Memoir '44 [Updated October 2005]  

2005 WBC Report  

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Joe Harrison, KY

2005 Champion

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Event History
2004    Steve Lollis     91
2005    Joe Harrison     93


Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Robert Eastman     NV    05     60
  2.  Joe Harrison       KY    05     50
  3.  Steve Lollis       MD    04     50
  4.  Benoit Groulx      QC    05     20
  5.  Scott Sirianna     NY    04     20
  6.  Frank Hastings     MD    05     15
  7.  Bob Heinzmann      FL    04     15
  8.  Harrison Anderson  PA    05     10
  9.  Scott Edwards      SC    04     10
 10.  Matthew O'Conner   NJ    05      5
 11.  Paul Bean          MA    04      5

2005 Laurelists

Robert Eastman, NV

Benoit Groulx, QC

Frank Hastings, MD

Harrison Anderson, PA

Matthew O'Connor

Past Winners

Steve Lollis, MD

Second Again

Each entrant was given two professionally printed hand-outs generously provided by Days of Wonder. One of the hand-outs included the six tournament scenarios previously provided on the Days of Wonder Memoir '44 web-site and the other hand-out provided the seventh scenario used for the championship match.

In each round, players played a two-game match of the scenario for that round, with players switching sides between games. If a player won both games, he won the match. If they split the match, the winner was determined by: 1. Total Medals, 2. Fewest Losses, and 3. Highest Tie Breaker Number.

Five players advanced undefeated to Round 5: Frank Hastings, Robert Eastman, Benoit Groulx, Harrison Anderson, and Joe Harrison. Robert played Frank and split their two games with Robert advancing due to having fewer losses. Benoit beat Harrison twice in their match to advance. Joe Harrison also won his match by winning twice over Eric Hautemont, playing as an eliminator.

The three winners in Round 5 were scheduled to play in a 3-game round-robin in Round 6 with the best two players advancing to the finals. Robert as the Allies beat Benoit 6-3 in the first semifinal game and Joe as the Axis beat Benoit 6-3 as the Axis in the 2nd Semifinal game. Because neither Robert nor Joe could finish worse than 1-1, both of them advanced immediately to the Final.

In the first game, Joe played the Allies. Robert led early 2-4, but Joe eventually tied the game and went ahead 5-4 by eliminating the next three units. Robert then pulled out the game 5-6 by eliminating two tanks in one turn.

In the second and deciding game, tank kills were much harder to come by with Robert's Allies killing only two tanks and Joe just one. The closely fought game was tied 1-1, 2-2, 3-3 and 4-4, before Joe's Axis eventually won the game 4-6. With the Axis sweep and the players splitting the games, Joe won the championship match with 11 total medals to Robert's 10. Robert therefore finished second in Memoir '44 for the second straight year, a remarkable accomplishment. Even more remarkable, Robert also won the preceding Battle Cry tournament giving Robert an amazing streak in games based on Richard Borg's Command & Colors system.

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