It will be your 6th best ranked run, basically. Daily highscore and no teleporter any% are now options and possible to get high ranks on for someone good at score or someone good at speed, so I am confident if you like the website you will have no problem with this change. Lastly, it will make it much easier to calculate or get a rough estimate of what a possible PB will do to your score if we use 10 total instead of 9.
We are also working on some color/name/ranking icons for certain scores (like 500 to 550k, 550k to 600k, etc). These will be in place sometime in the near future, hopefully. They will be a lot of fun
The thinking behind these changes was to make the ranking more fun and appealing to a wider range of players. Feel free to voice your opinion to me (Kinnijup), saturnin55, krille71, or really anyone (the site is a community project, with the majority of the work being put in by saturnin55) in discord or PM, and don't be afraid to let us know about negatives of the changes if you would like to.