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Thursday, July 10th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis[]

Poll 1314
Division East Division
Match # 10
Match Date Thursday, July 10th, 2003
Vote difference 31,514
Auron - 60.70%
(24,921 brackets)

The hype entering this match was strange, because there probably shouldn't have been any hype at all. That said, most people felt that Tails would win. I can't exactly say what the reasoning was, though it was probably out of hope more than anything else. Many people were snake-bit by Alucard last year, and I guess they were hoping for Tails to beat Auron as a sort of make-up? I dunno.

It's tough to make a case for why Tails can beat Auron if he can't beat Alucard. A lot of people brought up how hated Tidus was, though given that Auron has almost always been the most popular FFX character, Tidus hate was irrelevant. It was further irrelevant after what Tidus did against Ganondorf, and come match time Tails was out of this thing despite a good amount of the board being behind him. Auron began this thing by having nearly 70% of the vote (and as a new character that we didn't yet have a solid reading on, this was impressive), though Tails managed to get that down a little as the match went on.

For the second year in a row, Tails went up against a character that a lot of people felt he could beat, but lost -- and it didn't take long for people to realize that his odds in 2002 were a hell of a lot better than 2003. Tails would eventually go on to win a match in 2004, though his stigma of not being able to win one (and being seeded 12th) caused a lot of people to pick against him that year. As for Auron, this was the first match of his career, though it took a long while before people began to feel that he was the strongest character from FFX. Even now, some people still believe it's Tidus.

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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)