Sports Analytics World Championship of Settlers of Catan: Round 1 recap
Group A, dubbed the “group of death” by basically anyone who closely follows sports analytics Catan players, saw @chuurveg win the first two games of the group making the third game nothing more than a victory lap for @chuurveg. Though he almost pulled off the sweep in round one, @sethwalder pulled out a victory in game 3 to advance to the round of 16.
@jacksoslow and @yuorme took all the wins in this group with the only other competitor finishing with a second @scott_bush.
@dangroob tore through group C posting 3 wins in his 3 games. @chibearsstats also advance on the back of 3 second place finishes. Fan favorite @statsinthewild disappointed throughout the first round. Needing a win in his third game to advance, all he could manage was 5 points and a tie for second. He’s going to have to answer a lot of questions about whether he even deserved to be in this tournament in the first place.
@cfbnate and @hausinthehouse advance out of this group in what was probably the most exciting group of the first round. Both of the first two games of this group saw ties for second at 9. After two games @stat_ron was sitting on 18 victory points with no wins. He then finished dead last in game three to not advance. His 23 victory points in the first round are the most of anyone who did not advance (tied with @kfloyd34 from group H).
Group E saw three different winners in three different games. @zbinner_NFLinj one the first game of the group and, like an injured NFL player referenced in his screen name, limped across the finish line to somehow win the group with only 22 victory points. @mtm1013 won game 2 and after his 2nd in game 1, he was very likely to advance to the next round barring some craziness in game 3. Game 3 saw @chiefsanalytics, whose Twitter name is not @arrowheadanalytics, went big in game 3 for the win, but it wasn’t enough to advance. Kansas City will just have to be happy with their Super Bowl win this year because the city won’t be bringing how a Settlers of Catan Championship this year.
Wow. What a wild ride this group was! @punkrockscience wins the group after putting up a 3 spot in game 1. Even more bizarre, she won the group with the lowest victory point total of the group (21, 22, 23, 23)! She is the only competitor to win their group and NOT have the most total victory points. Additionally, @sabinanalytics waited until the very last minute to advance by winning game 3 leaving game 1 winner @nflsharptampa as one of only two people to win a game and not advance (@chiefsanaltics is the other). @necesarypaper, who ultimately finished 4th in the group, was actually in really good shape to win the group going in to game 3 as a win in game 3 would have put him in first as he had finished second twice already and would have moved him into first place all alone with a win. @neccessarypaper ends their tournament as the only player to score 7 or more points in all three of their games and not advance out of the first round.
With one game left to go in Group G, @jPohlkampHart has already won the group, but that coveted second place is the last spot available for the round of 16 and any of the other three in the group (@msubbiah, @dtrainor4, and @nickwan) can still claim it. Game 3 will be win an advance for the three unqualified contenders. If @JPohlkamHart can win game 3, @msubbiah will advance unless @dtrainor can finish alone in 2nd AND make up the 3 victory deficit behind @msubbiah. @nickwan, the worlds greatest Catan streamer, needs a win and only a win to advance.
Last, and kind of least, group H featured @sethpartnow dominating the first two games of Group H, making the third game in the group a exhibition game for Seth. The second spot was up for grabs with a win an advance scenario for the other the other three in this group. Ultimately, @Hharris3419 took the other spot with a 10,9,9,6 win in the final game to move on.
Here is a summary of the first round (color is what place they finished in the group (gold, silver, bronze, and red)):
Round of 16
Group I features the winners of group A and B and he runners up in groups C and D.
Group J features the winners of group C and D and he runners up in groups A and B.
Group K features the winners of group E and F and he runners up in groups G and H.
Group L features the winners of group G and H and he runners up in groups E and F.