Liquipedia:Notability Guidelines

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Sadly, not everything can be added to the wiki. We want all our pages to be as up-to-date as possible and to meet our quality standards in general. That is made harder the more pages are created, not to mention additional factors, such as the fact that lower ranked teams tend to not have social media where they announce transfers, and so on.

Now, these are not non-negotiable. This wiki contains coverage of certain teams, players and scenes that do not actually meet our guidelines, yet we allow them because there is an active volunteer(s) that keeps those pages of high-quality. This however does not mean that we will allow you to create a page for your team just because you say you will keep it up to date. On the other hand, if you were to be highly interested in, say, keeping the Spanish national scene up to date, then go ahead! In the cases where this is not the case however, all of this means we have to prioritise: we try to keep our coverage to just the top and the sub-top tier of competitive StarCraft: BroodWar as defined by the guidelines below. Any pages that do not meet these guidelines will not be deleted, but will be moved to your user space.

If you disagree with the decision for a certain page, please do come chat in our Discord.

Guidelines[edit]

Things to remember[edit]

Style and wording[edit]

List facts. Don't say a player/team is underrated, disappointing, bad mannered, or anything that's wide open for interpretation. You can list his description /as given by someone else/ in, say, an article or interview but you need to provide a link to this 3rd source. Remember, Liquipedia does not create content, we record it.

References[edit]

References are everything. If a player/team is notable for winning a tournament provide a link to that Tournament. If the tournament is on Liquipedia make sure the link is correct, if it isn't a red link is fine and it can be filled out later (it will appear here: Special:WantedPages). Any third party material is welcome. If you mention a game, link the game. If he's done an interview link the interview. Use the

<ref></ref>

tags to source.

Page worth[edit]

Don't make pages that only have a filled out player or tournament infobox and two lines of text that tell you what the infobox says. If there isn't anything more to say about this it probably doesn't deserve to be a page - don't bother making one. Yes, the wiki is meant to be added to over time but there's a starting threshold. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Trivia[edit]

Very unimportant. If a notable percentage of the page is Trivia, it probably shouldn't be a page. Trivia sections are meant for unique information or other things that can't go elsewhere. It is not a place for unsourced allegations or random nonsense.

Players[edit]

To create a new player page, follow the Player Template.

Much has changed since SC2 came out and foreign BW has been slowly getting back into gear. Release of SC:Remastered revitalized the game, especially the foreign scene. With this in mind it's hard to establish a good standard of how to treat foreign players on Liquipedia. Yet, here's an attempt:

Notability[edit]

Players gain notability by either winning or finishing high in big, competitive events. 3rd place in a small weekly tour does not constitute big and a tour for mid-rank players only does not constitute competitive. It is fine to add these tournaments to the wiki to keep track of them but they shall not count towards a player's achievements, and give justification for a player page.

Players may receive their individual pages, as long as they surpass a certain threshold of notability. Check the bullet points below. If your chosen player fits at least one of these, then they are likely notable to warrant a page on this wiki. If not sure, ask on Discord, Starcraft channel.

Rule of thumb for notability:
Top 3 finish in a major tournament (≥500$ prizepool)
Two #1 finishes in minor tournament (<500$ prizepool)
Four top 3 finishes in minor tournaments (<1000$ prizepool)
Discuss borderline cases with LP staff (Discord, Starcraft channel)

Other factors can also be taken into consideration when deciding:

  • Achievements: How much the player has earned in tournament prize money;
  • Liquipedia Links: How many links the player has accrued from tournaments, strategies, or shows. (Discount any links that are related to the player's team and their pages.);
  • Previous history: Was the player a notable pro-gamer in another game (Warcraft III, StarCraft 2...) before switching to BW;
  • Sponsored: If the player is a notable member of a major team;
  • Strategies: If this player has made widely known strategies;
  • Community people: non-players such as casters, organizers, map makers can also deserve a wiki page, based on how much they have done in the BW scene.

Rank[edit]

Not too important. LP doesn't make pages for every player that reaches a certain rank or MMR, nor do we refrain from making pages for successful players who never achieved an extremely high rank.

Achievements[edit]

The purpose of a player's achievements paragraph is to display the most notable achievements that have been earned thus far by a player. This section needs to be as concise as possible, meaning that it should not include every single thing that a player has done in their career. The categories of achievements that are relevant or not in this section are listed below.

