TL;DR: A chance to learn how the battle works so you don't embarrass yourself by asking the same dumb questions every week There's even a spreadsheet link in the end for some statistics for number crunchers.
The Mod Battle, or NoShow Battle as it is called by many, is held every Monday unless Rosh is offline. This thread was created to help you understand how things work. Maybe this information will help you deliver mod roasts that can at least melt snow
The system is subject to change as it can always be fine-tuned, but in the current system up to 12 mods can pick their slot. After all places have been taken, they are randomized into two teams of six members each, Team Red and Team Blue. New teams are formed every week.
Before the battle starts, you can bet 5-10 points on the team you believe will win the battle. Don't mix this up with the Satchel battles, where you can vote before every new pair. Here you have to get your bets in before the first battle starts, because it's a team match. If you don't already know how the battle works, it's explained in the following spoiler. Even if you think you do, reading it won't hurt.
Someone asks every week why we aren't just picking slots like Wild North or Golden Colts to get the easy constant bonuses for points. There's a vote system in place where we can vote to ban certain slots from being picked for the battle. I won't go into details this time, so here's the list of banned slots as of April 3rd, 2020:
As for the slot picks, it's a fine line between wanting to get points and wanting to troll Rosh into playing something horrible. PapillonParty is very good at this. Most of the time it's intentional, so those who keep going the "omg do they even play slots when they make such horrible picks" route are missing both the target and the point.
And how much of a NoShow battle it really is? We have compiled stats for the battles from 2020 to see who shows up and who doesn't. There have been eight battles this year, so the sample size isn't very big yet, but everyone can draw their own conclusions from the results.
Some fun facts:
On average there have been 0,82 bonuses per moderator in all the battles this year. @i_love_gin leads the pack with 11.
The only mod to completely avoid a NoShow so far is sadmuppet, who is the newest addition to the team and got a bonus on his first try.
@luke_x013 has participated 8 times and been a NoShow in five of them. Despite these stats, luke has a 50 % win percentage, while gin's is only 37,5 %, so even if you don't manage to get a bonus yourself, you can cheer your side to a great success.
I have been on the winning side in 7 of this year's 8 battles for a percentage of 87,5 despite two NoShows and 9 bonuses in total.
@Praatpaal89 has participated seven times and has been in Team Red every time.
Those who are interested in the stats can view the battle standings sheet here. The filters don't unfortunately work in the published version, but if you want to sort out the stats per column, you can copy the data to a new sheet and toy around with it. The stats will be updated after each battle is fought.
Any questions? Feel free to ask them below.