I have been told to write something in here as it is a tradition to do so, and I will do my best
Alliance: Idiot Box
Yes there will be a ton of typos and errors. it is what it is you know. I will type in English so everyone can understand instead of danish.
I will divide this into 3 sections, pre-server - start game day 1->99 and last midgame (because this was when the server kind of ended.) + a few honorable mentions.
I wanted to play with a small premade on a Nordic server against other premades, because we all know if you go premade against a server with none it is boring and easy.
Setting up preserver was all about finding the right players to both play off & def + scout. We found a few (total of 23 accs) and a few old-timers joined in afterwards. We wanted to try out this "tech" playstyle so even more old players from my past premades joined in as techs. Now the team was ready a few months before server start. The hype began for real.
Our setup was mostly teuton offs and a few romans to mostly follow up & op chiefs. Def, wise I wanted only Teutons with spears and gauls with druids. We had two roman deffers that stayed romans, so it was extremely important to place them somewhere good so their pretorians could reach for defcalls.
We knew there would be a few other premades (IVT + TT).
The plan was clear from the start, we had to hit TT before they got time to sim (I played with them on last Nordic 5, so I had a pretty good idea about how they play)
They prioritized the “big off accs” or leaders and tosses everyone else under the bus. We had to abuse that.
Early game:We did settling plan early on day 3 Blacklist and me. It was not easy even though it looked that way. I was absent the day most settled 2nd village and she kept all in order with res push to settlers and made the groundwork for every 2nd village in IB. Now started the waiting game, because we went for all 100%+ 15c in gray, and this was exiting not going to lie.
It became clear that T_T moved a bit out (100/100) and IVT was a mix between woods and kind of center. So, we had to clear out as many spawns as we could to secure unique arts. We started to chief spawns from IVT on day 50 and continued until day 90 (cleared most in both -/- and +/-, even moved a bit into +/+).
We did not chief a lot from T_T but started ops on day 77. We lost a few ops hammers but started to split on a ton of caps that kind of hit them hard. We lost our biggest hammer (Renegade) because T_T & IVT confed on day 80. We knew this would be a thing because T_T confed early last server as well, but this was sooner than expected.
This was kind of a big problem because at the time we did not play with any diplomacy. CWA merged and we started to talk with them back and forth. Got a NAP with them and that was that pre arts. IVT started to do some ops that did not go that well for them, because they hard walled 9/10 hammers pre arts.
Arts spawn & midgame
Now the game started for real. It was intense first off, the planning of cata villages to secure as many arts as we could was difficult. I had never tried to plan out such a thing before. Blacklist had so this helped a lot. We did sit and coordinate arts for 16 hours first day. It was intense and fun. The rest of our leader team joined in and helped. This was one of the best times in voice ever. We got all the unique arts we wanted (everyone except archi). We secured a good number of small boots and a few small trainers and diets.
Remember we still played with 23 accs + techs so this number of arts was insane. Way too many then we expected to get.
Now the co-ops from T_T & IVT started (obviously). They had to tip the scales asap. We sat up and did defwork every day (Renegade, HIMYM, Blacklist and I). This was frustrating as hell because we had so many targets to cover with arts, add in caps and hammers. yikes.
In short, we had no def compared to the number of hammers that hit us. The first 10-14 days after arts we spend almost all res in IB to move big/unique arts and boost caps. Finally, we had an op where T_T went for Suits hammer village with a big train. We spotted it quickly with good scouting and knew they would hit there. We setup a 550k wall against them and walled all their hammers (950k off in total). This was the K.O. of T_T as most of them gave up and left the server.
I will tell you something else T_T & IVT. If you did not quit here and kept on the pressure, I think you would have won. You had in total way more villages and therefore more production than we had even if you combined it with techs. Lucky for us we managed to win with higher morale in our alliance.
It left IVT in a difficult situation because now they stood alone against IB. They started to unite leftovers from T_T + others (the TE ally) and HOT+KFM (merged into HOT and later into IVT -> changed name to FP).
We continued to do ops against IVT, and they lost more and more fields in caps. At last, we chiefed their biggest WWC (Nahka) and that was kind of the K.O. for them. Leaders left them before or after I do not really recall.
