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Re: Horny's Chosen Club—Master winners list

Postby Da Grud » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:11 pm

Langolier wrote:Not sure your number 4 is correct there, i Think a few keepers have broken 10500 in a day.


Correct, I myself have done 12k stars in one 24hour day back in tournament 12 (<click here>). Pretty sure even that is not the record tho. I can easily do 10k a day & often do.
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Tournament #17

Postby Da Grud » Fri Dec 12, 2014 4:25 pm

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Qualifier Start Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014
Qualifier Start Time: 17:00 GMT / 12:00 EST
Stars to Qualify: 1,000

Tournament Start Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Tournament Start Time: 17:00 GMT / 12:00 EST
Tournament Duration: 3 Days


Tournament update Thread:. There was no update thread or official announcement thread for this tournament.

Tournament Results...
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Tournament Notes: Tournament 17 almost was the tournament that never was. You see update 4.3 went live the day before the qualifier was supposed to start & it was riddled with so many bugs that it made the game unplayable for (best guess) something like 90% of the Keepers out there. (<Source Thread>)

Most Keepers out there simply got a continuous loop of their game starting to load followed by the "Please wait while your Imps get your dungeon in order" message...

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The forum erupted with complaint threads and calls to postpone the tournament until finally many hours later, EA responded...

Subject: Infinite Log-in Loop
DKDev_Chris wrote:We have identified the source of the problem and are currently working toward a solution.

In the meantime, we will be deploying a hotfix that delays the tournament by 48 hours.


It took about a day, but EA finally fixed the issue that prevented many from being able to log into the game, they apologized and gave everyone a three day DK Premium boost as reparations for the players inconvenienced.

Subject: HOTFIX Notes - Dec 3, 2014
DKDev_Chris wrote:Greetings Keepers,

We’re in the process of deploying a hotfix to resolve the issue involving players getting stuck in a perpetual log-in loop. This should also resolve a few other strange behaviors that cropped up with 4.3.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience—we know your time is valuable, and we appreciate you dedicating it to DK. To compensate you for your lost time, we’re giving all players three free days of DK Premium. From now until December 6th at 4:00 pm EST, DK Premium will be active for all players. Any players who currently have DK Premium active will experience a three-day extension of service.

Note - Tournament #17 will remain scheduled to begin on Dec 5th.


In addition to the "infinite loop" bug tho, update 4.3 was riddled with many more bugs. (<Source Thread>). While these other bugs didn't prevent players from playing many such as the "Immortal not KO'd" bug caused it to be too difficult for them to compete seriously in the upcoming tournament.

It also didn't help that EA had not raised the Gem prize for winning again. It was most likely for these two reasons that we once again only saw about half the seats filled in this tournament. Even tho, the stars needed to qualify dropped from 1,500 to 1,000...

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680 seats went unfilled in this tournament. One had hoped that after the previous Blitz tournament was filled because the awards were increased that EA might have realized the error of there mistake with update 4.2 and rectified it here, but alas they appear to be a stubborn lot.

So yet again we had a tournament with very little motivation to go for first place & when you compound that lack of motivation with the bugs that prevented many from even being able to seriously compete you had a perfect storm for a lack luster tournament. So that is exactly what we got.

Skar Tactics (the Keeper) had ran a very effective campaign prior to T17 to recruit many power star earners to help him get his guild, Skar Tactics back on top. As such it came as no shock when Skar Tactics (the guild) took the early lead and just continued to build on that lead throughout the entirety of this tournament...

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In the absence of any real challenge for first place, the Keepers fighting inside Skar Tactics decided to challenge themselves. Shaft set out to break the all time 3-day star total set by '14 Legion' in tournament 14 (28,004). Shaft's goal was to earn at least 30k stars and at the end of day one he appeared to be on target to hit that goal...

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However, due to a nagging girlfriend & other real life commitments his pace fell during day 2...
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At the start of day 3 he was just over 11k short of making his goal, however the lack of sleep was starting to get the better of him and in the end he found himself just under 2,000 shy of his original goal, but still higher then the previous record set by 14 Legion...
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Even tho Shaft failed in "his" goal, his accomplishment still warrants recognition. Only one other player has ever put up the star totals that Shaft did in a three day tournament, but that other keeper did so with a sandbagged dungeon. Shaft accomplished his total fighting the hardest of the hard dungeons in this game. It truly was a thing of beauty to watch and I applaud Shaft for challenging himself like he did.

I myself, had my own little contest in the guild. Vera (aka. GOLDDUST, aka BADBLOOD) challenged me to see who could earn the most stars during the tournament.

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She thought she might beat me as I only had a little over a day and a half to play. Our battle was a fierce one, with each of us taking our turns in the lead, but in the end Vera discovered why it's NEVER a good idea to bet a purple alien...

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So in the end, it was a pretty casual tournament for most, Vera is now my "Love Pet" & Skar Tactics finally returned to the top after a long hiatus & won their third ring.



