Travian Champions Best of 2009 Awards – part 1

I wanted to post these a few days ago, but things got really busy for me so I wasn’t able to until now.

Still, better late than never, and I want to make this into an annual tradition.

I’m going to be announcing award winners for the following, selecting the best of Travian in 2009. The award categories are:

-Best Alliance (Meta-alliance)

-Best Alliance (Single)

-Most Exciting Endgame (awarded to all players who competed, not just the winners)

-Best Runners-Up (For the best alliance that didn’t win a server but were very impressive in their efforts)

– Attacker of the Year (Strictly based on number of kills)

– Defender of the Year (Strictly based on number on kills)

– Largest Player of the Year (Strictly based on number of cities/population at the end of the server)

Before I announce my picks for the awards, let me explain the criteria that I’m following. As Travian.com is widely regarded as the domain with the highest overall skill level of play, I’m only selecting alliances and events from those servers to be eligible. That’s not to say there aren’t great players on other Travian domains like Travian.us or Travian.com.au, but the competition that players face on those servers just isn’t as tough as that on Travian.com.

Only Servers that ended in 2009 are eligible. All currently active servers will be eligible for the 2010 awards. I apologize to players on S7.com which will be ending shortly, but it’s not fair to include servers that aren’t over yet in the running. You never know what’s going to happen.

I also want to state that this year’s selections are a little bit incomplete, because I only really started tracking things with S4.com, which ended in June. But with that being said, the winners in each of the categories where I make the selection are so unique that I’m reasonably sure that they would have won anyway if the whole year had been considered. But there definitely would have been some additional honorable mentions if I had been following things the whole year.

For the awards that are strictly based on numbers, the entire year was looked at.

As this is the first year I’m doing this, it will undoubtedly be a little rough around the edges, so bear with me. As I said, I hope to make this into an annual event where the best of the best from Travian can be honored. I’m sure the 2010 year end awards will be a marked improvement over this.

Without any further Adieu, let me present the first winner.

Alliance of the Year (Meta-Alliance):

U-EnD (winners of S5.com)

Every game of Travian has great players and great alliances, but only a few can be considered the most dominant Alliance of all time. U-EnD is certainly the most dominate alliance seen since the start of Travian Champions, and I think they will be the alliance that every other great alliance is compared to going forward. Already, I’ve seen them talked about on the various Travian message boards around the world. The expression “our alliance is going to be the next U-EnD” has been used several times by boisterous alliances at the start of several endgames. But I don’t think we’ll see another U-EnD in a long time.

U-EnD was the first alliance ever (as far as we know) to hold all 13 World Wonders at the end of the game. But inevitably, there are some people who look at this accomplishment and assume they got it the easy way. They assume that they allied the entire server, or that they didn’t have any quality competition. Those people are wrong. Let me state, once and for all, they earned it the hard way. They were smaller in size than most of the other winning Meta Alliances. They were outnumbered in total number of players by their competition throughout the server, including during the endgame. They faced good competition from other players and alliances throughout the server but were able to take them apart by out strategizing and outplaying them. There was nothing easy or lazy about U-EnD’s win, and they were tracking down their opponents big armies and assaulting the other side’s key players up until the final days of the server.

Honourable Mentions

If it wasn’t for U-End, there definitely would have been a lot of alliances in the running for Best Alliance of 2009.

Ap.PTT from Server 8 won a close Endgame that had a lot of twists and turns, and I believe it was the longest Endgame of the year. They were the favourites going into the Endgame, but they earned their way there and they had to be extremely well-organized to take on everything SBD and LEGO could throw at them. In an Endgame that kept you guessing, you have to give them a lot of credit for their ability to keep a level head and handle everything in a calm, disciplined matter. Looking back on that server now and comparing it to others from 2009, I think Ap.PTT was the Meta-alliance that had the best mental strength.

The winning Meta Alliance from Server 4, which included Love Machine, Legion, WAR, and X, was also impressively dominant over a decently organized foe, but it was clear that they were the much better team. They were well organized and had some of the best attackers and one of the best defended World Wonders of the year. There was some disputes over their size – LM and Legion dominated each dominated a Southern Quadrant, and WAR took up a huge chunk of the Northeast, but you still have to give them credit for their organization, discipline, and how well they played. Setting aside their size advantage, their skills alone of are enough to make them one of the best.

Both of the above alliances would surely have given U-EnD a run for its money if they had been paired against one another. And there are few alliances you can say that about.

I’ll be talking more about the winners of Server 3 in my next post (not to spoil the winners of the next award or anything…) but WAR-FWH deserves an honorable mention as well, and you’ll get to read all about why once my next post is finished.

PFF&TLL, the winners of the most recently finished Speed Server, were also top notch and really played great.

Next: The award for Best Alliance (Single) and the Most Exciting Endgame of 2009!

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