How they did
Well, there's final standings, then there's how they really did. Let's look first at a chart with final standings and initial seedings:
Helsinki and Gent really outperformed their expectations, with Glasgow and Central City making way for their ascendency. All in all, not as good a day for UK derby as one may have hoped.
I was asked, though, to re-rank the teams according to my usual calculus. A regular reader suggested that, although a knockout tournament is very good at selecting the best, it may not be so good at ranking the rest. Thus, I plugged the scores from the tournament alone into my formula and arrived at the following:
Not only did Gent and Helsinki out-perform expectations, they out-performed most of the field!
"Running Up the Score"
I know my attitude about a blow-out bout is not commonly supported by skaters. Skaters want to play against the best their opponent has to offer, and many are concerned that a winning opponent may "take pity" on them. Ballistic Whistle himself said that he "would never want any team Brawling plays against to go easy on us at all, regardless of what level" and thus would expect his team to do the same against whomever they're playing.
Let me go on record saying I never advocate taking pity on an opponent in competition. Ever.
I do feel, however, that a blow out bout in which the winning team does nothing different is a missed opportunity. Trying new skaters, new tactics, new plays in training is only so good. Try as you might, your own team can't quite be jedi-mind-tricked into not knowing what's coming and reacting naturally.
However, the other team already is. Even if they've scouted your previous bouts, they don't know what you've got to try out. Thus, once the game's already in the bag, it's the perfect time to experiment.
This LRG did. Against Auld Reekie, they gave the star to more than a few skaters I've never seen jam for them before. This is a huge show of sportsmanship toward your own skaters. Giving them time to jam on the tournament track in the uniform of the best team in Europe is a massive vote of confidence in them, and shows that London Brawling are more than their top skaters.
As much as I dislike a blow-out bout, I think LRG actually deserve a round of applause for the way they conducted themselves in a tournament that they knew they were going to win by a very large margin.