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Results Edit

Poll1310

Sunday, July 6th, 2003

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1310
Division North Division
Match # 06
Match Date Sunday, July 6th, 2003
Vote difference 46,451
GameFAQs
Prediction
Luigi - 87.92%
(36,099 brackets)

This was an odd little match, to say the least.

Quick background on Luigi. After Magus, I'd have to say that Luigi was the most hyped character going into this contest. The man was literally supposed to kill his first two opponents, and many people felt that he was a legitimate threat to Samus. There were even those who felt he was a threat to beat Link, which is almost ridiculous given how favored Link was. Then again I think some of that was out of people desperate to see Link get upset, but that's a different story.

When Luigi's match with Ratchet finally began, he started off looking like everything he was made out to be and more. This wasn't a Magus deal where Luigi was hyped to all hell, yet began a poll with 70% and failed to double the weak opponent he was up against. Luigi began his match against Ratchet with over 90% of the vote, which is obscene; only the true elites ever hit 90% in a poll.

But something very strange happened after that. Luigi's percentage just sort of.... dropped like a rock after his fast start (*runs from Dabu*). He went from being near 93% at the match's onset into a rapid decline to what you see above. And while a dropoff of 20% isn't so bad when you start that high, it makes you wonder how we didn't see what was coming a little sooner.

Another oddity was the vote total for the match. Compared to the standard set by the young contest prior to this, 94600 votes wasn't very high, especially for a character who was supposedly the second coming of Mario. People stopped assuming that Luigi had a chance at beating Link or Samus after this, though few people felt that Luigi was to be threatened in the next round at all.

OMG FORESHADOWING.

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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)

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