January 23, 2019– The world's most fun and
addicting cigar ranking system has been re-built from the ground up,
offering a more personalized and comprehensive experience for the
Like the original Cigar Wars system, which first debuted in 2015, the
modernized web application presents users with a simple choice: cigar
(a) or cigar (b)... This represents the real-world scenario, where a
smoker is offered one of two cigars at hand. Whether or not the smoker
is familiar with both choices, he/she will inevitably make a
choice—whatever the reason. Multiply this hypothetical scenario by
thousands, or even tens or hundreds of thousands, and you end up with
a truly honest, fun, and accurate cigar ranking system.
New Intelligent Features
New for 2019, this system—which we like to think of as "Tinder meets
IMDB"—is now tremendously more powerful. For starters, Cigar Wars
voters are now encouraged to create a personalized profile. In the
past, all votes were cast simply for fun, or in an attempt to help
structure the overall leaderboard. With Cigar Wars 2.0, each user's
votes count towards the public leaderboard, as well as—perhaps more
importantly—the user's own, personalized statistics. The more a user
votes on cigar battles, the more accurate the system becomes, learning
from the user's voting habits to assemble personalized preferences.
With live results, Cigar Wars will showcase your wrapper shade of
preference (choosing between Claro, Natural, and Maduro), company,
factory, strength, price range, and more.
Cigar Wars now lets users "favorite" individual cigars and, comparing
your voting habits to other, like-minded voters, can offer up cigar
recommendations based on these like-minded voter's favorite cigars.
This is only the beginning for the system's intelligent results.
Similar to a stock market ticker, Cigar Wars can now display trending
cigars, which are those that are rising (or falling) the quickest in
recent voting history. This helps users gauge which cigars are hot at
any given moment.
Perhaps the most fun aspect of any ranking system is browsing the
leaderboard. The updated Cigar Wars allows users to drill-down and
refine the leaderboard on a much deeper level. Top-ranked cigars can
be viewed by day, week, month, year, all-time, or even live
results—which is the default view. These timeframes can be used to
view the highest ranked cigars by country (such as the top-ranked
Cuban cigar of the day), wrapper shade, price range, and company size
(see cigars only from boutique manufacturers, etc.).
This leaderboard is based on a popular ranking algorithm known as Elo
(most famously used to rank chess players), which assigns a number of
points to every cigar in the system's database. With every Cigar Wars
battle, a number of points are removed from the losing cigar and and
transferred to the victor. The most important attribute of this system
is that it is self-correcting, taking more points from an upset battle
(such as the #100 cigar beating the #10 cigar) than it would from a
more evenly matched contest. In other words, the system can quickly
recover from unfair voting, allowing cigars to quickly return to their
rightful positions in the leaderboard. And with the newly added
timeframes (cigar of the month, year, all time), we have removed extra
layers of volatility, where it becomes increasingly difficult to alter
the list's rankings longterm.
Cigars, Companies, & Factories
If the cigar battles feel eerily reminiscent of your Tinder days, the
fine-tuned details that drive the CW system will have you thinking
IMDB. Each individual cigar in the database can be expanded to show
additional information. Users can see a quick description, as well as
a cigar breakdown (blend information, cigar release year, price range,
etc.), strength/body/flavor graphs, core flavor tags (chocolate,
cinnamon, leather, etc.), and even a list of similar cigars, based on
a cross-reference of the aforementioned attributes.
Every cigar is also attached to a cigar company and factory. Users can
browse through a list of each, where additional information can be
found on a company/factory's history and relevant highlights. And as
additional cigars begin to fill out a company/factory's portfolio,
Cigar Wars will show users the top-ranked cigars made by the
company/factory. Not only this, but CW will also average all cigars
under any given company/factory, showing the average price, body,
country of origin, and more. Every company page includes a list of
associated factories, meaning users can discover helpful information
to guide future purchases. For example, a fan of Caldwell Cigar Co.
could see that the company's cigars are produced at Tabacalera William
Ventura in the Dominican Republic, Diadema Cigars de Honduras in
Honduras, and La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua. Then, when
viewing any of these factory's individual pages, users are presented
with each factory's top-ranked cigars—including all brands made at
each factory—leading to additional cigar discovery...
More to Come
Cigar Wars 2.0 has been in beta for the past few months, debugging the
system and helping to establish a base for the overall leaderboard and
recommendations. We are now ready to launch the updated Cigar Wars on
a grander scale, having 200 cigars, over 40 companies, and a handful
of factories in the database. Each of these are hand-entered on a
daily basis, currently offering 20,000 possible battle combinations
Cigar Wars 2.0 is leaps and bounds improved on its predecessor, but
there is still more to be done. Future updates to Cigar Wars will see
additional profile enhancements and increased recommendation accuracy,
making for a dynamic tool for the active enthusiast, without losing
site of the light-hearted spirit at the core of Cigar Wars.
Cigar Wars can be found within the Cigar Dojo app (free download
through the Apple App Store & Google Play), or by going to
https://cigarwars.net on mobile and desktop devices.