actually, a similar issue has come up almost everytime ive played lexy in tournament. The problem is no one knows the rules. so when weird shit happens like too many balls, misfiring flippers, nobody knows if its a malfunction or part of some wacky ruleset. The exact same issue that happened to colin has happened to myself and others multiple times. the reason you havent heard about it is because everytime it happens people shrug their shoulders and play on. It cant be replicated, therefore is usually chalked up to player error and not reported.
The difference this year is that it happened to colin during the finals. Had the exact same issue happened to any other player at any other time, i can guarantee we wouldnt be talking about it. we wouldnt have stopped for a clarification of the rules, and we wouldnt have opened the game to try and recreate the issue, and we wouldnt be talking about deep dives into its rulesets and known software bugs. The ruling that was made within five seconds would have still been made and that would be the end of it. when a ruling is made, challenging the tournament directors ruling and demanding the game be opened and looked at by one of its lead developers is not an opportunity most players have. Colin does have that opportunity so he used it. Didnt do him, the viewers at home, or the other tournament players any good, but oh well.