Beware, spoilers ahead!

With a 3-0 win over Liereryy, TaToH caught up with TheViper and leads the scoreboard with TheViper this week. Nicov followed behind closely after defeating miguel, who  replaced Tim to compete in the All-Star League, with a 3-0 stright win. Meanwhile, Liereryy, with just one point in his pocket, seems to struggle a lot in this tournament.

Booming into the Imperial Age with Indians in land map becomes the new winning formula recently but this week the story seems to change a bit. BacT showed us how to counter such strategy with early Feudal tower rush in the game 2 vs DauT and TaToH sealed the victory within Castle Age in the game 2 vs Liereryy. On the other hand, DauT vs BacT game 1 is also worth a note. DauT, again, showed us his incredible ability of booming under pressure and how to defend in the most efficient way.

The line-up for the coming week is Liereryy vs miguel, Slam vs TaToH, DauT vs Nicov and TheViper vs BacT. Stay tuned!

– Thank you to Poledancer for writing the summaries!

Game 1

Map: Highland
Civilization: Nicov – Ethiopians
                  Miguel – Ethiopians

Nicov fully walled himself and boomed straight to the Imperial Age. Miguel made several fire galleys in the Feudal Age but found that Nicov did not even have docks. There was almost no fighting before 25th min. After the Imperial Age, the battle on the middle shallow with galleons and sieges was fairly even and long. Eventually Nicov took the victory by massing halberdiers and capped rams into miguel’s base from the east.

Game 2

Map: Migration
Civilization: Nicov – Italians
                  miguel – Huns

Italians + Feudal galley rush vs. Huns + fish boom to fast castle, the story ended quickly when Nicov’s fire galleys completely dominated the water, killing most of miguel’s army and fishing economy.

Game 3

Map: Arabia
Civilization: Nicov – Huns
                  miguel – Mongols

After the Castle Age, Nicov went for knight rush when miguel went for camels. Although camels had attack bonus vs. cavalry, Nicov won the battle in the middle field with better micro and more monks healing his knights. Miguel surrendered after Nicov’s knights charged into his base.

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Game 1

Map: Highland
Civilization: TaToH – Japanese
                   Liereryy – Japanese

Liereryy’s archers killed three villagers in the Feudal Age but this didn’t slow down TaToH’s pace. TaToH firstly attacked the enemy’s base with crossbowmen + mangonels but it was not enough to take Liereryy down. Later, TaToH switched to capped rams + arbalests which sealed the victory for him.

Game 2

Map: Arabia
Civilization: TaToH – Ethiopians
                  Liereryy –  Indians

Standard Dark age rush + fast Castle opening for both players, the main show was the very micro-intensive crossbowman + mangonel war in the middle. TaToH gradually pushed  Liereryy’s army back to his base and eventually won the game with his superior macro and map control.

Game 3

Map: Migration
Civilization: TaToH – Italians
                  Liereryy – Malay

Liereryy led on the water at the early Feudal Age due to Malay advancing to Ages 80% faster. However, TaToH expanded his economy in the central land backed up by a strong fish boom and won back on the water little by little. Liereryy resigned when his island suffered from TaToH’s war galley shots.

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Game 1

Map: Valley
Civilization: BacT – Celts
                  DauT – Celts

DauT’s two front gold piles were quickly controlled by BacT’s towers in the Feudal Age but the fourth gold in the back was sufficient for DauT to come back. After the Castle Age, DauT’s knights and BacT’s crossbowmen + knights fought evenly for quite a while. The situation changed when DauT switched to Woad Raiders and trebuchets and crushed BacT’s base.

Game 2

Map: Team Island
Civilization: BacT – Italians
                  DauT – Italians

BacT’s archers landed on DauT’s island the Feudal Age while fire ships from both sides were busy sniping fishing ships. DauT lost a couple of villagers to BacT’s crossbowmen but his villager quantity was still ahead of BacT due to 3 TC booming. BacT went for monk + mangonel rush and attacked from the north-east side of DauT’s base. DauT held the frontline with monks and light cavalry. The situation was less and less optimistic for BacT as DauT secured his base with castles. In the end, BacT resigned when DauT’s light cavalrys marched to his base.

Game 3

Map: Arabia
Civilization: BacT – Incas
                  DauT – Indians

DauT’s main gold was towered by BacT and the second gold was also in the front and not even inside his wall. The only resources DauT could get was his back woodline and some farms behind his town center. Without safe gold access, DauT didn’t survive long after BacT raided his base with eagle warriors and dropped a castle next to his main gold.

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Game 1

Map: Valley
Civilization: TheViper – Indians
                  Slam – Indians

TheViper won the militia fight with his micro and went for skirmishers in the Feudal Age. Meanwhile, Slam went for archers + a few scouts, which were completely crushed by TheViper’s skirmishers. Slam resigned at the moment when TheViper advanced to the Castle Age.

Game 2

Map: Arabia
Civilization: TheViper – Indians
                  Slam – Indians

Both players went for scout rush -> camel rush -> Imperial camels. There were not much damage caused before the Imperial Age as both players fully walled themselves. Slam dropped a forward castle immediately after he advanced to the Imperial Age and pushed TheViper’s base with bombard cannon and Imperial camels. TheViper tried to raid Slam’s base but Slam’s army still stormed through TheViper’s base. The game was finished when TheViper’s base was totally cut into half.

Game 3

Map: Migration
Civilization: TheViper – Italians
                   Slam –  Italians

As usual, on a water map, the show began from fire galleys. TheViper migrated to the central land earlier while Slam’s first two villagers in the center both died to wolves. Then, TheViper’s Condottieros quickly dominated the central island and took the victory for him.

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