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Wednesday, July 16th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1320
Division East Division
Match # 16
Match Date Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
Vote difference 40,338
Sonic - 84.41%
(34,656 brackets)

Talk about getting screwed over by seeding something fierce. In 2002, Ken was stuck as a 12 seed against a powerhouse Samus. Despite giving it his best effort, he stood no chance.

His reward for losing? Being stuck as a 15 seed against the character that Samus pulled her miraculous upset on, Sonic the Hedgehog. This was seriously one of the worst cases of mis-seeding ever, and don't let Sonic's performance here fool you too much. Ken Masters is not your standard 15 seed, so Sonic not being able to break 70% on him or having a relatively low prediction percentage wasn't so bad.

The issue is that for the longest time in this match, for whatever reason, Sonic was very slow. He hovered at just above 60% until the standard SEGA morning vote hit, but most people didn't think anything of it and simply chalked it up to people having sympathy for Ken due to how badly he was screwed over by the seeding in this contest. The big blow to all of the Sonic > Cloud hopefuls didn't come until Sonic's later matches, though there were a few murmurs of Sonic not being all he was cracked up to be as he failed to break 70% on Ken.

Then again, Samus had only scored 65.31% on Ken in 2002. Sonic, who lost to Samus, bettered this by over 3%. Sonic's match against Ken was no real cause for concern, and in fact him outdoing Samus by well over 3% against the same character showed signs of hope that this may have been Sonic's year.

Though the thing that stands out the most in my mind is that after having to deal with Samus and Sonic in two consecutive contests, Ken has yet to return to the field. Here's a forgotten character that could use some board support, as well as a decent seeding.

Ken vs Scorpion for 2006! \m/

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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)