AADL-GT Round 3 Results: WAH wins again (thanks to Funzo's Folly?)
The 2006 Super Smash Double Dash Championship season continued last weekend with Round 3 at the Downtown Library. Many events came down to standoffs between our top players, and with only 1 round remaining in the regular season, the competition for a precious spot in the Grand Championships is heating up. The Round 3 Clan battle was once again won by emerging supertitans We Are Hard, who handily defeated the dubiously-chosen representatives of Bro's & Co. More on that later, but first read on for full event details.
The Super Smash Single Player event got underway first with 85 competitors and 3 qualifying matches apiece. Things were immediately shaken up as [gtplayer:340] failed to make it out of qualifying, and [gtplayer:483] knocked out both Roysters, defeating [gtplayer:614] in the quarterfinals and [gtplayer:606] in the semis. [gtplayer:483] was joined in the finals by The Foreign Exchange's emerging Smash Titan [gtplayer:396], The Usual Suspect's [gtplayer:852], and the suspiciously large [gtplayer:546]. [gtplayer:483] ultimately defeated [gtplayer:546] for first prize as [gtplayer:852] snatched third from [gtplayer:396]'s grasp.
With 41 teams registered for the Super Smash Team event, and only two qualifying matches apiece, we again used that day's clan standings to break ties among teams that went 1-1. Double elimination is coming, though, so this won't go on forever... but for now, it's in your best interest to form a clan and get some melee singles scores under your belt to give you a shot at moving on despite a team loss. One amazing event of the team quals was watching the amazing [gtplayer:396], with his partner missing, single-handedly taking on, and defeating, [gtplayer:883] and [gtplayer:882], despite being defeated in his second round. The semifinals saw [gtplayer:483] and [gtplayer:340] lose to NIXON'S BAAAAAAACK ([gtplayer:788] and [gtplayer:509]), while Team Silence (The Royster Bros) of WAH defeated [gtplayer:166] and [gtplayer:168] of Bro's & Co. In the semifinals, Nixon's BAAAACK had no chance against the Roysters who took 1st place again, while [gtplayer:483] and [gtplayer:340] handily defeated the Bros & Co. team to take 3rd.
Moving on to the Mario Kart Single-Player Race event with 65 entrants. Shockingly, [gtplayer:143] failed to advance to the elimination rounds, and after a few typically brutal elimination races, we headed for a final loaded with Clan heavy hitters: [gtplayer:139] of The Vaccinated Monks, [gtplayer:166] and [gtplayer:168] of Bro's & Co, [gtplayer:382] and [gtplayer:349] of It's Called a Crew, the Right Honourable [gtplayer:325] of the Foreign Exchange, and the multitalented [gtplayer:737] of We Are Hard. Ultimately, [gtplayer:139] crossed the finish line first, followed by Black Shark Wunderkind [gtplayer:457], [gtplayer:325] taking 3rd and [gtplayer:349] taking 4th.
We began the Mario Kart Team Race on schedule with 29 teams vying for first in two qualifying races. This time, [gtplayer:143] and his brother ([gtplayer:146]) would not be deterred, and took first place in the final race, securing 1000 extra points for Turtle Clan, while second prize was taken by the nearly unstoppable team of [gtplayer:166] and [gtplayer:168]. Third prize went to WAH team BEATUSANDDIE ([gtplayer:737] and [gtplayer:504]), leaving fourth to Black Sharks [gtplayer:140] and [gtplayer:457].
With the regular events completed, the top four scoring clans of the day advanced to the Clan battle, which this round meant WAH, perennial favorite Bros & Co, It's Called a Crew, and the Vaccinated Monks on their first trip to the Clan Battle. It's Called a Crew, not Kart specialists, fell in the Mario Kart round, and the Vaccinated Monks (assisted by the Foreign Exchange) were eliminated in the Melee Round. That send Bros & Co and We Are Hard back to the final. Here's where it got interesting: After the final game was revealed to be Shadow Battle from the highly underrated Zelda Four Swords Adventure, [gtplayer:152] convinced Bros & Co that due to his Four Swords prowess, he should replace the missing [gtplayer:167]. The (semipermanent) substitution was made, only to have [gtplayer:152] asking a suspicious amount of questions about the controls for such an experienced player. [gtplayer:737] and the versatile [gtplayer:614] shut out [gtplayer:152] and [gtplayer:198] in three straight rounds, claiming the second consecutive Clan Battle Championship for WAH.
So, with one round remaining, WAH has a comfortable lead over the now 2nd place Bros & Co (the only clan to have made it into every clan battle so far this season), with Turtle Clan in 3rd holding a comfortable 7000 point lead over It's Called A Crew. [gtplayer:143] remains in 1st place overall by almost 500 points with [gtplayer:146] in 3rd. Including the Savage brothers, the Royster brothers, and the Hibbs Brothers, the top 10 currently features 3 pairs of brothers, proving that there's no substitute for a highly skilled practice partner.
Next up, an all-ages DDR tournament Friday Night, 11/17, then Round 4 on Saturday, 11/18, and a Kid's Kart tournament on Sunday, 11/19. Hmm, what else is happening 11/19? Anyone? Anyone?