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zakatan



Joined: May 17, 2008

Post   Posted: Nov 08, 2017 - 18:40 Reply with quote Back to top

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The Blackbox Steel Gauntlet is a yearly competition that promotes play and diversity in the Box. It was first suggested by JakeSteel.

Each coach joins with a squad of 5 teams that can play up to 40 games each. Wins and ties earn points, as well as being the best team in a particular race.

Prizes
Bragging rights for the overall champion as well as the racial champions. These can be backed with some of the trophies created for the occasion, on display below on this post.
For all the rest, hours of fun and the knowledge that you helped making the box a better place.

There is also an off-chance that JakeSteel will honour his promise of a £100 equivalent in any non-cash form of the winner's choosing prize.

Season length
Seasons are 1 year long.
Season 1 will finish by the end of September 2018.

How do I compete?
Select a squad of 5 unique teams from a budget of 9 pts (team costs below).
Create and name these 5 teams as necessary. Ensure all teams have 0 games played prior to entry.
Apply the squad to the BlackBox Trophy page: https://fumbbl.com/p/boxtrophy
Play games in the box, win games, boast heavily in thread.

Team Cost
0: Ogre, Goblin, Fling
1: Vamp, UW,
2: Human, Khemri, High Elf, Elven Union, Slann
3: Rest (max: 2)

Scoring (Only the first 40 games with each team count)
W = 1 pt
D = 0.5 pt
L = 0 pt

2.5 pts per leftover pt of budget (awarded on entry).
2.5 pts for each race's top coach (best record - awarded end of competition)

Rules
1) All entrants are obviously expected to abide by all Fumbbl and Blackbox rules.
2) Refusing to play a match once drawn in the scheduler may result in penalties or disqualification. A concession will usually lead to disqualification.
3) By entering you agree to have your running score published in weekly updates/leaderboard.
4) One entry per coach and once entered you cannot change/restart your squad.
5) Trashtalking fellow competitor’s decisions and results is highly encouraged - providing it stays within normal forum parameters.
6) Tiebreaker: Where scores are tied (for best racial record or overall victor) the winner is whoever achieved the score first.

Additional notes
You don't have to finish all 200 games to be eligible for victory - falling short just gives you less opportunities to acquire points.

Trophies

Steel Gauntlet Champion
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Top Goblin, Fling, Underworld, or Ogre steel gauntlet steel gauntlet steel gauntlet Top Elf or Slann
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Top Dwarf, Lizard, Human variety or Chaos flavored
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Synergies
Some teams mighy have a hard time finding games, specially those who got a beating in the early stages and are stuck below 1000TV. Remember that a good way to find games are the Box tournaments such as BlackBoxBrawl:

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The three biggest metagroups on FUMBBL are all box groups that overlap with this trophy challenge. Apply your eligible teams, and you can win some sprints and get some fluffy badges for a bunch of your teams while working on your Box Trophy teams over the next year.

Check them out, if you haven't!

For Slann, High Elf, Underworld, Vampire, Elven Union, Goblin, Ogre or Halfling, join ARR:
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For High Elf, Elven Union, Woodies or Dark Elves, join ELF:
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For Humans, join HLP:
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Sp00keh



Joined: Dec 06, 2011

Post   Posted: Nov 08, 2017 - 23:23 Reply with quote Back to top

in response to a query about stats in the other locked thread,

vampires (and khemri) have a surprisingly high win-rate in box during their first 40 games.
is this because they're only played by good coaches?

i found each coach's overall Box win% and draw%
then the box games by race to find race win% and draw%
then found the average of the coach's rates, for each race


the average win% for teams with less than 40 games played is 38.16%
the average win% for all coaches is 37.95%

the average win% for vampire teams with less than 40 games played is 37.46%
the average win% for coaches of those vampire teams is 40.25%

so vampires are 0.29% worse than average, and the coaches who play vampires are 2.78% better than average


CWin% here is the overall box win% for the coaches of the teams

Code:

Race           CWin%    Win%    diff
Lizardmen     41.48%   47.78%    6.295%
Chaos Dwarf   41.88%   44.27%    2.391%
Necromantic   41.70%   44.23%    2.532%
Amazon        38.36%   44.17%    5.817%
Wood Elf      41.38%   42.37%    0.989%
Elf           39.81%   42.16%    2.349%
Dark Elf      40.26%   41.92%    1.667%
Skaven        39.32%   40.51%    1.193%
Dwarf         37.66%   39.29%    1.633%
Khemri        39.44%   38.90%   -0.542%
Undead        36.77%   38.84%    2.072%
Vampire       40.25%   37.46%   -2.783%
Orc           36.95%   37.34%    0.394%
High Elf      37.85%   36.26%   -1.590%
Norse         33.19%   36.05%    2.860%
Human         36.63%   34.80%   -1.838%
Underworld    36.24%   33.02%   -3.218%
Chaos         34.78%   32.90%   -1.877%
Nurgle        35.20%   31.96%   -3.246%
Slann         37.05%   29.86%   -7.185%
Chaos Pact    33.35%   29.85%   -3.498%
Halfling      35.35%   27.19%   -8.163%
Goblin        30.69%   20.32%  -10.369%
Ogre          29.70%   13.09%  -16.614%
AVERAGE       37.95%   38.16%   


the average absolute difference between coach-win% and race-win% is 3.796%, greater than the vampire case.
so, vampires aren't particularly special.

