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Results

Round Four

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Thursday, December 16, 2010


Ulti's Analysis

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Division East Division Final
Match # 115
Match Date Thursday, December 16, 2010
Vote difference 955
Oracle
Expectations
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 49.48%
40 for - 44 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Super Smash Bros. Brawl - 23.72%
Battle Contest
Predictions

Banked: 212
Super Smash Bros. Melee: 4780
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: 3636

Sandbag ZERO is without a doubt the best match picture we've ever had. Hats off to yoblazer for it, even if it wasn't a particularly hard picture to make. It really captures what this match meant before it started.

There's no need to get into how much hype went into this. It wasn't just how we all assumed the winner would win the contest, but the rivalry between these two games that's gone on since Brawl's release date. The match placement really speaks for itself.

And for three hours or so, the match really lived up to its billing. Melee took a pretty sizable early lead thanks to brackets and Board 8 not liking Brawl very much, then slowed down a little over the next few hours. It increased like this until Europe's voting block really kicked in, and then Melee completely fell apart. Brawl was able to come back and take over the lead with little resistance because of what time this all went on, and then it just dominated the morning vote to win the match with over 51%. For how hyped this match was, to only deliver for 3 hours was kind of a letdown. And of course, it was also a letdown because the game we all wanted to see win lost.

I won't lie and pretend I'm happy with this result or anything, but Brawl winning this match changed the course of this entire contest. Brawl winning convinced a whole lot of smart people to rally for Majora's Mask over FFX in the semifinal, because everyone knew Majora had a better chance of beating Brawl in the final than FFX. And then in the final itself, we saw our biggest Good vs Evil paradigm since 2002, when everyone wanted to see Mario lose the final because of all his shenanigans leading up to it. People did not want to see a hated game on a hated system win Game of the Decade on our web site. I and others firmly believe Melee winning this match would have given FFX a much better shot at Majora's Mask, and who knows what happens in a final between Melee and FFX.

One other note from this match before I move on to other stuff: Melee won the USA, Canada and even the UK. It only lost the match because the overall votes of Europe and the far east vastly favored Brawl, and was more than enough to make up the difference. This means in the regions where people played both games competitively, the fanbase preferred Melee. So of course you'll get troublemaker Melee fans like myself saying Melee could have won this during a day match or a 24 hour match, with the actual match that happened not meaning a whole lot. This is a win by technicality and little else, and don't give me crap about how Brawl winning the morning vote so easily means it easily wins during a 12 hour day match or a full 24 hour match. MGS3 easily took the morning vote from Star of the Contest in similar fashion, but very few people believe MGS3 survives any other type of match given what SotC had done earlier. It's the same deal here. Melee could have easily won a more heavily rallied match when people weren't checked out to go and sleep. It's our second example in a row of why the 24 hour matches need to start a round or two earlier, so we don't get situations like this where a game or character wins a match they might have lost in another time.

It should be noted that while the match was a letdown, the Board 8 experience surrounding it was one of the best we've ever had. There was a ton of great stuff going on, but nothing better than The Show going live for a few hours during all this. It was a great time, and it's when we learned how cool a dude BT really was, how foolmo is as funny in real life as he is on the board, how much all this meant to us, and so much more. "You had to be there", as they say. In our new age of too much information making contests a little more predictable with each passing year, it was a nice throwback to the old days.

Match Trends

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Game of the Decade Matches

Round One
Fallout 3 > inFamous
Deus Ex > Rock Band 2
Batman:AA > Psychonauts
TF2 > Fable
Uncharted 2 > LoD
SFIV > SA2
Halo 3 > SMS
Halo > Ninja Gaiden
Metroid Prime > SO3
DMC3 > Mother 3
MM9 > Demon's Souls
Okami > No More Heroes
ToS > RE5
God of War > L4D
GTAIII > LBP
Half-Life 2 > L4D2
Melee > GH2
Morrowind > Warcraft III
PD > CBFD
CoD4 > PoP:SoT
Pokémon DPP > Metroid Fusion
FE:PoR > WWF No Mercy
Valkyria Chronicles > Disgaea
Brawl > MKDS
SMG > BG&E
Pokémon RSE > GTAIV
DA:O > F-Zero GX
LoZ:TP > Shenmue
BioShock > Battlefront II
KHII > Halo 2
MW2 > Dissidia

KH > Castlevania DoS
FFX > Viewtiful Joe
Borderlands > ToV
Golden Sun > R&C:UYA
GTA:SA > Dead Space
KotOR > DMC
FE > Tony Hawk 2
Persona 3 > Civ4
FFIX > PW:T&T
RE4 > JGR
GTA:VC > SH2
Dead Rising > TWEWY
Persona 4 > Braid
Portal > Gears 2
FFXII > Crisis Core
Skies > Baldur's Gate II
Mass Effect > PvZ
MGS3 > TimeSplitters 2
MvC2 > NSMBW
Paper Mario > Katamari Damacy
WoW > Animal Crossing
MGS4 > Assassin's Creed
Diablo II > ED:SR
MGS2 > Banjo-Tooie
SotC > Sims
LoZ:MM > Wii Sports
Chrono Cross > DQVIII
MKWii > PW:AA
Pokémon GSC > Advance Wars
LoZ:WW > God of War II
Assassin's Creed II > ICO
PM:TTYD > Gears
Oblivion > SoulCalibur II

Round Two
Fallout 3 > Deus Ex
Batman:AA > TF2
Uncharted 2 > SFIV
Halo > Halo 3
Metroid Prime > DMC3
Okami > MM9
God of War > ToS
Half-Life 2 > GTAIII
Melee > Morrowind
CoD4 > PD
Pokémon DPP > FE:PoR
Brawl > Valkyria Chronicles
SMG > Pokémon RSE
LoZ:TP > DA:O
KHII > BioShock
KH > MW2
FFX > Borderlands
Golden Sun > GTA:SA
KotOR > FE
FFIX > Persona 3
RE4 > GTA:VC
Persona 4 > Dead Rising
Portal > FFXII
Mass Effect > Skies
MGS3 > MvC2
Paper Mario > WoW
MGS4 > Diablo II
SotC > MGS2
LoZ:MM > Chrono Cross
Pokémon GSC > MKWii
LoZ:WW > Assassin's Creed II
Oblivion > Paper Mario:TTYD

R3 and following
Fallout 3 > Batman:AA
Halo > Uncharted 2
Metroid Prime > Okami
Half-Life 2 > God of War
Melee > CoD4
Brawl > Pokémon DPP
LoZ:TP > SMG
KHII > KH
FFX > Golden Sun
FFIX > KotOR
RE4 > Persona 4
Portal > Mass Effect
MGS3 > Paper Mario
SotC > MGS4
LoZ:MM > Pokémon GSC
LoZ:WW > Oblivion
Fallout 3 > Halo
Metroid Prime > Half-Life 2
Brawl > Melee
LoZ:TP > KHII
FFX > FFIX
RE4 > Portal
MGS3 > SotC
LoZ:MM > LoZ:WW
Fallout 3 > Metroid Prime
Brawl > LoZ:TP
FFX > RE4
LoZ:MM > MGS3
Brawl > Fallout 3
LoZ:MM > FFX
LoZ:MM > Brawl
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