Whoops! Sorry I haven't answered that question yet, nicestash - it's a good one. Yes, a Round of 16 appearance in fencing or cross-country relay does guarantee you a top-16 finish, just as a Round 3 appearance in Shooting guarantees you a top-8 finish. My reasoning for that is that a team should not finish higher in the standings than a team that stayed in the competition longer.
Day 4 action in the Synchronized Swimming event is finally complete! Nepal and Serbia have held on to first and second place, respectively, and are still separated by 4 points, each having lost 2 in Synchronized Swimming. Pakistan has suffered a slight setback, losing 3 points to fall 13 points behind Nepal, and, more importantly, allowing Burundi to take third place after gaining 4 points to move within 12 of Nepal. I, for one, am very excited to see the results of the cross-country relay and how they impact the overall standings at the very end of Day 4. 5 relays are still ongoing, but they look to be just winding down at this point.
That win by swimmerdude (Preston) in the 7th game of the Nepal v Pakistan cross country relay was huge! I'm not sure if you saw the game, but Preston pulled off a win with a lucky 3 card set after being knocked down to a single territory. It was a very good game, and nerve-racking for me to watch!
Haha, and as your country losses more games and gets knocked out of more events, your game load will go down. The last game should finish soon: Game 12340243 and then the festivities will be in full swing once again!
I decided to update the analysis of the top 4 contenders for the end of day 4. A lot of the rankings were unchanged, so I copied a bunch of sempaispellcheck’s stuff (my additions will be bolded).
The overall rankings have changed a bit with Burundi moving up from 4th to 2nd and Serbia and Pakistan dropping down a spot to 3rd and 4th respectively. Nepal still holds the top spot. The scores are: NEP: 314 BDI: 306 SRB: 296 PAK: 290
Fencing (I also couldn't get the spoilers to work for this event) NEP: 69 BDI: 67 SRB: 70 PAK: 57 Pakistan is the only team of the 4 not to have progressed to the quarterfinals, so they are locked in at 57 points. The match between #3 Serbia and #6 Burundi will certainly be an interesting one. The two fencers know each other fairly well, having recently faced off in the Round of 16 in the Cross-Country Relay, with smegal69 of Burundi victorious over mviola of Serbia. #4 Nepal will face #1 Guyana, but that fact should not do much to dampen Leehar's confidence, as he knocked off then-#1 Dutch fencer notyou2 in the Round of 16, while Guyana's fencer richman688 is coming off a relatively easy sweep of #16 Eternal Shadow of Pakistan. Since only 8 teams remain at this stage of the competition, Nepal, Burundi, and Serbia are each guaranteed between 65 and 72 points. Thus, there is not much difference between 1st and 8th and this event probably will not have as much of an impact on the overall results with the overall gaps as wide as they are. However, after being swept by Burundi in the cross country relay, Serbia will have to get some revenge and knock them out of this event in order to regain the number 2 spot and potentially challenge Nepal for the lead.
As nicestash was so quick to notice, Day 4 officially concluded yesterday afternoon. I have been and will be creating Day 5 games and sending out invites as I find the time, so please be patient. At least one player needs to be replaced at this point, and more may soon join him, so if you know anyone who would like to get in on the action, please have them post in the thread.
Thank you, and good luck to all of you in Day 5! sempai