Woe!The Tournament of Champions (TOC) has officially crowned a winner after six games, as Amy Schneider took home the top honor on Monday, November 21st.
The writer from Oakland, California defeated competitors Andrew He and Sam Buttrey after a tough and intellectual competition. Schneider was the first of three contestants to win the final three games, giving him the $250,000 grand prize. Meanwhile, He, a software developer from San Francisco, won second place with $100,000, and Buttrey, a career research professor at the Naval Postgraduate School from Pacific Grove, California, won third place with $50,000.
“I feel amazing,” Schneider said after his win. “At the beginning of the final I had a moment where I suddenly found myself and I was like ‘I’m on stage in the final of the Championship’, and it was crazy. And I won! It’s really cool.”
Despite not seeing a Daily Double in the final match, Schneider still came out victorious against Buttrey who saw all three but both Schnieder and he chased each other into the Finals! Schneider entered the round with a $15,600 lead, followed by $14,200 and Buttrey with $8,000.
The final disaster! The clue comes from the category titled “Plays,” with the clue reading: “On January 12, 1864, the Washington Evening Star reported on the performance of this ‘lovely comedy’ for ‘ full and lovely house.'” Finally, the correct answer was, “What is ‘Our American Cousin’?”
Buttrey bet everything and gave no real answer, knocking him out of the race. Meanwhile, both Schneider and He responded positively. In the end, the $2,801 bet put the total at $17,001, but it wasn’t enough to beat Schneider, who made the final score $28,600 on a $13,000 bet.
The TOC is a rematch for Schneider and He, who previously met in Season 38 when he ended He’s five game streak and went on a historic 40-game streak. The impressive run during the regular season put Schneider in second place behind Ken Jennings for all-time hitters.
“I wanted both [compete against him] and was afraid to face him again,” Schneider said of the He resistance. “I know he’s one of the top competitors in the field. He’s someone I know can beat me because he’s almost done it before, and he’s been here twice. Any of the three could very well have won if only a few things had gone differently. I’m glad we got a real chance to test our skills against each other, and I’d love to play it again one day, no matter what. “
With its uniqueness Woe! actor, Schneider makes history as the first openly transgender contestant on the show to compete and win Woe!Tournament of Champions. “I will always go out there and be me,” he said. “Being in a place where someone like me has never been before, it’s a very powerful thing to be able to do.”
Schneider’s victory was the cap to a historic run of Season 38, in which he appeared alongside super-streakers such as Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach. The fun game is sure not to be forgotten anytime soon. Meanwhile, viewers can look forward to the show’s return to regular season 39 on Woe! continues.
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