I had an unfortunate moment on GB not too long ago. I was player 4 and step up to play my ball 3. I hit the flippers to select my skill shot and notice the DMD isn’t showing the skill shot. At the same time the ball auto plunged. I didn’t know what was going on. I feared it was player 3s ball so I tried to trap up and drained. No ball saver. Game over.
I was upset but didn’t bother to even ask for a ruling since I knew what it would be. But I learned a valuable lesson. Before touching the machine make sure it’s in the correct state. I was at another tourney once and saw someone step up to a game and the ball autoplunged on him. He could have just played it, but he just let it drain and got a consolation ball after the game was over. Can’t remember what game but sometimes it’s better to play two ball ones. If there is an easy to get multiball or something. But usually losing progress is bad. I wonder if the guy made a strategic decision not to play the ball.
And with GB I shouldn’t have tried to trap up. If it was player 3s ball I was already DQ’d so it didn’t matter to me if I scored a billion points for him.
I’d never seen GB do that… but player 3 said he ended a MB in an odd way where the balls got hung up in the trough after draining… so it sounds like the game lost track of the ball count.