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Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1741
Division Midgar Division
Match # 24
Match Date Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
Vote difference 65,362
Sephiroth - 87.99%
67 for - 0 against
Sephiroth - 97.37%
(32,347 brackets)

This may be the shortest analysis I make for the entire contest, because not only was Sephiroth's win in this match predetermined, but his route to Cloud himself was predetermined as well. That's the beauty of a company-based bracket. Stick a bunch of character from the same company in each division, stack the seedings so that you get the matches you want late in the contest, add in a little fodder, and you get a bunch of matches that don't matter. This was one such match. Everyone knew that Sephiroth would win this match in a massacre, and sure enough, that's what happened. Like I've been saying all through the analysis, no one cares about 3D platforming characters. The games sell well, but they simply don't draw in the votes. Period. Sly Cooper, despite a lot of exposure, is just another example of this.

Even worse is the fact that because we know for a fact that Sephiroth could easily beat any character he would be projected to face before Cloud, we got to see Sephiroth reduced to starring in matches that don't matter. 2002 was different. We got to see both Mega Man and Samus at least give us a decent show in facing Sephiroth. The Midgar division this year was nothing but a gigantic, obvious setup for Cloud-Sephiroth in the Elite 8. That match was decent enough to set up considering how close they were last year, but why make the earlier rounds suffer? I'm not disrespecting Sly Cooper here, but it was clear that he was nothing but roadkill from the start in this match.

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2004 Summer Contest Matches

Round One
Link > CATS
Ganondorf > Alucard
Yoshi > Ryo Hazuki
Luigi > Pac-Man
Magus > Luca Blight
Crono > Conker
Bowser > Guybrush
Mario > JC Denton
Mega Man > Earthworm Jim
Tidus > Shadow
Vercetti > Max Payne
Zero > Protoman
Frog > Liquid
Master Chief > Crash
Knuckles > Kefka

Snake > Tanner
Cloud > Duke
Vyse > Laharl
Kirby > Kain
Squall > Bomberman
Ness > Jak
Auron > Scorpion
Vivi > Donkey Kong
Sephiroth > Sly Cooper
Sonic > Terry Bogard
Tails > VJ
Dante > Ratchet
Sora > HK-47
Ryu H > Jill
Sam Fisher > Gordon
Samus > Lara

Round Two
Link > Ganondorf
Yoshi > Luigi
Crono > Magus
Mario > Bowser
Mega Man > Tidus
Zero > Vercetti
Frog > Master Chief
Snake > Knuckles
Cloud > Vyse
Squall > Kirby
Auron > Ness
Sephiroth > Vivi
Sonic > Ryu
Dante > Tails
Sora > Ryu H
Samus > Sam Fisher

R3 and following
Link > Yoshi
Crono > Mario
Mega Man > Zero
Snake > Frog
Cloud > Squall
Sephiroth > Auron
Sonic > Dante
Samus > Sora
Link > Crono
Mega Man > Snake
Cloud > Sephiroth
Samus > Sonic
Link > Mega Man
Cloud > Samus
Link > Cloud (Finals)