+++ETL VII - WEEK 7 UPDATE+++
Week 7 was more productive than Week 6 – which is a pleasant surprise. Usually this is the low point of activity but in this ETL it seems than the output is more consistent week over week. With 18.6k pts competed in the Week and, more interestingly, 19.8k of more pts pledged, this is a very, very interesting week indeed!
Other interesting things: All the Factions, except the Astartes, are very close in terms of completed points. Indeed, Chaos and IFOR have only a difference of with the IFOR and the AoD having ONLY 107pts difference while the AoD are leading with 14.6k pts and the Xenos following with 10.7k pts. Even more interestingly, in terms of SCR, the Xenos lead as their completed points represent a much higher portion of their pledged points (44% is the highest completion rate on the Faction level) with 4.7k pts…
Let’s see Week 7 results in detail:
|Faction/Forum||Participants||Vows||Points pledged||Avg. Vow||Completions||CR||SCR|
|Realm of Chaos||76||100||57,693||577||13,116||22,7%||2,982|
|Chaos Space Marines||71||93||52,206||561||12,245||23.5%||2,872|
|Total ETL VII||344||474||307,915||650||84,044||27.3%||22,939|
FACTION: ADEPTUS ASTARTES
With their huge resources, the Astartes continue to lead the Faction race with a SCR of 8.3k pts. But it’s not only their superior resources that drive the SCR, their completion rate of 26% is at par with the other Factions too… Furthermore, their re-vowing rate of 35% denotes a healthy activity level, slightly above Chaos (which had a fantastic week btw) and slightly below the AoD. If the SWs get up to speed, then this score will undoubtedly explode. The Astartes is the undisputed leading Faction at this point of the event!
What a splendid Week for the IFOR! Their completed points almost doubled, and their SCR exploded to 3.9k pts from just 1.6k last Week. The main driver here was the Guard and the Agents (more on those later) but the end result is that the IFOR is 1pt (yes just 1 pt) above the AoD – and if you follow the craziness that goes on down there, this is a very impressive development! If only the GKs and the DW pick up momentum, well then it will be a very interesting battle indeed. The re-vowing rate at 44% is among the strongest currently (but not the strongest) so that gives hope for the future. If they can somehow add 10k to their pledged points then they’ll be totally at par with the AoD and Chaos in terms of resources and then it’ll be a matter of completion rates. Right now with a completion rate of 29%, it seems they’re using up their resources at a higher rate than the Astartes, Chaos, and AoD – and that is reflected in their SCR!
FACTION: REALM OF CHAOS
It seems things are happening in the Eye this past week! Completions up 76% week on week, completion rate up 61%, SCR up 185%! Furthermore, the re-vowing rate at 32% also shows some intensified activity. However, despite this explosion of activity though, their SCR is still below the IFOR and the AoD and that means there is a lot of distance still to be covered. The main drive, as expected, came from the CSMs Outpost so we need to keep in mind that every little helps and the Daemons and the LatD have a significant part to play on this front.
The Xenos are indeed an example to be followed. Sure, their resources are lagging compared to the rest but boy do they work on them! With a completion rate of 44% - the highest in the ETL at this point, they have the second highest SCR after the Astartes! If only the Aeldari were to catch up this would make for an even stronger performance! Funnily enough, the other 4 Forums have SCRs that are very close together, making the Xenos in-fighting the interesting Faction to watch! Re-vowing rate at 55% is the highest in the ETL at this stage. Keep the output coming guys – this is stellar performance indeed!
A slow week for the AoD with their SCR actually going down due to some serious re-vowing and a lack of completions. But now their pledged points are very close to that of Chaos and completion rate is the name of the game. With an average vow of 1.5k it means that there is a lot of burden on the AoD individual participants but if there is one group of crazies that can pull it off, it’s the AoD crowd. If we see some serious completions and re-vowing in Week 8 this could prove decisive. I guess the AoD-T must catch up somewhat – if that happens not only the AoD will become very strong vs. Chaos, the AoD in-fighting will also become a way more interesting affair!
