39 players made up the field in this year’s City Champ. The format was knockout, 4 strikes Swiss, meaning that once you lost your 4th match, you were out! Players were matched up against players with similar records throughout the day, which meant that nobody had an easy path to the final rounds. The 3 players duking it out in the end were Tim H, Andrei M, & Aaron N (all ranked in the IFPA top 60).
The penultimate game was played on Tron. Tim could clinch the title by winning the game, but didn’t put up big numbers. Aaron had to win to stay alive and put up a monster score of 100 million on his second ball. Andrei, who was playing before Aaron, had 34 million after his 2nd ball, but came back with a vengeance. After the dust had settled, his score was 122 million which Aaron couldn’t beat. And to the final table they went…
In a winner take all match on WCS, Andrei went first and showed his skill by putting up 1.7 billion and change. Tim had a decent game, but had to settle for 2nd place. City Champion for the 3rd straight year: Andrei Massenkoff!
3 Aaron N
4 Hal E
5 James S
6 Chris H
7 Andreas H
8 Darren E
9 Eric W
10 Gene X H
11 Josh L
12 Brian O
12 Eugene G
12 Per S
12 Chris G
16 Alex S
16 Jeff F
16 Walter H
16 Ron R
16 Michael M
16 Damien C
22 Louise W
22 Jeremy W
22 Allison O
22 Andrew B
22 Joshua M
22 Peter W
28 Robin L
28 Chris L
28 Aaron S
28 Russ S
28 Clinton C
33 Zac W
33 Jay G
33 Matt H
33 Bella G
37 Nikolai M
37 David J
37 Matt W
Andrei is displaying his unique jump shot. Maybe the Warriors should draft him?
And so it came to pass, that the top 45 players of the San Francisco Pinball Dept. gathered on the 7th of December 2014, to compete for the ball and chain trophy.
After a long and hard fought battle, Andrei threepeated as league champion, defeating James in the finals. James won their first game on White Water, followed by and Andrei win on The Addams Family. The deciding game was Paragon of all games! After a quick battle, Andrei prevailed, and would later raise the B&C for his victory. Zac defeated Jeremy for third place. Thanks to Jeff F for running the show!
In the B-playoffs, Matt W took top honors by defeating John L in the finals. The bronze match went to Mickey after winning over Tony.
The C-division was run by Jessica R, who also managed to get herself into the finals! Nate R proved to be too tough to beat and claimed the champion plaque. Eddie ousted Walter in the match for 3rd place.
Rookie of the year, Jaime!
The award for most improved player went to Erin, who improved 34 spots compared to last season.
The final regular season round brought on some excitement for those on the playoff bubble. 61 people showed up, and Eric and Andreas stepped up big time to run the show in Per’s Fleetwood Mac induced absence. Thanks guys!
Zac (ZRW) ended the season with a perfect 18 points, while Allison and Tony both finished with a strong 16.5 points.
Matt had finished his last very cool design for our members only hoodies and shirts and everyone who had ordered got their merch!
Sunday is playoff time! Remember to check in by 1:30PM if you are playing. If you aren’t qualified for the playoffs, you are most welcome to come down and have fun nevertheless.
The penultimate round brought in 61 members and 4 guests. Leader Andrei extended his lead by another perfect round of 18 points. Guest Aaron tallied an impressive 16.5 pts, as did Gene X. Rob C had his best night of the season with 15.5 points.
Only one round to go to determine who gets into the playoffs!
If you like wide bodies, FGW is your port of call. There’s even a Paragon next to Scorpion now. Check out Bowen’s excellent tutorial to learn the ins and outs of this awesome game.
SENSORY OVERLOAD! That’s a good way of describing round 8. We had 64 players come to play, out of which many had dressed up in costume. Extra special thanks to the dresser uppers! Game 7 of the World Series between Kansas City Royals and SF Giants was on TV and had many of us choosing machines in close proximity to the tube just to be able to catch a glimpse of another Giants triumph.
James had a another great night with 16.5 points, as did Louise. Allison and Richard L followed closely behind with 15.5, while Sally and Andrei each had 15 points.
In the standings, Andrei has a slim lead over James. Those two have pulled ahead of a pack of players fighting for good playoff position. In this moment, Gene holds the last A-division spot, only 0.5 points over rookie sensation Jaime. Two rounds to go of the regular season!