It’s that time of year again. And before I go any further, big salute goes to the tourney staff s who labored for months and finally made the tourney happened again, this time bigger and probably better. As you might have guessed, the final bracket has just arrived and I, as always, have more than a few things to say about it.
First of all, the bracket looks pretty and well organized. I like how the contenders are divided into groups of different color. I also like the new style of matching. Even though I was skeptical about four blogs being voted in single poll, the final results looks like a good idea. Two out of four blogs based on preferential votes would go on to the next round. Being able to vote 2 blogs gives the voters a nice choice and the underdogs a nice chance. Top tier blogs are also well spread out over the bracket.
This event will surely get me, along with other readers and bloggers, to know new blogs. It will also make anime blogging so much more fun. I feel really excited and revitalized.
The top 16 seeded blogs are supposedly placed in the third round and the rest placed in the second. But I am dying to know the precise seed ranking for this tourney. Unfortunately, the bracket does not show the ranking for each blog.
Maybe it’s just me but it seems like the Red Bracket is the weakest of the four brackets? Of course, it is nearly impossible to prevent discrepancy of strength among hundreds of contenders. And I am not saying the seeded players in the Red Bracket are bad or inferior (glances fearfully at Baka-raptor). I only think that the lower seeded blogs in this bracket have the best chance of breaking through the four-way round or beyond. There’s no psgels, Kurogane or Seaslugteam in this bracket.
This has nothing to do with the tourney staff. I am just saddened to see, despite the number of blogs participated, that many familiar faces from the first Tourney had disappeared (about 30 from 96). Some were close to me. I feel a little lonely for a moment. But things have to change and lives (blogs) go on.
Lastly, things to keep an eye on in this tourney
1. The Blue and Yellow brackets are virtually locked.
2. The bottom half of the Green bracket remains to be seen (but all hope is lost against psgels).
3. Watch the Red bracket closely. I believe there will be many surprise wins and upsets in this bracket
4. A lot more drama and clashes among bloggers and readers.
5. Don’t forget to keep an eye on me in the Yellow bracket, too! Remember, my avatar is also yellow (GoGo Yubari FTW!).
Also read others’ thoughts on the tourney (more may be added later):
Glothelegend (Yellow Bracket is like a f***ing all star bracket Jesus Christ!)