I like sports, but I’ve never gotten particularly into basketball. So when March Madness comes along every year, I think the name is appropriate – it’s in March and it makes me mad because they’re always taking off the shows I want to watch and putting on basketball instead. Nothing against basketball, I’d just really rather watch “Once Upon a Time.” Plus I’ve never understood why it takes half an hour to play the last two minutes of the game because both coaches keep calling time-outs no matter how lopsided the score is.
Meanwhile, I somehow got to wondering the other day about which of my toons could kick which of my other toons’ butts in a (reasonably) fair fight. And I thought, hey, I could do my own Eberron version of March Madness. Plus it gave me an excuse to use a picture of a Dretch looking like he’s about to dunk the ball.
So I put together my own version of the Sweet Sixteen (because even I don’t have enough toons to fill out a bracket of 64; I could probably do 32, but way too many of them would be level 2 favor farmers). I used my 10 Thelanis toons, my top Cannith toons (Tirae, Yttsie, Azida), two of my highest-level favor farmers (Nekah and Rhennie), and Ironica just ’cause she was my very first toon outside Thelanis and I like her. I seeded them based mostly on their levels and a bit on their class. And then I drew up a handy-dandy bracket.
1. Acanthia, level 25 monk
2. Evennote, level 25 paladin
3. Tirae, level 24-banking-25 monk
4. Jalliria, level 24 cleric
5. Victaurya, level 23 rogue
6. Discordette, level 18 bard
7. Chartreusia, level 17 ranger
8. Chalei, level 13 sorceror
9. Merenwynne, level 12 Favored Soul
10. Winnabette, level 12 Favored Soul
11. Zak, level 11 wizard
12. Yttriemme, level 8 artificer
13. Azida, level 7 ranger
14. Rhennie, level 7 monk
15. Nekah, level 7 paladin
16. Ironica, level 5 fighter/barbarian
The bracket is a pretty standard 16-team deal. The little blue numbers represent each competitor’s seed, while the red numbers preceded by a parenthesis designate the game number. If you’re sharp, you may have picked up that some of those numbers seem to be missing – unlike the NCAA, I believe in second chances, so my March Madness is a double elimination tournament. What that means, if you’re not familiar with stuff like that, is that even if you lose your first-round match, you’re still in the tourney; you drop down to the loser’s bracket and start anew. I’d post the graphic that includes both brackets, but… uh, it’s memory-intensive. Yeah, that’s it. It’s not because I haven’t finished it yet. 😉
I’ve already worked out the entire bracket on paper, and I know who wins it all. (It’s not who you might think… but then again, maybe it is.) It was really a LOT of fun imagining my toons going up against each other and how each one’s strengths and weaknesses would come into play. If you’re bored enough to want to fill out a bracket and see how your guesses compare with my results, I’d love to see it. 😀