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 Group admin 
Well guys, the scores are finally completed and tallied up.

Sorry you have had to wait this long, in about 15 hours the results will be published :) Just a little more waiting!
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| April 17, 2013, 2:17 pm
 Group admin 
Good evening Guys and Gals! The time has come, the moment is here, the scores for the 2013 MOCathlon have been tallied!

I'm sure you are all wanting to know what teams get what bragging rights, who the harshest and nicest judges were, what the most popular categories were, what category was the easiest to get points in etc.
All that info is important when thinking ahead to next year :)

Firstly, a huge thankyou to each and every contestant. This year has been a blast! It has been a huge privilige to sit back and judge so many wonderful creations.
As a judge, we all had to look at each and every creation, a task many competitors would not normally do due to building constraints.

Right, now lets get this show started!

Statistics:
In total there were 120 contestants in 24 teams, we had 386/720 possible models uploaded and put forward to the MA group. (currently reading 383 due to some creations getting removed from group)
There were 45/386 models which achieved perfect scores. Between all 6 judges, there were 7798 points awarded!

So we had 30 categories, 26 of these were completely new, 4 were 2012 throwbacks.
The most unpopular category: Rube Goldberg Machine
The 1st equal most popular category with 18 entries each: 16 or fewer Parts suggested by Nick Brick, Bookends sugested by Wes Pitter.
The 3rd equal most popular category with 17 entries each: Alien Landscape suggested by Thoy Bradley, In the Inn suggested by Ru Corder.
The most popular throwback category with 15 entries: Tropical Paradise.

Now pay attention, some times those harder categories pay off.
The easiest category to score points in: Rube Goldberg Machine, averaging 4.25 points per judge.
The second easist category to score points in: What a girl wants, averaging 4.00 points per judge.
The hardest category to score points in: Fail like a BOSS, averaging 2.45 points per judge.
The second hardest category to score points in: Lookin' Good, averaging 2.90 points per judge.
Overall, on average there were 3.46 points handed out per judge.

With 4 completely new judges, it should be interesting to see how consistent we were.
The judges gave away between 1200 and 1400 points each.
In order from harshest to easiest:
Nick Brick - Big on guns and tough as nails.
Kevin Walter
Thoy Bradley (Myself)
Ru Corder
Wes Pitter
Chris Phipson - He has reputation to worry about, right? :P ;)

Okay, now that the statistics are out of the way, lets get into the awards!
Competition was heated this year, with only 1 point - yes, 1 point, between 1st and 2nd place, and honestly, it pays to know your deadline because it can be a real game changer!

The Sinister Team award, awarded to the team who acts most suspiciously during the games buildup.
This award gets handed to Team Maersk Blues. Not only did they wait to the last moment to advertise their group members, but they also recruited Bruce Lowell, a very well known LCP!

Speedy Builders award, awarded to the first team to complete all 30 builds.
This award gets handed to Team Clutch Builders, as it happens they were also the only team to complete all 30 builds in the given time constraints. Well done!

Accurate Player awards, given to the players with the highest point contributions in the competition. EDITED - corrected.
3rd place: This award goes to a player who managed to make 8 builds for his team, 6 of them perfect scores, the other 2 worth 29 points each. 238 points in total! Nick also recieves recognition for being the player who built the most perfect scores in the games.
2nd place: This player created 12 of his teams builds - with two of them perfect scores, a huge round of applause for Lego Junkie who contributed a massive 279 points to his team. Well done Lego Junkie!
1st place: Also creating 12 of his Teams 30 builds - 3 of them perfect scores, this player contributed a whopping 320 points to his teams score! Give it up for Si MOCs!

Accurate Team awards, given to the teams with the highest average score on submitted builds.
3rd place: Team Clutch Builders, averaging 4.54 points per judge, give these guys a pat on the back!
2nd place: Team Maersk Blues, averaging 4.60 points per judge, great effort guys - an awesome result!
1st place: Team Jigsaw, averaging 4.70 points per judge, these guys are redefining the benchmark. A huge well done!

The most Perfect Team award, awarded to the team which has the most perfect scoring builds submitted.
This award is given to Team Jigsaw, who managed to produce 13 perfect scores, ousting Team Clutch Builders, who managed to produce 12 perfect scores.
Well done to both Team Jigsaw and Team Clutch Builders.

