Call to Arms 5 – Round 5 stats

Tournament Stats

The scenario for this round was Control. Control always makes my head hurt – having to do the maths in Turn 6, especially on the clock seems simple on paper but I always seem to mess it up.

For those of you that played at the recommended 1800 points this round (and 83% of you did), Control presented an even greater challenge than usual as you were left trying to cover the entire board with fewer units.

The average score per round again remained very consistent with previous rounds – go Northern Kings Scoring System!

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Where as last round, everything on the map was very small, this round everything was very tall. Once again I head cries that this was a map where Pathfinder armies would rule, despite their being no difficult terrain in a large section of the middle of the board. Interestingly I see these kind of reactions whenever a map is presented that skews one way or another, but they haven’t once panned out in the results yet.

You’ll be glad to know that I’ve not designed the map for Round 6, so you might actually get a balanced game this time. How boring will that be!

I know that table below might be a bit small to show up on smaller screens, but I thought it was interesting to show how different armies got on in different rounds.

Empire of Dust continue to top the table as the most popular army to play, but there was a fairly even spread of different armies played this round… apart from Brothermark. No one seems to like Brothermark.

Army Stats

Once again, I’ve pulled out the stats separately for the top 10 most played armies as these are the ones with enough data to be able to compare against each other with any kind of reliability.

The Abyssal Dwarfs entered the Top 10 most played lists this round (they were 11th last round) and in doing so immediately jumped to the top of the table for win percentage – and that’s despite them having a pretty dreadful Round 5.

Country Stats

Call to Arms 5 – Round 4 stats

Tournament Stats

The scenario for Round 4 was Loot, a scenario that I don’t see used very often anymore. It seems to have been overtaken by the more trendy newer variants of Loot; Plunder and Push – which are incidentally two of my favourite scenarios.

The number of Drawn games stayed high this round, but I was far less surprised to see this than I was for Raze. With only three opportunities to score points, Loot is a scenario that lends itself to a lot of Draws. This is something that a TO might want to keep in mind – if they find that a lot of players are ending up with similar results, introducing a scenario like Loot into round four of your event could help split up the field more by introducing a higher number of Draws.

Again, its nice to see that the Northern Kings Scoring System is looking healthy for Loot, with the average score for winning a game holding within a 0.3 range across the entire event so far.

The map for this round was… divisive. I introduced a few things that you would never normally see on a table including Height zero and two blocking terrain. There was also nothing on the table higher than Height 2.

I’m not sure if anyone loved it, but plenty of people hated it. People threatened to drop out of the event and I was told that this would be a round dominated by Nightstalkers and war engines.

I was told me that you were going to get instantly shot off the board, unless of course you’d brought Nightstalkers in which case you’d be laughing. I was curious if this was the case so I pulled up the win percentage for each round for Nightstalker, Goblins and Abyssal Dwarfs (the two main war engine shooting lists).

Not exactly what I’d call a walk over… Nightstalkers had their worst round yet and the two shooting heavy armies performed no better or worse than they have in previous rounds.

I’m planning on writing an article on the thinking behind all of the Call to Arms maps after the sixth map is released, but in a nutshell the whole idea behind them is to give people a different challenge and to let them think about terrain in a way that they normally wouldn’t.

For many people (me included) hobby burnout is becoming a real issue during lockdown, so the hope with the different styles of maps was to give people the chance to try something new and experience a different challenge.

The Call to Arms TOs are split on what kind of maps to use in future events, so if you’ve liked the different maps, do let us know. It’d be good to know if people want to see something like these again in the future or if you’d prefer us to go back to a more ‘standard’ Epic Dwarf style of map.

Dry Undead have taken the lead in terms of popularity this round. Nightstalkers were the most popular faction this round (probably because people believed that the map would lead to them getting shot at), but this was also Nightstalkers worst performing round in terms of win percentage.

Army Stats

Look at Free Dwarfs go! Scoring the highest average bonus points! Of course that doesn’t mean a whole lot because they’ve only been used 7 times, compared to the Empire of Dust who have been used 33 times, but still… go Free Dwarfs!

Seeing as there are now such wide gaps between army usage, I’ve decided to pull out the figures just for the top 10 most used factions. This allows us to properly compare the different armies as we have a good amount of games played for them.

Undead are starting to slowly pull away in terms of win percentage, but Nightstalkers are holding on to the top spot in terms of percentage of the enemy killed.

Country Stats

Norway is clearly OP and needs a nerf.

Call to Arms 5 – Round 3 Stats

We’re half way through Call to Arms 5 and to celebrate, I thought I’d get the stats out to you in record time.

Tournament Stats

The scenario for round 3 was Raze. Personally this is one of my least favourite scenarios as I feel that the ‘score as you go’ mechanic doesn’t fit well with the rest of Kings of War. You can often find yourself in very asymmetrical situations where your opponent has already claimed all your objectives, but you’re still trying to get theirs. At that stage, one person is playing Kill and the other is still trying to play a scenario game.

Of course, my opinion on the scenario has no relevance to the stats…

Continuing the theme of using the terrain to make players think a bit differently, I presented this monstrosity of a map! The idea behind it was to force players to think ahead about how they were going to reach their opponent’s Raze counters, when so many of their movement lanes were closed off by Obstacles.

I can at least say that no one can ever accuse me of designing maps that benefit myself, seeing as after putting together this map I went and played infantry Dwarfs!

