MidGAR Finals – Results
June 30, 2012
Your votes have selected the four Champions of MidGAR, and here’s the results! ExecutiveOtaku here to reveal the winners of the MidGAR phase of the tournament. These four exemplify the best in mecha as chosen by you, the voters. They’ve fought to make it to RaGARok, where they and the four who ascended to GARhalla last year will mix it up. Here they are, the four that have earned the right to fight for a spot in GARhalla.
Gurren Lagann vs Zeta Gundam BY ONE VOTE! (50.47% vs 49.53%)
Nirvash vs VF-25 Messiah (41.35% vs 58.65%)
Turn A Gundam vs Gouf Custom (51.49% vs 48.61%)
Gunbuster vs Kshatriya (64.76% vs 35.24%)
BONUS ROUND: Classic Battletech Favorites
Timber Wolf/Mad Cat (44.57%) vs Axman (25%) vs Dire Wolf/Daishi (16.3%) vs Atlas (14.13%)
A couple of close ones in this round, as to be expected of the matches between these popular and iconic mecha. The Gurren Lagann bested the Zeta Gundam by just one vote, with Spiral Power only just able to overcome the souls of the dead-powered monstrosity of a Gundam. The match was nearly set to enter the time-honored (since last week) DotWar sudden death round until some last minute votes the night the polls closed changed it at the last minute. The Gurren Lagann moves on to RaGARok having overcome one tenacious opponent here today!
Meanwhile, the VF-25 Messiah’s win over the Nirvash means that THREE variable fighters will be mixing it up in RaGARok, making the Macross block the best represented group of fans in the final rounds. The VF-25 had an early exit last year, facing the eventual champion Eva UNIT 01 in the very first round. But this year it’s shown what it can do, scoring a comfortable win over the Nirvash.
Next, the Turn A Gundam overcame the survivor of the first ever tied-match, the Gouf Custom. The culmination of all Tomino Gundams was up against the final evolution of the One Year War ground combat units, a fitting clash of mecha that embody the spirits of Gundam. The Gouf Custom has shown a lot of guts in this tournament, earning every one of its wins. You’ve got to respect that, but in the end, the Turn A had so many series and universes to draw from in its fight, and the End of Gundam mobile suit won the day.
The final match saw the biggest margin this round, as the Gunbuster handily defeated the Kshatriya. There are a lot of Kshatriya fans, but I think it’s just too new to go all the way in Sai Mecha. It’s certainly innovative and destructive in its battles against the Federation, but I just don’t think it’s become as iconic as other Zeonic mecha just yet. Still, an impressive showing this year for the Kshatriya, ensuring it will be a contender for some time.
In the bonus round, we got to see a fight the likes of which we haven’t since Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries as four classic mechs did battle in the Sai Mecha Arena. My personal favorite, the Mad Cat took the trophy, having the long-range punch to take down the Axman before it could close, and the mobility to run circles around the Daishi and Atlas while pummeling them with ER lasers. I spent tough missions in a Mad Cat in my days as a mercenary, and it never let me down. Back when I was with an independent company during the Clan Invasion I was fortunate enough to salvage one on Wolcott after its pilot ejected. Which was fortunate, because it had beaten up my Flashman so badly the thing would never run again after that day! It turned out to be an A-variant, the one with those twin PPCs, and let me tell you, I never looked back. That thing was with me all the way through the FedCom Civil War, and you’ll never find a sweeter mech than that. I hope that young hotshot I sold it to when I retired is still racking up the kills with the old gal.
So there you have it, mecha fans! RaGARok is about to begin, and the bracket will be up soon once the randomized bracket is generated. Get ready, it’s going to be a wild ride! That’s it for now. This is ExecutiveOtaku, signing off.