Maximizing Tournament Points
Related Links: Elvengems Tournament Calculator
, MinMaxGamer's Tournament Progression Model (2020)
, October 2020 Tournament Change Announcement
Completing a tournament encounter earns you tourney points. The more rounds you complete within the same Province encounter, the more points you are awarded. This means there are numerous combinations of how many Provinces to differing rounds of completion a player can finish to derive at the same total points number. For example, in a full fellowship of 25 players, each player would need to complete 1600 pts to contribute their "fair share" of points to help the fellowship complete 10-chests for a Blueprint reward. There are many ways to get to 1600 pts. A player can do 54 Provinces to 1* or 6 Provinces to 6*s. Fear not, the Tournament Calculator
from Elvengems is a great tool for crunching this for you.
Tournament Points Distribution Table
HOW DO YOU GET THE MOST POINTS OUT OF LIMITED RESOURCES?
A common mistake a lot of players make is mistakenly thinking the cost increase is linear as Province number increases, meaning players tend to think the increase in costs from one province to another is constant. As a result, they might think it's easier to do 15 provinces to 2* and be done in 2 rounds than doing 5 provinces to 5* for approximately the same amount of points. However, the rate of cost increase can differ at various points in the tournament.
Here are the Province Progression tables as provided by both Inno in the Tournament Change Announcement
as well as MinMaxGamer. They are very similar and tell the same story. The first 5 Provinces of every tournament is very easy for everyone
! Specifically, you will always
fight these first several provinces outnumbering
the enemy. It doesn't matter what Chapter you are in (techs unlocked), how many wonder levels you have, how many plots you've placed, or what your relic boost is. You will enter the fight with an advantage in numbers.
Province Progression Tables
Looking at these charts, especially MinMaxGamer's chart with detailed numbers, you will see the first big jump in troop size and rate change happens around Province #8, with another significant jump at Province #10. From Province #9 upwards, you are starting to fight the enemy underhanded. The further you progress in tournament from this point forward, the bigger that gap widens. By Province #20, the ratio is 1.5x and things are starting to look pretty ugly.
Going back to the earlier example of trying to obtain 1600 total points, the Province Progression table from Inno clearly shows that you will complete more easy
encounters (green boxes) doing 6 Provinces to 6* than 54 Provinces to 1*! You can easily see how many more difficult
encounters (red boxes) you'll face traversing the table downwards than across. Therefore, to maximize both your resources and tournament points, it is better to do less provinces to more rounds than more provinces to less rounds.
It is also more economical to do as many provinces as you can each week as you can rather than doing the occasional big surge. The rewards for provinces 10+ are the same, but it is a scale of diminishing returns since each province you ascend will cost more resources and troops for the same prize.