FORUM: SPACE MARINES
The SMs are on their way to ETL VII dominance! They have the resources but more importantly, they have the drive! Completion rate of 28% and a re-vowing rate of 36% result in a SCR of 3.4k – the highest by far at this stage! The only problem is that if CSMs start to rev-up they’ll be in for a huge fight… CSMs have more resources and a history of high completion rates – unlike the SMs where completion rates were always their weak point. So, this is the moment of big decisions: will the SMs keep the pace this time around? Will they, against their historic tendencies achieve high completion rates? We’re talking to the territory of the 80s here… Or will they run out of steam and allow CSMs to take the lead? We shall see. However, at this point, halfway there, they seem to be in a good place!
FORUM: BLOOD ANGELS
The BAs seem to have been left behind on the completions front. Completion rate of 24% is 10pps behind the DAs and even behind the SMs (who have materially more resources anyway). Sure, they have a re-vowing rate of 30% - but that was impressive last week. This week, the SMs have 36% and the DAs have, get this, 50%! On the positive side, they do have resources as yet untapped, so the promise is still there. What they really need is to have a break-away week that will boost them to position more in line with what the size of their pledged points suggests. Will Week 8 be that crucial week? Just keep in mind that we’re past the mid-point of the event. Their relatively high average vow explains this to some extent, but let’s face it, thy could be doing much better at this point.
FORUM: DARK ANGELS
The DAs have all the metrics work for them. All except the pretty low average vow that is. They have a completion rate of 34% (quite strong for a Forum with such following), a re-vowing rate of 50% (among the strongest in the ETL at this stage) and a SCR of 2.9k – the second highest in the ETL after the SMs… But the low average vow mean that they have moved fast through their resources to achieve this result. There is no question that a (very) high completion is a must, but it would improve their outlook immensely if we see a few point-heavy vows coming their way… Other than that, just keep the pace – nothing is better than a high completion rate, especially this time around that many Forums seem hyper motivated…
FORUM: SPACE WOLVES
The SWs did have some progress but there is still room to improve. True, traditionally the SWs kick-in late in the event, but this year it is crucial to get as high a completion rate as early as possible. And re-vow, preferably at high point values. Right now, the completion rate of just 15% is really low and limits the re-vowing potential of the Forum. But, on the positive side they almost doubled it vs. last week – so if this momentum is maintained they may catch up the BAs by the end of Week 8… But we really need some solid completions to happen and some serious re-vowing…
FORUM: ADEPTA SORORITAS
After an amazing Week 6, Week 7 was a bit of a cooling-off period. I sure hope to see a busy Week 8 and some serious completions reported because for a forum of limited resources, a 34% completion rate is not as impressive as in the more populous ones. The re-vowing rate of 83% is impressive – only surpassed by the amazing 100% of the Orks – so there is no question on commitment – just on the rate of output. Week 8 is going to be crucial!
FORUM: ADEPTUS MECHANICUS
Some progress in the AdMech this week but more should happen and soon… The completion rate of just 25% is on the low side – it’s even below the ETL average. It did increase of course since last week by some 8pps but this is still not that high. There is something though that we need to keep in mind and that’s the Titan that affects all their metrics disproportionally. If it gets completed it will propel their completion rate to the 80s and if not, their ceiling will be at 50% or thereabouts. So yeah, this is an AdMech-specific issue that will affect them throughout the event. Again, no pressure Kilofax…
FORUM: ASTRA MILITARUM
They went ballistic this week! Their completion rate was propelled to 27% from just 13% the previous week and their SCR jumped to 1.3k while their re-vowing rate has reached an OK 32%. But despite their amazing week, they managed to reach ETL average levels and they are not even leading the IFOR in terms of SCR – this honour belongs to the Agents. We really need to see a wave of completions, especially of the smaller-sized vows and some serious re-vowing in order to retain the Week 7 momentum. The Guard can do it, they always did in the past.
FORUM: IMPERIAL AGENTS
The Agents lead the IFOR and this is an important feat especially considering their limited resources. As is often the case, it all boils down to completion rates and the Agents have a very respectable 47% - among the highest in the game. Furthermore, their re-vowing rate stands at a magic 83% at par with the Sisters and second only to the Orks (with their amazing 100%). Now this is commitment! And I see a lot of ongoing progress too, which makes me hopeful for Week 8! Keep going guys – let’s see the Agents positively surprise us this year!
