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Adepticon Tournament Report

Adepticon Tournament Report

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. 

Final Standings

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.

Winners

The medal winners: Sean Stevens (Best Painted), Tony Reische (1st Place), Byron te Velde (2nd Place)

Medals

The official Adepticon medals are amazing!

The Final

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.

Class breakdown

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.

Hero Breakdown

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. 

1st place medal

 

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King of the Grove Series Final Report

King of the Grove Series Final Report

 

The inaugural King of the Grove tournament series has drawn to a close with the final, featuring the top 8 players from the 5 heats across the year, run yesterday. The players battled it out over 3 rounds of 5v5 utilising the full 28 hero draft mode for Warband selection. Once the dust had settled Colin Hill remained undefeated displaying mastery of both the draft phase and in-game play to sweep all before him. The final was a very close affair between Colin and Steve Fury, with Steve fighting back from the brink to almost snatch a memorable victory before Colin managed to close it out and take the 1st year's title.

The final standings look as follows.

Rank Player Wins Souls Levels
1 Colin "Bobliness" Hill 3 15 17
2 Steve "Fury" Drury 2 13 18
3 "King" Kyle Elbourne 2 12 18
4 Andrew "Guns" Galea 2 10 12
5 Ben "Chunky" Hayes 1 9 13
6 Anthony "Tort" Tortoricic 1 9 11
7 Byron te Velde 1 8 12
8 Maggie Bailie 0 3 13

 

Full results for the day, including the round matchups, can be found on the Tabletop Tournaments web site. Games played on the top table were also streamed live all day on our Twitch channel, and they will be re-broadcast on our YouTube channel in the coming days.

As mentioned early, all 12 games were played using the draft mode for Warband selection, which across 28 heroes is a game within itself. The feedback about draf mode, from the competitors, was overwhelmingly positive and it stands as a unique feature of our game that presents the challenge of "live" list building and completely removes discussions around Warband imbalances and "cheese", since everyone is given the opportunity to outwit their opponent via the draft before the game begins.

28 heroes

This pic displays the 28 heroes lined up for a draft before the 1st round. They are not all painted yet, and there is one proxy as we wait for Kogan however the site of 28 Judgement heroes lined up is a sight to behold!

Here are some more pics of the day.

Colin vs Steve

Colin and Steve Fury face off before the final!

Below is a pic of some of the earlier rounds.

Early rounds

Draft Mode Statistics

We will be publishing more in-depth analysis of the draft statistics however here is a teaser of the most prominent things to come out of the 12 games using the 28 hero draft mode yesterday.

Top 5 Most Picked

 Rank Hero Pick %
1 Thorgar 83.33%
2 Istariel 75.00%
3 Skoll Bonestorm 66.67%
4 Brok 58.33%
4 Barnascus 58.33%
4 Haksa 58.33%

Top 5 Most Banned

 Rank Hero Ban %
1 Bastian 83.33%
2 Rakkir 75.00%
3 Doenrakkar 66.67%
3 Saiyin 66.67%
3 Kogan 66.67%
3 Kvarto 66.67%
3 Xyvera 66.67%

Top 5 Win Rates

Heroes that played in 5 games or more only

 Rank Hero Win Rate %
1 Zaron Bogdan 80.00%
1 Kruul 80.00%
3 Brok 71.43%
4 Skoll Bonestorm 62.50%
5 Sir Marcus 60.00%
5 Thorgar 60.00%

Top 5 Most Overlooked

Heroes that were neither picked or banned across the 12 games. There were 4 heroes each game like this.

 Rank Hero Overlooked
1 Svetlana Oaklost 8 times
1 Piper 7 times
3 Loribela 4 times
3 Skye 4 times
3 Gendris 4 times
3 Zaffen Ironhelm 4 times
3 Viktor Clerval 4 times

High Priority Picks & Bans

These were the heroes that were either picked or banned in the 1st phase of the draft. So either banned 1st, or picked 1st by either player.

 Rank Hero # of Times
1 Sir Marcus 7
2 Doenrakkar 5
3 Brok 4
4 Barnascus 3
4 Zaron Bogdan 3
4 Styx 3
4 Thrommel 3
4 Kogan 3
4 Skye 3
4 Viktor Clerval 3

Judgement Hero Overall Ratings

For a bit of fun, we put together a formula that provided a rating for each hero based on how much they were picked, their win rate and a weighting based on whether they were picked or banned in the 1st round of drafting. I.e. high priority picks and bans. 

 Rank Hero Rating
1 Sir Marcus 22
2 Brok 21
3 Thorgar 19
3 Barnascus 19
3 Zaron Bogdan 19
3 Doenrakkar 19

 

Looking forward to 2019!

We have big plans for the series including branching out to other Australian states in 2019. The Judgement CanCon tournament is the 1st heat of the 2019 series with full points up for grabs for competitors. Watch out for more news around the heats for next year and we encourage all Judgement players to get involved.

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Judgement Tournament Pack Published

Judgement Tournament Pack Published

Judgement is a game designed with tournament play at the forefront of our minds. A preference for symmetrical maps, three pick & ban options and a clean, clearly defined, rules system all lend itself to competitive play. It has been 6 months since the game's retail launch and our wave 2 Kickstarter is drawing to a close so the team put their heads together to publish a formal Judgement tournament pack.

