entertaining as it was, i guess the winning tribe will write the only version of the story of w85
i do not play w85, i cannot even name a single tribe tbh, but it is the last non-p2w world, and i know a lot of the big names played this world
i also know a lot of people were unable to play w85, but are/will be interested in reading the final chapter of classic tw
but twstats does not tell the story, nor is there a stickied blog
so all we have for those interested is a song, which while entertaining, explains nothing at all
so the final chapter of classic tw will apparently remain untold, shame
While I cannot provide a full explanation of the happenings of the world, I can provide a very detailed events of thats happened in the southwest, and what has happened from the perspective of southwestern players. This is to the best of my ability, and while im sure I may leave out some bits of knowledge, Im quite confident my involvement will allow more insight than most.
Immediately upon joining up there are a few tribes that every player would take notice of. Note, these tribes are who was relevant in the first two weeks, and new tribes will come into play as I progress. The tribes listed in here are ones I can explain, and remember for the most part. Just cause I don't talk about them doesn't mean they didn't matter.
EQ- A well known tribe from world 82 I think? With the same leader and a few new recruits. These guys were considered the most intimidating tribe early on, they more or less took control of K45 from the very beginning. Their war record was nearly flawless.
ISN: A group of Korean players joined this world. Surrounded in controversy this tribe took some of the largest leads in individual player growth. The incredibly top heavy tribe safely sat at rank 1 for a long time. At some points in time they had all 5 of the top 5 players in the first month of play. However, many smaller accounts with stagnant growth were also featured in the tribe. Some of the earliest nobles and full nukes came out of this tribe, and there was a certain level of fear in what would happen if they snowballed. They shared K55 with SARCOW, and Panda.
Rabid - Rabid started all the way down in the 50's - 40's range as far as tribe ranking early on. But any idiot looking at average points per player could tell from an early stage that this was not a random concoction of tw players. This tribe was publicly organized by garrock, argued to be one of the more successful tw leader in his time, and a host of experienced and very talented vets coming back for what may be their last chance at the true tw experience. Rabid dominated their K and broke apart any alliances form against them very quickly. Much like EQ 1 month into the game they had taken complete control of k55 with little room for any survivors. Rabid has never had more than close to 30 members through out the entire game. This, mixed with the reputation of the involved players made rabid a huge threat from day one, as they didn't need to come close to the 60 member limit to not only be relevant, but to be dominant.
Panda - A tribe that came in with a core group of players, and recruited some new faces as well. Lead by the superguy account featuring Ruud and young from day 1. This leadership group was also experienced, but had a hurdle put in its path in that there was a tribe known as ISN in the early phases. Panda is currently one of the top tribes in the world, and has had a long stay amongst the top ranks of tribes on world 85 with no clear end in sight.
Sarcow - ew. Probably 5 actual premade players. Known as somewhat of a mass recruiting tribe lead by Lifesless clown. I will explain this one more.
There was a random rim tribe called NWO. I joined NWO, talked to the leader. At the time ISN and Panda were the two major forces. ISN much more than Panda. If you were basing your opinion on the scoreboard, then ISN was the heavy favorite. I explained that if we didnt make a major move in NWO then we would be swallowed whole by the major players. So a merge took place. NWO into Sarcow. Sarcow was a 30 tribe member tribe that looked threatening early on. With the merge, they became a top 10 tribe, and were a mainstay on 85 for a decent amount of time.
The following statements are for pure documentation purposes. Im not accusing anyone of anything. Im stating what I am because I want to accurately reflect the attitude held towards ISN, and the kind of thoughts circulating players within 85.
Many people felt that early on, the large discrepancy in successful and stagnant players in ISN could be explained by the fact that the top accounts were being "fed" by the smaller ones. ISN had just a handful of terrifyingly large players, and this seemed to be the explanation to most people.
While there was no obvious original owner of K44, a tribe that was apparently a premade named Dokdo emerged quickly to be the owner, though was a bit of a late bloomer. I know little to nothing about Dokdo, or its leadership.
As a result, the Panda premade wasnt really able to come in and dominate the continent right away the way they planned. Immediately the largest threat was recognized by SARCOW and Panda to be ISN. so Rank 2 and 3 in the continent united to take down ISN. Sarcow players were dropping like flies and being used to filter support to mainstays in the panda tribe. Isn crumbled quickly when the Korean players were rumored to no longer be communicating effectively with the English players. As a result ISN split a lot of ways. A short lived tribe known as Valk formed, but it quickly came back to Panda and Sarcow. Panda offered a merge to Sarcow. Lifeless clown was a dipshit and went on record saying they were just as good as the much larger and elite panda tribe. panda crushed sarcow within a week, and nothing remained of sarcow players except for those who fled successfully, which were few and far between.
Panda went on to dominate the continent. While in the NE Eq shattered apart as well as Dokdo. Several tribes were formed and split after the fact, but for the most part (from my understanding) the tribes have consisted of a lot of the same players. Im not quite sure what happened with eq, apparently Atmospheric (leader of EQ) had to leave the world? It was quite a shame as I believe many players were anticipating a war between rabid and EQ. Im not really sure if that was ever going to happen, but it would have been a very interesting war to watch.
In the current state there are really about 5 major tribes.
X - one of the splits of dokdo
Y - from what I understand mostly former dokdo and EQ players
Old - a rim tribe that has grown at an alarming rate starting to push into the K45 area and quickly becoming a major player.