Apologies for the radio silence, folks. As you know, this year's tournament started a little differently, and the addition of the one-vote format has made for some interesting matches thus far. As interesting as the victories were, however, the losses also proved to be surprisingly intriguing, and there were quite a few characters who came close to advancing, but ultimately lost by a small margin. This year, they will get a second shot at redemption, but standing in their way will be their fellow hopefuls… and the Tournament Champions of years past!
That's right, it is my pleasure to announce Round 1.5, where the top 24 runner-ups from Round 1 will face off against the 8 Tournament Champions in 6 vs. 2 free-for-alls (single-vote only, of course). The round will be four matches long, and four characters from each match will move on to Round 2, for a total of 16 characters. It's time for both the Champs and you, the campaigners, to test your mettle. Will you support a past Champion? Or will rally behind one of the fresh faces yearning for a second chance? Let your vote decide.
The matches (as determined by a randomizer) shall be as follows: [hide] Match #1
Bartolomeo—Champion of 2014 Barto Club's Granny Caesar Clown
Cavendish and Farul
Marshal D. Teach Monkey D. Luffy—Champion of 2009
Bon Clay—Champion of 2012 Donquixote Doflamingo
Nico Robin—Champion of 2011 Tamago
Montblanc Norland—Champion of 2013
Straw Hat Grand Fleet
Usopp—Champion of 2004
Vito Yonji Vinsmoke
Zeff, Patty, and Carne
Edward Newgate—Champion of 2010
Franky—Champion of 2005
Wicca [/hide]The Round 1.5 matches will start on Wednesday and end on Sunday, and Round 2 will begin on Monday. And just to make this perfectly clear: No, this is not a gag, the winners of Round 1.5 will advance to Round 2, so make sure that you bring your best campaigns and build some strong bandwagons if you want your character(s) of choice to make it through.
Brace yourselves, and I'll see you folks on Wednesday.