FORUM: GREY KNIGHTS
Again, nothing form the GKs this week – I sure hope to see some serious progress in Week 8. There are only 4 vows that need to be finished in order to get 100% completion rate among first vows and none of them is above 800pts. I think we will reach a point that we’re going to have a storm of completions and the GKs will redeem themselves. Just as a reference, the Daemons with just two participants, are way ahead… You will have to answer to the Emperor if you allow them to win!
Well, despite a good performance in Week 6, in Week 7 Deathwatch sort of relaxed a bit. There were no completions or new vows reported but maybe they can afford it. Even with no recorded progress in a week their completion rate is still markedly above the ETL average but if they let Week 8 go by without any progress then they’ll be in trouble. I put a lot of faith in the second vows – if they come through in Week 8 we’ll be seeing a very different picture. I also hope to see some first vows – especially the smaller ones to be completed and then re-vowed. These are quick wins guys…
FORUM: CHAOS SPACE MARINES
Here we’ve seen an interesting week. CSMs score jumped by 215% on the back of some rapid completions. Indeed, the completion rate jumped to 23.5% vs. just 14% the previous week and had a profound effect on their overall performance. BUT. The completion rate of 23.5% is still nothing to write home about, it’s below the ETL average and certainly below that of their main rivals. Their enormous resources partially compensate for that but unless they speed up their completions further, they’ll allow their rivals to get a safe distance – especially as some serious re-vowing is taking place. True CSMs also play the re-vowing game but again, the 31% re-vowing rate, although doubled over the last week, is below the SMs and the AoD-L of 36%. So, in short, we need another week like Week 7 to get firmly on the lead!
FORUMS: CHAOS DAEMONS & LatD
Both of these Forums had no reported progress this week – however in both cases there is significant WIP activity and I expect to have a step-up in their performance either in Week 8 or in Week 9. But, having said that, be aware guys that we are past the mid-point of the event – so make sure to keep that in mind!
Well, we had another vow for the Aeldarithis week, not bad and keeps the Outpost active. There is progress given the WIP bits we’re getting but we’re still waiting for a breakthrough completion here… Let’s hope we’ll see it on Week 8. The Necronson the other hand had their awakening this week! Their completion rate jumped from 7% to 51% (yes, you’ve read correctly) making them a force to be reckoned with within the Xenos Faction and not only… Their SCR of 1.2k puts them at striking distance to the BAs the Astra Militarum, the Imperial Agents and even AoD-T (although I’d be careful there). Although their completion rate is very strong indeed, where they lack is the re-vowing rate (only 13%). This needs to be addressed soon because the underlying cause of that is that the completion rate reflects completions by only two participants. If the rest of the Necrons become alive *chuckles* then there is enormous potential! The Orkson the other hand, are number 1 in re-vowing with a rate of 100% - meaning the second and subsequent vows are as many as the first vows! Now only that but their completion rate of 67% is also the highest in the game! In short, the Orks have gone all Waagh on us! However (and maybe because of that) they also have the second smaller average vow in the game of just 310pts. That limits their ceiling but we’re only half way there. Who knows, we may see Gargants or other point-rich units being pledged. I hear the new Contrast paints work wonders for the Greenskins! The Tauare now in the lead of the Xenos Faction with a hefty (but improvable) 46% completion rate and 50% re-vowing rate! But I have to point out here that there are only two participants who carry this burden and that no completions were declared in Week 7. The new vow that was made had the technical effect of lowering the completion rate and thus the score, so I hope to see more Tau participants declare completions soon – we’re more than half way there guys… If you want to have ample time for a substantial second vow, you really need to wrap it up. Now the Tyranids. Well, no completions this week but a lot of WIP, which makes me hopeful that Week 8 will be very productive. Their completion rate and their re-vowing rate are at very healthy levels at 47% and 75% respectively, so there is nothing wrong with their metrics. The only problem is, like Orks, they have a fairly low average vow, which makes re-vowing an much more important affair than in other Forums. So yeah, ideally any completions must be followed other, hopefully more point-rich vows… But they’re doing good!
