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The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 14 (part II)

by James Hoskin, Director of Organized Play

4th July 2013


The Road to Worlds 2013, Week 14 began in part I.


First Edition Deck Statistics

With two results outstanding, the total players at 21 (last year:23) First Edition Regional Championships was 140 (last year:141) - an average of 6.7 (last year:6.1) players per tournament.

The most popular First Edition affiliations were:
1.[Fed] FederationUsed by 32 (23%) players4 Regional wins
2.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 18 (13%) players6 Regional wins
3.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 17 (12%) players4 Regional wins
4.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 15 (11%) players1 Regional win
5.[Bor] BorgUsed by 12 (9%) players1 Regional win
6.VidiianUsed by 9 (6%) players1 Regional win
7.HirogenUsed by 8 (6%) players
8.Dual AffiliationsUsed by 6 (4%) players
9.[NA] Non-AlignedUsed by 5 (4%) players
9.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 5 (4%) players3 Regional wins
9.[Car] CardassianUsed by 5 (4%) players1 Regional win
12.Unknown?Used by 3 (2%) players
13.[Dom] DominionUsed by 2 (1%) players
14.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 1 (1%) player
14.KazonUsed by 1 (1%) player
14.Klingon/Cardassian AllianceUsed by 1 (1%) player

Note: These affiliations were manually tracked by looking through all the results.

The most popular First Edition affiliations played during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Regional Championships

The best performing First Edition affiliations were:
1.VidiianAveraging 11.6 victory points, up from 9.0 last year
2.[Baj] BajoranAveraging 11.3 victory points, up from 9.8 last year
3.[Fer] FerengiAveraging 9.9 victory points, up from 9.0 last year
4.[Kli] KlingonAveraging 9.2 victory points, up from 8.8 last year
5.[Car] CardassianAveraging 9.0 victory points, up from 8.2 last year
6.[Bor] BorgAveraging 8.9 victory points, up from 7.2 last year
7.[Fed] FederationAveraging 8.8 victory points, up from 8.5 last year
8.[Rom] RomulanAveraging 8.7 victory points, up from 8.6 last year
9.[NA] Non-AlignedAveraging 8.4 victory points, up from 7.2 last year
10.[Dom] DominionAveraging 8.0 victory points, not played last year
11.HirogenAveraging 7.6 victory points, down from 10.0 last year
12.KazonAveraging 7.0 victory points, not played last year
12.Klingon/Cardassian AllianceAveraging 7.0 victory points, no change from last year
14.[SF] StarfleetAveraging 6.0 victory points, down from 9.8 last year

Note: These affiliations were auto-tracked by the deck builder, so there are slight discrepancies to the "most popular" table above.
Multi-affiliation decks count towards both affiliations in this table.

The average victory points earned by each First Edition affiliation played during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Regional Championships


Second Edition Deck Statistics

With all results entered, the total players at 35 (last year:35) Second Edition Regional Championships was 274 (last year:270) - an average of 7.8 (last year:7.7) players per tournament.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations
1.[TNG] Next GenerationUsed by 33 (12%) players2 Regional wins
2.[Kli] KlingonUsed by 30 (11%) players9 Regional wins
3.[SF] StarfleetUsed by 22 (8%) players4 Regional wins
4.[Bor] BorgUsed by 21 (8%) players5 Regional wins
5.[TOS] Original SeriesUsed by 19 (7%) players
5.RelativityUsed by 19 (7%) players1 Regional win
7.[Dom] DominionUsed by 18 (7%) players3 Regional wins
8.Unknown?Used by 16 (6%) players
9.[Car] CardassianUsed by 13 (5%) players1 Regional win
10.[DS9] Deep Space 9Used by 12 (4%) players3 Regional wins
10.[Voy] Voyager/EquinoxUsed by 12 (4%) players
12.Earth Space 9Used by 9 (3%) players1 Regional win
12.[Rom] RomulanUsed by 9 (3%) players1 Regional win
12.[TN] Terok NorUsed by 9 (3%) players
15.[Baj] BajoranUsed by 7 (3%) players1 Regional win
15.[Maq] MaquisUsed by 7 (3%) players2 Regional wins
17.[NA] Non-AlignedUsed by 6 (2%) players1 Regional win
18.Dual AffiliationsUsed by 5 (2%) players
19.[Fer] FerengiUsed by 4 (2%) players1 Regional win
20.Triple AffiliationsUsed by 1 (1%) player

Note: These affiliations were manually tracked by looking through all the results.

