The Start of the S8.com Endgame

The World Wonder Villages have appeared on S8.com, and the final wars are about to be waged. Four different Meta alliances have grabbed World Wonders and one (or possibly more) of them will eventually end up in the Travian Hall of Champions. This is the first ever S8.com endgame, the server first started on October 17th, 2008. S8.com will be the second to last of the  .com server to finish using Travian 3.0 (the last one will be S6).

The Alliances:

PTT: The Pan-Travian Tyrants. They conquered 5 World Wonder villages and they seemed to have the best organization when doing so. Many people are calling them the favourite to win, but it’s a long way until we’ll find out whether or not they’re right. They have 10 about 15 wings in addition to their World Wonder holder alliance. They’re also Confeds with Apeiron, another Meta that’s holding World Wonders. PTT dominates the SE Quadrant of the Server 8 map.

LEGO: LEGO holds four World Wonders and control much of the Southwestern quadrant. They boast 16 wings of their own, and are also confederates with a Meta called MOOSE, which claims to have another 20 wings. Keeping their World Wonder supplied and defended shouldn’t be too hard for them if they’re well managed. They also have a key ally in the Northeast, the alliance known as Ares (ranked 7th overall)

Apeiron: Apeiron holds 3 World Wonders. As I mentioned earlier, they’re allied with PTT and it’s likely they’ll work together, and it’s possible they’ll be willing to share a victory. Apeiron and LEGO seem to share a mutual dislike for one another so expect to see some intense battles between the two as the game comes to a close. Apeiron is mainly based in the Northwest and has 11 wings. The word Apeiron is Greek for unlimited or infinite.

SBD: Silent but Deadly holds only one World Wonder and are therefore considered a longshot to win. They’re based in the Northeast and seem to have 12 wings, though I suspect there’s more that they’re not showing. It should be noted that the #1 and #2 alliances on the server are a part of this Meta.

Some other important details are that one of PTT’s World Wonders is in the far NorthEast, far away from the rest of their World Wonders and from the bulk of their players. It will be interesting to see how how they supply and support that World Wonder, and how other alliances treat it.

Also, the top alliances in the Silent But Deadly team currently have Non-Aggression Pacts with Apeiron and PTT. I wonder how they feel about PTT grabbing that Wonder so far in the Northeast though?

The Discussion: Out of all the servers I’ve covered, the S8.com forums on Travian.com is the best for when it comes to having in-depth information posted about the endgame and the alliances that are in it (not that S3.com and S5.com were bad by any means). That’s one of the reasons I’m particularly excited about this endgame, it looks like the forums will be packed full with lots of news, information, and analysis, which I will highlight the best of on this site. In particular, I’d like to highlight these three threads:

World Wonder Discussion Thread: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=124849

Definitely worth reading for the first two posts alone, which include a captioned map of the World Wonder locations. Check it out:

WW location Map!

The numbers correspond to the numbers given to the World Wonders on the WW standings screen. I’ll be reusing this map often during my S8 endgame coverage I’m sure. It will be interesting to see if the Wonders that are farther from the center have an have an advantage.

How Balanced is this Server: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=124875

This was posted by an anti-LEGO player, so the tone of the post may be a little biased, but there’s a great history of the server in the opening paragraph, before some analysis of the sizes of the warring alliances.

Most players on this server are aware that the LEGO-Apeion war has turned things around on this server. Apeiron and LEGO started fighting, and then a “-” player participated in the attacks against LEGO, which led LEGO to confederate with ARES (ARES and their NE allies constitute around half of the NE quad*). As a reaction, Apeiron entered into confederation with PTT (i.e. PTT represents the SE quad). Eventually, LEGO allied with smaller alliances such as BGD and WarriorA/X. Apeiron ended up having NAPs with Hype/-/sin.

Read the 5th post in the thread for the rebuttal.  (I should state that is the name of an alliance, in case anyone is confused. I hate it when alliances use names like that).

WW Race – An Outsider’s Journal: http://forum.travian.com/showthread.php?t=125113

A thread that takes a look at the first few days of the endgame and the seizing of the Natar villages. Quote:

Day 1: The Natars are released and within hrs PTT scores the points by grabbing most of the available WW villages. It helps of course that 4 of the WW villages were spawned at the SE quad!

Day 2: LEGO captures 4 villages, but in a single stroke of genius ops they 0 pop one WW village in the middle of apeiron territory! The village changes 5 times hands between apeiron and LEGO before it ends in apeiron hands totally destroyed. Apeiron captures 2 of the WW villages and the NE quad captures 1. The count now is:

PTT 5
LEGO 4
Apeiron 3
SBD( NE quad) 1

Day 3 and 4: Bitter fighting between Apeiron-PTT and LEGO : 1 PTT WW holder tops up the defence stats, followed by three LEGO WW holders. In the mean time the area around (-334|23) WW village becomes very volatile. New villages are spawned and destroyed within hrs and the map changes constantly. The same goes for thee area around (148|304) WW village. It appears these two areas will be the most interesting in the coming days. Will LEGO and PTT protect their WW villages from the contenders or they will buckle and fail?!

Summary of the first 4 days: PTT is in the strongest position as they showed excellent coordination and rapidly took the majority of WW villages. LEGO played smartly by destroying the WW village of apeiron catching them off guard, and capturing 4 WW villages. Apeiron had the poorest performance as they captured 2 WW villages, practically lost 1 village which was zero popped, ending finally with 3 WW villages one of which in a bad shape. SBD representing most NE quad but ARES secured 1 village and remained outside the bitter fighting.

Predictions: PTT is in pole position, followed by LEGO. Apeiron might resurface but their performance in the first days raises serious questions as to how well managed is the meta. SBD is the clear outsider but they may pack the largest hammer on the server, hence one should never underestimate them. On the event that PTT-Apeiron-SBD are part of the same meta then altogether they control 9 WW villages and the game is over for LEGO. Else It will be an open race between PTTand LEGO with apeiron and SBD controlling the outcome depending on how and where they will use their hammers

I’ll end this post by putting up a map of my own. This is a map that shows where each of the massive meta-alliances are based, to give you some idea of where their powerbases are. Note that is map is not comprehensive, it does not include ALL of the wings of each alliance, I just wanted to make it to give a general idea of how they are arranged.

Red = PTT and Apeiron. PTT in in the SE, Apeiron in the NW

Green= LEGO (includes Ares in the Northeast)

Blue = Silent but Deadly

Alliances Map Aug 20th

UPDATE: I incorrectly stated that PTT had 10 wings. They definitely have more than that, so I’ve made a correction in their alliance description.

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One Response

  1. hi, just wondering…are you interested in going beyond endgame and start posts on mid-game (then is when Neo starts to dominate….)

    also, i have account from comx. wondering if you will be doing any posts from there?

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