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Dominion League / Proposed Change for Season 27: B Champion Matches
« on: February 23, 2018, 06:14:05 pm »
Hi everyone! As one of your league moderators, I've been looking at various ways to make the league better. I'd like to share an idea I've had that, if a combination of the players in the league and my fellow moderators agree, wouldn't go into effect until next season. (To be clear, I haven't won them over yet, and opinions here are my own, not the moderator team's as a whole).

If you're new or otherwise aren't aware, at the end of every season, the top two players from A play in a "Champion Match" to determine the league champion that year. The results of this 6-game match are added to the season's results, which just means that sometimes the leader only needs to win one or two of the six games. The Champion Match is a big event at the end of the year; it's usually streamed on Twitch with commentary and lots of spectators.

My proposal is to add analogous Champion Matches to other divisions. That is, for the prize of promoting to the next level, the top two players from each division would play an additional 6-game match, and those results would be added to the final results of the division to determine the winner. To the extent possible, we would also make big events out of these Champion Matches with streaming and commentary.

In particular, I'd most like to see this happen in the B division, where the prize (promotion to A) and quality of play are both highest. If it's successful and scales, we could potentially extend it to C, D, and E in subsequent seasons, but for now my proposal is simply to add a champion match to the two B divisions.

The main reason I'd like to see this is to add more end-of-season events like the Champion Matches in A. Those are nice for building community, showcasing talent, and (to a lesser extent) providing a dramatic finale to the season. B Champion Matches would ideally achieve the same goals, and additionally would also help ensure that those who promote into A are the best against strong competition (not that we've had any problems with that in the past).

There could also be an additional twist: The second-place finisher from B2 could play the top finisher from B1, and vice-versa. We balance the divisions (by rating at the beginning of the season) so there isn't a concern about imbalance, but it could happen that two players from the same division both have exceptionally good seasons, yet (under the current system, and under my proposal without this twist) only one of them may advance. Additionally, this cross-division battle would make for new matches that didn't take place during the season, unlike the current champion's matches.

What do you think? At some point we might hold a vote, but for now I'm most interested in hearing whether this is something that league participants would be interested in.

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Yeah, I have the same complaint sometimes. One thing top players can do to help is to block spectators on their bot games to save people the effort of coming in and then leaving.

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Scheduling / Re: Season 26 - D4
« on: February 21, 2018, 09:26:15 pm »
I will play with Sharur on Saturday (17th March) at 17:00 German time.   :)

Thanks Dave! I've added it to the upcoming matches calendar. In the future, you can post this in the Announcing Matches/Streams thread.

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Dominion League / Re: Season 26 has started and runs until Mar 25
« on: February 16, 2018, 06:32:06 pm »
Late signups for season 26 are now closed, and the late entrants have been added to their divisions. Best of luck to all League participants this season!

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Dominion League / Re: Season 26 - Signups
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:39:08 am »
Hi everyone,

We've decided to set the deadline for late signups as Friday, February 16th at 19:00 UTC. We are also exploring the possibility of opening a second E-level division, so we are still open to signups at levels C, D and E. Unfortunately, this also means that we won't have division assignments for the four late entrants so far (Agbag, yahas, xer, AceOf86) until shortly after signups close on Friday.

All signups for Season 26 are now closed.

Sam

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Dominion League / Re: Season 26 has started and runs until Mar 25
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:08:24 pm »
Not too late, but I see you already did. We'll get back to you soon with your division!

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Scheduling / Re: Season 26 - C2
« on: February 10, 2018, 05:59:26 pm »
I actually live in California currently so I'm on west coast time.
Fixed.

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Dominion League / Season 26 has started and runs until Mar 25
« on: February 09, 2018, 01:13:38 am »
Hello everyone,

Season 26 is kicking off this week! You may start scheduling and playing matches now. The final deadline for completing and reporting your matches is 26 Mar 2018, 15:00 UTC.

The biggest change this season comes in the way that results are reported. Rather than a results post that is then tabulated by moderators, you will be reporting your scores directly via Google form, which will then automatically populate the standings. Keep in mind that there is a delay of up to 5 minutes for the standings to refresh.

