DARK ELVES! Congratulations to the people of Neriak for becoming the EQOA Race War! Champions!! I was never a fan of the race and wouldn’t even have them in my top five. I didn’t like the darkness of the starting area nor the complexity of the city. However, I am just one voice, and the crowd has overspoken!
In a runaway victory that amazed me, Dark Elves won 22-12 over their Elf cousins, proving that they were indeed worthy of the #1 seed. Here are the final standings:
Now let’s give the Dark Elves some tribute footage, courtesy of the EQOA Forever project on YouTube. Here is the tour of their home city of Neriak!
In a record turnout performance by the voters, the Final 4 was a great success. Thank you to everyone who participated.
The top seeded, Dark Elves managed another strong showing, beating out the Dwarves 28 to 20. The other Final 4 match up was between the 2-seeded Barbarians and 3-seeded Elves. While the Barbarians were favored in earlier polls, the Elves pulled a cunning 25-22 upset of their allies from Halas.
The Title Match Up: Good versus Evil
Now we’re left with the two remaining races and it’s a showdown for the ages. The 1-seed Dark Elves are coming to the table with their darker background. Players who favored the DElfs of Neriak loved the volcanic, cockroach infested area just north of Bobble-by-Water. Their city, full of turns, hidden walls, bridges, tunnels, and water was a vast contrast to their Championship competitor.
Hailing from the beautiful, clean cities of Fayspires and Tethelin, the Elves are known for being a very peaceful bunch. Players who favored Elves are probably a fan of the colors green and blue and have countless memories of fighting by the Orc cave between Fay/Teth and Moradhim.
Let’s take a look at the bracket:
Now for the Championship Voting that will go on until Wednesday April 16!:
In an impressive swing, the combination of the Eastern and Western Humans wasn’t enough to defeat the underdog, underestimated, and undersized Dwarves. It was the only upset of the first round.
The top 3 seeds each had strong showings, each gathering a total of 22 points. Up next, the first seeded Dark Elves square off against the tanky Dwarves, while the northern Barbarians will face their more elegant allies, the Elves of Fayspires and Teth.
Voting for Round 3 will end April 12th! Thank you all for your participation in the EQOA Race War!
This was posted on the Project99 forums. In the 3.5 years I have been blogging about EQOA, this is the largest collection of EQOA player photos I have come across. If you were playing in the final days of EQOA, you might find yourself standing around FP. Props to whoever put this together!
It’s March Madness and now that Michigan has been knocked out, let’s start a new bracket about something that is more important: EQOA RACE WAR!!!!
The 10 races (Barbarians, Elfs, Dark Elfs, Dwarfs, Gnomes, Halflings, Humans, Ogres, Trolls, Erudites) have a special place in all former players’ hearts. But that’s not good enough. It’s time to start the war.
Edit: Voting for the first round will end on April 4th!
Note: Since there are 10 races, this will mean 5 will win in round 1. I will thus eliminate 2 races that receive the lowest amount of votes. Round 2 will also get seeds (1-8) based on their margin of victory.