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The Outlands Power Rankings

Domnu

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The Outlands Power Rankings
By Zxkuqyb of Wind
The rankings have been updated. The most recent version can be found by clicking this link.

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Background:
Avadon is a world filled with combat and power struggles. It’s important for citizens to know who has demonstrated the greatest strength in combat, relative to their competition. I have created my power rankings to share who I believe is on top, based on my own experience and estimations, so that others may be more informed. Because I am not a member of a combat-focused guild I have no conflict of interest and I believe I am able to provide an unbiased perspective on the relative strength of combatants. Due to the subjective nature of these rankings I have excluded myself and will continue to do so as long as I maintain this list.

Methodology:
I rely on data gathered during my encounters with all players across the three main skill-based combat events in Avadon (Town Struggles, Tournaments, and Stygian Rifts). I weight performance in each of the three events equally and base my rankings on who I believe would be most likely to win in any of these contexts. For example, if I have only seen a player participate in Arena Tournaments, then I will assume (for the purposes of the Power Rankings) that the player is approximately server-average in other contexts where I have no data. Because the power rankings are an estimate of likelihood of winning in any of the three domains, and there are two group fighting contexts, leadership and group fighting is heavily weighted, and intangibles are factored into rankings. For example, those who call shots and help their team maintain a level head contribute more to winning than those who are only seen fighting in the arena or simply racking up control points or damage. The current Power Rankings cover performance during the current season only.

Power Rankings:
  1. Tacitus Kilgore [xBu] – This guy does it all. He calls, he kills, he calms. If I could choose one person to be on my team for rifts or TS it’s this guy.
  2. Very Mad Ham [hood] – Much like Tacitus, Ham is just a hands down great leader and fighter. He loses out to Tacitus because I rarely if ever see him at rifts and (as an Australian) I know his ping is also a significant barrier for him in individual and smaller group settings.
  3. LOL POISON LOL [xBu] – An absolutely incredible healer. LPL hits heals that no one has any business hitting and can keep your team in the fight. Plus he knows how to effectively disrupt the other team by poisoning and baiting at just the right moment.
  4. Andeddu [1CE] – Andeddu is one of the few “jack of all trades” types who is also excellent in each domain. Incredible in the arena, at a struggle, and in rifts. He calls, and is able to remain calm and focused no matter the circumstances.
  5. Limousine – Arena expert par excellence. This guy is unstoppable in the arena. He doesn’t participate in other events so he falls a bit in the rankings.
  6. Flipper [G.G] – Another jack of all trades type guy. He can do it all at an extremely high level and has a great attitude throughout.
  7. Illmatic [1CE] – Excellent attitude, excellent fighter. Illmatic will take up the reigns and call as needed, never losing his head even when his team isn’t hitting targets and he’s not getting heals. He’s also a beast in rifts.
  8. Pleonexia [***] – If you’re a caller you know Pleo hits shots and doesn’t die. She racks up points for her team and is always a net positive – sometimes on a huge scale.
  9. Neso [1CE] – This guy is a monster in rifts. He rarely participates in the struggles, but when he does he shows restraint and precision.
  10. Kamikaze [1CE] – An excellent X factor for any team, a monster in the rifts and an incredibly difficult target to take out. Drops a bit in the rankings due to the relative strength of the rest and occasional solo play when the team needs his support.
  11. Omen [xBu] – Another excellent shooter, he knows when to push and when to feint.
  12. Goat Eye [RAQ] – I haven’t seen him in many events, but the ones I have he has always been extremely well controlled and hits targets.
  13. Trenbolone – Very similar to Limousine. It’s tough to rank Trenbolone because he’s so strong in the arena but is never seen outside of it.
  14. Kushaholix [xBu] – Kush always has a positive attitude and he hits targets. He’s a bit more aggressive than many on this list, and it costs him a bit, but he makes up for it by being so damn effective at taking down enemies.
  15. Jahi [xBu] – Jahi is ready to put it all on the line for the team to get the win. He hits targets, doesn't muddy up comms, and he's always quick on the heal after an attack. He's also an incredibly strong rifter, and keeps a positive attitude in all conditions.
  16. O.G [/M\] – O.G has a fantastic attitude and he’s a greater caller. He would be right up there with the best of them on this list, but his teams rarely find success despite his individual excellence and even-keel.
  17. Fleet [Yew] – Similar to Kamikaze and LPL, Fleet is the swiss-army knife X-factor for any team. He fills in gaps when needed, but plays with the team as well as anyone. His heals aren’t quite as on point as the top of the crop, and he rarely if ever uses voice, so he falls a bit in the rankings.
  18. Pine Nut Bob [PEC] – Never heard a peep from Pine Nut, but he follows instructions to the letter and is able to evade enemy fire with great efficiency.
  19. RedTerror [G.G] – RedTerror is a willing and able caller, healer, shooter, whatever is needed. His ability to maintain a positive attitude, willingness to take on the hard and thankless roles, and his precision with hitting targets makes him top 20 in the power rankings.
  20. Bayonette [A] – Bayonette is a hands down beast. He hits targets, he evades being targeted. He’s an excellent contributor to any team. He falls in the rankings because he doesn’t use voice and seems less interested in the success of the team than others who rank higher on this list.
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Discussion:
These rankings reflect my own personal estimation of the relative contribution to winning of each of the combatants I have encountered in Avadon. Many may be surprised they are not higher on the list, or perhaps did not make the list at all. For example, Limousine is a dominant force in tournaments. However, I have not encountered him in other contexts, thus he is ranked below others who I have seen more frequently and in numerous contexts. Others, such as Pax Romain, have historically been very successful fighters in all events. However, he has not participated in these events during this season so he was not included in the current list.