One thing that I’ve been interested to track this Call to Arms is the number of Draws per scenario. I’m also intending to go back through the data from previous Call to Arms to do a bit of analysis there as well. While a high number of Draws isn’t a bad thing, I always think there is merit from a TO point of view in knowing which scenarios are more likely to provide a decisive result and which may lead to more Draws in a round.

Another stat that I’m tracking more for myself as a TO, is the average score per round. This lets me gauge the health of the Northern Kings Scoring System as we aim to have each scenario be as evenly weighted as possible – the scenario in Round 1 shouldn’t be more lucrative than Round 6 for example. At the moment, it looks like we’re in a good place, with the average score for the winners remaining within a range of 0.3 points.

Both wet and dry Undead continue to hold the top spot for most popular army, closely pursued by Nightstalkers and Salamanders.

Every army has been used at least once now. It looks like Twilight Kin generals are the most consistent, as they’re the only army to have been used the same number of times each round.

Army Stats

Nightstalkers enjoyed their five minutes of fame as the most successful army in the tournament, before being toppled by the usual incumbents of Abyssal Dwarfs and Undead. Abyssal Dwarfs are currently sitting on a 2:1 win/loss ratio so the changes to the Angkor Heavy Mortar and Ignore Cover rules didn’t seem to have as big an impact as some people were claiming they would.

As the most popular army with the largest dataset, you would expect that Undead should be the most likely to fall to an average 50% win rate – it stands to reason that players from across all skill levels will be using them. However, having lost only 7 of their 26 games, I think its fair to say that there might be some truth in the idea that Undead are the strongest faction in Kings of War at the moment… maybe a little too good.

The biggest shock of the tournament so far is Varangur with an abysmal 20% win rate from 15 games. I’m personally surprised by this as I’ve always found Varangur to be a solid army. I also though they would do well with the map in Round 3, as their heavy hitting Frostfang hordes come with built in Strider. What do people think about Varangur? Is this a spate of bad luck or a sign of wider issues with the list?

Clearly still angry about the loss of their Stampedes and Eagles, the Herd have taken their frustrations out on their opponents, scoring the highest average kill percentage. The Order of the Brothermark on the other hand are clearly too pious for bloodshed with a pitiful 44.5% average kill percentage.

Country Breakdown

Call to Arms 5 – Round 1 & 2 Stats

Ok ok, I know I’m late! Sadly real life has got the better of me the past few weeks and I’ve had to focus on work rather than toy soliders. So a little later than planned I can finally present to you….

Round 1 & 2 stats for Call to Arms 5!

Tournament Stats

The scenario for round 1 was Plunder and round 2 was Dominate. There are 120 players this time around, from 15 different countries.

For the first time on Call to Arms, players have been asked to all play their games on the same map. The maps so far have all been designed by yours truly and I think its fair to say that they have split opinions!

The design of each map has been focused on making players think about having to either design their list or change how they play a little differently to your usual ‘vanilla’ Kings of War map. But let me know, have you enjoyed the maps so far or would you prefer us to go back to more standard symertrical maps?

During Round 1, there were 6 Draws, dropping to 0 in Round 2. I was surprised by that as I often find that Dominate is one of the easier scenarios to Draw on.

Its clear to see that the recent changes to Undead (and to a lesser extent Empire of Dust) in the CoK21 balance changes hasn’t done much to dampen Undead player’s enthusiasm. Either wet or dry, Undead are still the most popular army by quite a way in the opening rounds.

Both version of the Brotherhood are currently languishing unloved at the bottom of the pile. I’m sure there are some valiant Brotherhood generals out there that can show us all what they’re capable of – if nothing else it would be a fairly easy way to win yourself a ‘Best in Race’ award.

Army Stats

While it is still early days, a couple of armies have already started to pull ahead in terms of Win percentage. The biggest winners so far are the Nightstalkers, with an impressive 72.7% win percentage from 11 games – Nightstalkers are the army to beat going into the final four rounds.

Nightstalkers haven’t just won, they’ve won big. They’re currently topping the tables for both Kill Percentage and Bonus Points scored.

Country Stats

Call to Arms – Final Results & Awards!

That’s it, we’re done! 429 games of Kings of War played and spanning a total of approximately 1287 hours. That’s 53.6 days of Kings of War goodness. If Call to Arms was working a minimum wage job in the UK, it would have earnt itself £11,222 for all this work (before tax!).

I’ve decided to split the stats for round 6 and the final results and awards into two pages. You can find all of the stats for round 6 on the link below or you can look back at the stats for all six round by clicking here.

Call to Arms – Round 6 stats

And that’s it after 12 weeks and over 400 games we’re done! I’ve split the Round 6 stats and Final Results & Awards into two separate posts. Click on the link below to find the Results and final standings. Tournament Stats The scenario this round was Salt the Earth. We discussed a few different scenarios…

The final standings can be found at the bottom of this page.

So, without further ado I present to you the winners of the illustrious prizes* of A Call to Arms IV

*Actual prizes not included. Bragging rights only.

