=][= SIXTH WEEKLY UPDATE =][=
So… Almost half way into ETL
III and the completions are at ca. 95k! A magnificent performance for sure but not evenly distributed. It appears that all factions can be divided into three groups:
The first is the leaders and comprise from the AoD
and the Black Templars. The second comprises from Dark Angels, Chaos and Horus Heresy, although the latter is a bit behind. The third is Forces of the Imperium, Blood Angels and Space Wolves. Although those groups seem well defined and distinct, they are in no way fixed and the situation remains fluid as the differences are not that big and the second half of the ETL
is expected to be fierce!
So I have to alert everyone to the fact that if you have yet to finish your first vow now is the time to do it – especially if you want to have a go with a follow-up!
As a recap of the fifth week let me highlight a few metrics:
Total participants 421
Total vows: 517
Total points pledged: 434,837pts
Average vow: 841pts/vow
Total points completed: 94,912pts
So now let’s see what happened in week 6:
E TENEBRAE LUX III – Week 6
So let’s see this one by one:BLACK TEMPLARS [Participants: 67 / Vows: 93]
A completion rate of 30% means that the BT engine is in full speed. They have the second largest amount of completed points at 19k+ and a huge momentum. Will they be able to maintain it? That’s their bet. The only problem I see is that the persistently low average vow (680pts) means that their very large completion rate does not translate to a huge difference in terms of points. In fact the low average vow in a way explains the high completion rate. So despite their great performance the BTs have also no other choice… If their completion rate was to drop, their incremental completed points will not be enough to guarantee them the top positions.ANGELS OF DEATH [Participants: 60 / Vows: 76]
currently lead the ETL
in terms of completions and their dependency to Arizona’s super-vow has somewhat dropped. Somewhat. Still Arizona counts for 68% of the faction’s completions so I think it’s high time for the big mass of the AoD
participants to mobilise and complete their first vows in order to move on to subsequent ones. Now with 60 participants and a relatively high average vow at 891pts (albeit distorted by the super-vows) it means that if the AoD
go to second vows in large numbers there will be little to stand in their way. But if they lose their momentum, no amount of super-vows can help them to win the day. With an average vow close to the ETL
average, it means that there is no way around it. Victory depends on a large completion rate of the first vow.BLOOD ANGELS [Participants: 37 / Vows: 41]
The Blood Angels are plagued by a deadly combination of a very low average vow of 687pts and a low completion rate of 14%. The relatively low participation also means low resources. The only real course of action here is to raise the completion rate sharply (next week will be crucial) to allow for at least a few to move to their second vow. 37 participants are still 37 participants. Big or small vow, completions is all that matters!DARK ANGELS [Participants: 59 / Vows: 73]
I’d like to make a reassuring statement here but I can’t. The DAs have not lost sight of the first position (no way) but some distance starts to build up… They need those first completions and they need them now! – there is no way around it! Frankly the 25% completion rate is just not enough! We enjoy an average vow identical to the ETL
average (844pts) so it’s relatively easy, with the same amount of completions per participant to take the lead from the BTs and the AoDs. But it needs discipline. Remember we’re already half way there!SPACE WOLVES [Participants: 31 / Vows: 35]
There is some progress but the SWs do not seem so committed this year. It’s evident the rival factions seem to command materially larger resources but the SWs may manage to get a high completion rate and be among the leading group nonetheless. The main problem here is the very low completion rate that is also the lowest in the ETL
. The only way forward is to complete the first vows, one after the other – a high completion rate among the first vows is the key to a great performance so no procrastination! You done it before and you sure can do it again! A relatively low average vow (737pts) may allow for some quick wins in order to bolster morale and create momentum…REALM OF CHAOS [Participants: 61 / Vows: 74]
Chaos continues to eye the top position with almost 16k pts and a very good morale! Not only they have the largest average vow of the ETL
at 1,286pts, they have the largest amount of pledged points and ca 30k worth of mega-vows that have yet to kick-in. So they have good reason to be satisfied with themselves. However the competition is still going strong and Chaos, despite everything, is not leading. Will the oaths to the Dark Gods deliver?FORCES OF THE IMPERIUM [Participants: 46 / Vows: 55]
Here the Guard has taken up most of the burden (90% of completions). We’re half-way there guys, time to start delivering some completions if you want to have enough time to re-vow. I recall that last year you were aiming for a 100% completion rate – a target to which you came close. Can you repeat that? With just 14% completion rate, the situation is dire. You can set yourselves a number of sub-tasks: Can you double your completions by the end of next week? Can you reach the ETL
average completion rate? With the lowest average vow in the ETL
(606pts) a lot depends on your re-vowing capability. This week is crucial.HORUS HERESY [Participants: 60 / Vows: 70]
Right. Still among the leading factions but at the lower end. You’re still vwery much a threat to everyone here but you really need to get some completions done by the end of next week. The overall painting quality is truly awesome but the distance between the BTs and the AoDs is starting to build... Let’s see the smaller vows declaring some completions and then some re-vowing. The large average vow means that by now a wave of completions should be announced! So let’s see them!
As a goodbye picture for this week I give you:
EXCORIATOR ANGELI by Augustus b’Raass
So until next week, keep your completions coming!!!
Edited by Captain Semper, 13 June 2014 - 06:16 AM.