No completions this week. Hmm… could it be that the Heresy train has breaks after all? The AoD-L SCR has slipped to 3rdposition, overtaken by CSMs. This is partially due to ETL mechanics as two more vows were added but no completions reported driving the completion rate somewhat lower. It is very important to keep the pace guys – I know it is very challenging with the high average vow an’ all but that’s the situation now. You’re doing well, your completion rate is not bad at all – it’s above the ETL average and your re-vowing rate is also good at 36%. More importantly though your average vow is maintained a very high levels you must strive to retain that. Let’s see how Week 8 will play out for you!
Here we have a similarly (if a bit larger) average vow, but the completion rate of just 22% is now becoming a problem. I know they are large vows, but the AoD-T needs to keep up at least with the AoD-L – if they can do it, so can you! You have a very large amount of points pledged; you really need to report some completions soon. Your re-vowing rate is even better than the AoD-L so back it up with some completions in Week 8 to balance things out in the Heresy corner and propel the AoD Faction to the top!
For those interested in the satellite events :
THE MARK OF THE LIBER: A Liber event to write about your ETL entries
CROSSING THE RUBICON: A Dark Angels' Primaris event:
THE HUNT OF THE FALLEN: A Dark Angels' Deathwing event:
THE MARCH OF THE FALLEN: A Chaos, Fallen themed event:
CHAOS SPAWN BEAUTY PAGEANT: A Chaos Spawn Beauty Pageant:
BLACK CRUSADE 2019: Vowing your soul for Chaos - an age-old ETL tradition!
IF the SWs get a higherETL[font=tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=3] Score than the DAs by the end of the event, I will paint 5 SWs Battle leaders corresponding to the 5 top scoring SWs players. Furthermore, I'll customise those Battle Leaders to the specs of the 5 top scoring SWs players, so it could be anything from Power armour, Terminator Armour (any kind), Primaris or on Thunder Wolf.
Something similar to the "Debt to the Wolves" I did some years ago (see my sig).
Now the Wolves have 20 participants! If you guys make it 30 by the end of the recruitment period (July 1st), I, Captain Semper, Member of the Inner Circle and The Master of Recruits, will paint 5 Wolven straight out of the box and dedicate each one to the five higher scoring SWs participants in ETL VII.
Lord Ranulf of the Thunderwolf Clan has heard your brave words, Captain Semper of the First. For the glory of Russ and the Allfather, I shall make you eat them!
Lord Ranulf pledges for the VLKA FENRYKA! Honour and Victory to the SPACE WOLVES Chapter!
IF the DAs get a higher ETL Score than the SWs by the end of the event, I will paint a 5 man squad of Primaris Dark Angels and the DA Lieutenant (Zahariel?) dedicated to the 5 top scoring DAs players and honourable (Captain) Semper. (The difference in rank is merely on GWs part and not a personal attack)
While my collection and bits boxes do not allow me to make the "commission" as customizable as yours, I will ensure all 6 of them will be converted to be characterful, worthy Sons of the Lion and painted to the best of my abilities.
Slave to Darkness:
IF the Dark Angels or the vastly superior warriors of the Wolves get a higher score than the Chaos Marine faction I will dedicate a mini to the top three Fraeter from that forum. I would go five but I lack the required bits to do so, and if both forums beat Chaos Ill do the top three from both...
I Captain Semper, Member of the Inner Circle and the Master of Recruits, hereby vow that if the BAs achieve a higher SCR than the DAs at the end of the event, I'll paint, to the best of my ability, the Space Hulk Terminators except the guy with the Flamer in proper BA colours!
If the DA's have a higher SCR than BAs I'll
eat my hatmake the squad heraldry for the next termie squad I paint be suitably Dark Angely (real word??).
I, Darnok, promise to vow for the Lost And The Damned forum for ETL VIII, if and only if the conditions above are met. Glory to the Dark Gods!