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Battle Cry (BCY) WBC 2016 Report
Updated Nov. 20, 2016 Icon Key
48 Players David Schneider, WI 2016 Status 2017 Status History/Laurels
2016 Champion Click box for details. Click box for details.

First Timer Schools the Veterans

The new two-heat format was very successful—ending the progressive erosion of the past four years. The opening Sunday heat alone drew as many players as the entire 2015 event. For whatever reason the closing Saturday isn’t drawing that many new players. Unfortunately, the single elimination rounds are going way too long, even with timed games of an hour. So, next year I think we have two heats during the week and that will send players to the single elimination rounds on Friday. I’ll also do a better job of getting players with old sets up to speed with the newer version.

Some new faces joined many of the regulars advancing into the single elimination rounds. Aiden Powers is no longer the poster child for youngsters schooling adults, as he has been usurped by the even younger Ethan Shipley-Tang. Unfortunately, he couldn’t beat Mike Stanley, who may well be most senior of the senior citizens in the tourney. The youngster lost to him in the preliminaries and then again during the elimination rounds. I hereby cede my grinch title to Mike.

With dropouts aplenty, we wound up with five players at the end, so yours truly stepped in as an eliminator. Unfortunately, I didn’t eliminate anybody, though I did give a scare to David Metzger. David eventually lost to finalist Jack Morrell—no doubt because of exhaustion from his efforts vs the eliminator. Jack is a veteran of Richard Borg’s games and has a CCN title to his credit. He was able to beat defending champion Joe Harrison along the way. In the other bracket was David Schneider who humbled my elimination efforts in the other semifinal. Along the way in his first trip to the WBCs, he brushed past two past champions in Larry Lingle and Barry Shoults.

The Final was First Bull Run. David won the bid roll and took the Confederates. He got an early break by nailing a leader with the Sharpshooter card for the first flag. Normally you don’t play that card unless you have little else to do. He was able to get a number of troops onto the ridge and was slowly picking away at Union troops. The big play was a cavalry charge which netted two more flags and gave David a 5-1 lead. It was essentially all over then—needing but one more flag for victory. 

2016 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 1
Jack Morrell, NY David Metzger, VA Joe Harrison, KY Antonio Gonzalez, CO Ed Kendrick, uk
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The "Grinch" proves to be a lousy eliminator. The finalists cry havoc under GM Stein's watch.
The Ski Lodge bustles to the sounds of Civil War reinactors of a different sort.
GM  Peter Stein (2nd Year)  NA
 attackpeter@aol.com  NA