|Dominion:||Cliffs of Insanity|
Round 21 began on November 11th and ended on December 13th. This round saw the introduction of a brand new tech system with the number of techs increased from 27 to 66 (with smaller bonuses). 3 new wonders were added (Hanging gardens, Gnomish Mining Machine and Horn of Plenty), maximum pack size was changed to 4 (down from 5) and the maximum number of packed players per realm was changed to 6 (down from 7).
Round Win Story
Before the round started, we suspected wonders and black ops would yet again play a significant role. The possibilities to obtain prestige intrigued us. We decided to try something new and make a strategy around an Orc. We wanted at least one wizard and spy, an Orc, and the final fill in role should be something good for hitting wonders and war. We finally decided to complement the Orc with a Merfolk, a Lizardfolk and a Dark Elf. After signing up, we found ourselves very fortunate with several excellent randoms. Slz reinforced us with a slow attacking Icekin. Itake and Winter joined us with an early converting Nox and Goblin.
Virchue started some rigorous simming to optimize our OOP and to plan for the best paths of techs. We hoped our combination of races would be effective to get our Orc over the desired 1000 prestige as fast as possible. As I had some experience with playing an efficient teching Dark Elf, I decided to give it one more try. We had our doubts whether it would still be viable with the new teching system. I would have to take more risk, and deconvert and convert at exactly the right moment.
The hour before OOP was about to start, was pure mayhem. I wasn’t able to complete my CTP until the last hour, but Mikey (Orc) and Mulla (Merfolk) still had to do theirs also. Mikey missed a few steps in his protection and had to start all over again. Minutes were passing by and OOP was getting close. Apparently, Mulla was still painting his new apartment and was about the miss OOP entirely. Luckily, he popped in for the last few minutes to apply for a quick start. Mikey managed to get rid of his protection tag with a few seconds (11 seconds I think) left on the clock. It was a lot of unnecessary craziness but we got the job done.
It was time to start the hunt for some easy prestige and cheap land. I managed to get three 75%+ hits on the first day, did another bottom feed and released my swordsmen after a final bottom feed on a copycat bot named "abracadabacadadabra".
2020-11-14 18:10:21 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 31 land from Ella of Frelle (#15). 2020-11-14 18:42:09 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 29 land from Abandoned boat (#22). 2020-11-15 06:56:00 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 30 land from Hailstorm Prime (#4). 2020-11-15 20:56:48 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 16 land from Ella of Frelle (#15). 2020-11-16 11:45:05 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 17 land from abracadabacadadabra (#8).
I knew the next phase would be difficult. I had to maintain 40% schools for a while (Maxed out at 420 schools total), while maintaining some Wizard Guilds, not having much/any space for diamond mines, and had to grow to 2800 acres by day 25.
Exploration, wonders and prestige
Whilst our attackers were progressing well, I took a bit too much risk and got invaded by Zamunda (#5) losing 66 land. Over the next few days, I tried to play it a bit safer, optimize my economy and prepare for blacks ops and wonders.
2020-11-20 12:59:33 Zamunda (#5) invaded fellow dominion Dr. Awkward (#18) and captured 66 land.
The Ancient Library dropped as one of the first wonders. It would be a decent boost to our heavy improvement strategies, but realm #5 managed to take it before we did. We decided to grab the bull by the horns and declare war on them. Within a few minutes, it was a mutual war. There were 7 of us wanting to participate in the wonder takedown for the prestige. We ensured Mikey received the full 125 prestige and split the remainder 6 ways, meaning we all received ~100 prestige. I got another fifty or so prestige from fireballing, and over a hundred prestige from snaring and sinking Honey Badger. I gained over 300 prestige in two days. Unfortunately, #16 came along and trashed our wonder in a matter of hours. Something they did a few more times in the course of the round.
2020-11-23 18:59:50 Jamaican me sweat! (#18) has declared WAR on Green Darkness (#5). 2020-11-23 19:06:48 Green Darkness (#5) has declared WAR on Jamaican me sweat! (#18). 2020-11-25 7:44:46 The Ancient Library has been destroyed and rebuilt by Jamaican me sweat! (#18). 2020-11-25 13:33:46 The Ancient Library has been destroyed and rebuilt by Inconceivable! (#16).
Realm 23. This exchange was also the first time we thwarted Realm 23. Which must have sparked a rivalry all round as they were constantly a thorn in our sides from this point on. They declared war on #5 shortly after we did, but we managed to destroy the Ancient Library before their war was made active. They missed their shot.
2020-11-24 09:03:14 Barely active inc (#23) has declared WAR on THE BIGGEST HASS ft. Bobbo, Merf, Toothy, InternetFett, Apwang (#5).
