AADL-GT 2005 Season Wrap-up
It's all over. The 2005 season is behind us, after an intense, action-packed, and entirely on-schedule Grand Championship tournament, with champions new and old emerging victorious from the slightly funky miasma that only a 5-hour videogame tournament can produce. After the Clan Cup, the Wildcard Tournament, and the Grand Championship event, last year's 2nd-place winner [gtplayer:139] triumphed, wildcard [gtplayer:536] took second pick of the prize pool, leaving 3rd place (and 3rd overall) [gtplayer:166] and the aging-out 4th place finisher [gtplayer:288] to their leavings, as for the second season in a row, a championship winner chose a DS over an iPod.
Read on for full details.
The afternoon kicked off with the Clan Cup, where the Top 8 Clans from the regular season squared off with a set of 4 iPod Shuffles awaiting the victor. In the first round (Team Melee), Black Shark Clan won both their matches, while the Super Shroom's higher seed got them past The Reds and Noise Machine. In Round 2 (Doubledash Co-op Race), The Shrooms and Black Shark again prevailed, defeating both the talented Vaccinated Monks and the Foreign Exchange.
Rounds 3 and 4 were to be Shine Thief, which had great potential, but turned out to be totally underwhelming, with the stupid shine not even changing hands a single time in EITHER brief match. How disappointing, but not for 2nd-seed Skillz dat Killz or the 1st place Trouble Monkey Clan, who met in the first of the day's three sur-prize rounds to fight for the Clan Cup, which you have to write your name on first if you want any soda.
The Clan Cup sur-prize game was Donkey Konga 2, Concert Quartet Mode, with each Clan playing the same two songs in pursuit of the highest combined sync percentage. After a very close first song (Habanera), Skillz dat Killz set a high bar for the Trouble Monkeys in the second (Trepak), and the Monkeys fell short of the needed score. Skillz dat Killz proved that they posess the talent to ride the Clan Season to its very peak, where they can look down upon the fallen, and ever-confident, Trouble Monkeys, who are left to fling turds amongst themselves.
Then, on to the Wildcard tournment, where 33 hopefuls battled through 7 rounds of Melee qualification and 2 rounds of Kart Elimination, propelling rookies [gtplayer:536], [gtplayer:534], [gtplayer:532], [gtplayer:458], [gtplayer:477], [gtplayer:470], [gtplayer:436], and [gtplayer:507] into the Grand Championship Brackets.
The Grand Championship followed the same format, with 50 contenders fighting through 6 Melee matches and 2 rounds of 4th or better Double Dash elimination to reach the semifinal mystery game. [gtplayer:288] had a wild ride of a day, being eliminated in a Melee tiebreaker at the end of quals, only to have a player flee the event, making room for a Baby Park tiebreaker between [gtplayer:288] and [gtplayer:332] where Leinad emerged victorious and won his way to the semifinal round, where he and 7 other semifinalists faced the high-stress challenge of Root Beer Tapper.
The top 4 scorers were [gtplayer:139] with 15325 points, [gtplayer:288] with 13600, [gtplayer:166] with 6550, and [gtplayer:536] with 6250. All four now knew they would take home a prize, the only question was, which one? The final sur-prize game was revealed, and in a move shamelessly stolen from Gabe and Tycho's Omegathon, it was the original Pong.
First, [gtplayer:536] defeated [gtplayer:288], sending him to the third place match to face [gtplayer:166], who had been defeated by [gtplayer:139]. In gut-wrenching final matches, Duck defeated Jerry for first pick of the pool, and Monkeyman beat Leinad for third pick.
Duck, who threw the final match last year to guarantee winning that season's 2nd place DS, chose the PSP, and Jerry, without hesitation, grabbed the Kart DS Bundle, completely ignoring the shrink-wrapped and engraved 30gb iPod (now with moving Bono!), which was quickly snatched up by Monkeyman, leaving Leinad to take the GBA-SP, straight to ebay.
T-shirts were handed out, pizza and foul mountain dew-branded novelty sodas were consumed, cell phones were lost, and a good time was had by all. Big thanks to everyone who helped out with the tournament, especially our Commentary Staff, who did a fantastic job. Sorry CTN dropped the broadcast AGAIN, but this year's DVD is going to be something really special. Come to the Game & Plan meetup Feb. 12 at Malletts for open play and a copy of the DVD.
So, that's it for this season, but the next is just a few months away, and we've got a feature-packed offseason waiting for you, including open play and DDR before the end of the year, Super Bowl week events, open Super Smash, the Retro Octathalon, and the debut of the all-ages Kart DS Anywhere league, where you lock to a provided friends list and play a few matches a week, wherever you are, for a few months, and then meet for an in-person finals and prize round. It's gonna be sweet, and Kip and I (and Nemo) will surely play too.
Stay tuned right here for details as they become available, post about your favorite moments from the Tournament, and stick around. We're just getting started.