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Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1359
Division West Division Semi Final
Match # 55
Match Date Tuesday, August 26th, 2003
Vote difference 15,595
Solid Snake - 69.98%
48 for - 0 against
Solid Snake - 65.68%
(26,966 brackets)

There was some discussion before this match that Ryu had a real chance of pulling off the upset. Take a wild guess as to why.

It was the sprite round, and Solid Snake looked horrendous in the match pic. Not that Ryu looked much better, but at least people could pick out who Ryu was. Snake would have to rely on his name alone to win the match, though reports of his early demise were vastly premature.

When the match began, Snake was comfortably in the lead and simply never looked back. Ryu never came close, and those who argued that Snake's sprite would hurt him ate their words fairly quickly -- for this match, at least. Future contests would prove that Snake sprite match pics yield some very bad results.

For the second contest in a row, Ryu went down in fairly routine fashion. He broke 40% on a strong character in a match that most expected him to lose. Can't say much more than that, though this didn't exactly bode well for Snake come the next round. He was the underdog against Mega Man as is, and it's tough to imagine Snake beating Capcom's ultimate mascot when he can't even break 60% on one of Capcom's lesser characters. It's not that Snake didn't have a chance, but it wasn't a good one.

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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)