generally there's a fairly clear relationship between coach win% and race win% - (coaches who play strong races win more than coaches who play weak races)

however, coach-win% sticks closer to the average than race-win% does, especially at the extremes:
lizard necro have high win rates but their coach's winrates aren't quite that high
goblins ogres have low winrates but their coaches winrates aren't quite that low
(coaches play more than one race)

vampires are mid-range, and they are bit of a spike in the midrange

actually undead and norse are the opposite, they're also mid-range but are coached by coaches who generally win less, but with undead/norse they do OK


the average absolute difference of the midrange (ignoring top4 and bottom4) is 2.21%


TLDR vampires are coached by slightly better than average coaches.. they have a slightly higher skillcap?
KhorneliusPraxx



Joined: Jul 28, 2005

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 14:23 Reply with quote Back to top

Does JakeSteel even know what he started?

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Gartch



Joined: Sep 07, 2012

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 14:28 Reply with quote Back to top

The BlackBox trophy page
https://fumbbl.com/p/boxtrophy
does not load for me on chrome.
It's not a big deal as I can open the page on other browser, I just wanted to provide a feedback.
KhorneliusPraxx



Joined: Jul 28, 2005

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 14:33 Reply with quote Back to top

I only access it via Chrome and it always works fine. That has been my experience.

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Kondor



Joined: Apr 04, 2008

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 14:53 Reply with quote Back to top

Gartch wrote:
The BlackBox trophy page
https://fumbbl.com/p/boxtrophy
does not load for me on chrome.
It's not a big deal as I can open the page on other browser, I just wanted to provide a feedback.


There is something wrong. Christer will sort it out when he gets online.
zakatan



Joined: May 17, 2008

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 16:00 Reply with quote Back to top

KhorneliusPraxx wrote:
Does JakeSteel even know what he started?


Probably not

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Gartch



Joined: Sep 07, 2012

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 17:18 Reply with quote Back to top

@KorneliusPraxx and @Kondor:
thank you for your answers.
ritzi



Joined: Aug 11, 2007

Post   Posted: Nov 09, 2017 - 22:57 Reply with quote Back to top

In!

Fun with Infects - Nurgle
Fun with Mutants - Underworld
Mummys make the wourld goround - Khemri
Too big to succeed - Ogre
Unhappy but dead - Vampire
Rabe



Joined: Jun 06, 2009

Post   Posted: Nov 10, 2017 - 22:18 Reply with quote Back to top

Squad Rabe is ready as well:

Haus von Rabenfels
Notorious Trophy Stealers
Sandy Claws Inc
Steampunk FC
Natural Blackbox Winners

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Purplegoo



Joined: Mar 23, 2006

Post   Posted: Nov 12, 2017 - 11:56 Reply with quote Back to top

Since I read about this I've been thinking about the format, and I think it's pretty cool. I hope it grows legs, lasts through the 'season' and improves the division.

I've no chance of completing 200 games; I'd be surprised if I completed 20 in my current state of pseudo FUMBBL retirement. But I'll make a squad and endeavour to get involved at some level. Who knows, I might get addicted.

Good job, all involved! Smile
Christer



Joined: Aug 02, 2003

Post   Posted: Nov 12, 2017 - 11:58
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Gartch wrote:
The BlackBox trophy page
https://fumbbl.com/p/boxtrophy
does not load for me on chrome.
It's not a big deal as I can open the page on other browser, I just wanted to provide a feedback.


Several other people with the same problem had that corrected after clearing browser history.
Gartch



Joined: Sep 07, 2012

Post   Posted: Nov 12, 2017 - 12:27 Reply with quote Back to top

Christer wrote:
Gartch wrote:
The BlackBox trophy page
https://fumbbl.com/p/boxtrophy
does not load for me on chrome.
It's not a big deal as I can open the page on other browser, I just wanted to provide a feedback.


Several other people with the same problem had that corrected after clearing browser history.

It's working for me on chrome since yesterday (but I did not clear browser history)
Anyway thank for your help Wink
zakatan



Joined: May 17, 2008

Post   Posted: Nov 14, 2017 - 15:14 Reply with quote Back to top

added some trophies to the first post

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Arcayn



Joined: Oct 18, 2015

Post   Posted: Nov 21, 2017 - 05:26 Reply with quote Back to top

I'm in.

Arc's Elven Love Fraternity - Elven Union (2)
Arc's Fort Solace Griffins - Human (2)
Arc's Hoppington Leapers - Slann (2)
Arc's Li'l Ones - Halfling (0)
Arc's Lizard of the Month - Lizardmen (3)

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