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Axis & Allies (A&A) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 18, 2016 Icon Key
20 Players Ty Hansen, DC 2016 Status 2017 Status History/Laurels
  2016 Champion   Click box for details. Click box for details.

First to Four Titles

The 2016 event drew 20 players vying for the A&A title. The diverse field, while not large by WBC standards, included former champions, laurelists, and newcomers. Three former champs made it to the semifinals. They were joined by Randy Schilb who was new to our playoff rounds, but his fourth place finish earned him a place on the laurels list.

Ty Hansen emerged from the elimination rounds with his fourth title, although he lost one of the swiss round games and was only seeded third in the semifinals. He won his first round by concession as the Allies. In the second round he had 15 victory territories as the Axis. He lost to Sam Packwood 14 to 10 in Round 3. It was the second straight year that Sam had managed to defeat the eventual champ in the last swiss round. He used a strategy that stressed the U.S. Navy advancing in the Pacific. In the semifinal Ty’s Axis handed Randy Schilb his only defeat.

Patrick Mirk was the top seed in the semifinals with a 3-0 record and 43 victory territories. He defeated Noah Engelmann in the first round by concession, but required a tiebreaker to down Rejean Tremblay in Round 2. His 12 victory territories proved just enough to win due to an income increase of 5 to 75. Patrick then emerged from the swiss rounds undefeated by downing two-time champ Joe Powell in the third round with an Axis income increase of 4 to 74 with another 12 victory territory performance decided by tiebreaker in a game that featured large naval air actions in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

Randy Schilb was also unbeaten in the swiss portion and earned the  second seed with 42 victory territories. In Round 1 Randy defeated Steve Packwood with 14 victory territories. It was deja vu all over again in the next round with another 14 victory territories against Sam Packwood. 14 was his lucky number and did the trick again in the third round vs two-time champ Kevin Keller. It was an impressive debut for a newcomer and earned immediate respect as the new gunslinger in town.

Kevin Keller survived his Round 3 loss as the fourth and last seed for the elimination rounds. Kevin defeated Kevin Burns in the first round with 15 victory territories and won by concession in Round 2 against Mike Schulze. Kevin lost to Patrick Mirk in the semifinal, but earned enough victory territories to place third overall.

Ty bid 4 IPCs in the Final so that Patrick would play as the Allies. On Turn 1 Patrick’s Russians attacked West Russia and the Ukraine, and massed six Russian infantry in Buratia. Ty Hansen’s Germans bought eight infantry and four artillery to attack Egypt, losing the Axis battleship in the Mediterranean. The British built a factory in India, and took Indochina, sinking the transport off Kwantung. The Japanese bought a factory for Kwangtung and a transport, captured China, and attacked the British fleet off Kwangtung as well as Pearl Harbor. On Turn 2 Russia pushed west, and Germany counterattacked. Japan retook Indochina and Manchuria. Japan bought three tanks, three infantry, and another transport. There was no U.S. fleet in the Pacific. Russia bought two tanks, two artillery, and four infantry on Turn 3. Germany bought 15 infantry, and finished the conquest of Africa and retook the Ukraine with the units built on Turn 1 as well as¬† France. Britain built five tanks, an artillery, and an infantry and invaded Norway. Japan bought two tanks, one artillery, a fighter, and a transport while capturing China, Buratia, the Far East, Hawaii, Indochina, and India. The turning point came when Japan captured the factory in India. Japan was able to build units in India without having to pay for the factory there and the one turn delay to build that factory. During the remaining four turns, the British and Americans tried to help the Russians in the north by fighting for Karelia. Germany bought infantry and artillery and despite some very bad dice rolls managed to stem the allied advance. The American fleet remained in the Atlantic. Japan built tanks in its factories on the mainland and fighters in Japan. On Turn 7 Japan captured Sinkiang and Novisibursk but was defeated in its bid for Australia. Japan had conquered victory territories in India, Sinkiang, Novisibursk, and Hawaii. Germany had conquered Egypt. The allies had captured Norway and France. So, at the end of Turn 7, Ty won by capturing more victory territories.

Play balance shifted this year. The Allies won only nine games to 19 by the Axis. The average bid for an opponent to play as the Allies was 3.96, up from 3.86 last year, but down from 2014’s 4.3. Seven games were played with an opponent receiving a bid to play as the Axis (on average 3.0).
The GM extends his thanks to assistants Kevin Keller and Ty Hansen as well as all those who participated since only your involvement allows us to continue the event—now going into its 19th year.

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2

Patrick Mirk, FL Kevin Keller, MD Randy Schilb. MO Joe Powell, VA Sam Packwood, MN
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Craig Yope, the original A&A GM gets to play now.

Joe Powell in his sixth year as a playing GM of A&A.

The finalists overseen by Asst GM Kevin Keller and GM Joe Powell.
GM     Joe Powell  [6th Year]   NA
    josephapowell@prodigy.net    NA