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Altador Cup XIII

Altador Cup News and Updates


Herdy
Altador Cup Prizes
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on July 4, 2018, 10:45 am NST

Prize shops for the Altador Cup and TNT Staff Tournament are now live and winners of this year's Cup have been announced!


Keep in mind that some of the prizes this year are re-releases, we've signified which ones on our guide:

Altador Cup Prizes Guide »

TNT Staff Tournament Guide »

ALTADOR MAP MAKEOVER: In addition to the Altador Cup winners being announced and prizes being released, King Altador has declared that Altador be spruced up a bit, and it has! Altador now has a mobile-friendly map. Check it out!

The new map is built on modern web technologies, namely SVG and Javascript. Let us know in the comments how you think it looks.
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Herdy
TNT Staff Tournament Round 4 Results
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on July 2, 2018, 11:47 am NST

The results of Round 4 for the TNT Staff Tournament are now out! This week's star player was Jade, with correct guessers getting another bobblehead:



This marks the end of the TNT Staff Tournament, with the Prize Shop being released at a later point.

TNT Staff Tournament Guide »
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Herdy
Updates from TNT
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on June 27, 2018, 5:22 am NST

Hardtotame has posted another board in the Site Events forum today, this time addressing the Altador Cup and the recent issues with captchas:

Nerfing Faerieland's scores - If there was any way in which we could determine how many scores were illegitimate, we would definitely have used that to adjust Faerieland's position. However, any action we took would be purely based on guesswork rather than actual data, and we therefore decided against it. Yes, we know that Faerieland's scores are not genuine, but we also know that there are dishonest players on every team, to varying degrees. Unfortunately, we have no way of determining how much each team's score is being inflated by the illegitimate scores, and therefore cannot take action on this matter.


Don't we care about cheaters?
They've been on our minds since long before the Cup began, but there is no easy way to thwart them. We tried different things the last two years, but each method had its flaws. We did have several other solutions in mind - one was a very time consuming one, and required the Cup to be rescheduled for much later in the year. We attempted something else in Round 1, but it was clearly not good enough. Now we have the CAPTCHAS, and they seem to be working.


CAPTCHAS are making the games a pain to play!
We hear you. They were not our favorite solution, but we didn't have any other option. However, it IS the only foolproof one we have ever been able to come up with so far. Even our freezing and flagging from previous years had workarounds that dishonest players exploited. We are relieved that the CAPTCHAS have stopped the cheaters so far, and we're as curious as you are to see how Round 2 plays out.

We're sorry that some teams will still end with positions they don't rightly deserve, but as long as the cheaters don't find a workaround to the CAPTCHAS, we can proudly assure you that the Altador Cup podium will not be tainted this year.


Why I didn't speak up earlier: We make so many plans here in office, and those plans change so often. Sometimes even before we begin work, and many times when we're half-way through the project. Work turns out to be more complicated than expected, unexpected bugs throw the project off track - many times it isn't safe to say anything until we're standing on the finish line. I couldn't speak up before because I didnt have definite answers for you. I did have this answer yesterday, and I wanted to post on the boards then, but things came up (See? That's what I'm talking about!) and I couldn't.


When asked if captchas would be added elsewhere on the site:

We haven't had time to think about those options yet, Herdy. Or these discussions have not reached my ears, at least. I think we'll be waiting until the end of Round 2, at least, to call them a success and decide how else to use them on the site.


When asked if the captchas will be returning next year:

kaljinyu, we have a completely different plan in mind for next year. We know there are many who don't enjoy the Altador Cup much, but we also see there are many players who think it's the best event of the year. We definitely want to spend more time on keeping it free from cheaters firstly, and then enhancing the overall experience with changess that would entice more players to take part.
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Herdy
TNT Staff Tournament Round 3 Results
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on June 26, 2018, 10:27 am NST

The results of Round 3 for the TNT Staff Tournament are now out! This week's star player was Binary Supagoo, with correct guessers getting another bobblehead:



Unlike previous years there will be 4 rounds of the staff tournament this year, so remember to put in your guesses one more time! This week you have to have guesses in by midnight Sunday 30th (the end of the Cup's live play).

TNT Staff Tournament Guide »
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Herdy
Altador Cup Captchas
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on June 22, 2018, 1:05 pm NST

Today, reCaptchas have been added to Altador Cup games! This replaces the typical score sending process. You may see the game screen go blank while the score sends - don't panic. You'll eventually see a screen similar to this:



Note that currently these captchas only seems to be appearing in Make Some Noise and Slushie Slinger. It is unknown if they will be later expanded to the other two games. Also, your gameplay stats on the right hand side of the game window won't always update after sending a score. Your scores will still count and your rank will increase, you'll just need to fully refresh the game window to see the update.
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Dave
TNT Staff Tournament Round 2 Results
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on June 20, 2018, 10:34 am NST

Round 3 of the TNT Staff Tournament has now begun! Our guide has been updated with details on the staff member scores for the second round.

