Season 1 Recap: The Age of Competition
TTA Pulse Season 1 comes to an end. That was absolutely epic. First, thank you so much for joining us -- we hosted almost 3500 games in less than three months! Let's look at the leaderboard.
- Ender_Wiggin (2002)
- SandHippo (1907)
- LaoHuang (1858)
- DJParson (1817)
- bluestar (1813)
- DANeo (1804)
- smoula892 (1797)
- yaop (1796)
- ttaimmortal (1792)
- XiePei (1777)
Special shout-outs: DJParson in position #4, who live-streamed throughout the season on his Twitch channel for everyone to enjoy. Also DANeo in #6, posting several top games on YouTube with commentary. And of course, Ender_Wiggin, the season winner. Check out his interview below!
Most games played:
- XiePei (319)
- THEGOAT (303)
- xuxu (272)
- pv4 (250)
- soonwoo (234)
- Huasong (212)
- LaoHuang (202)
- Che (175)
- Djinges (159)
- Cmacu (147)
We also give a special shout-out to THEGOAT, who completed over 100 games in the final week of the season. Congratulations!
Season Winner Interview
- When did you first learn Through the Ages? What did you think of it?
I first learned this game in 2017, but only knew the rules and played less than 100 games. At that time, the well-built UI and epic gameplay really impressed me. In 2019, when the expansion was released, it improves the replayability, since every game can have a different set combination. We need to generate different game strategy based on the given set, which interested me again, and I played about 500 games in one year.
I’m a huge fan for eurogames, especially for these card drafting games such as TTA and Terraforming Mars. TTA shows me a beauty of balance that combining so many mechanisms but integrating them so reasonable which is comprehensive and straightforward.
- What is your favorite civil card? Favorite military card?
For my favorite civil card I would like to say Charles Darwin. The most interesting for Random Mix Mode is that you need to pre-plan for the leaders and wonders because every game is different. Darwin may be difficult to pick without planning, because he has a special negative effect — which never happens before. However, if you have both library and arena cards, then Darwin can be extremely powerful. For military card, I like Freedom of Movement most, because of its concision and flexibility. For one reason, it can work well with urban buildings, such as Philosophy to Journalism; for another reason, it can bring my opponent a surprise when he declares a war on me.
- If you could make one change to Through the Ages, what would it be?
I think the mechanism of the 2-player game is already perfect, so if I can make a change I would like to say: a starting order compensation for the 4-player game, especially for the last player. For my personal experience, and many discussion on my chatting group, most players don’t like the last position because it has a high possibility to suffer military events in early ages, and wars in ages II and III. In my opinion, the order in 2-player is quite balanced, just about half and half.
- Any other thoughts or comments?
I really like the TTA Pulse platform. Thanks for your contribution. I also introduced this website to many of my friends.
Season 2: The Age of Industry
What's coming next? We heard your feedback, and are making small changes to the rating decay system for Master players.
- Maximum decay is 5 steps (instead of 7), so the decay amounts go from 50 to 10.
- Winning or losing a game will reduce your decay (instead of only winning).
And one more change, also based on your excellent feedback:
- The minimum amount of rating points that can be gained from a single match is now 12 (up from 10).
And one more shout-out, this one to qifeng, for becoming the first Season 2 Master Division player, in less than 48 hours. Amazing.
Looking forward to match you Through the Ages!