All participants should have received a PM from me (samath) with the link to their division's Google form; we are not releasing these publicly to avoid spam/forgeries. If you are participating in the league this season and did not receive a PM, please send me a message ASAP. Just as with the results post, each match should only be reported once. The form should be pretty intuitive, but if you make any mistakes, contact your moderator and they can fix them.

Without the Results thread, we also need a place to list whether you will be returning for season 27 after all of your matches are completed. You can indicate whether you are returning for next season one of two ways: Either send a private message to your group's moderator, or reply in your group's scheduling thread.

As in the previous season, Nocturne is in by default, although you can still mutually agree to not use it (as is true for any expansion).

We still have openings in divisions C, D and potentially E if you or anyone else you know wants to join! Sign up here by Friday, February 16th at 19:00 UTC.

Have fun, everyone!

Sam

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Scheduling / Season 26 - C1
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:55:06 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group C1, moderated by Burning Skull

nameUTCTimezone
amoffett11-5:00America/New_York
Gazbag0:00Europe/London
GreysonEK-7:00America/Denver
Qvist1:00Europe/Berlin
xyrix0:00Europe/London
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    amoffett11 - Gazbag
    GreysonEK - Qvist
    xyrix - BYE
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    amoffett11 - GreysonEK
    Gazbag - xyrix
    Qvist - BYE
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    amoffett11 - Qvist
    GreysonEK - xyrix
    Gazbag - BYE
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    amoffett11 - xyrix
    Gazbag - Qvist
    GreysonEK - BYE
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    amoffett11 - BYE
    Gazbag - GreysonEK
    Qvist - xyrix

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to Burning Skull
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - C2
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:54:54 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group C2, moderated by assemble me

nameUTCTimezone
coinflip1:00Europe/Berlin
gamesou1:00Europe/Paris
Hertz Doughnut-6:00America/Chicago
Puzzle Box-8:00America/Los_Angeles
topher1588-8:00America/Los_Angeles
tufftaeh1:00Europe/Berlin
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    coinflip - gamesou
    Hertz Doughnut - Puzzle Box
    topher1588 - tufftaeh
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    coinflip - Hertz Doughnut
    gamesou - topher1588
    Puzzle Box - tufftaeh
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    coinflip - Puzzle Box
    Hertz Doughnut - topher1588
    gamesou - tufftaeh
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    coinflip - topher1588
    gamesou - Puzzle Box
    Hertz Doughnut - tufftaeh
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    coinflip - tufftaeh
    gamesou - Hertz Doughnut
    Puzzle Box - topher1588

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to assemble me
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - C3
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:54:36 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group C3, moderated by assemble me

nameUTCTimezone
bouchon1:00Europe/Paris
Huevos Locos-5:00America/New_York
jonts-5:00America/New_York
Micha19801:00Europe/Berlin
singletee-5:00America/New_York
wharf_rat-6:00America/Chicago
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    bouchon - Huevos Locos
    jonts - Micha1980
    singletee - wharf_rat
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    bouchon - jonts
    Huevos Locos - singletee
    Micha1980 - wharf_rat
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    bouchon - Micha1980
    jonts - singletee
    Huevos Locos - wharf_rat
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    bouchon - singletee
    Huevos Locos - Micha1980
    jonts - wharf_rat
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    bouchon - wharf_rat
    Huevos Locos - jonts
    Micha1980 - singletee

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to assemble me
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - D2
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:54:12 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group D2, moderated by drsteelhammer

nameUTCTimezone
AB Witty-5:00America/New_York
Hugovj1:00Europe/Berlin
Klaus0:00Europe/London
Launchywiggin-5:00America/New_York
Lemonspawn-5:00America/New_York
xer1:00Europe/Berlin
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    AB Witty - Hugovj
    Klaus - Launchywiggin
    Lemonspawn - xer
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    AB Witty - Klaus
    Hugovj - Lemonspawn
    Launchywiggin - xer
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    AB Witty - Launchywiggin
    Klaus - Lemonspawn
    Hugovj - xer
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    AB Witty - Lemonspawn
    Hugovj - Launchywiggin
    Klaus - xer
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    AB Witty - xer
    Hugovj - Klaus
    Launchywiggin - Lemonspawn

