2014 WFTDA Playoff Points Breakdown

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
1 Bay Area 1-SLC 865.56 3
2 Rose City 1-Charleston 841.50 3
3 Gotham 1-Sacramento 831.60 3
4 Denver 2-Sacramento 773.01 3
5 London 1-Evansville 734.62 3
6 Windy City 2-Evansville 694.37 3
7 Philly 3-Charleston 668.84 3
8 Rocky Mtn. 3-SLC 647.24 3
9 Texas 3-Evansville 634.18 3
10 Angel City 2-SLC 628.02 3
11 Victoria 2-Charleston 627.62 3
12 Jacksonville 4-Evansville 585.92 3
13 Minnesota 3-Sacramento 580.03 3
14 Atlanta 4-Charleston 552.88 3
15 Tampa 5-Sacramento 544.14 4
16 Rat City 4-Sacramento 536.02 3
17 Montreal 5-SLC 524.76 4
18 Terminal City 6-Sacramento 495.60 4
19 Detroit 1-Duluth 462.60 3
20 Charm City 4-SLC 460.89 3
21 Arch Rival 6-SLC 454.04 4
22 Madison 5-Charleston 438.63 4
23 Ohio 9-Evansville 424.75 3
24 Boston 7-Charleston 417.27 4
25 Arizona 5-Evansville 398.02 4
26 Steel City 8-Evansville 396.36 4
27 Santa Cruz 7-Sacramento 384.90 4
28 Naptown 6-Charleston 381.49 4
29 St. Chux 3-Duluth 378.36 3
30 Wasatch 8-SLC 365.91 4
31 Jet City 9-Charleston 361.61 3
32 Nashville 6-Evansville 360.39 4
33 Toronto 7-Evansville 354.60 4
34 Rideau Valley 1-Kitchener 350.79 3
35 Houston 10-Evansville 343.50 3
36 OK Victory 10-SLC 341.94 3
37 SoCal 10-Charleston 339.81 3
38 No Coast 7-SLC 330.94 4
39 Treasure Valley 5-Duluth 327.65 4
40 Bear City 2-Kitchener 325.64 4
41 Queen City 5-Kitchener 309.59 3
42 Tri-City 9-SLC 308.59 3
43 Sin City 2-Duluth 308.12 3
44 Kansas City 8-Sacramento 302.75 4
45 Chicago Outfit 7-Kitchener 301.38 4
46 Killamazoo 3-Kitchener 298.95 3
47 Gold Coast 4-Kitchener 297.41 4
48 New Hampshire 9-Sacramento 293.34 3
49 Columbia 8-Charleston 291.17 4
50 Omaha 9-Duluth 278.18 3
51 Demolition City 8-Kitchener 274.37 4
52 DC 6-Kitchener 272.81 3
53 Suburbia 6-Duluth 268.29 4
54 Boulder County 9-Kitchener 264.00 3
55 Tucson 10-Duluth 256.56 3
56 Grand Raggidy 10-Kitchener 249.20 3
57 Brewcity 7-Duluth 247.63 4
58 Brandywine 8-Duluth 231.17 4
59 Big Easy 4-Duluth 222.79 3
60 Blue Ridge 10-Sacramento 204.17 3

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.

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