The team behind Judgement have a rich history of running tournaments, rankings systems, Masters events and tournament series over the last 20 years. We put our heads together and designed a tournament pack that is fair, easy to follow and with flexibility allowing tournament organisers to come up with a format that suits both them and their players.

Like all our published rules and documents, we will revisit the tournament pack over time as we gain more experience running Judgement tournaments ourselves, as well as receive feedback from organiser and players around the world.

The Judgement Tournament Pack Volume 1 is available for download from the print and play section of our web site.

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Battle of the Six Armies

Battle of the Six Armies

The no factions element of Judgement, is a foundation stone of the ruleset. We love the fact that players of our game are free to choose any heroes they want to play with, for whatever reasons they may have. However, the wave 2 Kickstarter has seen our hero pool grow in size, to the point where we now have 5 or more heroes for each of the five races. Therefore, for a bit of fun, and to celebrate the imminent Kickstarter launch, we decided to invite a group of our players to partake in a mini-tournament where each of them represented, and exclusively played, one of the 5 races. Then, to even the numbers out, and to add a little spice, we included a sixth player, who would field a Warband comprising of one of each of the races. Here is the line up for the inaugural Battle of the Six Armies!

Orcs

Andrew "Guns" Galea

Rakkir, Zhonyja, Haksa, Skoll, Kruul

Humans

Steve "Fury" Drury

Marcus, Bastian, Zaron, Victor, Styx

Elves

Jeff "Tirrith" Galea

Nephenee, Skye, Piper, Saiyin, Allandir

Dwarfs

Lloyd "Former World Champ" Mirto

Zaffen, Thrommel, Svetlana, Loribela, Brok

Minotaurs

Evan "Doombull" Ferris

Thorgar, Doenrakkar, Kogan, Xyvera, Gendris

United Nations

Kyle "World Champ" Elbourne

Zaffen, Saiyin, Marcus, Thorgar, Zhonyja

 The tournament format is 3v3 Pick 'n' Ban, and will be a full round robin, with each player playing against each other across 5 rounds. We will be playing 3 rounds on the traditional cobble stone maps, and 2 rounds on the swamp map.

The Battle of the Six Armies will be held on Sunday, 11th March, and we will be streaming a game from every round. So 5 games being streamed across the day, and each race will feature, on stream, at least once. You will also be able to track the results on https://tabletop.to!

We are all pumped for the event, and are looking forward to seeing how well each of the races performs on the day. It will also be a fantastic opportunity to share the day with you all via our Twitch stream. :)

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Judgement Kicks Off @ MOAB

Judgement Kicks Off @ MOAB

We continually talk about our journey, and for the people who have been involved in Judgement, it has been quite a long one. There were many milestones along the way, and it is a journey that has had varying peaks and troughs. The euphoria and raw energy we had when we first started to write the game, the dark days when the early play testing went poorly, the moment we realised we had a decent game on our hands, through to the build up towards launching our Kickstarter. And that was just the start!

The massive relief, and pride, you feel when the Kickstarter successfully funds is difficult to describe. You are ecstatic, but then you have this minor panic, gnawing at your sub-conscious, that you actually have to deliver it! As many of you know, we are in the process of delivering our Kickstarter. Setting a 6 month target to ship was always going to be hectic, and we have not had a break that entire time. However getting the game out there, well that is what it is all about, we just can't wait to get started.

MOAB 2017

Which brings us to this weekend, and the official launch of Judgement at MOAB, in Sydney, Australia. It is our first official tournament, which is a nice little milestone in itself, and it is also the first time our entire range will be available for retail purchase post Kickstarter. From the start we have billed MOAB as a celebration as much as anything else, and we are definitely in that frame of mind as we prepare things for the weekend.

Gavin (Slardy), Jeff (Tirrith) and myself (Guns), will be there across Saturday and Sunday, running tournaments, doing demos and (hopefully) selling some products to help grow the player base of the game. So if you are attending MOAB, then be sure to drop in and say hello. If you are new to Judgement, we will have all the studio minis there for you to check out, and we are more than happy to run you through a demo. If you a backer, then hopefully you are playing in one of our events! Either way we just want to meet as many gamers as we can and share our passion for this wonderful game we have created! :)

We are all very much looking forward to the weekend, and hope to see you there.

Andrew "Guns" Galea

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MOAB 2017 - Judgement's 1st Official Tournament!

MOAB 2017 - Judgement's 1st Official Tournament!

Time is racing by and the Kickstarter shipping date is looming large on the horizon, exciting news for both our backers and the Judgement team. This also means the MOAB convention is rapidly approaching, home of the 1st ever official Judgement tournament! The MOAB convention organisers recently made tournament registrations available on their web site, so to coincide with that, we have put together a tournament pack for those backers that would like to attend.

MOAB 2017 Tournament Pack Cover

Download the tournament pack here

The tournament pack has everything you need to take part in this historical event. For more information about the MOAB convention you can visit their web site here.

To keep abreast of the latest information about Judgement @ MOAB you can follow the Facebook event page.

Remember that every player that plays either of the 2 Judgement tournaments at MOAB will receive a complimentary set of commemorative dice.

MOAB commemorative dice

Looking forward to seeing you all in Sydney on the October long weekend at MOAB!

The Judgement Team

 

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