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to drsteelhammer
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - D3
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:53:29 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group D3, moderated by LaLight

nameUTCTimezone
Anders0:00Europe/London
mglagrla-6:00America/Chicago
michaeljb-7:00America/Denver
phazex3375-5:00America/New_York
RICHARDNIXON-7:00America/Denver
yahas5:30Asia/Calcutta
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    Anders - mglagrla
    michaeljb - phazex3375
    RICHARDNIXON - yahas
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    Anders - michaeljb
    mglagrla - RICHARDNIXON
    phazex3375 - yahas
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    Anders - phazex3375
    michaeljb - RICHARDNIXON
    mglagrla - yahas
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    Anders - RICHARDNIXON
    mglagrla - phazex3375
    michaeljb - yahas
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    Anders - yahas
    mglagrla - michaeljb
    phazex3375 - RICHARDNIXON

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to LaLight
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - A
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:50 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group A, moderated by Burning Skull

nameUTCTimezone
aku chi-5:00America/New_York
gloures-3:00America/Sao_Paulo
markus1:00Europe/Berlin
Mic Qsenoch-6:00America/Chicago
PerryGreen-8:00America/Los_Angeles
Rabid0:00Europe/London
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    aku chi - gloures
    markus - Mic Qsenoch
    PerryGreen - Rabid
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    aku chi - markus
    gloures - PerryGreen
    Mic Qsenoch - Rabid
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    aku chi - Mic Qsenoch
    markus - PerryGreen
    gloures - Rabid
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    aku chi - PerryGreen
    gloures - Mic Qsenoch
    markus - Rabid
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    aku chi - Rabid
    gloures - markus
    Mic Qsenoch - PerryGreen

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to Burning Skull
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - B1
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:47 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group B1, moderated by gloures

nameUTCTimezone
COYS-5:00America/New_York
drsteelhammer1:00Europe/Berlin
E.Honda1:00Europe/Berlin
ehunt-5:00America/New_York
Jimmmy1:00Europe/Berlin
Sicomatic1:00Europe/Berlin
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    COYS - drsteelhammer
    E.Honda - ehunt
    Jimmmy - Sicomatic
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    COYS - E.Honda
    drsteelhammer - Jimmmy
    ehunt - Sicomatic
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    COYS - ehunt
    E.Honda - Jimmmy
    drsteelhammer - Sicomatic
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    COYS - Jimmmy
    drsteelhammer - ehunt
    E.Honda - Sicomatic
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    COYS - Sicomatic
    drsteelhammer - E.Honda
    ehunt - Jimmmy

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to gloures
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - B2
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:44 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group B2, moderated by gloures

nameUTCTimezone
Bryan-8:00America/Los_Angeles
Burning Skull3:00Europe/Moscow
DG0:00Europe/London
jfrisch-8:00America/Los_Angeles
Seprix-6:00America/Chicago
skumpy-8:00America/Los_Angeles
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    Bryan - Burning Skull
    DG - jfrisch
    Seprix - skumpy
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    Bryan - DG
    Burning Skull - Seprix
    jfrisch - skumpy
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    Bryan - jfrisch
    DG - Seprix
    Burning Skull - skumpy
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    Bryan - Seprix
    Burning Skull - jfrisch
    DG - skumpy
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    Bryan - skumpy
    Burning Skull - DG
    jfrisch - Seprix

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to gloures
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - D1
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:35 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group D1, moderated by drsteelhammer

nameUTCTimezone
Cave-o-sapien-7:00America/Denver
mikechike-5:00America/New_York
NZacharias-8:00America/Los_Angeles
Souleater0:00Europe/London
Tarecky2:00Europe/Istanbul
AceOf86-6:00America/Chicago
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    Cave-o-sapien - mikechike
    NZacharias - Souleater
    Tarecky - AceOf86
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    Cave-o-sapien - NZacharias
    mikechike - Tarecky
    Souleater - AceOf86
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    Cave-o-sapien - Souleater
    NZacharias - Tarecky
    mikechike - AceOf86
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    Cave-o-sapien - Tarecky
    mikechike - Souleater
    NZacharias - AceOf86
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    Cave-o-sapien - AceOf86
    mikechike - NZacharias
    Souleater - Tarecky

