Khufu was an ancient Egyptian monarch who ruled during the Fourth Dynasty (26th century BC) and is generally accepted as having commissioned the Great Pyramid of Giza.
This year's 12 members of Khufu have just as good a chance as going down in history.
This year's crop of Apex hopefuls are made up of only 3 nations. 3 from the US (Wogomite, Fks, constrictor), 1 from Lithuania (LAZZLO) and the remaining 8 from the Stratego stronghold of Greece (macedoniagr, cflag, Major Nelson, IOLAUS1926, Geo_Tsarpista, Great Manos, hellinon and gmits)
Only 5 of these players took part in Core last year, so it is a new experience for the majority.
Local bookmakers have installed Major Nelson as the favourite for the Khufu Title. In fact, he is the players choice as 14/19 Pyramid Lottery punters selected him as their winner. It is easy to see why as Major Nelson has rapidly risen through the ranks in recent times
There are others who will mount a challenge. constrictor is the second favourite - gathering 3 votes in the Pyramid Lottery and who also boasts an account ranked far higher than any other participant in the division not far off 1200 ELO.
Two other players also gained one vote as winners in the Pyramid Lottery. Fks - who has also improved at an impressive pace in the past 6 months, and Kentinator - who isn't even playing. The somewhat unorthodox mind games have begun courtesy of Wogomite - who can also do some damage in the division - a player who finished in the Top 15 of the World Cup last year in his first competitive live tournament.
Khufu welcomes the long awaited return of ex-TC member cflag - An extremely nice guy and one not to be underestimated on the battlefield.
Another player who has seemed to slip through the side door unnoticed is Great Manos. This account actually tops the list for most ELO points gained between Feb 2017 and May 2018, and recent tournament finishes have reciprocated this improvement.
macedoniagr, a product of the SERRES Team, is another player who has kept a low profile and quietly come up with some great results in recent times. IOLAUS1926 and Geo_Tsarpista - their club teammates, have also shown the potential to cause Khufu players some serious issues
In LAZZLO and gmits we have two players who survived Core unscathed last year and will be hoping to apply that experience. It is after all, a marathon not a sprint, and players who take the later games as seriously as the openers tend to prosper.
hellinon has not been long on the online tournament scene, but has already had impressive performances - including victory over Major Nelson in the Winter Tournament.
Khufu is set to be a tightly contested affair.
People's Choice (Winner): Major Nelson
People's Choice (Challenger): constrictor
Players Choice (Runner-Up): Fks
Dark Horse: Great Manos
Player to watch: cflag
Edited by Javier Flag, 3 weeks ago.