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CCL Transactions Update!


Hello Heroes of the Storm Fans! 

My name is Ryan (Brasky) and I am the Org Liaison for the CCL.  I am responsible for helping the Orgs any way I can and communicating potential new or updated additions to the CCL rules.  Over the last couple of weeks, the hot topic was Player transactions.  After several conversations and a vote with the Orgs, we are excited to announce the final transaction rules for season one!

Below is the TL:DR on the new rules, followed by the full explanation for all the draft nerds out there that are like me and love team transactions.

The new rules will add two more “draft-specific” transactions that can only be used during the draft and the days following the draft to the signing deadline. This increases the number of transactions for a team from 2 to a total of 4.  After the “draft-specific” deadline, each Org will have 2 transactions within the season.  With the new rules, we have also introduced the Waiver Wire.  This allows a fair and balanced approach to adding a dropped Player to different rosters.

In summary, we increased the number of transactions from 2 to 4 to promote trades during and after draft night and added the Waiver Wire to have a fair way to add dropped Players to the other rosters.

Not enough detail?  Well, check out below!

Season 1 Transaction Rules

Each team will be allowed a total of 4 transactions in CCL season one.  The first two (2) transactions are considered Draft Transactions with the transaction deadline of October 22, 2020.  The two (2) other transactions will be considered regular season transactions with a transaction deadline of December 11, 2020.

Draft Transaction Rules

A Draft Transaction is a transaction that is used from October 17, 2020 to October 22,2020.  This transaction must contain the same number of Picks/Players from both transacting parties with the maximum of 2 (two) Picks/Players from each side.

Example 1 – Two Picks/Players
Picks: Org 1 is trading Picks #17 and #32 to Org 2 for Picks #14 and #35.
Players: Org 1 is trading Player A and Player B to Org 2 for Player C and Player D.

Example 2 – One Pick/Player
Picks: Org 1 is trading Pick #17 to Org 2 for Pick #16.
Players: Org 1 is trading Player A to Org 2 for Player B.

Regular Season Transaction Rules

A Regular Season Transaction is a transaction that is used from the official start of the season to the transaction deadline of 12/11/2020. 

The following transactions will be accepted:

  • Drop a Player(s) and add a Player(s) from the Free Agent Pool

  • A dropped Player will be added to a Waiver process, i.e The Waiver Wire

  • Trading of Players

Unlike the draft, a trade of Players can have an UNEQUAL number from transaction parties but can only contain a max of 2 Players from each side.

The Waiver Wire

If a Player that is dropped from a team, that Player ends up on the Waiver Wire.  That Player may be picked up by another Org while on the Waiver Wire based on the Waiver Order.  The Player will be on the wire for 24 hours before becoming a Free Agent and entering the Free Agent Pool.  The Waiver Wire helps prevent the unfair advantage an Org would have because they are available at the time of the announcement and breaks the tie with two Orgs wanting one Player.

Waiver Wire Order:  The order of the Waiver Wire is decided by the Orgs record with the worst record being at the top of the Waiver Wire.  Any ties in record will be broken by the last transaction date and if the transaction dates are the same then it will be by the Pick order from the draft. 

For example, Org A and B have a record of 0-1 and both teams have never transacted therefore Org A is head of Org B on the Waiver Wire because Org A picked after Org B in the draft.

Waiver Wire Ordering Example with Transaction Ties:

1. Org 1 - Record: 0-4 | Last Transaction: Never
2. Org 2 - Record: 1-3 | Last Transaction: Never
3. Org 3 - Record: 1-3 | Last Transaction: 10/21/2020
4. Org 4 - Record: 2-2 | Last Transaction: Never
5. Org 5 - Record: 2-2 | Last Transaction: 11/05/2020
6. Org 6 - Record: 3-1 | Last Transaction: Never
7. Org 7 - Record: 3-1 | Last Transaction: 11/02/2020
8. Org 8 - Record: 4-0 | Last Transaction: Never

Waiver Wire Ordering Example with Transaction Ties and Draft Order:

1. Org 1 - Record: 0-4 | Last Transaction: Never
2. Org 2 - Record: 1-3 | Last Transaction: Never | Drat Order: Pick 7
3. Org 3 - Record: 1-3 | Last Transaction: Never | Draft Order: Pick 4
4. Org 4 - Record: 2-2 | Last Transaction: Never
5. Org 5 - Record: 2-2 | Last Transaction: 11/05/2020
6. Org 6 - Record: 3-1 | Last Transaction: Never
7. Org 7 - Record: 3-1 | Last Transaction: 11/02/2020
8. Org 8 - Record: 4-0 | Last Transaction: Never

Orgs will formally pass on a dropped Player by messaging CCL administration. That way there is no confusion on adding a dropped Player.

See Transaction Examples below for Regular Season Transactions.

Example 1 – Drop/Add of a Player(s)

Scenario 1: Org 1 is dropping Player A and adding Player B from the Free Agent Pool.  Player A will then be added to the Waiver Wire.
Scenario 2: Org 2 is dropping Player A and B and Adding Player C and D from the Free Agent Pool.  Player A and B will then be added to the Waiver Wire

Example 1 with Full Waiver Wire Process

Scenario 1: Org 1 is dropping Player A and adding Player B from the Free Agent Pool.  Player A will then be added to the Waiver Wire.

Player A will be on the Waiver Wire for 24 hours and each Org will decide to add that Player or not.  Org 1 and 2 are interested in Player A.  Since Org 1 is first on the Waiver Wire then Org 1 will be able to add Player A to their roster by dropping a Player from their team.  If Org 1 was to pass on Player A then Org 2 would be able to add Player A.

Example 2 – Trading of Players

Scenario 1: Org 1 is trading Player A to Org 2 for Player B
Scenario 2: Org 1 is trading Player A and Player B to Org 2 for Player C and Player D
Scenario 3: Org 1 is trading Player A to Org 2 for Player C and Player D.  As part of this transaction Org 1 MUST drop a Player to keep the roster to 6 Players.  The dropped Player will be added to the Waiver Wire.  So, this transaction in total looks like this: Org 1 is trading Player A and dropping Player B and receiving Player C and Player D from Org 2.

Whew! If you are still here, thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you during the Draft Show on Saturday, October 17, 2020! Draft Day will be hosted by Grubby and DoA and you can find it on Twitch, YouTube and Twitter beginning at 4pm ET/1pm PT/10pm CEST. You can join the conversation before, during and after on our Discord as well.
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Thanks for such a well thought-out post. One small bit of feedback - it's unclear based on the wording if Picks and Players are equivalent for purposes of the rules. The use of "Picks/Players" makes it sound like you can trade a pick for a player, but the examples imply that this is actually not the case.