Y'all best count your lucky starts 'cause you're getting another
highly-anticipated best-of-11 challenge series! While Nauzhror vs. Phobos (https://www.warzone.com/Forum/550812
) has entered a hiatus with Nauzhror up 2-0, we'll get a best-of-11 series between Nauzhror and sanmu the shamu to follow up on the battle of words that we saw in the MASTER recruitment thread (https://www.warzone.com/Forum/540130-master?Offset=125
). Nauz and sanmu will face off on 6-11 games of Small Earth 1 Wasteland (0 armies stand guard, QM-style template), with 3 day boot (can be modified at both players' discretion).This isn't the undercard. It's the main event!
Two drastically different players clash... a Medium Earth-focused competitive generalist and a Small Earth specialist born of the Quickmatch casual scene. Is Small Earth straightforward enough that the Medium Earth competitive player will have no trouble figuring it out with the benefit of Multi-Day and crushing sanmu on his home turf? Or does Small Earth require its own set of skills, which sanmu has spent the last half year building, that Nauz just won't be able to keep up with?You predict!
Here's the prediction template:
We need analysts!
Does Small Earth have strategic merit?
Do Small Earth casual specialists deserve more respect?
Can Nauzhror, who's played little Small Earth outside forced Quickmatches, figure the whole template out?
If sanmu beats Nauz, will that prove anything? If Nauz beats sanmu, will that prove anything?
Will this challenge run its course?
Who will achieve their dreams first- Nauz of getting a 1v1 Ladder gold trophy or sanmu of having the Korea clan dominate the QM SE leaderboard?
Will sanmu eventually be a top player in the competitive scene?
Who would you rather have on your Clan Wars team?
Who will win this challenge?
What will be the final score?
We need players willing to analyze the games as they happen. Since Small Earth picks are not that complicated (there's usually one set of "correct" picks), we will not be rating picks. Feel free to analyze games as you see them!The Games
- sanmu wins!
- sanmu wins!
About The ContendersMaster Nauzhror - the Blunt Old-Timer from Michigan
On one side, we have Nauzhror
), aka Johnny Silverhand
). Nauzhror emigrated to Warzone (then Warlight) in November 2012 from Tribal Wars. Since then he has been on a legendary quest to earn a gold trophy- he's come close, with several accounts he's made over the years, mainly for ladder runs (https://www.warzone.com/Profile?p=2529731725
, and https://www.warzone.com/Profile?p=9520447453
are just the tip of the iceberg). If you run into a curt, blunt, analytical player on Medium Earth or Modified Medium Earth playing from Michigan and they play pretty well but not at an elite level, chances are it's Nauzhror. If you do something wrong, he'll almost certainly tell you- and if you ask him for help, he'll go well above and beyond to coach you. Nauzhror is considered somewhat of a Modified Medium Earth and Medium Earth specialist- at least, Nauz plays those maps quite often. Nauz also loves keeping statistics on his performance. Ask him what his win rate is against the last 40 players he's faced with a gold trophy. He can tell you!Trivia about Nauzhror:
Nauz even made a clan in 2014 that states his philosophy (https://www.warzone.com/Clans/?ID=96
Inspirational Dissatisfaction is the philosophy of never being satisfied with things as they are, and using that dissatisfaction as inspiration to change them.
Speaking of dissatisfaction, Nauz on his accounts just breezes through Small Earth. Nauz has never stuck around to specialize in Small Earth, like many others have. In the ongoing seasonal, Nauz left after going 3-2 in his first 5 games and is currently unranked with a rating of 1941 (https://www.warzone.com/LadderTeam?LadderTeamID=27316
). Nauz somewhat scorns Small Earth:
Small Earth is nothing but a luck-heavy early map that newbies learn to play as baby's first map. It's too small to allow much counter-play, having an early lead in it is nearly a guaranteed win unless you screw up hard, which makes it decided by picks, and with there being so few picks available, players often make identical picks, which results in first pick luck deciding who wins.M'Hunter sanmu - the Breakout Casual from Californiasanmu the shamu
) was born in Small Earth. He lives in Small Earth, breathes Small Earth, and has almost only known Small Earth, although since joining M'Hunters recently he has started to branch out into other templates like Strategic Modified Medium Earth. Unlike Nauz, who has been on Warzone since 2012, sanmu has only been on this site since August of last year. Last August, when I was leveling up my alts, I ran into him all the time and scored a bunch wins off of him (e.g. https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=23690496
). He was just someone I'd always run into, because he was always playing SE.
Since then he's improved drastically
and is now near the top of the casual scene for Small Earth although he doesn't yet play the template optimally. For these past 9 months, sanmu the shamu has been playing a bunch and growing as a casual, Small Earth-focused player. While Nauzhror is almost as old as the competitive scene and gates the top tier of competitive conventional play, sanmu is a relatively new, active casual player who gates the top tier of the casual Small Earth scene.Trivia about sanmu the shamu:
sanmu has been working to make the Republic of Korea clan (https://www.warzone.com/Clans/?ID=450
hub for the competitive Small Earth scene. If you run into him on QM SE and play well, he'll mention this to you and try to recruit you (https://www.warzone.com/MultiPlayer?GameID=26865021
). One of his goals is for the top 10 on QM SEAD to all be from the Korea clan.
Unlike Nauz, sanmu really digs Small Earth and consequently he's currently ranked 84th on the ongoing SE1W season with a rating of 2686 (https://www.warzone.com/LadderTeam?LadderTeamID=27379
Edited 6/10/2021 17:58:14