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Poll1761

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1761
Division Midgar Division
Match # 44
Match Date Tuesday, September 14th, 2004
Vote difference 35,266
Oracle
Expectations
Sephiroth - 75.56%
56 for - 0 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Sephiroth - 91.26%
(30,317 brackets)

This match wasn't flat-out rigged as an SFF match from the start; after all, Vivi vs DK was hard to call. What was rigged however was Cloud vs Sephiroth. There were no characters in this division able to take either one of them down, and this match was little more than another stepping stone on Sephiroth's path to the Midgar finals.

Since everyone already knew that Sephiroth was going to win the match, the only thing to really look at here is the fact that Vivi did better than most people expected him to. This could mean a few things, the biggest of which is the fact that Square SFF is far more difficult to come by than Nintendo SFF. Nintendo characters have so much exposure and star in so many games that the Nintendo heirarchy is set in stone at this point. While the same ranks are within Square, the fanbases of characters who appear in a game or two each are far more defined. Voters won't simply turn on Vivi simply because he is facing a character from another Square game. Square titles all have a life of their own, and even though Cloud and Sephiroth are undoubtedly the most powerful Square characters, the rest of the pack has enough of a fanbase so that they will likely never get killed by a fellow Square character. This match is a good example of that. Nearly pulling in 30% on Sephiroth is no joke, and Vivi deserves some respect for it.

Other things may have been present, as well. For all we know, Sephiroth could have weakened over the past year. Or better yet, Vivi may have been far stronger than many people initially thought. Sadly, there is no way to truly know. The nature of the bracket makes it difficult to truly verify the strength of many characters, even though logical estimations can still be made.

Regardless, we knew two things after this match. It was yet another bore to sit through, and Sephiroth was not looking good against Cloud later on. Showing any signs of weakness whatsoever is not good when you're looking to upend the champion.

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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
Ryu > KOS-MOS
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)

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