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The 2010 Character Battle was highlighted by Charizard's incredible run

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Winter 2010 Contest
Announced: November 6, 2009
Started: January 15, 2010
Ended: March 21, 2010
Winner:

Winner: Link
Runner-up: Cloud

Contest Winner: Dr Football - 429 points
Notable matches:

Red vs Ocelot, Crono vs Missingno, Ryu vs Dante,

Charizard vs L-Block, Sephiroth vs Missingno,

Samus vs Cloud Strife, Solid Snake vs Sephiroth

Winter 2010 Contest was the eighth GameFAQs character tournament held on GameFAQs. It's more commonly referred to as Character Battle 8 (CB8 for short), since "2010" is slightly confusing (nominations and bracket creation actually took place in 2009, but the opening matchup didn't happen until after the new year).

Ulti's Pre-Contest Analysis

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3691 – The Missingno poll. He won this thing going away, at the expense of fellow Pokemon Mudkip and Jigglypuff. No one knew at the time how many characters would make the main field from here, but obviously it would end up being Axel, Lightning and The Boss. Lightning was the cutoff line, edging Scorpion by 300 votes. The whining about Missingno during this poll was amazing, and it was great foreshadowing for the main contest. The lesser characters here were interesting enough, I guess. The Boss and Raiden seem independent of one another, Toad looks like he has a decent fanbase thanks to NSMB Wii, and Alex Mercer was the casual bait representative. The main thing here is Dan Hikibi and Yoshimitsu sucking it up. Can we stop the rally pushes for these two in every NRT?

Fun Tidbit: http://img145.imageshack.us/img145/3091/mnvotein2.jpg

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3692 – This poll had a very clear cutoff point in it. Frog, Rikku, Liquid Snake, Midna and Big Daddy were a cut above everyone else. Even though we didn’t yet know what Bacon’s cutoff line was in these vote-ins, those 5 coming from this poll seemed easy enough. Big Daddy was especially impressive, given he had Andrew Ryan sharing the poll as an albatross. Of all the losers here, very little stands out. It’s hard to believe Diddy and Olimar have made the field in the past, and Archer doing well for a little while made for some great fads for a day. If this match had a picture, Archer probably would have won! He looks just like Dante.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3693 – Another poll where a clear cutoff line exists between haves and have-nots. Jecht, Sub-Zero, Spy, Proto Man and Ridley all did well. But by this point, people (namely Mega Man fans) were very worried about how many characters from each poll would actually get chosen. Proto Man finished close to Ridley for fourth place, but the number 4 is a much more mathematical number when talking about brackets. Past the top five, there was a jumbled mess of low fodder and true fodder. Bayonetta, Kain Highwind, Etna, Lara Croft and Sho all did about the same. Bayonetta suffered from bad timing, since her game came out just after the bracket was made. At the bottom, Bub failed to catch any momentum at all from the Gamespot contest and Doc Louis actually made the vote-in after HaRRicH’s year-long joke rally. T E A M C H O C O L A T E

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3694 – Probably the strongest group of any vote-in. Cid and Aeris from FF7 both did very well, and almost LFFd each other out of first and second place. Tails finished just behind Cid after leading him most of the day, and Simon Belmont finished very close to Tails. There’s a gap after this before you get to Prince of Persia, which ended up being the cutoff line for the poll. Morrigan, Chun-Li and Little Mac all finished relatively close to making the main field, and even Godot did fairly well here. Sol Badguy even making the vote-in was a shock for Guilty Gear fans, and past him is the fodder. Maxwell is from an overhyped disaster, and no one likes Emil.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3695 – One day later, we probably got the weakest group of all the vote-ins. This was the only vote-in where 4 characters were taken instead of 5, and for good reason. Mega Man X obviously dominated this poll, and HK-47 and Vault Boy also did well. Past them, everyone either sucked or got caught up in the weak Nintendo character LFF mess. Falco ended up winning that king of the hill fight over Lucas, Wario and Spyro (I know Spyro isn’t technically Nintendo, but he has the same type of appeal). Beyond them, tons of fodder not worth mentioning.

http://www.gamefaqs.com/poll/index.html?poll=3696 – The last vote-in conveniently had a clear cutoff point. Akuma and Meta Knight rolled this thing, and tier 2 was clearly Marth, Peach and Thrall. Tier 3 would have been Isaac Clarke, KOS-MOS and Kerrigan, but they didn’t make the field. You could probably even make a Tier 4 given everyone left over did pretty well. Personally, I like considering these vote-ins a part of the contest itself so we can keep alive the trivia point of CATS making every character field.

When the dust settled and Bacon finally announced the bracket, characters and rules, the final result was amazing. 128 characters, 8 divisions of 16 in an NCAA style format, and 12 hour 1v1s until the final four. Personally, this is the best possible format we could have asked for, because everyone gets their own way. The 1v1 fans get their 1v1s, the random chaos fans get potential hilarious bandwagons from the matches being so short, Bacon gets his 128 entrants, and everyone collectively got to laugh at the crying 4way fans for enjoying their terrible format so much. With any luck, this contest symbolized the permanent death of that god-awful format. They are a bad gimmick, nothing more.

