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Tuesday, August 13th, 2002

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 983
Division South Division
Match # 44
Match Date Tuesday, August 13th, 2002
Vote difference 36,722
Link - 80.49%
(13,493 brackets)

This is one of the easiest analyses ever, simply because there was absolutely no chance in hell that Strider was going to win this match or even get close.

The only thing to draw from this match was the fact that Link was easily one of the favorites to win the entire thing at this point. He literally had a free pass into the Final Four from the beginning, and all that was left was to see who could possibly match up with him. And after scanning all of the characters still in play, the only ones who looked like they could give Link any sort of run were Cloud, Mario, Crono, Solid Snake, Sonic, Sephiroth, or Mega Man. And of all those characters, only Cloud's numbers stacked up with Link's. His prediction percentages and vote totals were even with Link's, while everyone else's numbers were a bit weak in some spots, save for the West elites who hadn't had their second matches yet.

But we still had a long, long way before seeing which (if any) characters would possibly take Link down. He came out like a machine, and thanks to his weak division, it would be quite awhile before Link saw any actual competition at all.

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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)