First Overall
Tom Robinson, United Kingdom

Second Overall
Paul Brown, United Kingdom

Third Overall
Alex Kus, Canada

The Wooden Spoon
Bryce Clark, United States

Bloodiest General
Highest percentage of enemy army killed
Tom Robinson, 93.9%
Alex Kus, 87.4%
Stephen Devenish, 81.9%

The Pacifist
Lowest percentage of enemy army killed
Steve Forster, 31.8%
Richard A Rodgers, 38.8%
Bryce Clark, 40.1%

The Right Place at the Right Time
Scored the 1,000,000th kill point of the tournament
Adam Padley vs Justin Berg, Round 6

Lords of War
Country with the highest win percentage (‘Big five’)
Canada, 50.7%

A Lover Not a Fighter
Country with the lowest win percentage (‘Big five’)
United States, 41.1%

A Breakdown in Diplomacy
Country with the highest average percentage killed
Singapore, 74.7%

Just Taking in the Scenery
Country with the lowest average percentage killed
France, 52.9%

Their People’s Champion
Highest Scoring Player per Country

Exequiel ARG, 111

Stephen Devenish, 128
Andrew Goodman, 123
Tas Stacey, 117

Alex Kus, 130
Mark Campbell, 119
Jesse Bilbija, 113

Czech Republic
Shizunk, 94

Heikka Valja, 91

Fabien Hodot, 80

Manuel Roemisch, 99
Clement Quinson, 94
Daniel Plack, 75

Robert Alexander, 96

Thomas B Aleksandersen, 116
Andreas Orlyng, 95

Page Neo, 117

South Africa
Saul Smith, 68

Luis Serra, 113
Antonio Carrasco, 111
Asier Lopez, 93

United Kingdom
Tom Robinson, 145
Paul Brown, 132
Steven Pearce, 122

United States
Keith Randall, 116
Kris DeGrow, 115
Ryan Munsell, 113

Easily Distracted
Highest Scoring player who changed armies each round
Cyle Pool, 110
Jeremy Duvall, 110
Michael Pearcy, 100

Loyal to the End
Highest Scoring player who played the same army every round
Paul Brown, 132
Alex Kus, 130
Andrew Goodman, 123

Stubborn to a Fault
Lowest Scoring player who played the same army every round
Bryce Clarke, 46

Best in Race

Sit Back, Shoot and Watch the Wins Roll In
Best in Race, Abyssal Dwarfs
1st) Andrew Goodman, 123
2nd) Alan Wigness, 92
3rd) Matt Goody, 84

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an Elohi? No! Its Super Dragon!
Best in Race, Basileans
1st) Mark Campbell, 119
2nd) George Kirke, 91
3rd) Eldon Krosch, 87

Hipsters on Horseback – You can all say you were playing them before they were cool
Best in Race, Order of the Brothermark
1st) Tyler Schulz, 68
2nd) Steve Hildrew, 25
3rd) Tony Winmill, 22

Order of the Magic Hippies
Best in Race, Order of the Green Lady
1st) Page Neo, 117
2nd) Keith Randall, 94
3rd) Jose Vega, 79

Coming Up Short
Best in Race, Dwarfs
1st) Andrew Heinrich, 94
2nd) Asier Lopez, 93
3rd) Fabien Hodot, 80

Who needs Ra4!
Best in Race, Elves
1st) Paul Brown, 132
2nd) Daniel Plack, 67
3rd) Robert Lee, 34

Undead Retirement Home
Best in Race, Empire of Dust
1st) Kris DeGrow, 115
2nd) Adam Ballard, 99
3rd) Robert Alexander, 96

Flower Powers
Best in Race, Forces of Nature
1st) Jeff Traish, 71
2nd) Drew Richardson, 59
3rd) Bryce Clark, 36

Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Mastiffs of War!!
Best in Race, Free Dwarfs
1st) Bob Aspland, 49
2nd) Billy Smith, 47
3rd) Michael Pearcy, 22

Its Fun to be Bad
Best in Race, Forces of the Abyss
1st) Clement Quinson, 94
2nd) Juancho Bernabeu, 81
3rd) Todd Serpico, 56

The Greenie Meanies
Best in Race, Goblins
1st) Stephen Devenish, 49
2nd) Steve Forster, 43
3rd) Rian James, 41

Perfectly Average in Every Way
Best in Race, Kingdoms of Men
1st) Exequiel ARG, 102
2nd) Garrett Mercier, 82
3rd) Gareth Davies, 53

They’re Talking the Halfling to Isenguard, to Isenguard
Best in Race, League of Rhordia
1st) Tom Robinson, 96
2nd) Shizunk, 32
3rd) Brindley Smith, 30

They Find You Very Inspiring
Best in Race, Nightstalkers
1st)Robert Allen, 93
2nd) Blake Robertson, 86
3rd) Erasmus Burger, 82

Lets it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back any more!
Best in Race, Northern Alliance
1st) Tas Stacey, 117
2nd) Jeff Horton, 90
3rd) Chris Fisher, 84

Get Ogre it!
Best in Race, Ogres
1st) Josh Rosado, 88
2nd) Matt Young, 82
3rd) Mike Szedlmayer, 71

Well this is Orc’ward
Best in Race, Orcs
1st) Kara Brown, 86
2nd) Mathew Vermeiren, 86
3rd) Andy Marshall, 61

Getting a bit Ratty
Best in Race, Ratkin
1st) Si Brand, 108
2nd) Dan Miner, 79
3rd) Joseph Greek, 70

I’m a, Slave 4 U
Best in Race, Ratkin Slaves
1st) Mark Cunningham, 86
2nd) Mike Smith, 79
3rd) Richard Rodgers, 54

The New Hotness
Best in Race, Salamanders
1st) Dan Zarembski, 108
2nd) Ryan Munsell, 107
3rd) Jacob Datta, 102

