AADL-GT Round 2: Asian Invasion Ascendent
Round 2 of the AADL-GT 2008 Season saw a surge from the Asian Invasion clan behind strong showings from members Hot_ArmS, SwordSensei, and DingDong in the Smash Singles event, but The Whole Famn Damily clan stayed strong as well on Saturday with members Dale W and masteraj racing to the finals in Kart Singles. We also saw AADL represent nationally in online Smash Brothers play against teams from EVPL, PLCMC, and WBTPL. New clans Phoenix and The Vikings joined diametrically opposed clans A Solo Special Ops and We're Better Than Special Ops for a place in the clan battle, featuring a surprising ending in the mystery game. Read on for more details.
SmashKart Championship Series 5.2: Smash Singles
Smash Singles saw 60 competitors duke it out in 15 separate 4-player pools, with only 7 of those going a perfect 4-0 in their preliminary matches: SwordSensei, Hot_ArmS, Mojo, Johninabox, Pyromanic, Jacob K and Doomblaze. Our top 32 players moved on to head-to-head elimination matches which saw no major upsets in the first round. However, the round of 16 saw victory streaks end for Doomblaze, Mojo, Johninabox, and Pyromaniac. Of the top 8, Asian Invasion clan members Hot_ArmS, SwordSensei, and DingDong all advanced to the semifinals, joined by The Whole Famn Damily clan member Solon. Semi-final winners SwordSensei and Hot_ArmS met in the final match, with SwordSensei taking the top prize and giving his clan a commanding lead in the Clan standings for the day.
SmashKart Championship Series 5.2: Smash Teams
The Smash Team event brought 27 pairs of players together, including a special appearance from "retired" player lain paired with masteraj. The team of brothers, Lard-In-A-Box made it to the round of 8 before falling to team Asian Invasion, who was joined by fellow clan team Tiny Terrors, team Arjan and the noob and team Smash Bros. in the final four. Team Asian Invasion eventually won in the championship match against A Solo Special Ops clan Arjan and the noob.
SmashKart Championship Series 5.2: Kart Singles
Kart Singles saw the Asian Invasion's domination subside somewhat with 56 players grouped into 4-player, 4-race pools. Doomblaze, Dale W, Funzo, Tub O Lard, and aikem all went undefeated in pool play and moved with the top 32 players into 8 4-player elimination races. aikem, Funzo, and Tub O Lard all went from undefeated to out as the top 16 moved on to 2 networked 8-player races. Perennial favorites Johninabox and limabean won their respective races with the top 4 finishers in each moving to the final race, which saw repeat winner Dale W claim the top prize again, and taking more of Eli's money.
SmashKart Championship Series 5.2: Kart Teams
With time running down, an abbreviated Kart Team event took place with 21 teams registered facing off in 3 preliminary races. The top 3 in the first two 8-kart races and the top 2 in the last 5-kart race moved on to a all-or-nothing final 8-kart race. The brothers of Lard-In-A-Box would not be denied, and took the top prize as the regular events wound down for the day.
When the dust had settled, The final clan standings of the day looked like this:
Asian Invasion: 8255
The Whole Famn Damily: 6645
A Solo Special Ops: 6540
We're Better Than Special Ops: 6340
The Vikings: 2280
Wario Ware: 1460
Tires Don Exits: 1275
The top four clans faced off in the Clan Battle for bragging rights and additional prizes. Asian Invasion and The Whole Famn Damily held serve through the preliminary clan battles of Mario Kart and Smash Brothers. The final game of the day was revealed to be 1942: Joint Strike for PS3. Even though Asian Invasion was in 1st place and had the advantage of going second, Famn Damily scored more points, repeating as clan champions for the day.
Our next tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Be there or be somewhere else that probably won't be as fun or have pizza for everybody.