Ulti's Post-Contest Analysis

Personally, this contest ranks #4 for me. People look forward to my annual ranking for whatever reason, and here it is:

Spring 2004 > Summer 2002 > Summer 2003 > Winter 2010 > Summer 2005 > Fall 2009 > Summer 2007 > Summer 2006 > Spring 2006 > Summer 2008 > Summer 2004 > Spring 2005

The only thing Winter 2010 is missing are photo finishes, but those are extremely rare and we can't expect them all the time. But this contest had everything else we like; unpredictability, great matches, good runs by characters we didn't expect, great matches, unexpected matches, the works.

And most important, 1v1s ARE BACK BABY THANK CHRIST. Given all we know about stats and trends, 1v1s under this new format is the best thing we would have ever asked for. Now all we need is removal of Link, this format for a games contest with no generations and slightly better bracket placement. From there, we're gold.

Last but not least...

The Ultimate Loser!™ = Geno!

Link > Cloud > Snake > Sephiroth > Tifa > Big Daddy > Ness > Geno

Poor guy.

2010 Contest - Useful Articles

Coming after the conclusion of the Contest

Bracket

Contest Bracket
Hyrule DivisionLink
Luigi
Link
Sonic
Link
Mario
LINK
Cloud
(1) Link
(16) Thrall
Link
Alucard
Link
Mega Man X
(8) Alucard
(9) Magus
(5) Pokemon Trainer Red
(12) Revolver Ocelot
Pokemon Trainer Red
Mega Man X
(4) Captain John Price
(13) Mega Man X
(3) Luigi
(14) Meta Knight
Luigi
Amaterasu
Luigi
Cube
(6) Amaterasu
(11) Shadow the Hedgehog
(7) Weighted Companion Cube
(10) Sandal
Cube
The Boss
(2) Nathan Drake
(15) The Boss
Chaos DivisionSonic
Kirby
(1) Sonic the Hedgehog
(16) Lightning
Sonic
Knuckles
Sonic
Ganondorf
(8) Cecil Harvey
(9) Knuckles the Echidna
(5) Ganondorf
(12) Mewtwo
Ganondorf
Ken
(4) Albert Wesker
(13) Ken
(3) Kirby
(14) Rikku
Kirby
GlaDOS
Kirby
Vivi
(6) GlaDOS
(11) Fawful
(7) Vivi
(10) Donkey Kong
Vivi
Altair
(2) Altair
(15) Liquid Snake
Mushroom DivisionMario
Mega Man
Mario
Charizard
(1) Mario
(16) Falco Lombardi
Mario
Big Boss
Mario
Ike
(8) Big Boss
(9) Miles Edgeworth
(5) Zidane Tribal
(12) Claptrap
Zidane
Ike
(4) Ike
(13) Prinny
(3) Mega Man
(14) Cid Highwind
Mega Man
Zack
Mega Man
Ryu Hayabusa
(6) Zack Fair
(11) Yuna
(7) Ryu Hayabusa
(10) Crash Bandicoot
Ryu Hayabusa
Master Chief
(2) Master Chief
(15) Spy
Heart DivisionBowser
Charizard
(1) Sora
(16) Midna
Sora
Laharl
Sora
Bowser
(8) Laharl
(9) Neku Sakuraba
(5) Kefka
(12) Arthas Menethil
Kefka
Bowser
(4) Bowser
(13) Frog
(3) L-Block
(14) HK-47
L-Block
Isaac
L-Block
Charizard
(6) Isaac
(11) Professor Layton
(7) Charizard
(10) Duke Nukem
Charizard
Kratos
(2) Kratos
(15) Miles "Tails" Prower
Varia DivisionSamus
Zelda
Samus
Cloud
Cloud
Snake
(1) Samus Aran
(16) Prince of Persia
Samus
Jill
Samus
Sub-Zero
(8) Niko Bellic
(9) Jill Valentine
(5) Roxas
(12) Heavy
Roxas
Sub-Zero
(4) Tidus
(13) Sub-Zero
(3) Phoenix Wright
(14) Jecht
Jecht
Ratchet
Jecht
Zelda
(6) Ratchet
(11) Eddie Riggs
(7) Travis Touchdown
(10) Zelda
Zelda
Ezio
(2) Ezio Auditore da Firenze
(15) Simon Belmont
Midgar DivisionCloud
Ryu
(1) Cloud Strife
(16) Ridley
Cloud
Chris
Cloud
Falcon
(8) Chris Redfield
(9) Captain MacMillan
(5) Riku
(12) Ramza Beoulve
Riku
Falcon
(4) Captain Falcon
(13) Wander
(3) Leon Kennedy
(14) Vault Boy
Leon Kennedy
Sackboy
Leon Kennedy
Ryu
(6) Sackboy
(11) Kratos Aurion
(7) Ryu
(10) Balthier Bunansa
Ryu
Dante
(2) Dante
(15) Axel
Gear DivisionSnake
Squall
Snake
Sephiroth
(1) Solid Snake
(16) Proto Man
Solid Snake
Fox McCloud
Solid Snake
Pikachu
(8) Lloyd Irving
(9) Fox McCloud
(5) Pikachu
(12) Banjo
Pikachu
Shepard
(4) Commander Shepard
(13) Ellis
(3) Auron
(14) Aerith Gainsborough
Auron
Zero
Auron
Squall
(6) Zero
(11) Marcus Fenix
(7) Darth Revan
(10) Terra Branford
Terra
Squall
(2) Squall Leonhart
(15) Akuma
Jenova DivisionSephiroth
Tifa
(1) Sephiroth
(16) Marth
Sephiroth
Vincent Valentine
Sephiroth
Missingno
(8) Vincent Valentine
(9) Guybrush Threepwood
(5) Yoshi
(12) Jak
Yoshi
Missingno
(4) Crono
(13) Missingno
(3) Soap MacTavish
(14) Big Daddy
Big Daddy
Ness
Big Daddy
Tifa Lockheart
(6) Ness
(11) Geno
(7) Yuri Lowell
(10) Tifa Lockheart
Tifa Lockheart
Gordon Freeman
(2) Gordon Freeman
(15) Princess Peach

