Tournament

VODs now available for Team Burning vs. Promethean

If you missed the second exciting fixture of Clan Wars season one then fear not, for VODs of the event can now be found over on the Clan Wars matches page. The first match was fought on Promethean’s home system, while the second match was on Team Burning’s. Commentary is provided by WPMarshall and PAG_Clopse, and post-game interviews are included in both VODs.

Our next fixture is The Cult vs. Voices of War on the 11th October, so be sure to tune in!

Epic action kickstarts Clan Wars season 1

Clan Wars The Realm vs. PA Gods background

Yesterday the oldest and largest of the Planetary Annihilation clans, The Realm, faced off against a clan which only recruits from the top ten – PA Gods. It was always destined to be an epic confrontation, but proved to be one which pushed the game to its very limits. A clash of philosophies ensued, with PA Gods plotting four 1v1s on homogeneous moons, while The Realm had a far more diverse home system and a plan which relied on strong teamwork and outthinking their opponents.

PA Gods went in the favourites but it was The Realm who emerged victorious, grabbing four of the six possible points and taking an early lead in the league.

For those of you who weren’t able to join us to watch it live, the VODs are already being added to the Clan Wars match pages.

But we’re not stopping there, we have a long season ahead of us and plenty more games to come. On the 27th September Team Burning will face Promethean, and on the 11th October it is the turn of newcomers The Cult to tackle Voices of War. Keep checking back for more information and we hope to have you with us, watching the games and interviews as they happen.

Clan Wars opening game announced, but sign ups still open!

Clan Wars, the 4v4 clan league run by eXodus eSports, will be kicking off with one hell of an opening game: The Realm vs. PA Gods.

Watch as the largest and oldest of the Planetary Annihilation clans faces off against a clan which consists of six of the top ten ladder players. Will The Realm’s deep bench and experience in team games triumph, or will PA Gods raw talent prove too much? Does having the system designer from PACE help The Realm design a home system too tricky for their opponents, or will PA Gods prove to be as capable off moons as on them?

Be sure to tune in on the 13th September at 1800 UTC to find out!

If you want to take part then you still have time! Sign ups for season one will remain open until the 8th September. Clans both new and old are welcome to partake.

Explaining the Clopsey7 final build

There was a lot of confusion over the build used by the winner of the final match of Clopsey7. Thankfully the player behind it has chosen to explain in some detail his reasoning.

This article will contain spoilers as to the result of Clopsey7, so if you didn’t see it live and you’re waiting on the VODs read no further.

Ok, so the meta has evolved alot since the last time i posted on build orders and i wanted to explain game 3 against clopse because i saw on zaphods twitch chat alot of confused people. To do that I need to quickly explain all about build orders in this patch.

Build orders are characterized by the number of fabbers you build. If you build 1 fabber, you are doing this for the quick 4 factories + late 2nd fabber on pgens, which will help you snowball into the midgame. The 1 fabber build puts you up about 60% more material over a 3 fabber dox build (e.g. 80 dox to 50 dox) but starts evening out around 5 minutes or so – it is designed to give you barely enough metal to support your early factory spam. Keep this in mind as it will become relevant later on here.

If you build 3 fabbers, you are doing 2 on mex expand, 1 on pgens. This is your macro build, which means you are only doing 2 factories to start before sinking time into 3 pgens before your factory spam. This will outspend and eventually win against the 1 fabber build if you can defend early game. I already made a video on this build so if you’re still not sure what exactly i mean, you should probably watch it first at here. This build should also easily beat out any possible vehicle build with good control and awareness.

If you build 2 fabbers, you are going for 3 factory start before pgens. This is not a good build because it is not good at anything in particular. The advantage of having a third fabber on pgen like in the macro 3 fabber build is not worth trading out for the unit advantage you get from 3 factories vs 2. It is worth trading out for the unit advantage you get from 4 factories vs 2 however.

To get into explaining game 3 of the clopsey final, should start by stating that 1 fabber vehicle build is stronger than 1 fabber dox build. Why? Because the advantage of dox is to contain in the early game and outmacro the vehicle player. You cannot transition into an outmacro build from a 1 fabber bot build however. Not without seriously compromising your unit count (you will be spending time on pgens to get up +fabbers), which will lead to you getting overrun by tanks. 1 fabber dox is arguably the best against other dox builds, but is not good against 1 fabber vehicle builds. This is why I was confident in going vehicles against clopse because he did exactly that.

