Spring PvP Season Over!

July 8th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

The Spring PvP Season has just ended. Flaxative presents the winners and discusses the future.

Final Standings

It’s been a long ride, three months of delicious struggle in Tournamentria. Without further ado, let’s congratulate our overall winners, true champions of Card Huntria:

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These fine people’s prizes have been shipped off and are en route to them.

If anyone wants to look over the old week-to-week stats, they’re all gathered in one convenient place on the Sorcererers’ guild site: http://sorcererers.dotq.org/season.php

Guild Season Performance

Over the course of the season, mostly for the heck of it, I kept track of how many weekly standing slots each guild occupied. Here’re the final totals:

  1. Sorcererers (SRC) – 78
  2. Power of Fires (PoF) – 58
  3. Order of Ivory Flame (OIF) – 30
  4. Rating Flayer (RF) – 21
  5. Pizza and Coffee (P&C) – 14
  6. Stexe (Stexe) – 14
  7. NinetyNineKnaves (99K) – 9
  8. Reavers (RVR) – 4
  9. 420 YOLO SQUAD (420) – 2
  10. The Red Devils (RED) – 1

These numbers don’t mean much, of course. They’re just a fun stat—”we placed a lot!” Over the course of the season, guilds trended toward dominating more of the chart, as Power of Fires and NinetyNineKnaves both became more competitive after coups. In general I think the more guilds and the more guildmembers the better for the game. The mini communities bring people together and create a meta competition that has no consequences, just opportunity for relationships to form between players (be they those of friendship or rivalry).

The best-performing guilds—loosely informed by the loyalties of the top competitors in the season—were the Sorcererers, the Order of Ivory Flame, Stexe, and the Rating Flayers. Power of Fires was right behind them.

Looking Back

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months! When I came up with the season at the end of March, I had most of the systems figured out, but I hadn’t yet imagined everything that would come up. The drama, the joy. I’ve received countless complaints and countless thanks. Overall it was rewarding to run this event, and I intend to do more things in the future. I think, while there were flaws, the added incentives to ranked play increased participation.

The Future

I’m in talks with Blue Manchu about the future of PvP seasons. We’re going to be taking community feedback, assessing our own hopes and dreams for future seasons, and building a more refined system. If you want to leave feedback, you can do it in the comments here or in the ideas forum thread. One thing you can be sure of is that the next PvP season won’t start immediately.

In the meantime, I’m investigating a few other options for community events. I’m almost certainly going to be running another peasant tournament soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. The SRC Card Hunter News page is great for staying abreast of these things.

When the next season comes—and come it shall—I’ll do my best to make sure its advent is visible!

Until then, Card Hunters.

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