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Rare and Epic Skill Tournament: Sim Results and Team Prep Guide!

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Introduction

Explorers! Welcome to the Skill Tournament Guide, where we will try to help you get good results in the Skill Tournament! This is the second (and last) Skill Tournament in the Testacornibus Championship and the second-to-last Tournament for the Testacornibus Championship as well! This is probably the last chance for players who don't enjoy Advantage Tournaments to really add the score for their Alliance in the Alliance Tournament!

This Tournament is a Rare and Epic No Hybrid Skill Tournament, meaning that all Rare and Epic Non-Hybrids are allowed in this Tournament. Seeing as this allows for quite a diverse set of creatures, we will be seeing plenty of creatures running around this Tournament! Of course, as this is a Skill Tournament, we have let our Battle Simulator do some matchups and make some results for you! How do all the creatures stack up? Read on to find out!

Sim Results

As this is a Skilled Tournament, we have decided to use our Battle Simulator to give you a good insight on how each creature performs. But before we will show you the results, we feel like we need to share some info on it. 

Our Battle Simulator is a tool that was developed by the creator of the Jurassic World Alive Field Guide and it runs matchups for every combination we want it to. It runs 1v1 matchups for all creatures against all creatures, selecting the best move possible for each turn. It then calculates a win/loss/tie percentage and that is then compiled into a data sheet. 

Our Sim Results therefore are excellent in 1v1 matchups like the very start of the match. However, you should always keep in mind that the battles in JWA are a 4v4, and that it is very rarely a true 1v1. So while these numbers are very useful for seeing who wins the most, you should always keep in mind your own playstyle and possible other uses that won't be seen as much in our Battle Sim, like Swap in Abilities or On Escape Abilities. 

But with that disclaimer out of the way, here are the results! To quickly explain the numbers: Green numbers are win percentages, red numbers are loss percentages and blue numbers are ties/undecided numbers. If there is any situation where the added number isn't 100% there are probably some rounding issues involved.

Sim results

As you can see, we've got one BIG threat in the tournament, literally. Diplodocus is the undisputed best creature matchup-wise due to its massive Health stat and pretty good Attack stat. Ouranosaurus and Carbonemys round up the top 3. On place 4 we have our first Rare creature: Ornithomimus! This 131 Immune Speedster is the second-fastest creature that is available this Tournament, with Blue being the only thing faster than it! Other noteworthy creatures are Woolly Mammoth, Postosuchus, Secodontosaurus and Allosaurus G2 with their massive damage output, Titanoboa with the On Escape Rampage being able to nab a few kills on a Swap Out, Eucladoceros, Kentrosaurus and Megaloceros for excellent Speed control and Stygimoloch and Smilodon as amazing speedsters!

To help you out with your teambuilding, we are going to list some creatures that you will definitely need to consider in this Tournament!

Team Building Tips

This Tournament has some pretty powerful creatures, and there are a lot of creatures to cover. Of course, it will be impossible to cover all creatures. Therefore we will go over some creatures you definitely need to consider for this Tournament, but also how to counter them! Let's get started!

Diplodocus

We will start with the big bad Diplodocus. This creature is most likely going to be on every team as it has amazing bulk and good offense. Swap in Slow and Decelerating Rampage give it amazing Speed control, while it also has Shield Advantage to remove Shields and put one up for itself. The best creatures to counter this monster are Marsupial Lion, Woolly Rhinoceros, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Spinosaurus G2. Definitely make sure you got some counters for this monster on your team!

Ouranosaurus

With the ability to chain massive damage while also having big bulk, Ouranosaurus is going to be a big threat this tournament. Superiority Strike is an excellent T1 move, and then it can decide what to do: Run away using Impact and Run or do big damage with Greater Stunning Rampage! There's a lot of variety with this one! Due to it being able to run away from bad matchups, there really isn't that good of a counter against it. The best bet to go with would be to use creatures that are Immune to Stuns or have Immunity like Secodontosaurus. When you predict Ouranosaurus is going out, swap in your Titanoboa to get a big hit on it with the On Escape Rampage! This one will require a bit more planning than other creatures!

Carbonemys

Carbonemys is still going to be a pain every Epic Tournament because of its massive Armor Stat. Superior Vulnerability and Devastation give it big damage output, while it remains healthy with Dig In! Its Rare counterpart Meiolania is very similar, but has lower Armor stats and Regeneration instead of Dig In. Both of them will be a pain if you don't bring Armor Piercers, so be sure to do so! Chompers like Tyrannosaurus Rex, Secodontosaurus, Allosaurus G2, Marsupial Lion and Woolly Mammoth will be your best bet against the turtles!

Ornithomimus

Ornithomimus is one of the best non-hybrid Rares in the game and that is for good reason. 131 Speed, Immunity, Evasive Strike and Instant Distraction to reduce damage, Impact and Run to get out and good overall stats for a speedster make it a very potent threat this Tournament. People will most likely be running it and/or the other Rare bird Kelenken as their main speedsters due to their 131 Speed. The best way to shut both down is with Nullifying, Precise and Definite attacks or by tanking their hits. Woolly Rhino and Secodontosaurus both have Definite Attacks, while Carbonemys and Meiolania will be able to turn off their assault easily. However, the best creature to face them with will be Titanoboa. Titanoboa has the Precise Rampage to bypass the Evasive Strike both creatures has, and the Immunity to Distraction makes it so Ornithomimus cannot Distract said Precise Rampage. And if they attempt to swap out, they are eating a On Escape Rampage, taking out a massive chunk of their Health! Prepare for these two accordingly!

Honourable mentions

There are tons of powerful creatures, so let's quickly list some more creatures that you definitely should consider!

- Woolly Mammoth, Allosaurus G2 and Tyrannosaurus Rex: The best chompers in the format, they will be useable for anything that just needs a good ol' chomp. 

- Secodontosaurus: as an Immune Defense Shatterer with Definite Attacks, this will be your best answer to the Turtle duo! It's also amazing against anything with high Health and can nearly twoshot Diplodocus!

- Eucladoceros/Megaloceros: These deer are probably the best Speed control dinosaurs we have in this Tournament, so definitely use those to combat all those pesky speedsters.

- Alanqa: While it is not on the top 25, Alanqa's Swap in Invincibility can be used to block very powerful attacks. It itself is no slouch attacking either, so definitely consider it! Its main boon will be blocking big Rampages coming off of Woolly Mammoth and Diplodocus!

- Postosuchus: This creature has the highest T1 Damage for a non hybrid in the game with Ferocious Impact with it doing a whopping 3283 damage! However, afterwards it won't be able to do much, so be sure to use it late game if you use it!

- Titanoboa: This creature will be a very lethal creature late in the game. When you swap it into anything that cannot survive a Rampage from it, it's going to die. On Escape Rampage will make sure of that. Decelerating Impact also helps it gain the Speed advantage!

Parting Words

We hope this article was useful for you! We are excited to participate in this Tournament so we hope you are too! Perhaps we will see each other, battling it out in the arena! Be sure to join our Discord to stay in contact with us or to share a 'good game!' with your other Tournament participants! We hope to see you on there!

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