AADL-GT Round 4 Results
Round 4, Thanksgiving weekend, marked the end of the AADL-GT Regular season, and heading into the Grand Championships, the competition is intense and the stakes are high. Round 4 saw many new faces, several powerful rookies, and a skill vacuum as [gtplayer:143] and his brother, [gtplayer:146] were unable to attend. Perhaps the most important moment of Round 4 was the definitive discovery of the fact that Eli apparently made up the phrase 'Master Shell', despite the fact that I'm certain it was called that in some manual somewhere.
Read on for full Round 4 details.
The Single-Player Super Smash Bros. Melee event started off the afternoon with 80 competitors and 3 fights apiece. we then moved on to seeded 1v1 elimination rounds, where two-time Melee champ [gtplayer:325] was defeated in the semifinals by the formidable [gtplayer:335], while [gtplayer:440] defeated [gtplayer:357], Skillz Dat Killz' [gtplayer:168] beat [gtplayer:220] of the Smurfers, and frequent finalist [gtplayer:356] knocked out the Troublemonkey's [gtplayer:326].
The final match was a 4-player slugfest, with [gtplayer:440] claiming victory, while [gtplayer:356] took second, [gtplayer:335] took third, and [gtplayer:168] falling to fourth.
41 teams then moved on to the smash team event, where in the semifinals, The Micromen defeated the software-breakingly named Penguin Mischief Hamster Transformers Cyber Mayhem (who really should have been called Penguin Mischief Hamster Transformers Cyber Mayhem GO!), The Inverted Playas beat Fangorious Poodle, CapnNemesis beat The Shazams, and the Monkeys of Doom beat Team Nothing. The finals of the event found the Inverted Playas ([gtplayer:136] and [gtplayer:326]) triumphant over the 2nd place Micromen, while the Monkeys of Doom of Skillz dat Killz beat CapNemesis for the third place spot.
We charged on ahead into the single-player Double Dash event, with 71 competitors, and 2 races each. After extensive restarting on both sides of the network, and the introduction of the helpful mantra, "First stick, then button", newcomer [gtplayer:457] siezed victory from a talented field, as [gtplayer:140] took second, the mighty [gtplayer:136] took third, and The Right Honourable [gtplayer:325] proved his depth with a fourth place finish, leaving finalists [gtplayer:168], [gtplayer:183], [gtplayer:167] and [gtplayer:195] behind.
Team Kart had 35 teams registered, which among other notable events, saw the return of thr original Troublemonkey Matchup, as Galen disappeared in the middle of the event and was quickly replaced with Derek Vandelinder. The Joe and Derek combo proved that they still have the magic, making it to a star-packed final round, where the Monkeys of Doom took first, the other half of the Trouble Monkeys took second, the Vaccinated Monks took third, and the Eastern Pickwick Patrol took fourth, beating out The Original Troublemonkeys, The Durski Dominators, Moses 11, and the Inoculated Nuns.
Our surprise round game was revealed to be Mario Party 4, with a 3-win random minigame qualifier and the completely awesome challenge booksquirm as the final match. The qualifier saw many of Eli's personal records stand, and sent 4 players to the prize round, where [gtplayer:166] emerged triumphant, taking home the $70 first prize and moving into 3rd place overall (behind the still-absent [gtplayer:143]!), while [gtplayer:335] won the $50 second prize, and rookie [gtplayer:457] taking the $30 third prize, just beating out the first-to-be-squashed [gtplayer:325].
So, now all that remains is the Grand Championships, including the Clan Cup, and the Wildcard Challenge. But, while it does appear the Skillz dat Killz repeats their 1st round victory to become the only clan to win two rounds this season, the Clan Standings are not yet over. It's now time to tally the recruitment bonuses and figure out which clans really made the grade. The top 8 clans will be playing in the Clan Cup, and while I have not yet revealed the full format of the event, let me assure you that your place in the Clan rankings will determine the road you take to the prize of 4 iPod shuffles. So, get your lists of recruited players together, and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll tally the clan bonuses and see what the landscape really looks like heading into the Grand Championships, now barely two weeks away. Also, if you had any subs at round 4 we may have missed, be sure to let us know.