So as you say, Evernight has always been hardmode in comparison to Snowbourn.
a) You have never been on Snowbourn, only for the past 8-9 months. So who are you to decide whether Snowbourn was harder? I heard from some people that the skill level is / was actually higher here than on Evernight, but then again the ones I hear it from could not be reliable? I guess a Bk10 Superüberveteran could know better, even though permabans have been in the way!
b) I'm not saying either ones' tab is better, but have a closer look at both, and let me conclude:
- Laphor has a better renown/kill amount;
- Laphor has a ''better'' amount of deaths;
- Laphor has less KBs;
- Laphor has WAY less KaR.
So let me go into all of them then:
The better renown/kill amount is ~5 (19 vs 24), but both are ''pretty low'' in comparison to some other wartabs around; these two tabs though are better relatable. There's not much to say about both since I don't know Laphor, but as Ethel said himself he tried out stuff, such as grouping and raiding, where Laphor maybe was never interested in this.
The amount of deaths tells us a lot how Laphor possibly has played, because amount of deaths can explain a lot. Now for my objective analysis, there's 2 likely possibilities:
1) Laphor was an intense hugger and the first to run when the Freeps were (about) to wipe,
2) Laphor was a raider, or usually had a pocket captain, OR many people liked him so he always received heals.
If we go for number 1, that could explain his wartab pretty much: He was in the back, shooting targets at a safe distance, focusing on one target at a time - Once the creep died, he received 20-30 points, since the system was shared. Because he was at the back he could escape easier and that's one of the reasons he could have that amount of deaths.
If we go for number 2, it could explain his tab as much as number 1 does, because healing back then didn't reward, yet Captains and Lore-masters could give their heals if they would want to. If Laphor was a known guy and a respected person this is a high possibility: Many kills, no 'drawbacks' by leeching - aka a higher avg renown.
Laphor has 9505 kbs less than Etheldar, but Etheldar has 28003 more kills. Both Kb/k ratios are:
Etheldar, 3.8 kills per 1 kb
Laphor, 4.2 kills per 1 kb
This means Laphor could, looking to these stats in same circumstances (or, Theoretically), never hit the amount of KBs that Ethel had. This leads then again to a conclusion that Ethel either tried harder to get Kbs, was smarter in his process or that Ethel tried to target multiple people, which also explains his amount of kills. Try 3-4 Rain of Thorns (not sure of the name) in a big fight, once creeps wipe you have way more kills than when you solely target ''easy'' kills, both will earn you a lot of points, but one option gives you less kills at a certain amount of points.
Lastly, this practically goes together with the amount of deaths Laphor has, and I can't say much about that, but if freepside was so hard, Laphor would and should have way more deaths than he would have now, because once more:
"A wartab can show you what a player is like."
So in conclusion, Laphor got his wartab by either hugging a lot, or solo-targetting and not as much AoE.