The most popular Second Edition affiliations played during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Regional Championships

The best performing Second Edition affiliations were:
1.RelativityAveraging 12.6 victory points, not played last year
2.[Kli] KlingonAveraging 11.9 victory points, up from 11.2 last year
2.[Maq] MaquisAveraging 11.9 victory points, up from 10.0 last year
4.[Baj] BajoranAveraging 11.6 victory points, down from 12.6 last year
4.[Bor] BorgAveraging 11.6 victory points, down from 11.7 last year
4.[SF] StarfleetAveraging 11.6 victory points, up from 10.3 last year
7.[Dom] DominionAveraging 10.9 victory points, up from 9.8 last year
8.[TOS] Original SeriesAveraging 10.8 victory points, down from 11.2 last year
9.[DS9] Deep Space 9Averaging 10.7 victory points, up from 10.0 last year
9.Earth Space 9Averaging 10.7 victory points, down from 12.2 last year
9.[Rom] RomulanAveraging 10.7 victory points, down from 11.1 last year
12.[TNG] Next GenerationAveraging 10.6 victory points, down from 10.8 last year
13.[Car] CardassianAveraging 9.7 victory points, down from 11.1 last year
14.[Fer] FerengiAveraging 9.4 victory points, down from 10.8 last year
15.[NA] Non-AlignedAveraging 9.3 victory points, up from 8.7 last year
16.[Voy] Voyager/EquinoxAveraging 9.2 victory points, down from 12.2 last year
17.[TN] Terok NorAveraging 8.7 victory points, down from 10.5 last year

Note: These affiliations were auto-tracked by the deck builder, so there are slight discrepancies to the "most popular" table above.
Multi-affiliation decks count towards both affiliations in this table.

The average victory points earned by each Second Edition affiliation played during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Regional Championships


Tribbles Deck Statistics

With all results entered, the total players at 22 (last year:22) Tribbles Regional Championships was 146 (last year:143) - an average of 6.6 (last year:6.5) players per tournament. Excluding preliminary heats, a total of 44,968,185 (last year:41,020,147) Tribbles have been scored - an average of 2,044,008 (last year:1,864,552) Tribbles per tournament or an average of 308,001 (last year:286,854) Tribbles per player.

The most popular Tribbles powers in each deck are:
1.Unknown?Used by 36 (25%) players5 Regional wins
2.GoUsed by 27 (19%) players5 Regional wins
3.IDICUsed by 9 (6%) players
4.CloneUsed by 8 (6%) players
4.DiscardUsed by 8 (6%) players2 Regional wins
4.PoisonUsed by 8 (6%) players2 Regional wins
7.BonusUsed by 7 (5%) players3 Regional wins
8.BattleUsed by 5 (3%) players
8.UtilizeUsed by 5 (3%) players
10.RescueUsed by 4 (3%) players
11.FreezeUsed by 2 (1%) players1 Regional win
11.ReplayUsed by 2 (1%) players
11.Battle/ScoreUsed by 2 (1%) players
11.Assimilate/Poison/ScoreUsed by 2 (1%) players
15.CopyUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.DrawUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.RecycleUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ReplicateUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ScanUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.SkipUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.ToxinUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.BaH!/Qapla'Used by 1 (1%) player
15.Battle/GoUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Clone/GoUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Clone/ReplayUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Discard/GoUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Discard/RescueUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Go/MasakaUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Go/RescueUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Go/ScanUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Poison/RescueUsed by 1 (1%) player1 Regional win
15.Reverse/SkipUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Scan/UtilizeUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Toxin/UtilizeUsed by 1 (1%) player
15.Bonus/Reverse/SkipUsed by 1 (1%) player

Note: These affiliations were manually tracked by looking through all the results.

