The first round of the MMOBomb Ultimate F2P Tournament is over! It’s the most exciting round of a tournament like this we’ve ever done! What’s that? You say it’s the only round we’ve ever done? Technically still correct…
OK, let’s take a look at what we’ve learned so far…
Things went mostly according to form in the Warrior and Cleric divisions, with only two higher seeds claiming victory – one of them being a 9 beating an 8, which is only barely higher. Then we hit the Rogue division and everything went haywire. A late surge by The Lord of the Rings Online fans wasn’t enough to stave off elimination (more on that later), and the KingsIsle community rallied behind Pirate101 to help it advance to the second round.
But the biggest shocks came in the Rogue and Wizard divisions, where both #1 seeds were booted in the first round. Dota 2 and World of Tanks both lost – the latter in such a close matchup, we had to go to decimal points! Our guess? Dota 2 and WoT fans just considered it a shoo-in to win and didn’t bother showing up. It just goes to show that you can’t take anything for granted.
Many of the first-round matchups were cakewalks; that tends to happen in these kind of tournaments. It’s meant to give the “lesser” games a bit of the spotlight – and a chance to score the upset, as some did – before we move on to the main course. Now that some of the chaff has been whittled away, we should be able to get on to the more intriguing, and closer-fought, matchups.
Who will win? That’s in your hands!
A few maintenance notes
Just to clarify, we’re not playing favorites or “rigging” the contest in any way, despite what some comments have said. We did not inform any of our industry contacts about this tournament beforehand and the only notification we’ve given them otherwise is via the Tweets you’ve been seeing, which inform both sides of a matchup. It’s their choice as to whether or not they choose to rally their community to vote for their games.
One game that did a great, though belated, job of such rallying, was Turbine, for the first-round matchup between LOTRO and Mabinogi. Turbine started working its fans about three hours before the Monday deadline (after the matchup had been open for 69 hours) and, at the 1 p.m. Pacific deadline had almost surged into the lead.
Here’s where things get a little sticky. The polling site we were using doesn’t have any way to “close” a poll, so the best we could do was, at the deadline, start going through each contest and manually recording the results. We started right at 1:00, but, being fourth on the list, the LOTRO/Mabinogi matchup might not have been officially “closed” and recorded until about 1:01 or 1:02. After recording the results and updating the website – about 1:15 – we glanced back at the poll and saw that LOTRO had taken the lead. It was too late, but that still led to some confusion and consternation. And had we gotten to the matchup a few minutes later, it could have affected the results.
As such, we’ve decided to switch to a different polling site for the second and future rounds, as you’ve probably seen already. This one will allow us to close polls, which we will do promptly at 1:00 p.m. on deadline days, to hopefully avoid any future issues like this. Thanks for voting, and we hope to good luck to all the remaining participants!
Got all that? Good! Now, on to the voting!
Current matchups: Wizard Division, Round 2
The voting on this round will close on Friday, March 14 at 1 p.m. PST.
The winners of each division will face off to determine, once and for all, what is the best F2P game – or at least which game has the most rabid fans!
M 2/24: Warrior Division, Round 1
W 2/26: Cleric Division, Round 1
F 2/28: Rogue Division, Round 1
M 3/3: Wizard Division, Round 1
W 3/5: Warrior Division, Round 2
F 3/7: Cleric Division, Round 2
M 3/10: Rogue Division, Round 2
W 3/12: Wizard Division, Round 2
F 3/14: Warrior Division, Semi-Finals
M 3/17: Cleric Division, Semi-Finals
F 3/21: Rogue Division, Semi-Finals
M 3/24: Wizard Division, Semi-Finals
F 3/28: Warrior & Cleric Divisions, Finals
M 3/31: Rogue & Wizard Divisions, Finals
F 4/4: Warrior vs. Cleric Division winners, Rogue vs. Wizard Division winners
M 4/7: The Final Match-up!
Vote early, vote often, but whatever you do, just vote!