Wow, Kentucky is really interesting. Went all the way down to Rank 84 to get 16!
Quoted from Whysnow:
Looks like WI will be 100% in state people thie year.
What is up with some people still not committed? I thought all commitments had to be in by Sunday 11th? Pretty lame that some are holding out till the last minute. Yet another reason that i think the IFPA sound require people to pre-commit to a state or order of states by mid Dec. Lots of these guys appear to be waiting till the last minute so they can see who is doing each state.
Also woudl be good if IFPA did not publish any commitments until the entire field is set.
Pinball tournaments are full of strategic decisions that have nothing to do with actually playing pinball (e.g., game choice, player order, which machine to focus on in a qualifying bank, etc.), so I don't understand the distaste for making strategic decisions on deciding a state to play in.
Quoted from Whysnow:
It is 2-fold.
1 is out of respect for people on the bubble and that care about making their home state SCS. I find it very disrespectful for those that know they will be attending, are actually qualified for multiple states, and want to wait and be the last person to declare. This keeps others waiting in limbo when it could all easily be resolved already. Even outside of whom will be playing, many states are held up on final first round match ups because of a select few people.
2 is that we were told decision had to be made by Sunday the 11th and now the deadline for some states is later. At the same time it appears that IFPA then opted to publish the declared spots mid way through. It was not stated up front that if you declare it would automatically be published for others to see. Seems like the best practice would be to require all declarations in advance of publishing any. Current model affords a potential strategic advantage to some without the knowledge that deciding early (out of respect for others and the tourney director) would possibly be used against you.
Is it disrespectful to wait for a tilt bob to settle too?
The match ups will be decided soon enough, what's the rush? It is not as if knowing the first round match ups months in advance changes anything.
Love seeing this thread gain steam. I want to see more tournament pinball discussions on pinside.
Super excited to play in Texas this year. It's going to be a truly epic battle. Curious to see which major city takes home the trophy....
Any states planning to set up cameras and record? Love watching recaps and play-by-plays.
Playing in Texas this year! I had the opportunity to defend my title in Indiana, but for various reasons decided to do TX. Trying to be the first to win an SCS in two separate states. I think there are only a few others competing for that title as well.
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