I'm not talking about relaxing my game. I'm talking about risk, strategy, and which scoring opportunities to chase.
I did not say this. I would not criticize any player's strategy that did not violate the rules or spirit of the tournament. Please do not mince my words.
Here were the 3 problems that I had which will hopefully make things clear.
This was not posted ahead of time.
Pinburgh Staff members have apologized for this mistake. People aren't perfect, and the website wasn't updated to match the official rules. We now have a discussion and an apology. All good here.
I made incorrect strategy choices for the situation I was placed in, due in part to my lack of understanding and preparedness of the situation for the group members I was in.
On Black Knight Ball 1 and 2 I shot for the loop to light locks on the upper playfield. Both times I did this I lost the ball.
On Terminator 2, I ignored a 15 million point hurry-up on Ball 2 to instead shoot for the lock target.
I made both of these decisions because I was Chasing the Top Seed's aggressive play. Had I had time to look at the point totals of the players in my group, to understand things like:
- bottom seed needed 9 points to qualify after game 1, so needed perfect 3s on each game.
- top seed was within position to qualify with a double bye, but needed an 11 or 12 to do so, due to his 4-point lead over me.
- Other middle seed needed about the same number of points as me, and was my actual competition in the group.
I may have made different pinball decisions. I believe I would have done so, but I do not have a time machine, so I cannot test this theory. I Did not understand these bullet points until Sunday. There were approximately 0 minutes between when I saw my group of players and when the round started. I also did not understand that the groupings were not in error until the middle of game 2, when a player in my group went to the front desk to ask about the situation.
Third (keeps autocorrecting to 1). The divergence in round 10 introduces a new set of circumstances in Pinburgh, which may have negative consequences for the competition or for some players competing in Pinburgh.
I would like to give my feedback regarding my personal experience in this new situation. I would also like to be a part of this discussion because I would like to maximize my chances of success in the upcoming Pinburgh tournaments. It is not every day that I have the opportunity to win $15,000 from playing pinball, so I feel that it is important for me to give feedback, or at least vent.