  • Top 4 in any premier tournament.
    • This includes ASL, KSL and other similar events. Big prize tournaments are full of notable players and the top 4 should be included as this is a major achievement. A premier event generally has over $10,000 prize money and is usually live.
  • Top 4 in any major tournament.
    • This includes BSL, and other tournaments with top foreign players
  • Top 2 in any local LAN with a prize and multiple notable players.
    • Winning a live LAN is a more notable event due to the less common nature of them and the relative prestige behind winning an event.
  • Top 4 in any country-limited tournament, such as a national championship.
    • Winning a tournament like this singles out a player as the best in their respective country. Because the entrants are limited there there is more leeway with entrants.
  • All Kills in All-Kill Format Team Events
  • Qualifiers
    • Exceptions are made for qualifiers. If a tournament is a qualifier for a major tournament and falls under the below category then it can be added as an achievement. An example of this would be the WCG qualifiers.
  • Weekly tournament (with a prize pool) 1st place
  • Second/third/fourth places in weekly tournaments.
  • Daily tournaments
  • No-Prize Events
    • Events without prizes such as showmatches or exhibition events should not be included.
    • Weekly events without prize pool should not be included.

Example[edit]

The following code snippet embeds a list of accomplishments, based on tournament pages on this wiki, and is the current (2019) standard of showing player accomplishments.

{{AchievementTable|
{{AchievementTableSMW |player=PlayerName |tier=Premier}}
{{AchievementTableSMW |player=PlayerName |tier=Major}}
{{AchievementTableSMW |player=PlayerName |tier=Minor}}
}}

Teams[edit]

To create a new team page, follow the Team Template.

When to create - if the team fulfills two of the following:

  • The team is a well-established esport organisation with a number of sponsors;
  • At least one player with international achievements, or at least three players with a Liquipedia page;
  • Achievements in at least 3 team leagues with a Liquipedia page.

When not to create:

  • Classic start-up clan with no history and no organization
  • The team has a short history with a lot of dodgy players (former cheaters)
  • The team has no international achievements
  • Over night clan made by a wannabe organizer that picks up former B level iccup players
  • The team has no website/social media
  • The team has no thread on TeamLiquid.net

Tournaments[edit]

To create a new tournament or league page, follow the Tournament Template.

Leagues and tournaments with a cash prize of at least $50 should be added right away for documentary purposes. Adding the right Tier to every tournament is very important since it is automatically used in player accomplishment templates. Below is a guideline.

  1. Weekly - weekly tournaments with more than $50 prize pool
  2. Biweekly - biweekly tournaments with more than $50 prize pool
  3. Minor - irregular or one-time tournaments with less than $1000 prize pool
  4. Major - tournaments with more than $1000 prize pool that feature high-level players
  5. Premier - tournaments with more than $10000 prize pool and being run by famous organization (maybe on regular basis)
  6. Show Match - invite-only tournament with any prize-pool (Blizzcon exhibition for example)

If you're not sure about tournament tier or anything else, feel free to ask on Discord, Starcraft channel.

Maps[edit]

To create a new map page, follow the Map Template.

We try to accumulate as much information about maps as possible. Map pages usually include notable features, but also stuff like wall-ins for Terran and Protoss or Sim-City for Zerg.

Strategy[edit]

To create a new strategy page, follow the Strategy Template.

We need modularity in all builds. Therefore try to separate strategy pages into three parts:

Openings[edit]

These steps are fundamental to most games. Usually, the following steps can be performed completely unhindered by your opponent, besides by scouting workers. We will consider this phase to end when 2 of the following 3 conditions are met:

  • When the first tier 1/2 or tier 2 tech decision is made.
  • When you have added your primary production capacities.
  • When the first attack timing is reached.

Builds[edit]

Builds start with an opening, and you should always refer to which opening they start with. If the BO page is sufficiently well constructed, you can just include it, such as Protoss FE (vs. Zerg) would add the basic Protoss FE procedure.

Give a numeric rundown of the build order, as in:

  • 9/10 - Depot (1)
  • 11/19 - Barracks (1)
  • and so on.

Please add numerals to the building, so it becomes clear how many of each type you have.

Then map out the attack timing, important adaptations and counters, and how you transition into late-game from there.

Midgame/Lategame[edit]

Here the specific Builds that can lead to certain Midgame/Lategame situations will be given and how you (should) solve them. They will be given with no distinct build orders, since they will be different each game.

Factuality[edit]

We will be very strict about what we permit. Theory-Crafting is prohibited and might be penalized by blocks on Liquipedia or even by bans on Teamliquid.net. Only post highly reliable information that has become a standard to play.

Proof[edit]

Add replays on the Discussion Page when possible, as a means of proof.

User pages[edit]

Completely optional, but if you make one, make it a good indication of who you are! Feel free to be friendly or use some Userboxes to spruce things up. A userpage can also serve as your own sandbox where you can experiment with wiki markup, without the risk of breaking something important. Your userpage is available here: https://liquipedia.net/starcraft/User:abc where abc is your username on Teamliquid.net