Sai Mecha 2012: Nominations Phase Open, and New Tourney Rules
April 15, 2012
Welcome back, mecha fans! And thank you for your patience as we got things organized. Sai Mecha 2012 begins now! The nominations phase will be open from today until the end of Sunday, April 29. Nominations will follow the same system as last year, but we’ve made some changes to the tournament system that will hopefully make for ever better mecha mayhem and fanboy/fangirl trash talk. Read on for the details!
To nominate mecha for Sai Mecha 2012, follow the instructions here:
1. Choose up to 10 mecha, and email them to me at executiveotaku AT gmail DOT com. One entry per person. Please put the series the mecha is from after each.
2. The 32 mecha with the most nominations will be put into a randomized bracket and split into the Earth Side and Colonies Side.
Same as last time then. The changes to this year’s tournament come in the final phase of things.
GARHALLA vs MIDGAR
After talking to Ghostlightning about this year’s tourney, he came up with a good idea to try and keep things fresh. Unlike, for instance, International Sai Moe League voters, mecha fans tend to be a lot more devoted to past shows and contestants. We didn’t want there to be the same matchups all the time, so the solution to this comes in the form of GARhalla. The final four contestants from last year’s tourney wait in GARhalla for the new heroes of the 2012 tournament, MidGAR, to challenge them. The tournament will proceed as normal until the final four contestants are chosen. Then the heroes of MidGAR will rise to challenge GARhalla, and RaGARok will begin.
During RaGARok, the four 2011 and four 2012 contestants will be put into a randomized bracket and face off for the final battles. This way some 2011 contestants will fight each other, some 2012′s will fight each other, and some will be a mix. This will make it harder for one single mecha to dominate every year. But, if a contestant should win twice in a row (in this case, if EVA Unit 01 won again) they will be cast up into the night sky to reign for eternity, as the gods did to heroes who proved their worth. They will then be retired from competition to make room for new challengers.
That’s it, mecha fans! Welcome to Sai Mecha 2012! We look forward to another great competition this year. Get your nominations in and spread the word!