Cellblock Guide
For Any Tournaments 1 through 50

by credendo_vides




Tournaments 1-10



This is how every match from tournament 1 through 10 *usually* goes. Once in a while, your opponent will put a piece in a different place. Just watch where he goes (I know how easy it is to fall asleep playing these tournaments). Depending on where he goes, you may be able to skip one of the steps.

There's not much else I can explain here. Just follow the numbers. After you put your #7, you should have two three-in-a-rows. He'll block one of them, and you make a four-in-a-row with the other.

When you put the strategy into play, it will make much more sense than it does by just staring at it. So go play cellblock!
Ok, and if you have any questions, neomail me!











Tournaments 11-50



first example



second example
Tournament 11 has rocks on the board! I like playing with rocks.
The best way to win now is to set your opponent up to run into a rock. For some reason, they all think they can win even though you can plainly see a rock is blocking their five-in-a-row. The tough part about finding a strategy is that in each game the rocks are in different places.

The first step is to figure out where you want to set up the trap (the 'trap' will be explained in a minute). I pick a place that is pretty opened up, but I don't place any pieces yet! Since he follows your first few turns, I go to the opposite side of the board and try to set him up to run into rocks (my moves #1 and #2 in each picture). He falls for this trick the best when there is a rock with four spaces on one side and two on the other like in my second example. But you will never have the same board, so you can't really count on that. Besides, you can see in the first example that it works with three on one side of the rock and three on the other. It can work with seven available spaces on either side of a rock, but he's more likely to stray and mess you up--sometimes you don't have a choice, though.
Anyway, back to the strategy-when you place your first piece, he'll usually put his right next to yours. And after your second piece, he'll block your two-in-a-row. Setting him up to go diagonally works the best; he falls into it easily, and it gives you the most room on the other side of the board.

Ok! So here's the trap!
You set this up while he's running into rocks. Where you put it matters! You might have to try it out, and lose (accidentally) a couple times before you know where you don't want rocks to be. You'll figure it out.
So, put four pieces in a square (my moves #3, #4, #5, and #6). Then, when you place #7, he'll be done trying to win with a rock in the way, and he'll block your three-in-a-row. And you can place #8 which will give you two three-in-a-rows. He'll block one of them, and you are free to get four-in-a-row. He'll block one side, and then you win. :)

*You really need to play alot using this strategy before you understand all the things that can happen. I can't write down all the things that I watch for as I play. You will figure them out the more you play.*

Ok, got it? Go play cellblock!
Please be sure to neomail me with any questions you have!






Alternate ways to win
I put these two wins up to show you a different way to win. The trap is the same, but the opponent was set up going across the board instead of diagonally. The main thing you have to be sure of is that you have six free spaces diagonally for you to move. If you have to set him up going across, then try to give yourself more room like in the third example.

third example
fourth example



Some random facts are that tournaments 11-20 have six rocks on the board. Tournaments 21-30 have 8 rocks on the board. And tournaments 31-50 have 12 rocks on the board.
So to recap, the best strategy I have found for playing with rocks on the board is to make your opponent run into them. I hope I have explained it well enough for you to do well and get that avatar that I'm almost sure you're going for. By the way, I didn't get the cellblock avatar until tournament 51! Good luck!
My next job: find a reliable strategy for tournaments past 50, which start off with a completely cleared board!







The avatar is NOT random!
according to the answer to a cellblock question in the editorial section of the September 30th issue of the Neopian Times (it's the last question)
I assumed there was some kind of pattern to winning, losing, or drawing that earns us the avatar. So far none have become obvious. Anyway, if you care to look for yourself, spikemantwelve has compiled, on his draik's petpage, a list of screenshots where people have gotten the avatar. You may neomail me if you think you've found anything exciting!
Dak's page of cellblock avatar screenshots!























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