The most popular Tribbles powers played during the 2012 Regional Championships


Predictions

JamesKrisInterviewees
26/77 (33.8%)26/77* (33.8%)26/77 (33.8%)
2013 Prediction Accuracy

Chart tracking the correct predictions made over the course of the 2013 Regional Championships

A dramatic final week saw me claw back the advantage Kris and the Interviewees had over me. Last week's interviewee, Matthew Ting (Wedge772), got two of his seven predictions correct, as did Kris. I managed four correct predictions though, so we all ended up with the same final score. As we need a tiebreaker in these situations, I'm going to use the unsanctioned Second Edition Regional in Dessau, Germany as the tiebreaker. Kris correctly predicted the winner that week, while neither I nor the interviewee could. Kris gets the asterisk, and the win. Congratulations Kris!

Past Interviewee Prediction Accuracy
2012, Week 10Sean O'Reilly (Jono)7/7 (100%)
2013, Week 6Matthew Frid (bandana8472)1/1 (100%)
2012, Week 12Matthew Frid (bandana8472)1/1 (100%)
2012, Week 13Tobias Rausmann (garetjax)2/3 (66.7%)
2012, Week 6 (b)Tyler Fultz (DJstormtrooper)7/12 (58.3%)
2013, Week 2Nat Kirton (Nate Jeezy)3/6 (50.0%)
2013, Week 7Johnny Holeva (jjh)4/9 (44.4%)
2013, Week 1Sean O'Reilly (Jono)4/9 (44.4%)
2012, Week 7Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13)3/7 (42.9%)
2012, Week 3Ben Hosp (bhosp)2/5 (40.0%)
2013, Week 3Matt Kirk (CaptMDKirk)3/8 (37.5%)
2013, Week 11Cristoffer Wiker (Smiley)1/3 (33.3%)
2013, Week 9Steve Hartmann (chompers)2/7 (28.6%)
2013, Week 13Matthew Ting (Wedge772)2/7 (28.6%)
2013, Week 12Rem Boon (Boon of Bolian)1/4 (25.0%)
2013, Week 5Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser)1/4 (25.0%)
2013, Week 8Chris Lobban (Maelwys)2/9 (22.2%)
2013, Week 10Jon Carter (pfti)1/5 (20.0%)
2013, Week 4Soren Ramme Nielsen (s_ramme)1/5 (20.0%)
2012, Week 5Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot)3/16 (18.8%)
2012, Week 6 (a)Jim Sharp (jss_hobbie)2/11 (18.2%)
2012, Week 4Shane Brierley (Shanebrier)1/8 (12.5%)
2012, Week 1Will Hoskin (Gumbo)0/3 (0%)
2012, Week 2Kenneth Tufts (Worf Son of Mogh)0/4 (0%)
2012, Week 9Al Schaefer (ltkettch17)0/6 (0%)
2012, Week 11Mike Nugent (Iron Mike)0/7 (0%)


2013 Regional Championship Awards

Now that Regional Championship season is over for another year, it is time to highlight some individual stories that you may have missed over the last three months. They take the form of awards...

The "Mark of Gideon" award for highest Regional attendance
18 players participated in the Second Edition Regional in Roseville, Minnesota organized by Jeremy Benedict (flrazor). 15 players took part in the Tribbles Regional in Glen Ellyn, Illinois organized by Michael Moskop (Comicbookhero). The two largest First Edition Regionals both attracted ten players: Glen Ellyn, Illinois organized by Corbin Johnson (Corbinq27); and London, United Kingdom, organized by James Hoskin (RedDwarf).

The "Breeder" award for most Tribbles scored
Chris Volk (volkerii) wins this award for scoring 1,300,534 Tribbles at the Regional in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Chris also won two more Tribbles Regionals this year with the exact same deck.

The "Achievement Whore" award for most Achievements earned
Kris Sonsteby (LORE) wins this award for earning no fewer than 13 achievements from a First Edition Regional in Woodbury, Minnesota. The highest total number of achievements earned was 46 at the Second Edition Regional in Roseville, Minnesota. As a group, the five players at the First Edition Regional in Dessau, Germany averaged 5.6 achievements each - the highest of any Regional this year.

