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Matthew Baldwin's Layer 9 Commentary

Bomb Voyage

It's easy to say that the contestant going first in Layer Tennis has an advantage, as they can prepare whatever they will for the opening volley without having to play off what has come before.

But that boon comes with a price, as they are put in a tricky position come round 9. Here they must deliver a final image that will be memorable, one that will put them over the top if they are perceived as being ahead or foment a comeback if they have hithertofore lagged. And at the same tim, they must offer something hard to hit back. After all, the best volley 9 in the world is for naught if it gives the opponent a stellar #10.

Perhaps in recognition of this fact, Matt has packed Armin into a wicker basket and inflated the balloon as quickly as possible. "Don't even bother with the final round," he tells him cheerfully. "We'll deal with the bothersome chore of declaring a winner, no need to stick around."

It's a pretty good ploy, but also one that gives Armin something to work with (assuming he remains grounded). After a series of phone-y conceptual pieces, we again have a company that could potentially be rebranded.

Will he do so, or does he have his own endgame gambit up his sleeve?

Play by play commentary for this match is provided, as it happens, by Matthew Baldwin.

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