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Poll1341

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1341
Division East Division
Match # 37
Match Date Wednesday, August 6th, 2003
Vote difference 50,246
Oracle
Expectations
Cloud - 69.10%
43 for - 2 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Cloud - 81.52%
(33,470 brackets)

Believe it or not, this was a fairly hyped match, especially in the first few minutes of Cloud's match with CATS. Both characters are FF leads from popular Square games, both characters wield huge swords, both characters are moody loners (CJayC literally called Cloud, Squall, and Auron 'The sully, moody character from FF7/8/X', or something alone those lines, in their bios), and both characters are OMG Badass! Badass! Badass! Badass!

Clearly the idea of SFF and its nasty effects weren't in full swing yet, as was the idea of rSFF actually being worth much in matches like this. Cloud was the clear favorite going in, and what people were hoping for was a hardcore case of rSFF giving Auron the win. I do wonder how many people took Auron's upset prospects seriously, however.

Well, aside from the 20% of people that actually gave CATS/Auron/Tails a chance of beating Cloud. It's a very bad prediction percentage, and it goes to show that people had no faith in Cloud after Mario broke everyone's hearts in 2002. Not that it had much bearing on Cloud's match with Auron, however, as he predictably jumped out to an SFF beating from the beginning of the poll and never looked back.

This didn't drastically debilitate Auron from the contests like blowouts do with certain other characters, though. The guy is a shade or two under Noble Nine status, and has proven it in his days since the Summer 2003 Contest. The company he represents certainly doesn't hurt.

This match went a long way to prove that Cloud was #2 in the Square pecking order behind Sephiroth, and he may wind up being #1 some day. At least, that was the mentality at the time. For the longest time, people either liked Sephiroth more or simply put more faith into him. It took a long time, Summer 2004 in fact, for people to fully agree to the contrary.

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2003 Contest Matches

Round One
Link > AiAi
Fox > Pikachu
Ganondorf > Tidus
Magus > Sam Fisher
Squall > Jill
Luigi > Ratchet
KOS-MOS > Crash
Samus > Isaac
Cloud > CATS
Auron > Tails
Bowser > Ness
Yoshi > Conker
Aeris > Sora
Master Chief > Felix
Zero > Scorpion

Sonic > Ken
Mario > Olimar
Shadow > Wario
Kefka > Pac-Man
Crono > Tom Nook
Alucard > Bomberman
Kirby > Ramza
Max Payne > Gordon
Sephiroth > Raziel
Snake > Raiden
Knuckles > Yuna
Ryu > Duke
Dante > Ryo Hazuki
Donkey Kong > Vyse
Vercetti > Kite
Zelda > Lara Croft
Mega Man > Mr. Resetti

Round Two
Link > Fox
Magus > Ganondorf
Squall > Luigi
Samus > KOS-MOS
Cloud > Auron
Bowser > Yoshi
Aeris > Master Chief
Sonic > Zero
Mario > Shadow
Crono > Kefka
Alucard > Kirby
Sephiroth > Max Payne
Snake > Knuckles
Ryu > Dante
Vercetti > Donkey Kong
Mega Man > Zelda

R3 and following
Link > Magus
Samus > Squall
Cloud > Bowser
Sonic > Aeris
Mario > Crono
Sephiroth > Alucard
Snake > Ryu
Mega Man > Vercetti
Link > Samus
Cloud > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mario
Mega Man > Snake
Cloud > Link
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Cloud > Sephiroth (Finals)

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