One can only hope that this past weekend set the tone for things to come as the drive for the playoffs officially just got real for some teams. If you want a bout by bout recap, again I’ll encourage you to visit Derby Central as Left 4 Deadwards again did an excellent job capturing the action across the world. But, if you want to know what the results really meant you’ve come to the right place. This weekend saw 82 of the Top 100 teams change rankings, including a huge change in the Top 10. We also see the battles for 40 and 60 really starting to take shape. (Later this week I’ll provide a quick synapses of the three big tourneys in the usual format: Tinseltown Showdown, Spudtown Knockdown, and Southern Discomfort)
This weekend recap has to be started with the huge bout between Minnesota and Windy City. Minnesota took a huge win and moved up 6 spots, while the loss saw Windy City drop 6 and now residing at #13. This was highlighted due to such the craziness that is the WFTDA rankings. Minnesota beat a WFTDA #11 Windy City on 4/25/15 that had a WFTDA Weight of 3.78, compare that to when Gotham beat then WFTDA #3 London on 7/12/14 with a WFTDA Weight of 3.76. That right there supports something I’ve said all along, play your bouts later in the WFTDA calendar to maximize your points.
But Minnesota wasn’t the only Top 10 team to make a move as Angel City was able to use a successful weekend to move up 3 spots and slot in at #7 in my rankings. The rest of the Top 20 saw minimal movement, except HELLO Oly. With their first WFTDA bout in the books they enter the rankings this weekend at #18. Now whether or not they will get in the necessary number of bouts (and then actually participate in Playoffs) remains yet to be seen their win over Jet City shows they are still relevant in the WFTDA world. The rest of the Top 30 saw minimal changes with a few bouts here and there, but in that 30-70 range (heck even up to 100) things got a bit crazy.
From 30-100 we saw 11 teams move more than 10 spots this week, and that doesn’t include the 45 spots New Hampshire fell that dropped them all the way to #111. Columbia moved up 11 spots to #34 and their average should be enough to get them into D1 if they remain at the 310 score. This D1 battle is going to be great to watch this year as I currently have 36th-48th separated by just over 10 WFTDA points. That amount is easily obtainable depending how my many current bouts your team has already played. And with Pikes Peak, Boulder County, Helsinki, and Sac City all entering into the fray this week I can’t wait to see who ends up in and who misses out.
One team that unfortunately looks like they may be on the outside looking in on that party is Calgary, who dropped 10 spots and is now at #52. Their loss to Charlottesvile (who is currently ridiculously under-ranked by WFTDA) really hurt their cause and will make it hard to jump past all those other teams and get back to D1 range. Hope is not lost, but they have work to do.
D2 this year is going to be a battle just to get in. Look at it this way, OK Victory who played in D1 last year is currently 60th and Bear City who had their great run at D2’s is in 59th. But the curious thing is the score gap we have opening up between 63rd (North Star thanks to their huge win over Omaha and 21 rankings move) and 64th (Omaha). That 15 point gap could be difficult for some teams below to make up. Think of it this way, Omaha has currently played 9 bouts with a score of 235, in order to get up to the 250 after their next bout (FTS listed as No Coast) they would need to score 385 WFTDA points in their next bout. No Coast is currently ranked WFTDA #42 and Omaha would need to beat them and score 57% of the total points. That just shows how hard it can be to move your average a lot if you have already played a lot of bouts.
The rest of the Top 100 also saw some good movement that just might impact D2 playoffs, but also might be a little too late for some. Crime City moved all the way up to #73 this week and with only 2 bouts on the books could still change their average a good amount, but did they move up so much because Stockholm was over-rated? That we will have to wait and see. Green Mt also made a really nice move up to #76, but with 8 bouts in hand already it may just be too late for them. Going the other way, Ft. Wayne really hurt their chances this weekend (Detroit really is a rankings killer), Killamazoo lost 20 spots, and New Hampshire fell off the grid completely.
Its going to be a great run over the next two months and a lot can happen, just remember every bout counts and one bad bout can ruin a whole season.
|Rank||Team||Score||# of Bouts||Change from last rankings|
|23||Des Moines United||375.37||2||-1|