This list has limitations. It is by no means comprehensive and it does not include unregulated combat. There are many combatants who are likely highly effective and successful during times when I do not participate in the events. This is unfortunate and must be acknowledged. Many combatants who did not make the list are strong, but do not participate in the three main skill-based combat events. For example, many Anarchy members only participate in events that do not regulate group size, such as the Corpse Creek Contest, Dungeon Flashpoints, and overworld combat. Due to the fact that outcomes in these events are mostly determined by guild size and not individual strength I have made no effort to account for these domains in the power rankings. This is a limitation of the current list. However, I believe the controlled nature of the three events used to estimate strength (Town Struggles, Tournaments, and Stygian Rifts) allows for more reliable and valid estimates of relative strength for power rankings. Thus, I do not intend to adjust the methodology now or in the future.

Congratulations to all those who made the list and good luck out there on the field!
 
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Domnu

Master
The Outlands Power Rankings
By Zxkuqyb of Wind

2021 Fall, Mid-Season Update

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Another season of battle continues, with some updates to the current power rankings based on new data and impressive performances in the Town Struggles, the Stygian Rifts, and the Arena Tournaments. If you're a lover of war and combat then this is a good time to be an Avadonian!

Power Rankings (Data collected using The Power Ranking Survey is available in Appendix A)