Wiltfather SMASH!
Best in Race, Sylvan Kin
1st) Ed Herzig, 121
2nd) Visibly Riley, 23
3rd) Tim Lonas, 17

Letting Out Your Wild Side
Best in Race, The Herd
1st) Andreas Orlyng, 95
2nd) Manuel Roemisch, 89
3rd) Yan Lai, 69

Crab People, Crab People
Best in Race, Trident Realm
1st) Ray Shields, 113
2nd) Matt Gee, 103
3rd) Ben Johnson, 97

The Bad Boys of Pannithor
Best in Race, Twilight Kin
1st) Thomas B Aleksandersen, 116
2nd) Kyle Przelenski, 94
3rd) James Mitchell, 90

Playing on Easy Mode?
Best in Race, Undead
1st) Alex Kus, 130
2nd) Luis Serra, 113
3rd) Antonio Carrasco, 111

The Edgier Version of Northern Alliance
Best in Race, Varangur
1st) Daniel King, 103
2nd) Billy Henninger, 89
3rd) Brian Cessna, 78

Final Standings

NameCountryTotal points scored /150Average Percentage Killed
1stTom RobinsonUnited Kingdom14593.9%
2ndPaul BrownUnited Kingdom13274.7%
3rdAlex KusCanada13087.4%
4thStephen DevenishAustralia12881.9%
5thAndrew GoodmanAustralia12381.6%
6thSteven PearceUnited Kingdom12270.9%
7thEd HerzigUnited Kingdom12175.3%
8thBen JohnsonUnited Kingdom12156.9%
9thMark CampbellCanada11977.8%
10thPage NeoSingapore11774.7%
11thTas StaceyAustralia11769.7%
12thThomas B AleksandersenNorway11674.2%
13thJeffrey TraishAustralia11671.0%
14thKeith W. RandallUnited States11654.8%
15thKris DeGrowUnited States11568.7%
16thJesse BilbijaCanada11379.1%
17thLuis SerraSpain11373.2%
18thRyan MunsellUnited States11372.0%
19thRay ShieldsCanada11369.3%
20thAntonio CarrascoSpain11174.8%
21stExequiel FerreryaArgentina11171.9%
22ndMike AdkinsUnited States11074.8%
23rdCyle PoolUnited States11068.4%
24thJeremy DuvallUnited States11063.5%
25thTom AnnisUnited States10975.6%
26thDan ZarembskiUnited States10862.2%
27thShannon ShoemakerUnited States10860.9%
28thKeith ConroyUnited States10858.8%
29thSi BrandUnited Kingdom10857.8%
30thRashad NavidiUnited States10761.7%
31stYan LaiAustralia10760.0%
32ndChris FisherUnited States10666.8%
33rdNic MurrayUnited States10661.2%
34thbrindley smithCanada10572.1%
35thMathew VermeirenCanada10567.8%
36thBlake ShrodeUnited States10556.5%
37thMarc TaylorUnited States10471.1%
38thJoseph GreekUnited States10465.9%
39thAlan WignessUnited States10371.6%
40thMatt YoungUnited States10371.1%
41stDaniel KingUnited Kingdom10369.7%
42ndKyle PietschUnited States10362.3%
43rdJose VegaUnited States10358.2%
44thMatt GeeUnited Kingdom10357.5%
45thJay HopUnited Kingdom10353.5%
46thMike szedlmayerUnited States10273.9%
47thJacob DattaUnited States10266.4%
48thSteve HildrewUnited Kingdom10261.4%
49thDru MooreAustralia10062.6%
50thMichael PearcyUnited States10051.5%
51stAdam BallardUnited States9973.3%
52ndManuel RoemischGermany9969.4%
53rdTim LonasUnited States9960.0%
54thChris ChristophersonUnited Kingdom9866.1%
55thJosh RosadoUnited States9856.9%
56thGrant FetterUnited States9751.0%
57thJustin BergUnited States9744.1%
58thBilly HenningerUnited States9671.6%
59thRobert AlexanderIreland9667.3%
60thElliot MorrishUnited Kingdom9661.8%
61stAndreas OrlyngNorway9571.3%
62ndKyle PrzelenskiUnited States9466.4%
63rdRobert LeeUnited States9466.3%
64thKara BrownUnited States9463.8%
65thAndrew HeinrichUnited States9461.6%
66thClément QuinsonGermany9458.9%
67thShizunkCzech republic9458.3%
68thMatt CrogerAustralia9451.3%
69thRobert AllenUnited States9369.7%
70thAsier LopezSpain9368.7%
71stBen RantallAustralia9366.6%
72ndMatt GoodyUnited Kingdom9364.8%
73rdJohn DouglasUnited States9364.1%
74thPatrick Zoro AllenUnited States9363.9%
75thVisibly RileyUnited States9253.8%
76thGeorge KirkeUnited Kingdom9166.4%
77thHeikka ValjaFinland9158.8%
78thTodd SerpicoUnited States9158.6%
79thChris J. SmithUnited Kingdom9156.0%
80thJeff HortonUnited Kingdom9064.2%
81stZach ClarkUnited States9063.7%
82ndDevlin SmithUnited States9060.2%
83rdJames MitchellUnited Kingdom9059.7%
84thDrew RichardsonUnited States9058.1%
85thJohn GreenUnited States9053.5%
86thSam SowdenSpain8958.1%
87thCole FournierCanada8950.6%
88thEldon Krosch Jr.United States8742.8%
89thMark CunninghamUnited Kingdom8666.6%
90thJustin Gisby-ClarkUnited Kingdom8649.1%
91stBlake RobertsonUnited States8647.0%
92ndJames McLeanUnited States8562.9%
93rdBrian CessnaUnited States8546.7%
94thKevin DerringtonUnited Kingdom8360.5%
95thBrian LuttrellUnited States8356.8%
96thGarrett MercierUnited States8271.1%
97thErasmus BurgerCanada8251.4%
98thAndy MarshallUnited Kingdom8249.3%
99thChristopher DwaneUnited Kingdom8248.9%
100thMichael ClarkeAustralia8163.3%
101stNathan ClevengerUnited States8159.1%
102ndAdam PadleyUnited Kingdom8157.9%
103rdNickolas DuongUnited States8157.0%
104thJuancho BernabeuSpain8156.1%
105thSteve ForsterUnited States8138.3%
106thFabien HodotFrance8053.0%
107thMike SmithUnited Kingdom7955.5%
108thDan MinerCanada7955.5%
109thJay RosadoCanada7954.6%
110thNick LegrandAustralia7843.8%
111thJimmy StoutUnited States7843.3%
112thtony winmillAustralia7660.7%
113thPatrick JusticeUnited States7660.1%
114thDaniel PlackGermany7554.2%
115thGareth DaviesCanada7454.8%
116thZac ChapderlaneUnited States7451.9%
117thMax BennettUnited Kingdom7350.1%
118thMark NicholasUnited Kingdom7342.4%
119thChris ButterworthUnited Kingdom7245.0%
120thTrevor YounghusbandAustralia7159.8%
121stAnh Le/ Bob RodaUnited States7042.0%
122ndMatthew LaingAustralia6961.6%
123rdRyan Wuebbles (The Professor)United States6961.3%
124thNathan ArnoldUnited States6949.0%
125thTyler SchulzUnited States6857.5%
126thSaul SmithSouth Africa6857.0%
127thMarcus LeSilexUnited States6851.6%
128thHarry HopkinsUnited Kingdom6742.3%
129thJJ JonesUnited States6645.5%
130thFelix CastroUnited States6557.1%
131stSean BrennenUnited States6250.5%
132ndJose Maria MenendezSpain6172.9%
133rdRandy DavisUnited States6047.5%
134thBob AsplandUnited Kingdom5847.8%
135thRichard A RodgersUnited States5438.8%
136thRian jamesUnited Kingdom5144.5%
137thBryce ClarkUnited States4640.1%

