Championship Groups Announced! It was another exciting playoff at Level Up! 16 players battled it out for a spot in next week's Championship at Blairally. Ditto won the sole cash prize for the 1st-round, $10 for a 9th-place finish. As always, Off the Waffle provided waffle coupons and a $15 gift card we gave away through a prize drawing - congrats, Dan!
The following 16 players will be playing for trophies, hundreds of dollars in cash, and other prizes at Blairally this Monday, November 11 at 8 pm! Let's take a look at this season's championship groups:
A1: Hayden, Jeff, Ahren, Chad This is the 5th season out of six tries finishing in the top-4 in the regular season for "The Professor", so it's no surprise to see Hayden anchoring this group thanks to his 1st-round bye. Will he get his 2nd league championship, or will Jeff or Ahren bump him to make their first ECPL final four? And look for "Death Metal" Chad to play a tough round -- he is the only player other than Hayden in this group to make a ECPL final four (Season 3).
A2: Eric M., Matt, Eric S., Adam G. Reigning champion Eric Merchant is a favorite to advance in this group, but he needs to contend with Eugene's top-ranked player (Matt), a former Louisiana IFPA State Champion (Eric S.), and a longtime league member making his first appearance in the A-Division semifinals who loves to crush pins at Blairally (Adam G.) -- this is a tough one.
B1: Duncan, Adam J, Bond, Justinn While Duncan just missed qualifying for A-Division on a tiebreaker, he comes into the B Finals as the top seed in his rookie season. Impressive! This is a group of newbies, with only Bond having another season under his belt. Look out for Adam Jones in this group - he's likely a rising star in the Eugene pinball scene.
B2: Peter, Maria, Dan, Mark How different is this group? A ton of league experience between these four aside from Peter, who's fairly new -- but that doesn't matter, he's the high seed in this group after a great season. Maria carries the torch for all of womanhood as the lone gal left in the field. Dan's had a great season, and Mark is the reigning B-Division champion, so appears to be the one to beat here.
We'll see you on Monday at Blairally! Come on out and cheer on your favorite players even if you aren't playing - it's gonna be an exciting finish.
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