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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/10/2019 21:26:19

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Season XXXV is drawing to a close, so it is time for us to start thinking about the template on which we will play Season XXXVI.

The template will be selected following the same process used in the past three seasons. As a reminder, this process is broken into three phases as detailed below.
Phase 1 - The community can nominate templates for the seasonal.
Phase 2 - The template panel will prune the submissions down to a small number.
Phase 3 - Anyone who has completed all 20 games in any one of the last 3 seasonals (Season XXXIII onwards) will be allowed to vote (no alts). We will resolve votes using the Dowdall system- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count#Dowdall_system_(Nauru)

Please consider the following while submitting templates in Phase 1:
  • Quality of template
  • Finish in a reasonable amount of time
  • Diversity of settings (WR/SR, MA, fog levels, armies per territory, income cap etc.)
  • Diversity of maps
  • Diversity across seasons (i.e. don't repeat previous seasons)
Deadlines
Phase 1 - 19th April 2019
Phase 2 - 29th April 2019
Phase 3 - 2nd May 2019

There are nearly two weeks until the template submission deadline, so if you are working on a template or have a new and largely unplayed template that you would like to submit make sure you have tested it extensively with many test games, ideally with players who have experience creating or testing strategic templates, as those are the types of people that make up the template panel. For new templates it might also help your case to post multiple several games to help the panel get a better sense of how the template plays.

Let's pick a great template for Season XXXVI. I hope everyone participates in this process and we can have a good season! Please nominate templates on this thread by providing a link to a finished game with the exact settings.
Thread for Season XXXV
https://www.warzone.com/Forum/327381-season-xxxv-template-selection
Phase 1
The community has nominated these templates:
  • Tic-tac-toe reverse income
  • Timid Lands
  • Discovery 2
  • Phobia 0% SR
  • British Raj
  • Buccaneers
  • Olympus Cat Fight
  • Lombardy Swap
  • Gotham City
  • Greater Middle East III


Edited 4/22/2019 18:11:43
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/10/2019 21:48:23


Sephiroth
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Tic-Tac-Toe reverse income
https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=11013437

Edited 4/10/2019 22:48:48
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/10/2019 21:56:52


Timinator • apex 
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Timid Lands
https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18020778

Edited 4/11/2019 06:25:02
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/10/2019 22:36:47

Seasonal Template Curator 
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@timi, seph, can you attach a name to the template submissions? It makes it easier for me to process them.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/10/2019 23:30:35


Checkmqte
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Have we done any of the discovery templates in a seasonal yet? Discovery 2 is pretty fun: https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18182677
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/11/2019 01:53:28

Rento 
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/11/2019 06:03:07


Njord 
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/11/2019 18:09:14


DanWL 
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/12/2019 04:44:04


Cowboy 
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Olympus Cat Fight 2 (0% WR)
https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18372337

Edited 4/13/2019 03:26:25
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/12/2019 08:25:40


krunx 
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/12/2019 12:38:13


Cowboy 
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Check the template beren. It's not the same cat fight.
If someone is better at names than me, please suggest.

Edited the name a bit. Thanks rento.

Edited 4/12/2019 13:23:17
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/12/2019 14:21:48


Lionheart
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/15/2019 00:24:59


machine-washed bliss
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gotham sounds good lionheart
Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/19/2019 19:57:50


Rufus 
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Season XXXVI Template selection: 4/22/2019 18:11:15

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Sorry for the delay. Phase 1 is now over. The panel is looking over the templates. Thanks to everyone who submitted a template. Phase 2 will be extended to account for the late closing of Phase 1 until The 29th of April.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 11:29:02


DanWL 
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Phase 2 is running a bit overdue... about how long left for template panel to decide?
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 13:07:47


Rufus 
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Today we will enter the last phase.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 18:41:55

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The community can vote on the seasonal template (Phase 3) from the list below:

British Raj         https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=15001534
Olympus Cat Fight   https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18372337
Timid Lands         https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18020778

As mentioned earlier, we will be using the Dowdall system to resolve votes. Anyone who has completed all 20 games in any one of the last three seasonals (Season XXXIII onwards) is eligible to vote. Please order all the templates as per your preference (1 is most preferred, 4 is least). If you don't list all of the templates, your vote will be ignored. Also include a valid link to your ladder team's games page. Make sure to link the ladder games page not the team page, as this makes it easier to verify that 20 games were played.
Voting will close on Sunday, May 5th, 2019.
All votes will be made public after the voting closes.
Votes can be submitted by sending a Warzone Mail to this account. Do not edit your message after the deadline or it may be ignored.

