This time I will be joined by the duo of GBK16 and Wolf for this TWW. In this episode I will be giving a rundown of the news that has happened since the last one and the history of Ascension. I am not one for long winded introductions so straight to the news.
Now as you have no doubt heard 100 different versions of why Mr Tosen left the game and you really had to take a mix of the different versions to find out what actually happened. Just to clarify this though first, Mannetosen asked to be deleted; he was not banned or actively forced to leave the game by Mike. If anything the opposite could be said but I’ll get on to that part later on.
As most of you guys know Mannetosen left the game last year due to the fact the game was no longer fun for him and he was going through uni, he also had other personal reasons (good reasons) to why he had pretty much no time for the game. Chris Meat asked him on facebook to come back to the game because Meat was planning that 10 vs 10 thing against BHP and thought it might spark some interest back in the game for Tosen. It didn’t pan out however Tosen created some fighters and scoured the FA for some guys just to keep active with. This didn’t take much effort on his part and at the time, so he would hop on and do some shit to keep himself entertained.
Now as most people no doubt know Mannetosen likes to poke fun at people; I mean this was the guy who would use his TWW article to rip the piss out of an alliance or a certain person. His preferred method of torture is making what appears to be a trolling comment which is actually on topic and allowing that person to derail their own topic. Now contrary to popular belief Mannetosen was not banned for trolling; actually Marky was the only mod to warn us about it. The only time Tosen did get pissed off at that was when his Super Meat Boy got hidden; however GBK sorted that out as one of his last acts as mod.
Mannetosen’s interest in the game started to wavier over the past few months as it does with most people who return to the game as it takes a long time to get back to the top. It had gotten to the stage where to quote the man “setting sliders felt like a chore”; a feeling that most of us at some point will have went through. To summarize his thoughts the game just wasn’t enjoyably anymore.
Now most people know that he was fined 30 days VIP which initially didn’t annoy him. However, after some conversations with him it started to annoy him and the tipping point was when Mike was considering allowing Humors to be allowed to play the game. This was Mike’s reasoning behind Mannetosen getting fined was the time it took to create a delete function which I think most people will agree with should have been there in the first place. Humors has taken more of Mike’s time than I think anything else in this game has and considering the amount of people he has managed to piss off really ticked off Tosen. Tosen did send an email to Mike saying give me back my 30 days or delete me, however after a conversation with Mike, Mannetosen made peace with the decision.
I tried to convince Tosen to stay, offered him to log into my account and set the sliders for Rinky vs Leo 3 so he could get his revenge but by this point trying to convince him to stay was moot. I mailed him the day he deleted his account and still talk to him on a regular basis including right now while I write this during which he said that he couldn't even tell you a single fighter on his roster which just shows how interested he was in the game. The one thing I want to stress is the fact Mike had no hand in Mannetosen’s decision to leave the game, so Humors can fuck off.
Ascension : The History
So as we no doubt all know Ascension has been a top three org for the better part of three years. During the history of Ascension it had 4 owners, Skinny Vince, Myself, Crisse and Scott Davies with many other people working and helping run the org.
So let’s start from the beginning, Skinny Vince bought a relatively small org known as Pro-Valiance Fighting. This was seen as a step down by some people at his former company Blitzkrieg and it caused him to get a bit of the blame for the fall of the big Blitz org in Hilo by a certain former player. Vince had a vision and rebranded the org Ascension and got to work keeping in some of the talent in the org and bringing in other up and coming talent.
The fall of the Blitz Hilo org left a gap in the market for another elite org at the top and Skinny Vince aimed to take that spot by merging with DFC (this could be wrong as it was just before I joined the game) bringing in guys like Offenhard, Holyshit and Royer, merging in Carnage which brought over Yance Sackett and signing top talent from the Blitz Hilo org such as Gentleman Ghost and Sunny Disposition. The acquisition of this top talent with the current talent already in Ascension seen it rise in the ranks to compete with Syn and NFC as the top dogs in the game. As the PPV code was broken by NFC, Vince decided to turn it up another notch and booked the big arena every week for a month. This was seen as one of the biggest risks in tycoon history as far as orgs go; if it failed then Ascension would go down the gutter.
