After a long weekend on the opposite end of
the state I was driving back towards Syracuse watching the clock the whole time
as I knew I’d be cutting it very close to arrive in time for the start of our
league finals. At the end of six weeks of playing (every other week) we were in
second place by points standings so we would not be playing until the second
game. I figured that at least would buy me a couple extra minutes of cushion
time to ger there. When I walked in the door I was met by several people
telling me I was in a three-way tie for the sportsmanship award along with my
teammate Axman and also Ragnar, so we had to revote to break the tie right
before I was called into the captain’s meeting to iron out the final rules and
details before we started. Barely a minute to get settled before things got
The short version of the rules for advancement
is this…as soon as your team gets two first place wins you are guaranteed a
spot in the final game. As soon as your team gets two third place losses you
As we have played a variety of game formats
over the course of the league the formats were all placed on a wheel to be spun
before each round to randomly determine the format that would be played for each
game in finals. As the second place team going in we got to watch the first
game as our major competition THP went up against teams Psychopaths and Rainbow
Six in my favorite game format, Photon emulation. Whichever team came in third
would take a spot against us in the next game.
Watching this game from the sidelines was
actually a nail-biter because, even though the odds favored THP to win, for a
solid half of that game they were trailing in third place. I actually worried
that they were going to lose and we were going to have to start the night
playing against them right off the bat! But they had a remarkable turnaround
and took the lead in the second half, finishing strong in first. Rainbow six
was second that round and Psychopaths moved into the next game against us and
Our format for the second game was Gladiator.
This had been a good format for us previously and we had a nearly clean sweep
with it on the first night of league play, so we went in optimistically and
came out in first. Unfortunately for the Psychopaths they took their second
third place spot that game meaning they were eliminated early on in the night.
The third game pitted the second place teams against
each other in Photon emulation and it looked like Rainbow Six was going to take
this round, but in the final 15 seconds of the game the score and team
placement flip-flopped at least six times! That was a really exciting finish
and as it turned out Oof got the win in the very final seconds!
The fourth game was Z-Game and to be honest,
we really thought we were going to take this round…and then we didn’t. Second
place that round. Not everyone was chill about the outcome, but there is
absolutely no sense in playing the blame game. It didn’t knock us out of
anything and was not the end of the world or the tournament. Mental reset…next
We were now up again for the fifth game, which
was our best format, Gladiator. We took first place this time which meant
moving into the final round.
The final game format was Masters and we were
up against teams THP and Oof. This round was a bizarre mind game. We played our
hardest, but I don’t know if any of us thought we were actually going to beat
THP. After all, they had been the one team consistently killing it every week. This
was just one of those “give it your all and pray for a miracle” kind of rounds where
you have to leave it all in the arena. We came, we saw, we hit it with a laser…and
we gave it everything we had left. As we made our way back to the vesting room I
heard the speakers on my pack say “…and your team came first”, but I didn’t
believe it until I walked out to the lobby and actually saw it on the
scoreboard. OMG, we won!
Next it was time for some pizza and awards.
There were a lot of accomplishments recognized for each of the various formats
from the past six weeks.
Accuracy awards are as follows:
Photon – Jackal
Gladiator – Unnamed Kevin
Masters – T-Cow
The Melted Gun award for worst overall accuracy
went to MJ Slaughter and the Golden Gun for highest overall accuracy went to
Then there were high scores by format. I took
the high score for Photon with 1192…which for the record I never even get close
to on the few occasions I get to play actual Photon!
Other high scores by format are as follows:
SM4 – BladeZ
Gladiator – Virm
Masters – Magamutt
Z-Game – Virm
And top average awards were as follows:
Masters – Magamutt
Photon – Virm
Z-Game – BladeZ
Gladiator – Savage Ari
SM4 – Axman
The player voted awards were as follows:
Most Improved – Little Blaster
MVP – Virm
And once the tie was broken Sportsmanship –
And to close the night out our team was
presented with our trophies for being the league champions.
It was a good night for Game of Groans and I
want to extend big thanks to my teammates T-Cow, Axman and Saiyan Prince (as
well as to Slayer who had been our sub for the last couple of weeks). Also
congratulations to all the players involved and thanks to Beanz for organizing
this league. It was a great time from start to finish!