Firstly, let me explain the concept of
Circle of alliance. For those who understand it already, click here
to jump to the actual report.
Circle of Alliance is a varient of a FFA, only with more rules. 5
people must be present for a fair competition, where their starting
locations are the vertices of a right pentagon. Each player has two
allies: the other players adjacent to him. The goal is to eliminate
the other two players who are not beside him. The alliance, however,
will not change after elimination of any player during the game.
Therefore, it is your best concern to save your partner although
your other partner was attempting to kill him. The last remaining
two allied players, or last player will win the game.
The game started when loti, Pika_Flare, patheto,
Mark4 and Drefsab joined this chaotic game setting. Here
are the alliance:
The first line among the players was loti's comment on this crazy idea. Everyone was
confused for a while as to ally and unally with other players
because they were preset by the map setting already. To further
discourage everyone, loti explained that
he unconfidently "HOPE the triggers will
work" after 10 minutes of downloading before the game!
- loti is allied with Pika_Flare and Drefsab
- Pika_Flare is allied with patheto and loti
- patheto is allied with Mark4 and Pika_Flare
- Mark4 is allied with Drefsab and patheto
- Drefsab is allied with loti and Mark4
During the early stage of the game, almost everyone was doing
fairly safe build: double hatch at main then pool, 2 gate, and 2
rax. All got gas at about the same time and tech slowly.
Unfortunately, at around the 5 minute mark, patheto pulled out a T_mac and said he had to go!
DOH! Despite threats from Mark4 to rip his
balls off if he leave, and cuss from loti
"SUCK BALLS!", patheto conceded and left
the game. This left Mark4 and Pika_Flare with only one partner left on the
battlefield! Mark4 immediately announced
that he was "so screwed!" while Pika_Flare
remained weeping silently.
Despite the unfortunate departure, all non-terran players chose
to expand at about the same time. They had located the closest
expansions to their main and established an expansion there, except
for Pika_Flare, who oddly expanded to the
natural expansion between Mark4 and the
long gone patheto.
Now with their expansion operational, the players finally
revealed their plans.
While Pika_Flare and Drefsab were amassing muta and hydras
respectively, Mark4 dispatched his dark
templars to scout the map, while loti ordered
a vulture to perform the same task. Loti
finally floated a CC towards his closest expansion and a bunker and
several turrets were constructed for defense. Pika_Flare, being a man that he was, expanded once
again, this time to his closest natural expansion. Nonetheless, he
still left his first expansion naked, hoping Mark4 would not find it shortly. What he did not
know is Mark4's famous skill of recon.
Sometimes when you are observing you cannot tell if Mark4 has turned on his trusty map-revealer
except you won't see the "shuttle dance!" And of course, before
Pika_Flare could mine too much resource, a
scouting dragoon found the expansion and 2 more zealots were sent to
destory the zerg infestation. Mark4
immediately sent a probe there, clearly attempting to expand there;
however, after warping in two pylons, the probe waited impatiently
for the creep to disappear from the ground before a nexus could be
|one factory, 2 rax, 2 Ebays|
2 gate, templar archive, 1 forge
3 hatches, hydra
den, 2 evolution chambers
Mark4's powering was covered
by Drefsab's attack on Pika_Flare. Two groups of hydras were sent from
two paths: one from the top and the other from the bottom, both led
to Pika_Flare's natural expansion. Mutas and
sunkens fought the massive hydra force, and finally the battlefield
remained 4 mutas.
Pika_Flare was hurt, but his
expansion stood. Nonetheless, during the bloodly battle Mark4 had already had his 2nd expansion fully
operational, and a huge number of dragoons were recalled from Auir
to engage the zerg. Shortly afterwards, Drefsab also gathered another groups of hydras
and scourges, and attacked Pika_Flare again
with Mark4's army too this time! Loti, seeing the sea of scourges, hydras and
dragoons in the middle heading towards Pika_Flare, sadly claimed that "Pika is dead...",
to which Pika hopelessly responded "I
With only small number of mutas and zerglings, Pika_Flare could not held off the onslaught of
dragoons and hydras. His mutas did not stand a chance to fight
because most were scourged! His main quickly fell and the same army
ran into Pika's natural expansion and every structure on the creep
were decimated. Nevertheless, Pika was able to escape with one
drone, and built a hatchery at loti's main to
extend his miserable life. He certainly expected his terran partner,
with 8 tanks and a handful of infantry, will bought him enough time
to rebuild and possibly pulled off a victory if he got lucky.
Unfortunately, to sadly discourage Pika, loti proudly
announced the following:
After killing Pika_Flare's main, Drefsab were assured of a victory already, and
he pulled back his hydras to his base, not to interfere with the
duel between Mark4 and loti. During the fall of Pika's main, Mark4 took this opportunity and expanded once
more to an expansion beside patheto's old main. With 4 mining base
Mark4 entered the macro stage and started
pumping dragoons, zealots, dark templars and templars like a mad
Of course loti had realized his mistake of
not researching siege mode, and soon enough those 8 sieged tanks,
along with a good number of m&m and a spoting SV, set up a
"don't mess with me" siege defense on the ramp guarding the common
choke toward his main and natural. However, what he forgot was that
there were TWO ramps leading to his main, and the other ramp was
poorly guarded by 3 spider mines whose activation radius could not
even stop anything troops from climbing up the ramp. Producing from
12 gates, Mark4 easily hit his supply
limit and decided it's time to finish it. Waves of protoss troops
mainly consisted of dragoons and templars were sent from the other
ramp untouched, until loti noticed 16
dragoons bypass his frontal defense and started hitting his main.
Realizing his mistake, loti quickly
unsieged those tanks and sent them to engage the offending dragoons.
A quick EMP was able to drain full energy of 3 out of 5 templars.
Nonetheless, the remaining templars stormed the tanks and the rest
of the tanks were caught in the middle between the first and second
wave of dragoons and quickly exploded to plasma fire. Pika_Flare's last hatchery was the first building
to be destoryed on the way before Mark4
started working on other terran buildings. With no more troops loti hopelessly waited for Mark4 to finish him off, only to hope the pain
will be short. He expressed his eager to die quickly by shouting
"KILL MY PANSY ASS!" Mark4's troops easily
destoryed everything in sight and rolled over loti's natural in no time.
Victors: Mark4 and Drefsab (32:49)