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to drsteelhammer
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - D4
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:28 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group D4, moderated by LaLight

nameUTCTimezone
Dangerous Dave1:00Europe/Berlin
Joseph23020:00Europe/London
MtMagus-6:00America/Chicago
Sharur-5:00America/New_York
Agbag-5:00America/New_York
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    Dangerous Dave - Joseph2302
    MtMagus - Sharur
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    Dangerous Dave - MtMagus
    Sharur - Agbag
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    Dangerous Dave - Sharur
    Joseph2302 - Agbag
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    Joseph2302 - Sharur
    MtMagus - Agbag
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    Dangerous Dave - Agbag
    Joseph2302 - MtMagus

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to LaLight
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Scheduling / Season 26 - E
« on: February 08, 2018, 05:49:25 pm »
This thread is dedicated to group E1, moderated by SamE

nameUTCTimezone
blamelewis0:00Europe/London
eselka1:00Europe/Rome
schnaigs-5:00America/New_York
ShaiyaCat-8:00America/Los_Angeles
St0ve-6:00America/Chicago
t43713:00Pacific/Auckland
If you want to schedule a match against a specific opponent, please send him/her a personal message.
If you want to play a match against someone but don't know who yet, please announce it in this thread.
You are encouraged but not obliged to post a message here with your schedule (days you can never play, days you probably can play, weeks you're on vacation / very busy, ...)
You are responsible for scheduling your own matches.

Week 1 Feb 12 - Feb 18
    blamelewis - eselka
    schnaigs - ShaiyaCat
    St0ve - t437
Week 2 Feb 19 - Feb 25
    blamelewis - schnaigs
    eselka - St0ve
    ShaiyaCat - t437
Week 3 Feb 26 - Mar 04
    blamelewis - ShaiyaCat
    schnaigs - St0ve
    eselka - t437
Week 4 Mar 05 - Mar 11
    blamelewis - St0ve
    eselka - ShaiyaCat
    schnaigs - t437
Week 5 Mar 12 - Mar 18
    blamelewis - t437
    eselka - schnaigs
    ShaiyaCat - St0ve

There is no obligation to stick to this schedule, but please try to play at least one match every week
Playing them faster is never a problem, playing them slower is.

If you do not manage to keep up, proactively explain yourself in this thread and with a PM to SamE
If you fail to play games and do not communicate about it, you will be removed from the league.

After you finish a match, please post the results via the Google form that you should have received by private message.
If you take a break after finishing a couple of games, please post partial results here.

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Echip
ActionĖDuration|$2
+e Cards.
+1 Action.

Strictly better than Laboratory

But requires you to destroy some cards *and* make good estimates of what 0.718 of a card is.

Toss up your thousand Echip tokens. If 718 or more of them landed heads-up, draw a card.

Yeah, as others also pointed out, thatís not even 2.718 cards, more like 2.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000923322 cards. (Itís very unlikely that 218 out of 1000 more fair coins than expected come up heads.)

Hereís something elegant you could actually do with expected number of cards drawn of e: Keep picking uniformly random numbers between 0 and 1 until their sum exceeds 1. Draw a card for each number that takes.

You could even approximate this by spinning an object (e.g. a pen or bottle) on the table and tracing the places where it stops around in clockwise order. When those make a complete loop, stop and draw a number of cards equal to the number of spins it took.

(Proof: The probability that k numbers is not enough is the volume of the region in the first orthant of k-dimensional space such that x1 + x2 + ... + xk < 1. You can either do the integral by induction or notice that the partial sums x1 + ... + xi are also distributed uniformly and independently mod 1, and all of them are less than 1 if and only if mod 1 they are in increasing order, which happens with probability 1/k!. Then you sum this from 0 to infinity, getting e.)

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Dominion General Discussion / Re: The Dominion Cards 2017 Edition: Hexes
« on: January 23, 2018, 03:59:47 am »
At the same time, Delusion is less bad for multiple reasons if Vampire is the hex source: You can gain most Actions you need with Vampire, and you can still buy Vampire if it's early enough that you're buying actions. This effect is even stronger in Nocturne-heavy games where you're more than happy to keep building by buying a couple Dens of Sin instead of Actions. Even without them, many engines can afford to spend a turn buying treasure payload or focusing on other useful things like trashing.

