Written by Ravi Vasudevan
The dust has settled and all the results are now in the history books. For those who didn't know, Windmill Windup had a little prediction contest to see who could predict the outcome of the tournament best. With everything counted we can now send our congratulations to Lars-Ole Müller, alias 10111ennn for winning the competition! Check out his picks here. He plays for Heidees Mixed this season on his way to Lecco and has opted to take the guaranteed spot at next year's Windmill. He has also informed us that he is not sure which team he will play for. If you see this guy at your tryouts, you probably want to put him on your team immediately. Sources say he is not totally immune to bribery.
Perhaps his being on the Heidees helped him out. I think it is safe to say not many people expected Heidees to get to the finals this year. With historic teams like Freespeed, Bad Skid, FAB, Ragnarok, Chevron Action Flash and CUSB La Fotta in the mix, no one would have thought that a team that finished 13th at xEUCF would make it to the finals. This Heidees team wowed everyone with their 2nd place finish and Lars-Ole put them at #5 which was much higher than most others. In the mixed division he also put his team high up at 5 and most people (myself included) thought that they would finish a bit lower since rumors stated that the majority of the best male Heidees were playing open. Looks like they picked up some talent for their worlds run and his inside knowledge of what Heidelberg had up their sleeve seems to have helped him out greatly.
However, in the end, he wasn't really that close. He had 440 points meaning that, on average, he was 5 placement places away per team that he predicted. Just goes to show that Windmill is crazy and nothing is predictable, even among the best of us. Then again, predicting a perfect ranking of this many teams is incredibly improbable. Even predicting a March Madness bracket correctly, which is just a straight 64 team bracket (much less complicated than 88 teams competing in 3 Swiss draw divisions) has a 1 in 9.2 quintillion chance of getting it right - no one has done it, ever. So congrats again, Lars-Ole for being the least incorrect in your predictions! Look out for his predictions next year and look out for him at Windmill 11 as he will definitely be there.