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Do you gain points from taking out other players?

There’s a youtube account called RISK Master that I’ve been watching lately & it’s helped me out a lot. Recently, he’s been claiming that you can gain ranking points by being the person that finishes off players in the middle of the game by taking their last territory. Is there any truth to this? If so, do you get more points for taking out higher ranked players? Also, do you lose more points by being taken out by lower ranked players?

This is incorrect. There are no points given for the act of taking out a player, only your placement in the game.


- Phillip@SMG


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Thank you! Just out of curiosity, which generally effects ranking points more heavily, placement or rank of the other players? I’m an Expert, is it better to come in 3rd in a game full of Experts & up, or 1st in a game of Intermediates & down?

That is really dependent on the situation. In most cases, if you are playing a 4 player game and you come 3rd, you be loosing points unless the player who is 4th is drastically higher than you.


See it more as, placement first, then the players ranks in the game will determine how much extra you gain or loose.


- Phillip@SMG


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I take it that Risk uses the Elo method of ranking?


In which case - it would be good if an approximate idea of rank gain/loss could be shown somewhere in the game... perhaps putting this up during the 10 second countdown before play starts


Something like this for example:


Game Score

1st Place = +100 

2nd Place = +50

3rd Place = 0

4th Place = -75

5th Place = -150


Naturally the numbers won't be exact just yet - as the system updates so slowly and some players previous games may not be counted... but hopefully you will address this eventually too


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I agree, having some sort of approximate as to how much the game you’re about to play will effect your ranking points would be really useful. As well as being able to view how many ranking points you have between games.

You don't need additional points for taking someone out, you gain advantage to place higher by winning their cards and thus your likely to gain more ranking points.


I do want to know the formula/algorithm for how your rank is adjusted at the end of a game with respect to placement and player ranks.


For instance what if an expert player never readys for battle against beginners and below, what then?  It's better for his rank to bail, but then everyone hoping to face-off against expert class suffers.

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