|The trophy gets into|
the festive spirit
Before I start, a bit of statistical housekeeping. Only Connect has now used three different tournament structures and so I've done a bit of fiddling to make the eight champions a bit more comparable. In particular the Board Gamers are the only team to have played five games, while Series 2 winners the Rugby Boys only played three. I've decided to drop the Board Gamers' loss to the Lasletts from these analyses to bring us in line with all the other '4 win' teams, while taking average scores across episodes to both help accommodate the Rugby Boys but also to make the figures a bit more digestible.
First up then, the headline stat: points! Graph number one (below) shows the average score for each series champion across their four (or three for the Rugby Boys) games. There's not really much in it, with all but Series 4 champions the Epicureans averaging in the range 23-26.5. However, this disguises the fact that while rounds 1-3 are static, the missing vowels rounds can vary in length (and so a varying number of points are available in them). If we discount missing vowels we find the Crossworders are the best series champions in terms of the first three rounds, with the Epicureans dropping from first to joint last with a certain trio of board game enthusiasts. Still, though, the range of average scores across these three rounds is predictably pretty narrow, from 16.25 in last to 20.5 in first.
|Average score across all games for series champions.|
|Average round-by-round scores for series champions.|
Green and red highlight the highest/lowest averages for each round.
A final thought was whether series champions tend to be better or worse at certain rounds. The relative importance of each round is reflected in how many times each series champion 'won' that round during their series. For example, the Crossworders scored more than their opponents in the connections round twice, while they scored more than their opponents in all four of their sequences rounds. I've summarized the round-by-round stats in another figure (below), which highlights the importance of the mainly-green sequences and missing vowels, as well as the fun fact that the Board Gamers have the dubious honour of being the only team to win an entire series despite never outright winning on the walls...
|Series champions' win/draw/loss record for each round.|
Note the Rugby Boys only appeared in three episodes.