1. Tacitus Kilgore [CoM] The direct and indirect impact that he has on the success of his team is unparalleled. One of the few callers who maintains a positive kill points to control points ratio while being hard targeted by the opposing caller in the majority of town struggles, and continuing to place himself out front to increase the odds of his team’s success, no matter the personal cost.
2. Flipper [G.G] Extremely strong in all three domains, he regularly places high in tournaments, lands crucial damage during struggles and rifts, and also calls shots for his team when needed. Flipper also remains an intrepid and affable teammate no matter how the event is going, which enables his team to remain focused and turn things around if needed.
3. Vivint [BoW] A disciplined and clear communicator, he’s an excellent addition to any team. You know if you have him on your team you will likely win, and at the very least be competitive.
4. KK Slider [SOF] Your healer’s favorite healer. He hits heals that no one has any business hitting and is the deciding factor when the chips are down and both sides are trading kills in the town struggles. A crucial contributor to his team’s success. He has also shown a knack for calling when needed, demonstrating remarkable breadth for a player with such specialized strengths.
5. Very Mad Ham [BoW] A relaxed and focused caller, he helps keep his team’s spirits up and the targets clear. He’s also an excellent contributor when playing support roles, although his ping makes it difficult to hit those tough heals.
6. Pax Romain [A] The recent arena tournament winner, he demonstrated his widely-touted excellence by defeating three of the top fighters back-to-back-to-back on his way to victory. Pax hasn’t been seen in the rifts or the town struggles, but his excellence in the arena is unmatched.
7. Illmatic [1CE] Calm, focused, humble, he adds a measured strength to his team in whatever role he plays in the rifts or in the struggles. He has demonstrated that he can be a highly effective strategist and tactician, particularly during the past several weeks.
8. Fleet [Yew] He is your caller’s favorite teammate. One moment he’s adding that needed damage to seal the kill, and the next moment he’s throwing heals to prevent the trade. Look again and he’s baiting the drop while also calling targets when the main caller goes down. Fleet fills in the gaps for any team and does it at a very high level.
9. Omen [CoM] He hits targets and evades drops with the best of them. Although he never calls and rarely goes on heals, he provides firepower to a team at such a high level he has earned a spot in the top 10.
10. Andeddu [1CE] He has a clear and decisive approach to calling targets, which helps his team stay focused and get the job done. He’s also fantastic in the arena, and was one of the few to give Pax a real challenge during the tournament. He drops a bit in the rankings only because his patience wears thin quickly, which often costs his team.
11. Kamikaze [1CE] Kami is one of your callers most hated opponents. He knows how to push the advantage and much like Fleet he’s willing to fill in the gaps to round out his team to ensure success. He’s also extremely difficult to keep on target despite the fact that he’s often out front during the attack. A crafty player.
12. Pleonexia [CoM] Much like Omen, Pleo is a shooter’s shooter. Often your caller’s favorite target, but clever enough to keep from falling in most cases. He knows where to be, when to be there, and for just how long. Frequently top damage and top kills. Somehow also frequently bottom on deaths, even when his team is getting smoked, which helps give his team a chance to recover.
13. Limousine Everyone in the arena’s favorite dueler. Limousine works magic with his spells and weapons in a way that’s not just fun to watch but is also incredibly deadly and efficient. There’s no one I’m more afraid of getting a string of hits when I’m fighting them. Additionally, he’s friendly, generous, and extremely good at communicating with others about what they’re doing well and how they can improve. His value to the dueling community can’t be overstated. The arena master if there ever was one.
14. RedTerror [CoM] Rain or shine, he’s going to hit his shots and find a way to be a nuisance to the opposition. He regularly tops damage and kill points, while somehow also being at the bottom of damage taken and deaths. He’s a smart player who has also shown willingness and ability to call when needed.
15. Goat Eye [RAQ] He’s like chicken stock, really, really rich chicken stock. If you’ve got a good chicken stock your soup is almost guaranteed to be good. You can’t go wrong. If you don’t have it, though? You’re in trouble. Every caller knows that if you’ve got Goat Eye on your team you have a fighting chance. Great attitude, excellent player in every respect.
16. LOL POISON LOL [xBu] Your callers most hated opponent. If he’s on your team you love him, if he isn’t you’re considering making a complaint in #suggestions about why poisoning should be nerfed. He falls a bit in the rankings simply because others have also demonstrated incredibly strong healing, and callers seem to be picking up on his evasive tricks. He’s one to watch, as the season progresses.
17. El Cabrone [A] He shines most brightly in the arena, although he has shown that he is a capable caller in struggles and small group fighter in the rifts. Cabrone is happy to jump in and fill the gaps in his team, and just wants to shoot some spells and help get the win. An excellent teammate to have for any group.
18. Chase [BoW] An incredibly strong healer, one of the best. He prides himself on his healing, and his pride is well placed. If there is a gap, no matter how slim, to slip a heal in between spells then he will find it.
19. Sepherex [Cult] An old vet of the Chaos and Order wars, Sepherex is an excellent caller who communicates clearly and calls targets without mercy. He is one to watch as the season goes on, having shown remarkable strength in calling and killing thus far during his brief return.
20. Ahalai Mahalai [RAQ] He could easily be at the very top of this list. He flies under the radar for many simply because he doesn’t speak much and English isn’t his primary language. However, even with the language barrier he shows willingness to take over calling and is remarkably successful and effective when he does. He also is an extremely strong shooter and often sneaks his way out of even the most dangerous attacks from the enemy.

Honorable Mentions
Scrubby-Russian
I have never played with him, and only encountered him on the other team once, so I’m not able to gauge his strength. However, from what I know he could easily climb the rankings by the end of the season if he chooses to participate more. One to watch.
Neso He was moved down primarily due to demonstrated strength of others and his relative inactivity.
Bile He participated in one town struggle and one rift event, showing flashes of brilliance in each. However, the sample size was simply too small to include him. Notably, he received no votes from any of the respondents. More data is needed.
Grapebox He moved down primarily due to relative inactivity.
Kitty Meow Meow An extremely strong individual player who I have never seen outside of town struggles and I don’t believe ever uses voice chat, so their impact is limited.
Trenbolone He has missed several tournaments and had a disappointing showing in arena tournament with Pax in the final. Although he continues to be an excellent duelist and a force in the arena, the relative strength of others led him to not make the list.
Jahi It's unclear if he has been having technical difficulties or something else, but his performance in struggles has dropped off substantially. Excited to see him return to form in the future.
Pine Nut Bob His communications with teammates and occasional total loss of interest in working with his team led others' performance to outshine him. He is extremely skilled, and in the right circumstances can be a powerful asset to any team. Editor's note: The inaccuracy of this statement is noted. Pine Nut Bob is an excellent teammate, whose contributions are felt regularly by those who are lucky to have him on their side. Though he does not speak in voice, he stays with the team and hits targets, often hitting crucial heals and saving teammates that have been left on an island. He leaves no one behind and always fights hard for the win. He drops in the list due to the relative strength of others and simple inattention on the part of the editor.
Bayonette He falls off the list simply due to inactivity.


