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Monday, August 25th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1358
Division South Division Semi Final
Match # 54
Match Date Monday, August 25th, 2003
Vote difference 49,648
Sephiroth - 69.98%
48 for - 0 against
Sephiroth - 70.89%
(29,105 brackets)

I doubt one single person actually cared about this match as it was happening, and why would they? This took place directly after Mario/Crono II, and you can guess what people chose to discuss given that Sephiroth blowing Alucard away was to be expected.

The only thing to really be drawn from this match is that Alucard faced Cloud in 2002, and Alucard actually did better against Cloud than he did against Sephiroth:

Then again, this match took place at a time when a lot of people still believed that Sephiroth was stronger than Cloud was, so Sephy doing better than Cloud didn't come as much of a surprise. The issue is that this gave us a lot of insight into the upcoming Mario/Sephy duel. If Mario = Cloud, and Sephy performs 2.5% better than Cloud against a common opponent, wouldn't this mean that Sephy was in line to beat Mario?

Not many people bothered looking at the numbers for this, however. They were all out for blood after what had happened to Crono, and Mario/Sephiroth quickly turned from a debated match into Mario versus the world. Again. People obviously weren't yet aware that Mario didn't need the revenge voter's help, though it couldn't hurt. Mario/Crono/Sephy was once a debated trio. It turned into Sephiroth being the fairly obvious favorite going into the divisional final.

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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)