Spring League Marathon Stage 5 Commentary
Welcome everyone to the marathon competition. Iím your host with the most, Skip Williams, with the master of trophinomics, Max Platinum. How was your small vacation Max?
I took a nice walk on the beach surrounded by gorgeous women and worked on my tan for my Hollywood premiere.
A master in his own mind as always. We are bringing you in-depth coverage of the Spring League Marathon competition. The rules are simple; each player has been put into a bracket, with each bracket having its own target. Once a player in his or her bracket reaches the goal they win. After all the brackets are finished the individual with the highest point total regardless of bracket will also win a trophy for overall winner. Max, how does this format differ from the recently finished May cup which was a team single round knockout competition?
Skip, the marathon format is all about endurance. Single round elimination formats are sprints. Whoever has the easiest and quickest plats are usually the winners. The marathons are where the big boys come to play. Any and all types of gamers have a shot because there are no rounds and there are no time limits. Games that have long grinds are no longer considered a liability. Quick plats are important to start a lead or to finish the race quickly, but there is a huge gap in the middle where anything and everything is played.
We have four brackets so let us break each one down one by one. The first is the Rising Star bracket. These are the rookies who want to prove they can hang with the big boys. There are five participants in this bracket but I want to start off by focusing on the two leading contenders, MelegantPrime aka Lasombra, and BadWolf. Lasombra is coming off of a fifth place finish in the May Cup and you had a chance to interview him after the update. What were his thoughts?
This is why I love the marathon format Skip, you can enter other tournaments at the same time without worrying about ruining your strategy. I asked him how he felt about the bracket and he said he felt confident of winning it. Bold words coming from a fifth place finish but he has no problem being the bad guy. He said BadWolf was his only competition in the bracket and said for him to hit the gym because once he takes the lead he wonít be giving it up without a fight.
I had a chance to interview BadWolf at the same time, Max, and he is just as fired up as Lasombra. He said it is a two man race as well, and with a 32% difference between them, the margins are razor thin at the fifth stage of the race. He also said he has a long term strategy and wonít be concerned if he loses ground now because he has a plan to make up the difference in the next couple stages.
Looking over the rest of the bracket it is a very weak field. I donít agree with it being named the Rising Star bracket, and I might get fined by the network, but itís a two man field and has been from the first stage. Maplesniper has disappeared entirely like he was sniped by his own handle. Faction and Patang have dropped off in their production so much that it has allowed Lasombra to double them in overall points for the competition.
Next we have the Phoenix bracket. With four competitors it is even more one-sided than the Rising Stars.
Frost has taken this bracket and put a cobra clutch on it. No one is going to catch him now. He could stop, take a nap, eat a five course meal, and still have a lead. This is not taking anything away from his competition, as they are putting up good numbers. Itís just Frost has tallied more points than the rest of them combined. I talked to Heaven after the numbers were posted and he said he was not intimidated. He said and I quote ďIt is a marathon for a reason. His PS3 could break for a month, and suddenly it is a whole different game.Ē
Do you think they have a real chance of catching up to Frost?
Truthfully? No, unless Frost does decide to take a nap on them. I admire Heavenís guts, but its simple numbers. He has to platinum sixteen games to just pull even with Frost, and that is assuming Frost lets him. But anything can happen in this format, and it has in the past. If you remember the inaugural 2009 Marathon of Champions, QueenValeria came back from a ten platinum deficit to win her bracket by 2%.
If the first two brackets are too lacklustre for the crowdís apatite then welcome to the Destiny Omega bracket everyone. This bracket holds all the established stars of the circuit battling it out in a close bracket. Jenkem, Brenden, AC, Kelstar, Pete, all established pros at the height of their game.
This is the bracket to watch for the big upsets. Rising Stars and Phoenix brackets are sealed and delivered right now. In this bracket no one can be counted out. Jenkem has a huge lead over the pack but after talking to some of his competition they feel he used up too many quick plats early and has run out of steam. They feel now is the time for them to go into their reserve of quick plats and close the gap, and put some mental pressure on him. Kelstar told me Jenkem was the leader since the first stage and never had a real test. If he sees the gap get closer, Kelstar said he believes Jenkem will crack like a trophy whore eyeing up Hannah Montana. Icebrand is the closest behind Jenkem and he is not worried. He said he has been in too many competitions for his nerves to make him lose focus. I believe we even have something on tape for the audience.
Do you think you can overtake Jenkem even though he has a two level lead?
Easily. It is only two levels. Sixteen games sounds like a lot, but let us be honest with the viewers, Max. When you are playing Hannah Montana and Megamind, it is really easy to get platinums. When I feel Iíll need to go in that direction I will, but now is not the right time.
Those were some cagey words, Max. It sounds like those two do not like each other? Is there still bad blood after last summerís Platinum Shine tournament?
These are two competitors who do not like each other. After the controversial syncing incident that saw Icebrand win by a mere 1% 5 seconds before Jenkem would have won, they are not on their trophy guide lists for Christmas. When asked about Icebrandís comments, Jenkem said he wants to prove to the world Platinum Shine was a fluke and just a footnote. He will win the trophy he rightfully deserves.
The final bracket only has two gamers but they have been throwing haymakers from stage one. What can you tell us about the Yakuza bracket?
A lot of fans asked me why itís called the Yakuza bracket, and I told them two reasons. The first is these are gamers who have been professionals for so long they are in the business for life. They have invested too much time to just quit now. The second reason is this is the Tokyo Dome and it wouldnít make much sense for it to be called the Mafia bracket. This is not Milan.
DJ and Diddle have been keeping this the tightest race of them all in terms of points. Each scoring over 15K each, they both look like they will not run out of gas anytime soon. The problem is DJ already has a two level lead when the marathon started. Diddle needs to reach into his bag of tricks and take a risk. He is leading on points on the scoreboard so he needs to extend it more and more. Talking with DJ he said he has a lot of respect for his opponent and sees this bracket more like a duel. The early stages are to test each other and find some kind of weakness, see how each other respond to the scoreboard each update, and make adjustments. Having only one opponent he can make a tailor made strategy for Diddle. That said, he knows Diddle is a fierce competitor and the both of them were teammates in the team portion of the Platinum Shine tournament. They know how each other games.
Lastly Max, what can we expect this stage of the marathon. What have the crowds got to be excited about as they come back from the refreshment stand?
Here are my three main events to be on the watch for. The first is look to see Jenkem extend his lead even more. After the double psyche-out mind games being used against him by Kelstar and Icebrand he has to prove he is not all about the Hannah Montana. The second is the duel between DJ and Diddle. I have a feeling that DJ will pull a surprise and close the gap on points. Lastly, venture over to the Rising Stars bracket and see Lasombra take over first place in the bracket, but do so while under extreme pressure from BadWolf who is on a streak.
Thanks always Max for your insightful commentary. For Max Platinum, Iím Skip Williams telling all viewers on the internet and at home to turn into stage six of the Spring League Marathon, broadcasted live at the Tokyo Dome. As always, good night and good gaming.