2015 WFTDA Playoffs Weekly Rankings – IT’S ON!!!

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
1 Gotham 735.02 7 0
2 Rose City 678.59 10 0
3 Bay Area 620.27 9 0
4 Texas 565.01 7 0
5 Victoria 527.98 5 0
6 Denver 518.14 8 0
7 Angel City 514.20 8 3
8 Minnesota 513.17 10 6
9 Philly 502.39 5 -1
10 London 496.04 7 -1
11 Jacksonville 493.03 9 1
12 Atlanta 484.76 7 -1
13 Windy City 481.70 8 -6
14 Arch Rival 474.26 9 -1
15 Rocky Mtn 453.06 7 0
16 Tampa 405.99 7 0
17 Charm City 401.52 9 0
18 Oly 400.82 1 NEW
19 Rat City 397.30 6 -1
20 Boston 396.70 10 -1
21 Detroit 396.51 12 -1
22 Montreal 385.40 9 -1
23 Des Moines United 375.37 2 -1
24 Dallas 366.33 9 0
25 Terminal City 361.22 7 -2
26 Steel City 360.86 13 0
27 Arizona 357.20 13 -2
28 Ohio 356.93 12 -1
29 Sun State 348.27 3 -1
30 Toronto 343.53 10 0
31 Charlottesville 337.28 6 2
32 Queen City 324.58 8 -1
33 Stockholm 321.61 3 -4
34 Columbia 310.09 10 11
35 Rideau Valley 306.69 11 -3
36 Naptown 299.78 13 -2
37 Demolition City 299.35 12 -2
38 No Coast 297.07 11 -2
39 Madison 296.18 7 -2
40 Jet City 296.17 5 -2
41 Santa Cruz 294.19 7 2
42 Pikes Peak 293.23 4 14
43 Boulder County 293.19 9 19
44 Treasure Valley 292.68 10 -5
45 St. Chux 291.17 11 -5
46 Kansas City 290.47 11 -5
47 Helsinki 289.71 4 16
48 Sac City 289.45 9 11
49 Wasatch 284.81 5 -5
50 Chicago Outfit 279.15 12 -1
51 Sacred City 278.24 6 3
52 Calgary 277.03 11 -10
53 Houston 276.46 14 -7
54 Sin City 273.56 5 -7
55 Glasgow 272.69 1 -7
56 Tri-City 272.10 6 -6
57 SoCal 271.84 3 -6
58 Nashville 271.31 11 -6
59 Bear City 269.57 11 -6
60 OK Victory 263.55 8 -5
61 Brandywine 263.53 9 0
62 Auld Reekie 261.00 2 -5
63 North Star 250.31 6 21
64 Omaha 235.49 9 -4
65 Blue Ridge 233.88 11 0
66 Des Moines 233.18 2 1
67 Tucson 231.93 6 1
68 Roc City 230.12 6 6
69 NW Arkansas 229.55 3 0
70 Brewcity 229.50 11 0
71 Ft. Wayne 229.23 6 -13
72 Ann Arbor 227.42 9 -1
73 Crime City 226.42 2 48
74 Old Capitol 225.62 7 -2
75 DC 225.20 10 -2
76 Green Mt 223.63 8 17
77 Burning River 222.98 8 1
78 Tiger Bay 221.80 4 -2
79 Ithaca 221.14 4 -2
80 Cincinnati 217.99 5 -5
81 Winnipeg 217.73 1 -2
82 Grand Raggidy 217.05 10 -2
83 Suburbia 214.52 11 -2
84 Killamazoo 212.55 14 -20
85 Emerald City 210.52 3 -3
86 Big Easy 209.59 8 -3
87 Gold Coast 206.53 9 -2
88 Carolina 205.02 6 -2
89 Sioux City 202.22 5 -2
90 Fargo 193.19 6 0
91 Memphis 192.16 3 0
92 Charlotte 189.91 5 -4
93 Twin City 184.52 11 -1
94 NEO 175.79 4 24
95 Providence 175.19 4 -6
96 Junction City 174.13 10 -2
97 Dupage 173.88 3 -2
98 Rage City 172.91 2 -2
99 Oklahoma City 167.51 4 -2
100 Lansing 166.30 6 -2
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