IB followed this up by zeroing and chiefed their WW village. At this point FP was done with no chance to recover.
BIA had simmed for 191 days without any attacks. They had a well-established WW village and most hammers intact + all their def.
We had only 1 WWC and it was not even that great (because LD swapped to WWC building late).
The ops against BIA started and lasted for 7 days, we attacked every evening/night and took our 3-5 caps each night + removed a few caps because they made cap hammers. We did not lose a single hammer against the caps and as last op we chiefed and zeroed their WW village. Renegade kept it for 20 days with a big help from Blacklist sending def with big boots.
After this the server was 100% over because both WW villages was destroyed leaving only CWA and IB (we had confed). Several of the IB members was not happy about the CWA WW because the rest of the server hated IB most obviously, so they took down a few levels of our WW leaving CWA in front. We asked them to stop building on their wonder, but they refused so we had to do what we could to win. We attacked Renegade->Suits->LD and knocked their WW at level 93->0.
After this TBBT kept building ours until it reached level 100.
In short, we had a blast the first 200 days, after most in IB myself included lost motivation. TBBT asked for crop once, otherwise it was all smooth with TR. This have been the first time I tried endgame with no insane scream for crop in 3 am. Well done IB.
I will add a few words about some of the IB members.
Renegade: always a pleasure to be off coord & def coord with you. A ton of fun and stupid comments back and forth. All in all, this is what made most of my server. You played a nice def acc as always (This dude wants to play def each server and rolls off instantly)
Blacklist: Was fun to plan 2nd village+arts+dc & BP spawns with u. You always play a strong acc no matter if it is def or off. This round you played def and saved a ton of asses that way
Peaky Blinders: Solid def player that really covered a lot of ground in no time! Remember to sim more village next time
Morse: You are the one and only. The amount of commitment from your part the entire server and all the def sendings .. wow. I am sad that you did not get big boots earlier
Pegga Pig: You played in my group for the first time, but I really wish it were not. You are always ready to help with both res and def. Very active on discord as well. all in all, we could not have chosen a better place to place unique diet.
TBBT: You played as both a rock and a rebel in IB. But no matter what you are always loyal, and I respect that. Active player the entire round and you even chose to be our WWH. Really a big help in many ways ty.
HIMYM: You did well the first 130 days and then went inactive after that. A shame you did not hold on because your acc had much potential.
Black sails. A real shame you both had a busy irl from day 80-> end server. But you did build a good amount of def and Renegade could move them around as sitter.
Frode får: You helped a lot with druids from the woods. Frode får you kept the motivation until the end, and we really needed that.
Mira: I am happy about what you did this round. You are still in many ways a "new/green" player, but you strive to get better each server. GJ
Bambi: You got potential to do good, but you need to work on your commitment to a server. I think it hurt you a ton when you lost your dual and got cataed twice in cap
Revenge: You sent in most ops and did always time good. Pleasure having you both on the team.
Last Dance: We do not always get along, you besides everything you did very well this round. Even though you lost your dual mid server. You should be proud of what you achieved this round.
Dune: You are crazy. when a oc plans ops and you give him a hard time cuz you want to cata from 5 different villages all at once.
Robin Hood: Best choice you did was to swap acc and leave Revenge to continue the Robin Hood account. Very good job this server you mad man. (You must keep him on a leash, otherwise he will remove entire alliances himself)
Yeah, I would not forget you. if you even got this far your lazy swede. Smile it was amazing to play dual on Suits with you. The amount of time spent in voice and the joy + frustrations throughout the entire server. I would say this was a perfect match. I still think we had the perfect plan: "max ten villages and a f*** ton of troops."
Drängen: You have my respect. Well played server from your part and you did the best you could with the people you had. Good job carrying the ally and not delete like your leaders did.
Alpha: Oh boy. you are one very annoying off player! The stupid number of times you started to send fakes at midnight or later (always timed), forcing some of us to stay up and organize def. Play under a more organized alliance next server and you will become even more deadly.
Jabba The Hut: It was clear to me you played way too many servers to have any focus on Nordic 5. You did the best you could with the time you had. Great job leading CWA even though you did not want to do so