Finally, the Award for the official, 2013 MA Champions, this award is handed to the team which has the highest total of points.
With only 1 point in it, this award is given to Team Clutch Builders. In total they had a combined score of 818 points, beating Team Jigsaw by 1 point.
A win is a win Guys, a huge well done, your Team had a few hiccups and technical errors which lost you valuable points, but you clutched on and managed to come away with the win. Kudos!

EDIT: Team totals, in order from highest to lowest.

1. Team Clutch Builders - 818 points
2. Team Jigsaw - 817 points
3. Team Maersk Blues - 717 points
4. Team Converse - 538 points
5. Team Dauntless - 529 points
6. Team Bricks for Breakfast - 477 points
7. Team MAD - 437 points
8. Team Theocracy - 389 points
9. Team iBrick - 386 points
10. Team Wolfpack - 370 points
Team GAIA: WAV - 370 points
12. Team Super Moccer TFOLs - 350 points
13. Team The eXtra Pieces - 301 points
14. Team Moat Swimmers - 217 points
15. Team Brickstorm - 169 points
16. Team Brickswagg - 165 points
17. Team Zodiacs - 138 points
18. Team A STUDley Crew - 118 points
19. Team Puzzle - 108 points
20. Team Fifty Shades of Bley - 102 points
21. Team FCBI - 91 points
22. Team Intrepid - 76 points
23. Team Arctic Snake - 74 points
24. Team Brickosaur - 41 points
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| April 19, 2013, 6:12 pm
 Group admin 
Well done Clutch Builders and Jigsaw! A good game everyone.

I had a blast judging, I hope everyone had just as much fun playing.


On a side note, I'd like to award best team name to 50 Shades of Bley :-P


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| April 19, 2013, 6:27 pm
Thank you to the judges and congratulations to Team Clutch Builders! Quite the impressive set of entries.
-LB Senior
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| April 19, 2013, 6:28 pm
Can we see a list of all the teams ranked by number of points?
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| April 19, 2013, 6:44 pm
Absolutely incredible showing everyone! I really enjoyed watching everyone's build progress over the month and seeing everyone's take on the categories.

It was definitely a lot of fun :)

Though my heart goes out to Jigsaw - as they missed the deadline by minutes for their 30th build... talking about winning by the skin of our teeth...
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| April 19, 2013, 6:48 pm
Well done to all teams. Jigsaw, I represent a good portion of Clutch Builders when I say that you guys deserved first place. Awesome job to everyone in your guys' teams.

Also, Judges, where are the tallies for all the teams? Its kinda depressing for everybody else to just see a list of random stats (which I found super interesting) and not see how their team ranked up.

Long may the Clutch Builders live!
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| April 19, 2013, 6:52 pm
A huge congrats to Clutch Builders, who put up a very strong fight and ultimately bested us. If it weren't for your relentless flow of amazing entries I don't think we would have pushed ourselves to work nearly as hard.

As much as I appreciate the award, I need to point out a few other players on Clutch and Jigsaw who bested me in parts of the category. Jigsaw's Ryan H and Clutch's Kyle Ransom both had flawless averages with all their 3 and 4 respective entries being perfect, while Jigsaw's LEGO Junkie and Clutch's Si MOCs scored a massive 279 and 320 points each (if I counted correctly).

Thanks again to the judges for their dedication through the competition, scoring all the entries and making an exhausting but fantastic month. Extra thanks to Thoy for preparing all the stats!

Overall March really took it out of me, but 11 months will hopefully be enough time to recover!
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| April 19, 2013, 7:12 pm
I find it hilarious how accurate Clutch Builder`s team name is right now :P

But enjoy the win guys. Can`t wait to compete against you next year

:D
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| April 19, 2013, 7:12 pm
Also, for future reference, Rube Goldberg was by far my favorite category. It should be a requisite category in the MO again this year. >:D
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| April 19, 2013, 7:46 pm
 Group admin 
I'm the toughest judge, woot! Gotta treat that 5 as it is: a perfect.

As a competitor in every MocAthalon before this, I didn't like the lack of engineering challenges or anything to please the gamers. Thus, Rube Goldberg and It's-a me, Mario! were created. Blake, glad you liked Rube Goldberg!

