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What is SpyParty?

SpyParty is a spy game about human behavior, performance, perception, and deception. While most espionage games have you spend your time shooting stuff, blowing stuff up, and driving fast, SpyParty has you hide in plain sight, deceive your opponent, and detect subtle behavioral tells to achieve your objectives.

Teien Tournament – Full Results

Day 1: Round Robin

The first day of the Teien Tournament was a round robin featuring 17 competitors. Each player was scheduled to play every other player for two games: one as spy, and one as sniper. At the end, the four players with the most wins advanced to a small bracket to be played on the second day.

Not all matches were completed, as the top four slots were locked in before every combination had taken place. Here were the top finishers, with their win totals over 32 games played:

  1. OpiWrites/steam: 22
  2. lazybear: 21
  3. davidw: 20
  4. ml726: 19

In total, 262 games were played on the first day, with spies winning 55% of the time. Some of the matches and the related programming around the win tracker were cast by the developer. You can download all 262 replays from Day 1.

Day 2: Semi-Finals and Finals

Seeding of the mini-bracket was based on the win total from the previous day. Each set was 14 games. If either player reached eight wins, they were victorious. A 7-7 tie would lead to a tiebreaker, where both players continued alternating until someone took a two-game lead. All three matches were cast on the official channel:

Here are the replays for each set:

The semi-final matches were fairly definitive: davidw defeated lazybear 8-2, and OpiWrites defeated ml726 8-3.

The finals, however, were a good deal more dramatic, in both the score and the individual games. davidw and Opi stayed within a win of each other nearly the entire set, and ultimately finished tied 7-7, sending the final of the entire tournament into a tiebreak. davidw quickly won both matches to take the match, and the tournament.

Particularly notable were games eight and nine in the finals, both spy wins that ended in dramatic fashion. In the eighth game, Opi rushed multiple hard tells in the final seconds and began dancing behind the rear conversation to try to dodge the shot he assumed was coming. But davidw, it turns out, hadn’t even noticed his antics! In the very next game, davidw answered with a Contact while holding the briefcase (a hard tell if noticed), leaving early, coughing, getting lowlit, and eventually leading to a shot on another partygoer.

This was the second venue-specific tournament of the year (pwndnoob‘s single-day “Moderne Warfare” being the first). Thanks to Opi for organizing the two-day tournament, and to everyone who participated.

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