Call to Arms – Round 6 stats

And that’s it after 12 weeks and over 400 games we’re done!

I’ve split the Round 6 stats and Final Results & Awards into two separate posts. Click on the link below to find the Results and final standings.

Call to Arms – Final Results & Awards!

That’s it, we’re done! 429 games of Kings of War played and spanning a total of approximately 1287 hours. That’s 53.6 days of Kings of War goodness. If Call to Arms was working a minimum wage job in the UK, it would have earnt itself £11,222 for all this work (before tax!). I’ve decided to…

Tournament Stats

The scenario this round was Salt the Earth. We discussed a few different scenarios for the final round, but liked the concept of this scenario as players would have an idea of how big a win they would need to achieve the final position they were after.

Did any of you choose not to ‘burn’ an objective you otherwise would have done because you wanted the opportunity to score maximum bonus points?

Undead end the tournament as far and away the most popular army with 28 more games played than its nearest rivals. Other than that, there was a great spread of races played.

Third edition definitely seems to have seen a surge in the popularity of Salamanders and I think as the edition progresses, they’ll take their place as one of the most commonly seen armies.

The majority of players changed the race they used at least once during the tournament, but a significant chunk (45%) stuck with the same army all the way through.

Interestingly, the average number of bonus points scored for scenario was actually slightly higher this round than it was for Pillage. I wondered if two bonus points for the centre token was overly generous but looking at the table to the right it looks about perfect.

The Northern Kings are going to be doing a full review of the scoring system based on the feedback of this event and we’ll be tweaking the way bonus points are scored – my aim is to get the average amount of bonus points for a win as close to 4.0 as possible.

Army Stats

I was a little surprised to see that Northern Alliance have the lowest win:loss ratio of the tournament – I personally think Northern Alliance are a really strong list with lost of potential. But they’re also a brand new army with a new play style that players are still figuring out, so I think its far too early to make any conclusions about army balance.

I was far less surprised to see Abyssal Dwarfs and Undead out from with a +13 and +12 win:loss ratio respectively.

Overall I think the win:loss ratio show a very healthy game state. There a few outliers but the vast majority of armies are sat within an acceptable range. Don’t forget as well, that this only represents the result of one (all be it very large) tournament so take all of the results with a pinch of salt.

In Round 6 Undead pushed themselves back into the top spot for the highest average bonus points scored.

No change on the very top spot between round 5 and 6, but lots of change further down. Abyssal Dwarfs, Elves and Ogres making a last minute push getting themselves up into the top 5 for percentage killed.

As usual, I’ve pulled out the same stats as above showing only the Top 10 most played armies. These are the armies with enough results to prevent the averages being skewed too much by a single player.

Abyssal Dwarfs end the tournament as the army with the highest win percentage, narrowly beating out The Order of the Green Lady.

Country Stats

Congratulations to Canada! JUST holding on to their top spot by 0.7%!

