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Results Edit

Poll1736

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Ulti's Analysis Edit

Poll 1736
Division Midgar Division
Match # 19
Match Date Thursday, August 19th, 2004
Vote difference 23,576
Oracle
Expectations
Kirby - 64.13%
69 for - 0 against
GameFAQs
Prediction
Kirby - 74.21%
(24,653 brackets)

That isn't Kain from Final Fantasy 4 up there, folks. That's Kain from the Legend of Kain series. Since Raziel stunk it up for two straight contests, CJayC threw Kain into the mix instead of taking out the Soul Reaver clan completely. Nominations may have also played a part in this, but honestly, who knows. The Soul Reaver clan on the whole has yet to do squat in these contests, and honestly, wouldn't Strider have more of a place here than either Kain or Raziel? Strider took down Raziel in 2002, after all.

Regardless, whether it be Kain or Raziel wasting a contest slot, it's still wasting a slot that could be used on a more deserving character. Kain almost got doubled up by Kirby in this match, and even though Kirby kicks ass, he isn't the type of character who is strong enough to be able to do this in most cases. What gets me is the popularity of the Legacy of Kain series as a whole. Kirby's low prediction percentage, as well as Kain getting 35% in the first place, would suggest that the series has its fair share of fans, and because of this we may unfortunately be stuck watching Kain and/or Raziel getting their asses handed to them every year. I've played Soul Reaver, and I honestly don't get what the big deal is. It came off to me as having the gameplay of a vampiric Zelda more than anything, but it wasn't nearly as well-done.

In the end, we had another ho-hum match in a contest that had been ho-hum as a whole. With the exception of two matches, virtually every match in the contest was like this. The winner was obvious, the match was boring to watch, and a shakeup was not only becoming a hope, but a necessity.

Match Trends Edit

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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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