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Arkhona War Report Week 42

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Forj, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Forgrim Forj Battle-Skald

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    Very little has changed for the Loyalists this week, with a negative balance across the board, against all factions. The one bright note is that their performance metrics have stabilised for now, also against all factions. No details of significance presented themselves in the data, with very similar performance against all factions.

    The Orks are still showing signs of slow improvement against the Loyalists, but fared less well against the Eldar, and particularly Chaos who they are losing performance rating against. Overall, their TD30 has stabilised for a week or two now, but their TD7 is dropping after it's peak just above 0.

    Apart from one anomalous day against Chaos, the Eldar have had solid victories across the week, with large margins against the Loyalists and decent ones against the Orks. However, their narrow margins against Chaos have kept their long term performance flat, their performance against Loyalists has also flattened, and it has actually dropped against the Orks. The Eldar have, after nearly two months, ceded dominance of Arkhona to Chaos.

    Chaos itself has had a mostly positive week, with good margins against both Loyalists and Orks, but mostly losing territory to the Eldar except for one large push. While their performance against the Eldar has been even for a week or so, it has risen to positive values, and their performance against ORks and Loyalists continues to rise. While both performance metrics have flattened in the last few days, their performance has improved over the whole week, well enough to overtake the flattened Eldar performance.

    This week saw dominance over Arkhona switch from Eldar to Chaos, leaving Loyalists and Orks to fight over the scraps. The territorial rankings as of now are:

    Eldar: 30.2% (+1.5)
    Chaos: 27.1% (+0.0)
    Orks: 27.6% (+2.6)
    LSM: 15.1% (-4.2)

    The TD30 rankings are:

    Chaos: 108.5 TD30 (+15.5)
    Eldar: 96.5 TD30 ( -2.0)
    LSM: -166.0 TD30 (-16.0)
    Orks: -39.0 TD30 ( +2.5)

    This report ends on a sad note, however. It it with a heavy heart that I say that this will be the last Arkhona War Report for a while, perhaps ever. With all of the other projects I have going on, the manual tracking every day, and the manual summary and chart embedding every week, has become too great a burden. A burden I am choosing to put down.

    That said, these reports have accomplished exactly what I set out to do: answer faction balance questions with hard data, and provoke discussion. I've seen some interesting things. We've also learned a lot about the factions and how they perform. Some trends are now clearly evident.

    The Loyalists continually suffer from their large population. More games with more new or less skilled players dilutes the effects of the veterans, and keeps their overall performance depressed. They are consistently the worse performing faction in terms of win/loss ratio.

    The Orks struggle with their low population, since it makes it very slow to recover losses, hurting their long term performance. They are particularly sensitive to players leaving, especially the experienced ones. When given the opportunity however, they can be a serious threat.

    The Eldar are one of the two big players. Their lower population seems to work for them instead of against, letting them hang on to victories longer to keep their performance metric inflated. They have however only enjoyed less than two months of actual dominance, playing second fiddle to Chaos for much of the time due to losses specifically against that faction, even while they dominate the other two factions.

    Chaos reaps the benefits of a large population similar to the Loyalists, but do not seem to suffer so much from their new and less skilled players. They are the most consistent performers, and the number of times they've risen to dominance shows that. Their consistent wins against the Loyalists helps keep that steady in times of losses to the other factions.

    Overall, it is clear that the unless something changes drastically, the fate of Arkhona lies with the Eldar or with Chaos, with Orks making a valiant effort to stay afloat, and the Loyalists left only with scraps.
  2. Anvil The-Forge-Dragon Arkhona Vanguard

    You're cancelling the weekly war report? Awe...I enjoyed these so much =(
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  3. Sad to see you go, you did great work for a long time and it is appreciated. However, good to see that on the last report the orks are not on the bottom for the week.
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  4. BaronXIII Arkhona Vanguard

    Thanks for the work man, appreciate how much light these reports have shed on the playerbase.
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  5. Asyran Eldritch Arkhona Vanguard

    Sad to see you go Forj...

    You were too good for this game, thank you for your efforts in bringing this community solid data.
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  6. KillSlim KillSlim Prefectus

    Your efforts were highly appreciated. Everyone here loved elaborate statistical reports about how the Loyalist Astartes were consistently terrible. joke

    I'm very sad to see these end, thanks for all you've done.
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  7. Lady Rheeva Steam Early Access

    The only thing surprising about the Chaos rise is that it took them so long.
    They have, hands down, the strongest gear across the board (Mostly the same as Loyalists + Autocannon + better Uniques - Flaming Rounds).
    I would not go as far as calling them 'OP', just 'Hard Cheese'.
    Chaos play, as far as my observation goes, very little AV. Not because they are too stupid to do it, but because they dont usually need to.
    If, for every Fire Dragon, there was a Melta-traitor, I dont think I could see them loosing at all.
    In addition to that, they have probably almost as many dedicated players and veterans as Eldar and more guilded players.
    Jiorquas Ishikainesh Iemea! Playing against Chaos as Eldar is extremely frustrating, as they seem to be on constant Easy-Mode, but it lightens my heart to know, that they think the same way about us.

    To hear about LSM dissappoints me a bit, I really thought they were starting to crawl out of that hole, but I played them for five hours yesterday without a loss, even half-stacks.
    On the other hand I guess it means we are still getting new players on a regular basis, which is good.

    And Orks...they really need a propa Waaaaghhboss to rally them again. I greatly enjoy the few matches I get to play against Orks novadays, win or lose (mostly because they are bad at melee), but you can feel they've lost their spirit.
    I think the game is missing something now and I'd really like, to see it back.

    There is no dishonour in retreat, if your mission has been accomplished. You stood your ground long enough, we have all the data we need, return to fight another day
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  8. Razmirth Sneaky-krumpin Subordinate

    @Forj thanks for all the hard work for the community. I remember you were the first person to welcome me to the forums and message me about how to play heavy support properly. Sad you are having to move on, but I think it's safe to say many of us are/already have. I joined in for the eldar play day Friday, and that's the first time I had played more than one game in a row in a month probably.

    Good luck with life. Sounds like you've realized gaming achievements can't replace life ones! Maybe you already knew this, but good on you for choosing that for yourself. I've had to do the same thing recently.
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  9. FoxDie Sonbot Well-Known Member

    It Truly is the Endtimes!


    Sorry to see you go @Forj. Still waiting for that twin tail comet to save us all.
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  10. Atarius Atarius First Blood!

    @Forj Sad to read that I will be the last Arkhona War Report. It was always a great source of information about the Factions, but I truly understand your decision.

    Courage & Honour Brother!
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