The time is upon us once again! That's right, Thanabus Cup 3 is happening --- bigger, better, wilder, with more prizes and live events than ever before. In this post, we will be going over a brief introduction to what Thanabus Cup is, the story of the premiere Ember Sword event so far, and giving you a little teaser for this third iteration, which is kicking off at the end of the month. Let's get into it!
Thanabus Cup Overview
For those that might not be familiar with it, the Thanabus Cup is an event hosted on the Ember Sword Discord server, and it pits all four nations against each other in a fierce, if at times unconventional, competition. The Cup is designed to strike a healthy balance between events which let an individual's talent shine through and those that require every member of a nation to band together and work towards achieving that week's goal. Those goals can range from meme creation to a streamed marble racing event, involving multiple hundreds of participants at once. You never quite know what you'll get with the Thanabus Cup, and we're very much intending to keep that tradition going with the threequel.
Of course, an event as epic as the Thanabus Cup requires some equally exciting prizes. Historically, a community member received a reward, either because they won an individual challenge or because they were selected by a random draw to be that week's winner. Furthermore, they received the unique "Competition Winner 🏆" Discord role and, more importantly, the glory and admiration that comes with it! The winning nation also got their name engraved on the actual, physical Thanabus Cup, which is proudly displayed in our head office in Aarhus, Denmark. This time around, however, things will be a bit different, but more on that later.
The first Thanabus Cup was a wild time for us here at Bright Star Studios. The idea was novel and hadn't really been done before, especially not on a platform such as Discord. It featured some fan favorite competitions --- create an in-game item, meme and art competitions, etc. and was ultimately won by Solarwood after 10 weeks of fierce competition.
The second Cup was bigger, better and crazier, implementing live streamed events, such as a building competition and marble races. The leader was constantly changing right up to the last competition, where Ediseau narrowly secured victory from Solarwood.
If all of that sounds intense, just wait until you see what we have in store next.
Thanabus Cup 3
We are going all out with this third installment, having learned a lot from the first two iterations of the event.
So, what's different this time around?
The most obvious change is the number of competitions, as this time around we've elected to host 7 of them, as opposed to the so far traditional 10. We wanted this cup to feel more dynamic and action-packed, so we adopted this quality over quantity approach.
If we had to sum up TC3 in one word it would be: streams.
Or if you want to get fancy with it and use double the words then it would be: more streams. Almost half of the competitions this time around will be live streamed, and we've racked our brains as hard as we could to create the wackiest, most unconventional streamed competitions to ever occur this side of Thanabus.
And last, but definitely not least, there's the prizes.
The rewards are always an exciting part of the Thanabus Cup and, without giving too much away, we can say that like everything else about TC3 --- the prizes are bigger, better and more exciting!
Thanabus Cup 3 kicks off on November 29 with a very special first competition. To make sure you're prepared, join our Discord server and pick a nation, so that you're ready to go when the first competition starts!
We have high expectations for this cup, and we hope that you enjoy participating just as much as we enjoyed putting this together for you over the past months.