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Dominion League / Re: Season 25 - Results
« on: January 12, 2018, 04:36:21 pm »
Unfortunately, I won't be returning for season 26 as I'll be busy writing my thesis during that time. Hopefully I'll finish in time for the following season!

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Dominion League / Re: Season 25 - Results
« on: January 08, 2018, 11:05:12 am »
B2: SamE 4-2 Burning Skull

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Tournaments and Events / Re: Noctournament (Dualset)
« on: January 06, 2018, 12:31:09 am »
Alas, I had a win in my final turn of Game 2 (though it's super tricky). This is at 1:14:22 in the video, but you probably need to play it out to see what I could have drawn. This was game #10308126 and the turn starts at decision 287. The double Province turn starts, as the commentators noticed, with trashing the Pixie for the Field's Gift to give me more actions.

Here's the log of what could have been that turn:
S plays a Cursed Village.
S draws a Tormentor and a Will-o'-wisp.
S plays a Will-o'-wisp.
S draws a Will-o'-wisp.
S reveals a Pixie.
S puts a Pixie into their hand.
S plays a Will-o'-wisp.
S draws a Will-o'-wisp.
S reveals a Tracker.
S puts a Tracker into their hand.
S plays a Will-o'-wisp.
S draws a Pixie.
S reveals a Pouch.
S puts a Pouch into their hand.
S plays a Pixie.
S draws a Silver.
S takes The Flame's Gift.
S discards The Flame's Gift.
S plays a Pixie.
S draws a Will-o'-wisp.
S takes The Field's Gift.
S trashes a Pixie.
S plays a Will-o'-wisp.
S draws a Cursed Village.
S reveals a Copper.
S puts a Copper into their hand.
S plays a Catapult.
S trashes a Copper.
g discards a card and a Curse.
S plays a Tracker.
S takes The Earth's Gift.
S receives The Earth's Gift
S discards The Earth's Gift.
S plays a Tracker.
S takes The Sky's Gift.
S receives The Sky's Gift
S discards 2 Silvers and a Goat.
S gains a Gold.
S reacts with a Tracker.
S topdecks a Gold.
Tracker loses track of Gold (it moved).
S discards The Sky's Gift.
S plays a Cursed Village.
S draws a Gold, 2 Cursed Villages and a Will-o'-wisp.
S plays a Tormentor.
S takes Greed.
t receives Greed
t gains a Copper.
S discards Greed.
S plays a Cursed Village.
S draws a Province and a Tormentor.
S plays a Tormentor.
S takes Greed.
t receives Greed
t gains a Copper.
S discards Greed.
S plays a Cursed Village.
S draws a Copper and a Province.
S plays a Will-o'-wisp.
S shuffles their deck.
S draws a Silver.
S reveals a Goat.
S puts a Goat into their hand.
S plays a Copper, a Pouch, a Silver and a Gold.
S buys and gains 2 Provinces.


Thanks a lot to tracer for organizing an excellent tournament, and congratulations to the Noctournament Champion, tufftaeh!

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Puzzles and Challenges / Interesting Donate Board
« on: December 25, 2017, 01:30:25 am »
I rolled this board today, and after discussing it on Discord it seems like a good challenge to put here. How quickly can you win?

Here's the kingdom if you want to try it online: Develop, Storeroom, Bridge, Rats, Sacrifice, Bandit, Hunting Party, Wine Merchant, Altar, King's Court, Alms, Donate (also require Colonies and Shelters)



Here's the best we can do (pretty sure it's best possible): We can get a guaranteed win in Turn 7 from any starting hand.

And here's how:
For a 5/2 start: 1) Donate to 3 Copper, 2) Pay off Debt, 3) Alms for a Bridge, 4) Play Bridge, Alms for a Wine Merchant, 5) Play Wine Merchant and buy King's Court, 6) King's Court the Bridge, Alms for another King's Court, buy two Bridges, and Donate the Coppers away, 7) KC-KC-Bridge-Bridge-Bridge and buy the Province pile (plus a Colony and a Duchy if you want).
For any other start: 1) Alms for a Bridge, 2) Donate to Bridge + 3 Coppers, 3) Pay off Debt, 4-7) Same as above.

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