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Recap of The Fibonacci Cup: What Can We Learn From 288 Winners?

Zed.Run held their 2nd Tournament just before Thanksgiving as it awarded a Prize Pool of roughly $105,000 USD split to 288 different Horses who advanced from the ‘Quarter Finals’ stage that 1152 Horses were invited to.

It’s notable that during Qualifiers – no Horses were able to lose Class Points in Free Races. They could gain Class Points, which has certainly led to many “Classed Up” Horses in the ecosystem.

With that being said, what can we take away from the Tournament Field and the Qualifying Horses at large? Let’s take a look!

Today’s Zed.Run Ecosystem

Before we can dive into the 288 Horses who won money during the Fibonacci Cup, let’s take a look at how the Horses are split in today’s Ecosystem:

  • Genesis: 27,352 Horses (17.8%)
  • Legendary: 45,606 Horses (29.7%)
  • Exclusive: 48,823 Horses (31.8%)
  • Elite: 17,045 Horses (11.1%)
  • Cross: 11,090 Horses (7.2%)
  • Pacer: 3,466 Horses (2.3%)
  • Nakamoto: 17,055 Horses (11%)
  • Szabo: 12,730 Horses (8%)
  • Finney: 25,822 Horses (17%)
  • Buterin: 97,822 Horses (64%)

These numbers (154,000+ Horses and growing!) give us a baseline to understand what’s out there in Zed and what a ‘normal ratio’ would look like if all the Horses were getting into the Tournament on an even level.

Now let’s get to the good stuff!

Who Made Money in the Fibonacci Cup?

288 Horses collected at least $44 USD in the Tournament.

A lot of unique Horse Breed & Bloods were able to Qualify for the field of 1152.

The highest Z# that was able to earn money was “Darius Big Neigh Slay” who is a Z37 Exclusive Buterin who was actually in “Funnel A”.

Let’s look at some Facts about the 288 Horses who were Winners over the weekend:

  • The “Average” Z Number of Horses who won Money was 10.03
  • The “Average” Z Number of Horses who won Money in Funnel A was 8.34
  • The “Average” Z Number of Horses who won Money in Funnel B was 11.72

Low Z #’s are going to continue to dominate these types of events for the foreseeable future.

As you can see, Funnel A was a bit sharper than Funnel B, however it was not a huge difference to be honest.

  • Some Horses actually had a bit of success with a Z# Number over 20… but not on a large scale:

There were some notable Earners who broke through the “Z20 Ceiling”.

Some examples include Miso Horny (Excl. Z30 Bute) making $495, Pink Sapphires (Excl. Z32 Bute) making $437, and Boni (Elite Z22 Finney) coming home with $415.

All in all, 28 Horses with a Z# over 20 cashed in the Fibonacci Cup for an average of $147 per Horse – representing just under 4% of the Prize Pool allocation.

Here are the breakdown of number of Winners by Breed type:

  • 89 Genesis (31%)
  • 110 Legendary (38%)
  • 67 Exclusive (23%)
  • 21 Elite (8%)
  • 1 Cross (0%)

Here are the breakdown of number of Winners by Blood Type:

  • 85 Nakamoto (30%)
  • 40 Szabo (14%)
  • 72 Finney (25%)
  • 91 Buterin (31%)

This is similar to last time but we should remember that some of these represent Horses who won only $44.

We can see Genesis Horses remaining very strong with their 31% Representation coming from a group that is only 18% of the Population.

Digging Into the “Heavy Hitters”

We always knew the Fibonacci Cup would be a top-heavy Tournament. The Qualifying Period rewarded Consistent Winners, and even with the Quarterfinal pairings that match up “High Class” Horses, it seemed like the “Best of the Best” would do well.

That turned out to be correct….

Here are the top 10 Earners in Both Funnels (in order) of the Fibonacci Cup:

  • Z2 Genesis Nakamoto ($6,767)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($4,826)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($4,556)
  • Z4 Genesis Szabo ($4,065)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($3,823)
  • Z4 Legendary Szabo ($3,160)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($2,430)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($2,188)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($1,796)
  • Z4 Legendary Szabo ($1,638)

The average “Z Number” of these 10 Horses is 2.00.

Again, this is somewhat expected and I’m not typing it out to whine about the little guy or attack the ‘Whale’ Horses.

However, it should be something to keep in mind that if you are aiming at these events with the lower Breeds or Blood Types that you probably don’t have the top-end potential.

To that end, we broke down “Winnings” by Breed and Blood Type. Here’s the list:

  • Genesis: $55,033 (52%)
  • Legendary: $31,558 (30%)
  • Exclusive: $13,846 (13%)
  • Elite: $4,728 (5%)
  • Cross: $178 (0%)

This really puts the earlier “Breed” Numbers in perspective as the Genesis Horses that represent 17% of the Population jump up to take 52% of the available Prize Pool!

  • Nakamoto: $52,511 (50%)
  • Szabo: $18,961 (18%)
  • Finney: $14,964 (14%)
  • Buterin: $18,887 (18%)

Now we can really see the effects of having a ‘top tier’ Horse.

Nakamotos who make up just 11% of the ecosystem end up taking home 50% of the Prize Pool.

Meanwhile, Buterins who make up 64% of the ecosystem only take home 18% of the Prize Pool here in the Fibonacci Cup.

Maybe those “Breeding Minimums” from Zed really aren’t so off as people think……. Hmmm.

My Personal Takeaways:

After seeing the Prizes that a lot of Horses got — you really need to think about specific Prize Pools when weighing whether to compete.

Nobody is going to be super impressed by winning $44… but making a deeper Tournament run is worth a lot more. The cut-off that we’re seeing still seems like you either need to have a Genesis, Legendary, or a Nakamoto or Szabo to have a realistic chance at that.

That’s why I think it’s helpful to see how many different Horses won money, but it’s also important to think about where the actual allocation of Prize Pool is going.

A Bred Horse (Moonlight Mile) did win “Funnel B”, and that’s a start.

Now, what happens with the Pity Point Cup?

It will bring about a ton of strategy to actually get your Horse qualified; but will the Strong Horses have an even bigger advantage once they do?

This remains yet to be seen.

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