Welcome, welcome, lord and ladies to another edition of the W27 Weekly. There are few words able to sum up the W27 situation that are not featured in ‘Urban Dictionary’. When you realise that only 10 tribes remain, and that those opposing the world leaders, Shadow, total some 1,500,000 points, you realise that the world is in dire trouble. It does mean that we are rather close to the end; and that means I can treat you to a juicy issue of the W27 Blog in what could well be one of my last.
Picture the scene if you will: Shadow enjoys massive dominance across every continent of the world. Isolated pockets of resistance are all that remain. Players hang onto their last village desperately, hoping in vain that they might be spared by some miracle. Shadow stutters at the last hurdle with selfish claiming and laziness.
The usual apathy surrounding W27 is evident once again as the public forum is less active than any, despite the impending victory here. Is that because there is no debate? Is that because it has been done once and now the novelty has worn off?
Certainly, the victory in W27 might come as more of a surprise than the one in W12 ever did. Whilst hopes for finishing before the end of November might be dashed, W27 should certainly not drag on beyond mid-December.
The most recent week has proved that when united with purpose, Shadow can be a far more formidable machine. It’s ironic that only when the battle is won do we see some of the most endemic activity and nobling from Shadow.
It’s perhaps not surprising that, only now, are we seeing the best in them. I remember well the apathy and laziness that was an inherent part of many conflicts. Indeed, any tribe leader will know that it can be very difficult to keep an entire tribe motivated, regardless of the situation. Even while Shadow enjoyed a dominant position for the last year, it has spent much time resting, at least in part, on its laurels.
Ignoring the reduction in the price of nobles, the increase in nobling has been substantial. It has been the psychological impetus of impending victory that has really expedited events on W27. I honestly thought that a 2010 finish was out of the question, but throw in the knowledge that victory looms, and the tribe is transformed.
A cynical commentator would make a great deal of this. Does it really take a genius to ascertain that most players are therefore in it for themselves? Tribal Wars is a massive commitment, and giving every day is an exceptional thing. Every tribe has its core of players that can be relied upon to do this, but the throng of other players is a capricious and protean beast.
As a result, whilst certain players give continuously for the entirety of the lifetime of a tribe, others add their contribution as and when it suits them. Tribes hinge not on the core, but the state of the rest of the membership. If these can be persuaded, encouraged or coerced into action, a tribe’s impact can grow exponentially. This is exactly what we have observed.
Whilst its veterans have merely been augmented by packet cost reductions (see nobling for last 30 days), others have been encouraged to rise the occasion. It wasn’t the availability of nobles, since apathetic play would have yielded masses of packets anyway; no, it was the incentive of victory.
As a duke, I think that it has been an interesting experience in psychology to watch the shift in ethos at the behest of announcements of impending victory. I don’t lament this new vigour, and indeed I applaud it, but much like my cynicism towards ‘Christmas spirit’, I ask where it was the rest of the time.
Whilst y’all consider that, let’s press on with the stats for week and the further demise of Shadow’s enemies:
Shadow vs. SBM
Side 1: 80
Side 2: 0
Shadow vs Dawn
Side 1: 44
Side 2: 1
Shadow vs. [OBL]
Side 1: 123
Side 2: 0
It looks like [OBL] will be heading to the bottom of the class this week. The continued demise of Fullcircle among others has not only ceded K37 heavily to Shadow, but has pushed the tribe down below Dawn.
With SBM also dropping down heavily, now to below 1 million points, the game is well and truly drawing to a close. Their losses have been almost as heavy this week, with only orvil58 making an impressive stand against Shadow.
Dawn are the ostensible success of the week, making a cheeky conquer against Shadow and losing the fewest villages. They also went up in the world, if that is any sort of victory. With only 5 players on non-zero points, it’s not exactly looking like a bright future.
Shadow for their part still manage to find an impressive volume of targets. With some 250 enemy villages remaining, a well coordinated week could close the story on W27, though this author expects some targets to linger on into the following week.
In Other News…
- 3 more players joined the 1000 club, putting all of the top 5 above 1000 villages.
- Shadow has 100% domination in 35/48 continents.
Ennoble Winner: Shadow (+472)
Ennoble Loser: [OBL] (-123)
Ennoble Winner: sstarkey (+68)
Ennoble Loser: Fullcircle (-46)
Top Ten Tribes:
1 Shadow 222.761.096 226.351.114 44 5.144.344 23290 9.719
2 SBM 961.995 961.995 22 43.727 138 6.971
3 Dawn 316.634 316.634 22 14.392 49 6.462
4 [OBL] 220.466 220.466 19 11.603 51 4.323
5 S-R 11.880 11.880 1 11.880 1 11.880
6 spock 1.885 1.885 1 1.885 1 1.885
7 +KN+ 1.709 1.709 48 36 2 855
8 EBM 484 484 1 484 1 484
9 E=MC² 301 301 1 301 0 0
10 Dawn-A 159 159 12 13 1 159
Top Ten Players:
1 Zarin Shadow 12.050.546 1194 10093
2 gerick6 Shadow 11.745.574 1139 10312
3 sstarkey Shadow 10.337.482 1048 9864
4 mikestuntz Shadow 10.218.399 1044 9788
5 lord trader Shadow 9.883.088 1014 9747
6 SusieJean Shadow 8.697.390 891 9761
7 foghorn66 Shadow 8.324.256 845 9851
8 kfoo Shadow 8.232.650 820 10040
9 Deciphered Shadow 8.172.568 810 10090
10 Mande1992 Shadow 8.161.656 857 9524