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

Zed.Run has been on fire in one area — Tournaments.

The Pity Point Cup was designed for Horses who were Specialists when it comes to finishing in 4th Place. (And 3rd & 5th)

The Prize Pool of roughly $105,000 USD was to be split among 288 different Horses who advanced from the ‘Quarter Finals’ stage that 1152 Horses were invited to… and Zed seemed to want this to reward some different Horses.

Did Zed achieve that goal?

It’s notable that during Qualifiers – Horses are still unable 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 Pity Point Cup, let’s take a look at how the Horses are split in today’s Ecosystem:

  • Genesis: 27,352 Horses (17.4%)
  • Legendary: 46,556 Horses (29.7%)
  • Exclusive: 50,071 Horses (31.9%)
  • Elite: 17,557 Horses (11.2%)
  • Cross: 11,564 Horses (7.4%)
  • Pacer: 3,789 Horses (2.4%)
  • Nakamoto: 17,386 Horses (11.1%)
  • Szabo: 12,981 Horses (8.3%)
  • Finney: 26,305 Horses (16.8%)
  • Buterin: 100,217 Horses (63.9%)

These numbers (156,000+ 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 Pity Point 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 “Poison Berry” who is a Z34 Cross Buterin who took home $74.

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 9.68
  • The “Average” Z Number of Horses who won Money in Funnel A was 9.10.
  • The “Average” Z Number of Horses who won Money in Funnel B was 10.26.

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

The Average Z# actually went down slightly from the Fibonacci Cup — but all of these differences were pretty negligible.

  • No Horses with a Z# of 19 or Higher made more than $180.00

This is a pretty tough stat to see for the High Z Owners. In past tournaments, we had some Exclusive Butes in the 30’s who made $400-500.

In the Pity Point Cup, nobody was able to break through and earn enough in the Semi-Finals to get up to even the $200’s.

Only 20 Horses with a Z# over 20 cashed in the Pity Point Cup for an average of $113 per Horse – representing just over 2% of the Prize Pool allocation.

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

  • 62 Genesis (22%)
  • 121 Legendary (42%)
  • 92 Exclusive (32%)
  • 8 Elite (3%)
  • 2 Cross (1%)

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

  • 71 Nakamoto (25%)
  • 61 Szabo (21%)
  • 79 Finney (27%)
  • 77 Buterin (27%)

Genesis did go down from 31% to 22%, Legendary jumps from 38 to 42, and Exclusive sees a big jump up to 32% as well.

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

The Legendary growing in a “Pity Point” format was interesting to see considering “Variance” being assigned randomly at birth.

Digging Into the “Heavy Hitters”

People had varying opinions about the Pity Point Cup when it was announced.

A lot of people were upset that the 3rd-4th-5th rewards reversed back to the traditional 1-2-3 method when Quarterfinals started.

It’s clear that Zed was at least trying to throw a bone to the ‘smaller’ Stables and Horses with this Tournament… but did that play out?

In a word, no.

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

  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($9,816)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($4,103)
  • Z2 Legendary Nakamoto ($4,065)
  • Z2 Legendary Nakamoto ($3,864)
  • Z1 Genesis Nakamoto ($3,626)
  • Z4 Exclusive Nakamoto ($3,429)
  • Z2 Genesis Nakamoto ($2,557)
  • Z2 Genesis Nakamoto ($2,188)
  • Z3 Exclusive Nakamoto ($1,742)
  • Z4 Genesis Szabo ($1,552)

The average “Z Number” of these 10 Horses is 2.20.

This was honestly expected even with the change in format — but basically, The Pity Point Cup worked until it didn’t.

I think it encouraged more people to try Qualifying and some may have had fun and even earned $100 or so.

However, it must be repeated — you’re probably just trapping yourself in Class 1 by trying to sneak into these Paid Fields.

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

  • Genesis: $41,592 (39.5%)
  • Legendary: $41,528 (39.4%)
  • Exclusive: $20,193 (19.2%)
  • Elite: $1,912 (1.8%)
  • Cross: $118 (0.1%)

So in the previous Fibonacci Cup, we saw Genesis take home 52% of the Prize Pool. This is definitely cut here — and the beneficiaries were the Legendary and Exclusive Breed Types who jumped from 30% to 39% and 13% to 19% respectively.

Here’s the Blood Type Break-down:

  • Nakamoto: $54,455 (51.7%)
  • Szabo: $18,716 (17.8%)
  • Finney: $16,611 (15.8%)
  • Buterin: 15,561 (14.8%)

This is almost level-by-level exactly the same as the previous Fibonacci Cup.

Nakamotos remain incredibly strong — mostly from the Z1-Z4’s taking home the top-heavy Prize amounts.

Meanwhile, Buterins who make up 63% of the ecosystem only take home 14% of the Prize Pool here in the Pity Point Cup.

My Personal Takeaways:

Well, Zed implemented half of an idea and basically got half of the Results.

We saw people who were interested in running during Qualifiers………

And we saw those Horses get pretty much crushed during any Round that wasn’t a Quarterfinal in the B Funnel.

People have been waiting on Class changes for awhile now, and each Tournament that runs will exclude more and more Horses who have classed up heavily into C1.

The cut-off that we’re seeing still seems like you either need to have a Genesis, Legendary, or a Nakamoto or Szabo to make any realistic profit in an Open Tournament.

The team has promised formats that may reward other Horses since they launched their inaugural Tournament in mid-October, but here we are in early December and that certainly hasn’t happened as of yet.

Now, what happens with the Fibonacci 2.0?

The Fibonacci 2.0 seems like it will be the most top-heavy Tournament so far due to the simple fact that more and more Horses are ending up in C1.

As with any Tournament, we’ll be right here to Recap it!

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