It couldn’t really have been closer between Canada, Australia and Spain at the end with the difference between 2nd and 3rd place coming down to the number of Draws.

The UK vs US side event (that exists purely in my mind) came down to the wire as well with the US very nearly closing the 5 game gap that had opened up at the end of Round 5.

UK 43 – 41 USA

Call to Arms – Final Results & Awards!

That’s it, we’re done! 429 games of Kings of War played and spanning a total of approximately 1287 hours. That’s 53.6 days of Kings of War goodness. If Call to Arms was working a minimum wage job in the UK, it would have earnt itself £11,222 for all this work (before tax!). I’ve decided to…

Call to Arms – Round 5 stats

The penultimate round of Call to Arms has just wrapped up with another 70 games taking place this round – that brings us up to a whopping 357 games played so far.

We haven’t quite hit the 1,000,000th kill point yet, but we’re close! The spreadsheet keeps a record of when each result is added so I’ll be able to give a special mention to the players who scores the 1,000,000th point.

After the end of Round 6 I’m going to be using the stats to hand out some extra awards (no prizes except bragging rights!). So far the awards I’m going to hand out are;

  • Bloodiest General (highest kill percentage)
  • Pacifist (lowest kill percentage)
  • Best in Race

If anyone has any ideas for other awards they’d like pulling out, let me know on the Facebook page or in the comments below.

Tournament Stats

The scenario this round was Invade.

This was the first round where not every race was played. The poor Free Dwarfs have clearly fallen out of favour following their glorious two victories last round.

Undead had their most popular round in round 5 – clearly as we get to the end of the tournament people are wanting to play on easy mode!

Order of the Brothermark have seen a small surge in popularity, but still remain at the bottom of the list.

I was a little concerned that Invade might be another scenario where we saw lots of bonus points being scored (like last round), but this doesn’t seem to have been the case.

There also doesn’t seem to be any significant correlation between higher bonus points scored in games played at 2300 points as opposed to 2000. The Northern Kings scoring system was developed in a tournament scene that uses predominately 2000 points and I was a little worried that more units on the board would equal more points scored. But either the additional 300 points doesn’t buy enough units to shift things much or both sides having the additional points cancels each other out in the end.

2300 continued to be the overwhelming favourite points level. We’re very aware that this will partly be due to the fact that its easier to score higher points for kills at 2300 due to the way that the scoring system scales.

It’ll be interesting to see if this preference for 2300 holds in future Call to Arms once we’ve fixed the scaling problem.

The percentage of games ending in a Draw this round held at well below 10%, showing that the spike in round 3 was almost definitely due to the Kill scenario and not a balancing of player skills from Swiss ranking.

  • Round 1 – Dominate – Draw percentage – 3%
  • Round 2 – Pillage – Draw percentage – 8%
  • Round 3 – Kill – Draw percentage – 21%
  • Round 4 – Push – Draw percentage – 3%
  • Round 5 – Invade – Draw percentage – 7%

Army Stats

So in case you missed it Undead had 3 wins, 2 draws and 10 losses in Round 5! Come on people you’re playing with Undead, its supposed to be an easy win!

I wonder if this is a result of the big spike in the number of players choosing to use Undead this round. It stands to reason that some players will be less familiar with the list and will be coming up against players who are more experienced with the lists they’re using.

Following their poor showing this round, Undead have slipped to second in the average number of bonus points scored, taken over by Trident Realms.

And Undead almost lost their top spot in percentage killed after just regaining it last round. Undead are now just 0.4% ahead of Varangur in the fight for the killiest faction.

As usual, I’ve pulled out the same stats as above showing only the Top 10 most played armies. These are the armies with enough results to prevent the averages being skewed too much by a single player.

Trident Realms have retained their 1st place for win percentage, whilst Undead have slid down to 3rd. Abyssal Dwarfs have moved up from 4th to 2nd.

Country Stats

Canada have retained their top spot but Spain have closed the gap. There was seven percentage points between them at the end of Round 4, this has now closed to just two – with Australia just one percentage point behind Spain!

Its going to be an incredibly close finale going into Round 6 and either Canada, Spain or Australia could still emerge as the victorious country.

The UK and the US… probably won’t.

Seeing as we apparently can’t beat the rest of the world, I’m now choosing the focus on the UK vs US grudge match! The UK has managed to slightly extend their lead over the US and now has a five game advantage. Can we hold on to it during Round 6 or will the dastardly ungrateful colonials scoop victory at the last moment?!

UK 39 – 34 USA

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Call to Arms – Round 4 stats

As yet another round of A Call to Arms draws to a close, its time for the Round 4 stats breakdown. You can find the breakdowns for the previous rounds below.

Stat breakdowns for the previous rounds

We’re now up to a mighty 287 games of Kings of War – across all those games 767,800 points worth of units have been killed.

If an average game on Universal Battle takes 3 hours, Call to Arms has been responsible for 861 hours of Kings of War gameplay, that’s almost 39 days!

Tournament Stats

The scenario this round was Push, using a fixed number of tokens per player (2) and one in the middle of the board as usual.

69/72 games took place this round, with 3 games being decided by the TO due to hitting the round deadline.

Yet again all 26 races were played at least once. Undead have reclaimed their spot as the most popular faction this round – it seems that the mid-round Mhorgoth nerf didn’t do too much to dampen the spirits of all those Undead players.