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Subject: Season XXXVI Template Votes

1 British Raj
2 Olympus Cat Fight
3 Timid Lands

https://www.warzone.com/LadderGames?ID=4065&LadderTeamID=20957

For transparency and to provide feedback and guidance to those who created or submitted templates for this season, we are providing the general reasons why each of the excluded templates was not chosen.
  • Buccaneers 0% WR: The map is rather large for a 1v1, especially in WR where expansion is slower. This can lead to games being too long.
  • Discovery 2: Since the previous season featured a vanilla 0% SR template (and in fact 2 of the past 3 did), we decided to avoid such templates for this season.
  • Gotham City: The primary objection to this template boils down to the cards. There are too many and it leads to messy situations. The emergency blockade card in particular drew significant criticism. Some other voices suggested that we had an INSS template too recently (Season XXXII).
  • Greater Middle East III: See Discovery 2
  • Lombardy Swap: Mods are not currently supported for the seasonal ladder
  • Phobia 0% SR: See Discovery 2
  • Tic-tac-toe reverse income: This template in particular with random move order and WR is not remotely strategic.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 21:02:36


Cowboy 
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WR guaranteed season, nice.

Edited 5/2/2019 21:06:15
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 22:51:06

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A good number of people have submitted votes incorrectly. Please make sure you link your ladder games page not your ladder team page. Your vote will not count unless you submit your vote correctly.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/2/2019 23:07:07


DanWL 
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I don’t see how map size is an issue considering the extra armies per territories, negative sanctions and the ships. All test games that I played (20) lasted between 2-12 turns, 7-12 being the average.
All the other games linked here took practically the same number of turns to complete as this.
The template also uses light fog, so it’s generally clear when the game is decided. Generally as opponents playing cards is not visible.
If ladder position manipulation strategies (such as stalling) are official rules, it would be very clear to see who’s stalling while the game is still underway.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/3/2019 06:20:59


Cowboy 
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That just makes it worse. High income templates come down to predictions on where and where not to stack. Imo the template needs two things

No extra armies per territory
4-6 picks to better cover the map (5 is what I was thinking.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/3/2019 08:45:59


Timinator • apex 
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Plus it has bomb-cards.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 05:01:27

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A big thanks to everyone who voted. We used the Dowdall system to resolve votes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borda_count#Dowdall_system_(Nauru)

The next seasonal template will be Timid Lands.
Example game - https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=18020778

Olympus Cat Fight was a distant second, with British Raj bringing up the rear.

If your vote appears to have been counted incorrectly or if it wasn't counted and you think it should have been, please let us know by posting in this thread in the next 24 hours. You can view all the votes here - http://bit.ly/2vmhRH8

Results:
Timid Lands            11.17
Olympus Cat Fight       9.50a
British Raj             8.67


Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 05:09:54


ʧillynamenace
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Wow, not many votes...
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 18:43:31


Cowboy 
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Ok, since Raj has been not selected for every season since we started voting, can it stop being selected for voting.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 20:46:35


Lionheart
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Rip Gotham :(
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 20:49:27


DanWL 
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Surprised how Gotham fell into cards and not map size too large when template panel decided... both Gotham and Buccaneers have about the same map size....
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 21:18:24

Meldarion
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I mean buccaneers has 3 picks on a pretty huge map, gotham has 7 picks + INSS system which makes the size less of an issue, in addition buccaneers is WR which can make expansion even slower.
Season XXXVI Template selection: 5/6/2019 21:51:29


Viking1007
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British Raj is obviously best. :)
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