Always a Titanic Struggle ...
This year, David Finberg and Aaron Fuegi had a good chance
to rack up a lot of team points for MIT SGS in the two Titan
events. Finberg chose the two-player Titan event as his team
event and Fuegi chose multi-player Titan for his team
event. They met in the finals for both of the Titan events.
Naturally, Finberg won the multi-player and Fuegi won the two-player
next year, I want to make the clique system (used to split up
friends who don't want to meet in the semi-finals) a bit more
flexible. I also want to switch from a point-based tie breaker
to an adjudication committee to handle semi-finals that hit the
time limit. While this year the point system gave the same winner
that adjudication would have, the players who had strong opinions
felt that adjudication would produce the proper winner (or estimate
used for a roll off) more often than a point system would.
A very short synopsis of the last two rounds follows.
In semi-finals 1 Steve Owens was eliminated when he was forced
to attack due to move compulsion. Rich Atwater got the points
for eliminating Owens, but his titan stack was badly hurt. After
being further hurt by a lack of 6s, Steve Koleszar finished him
off in a tower with a stack containing three guardians. Jason
Ley was the last player eliminated when he needed to risk his
titan in a strip attack when he already had lost one of his two
dragons and he felt he couldn't afford a time loss which would
have cost him getting an archangel in the stack immediately.
In semi-finals 2 Clifford Smith was eliminated first by Brian
Sutton when his titan stack was caught in a swamp without any
natives. Sutton then caught and eliminated Tom Johnston. Finally
Sutton survived a titan on titan attack from Art Wines with several
serpents attacking him in the swamp to win.
In semi-finals 3 Chuck Kaplan eliminated Brian Bouton. Then
Kaplan attacked a hydra stack as a gamble to try to get titan
teleport, but didn't win by enough to survive a followup attack
by Bill Dufton. Dufton and Finberg then played on till the time
limit while fighting a lot of battles. Finberg was awarded the
victory using a point-based formula. Finberg was in a very good
position and would most likely still have won if we had had time
to play the game to conclusion.
In semifinals 4 Kevin Hillock was eliminated by Aaron Fuegi
in a tower battle. The battle itself was a mutual which denied
Fuegi some of the points for the titan stack and resulted in
a rules question about concessions after your titan has been
slain. Fuegi then eliminated Dan Strock by teleporting in on
him in a mountains. Then Fuegi and Andrew Gross were maneuvering
on the masterboard and Gross took a shot at attacking Fuegi and
his hydras in the desert rather than wait for Fuegi to teleport
on him with an angel to call. Gross got his titan on Fuegi's,
but was unable to get a mutual which would have given him a roll
off to win. Fuegi had the following quote about the game: "Amazingly
good and well played game."
In the finals Steve Koleszar accidentally split out his titan
with just a gargoyle and was eventually eliminated by David Finberg.
Aaron Fuegi was eliminated when he attacked a tough behemoth
stack in the jungle belonging to Brian Sutton with his titan
and was unable to win. In the final battle it was titan on titan
in the woods with each stack having several titans. Finberg's
tougher stack and first range strike as the attacker was enough
to win his second championship.