Travian Champions Best of 2009 Awards – Part 2

Alliance of the Year (Single Alliance)

Loner (S3.com)

In every game of Travian, there are alliances that try to stand alone, to see how far they can make it without becoming an official wing of a larger group. There’s often talk on the forums or in game from alliances and players who want to remain independent from a bigger group to see how much they can achieve on their own. It always tickles ones imagination to see how large of an effect a single group of 60 players can have on the outcome of the game.

When you stop to think that Loner only had a third of that number of players, you realize that they raised the bar for everyone.

Loner from Server 3 (the Classic server) was only 21 players for most of its existence. If this group of 21 players wasn’t able to stay together and fight in the face of overwhelming odds, their side would not have been the victors. Loner seized one World Wonder, which turned out to be the winning one thanks to their hard work and never-say-die spirit. As a group of only 21 players, Loner was assumed to have almost no chance of being the winners by their opponents in the ART alliance, or almost anyone in their own Meta alliance, WAR-FWH.

Loner was formed when a meta-alliance named Elements broke up partway through Server 3. Elements had been allies with the Rangers Meta-alliance, but they ended up at war with one another, and most players from the Elements alliance either deleted or joined Rangers. Loner managed to stay on good terms with the other dominate Meta-alliances, ATCK and WAR-FWH. When Rangers joined with ATCK to become ART, Loner hooked up with WAR-FWH during the endgame, but were left mainly to their own devices and had to conquer, build, and defend their World Wonder by themselves for most of the endgame, until the unlikely scenario of Loner’s World Wonder being the winner came to light as the two evenly matched sides of WAR and ART fought each other to a stalemate.

No one would face the odds that Loner did by choice. Few would last until the end of the server, and most alliances in a similar situation would have broken up (I can say this from my own personal experience). And they just didn’t try to fly under the radar either. They finished the server ranked as the #1 Attackers and the #4 defenders out of all the alliances on the server. (NOTE: The largest player on the Server joined Loner when there was less than a week left as a sign of respect. I’m not sure if this would affect their overall standings, but if it did, they would still have finished somewhere in the top 3 Attackers and the top 6 defenders. Amazing for a group of only 21 players no matter how you look at it.)

Honourable Mentions

There are amazing single wing alliances in every round of Travian, and I can think of a number from Server 1, Server 4, and Server 8. If you played on those servers, you know who they are. But this was by far the easiest award to decide, no one even comes close to matching Loner’s amazing accomplishment on S3.com.

If Server 7 were eligible for these awards, then the alliance PS would surely be up for consideration, but as that endgame hasn’t ended yet they will instead be eligible for the 2010 awards. PS, with only one wing, grabbed the best artifacts in the Southwest, went to war with the dominate Meta-alliance in the Southwest, and managed to beat them despite being seriously outnumbered. Their skills are as close to legendary as you can get, and if one of the 2 World Wonders that they hold manages to be the winner on  S7.com, it will be difficult for any other single wing alliance to top their feats this year. I will definitely remember them when this award is decided for 2010!

Coming up next: The award for the Most Exciting Endgame of 2009!


Still to come: The awards for Runners-up of the Year, Attacker of the Year, Defender of the Year, and Biggest Player of the Year

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