Preview: 2012 WFTDA North Central Region Playoffs
BUFFALO, NY -- The fourth edition of the WFTDA Big 5 kicks off this weekend in Niagara Falls, NY as the ten top teams from the WFTDA North Central get it on in a tournament hosted by the East region's Queen City.
As in previous years, the ten-team tournament leaves seeds 7 through 10 at a severe disadvantage; they play an extra opening-round game before entering the quarterfinals against the top two seeds. Advancing past that round is very tough but has been done twice -- once in 2009 by Rocky Mountain and once in 2010 by Minnesota.
The top three finishers from the tournament score invites to play at this year's November WFTDA Championships in Atlanta. Windy City has advanced as the #1 seed from the region in each of its three years of existence; Minnesota joined them in 2010 and 2011, and Madison (2009, 2010), Naptown (2011) and Detroit (2009) have all made it out as well.
This year, 4th seeded Arch Rival looks to make a play for the Championships, having already upset 3 seed Naptown; 5 seed Ohio hopes to build on the winningest WFTDA season ever at 20-1; Detroit, holding on their their lowest-ever seed in the region at #6, wants to reassert their place in the North Central by quickly ending Naptown's hopes to return to Championships, and should seeding hold, Windy City and Minnesota will get a rematch in the final to finish off a mid-season classic that ended with no clear winner.