Adepticon 2019 saw us run a tournament, outside of Australia, for the 1st time ever. With that in mind, we were very pleased to have 16 players compete for the title, 15 from the USA and 1 competitor all the way from down under. The tournament was aimed towards new players as we got permission to allow unpainted models and we ran with the popular 3v3 pick & ban format. All 4 scenarios of the cobblestone map were played across the 4 rounds and once the dust settled, local boy, Tony Reische continued is early meta dominance by taking out the title.
Another Chicago local, Chad Kaufman, faced off against Tony in the final which proved to be a tightly contested battle. A level 3 Skoll, combined with a rampaging Thorgar, enabled Tony to get the upper hand which he relentlessly took advantage of to secure the win and 1st place in the tournament. The lone Aussie in the field, Byron te Velde, lost his 1st round match however cleaned up the backfield to go 3/1 and secure 2nd place courtesy of his fully painted Warband. Jordan Kaase was another strong player who lost to Tony in the 3rd round however his strong play across the 4 rounds saw him amass 14 souls and 14 levels.
In keeping with our vision of beautifully painted models gracing the plane of shadow, we set the number of painted models as the 1st tiebreaker, followed by number of souls and finally the number of levels gained.
The medal winners: Sean Stevens (Best Painted), Tony Reische (1st Place), Byron te Velde (2nd Place)
The official Adepticon medals are amazing!
Chad and Tony face off for the final.
One of the coolest things about Judgement is the fact we can accumulate statistics about heroes similar to MOBAs so we thought we would dive in and have a look at some of the stats from the tournament.
The class breakdown is pretty much in-line with other tournaments we have run with Aggressors taking around 45% of the Warband slots and Defenders/Supporters sitting around the 20% mark. It is a healthy looking class split and what you would expect from a 3v3 tournament.
24 of the 28 heroes were included in the event, which is fantastic to see, including a solid spread across each of the classes. Interestingly, Marcus was the most selected hero with 7 out of 16 players including him in their Warband. Zhonyja (6) and Bastian (6) were the next two most selected heroes which meant we had 3 different classes fill the 3 most popular picks. Watching the games, it was obvious that Zhonyja and Thorgar were causing a number of headaches for many of the players and they slowly became priority ban targets. One of the remarkable things about the final was that Chad and Tony had 10 different heroes across their Warbands, and there were 11 different heroes out of the 15 that made up the top 3 player's Warbands.
Judgement is certainly exploding in the USA write now and we look forward to growing the game across various cities. Next year we are planning on running two events, a 3v3 and a 5v5 across 2 days, and we hope to have much bigger fields contest both tournaments.