Meanwhile, Bee (#4) was training OP like crazy. I decided to risk it and just keep growing. A few days later, the Factory of Legends spawned. We were lucky and managed to get it before others did. I actually had stocked plat and was planning to send 15 cyclones at it, but took the wonder down on my first cast. This meant we had the wonder, but on low hp.
2020-11-29 8:19:03 The Factory of Legends has been destroyed and rebuilt by Finally, thanks (#18).
Apparently, realm #23 had seen the low hp or had a vendetta against us from the Library incident. Either way, they quickly declared war on us. They were slow at taking the wonder down, but managed to do it after a few days.
2020-11-29 21:10:39 Wonder what we’re after 🤔🛕 (#23) has declared WAR on Assistance required (#18). 2020-12-01 6:11:07 The Factory of Legends has been destroyed and rebuilt by Aged Thunder (#23).
Since they were so slow at taking the wonder down, we thought maybe we can take it back quickly and show them our muscle power and scare them off from trying to take the factory back from us. Boy were we wrong. This netted me another 125 prestige.
2020-12-01 23:04:11 The Factory of Legends has been destroyed and rebuilt by Means of production: Seized ✅ (#18).
23 was so slow at taking the wonder that they were leaving it on low hp. We thought maybe we could war another realm and have them steal the wonder for next to free from us, have the wonder remain on low hp for us to steal right back. So we declared war on #21 who had a sylvan that was ~3rd overall in cyclone damage but no major threats to us as a realm.
2020-12-04 15:41:48 Assistance required (#18) has declared WAR on Philippines, China (#21).
The war with 21 went live and the factory had 35k hp for a few hours but 21 never made their move. In the end, 23 took the factory back and had solid hp on the wonder.
Then something weird happened. Realm 23 didn’t cancel the war right away. Instead they stuck around to black op some of us, mainly Mulla, Virchue and itake. Mulla and Virchue by the end of the round had 25M Lightning Bolt damage done to the two of them by 23. Anyway, since war was still active and I had a ton of mana available I just started hitting the factory again with cyclones. Eventually, 23 did cancel the war but not before we did sizable damage. We decided to declare war on 23 and take the Factory one more time.
2020-12-07 15:06:49 What in the devil is going on here? (#18) has CANCELED war against Philippines, China (#21). 2020-12-07 15:25:46 What in the devil is going on here? (#18) has declared WAR on Wonder what we’re after 🤔🛕 (#23). 2020-12-09 18:00:21 The Factory of Legends has been destroyed and rebuilt by RIP SN8, your belly flop won't be forgotten (#18).
Another 125 prestige. I was able to get my schools and alchemies razed and rebuilt by this time so when 23 took the factory AGAIN a few days later, we let it go. Realm 23 was amazing. They were sending on the wonder nonstop, 30k at a time and getting invaded for it. But they really wanted it. Kudos to them.
2020-12-13 6:19:47 The Factory of Legends has been destroyed and rebuilt by Wonder what we’re after 🤔🛕 (#23).
As my growth was slower than expected, I decided to start my conversion on a smaller size. I didn't want to get stuck behind other efficient converters. After several days, I was getting close to a hit, but several scary converters like "Bismark the terror of the seas" popped up ahead of me.
Rising the ranks
I made my first hit Day 33.
2020-12-13 07:02:23 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 135 land from Hellfire (#8). 61 prestige
With several big converters entering the stage and two explorers attempting to run away, I was hoping to stay under the radar for a while. Realm 24 and realm 28 decided to burn down Bismark's impressive castle and realm 16 fireballed both explorers to a crisp. With excellent support from my realmies, I managed to get a hit about every 36 hours. We tried to focus on high prestige targets to boost my efficiency even more. I also took very low casualties as a large portion of my military was made up of Spirit Warriors.
2020-12-14 22:58:55 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 145 land from Adawadt (#11). 157 prestige 2020-12-16 02:12:31 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 159 land from Druids On STEROID (#3). 65 prestige 2020-12-16 14:03:01 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 168 land from Kyo Kusanagi (#13). 46 prestige 2020-12-18 11:31:50 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 184 land from ⛓ Porthos ⛓ (#14). 86 prestige 2020-12-20 00:59:10 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 192 land from 🛡️ D'Artagnan 🛡️ (#14). 99 prestige 2020-12-21 10:59:41 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 239 land from èn garde (#29). 38 prestige
We started to draw attention and I was getting worried people would try to slow me down with black ops. Strangely enough, our nemesis (realm 23) declared war on us yet again.