However, I was unlucky to be expanding towards clopse, which meant his dox reached my fabber just barely before it would usually have enough tanks guarding it to prevent exactly this kind of snipe. The 1 fabber vehicle build is still generally solid. Just defend your fabber and be confident in knowing that your opponent has exactly the same ammount of eco as you – you’re not behind. Wait for him to become impatient and make mistakes, then counter attack and win the game. For the vehicle doubters, just rewatch the game on zaphod’s twitch vod page and you will see that clopse should have been relatively the same metal income as me throughout the game.

TL;DR 1 fabber vehicles is favoured against 1 fabber bots. 3 fabber bots is favoured against 1 fabber vehicles. 1 fabber bots is favoured against 3 fabber bots. 0 fabber of anything is just cheese.

Elodea has previously written eXodus a guide on the superb opening he used in King of the Planet 9.

Clan Wars opens for sign ups

eXodus eSports is proud to announce Clan Wars, a 4v4 clan league starting in September. Fight both in your home system and in your opponents’. Test your teamwork and your ability to consistently perform over the course of a season. Sign-up in numbers and bring the best people to counter your opponents plans. Scout their systems and make your play.

Who will emerge as top dog among the clans? PA Gods? The Realm? Team Burning? Promethean? Nova? Ballistic Logistics?

Sign ups for this are now open, so rally your troops and make sure you’re ready.

King of the Planet #9 was short but dramatic

Both Matiz and elodea had been practicing all week for it, then on Saturday night Uber dropped a bombshell: a new patch with a new meta.

People thought the changes to Dox would lead to them dominating the game, and initial impressions appear to be that this is true. Certainly it was a war of Dox, with Dox raids, Dox defence and Dox aggression. Orbital also managed to play a key part of the final outcome for the first time in King of the Planet history.

But where the variety lacked in the unit selection it was more than made up for in the maps. We had multi-planet, we had moons, we had water, we even got the rarely seen metal biome.

In the end it was elodea’s greater experience with Dox which won out and caused a 3-0 landslide in under an hour. Matiz was better prepared than he was for King of the Planet #8, but it was for a meta which no longer existed. He describes his experience as King of the Planet and his hopes for the future of Planetary Annihilation in this final interview.

VODs will be uploaded over the course of the week.

AbleGamers Charity Tournament raises $700

Last night the PA community gathered together for a first: donating money to charity by buying units for players. A fantastic event made possible by TheWrongCat resulted in $700 being raised, and more than a few plans disrupted by impromptu appearances of Halleys and Nuclear Missile Launchers. We here at eXodus eSports certainly did our best to rig the game make timely unit donations for fellow staffer Captain Conundrum as he battled against some of the best players on the PA esports scene.

Our thanks to all those who attended and gave money to this worthy cause, and if you weren’t able to make it please consider stopping by the AbleGamers website and donating now.

VODs of the event will be uploaded over the course of the week and you can already see the chaos that resulted from donations in the first game on our events match page.

Cloak and Danger ends with an amazing finale

Uber’s second official Planetary Annihilation tournament, Cloak and Danger, come to a close on Friday with one of the best games seen in tournament play yet. There were alliances, betrayals, backstabbing and massive explosions. It was glorious.

Our congratulations go to KISEL who won a convincing victory and takes away an Armalisk commander. We look forward to seeing it on the battlefield.

If you didn’t see this great event live then be sure to check out the recordings of the games over on the tournament’s matches page.

King of the Planet #9 is coming…

In week 8 of this series, the lord emperor PAG_Matiz battled with his brother-in-arms PAG_Clopse. We saw a world where air was in a greater use than ever before.

The meta favoured Clopse and it was obvious that Matiz was not well prepared, even losing on Tanis the world he was considered unbeatable on. But showing why he was king he managed to come back from 2-1 down to win 3-2, concluding with a decisive victory in the fifth game and a little of the Matiz sass we know and love.

In week 9 of this series eXodus eSports will be streaming a best-of-five between King of the Planet PAG_Matiz and the challenger, PAG_elodea, at 17:00 UTC on Sunday, 10th August.

It’s another PAG on PAG, the third best on the ladder has fallen can the number four do any better? He has one of the best tournament win rates of anyone listed on eXodus and has also been a rapidly rising star. It wasn’t that long ago he wasn’t in the top 10 at all yet it feels unthinkable now that that it could ever be otherwise.

They met in Cloak and Danger in what was effectively a 1v1 with two spoiler AIs. At first it appeared that Matiz would defeat the aggressive raiding of elodea with his macro war machine, but then the impossible happened: elodea shut him down. Can elodea repeat this in longform? Can he take advantage of the greater control the system editor now provides to create maps Matiz will never anticipate? Can we set enough alarms to make sure he doesn’t oversleep and miss the whole thing? Will Matiz prove to be unstoppable?

Tune in to King of the Planet 9 to find out! And note that we’re starting an hour earlier than normal.