I’m UK based and for me the first and last rounds in this event are unimportant. Round 1 is always chaos so we just say get a few personal points but don’t attack full out in round 1. That way the bigger teams move out the way and round 2 is more manageable.
Then we go:
Round 2- push up to the Keep (ends at 8am for me)
Round 3- push up to the Training Grounds
Round 4- push up to the Coliseum
Round 5- rest in the Coliseum, get demoted (ends at 2am for me)
Round 6- push up to the Coliseum
Round 7- Rest, get demoted
And repeat, until we end the event in the Coliseum in round 17. We do this so that that round is just a wind down round, it doesn’t really have a major impact as most likely the event rank has already been decided by then.
The rounds we get demoted are the early hours ones for both the european and the US alternating so it’s less pressured on all of us.