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But imagine being able to go one better. Imagine not only fighting for a team, but for your country as well! Surely that would be amazing – and now, there is a chance to do that! Coming up is the Tanki Online World Cup, a contest between countries all over the world. At the time of writing, there are still places available to fight – but they’ll have been taken up by the time of publication. You all should have heard of the World Cup, though. And in this article, I’m going to talk to you guys about the World Cup and what it’s going to consist of. I’ll also do brief summaries of each week in the World Cup regularly posted in this thread.
So who is taking part?
First of all, there are 22 teams which are taking part. These come from all around the world. There are three from the Americas – USA, Jamaica, and Canada – and nineteen from the Eastern hemisphere. The ones in the Eastern Hemisphere contain none from Africa, and thus are divided between Europe and Asia/Australia. Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan make the five Asian nations, to add to Australia and New Zealand from Oceania. The remaining twelve nations are all from Europe. In order of West to East, they are: Portugal, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, and Russia.
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Alright, you said teams have closed applications. So why the fuss to me?
Admittedly, some of you might notice how the World Cup has started and how the teams have stopped accepting players. If you are not in a team now, you cannot play in the World Cup. However, you should treat this as sport! Most of the battles will be streamed live on the Tanki Online World Cup stream, and you can follow the progress of your country’s team as they go on! Support your team! Follow the results and laugh at the supporters of the teams that drop out early in the contest!
What will happen in the World Cup?
The World Cup, as you already should know, will be a battle between many different countries to gain supremacy for their nation in Tanki Online. Most world cups, in sports and the like, normally use knockout rounds. However, this World Cup is different. The Tanki World Cup will be done on a “last team standing” basis: that is, the last team to exit the competition wins. Let me explain further.
What is going to happen is this: each country will all start with five so-called “factories”, that apparently produce supplies for their team. At the start of each week, teams will receive extra supplies in the garage dependant upon the amount of factories that they have. Teams will then fight each other to try to take factories off one other, fighting each other in set battles where they “gamble” factories. The winning team will take the amount of factories that were gambled before the match from the other team. Once a team has no more factories that remain, they are out of the world cup.
The last team to survive, with factories remaining when all the others have none, will be the World Cup winners!
What are the exact rules for these battles?
These battles must be battles between five participants on both teams. Supplies must be permitted, and each match will consist of 2 games each 35 minutes long. The team which captures more flags in both of the games combined are the winners. Protection paints will be allowed, as will every weapon. The battles will be in any of a certain pool of maps and can be at any time that the two team leaders for the teams involved agree upon.
How can I follow the results of my country’s team?
Most teams will publish the times of their battles and their results on their thread in the Clans/Teams section of the forum. Follow each team’s thread carefully if you want to watch out for your country. You will also be able to watch most of the matches live here, where one of the DJs will be in most of the games and viewing it from a neutral perspective. Make sure you keep up to date with the times your team is playing so you can watch all of the matches from there.
And what’s for stake?
Other than pride? 100,000 crystals and 2,000 supplies on offer – but the winner takes all! There is, according to the forum thread that announced the thread, no prizes for second position – nothing at all. It’ll be winner takes all – the crystals, the supplies, and the pride. Just like in real war.
So, that’s all I have to introduce you to the World Cup for now, check in on this column for regular updates during the Cup itself!