Here we sit, 60 teams entered and 16 remain. 12 teams still have a shot at lifting the Hydra at the end of all of this, but lets take a step back (or forward) and see how the points all shook out after the 6 playoff weekends. As a reminder, all of my numbers come from the most recently released WFTDA rankings.
|Playoff Rank||Team||Playoff Finish||Weekend Average||# of bouts|
Hmmm, a ranking without Gotham on the top? Is that possible? Sure is, as both Bay Area and Rose City had higher points scoring weekends than Gotham. Rose City used the 1,000+ points they took from Victoria (who slotted in all the way down at #11) and used that to secure their 2nd place ranking. Bay Area on the other hand used just consistent domination all weekend to secure the #1 spot. Their bouts against Charm City and Angel City were the 2nd and 3rd highest scoring bouts of the playoffs at 998.19 and 916.58 respectively. For perspective, Gotham’s highest point total was 870.35 and London’s was 761.47. Could that make Bay Area a favorite heading in to Champs? I still believe that until the current champs lose they are the favorite, but it sure made me happy to see them get drawn to opposite sides of the bracket. Which leads to another questions, if all of the playoffs are based on rankings up to this point then why is there a random draw for Champs seeding. Shouldn’t the true #1 seed (Gotham) continue to have the easiest route to the finals, which would mean facing the #4 seed (Rose City)? Just seems weird to me, and could potentially rob WFTDA of having the two best teams facing in the finals.
But as usual I digressed. There were some other very interesting tidbits when I tear apart the rankings. Blue Ridge not only had the worst D1 Playoff of any of the teams, but they had the lowest points average of any of the 60 teams in D1 or D2. Meanwhile we knew how dominate Detroit was, and points wise they came in at #19. That was good enough to come in ahead of the 4th place finisher from Salt Lake City, Charm City. And last tidbit of the night, the 9th place finishers had an average ranking of 36th on the above chart, 8th place finishers average ranking was 37th. This just shows that winning before the 9th Place Bout didn’t really lead to having a better weekend than losing twice right away and taking 9th. Heck, Ohio used those results to finish 9th in Evansville, but take away a #23 ranking.
So whats next you may ask. Later this week I will release how these rankings would look without the Playoff Modifiers in place. I’m extremely curious to see how the D2 teams move up once all the bouts are treated equally, then with next weeks rankings I will also release a 2015 Playoff Ranking if the Playoff Modifier didn’t exist.
Stay posted and thank you all again for your support.