2020-12-21 1:17:52 Barely active inc (#23) has declared WAR on The wonder of charity (#18).
They still had the Factory of Legends. Maybe we would be able to take it from them? No, I think #16 saw that 23 was basically handing us Factory again so they declared war on #23 and cycloned it back to neutral space in a breeze. Mikey, his Orc finish being dead, decided to go all out on the factory. Between him and a timely appearance by Winter (who was fairly inactive at this point with his own quick convert failing) they were able to get me the Factory at the most perfect time.
Meanwhile I made sure I had enough docks to prevent a sinking campaign; however, even as a Dark Elf I would not be safe from getting fireballed by realm #16. It was important to get some of them out of my range as soon as possible. We kept a close eye on the biggest threats in #16. I had a target lined up, but it appeared I could hit one of the dark elfs in #16 too. We had a discussion about whether we should poke the bear. Mulla had a compelling argument to do so: "Poke the nest, just like in a game of poker when you have the strongest hand then be aggressive. You haven't folded those shite hands for all that time to not shit on the pot when you have pocket aces."
I had to stay home for a bit to cover our Liege Lord from Tyrion Lannister. I was getting very tired and about to fall asleep. Therefore, we decided not to wait any longer and hit the Dark Elf in #16 just before The Liege Lord was home. Unfortunately, I was on my mobile and made the hit a few seconds early. It proved to be a very costly mistake:
2020-12-23 01:59:56 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 240 land from Florin City (#16). 157 prestige 2020-12-23 02:00:02 Tyrion Lannister (#24) invaded fellow dominion The Liege Lord (#18) and captured 249 land.
Though the timestamp read’s after the hour, Tyrion's hit was actually made in the same hour as my hit. I could not retaliate and he landed his hit one second before Mulla’s troops were home safe. One of the many brilliant plays made by Tyrion Lannister this round. He really played great. This resulted in a bad night's sleep. But, when I woke up, I noticed Bismark had found himself a juicy target too. Although I didn't expect to, I appeared to be able to hit him safely. It would be amazing if I could use this opportunity to catch up to Tyrion and Daenerys. This time, I wanted to make sure they wouldn't be able to follow up on my hit in the same hour. I was tense and waited for the very last second of the hour to press invade.
The attack was successful. I went to the Town Crier and much to my surprise, Daenerys had still followed up on my attack:
2020-12-23 14:00:00 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 328 land from Bismark the terror of the seas 🚢 (#9). 80 prestige 2020-12-23 14:00:06 Daenerys Targaryen (#24) invaded Bismark the terror of the seas 🚢 (#9) and captured 288 land.
This couldn't have been in the same hour, could it? Did I make yet another mistake in my timing? We took a barracks spy fearing the worst, and... he missed the tick this time.
With the factory of legends back in our possession, I had been able to construct a lot to negate my wizard guild drop. But would it be enough for another back-to-back hit on Daenerys and still be safe from a potentional suicide from Tyrion? After we calced it out, I pulled the trigger:
2020-12-24 01:59:55 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 380 land from Daenerys Targaryen (#24). 163 prestige
A few hours later, Daenerys got even more unlucky and got suicided on by "This is the Way". The factory had allowed me to keep building wizard guilds at a crazy rate and I was able to make one more sequential hit:
2020-12-24 21:59:52 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 367 land from Daenerys Targaryen (#24). 136 prestige
All this land took a while to build, but thanks to the Factory I saved about 2.5M plat here on construction costs. After all was constructed I was over 90k peasants and 300k income. It was time to go after the explorers. When I was recouped and thought we could maybe catch the Exploring Goblin out front, we declared war. I pumped Adepts and Swordsmen for a hit on the goblin when war went active. The goblin looked asleep so we thought we might catch him before he had a chance to train his shaman; he had fools gold active and 4.4k draftees waiting. Turns out the goblin noticed just in time and was able to train shaman. We came within 8k Offense to break him, or less than 6k if I released my spies to draftees. Had he slept just one more hour, we would have had him.
Instead we hit smaller and outgrew the explorers. Philidor popped into range with good prestige and land types so we hit him all in:
2020-12-28 11:59:30 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 345 land from Philidor Defense (#19). 157 prestige
We had two choices at the end of the round for another hit. Tyrion and an Icekin, I love it when a plan comes together #25. The icekin was an easier target but a bit smaller, less prestige and worse land types. So I decided to hit Tyrion since he smacked Mulla earlier. In hindsight I felt bad about this hit since it was largely unnecessary and Tyrion had performed the round extremely well.
