When Team Phoenix played dead in the quarter final and only snatched victory against a surprised Renegades in the dying seconds, it was brilliant play.
When Phoenix pulled off the same trick again in the semi final to take out season favorites SurfAholics Alpha it was the talk of the competition. (I still think this is the absolute shock of the whole season.)
This double blow took them to the final where they kept their nerve and decided that their team strategy would be to attempt the same trick for a third time in a row.
For 47 hours of the final both Phoenix and Lucky 13 danced around each other with no team making significant gains over the other.
Then in the final hour Lucky 13 started to pull forward and the response from Phoenix was to come back with small gains.
If the strategy was to lull Lucky 13 into a false sense of security by pretending that Phoenix had nothing left in their tank then it worked.
In the final ten minutes Lucky 13 kept pushing ahead and it looked like they had Phoenix beat. When Phoenix failed to reply in the final minute Lucky 13 eased off the gas. They could see the finishing line and were sure they could cross it first; comfortably in first place.
The screenshot above shows what things looked like with just seconds to go and still Phoenix responded with…nothing at all.
Until, just as they done twice before in a row, they gambled everything on their last second play for glory.
It was an all-or-nothing play. They had one move to gain as many points as they could while gambling that Lucky 13 had already thought they had done enough to win.
The gamble would have backfired spectacularly if Lucky 13 also decided to dramatically up the game in the final second.
And the strategy that took out Renegades and Alphas before them also sent Lucky 13 crashing out of the final.
They did this…
This is why it worked so well.
Lucky 13’s final push was…Lucky 13 Gained 134% – 93.89 billion.
Phoenix final push was…Phoenix Gained 312% – 147.86 billion.
This is how the playoffs ended:
1st place – Phoenix
runners up – Lucky 13
3rd place – SurfAholics Alpha
4th place – Uber Surfers
5th place – CSN
6th place – Renegades
7th place – WealthBuilders
8th place – In To Win
(Places 3 & 4 and 5 to 8 ranked in order of the amount of points they earned in their respective final games.)
This was a great playoff series from first round to last. Well done everyone for making it so entertaining.