Statistics ETSL after season 1 and 2

After Alban Ullrich’s resignation, season 2 is now officially closed. Time to have a look at the statistics.

In season 2 126 matches (144 in season 1) have been played: 3 ties, 68 US victories and 55 USSR victories (resp. 1, 70 and 73 in season 1). Let’s see how they were divided:

No optionals, no add. IP (3 matches): 2 US, 1 USSR victory (2 US wins in season 1).

Optionals, no add. IP (46 matches): 1 tie, 23 US, 22 USSR victories (resp. 1, 34 and 36 in season 1)

Optionals, US+1 (71 matches): 1 tie, 39 US, 31 USSR victories (resp. 0, 16 and 21 in season 1)

Optionals, US+2 (6 matches): 1 tie, 4 US, 1 USSR victory (resp. 0, 10 and 11 in season 1)

In season 1 12 matches have been played w/o optionals, US+3 (8 US, 4 USSR victories) and 1 match w/o optionals, US+2 (USSR victory).

This makes the total victory count after 270 matches: 4 ties, 138 US victories and 128 USSR victories.

An overview of the amount of season 2 games finished within a certain type of victory:

Final Scoring (24 matches): 3 ties, 14 US, 7 USSR victories (including 1 Europe Control victory) (resp. 0. 8 and 12 in season 1)

Autovictory (64 matches): 28 US, 36 USSR victories (resp. 36 and 37 in season 1)

Europe Control (2 matches): 2 USSR victories, including 1 after Final Scoring (in season 1 there was no Europe Control win)

Nuclear War (14 matches): 12 US, 2 USSR victories (resp. 16 and 2 in season 1)

Nuclear War by scoring card left (2 matches): 2 USSR victories (1 US win in season 1)

Nuclear War by breaking time limit (7 matches): 6 US, 1 USSR victory (resp. 7 and 3 in season 1)

Wargames (13 matches): 8 US, 5 USSR victories (1 tie, 11 US and 9 USSR victories in season 1)

Conclusions: based on the numbers above, it seems to me that “optionals w/o additional IP for US” is the most balanced variant in the ETSL. However, victories due to breaking the time limit seem to add to the amount of US victories, probably since the US rarely get an autovictory early in the game. Furthermore, 270 matches still don’t make a big enough sample to say something smug, especially since the matches are spread over numerous variants. But of course it’s still nice to have statistics anyway 🙂

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