Metallica Launch Party Results
At long last, here are the sorta-highly-anticipated results.
Our Novice Champion, as well as top female player, was Echa Schneider of the Radio Pinball Union. Echa won TWO plaques and TWO translites. Now that Echa has won a novice event, she is no longer eligible to play in novice!
NOVICE FINAL Results:
1. Echa Schneider
2. Chris Harkins
3. Kenley Fritts
4. Erin Ray
5. Ashley Woodworth
6. Brian Berry
7. Kenny Smith
8. Matt Talley
(Jeff Fehervahi qualified for Novice but left. First alternate Matt Willmarth also left. Finally Kenny Smith was selected after several attempts to find an alternate).
In Expert action, the final match came down to O.G. legend Neil Shatz (NES) and PAPA 2011 World Champion Andrei Massenkoff (ANM). It’s always awesome watching these two guys throw down since their styles could not be more different. Andrei plays a fast, loose “flow” style while Neil is a surgeon who controls the ball with unbelievable finesse and patience. Which Pinball-Fu style would prove to be more powerful?
Neil was playing in the 3rd position and Andrei was 4th, giving Andrei the advantage since he knew the score to beat and could adjust his strategy going into his final ball. Neil finished his game with a solid but beatable 42 Million. Andrei looked like he was settling into a groove to overtake him but came up just a few million short. CONGRATS TO NEIL SHATZ!
On to the results. There were two games in the tournament. Top 6 from each game played in the Expert Final, while the next 4 from each group who qualified for Novice moved on to the Novice Final. Placement for the remaining players alternated between Game 1 and Game 2, with the starting position (13th) going to the Game that had the highest qualifying score overall. Note that per IFPA rules, Novice Finals do not affect overall tournament placement or ranking points awarded.
|GRAND CHAMPION||Neil Shatz||52,314,230||67,222,110||31,536,800||42,196,270|