The Blood Phase and Superlatives

The next AvA Phase of Season 6 approaches! The Blood Phase will begin on Friday, June 3rd at 11:00am EDT (15:00 UTC) and run until Monday, June 6th at 11:00am EDT (15:00 UTC). The previous phase, Oathbreaker, had amazing competition over the shorter three-day duration. There are two notable changes for the Blood Phase: updated Personal VP rewards and the reintroduction of Superlative Challenges!

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Updated Personal VP Rewards

The Oathbreaker Phase had maintained the same Personal VP rewards as the longer seven-day phases. We have heard, loud and clear, the feedback from much of the GoTA community. We want to make adjustments that make some of the more notable thresholds (like the Tokens) more feasible for more players in a short phase.

We stand by the premise that Personal VP thresholds are rewards for amount of activity. They are, in part, a form of “guaranteed return” for time and sworn sword investment in AvA. Three days of consistent AvA activity should not return the same Personal VP rewards as seven days of the same consistent activity.

That being said, and building off of the first point, some adjustments were definitely needed to make the Personal VP thresholds more appropriate for a shorter AvA Phase. As you can see in the table below, there are multiple changes from previous phases. A variety of rewards have been shifted to lower thresholds, one of the random Legendary Weapon rewards has been changed to a random Legendary Armor, and there is an additional random Legendary Armor reward. Of particular note is a brand new threshold at 150,000 containing the Token Set that was previously at 300,000.

New AvA Superlatives!

We are happy to announce the reintroduction of Superlative Challenges for the upcoming AvA Blood Phase! With these new Superlative Challenges, we hope to build upon the competition by giving additional ways for Alliances to make a name for themselves on the battlefields of Westeros. However, in order to be the best of the best, Alliances must work together like never before! In addition to the overall highest total VP, each of the nine regions will enjoy a unique challenge that builds upon the standard competition. 

The specific challenges are as follows:

Domination: “Highest Total VP earned by an Alliance across all regions”

Defender of the North: "Highest amount of Aid healing by an Alliance to camps in the North"

Reaver: "Most successful Harass attacks by an Alliance in the Iron Islands"

Rich as a Lannister: “Highest total silver gained from enemies through Swindle or Steal by an Alliance in the Westerlands”

City Repairs: “Most silver spent on repairing camp health and refilling silver pools by an Alliance in the Crownlands”

Storm Wall: “Highest number of successful defenses by an Alliance in the Stormlands”

Destruction: "Highest total wounds against enemy sworn swords by an Alliance in Dorne"

Economic Success: "Highest number of Barters by an Alliance in The Reach"

Battle Worn: "Most Camp Health Damage dealt by an Alliance in the Riverlands"

Above the Fray: “Most Spy Points earned by an Alliance in the Vale”

Unlike the superlatives in old AvA, these are not mutually exclusive. An Alliance can be awarded multiple superlatives with two exceptions: 

  1.  The Alliance that wins the Domination superlative is no longer eligible for the other superlatives. 
  2. The first place Alliance in a region is not eligible for that region’s superlative, though they can win superlatives in other regions or the Domination superlative.

It will be well worth the effort, as Alliances who are victorious in their respective challenges will bring glory to their fellow members: the winning Alliances of each challenge will be immortalized in a Blog Post following the conclusion of the Phase. For this iteration of superlatives, there will not be any in-game display of these challenges and or related in-game prizes. Our plan is to announce which Superlative Challenges will be active prior to each Phase, with the expectation that the set of superlatives may vary phase-to-phase.

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As always, the Game of Thrones Ascent team wants to thank you for your continued support! We hope you are as excited as we are to see who will rise to the challenge and prove themselves to be the best in each category!

"When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” -- Eddard Stark