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Updated 11/21/2010

2010 WBC Report  

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Chad Mekash, NJ

2010 Champion


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Event History
2006    Tony Curtis     40
2007    Bill O'Neal     36
2008    Brian Conlon     40
2009    Rick Young     34
2010    Chad Mekash     48

Rank  Name              From  Last  Total
  1.  Bill O'Neal        NY    10     83
  2.  Tony Curtis        OK    10     50
  3.  Brian Conlon       CT    08     46
  4.  Chad Mekash        NJ    10     40
  5.  Rick Young         NC    09     30
  6.  Allen Kaplan       NJ    10     28
  7.  Terry Cotter       CT    10     24
  8.  Jack Morrell       NY    07     24
  9.  Jeff King          ME    08     18
 10.  Andy Finkel        uk    06     18
 11.  John Grasse        CT    10     12
 12.  Riku Reikkinen     fn    08     12
 13.  Steve Cuyler       NY    09      9
 14.  Rob March          CA    06      9
 15.  Peter Stein        OH    07      8
 16.  Eric Raymond       PA    09      6
 17.  Andy Joy           MD    08      6
 18.  David Burkey       PA    06      6
 19.  Jeff Cornett       FL    07      4
 20.  James Terry        NJ    09      3
 21.  Paul Skrabut       FL    08      3
 22.  Mike Gentile       PA    06      3

2010 Laurelists                                              Repeating Laurelists:

Terry Cotter, CT

Allen Kaplan, NJ

John Grasse, CT

Tony Curtis, OK

Bill O'Neal, NY

Past Champions

Tony Curtis, OK

Bill O'Neal, NY

Brian Conlon, CT

Rick Young, NC

Chad Mekash, NJ

2006 champ Tony Curtis enjoys a break from the GMT sales booth.

Terry Cotter reveals his secret weapon in the center.

Blocks & Blades ...

The first round was the pod system wherein 4-player groups were formed with each player playing all the others in their group in the same scenario, Agrigentum. The best performer in each group advanced automatically as did the best four runner-ups for the event as a whole. Side selection was handled by players bidding victory banners. Rome held a 47-25 win advantage overall. Rome wins were by an average of three while Carthage's were by two. At no bid, it was 35-16, but at +1 to Carthage it was 8-6 Rome and at 2 to Carthage it was 2-0 Carthage.

The second round was more pod round-robins. The battle was Raphia from the 1st Expansion. Only the winner of each pod would advance to the semis. The Persians won overall 15-9 but it seemed to really depend on the players involved. In some groups, just one side was winning. In another, one player won with both sides despite the rest being one sided. All three returning champions were knocked out in this round with Chad Mekash taking out not one, but two, former champs in his pod.

The semi-finals were conducted as two-game matches, playing both sides of a battle against the same opponent. The battle was Foraging Party from Expansion 2. Chad Mekash Chad advanced out of his bracket over John Grasse as his Barbarians were able to capture three victory banners to John's two before the Romans took the field. In the other semi, Terry Cotter, John Grasse's regular opponent, took on Allen "C&C:A Miniatures" Kaplan. Terry captured the win with both sides.

The Final battle was River Stour from the 2nd Expansion between Chad Mekash and Terry Cotter. Terry was the Barbarians first and lost 6-1. I don't know if Chad knew how to handle the Barbarian Chariots going in or learned from watching Terry, but he lost by only 6-5 to take the championship.

We had our largest turnout yet with 48. We are still drawing a large core group of players who are strong players yet welcoming to newcomers. We stretched the players a little further in their need to understand the game to win this year in our scenario selection. We will push it a little further going forward so check the scenario selection early for more practice time next year.

Allen Kaplan's painted miniature set remains a big draw.

Elephants sure beat blocks.
 GM      Andy Lewis (5th Year)  NA  
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