Pen Spinning World Cup 2022

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The Pen Spinning World Cup 2022 was an international team-based competition held from June 25th, 2022 to September 3rd, 2022[1].

History

The WC22 event was unplanned by the Pen Spinning Board of Directors, who had gone dormant after the Pen Spinning World Tournament 2021 without notifying the international community. During discussions about the event in The Workshop, it was suddenly revealed by PBoD member Tigres that the event was cancelled and that he wouldn't run it. This led to a scramble to organize it last-minute, resulting in Padrace taking up the reigns of managing the event, with the website created by iColor.

Unlike the Pen Spinning World Cup 2020, which allowed teams from specific recognized communities, WC22 allowed any team comprising of spinners from any community to sign up. This resulted in some of the strongest and weakest teams of any World Cup entering the competition. Notably, Final Boss and The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen were international teams with spinners hand-picked for competitive advantage. However, Team ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท (nicknamed "Team Flower") comprised of spinners from the beginner to intermediate range, and caused controversy when their manager started arguing that the team deserved higher scores than one of the highest-scoring teams in the first round. The team came last place and the manager's comments were not supported by the rest of his team members.

The final round exhibited multipen combos from V 0 1 D (Final Boss)[2], TUv4 (Eastern Reunion)[3] and Padrace (The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen)[4]. This came as a surprise due to the technique's rarity in the prior rounds of the competition.

Scoring System

The competition had 7 themes, split into two main categories that shared point allocations, with one special theme, the Duet.

Difficulty Category: Complexity, Power, Taps & Counters

  • Theme Scores:
    • Difficulty (15 points)
    • Originality (10 points)
  • General Scores:
    • Execution (10 points)
    • Construction (5 points)
    • Effectiveness (5 points)
    • Presentation (2 points)

Execution Category: Aestheticism, Wipers, 1P2H

  • Theme Scores:
    • Execution (15 points)
    • Originality (10 points)
  • General Scores:
    • Difficulty (10 points)
    • Construction (5 points)
    • Effectiveness (5 points)
    • Presentation (2 points)

The combos for Wipers are required to contain 80% wiper tricks, and 1P2H combos are required to contain 50% 1P2H linkages.

Duet theme

  • Duet-specific Scores:
    • Transition (2 points)
    • Theme (2 points)
    • Coherence (2 points)
    • Atmosphere (2 points)
  • General Scores:
    • Difficulty (10 points)
    • Execution (10 points)
    • Originality (10 points)
    • Construction (5 points)
    • Effectiveness (5 points)
    • Presentation (2 points)

Total: 50 Points

Tournament Structure

The first round consists of a "Battle Royale" with the 5 non-substitute members of the teams all submitting one combo each to a Collaboration Video that is edited by one of the team members. This round is judged on the Duet category, and the rankings compiled so that the top 8 teams pass to the next round.

For the remaining 3 rounds, single elimination matches are made where 3 themes are picked at random from the 6 main themes, and a duet theme of two spinners is present every round. The Duet is worth 2 points, and the remaining categories worth 1 point. The team that wins the most points between the 4 battles proceeds to the next round until a champion is determined.

Judges

Participants

There were 13 teams signing up to the event:

Esperanza
Tzert (manager)
Chiruru
Nachii*
Wei
Ria
Miuk (substitute)
Akagami
Asterix (manager)
Ki
Zxuaran
Neru
Synne
Final Boss
V 0 1 D (manager)
Nine
Vanilla
ZeGentleman
Krogan
Saltient (substitute)
Team ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท
Wenyu (manager)
Goonin
Lxnar
Finiket
Grimoire
The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen
Padrace (manager)
DArKT
Diobrando
Zefia
Beck
KIPS Stars
FLow (manager)
Nani
BlackCow
Sonic
Cmpsr
Seoraksan (substitute)
Ludens
Coffeelucky (manager)
Akkey
Altttt
Froog
PHUM
Sanyo (substitute)
SeroPH
Thresh (manager)
KanaSei
Vnel
Vipono
Exityy
BlackMagic
Haton
Hector
Petuy
Quantum
Hilbert
Karuna (substitute)
Star River
Xuanr
Anonm
Salmon_T
Heavenly
Yamaka
Realer (substitute)
Eastern Reunion
Laku
TUv4
Reamtea
KoVi
Sututu
Tetora (substitute)
FPSB Z
Colin d'Alaska
Lu00
S-RoK
Mamba
Eshor
Kara T-J (substitute)
SPSC
Sumure (manager)
Allwars
SekaiDE
Chisko
Kattho
DarKko (substitute)

Results

Round 1

Participants in bold passed to the next round[5][6].

  1. Eastern Reunion
  2. The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen
  3. Final Boss
  4. Esperanza
  5. KIPS Stars
  6. BlackMagic
  7. Ludens
  8. Star River
  9. SPSC
  10. Akagami
  11. FPSB Z
  12. SeroPH
  13. Team ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒท

Round 2

All top 4 seeded teams from round 1 passed to round 2[7][8].

Eastern Reunion vs Star River
Winner: Eastern Reunion (4-1)
Category Eastern Reunion Star River
Aestheticism KoVi Xuanr
Taps & Counters TUv4 Salmon_T
Wipers Reamtea Yamaka
Duet Laku & Sututu Anonm & Realer
Esperanza vs KIPS Stars
Winner: Esperanza (3-2)
Category Esperanza KIPS Stars
Aestheticism Wei Sonic
Taps & Counters Miuk BlackCow
Wipers Tzert Cmpsr
Duet Ria & Chiruru Nani & FLow
The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen vs Ludens
Winner: The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen (5-0)
Category The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen Ludens
Aestheticism Zefia Coffeelucky
Taps & Counters DArKT PHUM
Wipers Diobrando Froog
Duet Padrace & Beck Altttt & Akkey
Final Boss vs BlackMagic
Winner: Final Boss (5-0)
Category Final Boss BlackMagic
Aestheticism Nine Petuy
Taps & Counters V 0 1 D Karuna
Wipers Krogan Hector
Duet Vanilla & ZeGentleman Haton & Quantum

Round 3

Eastern Reunion vs Esperanza
Winner: Eastern Reunion (3-2)
Category Eastern Reunion Esperanza
Taps & Counters Reamtea Ria
Complexity TUv4 Tzert
2 Hand Laku Chiruru
Duet Sututu & KoVi Miuk & Wei
The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen vs Final Boss
Winner: Final Boss (4-1)
Category The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen Final Boss
Taps & Counters DArKT Krogan
Complexity Padrace Saltient
2 Hand Zefia Vanilla
Duet Diobrando & Beck Nine & V 0 1 D

Round 4

Finals
Eastern Reunion vs Final Boss
Winner: Final Boss (5-0)
Category Eastern Reunion Final Boss
Wipers Reamtea Krogan
Power Sututu Vanilla
Complexity KoVi Saltient
Duet Laku & TUv4 Nine & V 0 1 D
3rd place match
The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen vs Esperanza
Winner: The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen (5-0)
Category The Five Fingers of Sublime Pen Esperanza
Wipers Diobrando Ria
Power Beck Tzert
Complexity Zefia Wei
Duet Padrace & DArKT Chiruru & Muik

References