2020-12-30 02:59:09 Victorious on the battlefield, Dr. Awkward (#18) conquered 383 land from Tyrion Lannister (#24). 151 prestige
We thought maybe with the prestige from this hit and a potential mod push we could catch another explorer for a hit on the last day but that never came to fruition.
Mulla, Slz, Virchue, Mikey, itake & Winter, thanks for a great round.
Dr Awkwards' stats
Status Screen Overview Ruler: Otto Race: Dark Elf Land: 8,598 Peasants: 48,679 Employment: 100.00% Networth: 1,761,572 Prestige: 2,306 Resources Platinum: 1,773,814 Food: 177,130 Lumber: 75,294 Mana: 125,641 Ore: 343,782 Gems: 241,416 Research Points: 1,738 Boats: 4,991 Military Morale: 100% Draftees: 4,610 Swordsman: 43,572 Gargoyle: 0 Adept: 70,863 Spirit Warrior: 28,807 Spies: 1,232 Wizards: 0 Archmages: 0
Construction Advisor Building Type Constructed With incoming Home 550 (6.40%) 550 (6.40%) Alchemy 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Farm 280 (3.26%) 280 (3.26%) Smithy 918 (10.68%) 918 (10.68%) Masonry 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Ore Mine 200 (2.33%) 200 (2.33%) Gryphon Nest 233 (2.71%) 233 (2.71%) Tower 289 (3.36%) 289 (3.36%) Wizard Guild 3,384 (39.36%) 3,384 (39.36%) Temple 673 (7.83%) 673 (7.83%) Diamond Mine 685 (7.97%) 685 (7.97%) School 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Lumberyard 80 (0.93%) 80 (0.93%) Forest Haven 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Factory 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Guard Tower 514 (5.98%) 514 (5.98%) Shrine 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Barracks 0 (0.00%) 0 (0.00%) Dock 300 (3.49%) 300 (3.49%) Total 8,106 (94.28%) 8,106 (94.28%)
Science +4.80% platinum production 9,439,014 Keep +16.47% max population 27,390,917 Towers +3.37% wizard power, mana production, spell damage reduction 3,031,025 Forges +8.92% offensive power 22,760,696 Walls +8.81% defensive power 22,433,656 Harbor +5.34% food production, +10.68% boat production & protection 6,167,846
Granaries +2.5% food production Planar Emissaries +7.5% mana production Aquaponics +7.5% food production, -10% enemy fireball damage Midas's Bargain +2.5% platinum production Master of Efficiency -2% military training cost Explorer's Instinct -5% exploring platinum cost Sneaky Spies +10% resources gained from theft, -10% spy losses on failed operations Mana Pools -10% cost of spells Banker's Friend +10% better exchange rates Prefabrication -5% construction platinum cost Miser's Grasp -20% resources lost to theft Sleeper Agents +1% maximum population, -12.5% spy losses on failed operations Pastoral Planner +1.5% maximum population Preservationist -25% food decay, -25% lumber rot, -25% mana drain Explorer's Intuition -5% exploring platinum cost Architect's Touch -2.5% construction platinum cost Ancient Mines +2.5% gem production Dark Artistry +2 spy strength per hour, +2 wizard strength per hour Maelstrom +15% cyclone damage Arcane Bloodlines -5% cost of spies, -15% cost of wizards Trick of the Light Fool's Gold protects ore/lumber Opulence +2.5% gem production, +7.5% ore production Midas's Fountain +5% platinum production Master of Strategy -2% military training cost Architect's Flourish -7.5% construction platinum cost Wizard Nexus +1 wizard strength per hour Master of Resources -2% military training cost Avatar of Ares +2.5% offensive power, +7.5% wizard power Master of Discipline -2% military training cost Visionary Expansionist +1% maximum population, +15% population growth Ross' Benevolence -1% platinum tax from Royal Guard Urban Planner +1.5% maximum population Jeweller's Delight +2.5% gem production, -5% cost of self spells Carpenter's Expertise -5% construction platinum cost, -5% construction lumber cost Surveyor's Sense -12.5% rezoning platinum cost Survivalist Mentality +5% fewer casualties, +5% increased prestige gains Reinforced Bulwarks +30% bonus to harbor investment, +30% bonus to towers investment Military Culture +10% increased prestige gains Wavehacker +5 boat capacity, +5% fewer casualties Ares' Favor +2.5% offensive power Spy Network +1 spy strength per hour Bunk Beds +2 barracks housing Centralized Intelligence -15% cost of spies, -5% cost of wizards Carpenter's Knowhow -2.5% construction platinum cost Surveyor's Insight -7.5% rezoning platinum cost Battle Tactics +5% fewer casualties