Apart from the standard Battle Rating system used as our primary method of ranking cigars, we have employed four other methods of ranking cigars. This way, we can recognize cigar’s achievements in a more concrete fashion—forever enshrining accumulative results, such as the best-performing cigars of the week, month, year, and Hall of Fame cigars.
Cigar of the Week
For the Cigars of the Week section, we’ve decided to use the cigar’s wins/losses ratio to determine their ranking. This way, we can avoid the ever-fluctuating battle ratings throughout the week – which serve their own purpose – but we feel are better suited for the day-to-day rankings. Therefore, the weekly rankings won’t be skewed by a single day’s votes when tallying up the scores.
Cigar of the Month
To rank cigars, we incorporate an advanced rankings system (similar to the way chess players are ranked), which gives each cigar a “Battle Rating” based off wins and losses, taking into account the difficulty of the cigar’s opponent. Because of this, as well as the quick-paced style in which thousands of cigar enthusiasts are in constant battle, rankings shift… a lot.
Therefore, we’ve devised a method to recognize the best cigars each month, permanently sealing in their status as the best in their class!
To rank cigars monthly, we’ve constructed a system to capture the highest ranking cigars throughout each week. Cigars are then awarded points based on their tier (#1 = 10 points , #2 = 9 points, etc.). The cigars with the most points at the end of each month will be declared the winners in their respective categories.
Cigar of the Year
The all-telling Cigar of the Year awards are very similar to the Monthly Rankings system, only on a more grand scale! An ungodly amount of data goes into these scores by the end of the year, giving a very clear representation of the most favored cigars in a given year.
To rank cigars yearly, we utilize the same system for the Cigars of the Month—only, cigars are awarded points based on their monthly scores, rather weekly (as used in the monthly rankings). For example, the highest scoring cigar at the end of each month will receive 10 points, the 2nd highest receives 9 points, etc. The cigars with the most points at the end of each year will be declared the winners in their respective categories.