I just did a big update to the Oregon pinball Facebook groups about the current status of state championships, and I picked up on an interesting side effect of the change to top 20 events as it relates to the last month of play.
We have about a dozen events left in the year. Of those I’d say 2-3 are probably worth significant points (10+) with the rest at varying levels under that. Down at the bottom of the rankings we have about 6-7 bunched up very close at the bubble. HOWEVER of those bunched up people, three have not hit their 20 event threshold yet, and of those who have, their range to net more points is pretty wide. One person only needs .2 to add to his standings, whereas one person needs 1.5 to add to hers. This really changes the end-of-year calculus. Before you would gain at least some ground by just showing up. That is still true for some people, but for others they actually have to do OK, and in one case actually pretty decently. Getting top 8 at one of our weeklies will barely get you 1.5, and even if you get top four you might only net one point depending on turnout. In the meantime the people who haven’t had 20 events yet can just show up and gain ground no matter what.
Those who are on the bubble with a few events did very well at them, and now they are reaping the rewards. I did extremely well in two large events, mediocrely at a few small ones, and garbage at the rest. I have 20 events but my threshold to gain is way lower because of my inconsistency. The person at 1.5 has been doing decently at a large number of events, but hasn’t really crushed.
None of this is good or bad, it is mostly as it should be as the system is designed. It is just interesting to watch this all play out now, which is much different than past years.