Finally, a tournament that is not 10 hours long \o/
Final bracket: http://challonge.com/FDFDF012
Muggshotter takes first place with his beastly Jecht play. Wheelz got second with a variety of characters, including Cloud, Gilgamesh and Kuja. RDF and LXD tied for 3rd, though there are rumors of an unofficial third place match in which RDF got bodied.
The tournament ran smoothly and had a good length, 4h50min. We had some very good sets streamed, but unfortunately Muggs vs LXD had to go without a stream.
I want to thank everyone for participating, as this was a very good player.
Now is the take we talk about what can be improved for future times. This tournament was a test of the rules for the major, so it's important that any issues with the rules are discussed now.
As far as stages are concerned, I felt the starter and the full stage list alike provided a good varied experience for the better. Banish traps were not forgotten, but the stages themselves had their own perks that weren't too obnoxious. I still opted to take World of Darkness rather than Planet's Core, but... I like my ground with Jecht.
Taking out Top Floor first didn't mean I was free of low ceiling stages but I was still allowed more room than in Top Floor which felt like a decent compromise for match 1. With Edge of Madness present I felt it contrasted Top Floor nicely that allowed a small stage for characters who thrive more from vertical space then horizontal.
... I have little to no issues with the current ruleset. Blindpick is a better alternative to flatout counterpicking and that's cool.
Maybe for future blindpick announcements make it a point to announce the player along with their character, often times I saw "character vs character" and I was left wondering who is who. I guess it's only relevant to those actually playing the matchup, but yeah it's a minor pet peeve to me if anything.
Thanks again for hosting this tournament TKG!
The biggest problem I had was that me and Kurp didn't have our exotic run back (and Zidaerith dittos following that scrub LSD-I mean, LXD), but thanks for hosting and stuff, anyway.