The adage in the Star Wars Division is that the player who blinks first is often the one who losses the match. The thought is that the division is so hyper-competitive that even checking down to multiple choice once could be the difference between advancing or going home. That adage was no more true than in yesterday’s match.
Gold Leader (3-0) completed his second perfect game in as many matches to narrowly defeat Zack “The Attack” Burkett (1-1) by a score of 31-30 to advance to the Star Wars Tournament Finals.
“The bottom line is here, we just keep doing what we’ve been doing, which is winning,” manager Tom Dagnino said. “This wasn’t a TKO. This guy, Bucket or whatever [Burkett], he came in [and] he played really well. But, I saw it in his face, once he knew he went to multiple-choice, he was finished because Gold Leader doesn’t miss questions.”
Gold Leader may not miss questions, but that does not mean he did not have to earn this victory. At the end of the first round, both had yet to miss a question to open the match tied at 11-11.
As the favorite, Gold Leader deferred to Burkett at the top of Round Two. There, The Attack glided through the category of The Force Awakens with relative ease, right up to the final question where he checked down to multiple choice to only score 9 PTS in the second. That hiccup would be all Gold Leader would need to pull ahead. The Finstock Exchange rookie remained perfect for 10 PTS in the category of Return of the Jedi to take the 21-20 lead in the bottom of the second.
Round Three went about as one would expect for any two top-tier Star Wars competitors. Burkett was able to secure all three final round questions, but it was not enough to stop Gold Leader who was able to do the same and pull out the 31-30 victory.
Gold Leader advances to the Finals of the Star Wars Tournament to take on “The Major” Thomas Harper during Friday night’s Schmoedown Throwdown event. Not only is Harper the last obstacle for Gold Leader on his way to a shot at the title, but he is also the last of the three Dragon Con rookies that the Exchange rookie has yet to defeat.
“I want to take out all three of these Dragon Con competitors one after another, like a line of dominos,” Gold Leader said, “and it’s going to happen. So, the last domino is going to fall, and I will be taking that belt. I assure you.”