My scoring may not indicate this, but this was quite an impressive month of mocs! Really, I'm blown away with your efforts, part usages, creativity, and endurance!
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| April 19, 2013, 8:40 pm
Clutch Builders FTW! thanks judges for the awesome contest! and congrats to every contender! Congrats to Jigsaw as if they had entered the last one a few minutes earlier they would have dominated. Maersk blues you also put up a fearsome performance!
most of all thanks to my team for having me, tolerating with me and being completely awesome. you rock!
looking forward to next year ;)
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| April 19, 2013, 8:56 pm
Most sinister and second best average? I'll accept that. ;) Well, I can't rightly say I contributed to the average (at least not in a good way), but I'm more than happy to be the scheming villain... ;)
Congratulations Clutch Builders! I'm still amazed that you guys got all thirty in, and with such top-notch quality at that. Well played guys, you earned the win. Si-MOCs must have some serious lacerations from all that building... And I'd like to thank Blake for initiating a slew of Calvin and Hobbes MOCs. :P
Also, well done to Jigsaw, you guys deserve to lose by more than one point. You've become a MocAthalon legend, and this year your tale will have grown exponentially. Your trend of coming closer to victory each year continues... Next year you'll have to at least tie. ;)
Most of all, I'd like to give a huge thanks to The Maersk Blues, you all put a tremendous amount of effort into this. I'm truly inspired by your incredible work over the last month, and I'm honoured that such talented builders chose to collaborate with me. Elliott took the leap of faith and joined me before anyone else, Noah was a lifesaver when another TFOL had to drop out before the games, Bruce came up with the brilliant team name, and Bart pulled in a stunning amount of points. Thanks guys, you're awesome.
Finally, thanks to Chris and the judges for creating all the fun, hat's off.
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| April 19, 2013, 9:26 pm
And wait, Bruce is a LEGO Certified Professional? Of that I was unawares...
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| April 19, 2013, 9:29 pm
Had fun watching! Thanks for the awesome show you put on :D
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| April 19, 2013, 9:35 pm
 Group admin 
Quoting Nick V

Thanks for this Nick, I did not realise their contribution was so huge, I will get the totals and edit that section of the results.

Gotta love honesty!
~Thoy
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| April 20, 2013, 3:21 am
 Group admin 
Second harshest judge - yay (haha) - not unexspected.

Congratulations to the winners and all other teams who participated! Though there is just one official winner, I think everyone who played wins in a way - coming to enjoy all the great entries, learning techniques from other players or just getting inspiration!
This years MA was fanatastic and even if my scores don't show it everytime, I was much impressed by some people, which developed their skills from the last years to now or within the contest time. Again it was a honor to be an judge (three years in a row now)!

- Kevin

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| April 20, 2013, 3:44 am
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Quoting Blake Baer
Also, Judges, where are the tallies for all the teams?

Added :)
~Thoy
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| April 20, 2013, 3:56 am
I'm not sure why i'm not listed at the "Accurate Player awards" with my 283 Points.

But congratulations to all teams and contestants!
Great job and thank you for this great month of building :)

And of course thank you judges for your work!

See you all at the MocOlympics? :D
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| April 20, 2013, 5:08 am
I think 6th place is pretty good. I mean it is in the top 10
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| April 20, 2013, 7:09 am
13 place. My team is the top of the second half of not winners! :D

Wow...
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| April 20, 2013, 7:54 am
Well played all!

This year was definitely the most competitive yet.

Congrats to Clutch Builders!
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| April 20, 2013, 9:18 am
Wow, what a competition.

I think it's safe to say that this may go down as one of the closest and best fought of them all. While I'm crazy proud of my team for pulling out the win, Jigsaw, you guys rock!

Thanks to the judges for sacrificing their time to help put this on. And also to Si-Mocs for some brilliant help and encouragment.

I am looking forward to what next years MA will bring. :)
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| April 20, 2013, 9:59 am
Yeah! 9th place!
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| April 20, 2013, 10:25 am
Quoting MCLegoboy !
13 place. My team is the top of the second half of not winners! :D

Wow...

Not bad, not bad at all!


Thanks for all of the effort you judges put into this great contest!! It gets funner every year!
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| April 20, 2013, 12:36 pm
I can't say how proud I am of my teammates.
The effort everybody put out was above and beyond the call all month long, and we wouldn't have come nearly as close if it wasn't for each and every member of the team.

it was an impressive run gents!

Big congrats to Clutch Builders for their win!
Without you guys spewing fantastic entries into the group pool, I don't think we would have done nearly as well.
Your excellence pushed us to better ourselves, and it worked out well!

