at Cardinal Rule: M. Night Shaym-Aliens, May 17th 2017 TRIVIA CLUB CHAMPS

May 18, 2017

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 I t was an intimate night of Trivia Club at Cardinal Rule, with long-tenured teams all looking to add to their winning records! Each team had at least fifty appearances, and like-wise two of three had not brought home the Golden VHS since at least December of 2016! All of that was going to chance tonight at the Original Home of the Greatest Game Show in Toronto!

After round one of Trivia Classic, it was the M. Night Shaym-Aliens with the lead! Making their sixty-fifth appearance at Cardinal Rule, and one-hundred and seventh overall, they were looking to break a drought that had started after a wonderfully successful summer run, but hadn't seen the Shaym-Aliens golden since not one but THREE wins in November of 2016, one at Cardinal Rule on November 2nd, and two at Lou Dawgs with the last coming on November 29th! They would have to out trivia Last Place Team in second place, however, who themselves had won their second Golden VHS of 2017 two weeks ago, and were making their fifty-ninth appearance at Cardinal Rule! Rounding out the field was Trivial Knowledge, who were making appearance number fifty on the night! Yes, they became the sixth team to make fifty appearances at Cardinal Rule, beating the Unusual Suspects to the punch! Trivial Knowledge had won their first Golden VHS on December 7th of 2016, making them the second most recent Champs on the night, and making them excited for their second piece of gold! Newcomers Answerson Cooper finished the first round two points behind Trivial Knowledge, but did not stick around for round two!

Round two brought Game Show Games! Following the momentum of the first round, the M. Night Shaym-Aliens carried it forward with a Countdown Takedown wager that was both smart and lucky that netted them the TOP TEN while Trivial Knowledge and Last Place Team juuuust missed out! Survey Says then saw a second TOP TEN go to the M. Night Shaym-Aliens, who once again used a solid combination of luck and smarts! Trivial Knowledge picked up six points in Survey Says, with Last Place Team grabbing two points. The M. Night Shaym-Aliens would finish up their solid Game Show Game round with a Combo Breakdown win as the last team standing... but it proved to be an especially tricky Combo indeed, that ultimately netted them a single point!

Still, with a strong lead on the field, the M. Night Shaym-Aliens jumped into Tri-Pardo! The first question was worth eleven points, the second question was worth fifteen points, and the third question was worth twelve points! This lower then average thirty-eight points to be won gave the Shaym-Aliens a bit more wiggle room, and in the first trio of questions Trivial Knowledge abstained from answering to save points for the Finale, while Last Place Team got the third question correct, but in going for the first question... lost those points, and ended up with an additional point in the third round. The M. Night Shaym-Aliens also got the third question correct and held it at that, giving themselves a twelve point boost!

So in the Finale, the wagered were varied, but the math ultimately worked in the Shaym-Aliens favor no matter what. Wagering only twenty points, the Shaym-Aliens unknowingly boxed out Trivial Knowledge from the win, as they could only get forty-eight if they went all in and that meant they would still be a point away from our third Century Team even if the Shaym-Aliens were incorrect on the Finale! Last Place Team did have a chance to pass the Shaym-Aliens, in a you're wrong and we're right scenario, but they did not go all-in, as always leaving at least a handful of points on the table. With the wagered settled, and the win locked down, the answers came, and Last Place Team would still finish the night at runners-up!

With their first win since one of the winningest months of their Trivia Club run during November 2016, and their EIGHTEENTH GOLDEN VHS overall tying them with the Unusual Suspects as the sixth winningest team all-time, the M. NIGHT SHAYM-ALIENS were once again in the winners circle at Cardinal Rule!

Last Place Team 22.5 0 2 0 1 (20) 45.5
M. Night Shaym-Aliens 36 10 10 1 12 (20) 89
Trivial Knowledge 18 0 6 0 0 (24) 0

Congrats to the Shaym-Aliens, and thank you as well to Last Place Team and Trivial Knowledge! You're always great company! We'll see you all again NEXT WEDNESDAY at Cardinal Rule! It's been a wonderful year so far, in this year with Mobility on our mind, there's still no place like home!

Russel Harder hosts Trivia Club at Hitch (1216 Queen St East) every other MONDAY of the month, and Cardinal Rule (5 Roncesvalles Ave) every WEDNESDAY! Every FRIDAY, a new episode of Trivia Club's Pause & Play podcast (a weekly portable piece of the Trivia Club experience) will be available on SoundCloud & iTunes!

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