The event proved to be another classic SFCCL endurance-testing tournament lasting over 4 hours. Most spent time waiting to their shot at one of DRPEPPER's 19 figthers, while PEPPER spent the entire night playing matches. A total of 7 members participated in the 39-fighter tournament:
1. DRPEPPER20 (Texas) = 19 figthers
2. GUURENLAGEN (Canada) = 2 fighters
3. JAY19000 (Florida) = 1 fighter
4. KENJI1138 (New York) = 2 fighters
5. RAMMACRICKET (New Jersey) = 2 fighters
6. SADE1784 (Mexico) = 2 fighters
7. SUPREMEKINGQ7 (Michigan) = 4 fighters
Of the 39 characters, 7 figthers went unclaimed (Dudley, Adon, Yun, Yang, Oni, Viper, & Guy). A total of 38 matches were scheduled for the event and 20 matches ended up being forfeited (due to mirror matches and/or empty figthers above). There was 18 actual matches played and only 2 of them DID NOT involve PEPPER. Those two matches were both in the 2nd round (Guuren Hakan vs. Kenji Ibuki / Kenji Gen vs. Supreme Sakrura). PEPPER himself had 12 mirror matches himself and SADE has one.
The stats for PEPPER's night are ridiculous. In the 16 matches PEPPER played in, he won 10 matches and lost 6. He used 11 diifferent fighter (of the 19 figthers he locked in). His main figther, Honda, only had to fight one time to win the tournament since Honda had 5 mirror or empty matches going into the Grand Final. PEPPER faced all 6 other members in the tournamant at least once. Of the 11 figthers he played with, 5 fighters did not lose (T Hawk, Rufus, Dee Jay, Dan, and Honda). The first four fighters listed were eliminated due to mirror matches with other PEPPER fighters. His best record was with T Hawk who was (3-0).
And despite all those fantasitc numbers, Jay19000 nearly won the tournament. Jay entered the tournament with just his main figther, Vega. his final record on the nite was (4-1), with all 5 matches versus PEPPER fighters. Jay's vega defeated Pepper's El Fuerte, Cammy, Zangief, and Chun Li before finally falling (perhaps due to exhaustion) to Pepper's main, Honda, in the Grand Final. Congrats ot Jay for another great event!
For winning the STARDUST Tournament, DRPEPPER20 earned an additional win for both of his league fighters (Chun Li and Honda) in the season standings. Also, due to the new rule this season, PEPPER cannot play in any future tournaments this season. Not a punishment, just a rule to allow others to play and win an event this season.
Overall, I think this event is a lto of fun and is something I want to do again in future seasons. I never expected one member to control 19 of the 39 characters, but it still proved to be an exciting evening. It started out with everyone testing Pepper's skills with so many characters. It ended up being Pepper bringing his army of figthers to surround the rest of the members and eliminate them one by one. Finally, as the event was intended to do, a star is born in DRPEPPER20! All eyes on him this season and he becomes the early favorite to win the Grand Championship of the SFCCL this season!
Below is video of the Grand Final match between Pepper's Honda and Jay's Vega and final bracket. Video of the Semi final and Quarter final matches are on the STARDUST page.
Thanx to all who participated in the STARDUST Tournament!
Next live event: The WAR GAMES (Wednesday, August 1, 2012 @ 9 PM Central)