It's somewhat surprising to me that the scores were so high this year, seeing as Common Elements won with 740 points last year, while this year, the top two (almost three) teams blew past those numbers by a longshot.

Way to raise the bar fellow competitors!

Next year should be very interesting indeed.
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| April 20, 2013, 2:08 pm
Very impressive year, congrats to all! Also congrats to Clutch Builders, though I think I could tell they would win, either them or Team Jigsaw. So, judges thanks for this year. But, I'm not through with you yet...I'm coming back next year! You still have to deal with me. >:D (HA! Like I'm any threat to Clutch Builders...)
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| April 20, 2013, 2:44 pm
Congratulations Clutch Builders!! Also, I would like to give a big thanks to the judges for judging and compiling all these interesting statistics!
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| April 20, 2013, 3:18 pm
Quoting Nick Brick
Well, now I can like you. Sort of. Jeez you were harsh. :P GO TEAM i-BRICK!!!!

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| April 20, 2013, 5:21 pm
Quoting Nick Brick
Well, now I can like you. Sort of. Jeez you were harsh. :P GO TEAM i-BRICK!!!!

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| April 20, 2013, 5:21 pm
Nice MOCing everyone!
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| April 20, 2013, 9:26 pm
 Group admin 
Congratulations team Clutch Builders! A hard fought and well deserved win! I'll post the info on claiming your prizes in your team group.

To all the players... wow. Every single one of you stepped up your game and every year the contest gets harder and harder. Both to judge and to compete in! Every one of you deserves a big thank you for making this the most fun and exciting MocAthalon yet!

To the judges. I've already told you in the judges group but let me just say that you all REALLY busted your (bleeps) this year. And a special thank you to Thoy who not only kept track of all the scores but went the step further by figuring out all the fun stats that goes along with all these numbers. You rock man!

This has been an amazing contest this year and I really can't wait for next year's! Every year this contest blows the last year's one out of the water. Seeing what I saw this year... man... next year... I can't wait!

Thank you everyone and we'll see you in August for the MocOlympics!

~Chris.
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| April 20, 2013, 11:07 pm
Well done to one and all! Congrats to the Clutch Builders for snagging the champion title by a single point! What a contest to remember!
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| April 21, 2013, 11:39 am
Wow! Beat by 1 point... thats intense! Anyways, congrats to everyone! You all made some creative and great builds. And thanks to the judges for their time and such. It was a lot of fun once again :)
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| April 21, 2013, 12:30 pm
Hey, congratulations Clutch Builders. You guys played very well (simply stating the obvious). :)

Also, good show everyone else! It's been a fun contest to watch, so much so that I'm inspired to potentially try my hand in the games next year (something I've yet to do).
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| April 21, 2013, 2:50 pm
Congratulations to Clutch Builders! You guys put on a terrific show. And Team jigsaw...wow! Amazing finish! Thanks to all my team members, who gauranteed we'd at least get a spot on the board :P We did it for fun, had a great time, and built to the best of our ablity. Till next year!
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| April 21, 2013, 9:36 pm
Top ten for team MAD! Congratulations to teams Clutch builders and Jigsaw, you both did an amazing job. Thanks to the judges also for setting all of this up.
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| April 21, 2013, 11:55 pm
Congratulations everyone and a huge thanks to the judges! It was a blast. :)
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| April 22, 2013, 4:49 pm
Great job everyone! I had lots of fun with this competition! Thanks for organizing it and putting so much time and effort into making this great!

Yeah! Go Team i Brick!
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| April 22, 2013, 6:29 pm
Quoting Garett Smith
I think 6th place is pretty good. I mean it is in the top 10

I was extremely pleased at seeing our placement! We did a great job, Bricks for Breakfast.
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| April 23, 2013, 4:45 pm
Quoting Lando L. Jackson
I was extremely pleased at seeing our placement! We did a great job, Bricks for Breakfast.

Yes I am very pleased with 6th place especially as we had several categories left to do. Congrats to everyone who took part in this fantastic contest and a big thank you to the judges.
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| April 23, 2013, 5:22 pm
well good job team wolf pack I was honored to be your team captain and thanks to the judges for the compete cheers for Clutch Builders you had a good run. I am looking forward to the next year =)
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| April 27, 2013, 10:46 am
A belated congrats Clutch Builders, a fantastic effort, and well done to everyone for a great contest. Thanks to the long-suffering judges too of course!
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| May 11, 2013, 8:07 am
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