Order of the Brothermark remain the stalwart bottom of the list. This is particularly surprising when you look at how popular their fellow Brotherhood, the Order of the Green Lady are. I don’t think this low rate of play says much about the strength of the army but for whatever reason they don’t seem to appeal to many players at the moment.

The number of players scoring the maximum 25 points was significantly higher this round. This suggests to me that it was easier to score more bonus points on this scenario – my fellow Northern Kings and I will be looking into the data on this round very carefully to decide if we need to modify how bonus points are scored for Push in future events.

2300 remained the predominant points level with 71% of players choosing to play at that level.

One game was played at 2170 (I checked it wasn’t a typo) – purely so that they could make it on to my chart!

Well there you are!

The number of games that ended in a Draw fell back down to similar levels as Rounds 1 and 2, suggesting that the high number of Draws last round was due to the Kill scenario and not a balancing out of player skill due to the Swiss matching system.

  • Round 1 – Dominate – Draw percentage – 3%
  • Round 2 – Pillage – Draw percentage – 8%
  • Round 3 – Kill – Draw percentage – 21%
  • Round 4 – Push – Draw percentage – 3%

Army Stats

Look at Free Dwarfs go – not one, but two whole wins!! They still only have a 14% win rate, but its better than 0%!

Trident Realms are threating to take the crown from Undead for the army that most consistently score bonus points – Trident Realms are currently 11th in terms of games played but have taken the lead in terms of overall win percentage (see below!).

Both variety of Dwarfs are very much languishing in last place, despite the Free Dwarf’s two glorious wins (I’m not bias, honest). The Dwarfs average points for kills isn’t much lower than the rest of the field, but its their scenario points that are really letting them down. I wonder if their lack of manoeuvrability is preventing them from being able to grab objectives late game and score those few extra bonus points (even in defeat) like other armies can.

Undead have regained the title of ‘most killy’ from Varangur. For the third round running, Goblins remain the most pacifist army out there managing to kill only 51% of the opponents army on average – this is 20% less than the average Undead game.

I’ve pulled out some more detailed stats for the top 10* most played armies. These are the armies with enough results to prevent the averages being skewed too much by a single player.

*I’m actually comparing the top 11, because two armies were tied for 10th place

Trident Realms have toppled Undead for the first time in the tournament, taking the place as the faction with the highest win percentage – can they hold on to it during the last two rounds?

Country Stats

Look at Canada go! Spain has struggled a little this round, winning just one of their games – this opened the door for Canada to jump into the top spot.

In the UK vs US grudge match, the UK has managed to eek out a marginal lead taking it to:

UK 30 – 27 USA

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Call to Arms – Round 3 stats

Its that time again, the most exciting part of a Call to Arms – the post round stats breakdown!

You can find the stats for round 1 here and round 2 here.

The stats below now represents 218 games played which is more than most two day tournaments manage over 6 rounds, and we’re only on round 3!

Tournament Stats

The scenario this round was Kill – this turned out to be a slightly controversial choice of scenario!

A big thank you for being my ‘willing’ guinea pigs for an experiment to see how a modified version of Kill worked in practice. I’m currently writing up my thoughts based on the results and player feedback and will be sharing that in the next few days.

72/73 games took place this round, with two players deciding not to carry on with the tournament and dropped out taking us to a mere 144 players.

For the third round in a row, all 26 races were played at least once.

Its a shame to see the Forces of Nature falling so much in popularity, but I can’t say that I’m too surprised. Forces of Nature where my first love in Kings of War, but they’re definitely an army that can be hard to win games with – especially in Kill.

While Undead are still storming ahead as the most popular faction overall they were not most popular faction this round. That accolade went to the Salamanders.

I’m not surprised that Salamanders have gone up in popularity as I think they’re probably the army that gained the most out of 3rd edition, but I am surprised to see them being so popular in Kill as I have never really thought of them as a ‘killy’ army.

There was a big increase in the number of games that ended in a draw this round.

15/72 games (21%) ended in a draw – compared to 3% in round 1 and 8% in round 3. It’ll be really interesting to see if this pattern continues into the next round. This will tell us if the high number of draws is down to the scenario or due to player skill becoming more evenly balanced due to the swiss rankings system.

Games played at 2300 points have definitely become the norm this round with 72% of games taking place at that point level.

Far less people scored the top points this round.

This could be due to the higher number of draws, but Tom Annis made an interesting observation on the Universal Battle Facebook page. He noticed that a lot of people have been saying that they played Kill first and ignored the secondary objectives until the end; where as he had made sure to factor them in from the start. It possible that players might have approached the scenario in the wrong way and have given up the top points as a result.

Army Stats

Due to their large showing this round, Salamanders have jumped up to the second most played army.

There definitely seems to be some stronger armies appearing, as well as armies that are struggling to keep up. I said it last time and I’ll say it again – poor Free Dwarfs.

I’ve always been a believer that player skill is the single most important factor to winning a game. As a very rough rule of thumb I would say winning is 80% player skill, 10% luck and 10% down to the army and the list you use.

Even with that in mind, there are a few armies languishing on a 20% win rate or less (Free Dwarfs are on 0/10 games!) – I feel that this has to be down to the army and not just the player.

Myself and my fellow Northern Kings are taking a look at some of the armies with the lowest win rates, giving our take on how we would approach those armies. You can read my article on Free Dwarfs here and Tom Robinson’s article on the League of Rhordia here.

Undead continue to top the charts in bonus points scored – with Varangur hot on their heels behind them.

