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Concordia (CNC) WBC 2017 Report
Updated February 21, 2018 Icon Key
100 Players Duncan McGregor 2017 Status 2018 Status Event History
2017 Champion

Veni, vidi, vendidi.

This year all of the heats were held in Seasons 1 so there were lots of tables available and no one had to be relocated elsewhere.

Heat 1 had 52 entrants. Due to a miscalculation on my part (or blindness, the spreadsheet sign-in tab clearly has a player count cell) there were 14 games played when there should have been only 13. Many more copies of games were brought to this heat so that the library copies were not used. I was concerned that this might inflate the winner count and not allow someone to advance; this proved to not be an issue.

Heat 2 had 48 entrants, 24 of which had participated in heat 1. This heat was properly divided into 12 games. We did have to make use of the library copies this time.

Heat 3 had 45 entrants, 21 of which had played in a prior heat. This round was short on copies of the game initially causing several games to get started late. The single 5 player game was the unfortunate worst case of this issue; it had to be scored before the game was actually finished due to time.

Many thanks to assistant GM: Rich Atwater, Brandon Bernard, and Alyssa Bernard (unofficial but much appreciated).

There were 29 unique winners, six of which won 2 games. Gary Roberts won all three heats.

As in prior years, I was asked many times if one win would be good enough to qualify for the semifinal round. If all 29 unique winners had been available for the semifinals then a single win would certainly not be enough. However, also similar to prior years, not all of the winners appeared at the semifinal roll call. In fact, 15 of the winners did not show up! Two players who had only second place finishes were alternates to fill the 16 slots. Three of the semifinal games had very close finishes: 3 points, 2 points, and 1 point.

Duncan ended the game beating Robb by only 1 point. Robb agonized over what he could have done to get one more point, but he would have then still been second due to the Prefectus Magnus card tie breaker (it would go to Duncan next).

Additional awards for game achievements are

  • Mercator Maximus is for the player who achieved the highest score in a four or more person game. Pierre-Luc Ramier won this award with a Heat 3 score of 152
  • Mercator Optimus is for the player who had the best first over second score ratio in a four or more person game. Randy Buehler won this award with a Heat 1 ratio of 1.39
  • Pyrrhic Victor is awarded to the player with the lowest scoring win. This honor went to Robert Kircher in Heat 3 with a score of 97

2017 Laurelists Repeating Laurelists: 2
Robb Effinger Brandon Ketchum Andrew Emrick Dennis Mishler Brandon Bernard
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Seasons was overflowing with Concordia games in the first Heat.
Concordia GM Craig Reece gets into
the spirit of the game
Concordia Finalists with GM Craig Reece
GM  Craig Reece [3rd Year]  NA