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    chaos chaos chaos Moderator Pogo Panic Champion, Space Rescue Champion, Graveyard Champion, Invasion 2196 Champion, Rally 2100 Champion, Missle Attack Champion, Ninja Kid Champion, Ninja Turtles 1 Champion, Pop-Up Killer Champion, Ratman Ralph Champion, Mahjong Connect Champion GeneralHankerchief's Avatar
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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Okay, okay. Incoming.
    "I'm going to die anyway, and therefore have nothing more to do except deliberately annoy Lemur." -Orb, in the chat
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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Finals result

    At last, after 89 matchups, the moment of truth has arrived.

    There have been lots of twists and turns to the tale along the way. Al Sipsclar's misadventures with Bertha. El Barto's memory loss, believing that he was an 18th century pirate. Jolt's return after a tournament off and his efforts to crack the top four. Sigurd's ultimately unsuccessful attempt at finally becoming the champion after three consecutive tournaments of being the bridesmaid. edse's heroic rally to get into the knockout round, coming up just short after accusations of collusion. Zack's temporary shaking off of his bad memories of the last tournament before a defeat in the quarterfinals. Myrddraal's desperate, doomed search for consistency. And of course, seireikhaan and BSmith's upsets of heavily-favored atheotes and Csargo, respectively.

    But at the end of the day, all of those stories are simply the sideshow. The main event has revealed itself: Challenger vs. Champion, Winston Hughes against Visorslash for all the marbles. Either a legacy will be cemented, or a new one will be constructed.

    #3 Winston Hughes started out inauspiciously enough, only picking up a half point from the first two days and quickly falling behind in the leaderboard. From there on out, though, he was always good for a battle, scoring three and a half points over the next four days, including a victory over Visorslash himself on Day 5. A loss to Zack on Day 7 brought him back to earth heading into his bye, but coming out of it he took no prisoners, taking three out of his next four matches and clinching himself a spot in the top four before finally ceding the #2 seed to Csargo on the last day of the round robin. This temporary setback did not hurt him at all, as he easily dispatched #8 Myrddraal in the quarterfinals and #11 seireikhaan in the semis, while Csargo actually fell to #10 BSmith. With one final match to go, Winston at last will be facing someone who did not have an underwhelming round robin. If he wins this matchup, against the defending champion, no one will be able to accuse him of having an easy go of it.

    #4 Visorslash's record speaks for itself: He's never finished out of the top four in the round robin. Even if he did, it wouldn't matter, as he's 5-0 all time in the knockout round. Unlike Winston, he started out strong, cruising to a victory and a draw in his first two matches before stumbling against Al Sipsclar on Day 3. He went 3-2 in the stretch before his bye (with a loss to Winston included in that), treading water and remaining on the periphery of the top four. In the home stretch of the round robin, he ran the gamut of results: a victory over Sigurd, a loss to atheotes, and a draw to Csargo before clinching the final bye on Day 13 with a timely victory over Myrddraal. Once in the knockout round, Visor did what Visor usually does, with victories over #5 Zack (again) and #11 seireikhaan (also again). Unlike the last finals over Sigurd, though, Visor is going into this one having lost the round robin matchup. It seems as if there is still uncharted ground for Visor to cover after all.

    During that matchup on Day 5, each man's initial throw was the second time they had started off with that choice in the round robin to that point: Winston with Rock, and Visor with Scissors. Winston had scored a victory with it, Visor a defeat - and obviously the pattern held here. Would either of them go back to that same well with everything on the line? Over the past day (and during the consolation match), both of them have thought a lot about that, but now, with the supreme moment bearing down on them, they stop thinking. Now, instinct takes over. Now is the time to act.

    The audience in the stadium is cheering wildly, madly. They have seen an amazing tournament. They want it to be capped with a bang. The PA announcer comes on and begs for silence, but nobody can hear him over the sound of their own cheering. Eventually, finally, after fifteen long minutes, they calm down enough for proceedings to begin. And, for one last time, the referee walks out, acknowledges the contestants, and raises his hand in the air.

    "Rock... paper... scissors... shoot!"

    Time slows down for everybody. Winston can see the single bead of sweat trickle down Visor's temple, millimeter by millimeter. Visor can see each individual hair on Winston's forearm tingle as he makes his movement. In this nether zone, each man digs deep to the heart of his soul to determine his choice. In this moment, legacies are made and fates decided.

    And then everything speeds back up and it starts to happen very fast. Now it is a blur, and at the end of things it has been decided: Winston, thinking that Visor would not go back to his well of Scissors and instead base his throw off a reaction to that Day 5 result, opts for Paper. Visor, though, has stuck with his choice.

    Scissors.

