Originally Posted by ril850
If your not very good, 3 goalie. If it's for competive (money on the line) like me, get 1 goalie. Makes things more competitive.
1 goalie doesn't make things any more competitive - you could probably even argue it makes things even less competitive as you can't control the ball in the corners (though you can certainly use the sloped corner to your advantage). The biggest tournaments in the U.S. are played on Tornado tables - the guys in these tournaments are nutso good.
As I'm sure everyone realizes, of the 3 'goalies' only the center man can actually block a shot on net. So it really isn't 3 goalies but a 1 goalie and 2 guys to get the ball out of the corners.
I have a Tornado Storm, one model down from what the OP is thinking of getting. It is a great table, very solid.
I'm an average player at best, but I have played on a few different high end tables...each have their own distinctive feel, but imo the Tornado's (Storm model and up) offer up the best playing experience. The ball control that can be achieved on a tornado is 2nd to none.
I will say one thing, don't skimp on a table, while your $200 (or whatever they cost) costco table may look really good, there is no comparison in terms of how solid the table is, playability and control vs. a higher end table. In foosball, you do get what you pay for.