The organizers of the EC 2012 (thanks to Milan & Tibor in particular) were so kind to give me the Archon ExcelSheets containing the tournament results from the EC 2012. I have collected/aggregated the different game win types (i.e. game win with 5 VPs, 4 VPs, etc.). This is the same as I did in for the previous year’s EC.
What is quite interesting to see is the relatively low number of game wins with 5 VP (absolute) and in comparison with previous years. They almost disappeared! At the same time most the number of games without any game wins increased significantly (by 4%). One reason is that during the Nations Cup the players were more willing to split the table 2-2-1, which is the most common distribution of VPs in a game.
- NC — 22,22%
- LCQ — 31,08%
- Day 1 — 39,08%
- Day 2 — 66,67%
- FCQ — 49,81%
A few observations from my point of view (and by no means exhaustive): The number of timeouts in the FCQ remains rather high, although the stakes (if you want to call it that) are so much lower than in the regular games. I would attribute that to less efficient decks (in terms of pool removal) often seen at the FCQ tables.
But what is appalling is the lack of game wins and number of timeouts in the Day 2 tournament. In 2011 the percentage was already high with 42%, but was easily topped with 66% this year. With this in mind it’s not really surprising that you only needed 1 GW 4 VP for entering the final round of Day 2. And even the top seed only had 1 GW, which maybe a first in the history of European Championships.
I will make a more direct comparison with the previous three European Championships in a separate article (later today), which will show that this year something has changed.