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Website Maintenance

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The website is undergoing maintenance at the moment. There may be interruptions over the next 24h.

Notice on the 2016 Aquamarine/Topaz Necklace Match

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The Aquamarine/Topaz Necklace match was scheduled to commence at 1500 UTC, 8th August, 2016. However, due to a bug in a system upgrade to the voting system which caused it to fail to accommodate the increase in the number of votes coming in for the Necklace Match, various issues occurred including failure to reach the voting page and failure to verify the captcha. Thus, the ISML Staff had to close voting and re-scheduled it for 1500 UTC, 10th August, 2016.

However, there were still some issues in the first few minutes of voting. Whilst the ISML Staff had already rectified such issues within the first 5 minutes since the start of voting, the server then underwent an attack that was suspicious of being a DDoS (Denial of Service attack), which severely impacted the loading time of almost all ISML webpages. We had no choice but to unwillingly close voting again as it was near impossible to vote, even if the voting system was deemed to be working by then.

We have again re-scheduled the match to 1500 UTC, 11th August, 2016.

We, the ISML Staff, sincerely apologize for the inconveniences caused to all ISML voters and supporters. We are currently actively looking for solutions to block further DDoS and other types of attacks and we are fairly confident that voting can be held normally, barring any further attacks, on Thursday, 11th August, 2016. We sincerely ask for your understanding and we hope that you will continue to support us.

Charter Rule XIII. H. amended

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Posters will be available at the latest one week after results announcement rather than at the earliest one week after results announcement.

Topaz 2 voting end time extended by 10 minutes

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Please note that the end time shall be 11:10 GMT due to the delayed start.

Notice concerning gender and age data

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The data for Aquamarine 1 and Aquamarine 2 was wrong. Please check the Statistics Portal or this forum thread to find out more.

ISML 2016 Announcements

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Hello everyone,

We have released announcements for the 2016 season. These include a major format change, rules changes, and a change of staff.

Please visit our forum to read the full set of announcements.

A short summary is that Crisu is retiring as Commissioner, and KholdStare will succeed. The transition also brings changes to how ISML 2016 will be organized. Nominations are scheduled to begin on May 22.

Necklace Round Revote

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Aquamarine Necklace Round (round 8) will be completely redone this Sunday.

More information at:


Dear all,
Due to severe technical difficulties arising from multiple sources, we were not able to give voters the full 24 hours of voting. Voters who voted in the first minutes of the match didn’t have the chance to exercise their right to secondary choice for the 7-character arena, except for the few who were following the news on some threads. Furthermore, there was an error in the 2-character exhibition arena and 7-character exhibition event scheduling, causing a character to appear twice in this round, which has potential to introduce unnecessary bias into voting. The Staff concluded that the only fair way to resolve all these issues is to re-vote on coming Sunday for the full 24 hours, with the 7-character exhibition event arena being changed to remove the case of a character appearing in multiple arenas. We apologize for the inconvenience and keeping you waiting for a few more days, but we hope you all understand that re-voting is probably the fairest thing to do. Please be patient as it may take up to 24 hours to make all the changes to ISML’s main pages.


Sehr geehrte Wähler,
aufgrund verschiedener technischer Schwierigkeiten waren wir nicht in der Lage unseren Wählern die kompletten 24 Stunden zum Abstimmen zur Verfügung zu stellen. Wähler, die bereits in den ersten Minuten abgestimmt hatten, waren nicht in der Lage in den Arenen mit sieben Charakteren für zwei Charaktere zu stimmen – mit Ausnahme einiger, die diese Informationen in diversen Threads erfahren haben. Außerdem erschien ein Charakter in zwei verschiedenen Exhibitions-Arenen (einer Arena für zwei Charaktere und in einer für sieben), was das Ergebnis unnötig verzerren könnte. Der Stab hat sich daher entschieden, dass eine Neuwahl am kommenden Sonntag für 24 Stunden die einzige faire Lösung ist. Dabei wird eine Exhibitions-Arena mit sieben Charakteren ausgetauscht, damit kein Charakter in mehreren Arenen erscheint. Wir entschuldigen uns für die Unannehmlichkeiten und die Verzögerungen um einige Tage, hoffen aber dabei, dass Ihr versteht, dass eine Neuwahl die wahrscheinlich fairste Lösung ist. Habt bitte Geduld, da es bis zu 24 Stunden dauern kann, bis alle Änderungen auf den ISML Seiten erfolgt sind.