If you correctly guessed Kikocat as the Star Player for Round 2, you will get a Neomail congratulating you and a new item will be added to your inventory - a Kikocat Bobblehead.



(Keep in mind that the FAQ states that the Star Player will have different requirements each round.)

TNT Staff Tournament Guide »
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Herdy
TNT Staff Tournament Round 1 Results
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on June 14, 2018, 6:07 am NST

Round 2 of the TNT Staff Tournament has now begun! Our guide has been updated with details on the staff member scores for the first round.

TNT Staff Tournament Guide »


If you correctly guessed Scrappy as the Star Player for Round 1, you will get a Neomail congratulating you and a new item will be added to your inventory - a Scrappy Bobblehead.



(Keep in mind that the FAQ states that the Star Player will have different requirements each round, not always for the highest score.)
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Herdy
Extra Plot Prize + Altador Cup Avatar Changes
  • Posted by Herdy
  • Posted on June 13, 2018, 5:40 am NST

Plot Prize

Today has seen the release of an extra plot prize, the Potion of Healing. This is an extra prize for those who donated additional potions beyond the achievement requirements during the plot. It appears to be a once per battle healer, however it is not currently subject to the Equip One rule that normally applies to healers. It is unclear if this is a glitch or deliberate.



Additionally, there is a glitch with how it is awarded. Hardtotame has been on the Neoboards with an update:

Players who received the Potion of Healing will find two in their inventory. Do not move either item from your inventory until further notice. You can not sell, auction or trade the potions, nor move them to your SDB until this is resolved.


We have sent out a NeoMail with the same instructions. If you have moved it to your SDB/equipped your pet with it, move it back to your inventory and leave it there. If a random event takes it away, you can send in a bug report to get it added back to your account.


We're currently collecting information on exactly how many times you needed to donate in order to qualify for the potion. If you got one, let us know how many potions you donated across the event.

Altador Cup Avatar Changes

Additionally, hardtotame made another announcement about changes to the new team avatars for the Altador Cup. Initially, they were to be removed when the Cup ended, but this has now changed!

Have you read the updated FAQs? You can keep your team avatars after the tournament ends. Next year, if you decide to join a different team, the new avatar will replace the one from this year.

I hope you're enjoying the Altador Cup!

(I have no time to stick around and chat today. We'll talk next time I'm here! Hopefully.)


Additionally, she posted that the animation of the Altador and Faerieland avatars would be fixed so that they looped correctly.
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Dave
TNT Staff Tournament Live
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on June 8, 2018, 10:25 am NST


The first round of the TNT Staff Tournament is live, and you have until Tuesday, June 12th at 11:59 PM NST to get your guesses in!

The goal of the guessing is to pick who will score the highest in each round, which will net you the most prize shop points. These points are only good in the TNT Staff Tournament prize shop, so it's an extra in addition to the regular Yooyuball playing!

New this year: Each round, a TNT staff member will be chosen, based on unknown criteria, to be the All-Star of the round. If that staff member was in your team lineup, and you selected them as the All-Star player for your team, you'll receive an extra bonus prize.

Our 2018 guide is up, but we also encourage you to look back at the 2017 guide to see how some staffers may stack up against each other.

Our Guide »

(And don't forget to get your guesses in for Jellyneo's own staff tournament! Top 3 guessing closes on June 12th!)
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Dave
The Altador Cup Begins
  • Posted by Dave
  • Posted on June 4, 2018, 9:50 am NST


Today, June 4th, is the first day of Altador Cup XIII!

As is usual, today you can begin playing Yooyuball, Slushie Slinger, Make Some Noise, and Shootout Showdown to receive credit towards the final prize shop.

There don't appear to be any major changes in this year's tournament structure so far, including in the minimum scores required or max games per day allowed. All-Star has, however, become slightly easier to obtain. (Only 8,800 games of Shootout Showdown instead of 10,000!)

Legends of Altador, this year's NC component, is also live today and running through June 28th.

Check back on June 8th for more information about the TNT Staff Tournament side event.

Avatars
New this year are team-themed avatars! You'll receive your respective team avatar after reaching Rank 1. (i.e. Team Virtupets players get the Virtupets avatar only)




These avatars will be temporary, as per the FAQ:
I just got an Altador Cup team avatar! Will this add to my permanent avatar count?

No, these team avatars are just so you can show your support for your team on the Neoboards. They will disappear at the end of the tournament.

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