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7 Wonders (7WS) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 29, 2016 Icon Key
191 Players Elaine Pearson, NC 2016 Status 2017 Status History/Laurels
  2016 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.

A Second Chance Golden Ticket Pays Off …

There was some fear that moving 7 Wonders to the opening weekend would impact the size of the field. This fear manifested itself by drawing a record number of those overseeing construction of the ancient world wonders with 196 players vying for laurels. Thankfully, there were almost enough people who brought their own game so that each table could serve 4-players. Next year, please bring your copy if you want to play. Those who brought a copy but left it in their hotel room was sent back to retrieve it … and that was a long trek.

This year introduced a two-round system to determine advancement. The scoring was as follows: 7.1 for 1st, 5.2 for 2nd, 3.5 for 3rd, and just 1 for 4th. One of the benefits was that advancing was possible if you had a first and second in just one heat. There was no need to play in multiple heats in order to advance to the quarterfinals unless you didn't make a first and second. There was even room for seven players with a first and a third to advance, including Elaine Pearson who would turn that chance into a golden ticket.

The most frequent rules inquiry was whether the Babylon Side B allowing a player to build the seventh card of each age, allowed the player to immediately use the seventh card of that age if the sixth card of an age is used for its construction? My ruling was that the player already trashed the card and therefore could not immediately reuse it. Another common query was since the Halikarnassos player immediately looks through the discards, have the other players discarded yet? Since the rules state that these actions are simultaneous, it's hard to tell which happens first. I ruled that the player can look through the other players cards that were discarded at the same time as the Halikarnassos player was looking.

64 people were ushered into the quarterfinals. As the 65th ranked player, I sadly was not among them. Breaking the 2015 curse, I was fortunate enough to have all the games end conclusively. There were no ties to adjudicate. I attribute that to clean living.

Otherwise, perhaps owing to an adequate amount of sleep due to being so early in the convention, there were no questions during the quarterfinals. Either all the players knew the rules or they were all using the rules incorrectly in an agreed upon way. The advancement point system was again used to determine who would reach the 16-player semifinal. This time each table yielded one advancing winner. All those advancing had been first at least once in the two-game round.

The semifinals had high quality players and despite the high stakes was consequently the most relaxing part of the tournament for yours truly.
The four players to make it through at least six games and remain victorious were Ricky Boyes, James DuBose, Andrew Emerick, and Elaine Pearson. Only Ricky made the Final with anything other than two firsts in the semifinals with a first and third enough to win his table.

The Final civilizations were Rhodes (Ricky), Alexandria (James), Ephesos (Andrew), and Babylon (Elaine). Everyone chose side B except Ricky who won by ten points in the first round on side A. For the second round, Ricky played Halikarnassos, James (Ephesos), Andrew (Alexandia), and Elaine (Olympia). This time everyone played side B. Both rounds had most of the point swings based on science and military. During the second round, the difference between first and fourth was only eight points. James led the second game scoring with 56 points, Andrew had 50, Elaine 49, and Ricky 48. The difference between third and fourth in the second round proved critical as Ricky only scored one advancement point for this round. With the extremely tight finishes during both rounds, Elaine won the tournament overall with a second in the first round and a third in the second, but her combined points still carried the day.

In the coming months, I hope to analyze the data I collected over the course of the 500+ games played in the tournament. With military and science becoming more important strategies as the games progressed through the quarterfinals and semifinals, I hope to disprove the theory that Halikarnassos is the empire where players lose most frequently. Thanks again to everyone who brought their own copies of the game and I look forward to seeing more people amongst the 7 Wonders tournament next year.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 0

Andrew Emerick, CT Ricky Boyes, WA James DuBose, NY Dominic Blais, qc Robbie Mitchell, VA
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
After shedding two thirds of the field, the Ballroom is left behind. Brandon Bernard and Rod Davidson advance to the round of 64.
The Wintergreen room proved ideal for 4-player games. Our new venue provided a wealth of varied size playing surfaces.
GM Philip Shea and his finalists.

7 Wonders Junior 2016

Phil Shea pulled emergency GM duty for a missing Juniors GM to run a Junior version of 7 Wonders for 16 little Civilization builders. The best of these proved to be Tegan Powers followed by Zachary Morris, Andrew Freeman, Alex Freeman, Ryan Shollenberger and Aubrey Powers.

I feel there will soon be a challenge to the force
in the grown-up version of the 7 Wonders tournament...
Tegan Powers takes home one of her
two pieces of wood in her last year as a Junior.



GM    Philip Shea [1st Year]   NA
   Philip3007@Yahoo.com    NA