이번 아쿠아마린 목걸이 대전 투표기간 중 여러 문제가 발생하여서 규정대로 투표장을 24시간동안 열어두지 못했습니다. 이 목걸이 대전중에 있는 7인전에서는 원래 투표자들이 최고 2명까지 선택할 수 있어야 하는데, 기술적 문제로 투표 시작한지 1시간 이내에 투표하신 분들은 7인전에서 한 명만 고를 수 있었습니다. 이러신 분들 중 대부분은 재투표에 대한 소식을 전달받지 못하여서 자신의 선택권중 일부를 활용하지 못하였습니다. 그리고, 시범 경기 배치에 실수가 있어서 한 인물이 두개 다른 시범경기에 나오게 되었습니다. 이런 많은 문제들에 대한 가장 합리적인 해결책은 재투표라 판단하여서 한국시간으로 월요일에 문제의 시범경기 조를 바꾼 후 재투표를 하려고 합니다. 이 일로 많은 심려와 불편을 끼친 것에 사과드립니다. 그리고 투표에 관한 website들을 수정하는데 최고 24시간이 걸릴 수 있으니 침착하게 기다려 주시면 감사하겠습니다. 궁금하신 것이 있으면 이 글의 답변을 통하며 알려 주시기 바랍니다.



Aquamarine underway

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Regular Season has kicked off! We thank our voters for waiting through the period following the Preliminaries while we prepared for the start of Aquamarine. A complete set of results for Round 1 is now available in the Statistics Portal; extra time was needed to process the new Male Division as well as the formatting of new stat values.

This year introduces PSAO and SS. We’re also announcing an amendment to our charter, as we had left off PSAO from the original draft. PSAO is about the same as last year’s SAO, but we multiply that value by the percentage of maximum points possible. The weighted SAO should be a better ranking metric. SS is the seeding score that we are using as experimentation to compare against the PSAO metric.

We apologize for the lengthy downtime during Round 1’s core voting hours. We extended voting for 5.5 hours past the normal end date to make up for the lost time. Staff will be more vigilant in checking the health of the server to make sure voting is available when it should be.

Thanks for voting!

Charter update

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

We have updated some statements in the ISML 2015 Charter. This amendment is noted at the very end of the Charter.

Rule III.D has been removed, which had allowed previous Lapis Scepter winners to participate in Regular Season. These characters will participate in a different event, described below.

The wording of Rule VIII.H has been updated, because the Seeding Score is now used for a second purpose, which is to determine eligibility and winners for the special match described below.

Rule VIII.J has been inserted (shifting subsequent rules down one letter), describing the process to award the Sapphire Crown and Diamond Crown.

J. Special awards will be given to two male Contestants at the end of the Regular Season.
1. The male Contestant with the highest Seeding Score will be awarded the Sapphire Crown.
2. A special match will occur alongside the Topaz Pendant Showdown. It will feature 7 male Contestants subject to the following eligibility:
a) Previous Lapis Scepter winners who have not yet obtained a Diamond Crown.
b) Contestants with the highest Seeding Score who have not obtained a Pendant or Crown this year and who are not in the Topaz Pendant Showdown.

Exhibition Day 9

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Arena 10 has changed. We will be featuring Asuna vs Mikoto instead of the previous arrangement.

Also as advance notice, results for Day 9 will be late, because of scheduling conflicts. Expect results up to 2 hours after the normally scheduled time (~5:00 GMT).

Thanks for voting this year in ISML!

We will also make announcements about ISML 2015 soon. The Nomination Period will begin later in the year instead of January 1; more details to come.