There is a fairly uniform spread across all of the armies until you get to the Dwarfs and it falls off a cliff!

It seems that the few wins that Dwarfs have managed to get, have been by the skin of their teeth.

Once again Varangur are on the top spot for percentage of the enemy killed.

The most pacifist army at this point is the Goblins, they really don’t want to seem to kill anything!

To have 23 percentage points of difference between the top and bottom armies after 218 games is pretty striking.

I have always thought of Kings of War as a very balanced game (and it is) – but it seems that although all the armies are equal, some armies are more equal than others.

Like the last round, I’ve pulled out the win rates for the top 10 most played armies.

These armies have played 125 games between them, so I would consider this to be a pretty reliable indicator.

Country Stats

Ok, I know this is what you all really came here for!

As before, some of the results above represent just one or two people and while I don’t want to take away their achievements (of failures!) I’ve pulled out the five countries with the most players – the ‘Big Five’.

I’m not at all surprised to see Spain out on top as every time I’ve had the pleasure of playing one of the guys from Spain, its been a bloody tough game.

In the greatest conflict the United Kingdom and the United States have fought (my history isn’t good!) it is incredibly close. As we go into round 4 there is just one game in it!

United Kingdom 22 – 21 United States

And that’s all for now. Now that I’ve got a good amount of data I’m going to start pulling out some more detailed information that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks – I’ve already had a few requests for additional information.

Call to Arms – Round 2 Stats

Round 2 of a Call to Arms has drawn to a close and that means one thing – juicy juicy stats!

The stats for round 1 can be found here.

Tournament Stats

The scenario this round was Pillage with a set 6 objectives. Pillage is a simple scenario but one of the best in my opinion.

71/73 games took place. The results for the other two were decided by the TO Adam – he wasn’t joking when he said get your results in or he’d decide them for you!

Once again, all 26 races were represented at least once. Its becoming obvious that some factions are much more popular than others – its almost like Undead are really really good!

I’m surprised to see Goblins so far down the list, I thought people might use the opportunity to take the crazy hordes lists that you wouldn’t ever want to build in real life.

The most popular points value was again 2300 points with 56% choosing to play at that level.

We saw a big reduction in the number of people scoring the maximum points this round. I’m not sure if this is because Pillage is a harder scenario to score full points on, or if the players were more evenly matched because of the swiss ranking up system. My guess would be that its a little early in the tournament for swiss ranking to be having much effect, so the scenario is definitely having some impact.

On average, people also killed a lower percentage of their opponent’s army. I’d guess that this is because Dominate (the scenario in round 1) encourages a big brawl in the centre of the board, whereas Pillage is more spread out.

It’ll be really interesting to see if we get see less big results scored as players become more evenly matched – or if there is a clear pattern between results and the scenario played.

Army Stats

Its not a good day to be a Dwarf! Or at least, not a well behaved Dwarf. Dwarfs and Free Dwarfs have a combined total of 19 games played, but a win rate of only 21%.

At the moment, Elves are the only army with a 100% win rate – although to be fair that is only out of 5 games.

I think that the amount of armies that are on or around a 50% win rate is a really good indication of the balance within Kings of War – it does also highlights that there are a few armies that seem to need a boost.

The Elves and Brothermark lead the way with the average amount of bonus points scored, but again these results should be taken with a pinch of salt because they are based on relatively low number (only 2 in the Brothermark’s case).

The highest scoring army with a decent number of results is Undead.

I’m not surprised by this at all as I personally think Undead are the strongest Kings of War faction. It shows that their popularity is at least partially because they’re a powerful army and not just because people like the fluff or playstyle etc.

Poor Dwarfs…

While I’m very impressed with the amount of kills the handful of Elf generals have managed to achieve, once again I’d be cautious about putting too much weight on their place in the rankings – their average is out of only 5 games compared to Undead’s 25.

Varangur take the top spot in the ‘decent number of games played’ category. Its fitting that Varangur should have such a high average percentage of kills as they’re such an aggressive in your face army.

As a baseline to compare against, the overall average percentage of enemy’s army killed is currently 60%.

The two charts above show the win percentage and average percentage of enemy army killed for the armies that have more than 10 result. I’d consider these a more reliable measure of how the army is performing.

There’s currently a significant difference between the highest and lowest win rates and it’ll be really interesting to see if this carries on as the tournament progresses. As players are matched up more in line with their skill level, we’d expect to see all the armies evening out at around 50%, so any outliers might suggest that an army is too powerful, or could do with a boost.

Country Stats

Call to Arms 4 truly is an international tournament, with 14 different countries represented.

The United States make up just under 50% of the field with the UK second (21%) followed by Australia (9%) and Canada (8%).

Spain is currently out in front in terms of win percentage – the Spaniards have won an impressive 58% of their games so far.

Quite a few countries are represented by just one of two people, so for the sake of more even comparison I’ve split off the ‘big five’ into a separate chart – these are the countries that have more than 10 players representing them.

Starting in round 3, I’ll be sharing a table showing each country’s win rate is vs each other country, so in your round 3 games don’t forget that you’re representing your country!

Round 3 is going to be Kill, using the modified Northern Kings version, so it’ll be really interesting what impact that has on the stats and if the different style of scenario mixes things up a bit.

As usual you can find the game rounds here:…/rounds

You can find the current rankings here:…/ladder

Results get entered here:

Mark Cunningham has created a website for the event that’s pretty handy you can find it here:

Good luck and happy gaming!