Background
Having recently returned to the world of combat and power struggles, I decided to document my estimations of relative strength in combat of all combatants in Avadon. As always, precision in my estimates is of the utmost importance. As a careful wizard, I have always prioritized accuracy above popularity, and this project has been no different. I believe that I do not have any conflict of interest because I am not a member of a combat-focused guild. Thus, I am particularly well positioned to provide an unbiased perspective on the relative strength of combatants. Due to the subjective nature of these rankings I have excluded myself and will continue to do so as long as I continue with this project.

Methodology
The methodology for this update has been slightly revised from the first installment. I continue to rely on data gathered during my encounters with all players across the three main skill-based combat events in Avadon (Town Struggles, Stygian Rifts, and Arena Tournaments). In addition to my personal observations, I also collected open-ended ranked-choice information from players who were ranked in the top 20 on the previous list using the Power Ranking Survey. The Power Ranking Survey was fully anonymous. It was sent to 15 players and was a 20-item free response list. 53% of those invited to share their opinions responded, and 88% of respondents completed their top 20 list. For the list, respondents were tasked with following the same guidelines I use, which is to weight performance in each of these events equally, and base rankings on who would most substantially increase the strength of their side’s chances of winning. For example, if I have only seen a player participate in Stygian Rifts then I will assume (for the purposes of the Power Rankings) that the player is approximately server-average in other contexts where I have no observations of their performance. Because the power rankings are based on an estimate of contribution to winning in any of these domains, and there are two group fighting contexts, leadership and group fighting are heavily weighted. Intangibles such as attitude are factored in to estimates. For example, those who call targets and provide leadership, help their team maintain a level head, and provide heals to their team contribute more to the strength of their team’s chances to win than those who are only seen fighting in the arena or simply racking up control points or damage. The Fall Season Power Rankings cover performance during the current season only.

Discussion
These rankings reflect my personal estimation of the relative contribution to winning of each of the combatants I have encountered in Avadon. Many may be surprised they are not higher on the list, or perhaps did not make the list at all. For example, Pax and Limousine are dominant in tournaments. However, I have not encountered them in other contexts, thus they are ranked below others who I have seen more frequently and in numerous contexts.

This list has limitations. It is by no means comprehensive, and it does not include unregulated combat. There are many combatants who are likely highly effective and successful during times when I do not participate in the events. This is unfortunate and must be acknowledged. Many combatants who did not make the list are strong, but do not participate in the three main skill-based combat events. For example, many Anarchy members only participate in events that do not regulate group size, such as the Corpse Creek Contest, Dungeon Flashpoints, and overworld combat. Due to the fact that outcomes in these events are mostly determined by guild size and not individual strength I have made no effort to account for these domains in the power rankings. This is a limitation of the current list. However, I believe the controlled nature of the three events used to estimate strength (Town Struggles, Tournaments, and Stygian Rifts) allows for more reliable and valid estimates of relative strength for power rankings. Thus, I do not intend to adjust the methodology now or in the future.


Congratulations to those who made the list and good luck out there on the field to all!



Appendix A:

Power was calculated based on the rank of each player provided by respondents on The Power Ranking Survey. Receiving a rank of 1 translated to +20 power, and receiving a rank of 2 translated to +19 power, and so on.

NamePower
Tacitus Kilgore [CoM]148
Illmatic [1CE]101
KK Slider [SOF]99
Kamikaze [1CE]92
Omen [CoM]88
Flipper [G.G]85
Goat Eye [RAQ]75
Pleonexia [CoM]72
LOL POISON LOL [xBu]71
Fleet [Yew]60
Very Mad Ham [BoW]58
Vivint [BoW]50
Alahai Mahali [RAQ]50
Andeddu [1CE]40
Sumichael [PEC]35
RedTerror [CoM]35
Pax Romain [A]34
Assi Toni [CoM]32
CommanderQ [PEC]29
Grapebox [xBu]29
Kitty Meow Meow [xBu]28
Daddi Pierce [1CE]25
Neso [1CE]21
Pine Nut Bob [PEC]21
Bogwang [PEC]20
Bayonette [A]18
El Cabrone [A]17
Limousine16
H O M I C I D E [CoM]15
Scrubby-Russian [CoM]13
Chase [BoW]12
Prozac [CoM]10
whoop ash [xBu]10
Riak [A]9
Sepherex [Cult]9
Goyang [PEC]8
PLC [hood]7
Teodosio [CFC]7
Yama Swarog [RAQ]7
Bud Spencer [CoM]6
Trenbolone5
Levi Ackerman [CoM]4
Gyro Gearblast4
Bechore [EVIL]4
Bong Water [EVIL]3
if you wannna [CoM]2
Thinkman [Path]1
 
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