The Assassin Phase drew to a close recently and before the Herald Phase begins we are proud to announce the winners of this AvA competition and the changes for the next one.
Regional Champions of the Assassin Phase:
First in the North - Shenanigans
First in the Westerlands - Shenanigans
First in the Crownlands - Kong’s Landing
First in the Iron Islands - Kong’s Landing
First in the Stormlands - Fury Unchained
First in the Reach - Kong’s Landing
First in the Riverlands - Shagga Likes Axes
First in Dorne - Dead Rabbits
First in The Vale - Shagga Likes Axes
As a reminder, the first-place Alliance in a region is not eligible for that region’s superlative, though they have the opportunity to win superlatives in other regions as well as the Domination superlative. The winner of the Domination superlative is ineligible to win other Superlatives.
Domination: Highest Total VP earned by an Alliance across all regions.
First Place: Kong's Landing
Second Place: Shagga Likes Axes
Third Place: Shenanigans
A Bloody Battle - The Bannermen conducted a very Bloody Battle inflicting more wounds on their opponent's Sword Swords in the North.
Acceptable Losses - Blade Runners lost more Sworn Swords than any other alliance during this Phase with a death count of over 3,000. While the cost was high, at least they are bringing home this Superlative.
There’s Always Gold in Casterly Rock - The Winter is Coming Alliance knows where to find the coin needed to finance their armies, spending more silver in the Westerlands than any other and for that we name them the winners of the There’s Always Gold in Casterly Rock.
It’s Good to be King - Sanguis Draconis ruled the Crownlands earning the most VP from camps this phase to claim the It’s Good to be King Superlative.
Stormwall - Dead Rabbits stood strong against the attacks sent their way. Their Sworn Swords defended against more attacks than any other alliance earning the Stormwall superlative.
Has Anyone Heard from Dorne? - Ghosts of Wynterfell definitely did as they kept their Intrigue-based Sworn Swords busy during this Phase and had the most successful Spy attacks in Dorne.
A Many-Linked Chain: StoneCrows proved that they have no weak links in their alliance and earned A Many-Linked Chain in the Reach.
Defenseless Farmers - Striking while no one was looking, Worf’s Riders had the highest percentage of undefended attacks in the Riverlands.
The Knights of the Vale Ride Forth - Blade Runners rode forth into the Vale and left a path of destruction in their wake. This alliance caused more damage per participant than all others earning this Superlative.
In this phase, we provided slightly better rewards in two regions: The Reach and Dorne. The aim was to introduce greater novelty into the game and provide some opportunity for regional strategies. While the impact of this is hard to measure, we're hoping we might hear from Alliance players as to whether this change altered their approach to AvA, for good or bad.
The Herald AvA Phase is a few days away so it’s time to get ready! This is another in our current series of shorter AvAs, the Herald Phase will begin Friday, December 9 at 11:00am EST (16:00 UTC) and run until Tuesday, December 13th at 11:00am EST (16:00 UTC). As promised, this is a part of our long-term commitment to make AvA more competitive and fun, towards that end we have made a few experimental changes.
In analyzing previous AvA Phases, we determined that the clear majority of Alliance earned Victory Points is passive (VP gained by camps hourly, as opposed to VP gained through leveling up or Actions). While there is nothing necessarily wrong with this, our analysis has indicated that by decreasing the overall proportion of passive VP in favor of active VP, those Alliances who are willing to be more active in their strategy will find themselves more competitive against their more passive enemies.
Our aim in lowering the rate of passive VP growth is to help mid-range Alliances especially to be more competitive—so long as they’re willing to embrace an (even slightly) more active strategy.
Also in the spirit of encouraging—and rewarding—active participation in AvA phases, we have increased the number of levels for individual Threshold Rewards. So Instead of 17 thresholds there are now 27. Leveling up never looked so good, at least in terms of Threshold Rewards. We have also introduced tokens earlier to make your efforts even more rewarding.
Additionally, as with the last AvA, we have selected two regions where we will offer higher rewards. Specifically, your Alliance will be able to compete for better seals in The North (Swift Seal of Subversive Warfare and Ramsay Insignia Seal) and The Iron Islands (Peerless Bandit's Seal of Warfare and Yara Insignia Seal)—the only regions where that level of reward will be offered. Our goal in doing this is simply to add some novelty and fun for Alliances looking for a little bit of extra competition.
The Superlatives for the Herald Phase will be announced in a separate blog post.
Finally, we again want to assure everyone that we are taking steps to address any players who may be employing scripts to gain an unfair advantage as we are committed to ensuring fair play across all of Westeros.