This did not happen as Ascension continued to hold 2 and three hour events becoming the top org in the game for the better part of 6 months before NFC and Blitz Rio caught up. Sadly during this time Skinny Vince was heading for the door, he was really burned out and by March I had completely taken over the operations in Ascension, a month later Vince passed the org over to me for nothing. Shiv left the org to run the LoL after a disagreement with who the org got passed to. In this time frame we had managed to sign some big named fighters such as War Machine and Victor Creed from the millionaires tournament and bought UCLA bringing over Richard Dawkins. Ascension then went on to acquire DBC from Shortfuse and IHHU bringing them both on to staff into Ascension and over the next 6 months ran a 3mil tournament and also the latter stages of the LoL. Blitz overall had won the war against NFC as it started to die down but I had found myself being burned out by running the org also by the end of the year Shortfuse and IHHU had took over running the org. While this was happening it was decided that Eminance would merge into Ascension with Crisse and Life taking over control of Ascension.
Everything was going smoothly until Life decided to abruptly leave the game and left Crisse alone to run the org. Crisse continued running the org until around about April when he handed the org back to me till I could find someone else to take control of the org. A month later Scott Davies Geezer’s Palace had merged into Ascension with Scott Davies taking control of the org. Scott held the ship steady for the rest of the time making some big merges with UPG: Vegas being one of the biggest to keep the ranks fresh. Scott had an ever revolving door of people helping him with Ascension from Luan to Coton and even myself going back to help. Scott however was clearly being burned out and before Ascension perished had finally decided to merge the org into CEC bringing the end of one of the greatest orgs the game has seen.
This was all from a business stand point; as far as the fighters go Ascension had some of the best fighters to grace the game. Victor Creed was fighter of the year going undefeated for the full year, Taj al Din who was there from the start of Ascension would go down as one of the best light heavyweight fighters in the game. Matt Murdock was one of the most underrated fighters the game had ever seen also consistently one of the top middleweights for a year and a half. Danny Power was also an Ascension fighter who made it eventually to the #1 p4p mark. There were numerous fighters really who made Ascension one of the best orgs in the game and their superfight record stood for itself. I would do more on the fighters but I am running short on time and everyone else has finished their parts for the TWW so I will leave it at that.
One of the biggest things in MMA Tycoon right now are ID restricted orgs. Love them or hate them, they have become a staple of MMA Tycoon and provide a platform for fighters to get their career started, and help them to standout amongst fighters of their own age. While the unrestricted orgs are well known by many, it can be a struggle for people to know what is happening in terms of ID orgs, so I am here to give a rundown of the ID orgs and the leading orgs in each level.
200k - 230k
These orgs have found their guys hitting the skill cap in 2015, and each of them has been finding a different approach in it. In this ID range, two of them are currently in the top 10 orgs, Insanity 220k at #9 and Troid EP at #10. Both of these orgs have already started with running PPV’s, and have taken a lead over their competition. AMSFC 200k and UNFC 229k are both just behind, but all four orgs hold the power positions in this range, and it will be interesting to see how all of them develop over the coming months.
230k - 260k
The highest ranked org in this range is currently Highland Games 257k, although they benefit immensely from the Island hype they have brought off The Island which has seen them begin PPV recently. Outside of their very niche roster, there are some very strong orgs that will be ones to look out for in the future. At 240k, you have LFC Hilo and Legacy both inside the top 20, with Legacy being a relatively new org having set up in July. Imperial 240k is lacking behind at the moment, but could rise with enough effort. USFC 248k is another org that has some exciting talent that can compete at the top one day, and Ring of Violence 255k squeaks into the top 30 orgs worldwide with some good events.
Currently at 260k, there are 3 orgs that are leading right now. SPI: Helsinki, Tradition Fight Club and Havoc Fighting League are all close right now, and there was recently a rumour that SPI: Helsinki could merge with Havoc but nothing came of that. Havoc has seen La Grande and Executioner merge with them, and recently partnered with EVO and Troid EP, but SPI: Helsinki and Tradition are highly competitive orgs that are battling for supremacy. MMA Gods and Dissolution are among the other orgs in this range, and are not far behind the leading orgs.