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Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Star Wars This Is Madness Character Tournament!

Last week, the "This Is Madness" Character Tournament on starwars.com started. Each day, there are two different match-ups. People vote for them online, and then the results are announced the next day. Once all of the paired match-ups are complete (which won't be until March 29th) the winners of those match-ups will match-up, and then the winners of those match-ups will match-up, and then the winner of THOSE match-ups match up, and so on until a winner is decided.

Some of the match-ups are clever and interesting, like Obi-Wan Kenobi versus Qui-Gon Jinn, or Princess Leia versus Padmé Amidala. But some are just kind of random, like Count Dooku versus Tarkin or Emperor Palpatine versus IG-88. 

For a few of them, I was and am able to predict a decisive winner. In Han Solo versus Lando Calrissian, I predicted that Han Solo would win, and he did. And of course, Darth Vader obviously beat General Grievous, and Darth Maul beat Asajj Ventress. So far, all of the winners have gotten over 70% of the votes (The closest was when Cad Bane beat Hondo Ohnaka with 72% of the votes). 

Today's match-ups were Princess Leia versus Padmé Amidala and Jango Fett versus Bossk. I predict that Jango will easily beat Bossk, because a similar match-up occured yesterday with Boba Fett versus Dengar, where Boba Fett won with 96% of the votes, which is the highest yet. I'm not sure who will win the Padmé versus Princess Leia match-up, because this basically splits the fans between the Original Trilogy and the, um, "New Trilogy", I guess. 

In the next few days, Chewbacca will probably beat Wicket, Count Dooku will probably beat Tarkin, Emperor Palpatine will certainly beat IG-88, and Ahsoka will probably beat Rex. It's true that there are a lot of Captain Rex fans, but it was very clear to me, especially during the last episode arc of Season 5, that Ahsoka has just as many, if not more fans. 

The final winner will be decided on April 9th. I think it will be one of the Fetts. Actually, Jango and Boba, father and son, will be paired up against each other on the 2nd, which may very well be the most hard-to-predict match-up yet. I hope that the people at starwars.com have a plan of what will happen if there's a tie, because that may very well occur.

Some people may wonder why starwars.com is doing something like this, but I think it's pretty obvious. Once the Clone Wars goes on hiatus (which is permanent in this case), starwars.com is usually pretty quiet. They just thought up some fun activity that will keep fans busy for a few weeks. 

If you want to participate, or just look at the This Is Madness character tournament, then go here. I will post again sometime after the winner is announced. If you have an opinion about the tournament, respond in the comments! 


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