For anyone that watched the Buffalo stream, there was some awesome rule discussion activity that went down! I love when this stuff happens and it ISN’T my tournament!
For those that missed it . . .
Go to the 16:15 mark.
You’ll see Zen playing Avatar, and after the ball drains down the left outlane he gives it a nice shove forward resulting in the ball in Link moving back to trip the switch, and starting Link Multiball (since he only needed one more shot to start).
The debate that ensued in chat is whether that was a legal move or not based on the current written rules . . . and then whether it SHOULD be something that is legal or not.
Obviously the IFPAPA rules cover Death Saves and Bangbacks, but both of those techniques involve bringing the drained ball back into play. IMO that verbiage doesn’t cover this situation.
Then there’s the Bowen Addams GREED letter paragraph to handle deliberately tilting or slam tilting the machine to derive some benefit to his/her own play. Zen clearly didn’t tilt or slam tilt, so tough to pin this paragraph as anything useful here.
This situation is obviously a close cousin (maybe 2nd cousin once removed on the mother’s side) to the Drac Mist situation. Shove the game to get the Mist ball off the track . . . Mist MB starts.
Bowen brought up in chat that the difference in this case is that once the ball passes the outlane switch, that is beyond the “shove line” for either the BSD case or now the Avatar case, and that this wasn’t a legal move according to the current rules. Do you know where that is in the verbiage Bowen?
I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere, and while I didn’t share my opinion in the chat, IMO the move was legal based on the written rules that I read through.
Doesn’t mean it SHOULD BE, but that does bring up the next question . . . should it be?
If we want to add a rule that you’re not allowed to shake the game after the ball has gone below the outlane switch, that certainly puts the TD in a tough situation of calling that ‘fair/foul’ line, especially in a situation they didn’t see, and the offending player says they are confident it was ABOVE the fair/foul line.