Breakdown of guild star earners guild...
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AUTHOR'S NOTES: It is my hope to record a complete & accurate accounting of each tournament in question. As I am only one individual however, with only my own personally experiences in these tournaments I am sure to miss some stories that others may wish to have recorded. Please PM me if you find any corrections that need to be made or if you have any additional content you feel is missing.
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Blitz Tournament #5

Postby Da Grud » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:18 am

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Qualifier Start Date: Friday, December 12th, 2014
Qualifier Start Time: 20:00 GMT / 15:00 EST
Stars to Qualify: 500

Tournament Start Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Tournament Start Time: 20:00 GMT / 15:00 EST
Tournament Duration: 2 Days
Tournament Modifier: 50% increase to Summoning speed, Health, Damage, and Movement speed of Ghosts.

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Tournament Rewards...
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Official announcement Thread:. <click here>

Tournament Results...
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Tournament Notes: If I were to try and summarize this Blutz tournament with just one word, that word would have to be "fatigue." Ever since update 4.2 came out two months earlier (October 27th) there has been a tournament EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

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In fact, looking at the calendars above you will see that there are actually more days with tournament activities on them than ones without. Doing these updates is really starting to feel like work as every week I must rush to finish each one before the next tournament starts.

Odd considering EA itself hosted a poll over 3 months earlier asking everyone how often they wanted to have tournaments and the members of the forum OVERWHELMINGLY spoke up & asked for at least a 10 day break between them.

Being that the general public's request seem to once again have been disregarded for some unknown reasoning, we once again (just like tournament 3 & tournament 9) saw a huge outcry for a longer break between events.

Subject: another blitz TOO SOON
Bummerrr wrote:blitz tournaments were supposed to be rare. If they happen on a bi weekly basis, regular tournaments need to be spaced out further, to once a month. This is exhausting!


Subject: Blitz Tournament #5 / 2days tourney?
stark23x wrote:Then let it be known that they are happening far too often now, and we need a break from this. As it's been stated before, DK is an arms race, AND it's hard to get a guild full of people to do or not do a thing. A lot of players hate the idea of "missing out" on a tournament, but another significant number are BURNED. OUT.

In the "old days," so many months ago, there was a change to the schedule for just this reason. Players were burned out. Many of us are saying it's time for another change. Maybe slow the frequency of the blitz tournaments down a bit.


Subject: Blitz Tournament #5 / 2days tourney?
Dutchie wrote:Please also remind the developers that less is more! A cow only has so much milk, so don't over milk it!


Subject: another blitz TOO SOON
Minoc wrote:No one has time for this #$%@. This game feels more like work than fun now.


Now there are always those that like to throw out the old argument that you don't have to compete in EVERY tournament. I think Smellypuppy answered this argument best here when he said the following...

Smellypuppy wrote:...For a team based event, where people feel they need to help their team by participating the frequency is beyond ridiculous. If these were not team based - fine. One's schedule or decision to participate or not affects only themself and doesn't let down the entire team.


The tournament structure is such that if you choose NOT to participate you often feel like you are letting down your guild. This creates a very tough scenario for many Keepers as they don't wish to let down their game family, but if they participate in all these tournaments than it burns them out or hurts relationships with their "real life" families.

To her credit, KeeperKatrina did address this issue with the following statement...

Subject: Holiday scheduling
KeeperKatrina wrote:I've heard a few rumblings of discontent about the holiday tournament schedule.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that events aren’t thrown up randomly on a given day—these are planned out well in advance. While recent feedback about the pace of tournament and blitz play will be considered for later schedules, it was received too late to have an impact on this one.


All I can say to this is that it's proof positive that...
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We have had this same "tournament frequency" issues arise at least two times previously. Please look to the past & LEARN from your previous mistakes, EA so you don't keep repeating them!!!

Anyhow, let me step down from my soapbox and get back to my post tournament update. This tournament once again did not see all it's brackets filled even tho they reduced the stars needed to qualify to only 500. This was most likely due to the tournament fatigue I mentioned at the start of this update as well as the fact that even tho this Blitz tournament was longer than the first three, it's prize was NOT increased.

We saw yet another Russian guild win this Blitz tournament & win their first ring. No other guilds seem motivated to even try & compete against them. Most opted instead to all just play casually, use as few gems as possible and just settle for a lower spot. So we have now seen the last 4 of the Blitz tournaments won by Russian guilds. One must wonder if we will continue to see Russian guilds dominate all future Blitz tournaments or will something change that causes another guild to step up & challenge them. If this keeps up, we might need to change the Blitz tournaments name to "Russia's Cup."




I do not have an internal breakdown of Russian Warcraft's star counts. If you have one, please PM them to me & I will include them here.





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Re: Horny's Chosen Club—Master winners list

Postby ofblong » Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:00 am

wow I am happy to get 1200 stars during a tournament.... I dont have the gems/time to go for 12,000 stars.
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Re: Blitz Tournament #5

Postby m0rgan » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:34 am

Da Grud wrote:We saw a third guild from the "Russian Union"


Russian Warcraft NOT from Russian Union. Russian Union aka SRG - viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8364
Russian Warcraft is part of guild 'Russia'.
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Re: Blitz Tournament #5

Postby Da Grud » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:21 am

m0rgan wrote:
Da Grud wrote:We saw a third guild from the "Russian Union"


Russian Warcraft NOT from Russian Union. Russian Union aka SRG - viewtopic.php?f=31&t=8364
Russian Warcraft is part of guild 'Russia'.