The "Mag-Lev" award for biggest ratings gain
Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) wins this award for picking up 80 ratings points at the Second Edition Regional in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Charlie Plaine (MidnightLich) and Eric Bieche (biecheer) were nominated for earning 78 ratings points. They get to sit in the audience and smile as Michael takes the award.

The "Tsunkatse" award for toughest competition
Based on the highest average rating among all participants, the Second Edition Regional in Abingdon, Maryland was statistically the hardest Regional to win. The participants there had an average rating of 1761. The hardest First Edition Regional to win was in Dessau, Germany, where the players had an average rating of 1582.

The "I like to break the page formatting" award for longest deck title
Mike Nugent (Iron Mike) wins this award with a deck title comprising 135 characters: "This is a dude who, 700 years ago, totally ravaged China, and who, we were told, 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Osman's Sporting Goods.". Given that he had the three longest deck titles last year, it may surprise you to learn that Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) only had the sixth longest deck title. As with last year, the average length of a deck title was 27 characters.

The "Brevity" award for shortest deck title
Avery Matteson (averybean) wins this award with a Tribbles deck title consisting of just three characters: "LOL". Avery sneaked in for this award in the final week of the Regional season. Otherwise the award would have been split between four players, each with a four character deck title. The most common length of a deck title was 15 characters, used for 23 decks.

The "Quark's Treasure" award for playing in the most Regionals
Matthew Hayes (karonofborg13) wins this award for playing in no fewer than twelve Regionals this year. That comprises five Second Edition Regionals, four Tribbles Regionals and three First Edition Regionals. Honorable mentions go to Justin Kaufman (CrimsonRavage), who played in nine Regionals; and Matt Kirk (CaptMDKirk), Michael Van Breemen (The Ninja Scot) and Chris Volk (volkerii), who each attended eight Regionals.

The "Jake Sisko" award for best Blog
Kevin Jaeger (Hoss-Drone) wins this award for the second year running for his "2013 Regionals Meta Shakedown" series. In-between tales about the weather and home improvement, Kevin analysed the top Second Edition decks played throughout the whole Regional season, and initiated discussion among players on the hot topic of the week.

The "A-Team" award for winning a tournament with a deck built from other decks
Danny Nuttall (nuttersuclan) wins this award for turning up to the First Edition London, United Kingdom Regional with a deck that was missing a large percentage of seed cards. Fortunately, he had eight other decks with him and was able to cannibalise them. He then went on to win the tournament. I bet he loves it when a good plan comes together!

And the final award...
The "Will Riker" award for best all-round performance
Johannes Klarhauser (Kaiser) wins this award, as he is the only player to have won a First Edition, Second Edition and Tribbles Regional this year. He truly is Number One.


Acknowledgements

Special thanks to everyone who has contributed to these articles. To anyone who entered a deck list and/or a tournament report, otherwise reporting the results would be much tougher. To anyone who uploaded photos, who helped add a touch of color to the articles. To all the interviewees, for helping me pad the article with text I didn't have to write. To anyone who pointed out errors, who helped keep the articles accurate. To anyone who sent me hate mail regarding one of my predictions, for keeping my inner-fire burning. To anyone who thought about sending me fan mail but didn't, because that would just embarrass me. To Kris Sonsteby, for contributing predictions and keeping me sane for the past three months. Thank you all.

Lastly, I'd like to thank every one of you who read these articles. I'm glad I can help keep you up-to-date with what's going on during Regional season. I'm also happy to provide you with some reading material to help you skive off work!


All Good Things...

It is with regret that I announce that I will not be writing The Road to Worlds series next year. The number of Regionals sanctioned by the Continuing Committee has grown substantially in the last few years. While that is a good thing in many ways, it has increased the size and complexity of these articles so much so that they are taking over my life. When I started this series four years ago, each article only took me a couple of hours to write. This year, each article has taken me the best part of a day to write. Many took longer, and some took close to two full days to write.

The Road to Worlds may return next year. Albeit with another writer, or a team of writers, or in a different format. If you're interested in writing for the Continuing Committee website I encourage you to contact the writing team manager J (The Mad Vulcan).

One final statistic to leave you with: this year's Road to Worlds article series comprised over 92,000 words in total. That is the equivalent of a novel.

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