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Poll997

Tuesday, August 27th, 2002

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Poll 997
Round East Division Final
Match # 58
Match Date Tuesday, August 27th, 2002
Vote difference 5,820
GameFAQs
Prediction
Crono - 14.63%
(2,452 brackets)

That prediction percentage is the second-lowest of the entire contest, bested only by the finals. Remember that.

The warning signs of Crono being capable of this were all over the place, from his killing of Dante to his slaughter of Lara Croft. There are defeats of one seeds, but a win of 70%+ on a 1 seed is insane. Pair this up with Snake's performance on Aeris, and you have the chance of a monumental upset. Remember, no one really knew what Crono was capable of coming into this contest. People just assumed that Dante and Croft sucked.

Everyone sure as hell noticed how strong Crono was when he started tear-assing into Solid Snake, however. Remember, Solid Snake was one of Board 8's most favored characters. When Crono started the match on fire in the manner that he did, people were shocked. And despite how close the final results look, this match played out like an Alucard/Tails in that Snake was simply never in any contention of actually winning the match. It's a shame too, because 2002 was probably the year when Snake was at his best and had the best chance to win.

As for Crono, he was like the Boston Red Sox. As the contest wore on, he grew stronger to the point where it would take damn near an act of God to keep him down. Luckily for God, he had Mario in his back pocket come Crono's next match. If Cloud couldn't beat Mario, there was no way in hell that Crono would be able to do it. Crono had a nice run in making it to the Final Four, but there was little chance of him doing much else. Mario's pass to the finals was all but secured as was, but without Solid Snake to worry about, Mario could start thinking of how to win the last match in this contest.

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2002 Contest Matches

Round One
Mario > Servbot
Morrigan > Spyro
Aya > Terry Bogard
Donkey Kong > Bub
Alucard > Tails
Duke > Iori
Pikachu > PaRappa
Cloud > Fox
Lara > Chop Chop
Ryo Hazuki > Guybrush
Crono > Simon
Dante > Q*Bert
Aeris > Kasumi
Tina > Gordon
Knuckles > Akira

Snake > Squall
Pac-Man > Goemon
Kyo > Abe
Scorpion > Kazuya
Max Payne > Dirk
Bomberman > Kane
Jill > Kirby
Strider > Raziel
Link > Little Mac
Sonic > Pitfall Harry
Tidus > Claire
Samus > Ken
Ryu > CATS
Mega Man > Ms. Pac-Man
Serious Sam > Mr. Driller
Sephiroth > Gabe
Crash > Ulala

Round Two
Mario > Morrigan
Donkey Kong > Aya
Alucard > Duke
Cloud > Pikachu
Lara > Ryo Hazuki
Crono > Dante
Aeris > Tina
Snake > Knuckles
Pac-Man > Kyo
Scorpion > Max Payne
Jill > Bomberman
Link > Strider
Sonic > Tidus
Samus > Ryu
Mega Man > Serious Sam
Sephiroth > Crash

R3 and following
Mario > Donkey Kong
Cloud > Alucard
Crono > Lara
Snake > Aeris
Scorpion > Pac-Man
Link > Jill
Samus > Sonic
Sephiroth > Mega Man
Mario > Cloud
Crono > Snake
Link > Scorpion
Sephiroth > Samus
Mario > Crono
Link > Sephiroth
Link > Mario (Finals)

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