Trivia

  • Dr. Football won the first place prize because Heroic Palmer accidentally filled out a "just-for-fun" entry
  • This is the first Character Battle not involving CATS, unless you count vote-ins
  • This was the first 1v1 contest to take place in 4 years
  • The Noble Nine's historic winning streak was shattered by Missingno, and Snake ended an eight year 1v1 winning streak for Clinkeroth
2010 Contest Matches

Round One
Link > Thrall
Alucard > Magus
Red > Ocelot
X > Price
Luigi > Meta Knight
Amaterasu > Shadow
Cube > Sandal
The Boss > Drake
Sonic > Lightning
Knuckles > Cecil
Ganondorf > Mewtwo
Ken > Wesker
Kirby > Rikku
GLaDOS > Fawful
Vivi > DK
Altair > Liquid
Mario > Falco
Big Boss > Edgeworth
Zidane > Claptrap
Ike > Prinny
Mega Man > Cid H
Zack > Yuna
Ryu H > Crash
Master Chief > Spy
Sora > Midna
Laharl > Neku
Kefka > Arthas
Bowser > Frog
L-Block > HK-47
Isaac > Layton
Charizard > Duke

Kratos > Tails
Samus > PoP
Jill > Niko
Roxas > Heavy
Sub-Zero > Tidus
Jecht > Phoenix Wright
Ratchet > Eddie
Zelda > Travis
Ezio > Simon
Cloud > Ridley
Chris > MacMillan
Riku > Ramza
Falcon > Wander
Leon > Vault Boy
Sackboy > Kratos A
Ryu > Balthier
Dante > Axel
Snake > Proto Man
Fox > Lloyd
Pikachu > Banjo
Shepard > Ellis
Auron > Aeris
Zero > Marcus
Terra > Revan
Squall > Akuma
Sephiroth > Marth
Vincent > Guybrush
Yoshi > Jak
Missingno > Crono
Big Daddy > Soap
Ness > Geno
Tifa > Yuri
Gordon > Peach

Round Two
Link > Alucard
X > Red
Luigi > Amaterasu
Cube > The Boss
Sonic > Knuckles
Ganondorf > Ken
Kirby > GLaDOS
Vivi > Altair
Mario > Big Boss
Ike > Zidane
Mega Man > Zack
Ryu H > Master Chief
Sora > Laharl
Bowser > Kefka
L-Block > Isaac
Charizard > Kratos
Samus > Jill
Sub-Zero > Roxas
Jecht > Ratchet
Zelda > Ezio
Cloud > Chris
Falcon > Riku
Leon > Sackboy
Ryu > Dante
Snake > Fox
Pikachu > Shepard
Auron > Zero
Squall > Terra
Sephiroth > Vincent
Missingno > Yoshi
Big Daddy > Ness
Tifa > Gordon

R3 and following
Link > X
Luigi > Cube
Sonic > Ganondorf
Kirby > Vivi
Mario > Ike
Mega Man > Ryu H
Bowser > Sora
Charizard > L-Block
Samus > Sub-Zero
Zelda > Jecht
Cloud > Falcon
Ryu > Leon
Snake > Pikachu
Squall > Auron
Sephiroth > Missingno
Tifa > Big Daddy
Link > Luigi
Sonic > Kirby
Mario > Mega Man
Charizard > Bowser
Samus > Zelda
Cloud > Ryu
Snake > Squall
Sephiroth > Tifa
Link > Sonic
Mario > Charizard
Cloud > Samus
Snake > Sephiroth
Link > Mario
Cloud > Snake
Link > Cloud

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