### Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

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**Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:22 pm**So, with just three Preliminaries of Series 78 yet to air as of the time of writing, we now know who are the final eight and here they are:

Quarter-Finals #1 (14 June): Zarte Siempre (#1 Seed) vs Jan Pask (#8 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #2 (15 June): Toby McDonald (#2 Seed) vs Philip Aston (#7 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #3 (18 June): Chris Thorn (#3 Seed) vs Dougie Mackay (#6 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #4 (19 June): Phil Davies (#4 Seed) vs Paul Harper (#5 Seed)

Now, this Series has been exceptional IMO, because unlike Series 77 where we can pretty much tell who will win each match, this one is much more tricky because if Philip had not been defeated by Zarte, he probably would've gone on to become an Octochamp, so his actual potential isn't reflected here. If Dougie had not lost to Mac Walker, he would've been #3 Seed with 769 Points. Thus, the outcome of each match could vary.

The only one I'm very certain of is Zarte will thrash Jan by a lot (Maybe by 50 Points), Second is Phil will probably edge Paul by about 10-20 Points. The third QF is tricky because if Chris uses his 6 small tactic it may pull off, but if it doesn't it may prove fatal here. The most uncertain one is of course, QF #2 with Toby and Philip, two very strong Apterites facing each other. I have a gut feeling it may end in a Crucial Conundrum. Philip will win at speed but of course accuracy counts here as well!

We've been waiting for this to come since 13 and 14 March when they were recorded. Stay tuned to find out the outcome as we wish them all the best!

Also, based on Series 75 Champion Martin's game of playing getting points if you predicted correctly who would win before the show aired, perhaps you guys would like it as well? Let me know! If it goes ahead, maybe we shouldn't impose an algorithm this time so that it'll be less restrictive.

(P.S. The poll will close on the day the Grand Final airs, so if you happen to be reading this in the near future, apologies but you will not be able to cast since the result is known.)

Quarter-Finals #1 (14 June): Zarte Siempre (#1 Seed) vs Jan Pask (#8 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #2 (15 June): Toby McDonald (#2 Seed) vs Philip Aston (#7 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #3 (18 June): Chris Thorn (#3 Seed) vs Dougie Mackay (#6 Seed)

Quarter-Finals #4 (19 June): Phil Davies (#4 Seed) vs Paul Harper (#5 Seed)

Now, this Series has been exceptional IMO, because unlike Series 77 where we can pretty much tell who will win each match, this one is much more tricky because if Philip had not been defeated by Zarte, he probably would've gone on to become an Octochamp, so his actual potential isn't reflected here. If Dougie had not lost to Mac Walker, he would've been #3 Seed with 769 Points. Thus, the outcome of each match could vary.

The only one I'm very certain of is Zarte will thrash Jan by a lot (Maybe by 50 Points), Second is Phil will probably edge Paul by about 10-20 Points. The third QF is tricky because if Chris uses his 6 small tactic it may pull off, but if it doesn't it may prove fatal here. The most uncertain one is of course, QF #2 with Toby and Philip, two very strong Apterites facing each other. I have a gut feeling it may end in a Crucial Conundrum. Philip will win at speed but of course accuracy counts here as well!

We've been waiting for this to come since 13 and 14 March when they were recorded. Stay tuned to find out the outcome as we wish them all the best!

Also, based on Series 75 Champion Martin's game of playing getting points if you predicted correctly who would win before the show aired, perhaps you guys would like it as well? Let me know! If it goes ahead, maybe we shouldn't impose an algorithm this time so that it'll be less restrictive.

(P.S. The poll will close on the day the Grand Final airs, so if you happen to be reading this in the near future, apologies but you will not be able to cast since the result is known.)