In the midst of raging battle, Round One witnessed countless moments of highs and lows, triumphs and despair, and unyielding courage.
While all fought valiantly, only four Kingdoms could emerge victorious.
The victors of the Round One matchups are:
- Kingdom 828
- Kingdom 834
- Kingdom 805
- Kingdom 829
As promised to our champions, all players in the victorious Kingdoms will receive a 20% reduction buff on Pale Steel & Red Gold for the duration of this week’s The Priest’s Shadow (Research).
For their valiant efforts, all players in the defeated kingdoms will receive a 5% reduction buff on Pale Steel & Red Gold for the duration of the next week’s The Priest’s Shadow (Research).
To our winners- the Iron Bank commends your strength. They look forward to following your progression in Round 2, which will commence on July 8th at 5pm EST. The Round 2 victorious Kingdom matchups are showcased below.
To the defeated- Do not be discouraged; while the championship prize is no longer in reach, you will still be able to participate in the upcoming rounds and achieve future glory. The Round 2 defeated Kingdom matchups are showcased below.
Make sure to refer back to this post and your in-game Message Center for information on Kingdom buffs, matchups, and additional updates.
What time do events actually start?
The actual War for the Throne weekend event schedule is unchanged. It begins with troop training on Friday at 5PM ET, and then the PVP period runs Saturday-Sunday.
The only deviations from the norm you can expect are:
- New event buffs added
- Cross-kingdom leaderboards for PvP shortened to cover Invasion period only (Sat 2 PM – SUN 10 AM ET. Does not extend to include home-kingdom combat during Retribution for tournament scoring purposes)
Tournament victors will be determined by the cross-kingdom leaderboard standing at the end of Invasion (points are earned by defeating troops, SAT 2 PM – SUN 10 AM ET.)
**ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN. START TIMES VARY SLIGHTLY PER KINGDOM, CONFIRM IN EVENT PANEL.
What buffs will apply for Round One matchups?
As stated in the original post, for tournament matchups where one kingdom is significantly younger or has a lower density population, we will implement certain buffs to help level the playing field on those kingdoms only.
The buffs for round one are tailored towards the particular matchup, and future round buffs may vary.
All tournament kingdoms can also expect additional Lord of Light (healing themed) buffs added to the Open War event period.
The Iron Bank is on the hunt for new… investments. Over the next month, they intend to seek out and fund capable individuals with ambition in return for assistance with certain sensitive contracts.
In particular, the keyholders of the Iron Bank seem to have taken a special interest in 8 of our oldest kingdoms. They seek to determine the strongest amongst them, but they are keeping their reasonings to themselves. They promise fame and a rare and exclusive token for those who successfully rise to the challenge.
We have accepted their financial backing and organized a tourney to their specifications. However, dear reader, do remember: The Iron Bank will always have its due.
The War of Eight Kingdoms
The War of the Eight Kingdoms will be a bracket-style tournament between our 8 eldest kingdoms while we wait for the development of Stake Your Claim to complete.
Each kingdom will compete in three rounds of a single elimination KvK War For The Throne event where the results are scored based on a Cross-Kingdom Ranking Leaderboard. After each round, all participating kingdoms will receive rewards befitting their rank for rising up to the challenge, with an additional boon being granted to the ultimate winner after the tournament completes.
Here’s a quick overview of the tournament schedule:
Round 1 – Quarter Finals
The first round matchups are displayed below, and their battles will commence at 5pm ET on June 24th!
The 4 winning kingdoms will advance onto Round 2, but not all is lost for the defeated kingdoms. The remaining participants will be paired again in Round 2 in a Consolation Match.
Round 1 Rewards
|If Victorious: 20% reduction buff on Pale Steel & Red Gold for the duration of the next week’s The Priest’s Shadow (Research) – 6/30 – 7/2|
If Defeated: 5% reduction buff on Pale Steel & Red Gold for the duration of the next week’s The Priest’s Shadow (Research) – 6/30 – 7/2
Round 2 – Semi Finals
Things will start to really heat up in the second round matches, starting 5pm ET on July 8th.
The 4 winners from the previous round will battle for supremacy and fight for a spot in the Grand Finals. At the same time, the 4 defeated kingdoms from Round 1 will be paired again and square off in a series of Consolation Matches.
Whether you’re fighting to advance in the bracket or playing in a Consolation Match, you will receive the following rewards.
Round 2 Rewards
|If Victorious: 20% reduction buff on Slate & Marble for the duration of the next week’s Varys’s Riddle (Overall Power) event – 7/15 – 7/18|
If Defeated: 5% reduction buff on Slate & Marble for the duration of the next week’s Varys’s Riddle (Overall Power) event –7/15 – 7/18
Round 3 – Grand Finals
The third and final round of the War of the Eight Kingdoms tournament will commence at 5pm ET on July 22nd.
Kingdoms who have won 2 weeks in a row will battle one last time and the victor will be crowned Grand Champion! The other 6 kingdoms will also be paired once more based on their Victory/Defeat record and fight in a final Consolation Match.
Round 3 Rewards
|If Victorious: 20% reduction buff on Keystone & Valyrian Stone for the duration of the next week’s Varys’s Riddle (Overall Power) event – 7/29 at 9pm ET until 8/1 at 2am ET|
If Defeated: 5% reduction buff on Keystone & Valyrian Stone for the duration of the next week’s Varys’s Riddle (Overall Power) event – 7/29 – 8/1
A Little Kindness
We are aware of the toll that repeated combat can take. To alleviate some of the strain, the Iron Bank has graciously offered to provide some non-traditional event buffs for tournament matches (and several non-tournament events throughout the next few weeks too!)
Additionally, for tournament match ups where one kingdom is significantly younger or has a lower density population, we are considering certain buffs to help level the playing field on those kingdoms only.
Be sure to check out the event description ahead of time to know what benefits you can expect for each event!
After 3 grueling rounds of battle, one kingdom will reign supreme.
To event participants on this winning kingdom, an additional, exclusive reward will be granted.
The Tully March Pawn cannot be earned through any other in-game means and will set you apart from the rest of the community!
These pawn shards will be sent via a separate in-game message within 2 weeks of the tournament ending.
Get in on the action
As the tournament progresses, stay tuned to this post for more information and follow us on Twitter @GOTConquest for live updates. You can also join our official discord to check out the new #tournament channel and discuss the competition with the community!
To our 8 participating kingdoms- gather your bannermen, unite your kingdom, and plan accordingly for the 3 rounds to come! Make sure to keep an eye on this post and your in-game Message Center for additional updates as the tournament progresses.
And to any onlookers, not participating in this tournament- The Iron Bank still has work for you! Be sure to check in-game throughout July for how to make the most of their generosity! You are also welcome to join in on the conversations on the community Discord.