Oops, I got sloppy with that update. I have corrected it now.

Just a reminder if any further corrections are needed, just as the disclaimer states on EVERY SINGLE POST of mine, please "PM" (Private Message) me if you notice any corrections that might need addressing in the future.
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Tournament #18

Postby Da Grud » Sun Dec 28, 2014 2:17 pm

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Qualifier Start Date: Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Qualifier Start Time: 05:00 GMT / Midnight EST (16th)
Stars to Qualify: 1,000

Tournament Start Date: Friday December 19th, 2014
Tournament Start Time: 05:00 GMT / Midnight EST (18th)
Tournament Duration: 3 Days


Tournament update Thread: There is no official announcement or update thread for this tournament.

Tournament Results...
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Tournament Notes: While again only half the brackets were filled for this tournament, it was the first tournament since tournament 14 that we actually saw guilds break the 200k mark again. It happened for a couple of reasons; first and foremost we finally had 2 different guilds that both wanted to win the ring & they didn't care about the reduced prize offered by the release of update 4.2. Russia wanted to become the first guild to win 6 rings and many of the top star earners from previous winning guilds like Skar Tactics & Dread Dungeons joined forces this time to win SEWERCIDE it's first ring.

The reduced gem prize didn't matter this time 'round because we finally had two guilds that were competing for different reasons. As such we once again saw an epic battle that was reminiscent of the tournaments of old (pre update 4.2)...

SEWERCIDE took the early lead with Russia in fourth...
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...in just 2 hours tho, Russia had jumped up to the 2nd place position & the battle for first began...
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Russia took the lead 6 hours in...
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...but lost it again less than 3 hours later...
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6 hours later, Russia reclaimed the top spot...
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...only to lose it again a couple hours later...
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Russia once again took down SEWERCIDE & jumped into first 32 hours into the tournament...
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...and this time they never lost first again.


Now I mentioned above that there were a "couple" of reasons this tournament that we finally saw guilds break the 200k star mark again. The first reason was outlined above, but the second reason we saw such high star counts was we had three Keepers that were each attempting to become the new "Star King."

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Shaft, Legion & shevelis' tancuy each broke the previous record of most stars earned in a single three day tournament (28,281 stars), but ultimately it was Legion who would set the new record with an outstanding total of over 42,000 stars earned in a single tournament.

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Congrats to all three tho for such an impressive show & for constantly raising the bar of what's possible. Also congrats to Russia for once again proving you are a power guild & for becoming the first guild to win 6 of the elusive Horny's Chosen Champion rings.

Breakdown of top star earners in winning guild...

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Blitz Tournament #6

Postby Da Grud » Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:08 am

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Qualifier Start Date: Wednesday, December 24th 2014
Qualifier Start Time: 13:00 GMT / 08:00 EST
Stars to Qualify: 750

Tournament Start Date: Saturday, December 27th 2014
Tournament Start Time: 13:00 GMT / 08:00 EST
Tournament Duration: 2 Days
Tournament Modifier: Increase to gem & dread stone prizes

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Tournament Rewards...
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Official announcement thread:. <click here>

Tournament Results...
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Tournament Notes: Well who can say if it was because of the increase in the gem prizes (back to pre 4.2 update totals) or the 3 day qualifier, but for one (or perhaps both) of these reasons we finally saw all available brackets filled for this tournament...

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Other than all the seats being filled tho there wasn't much else surprising about this "Russian Blitz tournament." As is the norm now, we once again saw a Russian guild win (unchallenged) yet another Blitz tournament. This time our winner was a member of the "Russian Union" I first told you about in my Blitz #4 update, Русская Лига (Russian League). If you are keeping score, that's 3 wins for the "Union."

I wish I had more behind the scenes stories to tell you about this tournament, but unfortunately there just doesn't seem to be any stories here to share. If you have some info you'd like me to add, please PM it to me & I'll be sure to add it.


Breakdown of guild star earners guild...
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Re: Horny's Chosen Club—Master winners list

Postby Da Grud » Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:29 pm

You will notice it has been a couple months since I created an update thread for any tournament. This is because the development team ignored our pleas for a reduction in the frequency of these events and instead has started hosting them more than once a week (on average). This has created a situation that causes waaaaay too many players to sit out each tournament and therefore means that when a guild wins one it is not quite as special as the tournaments of old as they will have faced reduced competition.

It is for this reason that I no longer wish to waste anymore of my time researching each tournament and putting together a behind the scences report of each event. Instead I will now just update the original post in this thread with the winning guild's name for each Horny's Chosen Bracket and link you to the results thread so you can see the other guilds that placed in that event.

In the event that EA ever reduces the frequency of these tournaments again and I feel they again become a special thing to win I will again start to create individual update post for each event.
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