The long running QuakeWorld 1on1 league known as Thunderdome
, characterised by its division-based way of pitting players against each other, is about to launch another instance of its popular format in a not too distant future. In this article we look back at the what happened in the previous season as well as what we can expect from the upcoming one, which may be set to start in about a week's time.
Before going into the details of the new season of Thunderdome
, a wrap-up of the results and some map specific statistics from the last one may be of interest. An exciting piece of news last season was that we would not only see Thunderdome
action among the European players, but also an additional South American part of the tournament was launched as primarily Brazilian players had shown interest. Unfortunately the interest in playing games wasn't as high as the interest to sign up for the tournament, so the South American division was soon cancelled due to too few games played.
The results in the rest of the Season 7
divisions follow below:Division 0
Speedball (aka NPH)Division Pro
StarlingDivision Regular High
Orc (w.o. in grand final)
BaresiDivision Regular Low
DoctorDivision Advanced Rookies
As a follow up to last season's map statistics, triggered by the controversial introduction of Bravado at the expense of DM6
in the map pool, some numbers on the popularity of the maps during Thunderdome Season 7
can be viewed below. The map pool for season 8 will be the same as last season, i.e. DM2
Thunderdome has been going strong for seven consecutive seasons now and one of the factors behind its popularity has been the way that players are matched against opponents of similar skill in a judgement made primarily by head admin VVD
. Season eight will be no different with the skill span ranging from divisions with elite players to divisions where duelers may be more or less starting from scratch.
A theoretical break down of the player characteristics in the various divisions can be found in the rules section
(which you are recommended to read):1. Open Division
- Former Div0, now open for all players, independet of their skill2. Pro
- Experienced duelers with high skills3. Regular High
- The typical average players4. Regular Low
- The typical average players5. Advanced rookies
- Skilled new players and the old and rusty6. Rookies
- New players to QuakeWorld
One interesting new addition is that the highest division is called the "Open Division". In this division any player can decide to step up and play with the big guys in case he/she think they got what it takes. This is in addition to playing in their regular division. Besides the open division consisting of the best opponents there are, it also features more games than the other divisions as best-of-five match format is used earlier than for the other divisions.
In the general signup section
so far we have 25 players at the time of writing.
So, registrations for the new seasons are already under way and to sign up you should head on over to the Thunderdome Season 8 site
and let 'em know you're up for some dueling.