    It is done, then. As the audience loses its mind over its result, Visor raises his arms to the sky and emits a primal scream of victory. After 16 separate matchups, he has done what two others before him had failed to do: he has successfully defended his title. Winston has given it his all, but he has come up just short, and there is absolutely no shame in that.

    After some time, the post-tournament celebrations have begun. Visor goes through them almost automatically, as if it is old hat for him - and it is. Winston has a bittersweet expression on his face, sensing what was almost in his grasp but then snatched away at the final moment. #10 BSmith is the only other truly satisfied person there - an unexpected third-place finish will do that to you. Everybody else - seireikhaan, atheotes, Csargo, Zack, Myrddraal, Jolt, Al Sipsclar, El Barto, Sigurd, and edse - applauds politely, but they all have peculiar expressions on their faces. If only they had done a couple of things differently.

    But no eyes are focused on them. They are all on Visorslash, who, for the second tournament in a row, is accepting the first-place trophy. Once again, he has proven himself to be the Rock/Paper/Scissors champion of the world.

    Visorslash takes first place in the tournament!
    Winston Hughes takes second place in the tournament!
    BSmith takes third place in the tournament!


    Thanks to all for participating and making it a great tournament!
    "I'm going to die anyway, and therefore have nothing more to do except deliberately annoy Lemur." -Orb, in the chat
    "Lemur. Even if he's innocent, he's a pain; so kill him." -Ignoramus
    "I'm going to need to collect all of the rants about the guilty lemur, and put them in a pretty box with ponies and pink bows. Then I'm going to sprinkle sparkly magic dust on the box, and kiss it." -Lemur
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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Finals result - betting

    No bust-outs, unfortunately, though one certainly would have been fitting considering how the gambling part of the tournament has gone. Myrddraal did come close though, wagering 80 of his 110 gold on Winston, leaving him with a mere thirty remaining. In other results, Al Sipsclar called the final correctly but misfired on the consolation, leaving him even once again. Finally, edse picked up a cool 35 for his correct wager on BSmith. This final wager is enough to put him at precisely one more gold than both Zack and BSmith - making him the betting champion of the fourth tournament! A worthy prize indeed, and a nice consolation for someone who missed out on the knockout rounds. Everyone else in the betting room politely applauds at edse's final victory - this was well-deserved indeed.

    The collective total of the group comes out to 828 gold. With everybody starting out at 100 and ten total bettors, this means the group as a whole made a loss of 172 gold. Most of this can be laid at the hands of seireikhaan, naturally.

    I don't know when/if I'm going to run the next tournament (I started to run out of steam near the end), but if you do, how did you feel about the betting mechanic? The personal impression I got just from the vibe in the thread was that it was a fun addition but could have used some refinement.

    Bettors:
    edse - 221
    Zack - 220
    atheotes - 220
    Al Sipsclar - 102
    El Barto - 35
    Myrddraal - 30
    Csargo - BUSTED
    BSmith - BUSTED
    Winston Hughes - BUSTED
    seireikhaan - WHAT DO YOU THINK?
    Last edited by GeneralHankerchief; 04-02-2016 at 14:55.
    "I'm going to die anyway, and therefore have nothing more to do except deliberately annoy Lemur." -Orb, in the chat
    "Lemur. Even if he's innocent, he's a pain; so kill him." -Ignoramus
    "I'm going to need to collect all of the rants about the guilty lemur, and put them in a pretty box with ponies and pink bows. Then I'm going to sprinkle sparkly magic dust on the box, and kiss it." -Lemur
    Mafia: Promoting peace and love since June 2006

    Quote Originally Posted by TosaInu
    At times I read back my own posts [...]. It's not always clear at first glance.


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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV



    For winston's eyes only:
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Thanks for running GH. I honestly didn't expect to win again.

    Great game, thanks all for playing.

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Visor cheated obviously

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Quote Originally Posted by Zack View Post
    Visor cheated obviously

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    I actually was going to make a Yates joke but it ended up being too unwieldy.

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    Yes, I won! :D

    Congrats Visor and thank you GH for the tournament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NotYates View Post
    For winston's eyes only:
    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 
    I WILL BE REVENGED!

    ps. Thanks to GH for another spectacular tournament.

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Well, I had fun. Trolled and got trolled, bankrupted myself and two others to boot. As always, GH's RPS delivers. Well done.
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    Congratulations Visor

    Once again, great work from GH. Thanks for the fun writeups!
    You know i will join if you host another one!

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    Default Re: Gameroom Rock/Paper/Scissors Tournament IV

    Congrats to Edse too!

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    Congratulations Visor & edse, condolences to Winston and my bank balance...

    That was fun! Thanks GH!

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    Thanks for hosting. Not sure how I made it all the way to #3... For the record 100% of my picks were random.
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