April 6 WNY Gaming hosted the 2019 NY State ROC Championship, bringing and end to the ROC Wintermeltdown series and hopefully starting a new tradition. 25 players made this the 2nd highest attended state/provincial championship of the season, traveling from PA and over the border from Canada itself for a chance to claim the title of NY’s best.
After 5 rounds of Swiss pairings and a top 8 cut the champion was crowned and Ontario’s own Devin Owens claimed the title in a “Canadians Only” top 2 match against head ROC judge Jay Solomon.
The field was full of top-notch players and original builds as evidenced in the top 8 build sheets found below. Interested parties can follow Devin’s full journey through the top 8 in the youtube links below as well (it’s an awesome NON-theme team that caught a lot of players by surprise with some of its tricks).
I wanted to thank everyone who contributed to a most enjoyable day of Heroclix action, from the Married With Clix crew who came down in full force (the Canadians are invading!) to all of the individual teams who came out to represent the stores that were involved in the Wintermeltdown (special shout-outs to Bill & Joe Greco from Syracuse, Cody, Chuck and Logan from the Olean area, Terry and the “Badger Brothers” from near Jamestown, James & Kyle from the Elmira area, Jerrick & Jordan who made it up from NC and current World champion Joe Pangrazio, Ricky and Nick who repped Rochester). Last but not least thanks to Jimmy Wray, owner and operator of WNY Gaming for going above and beyond the call of duty in helping to organize and run what was such a fun and successful event. See you at the next one!