“Come inside, the show’s about to start”

After the horrors of having no internet for the greater part of last week, I have returned! And let me tell you friends, I am excited. After 15 sets of matches spread out over two months, the Seasonal Amiibo League Team Invitational is ready to begin its first Playoffs (and AntiPlayoffs) ever!

The questions we asked two weeks ago about to be answered so, in the immortal words of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer:

Come inside, the show’s about to start!
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth
Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s a dynamo!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s rock and roll! Woahhhh!

We had a big question as to how many wins it would take to get into the playoffs. I have, since 2006 run a total of 26 different seasonal Smash tournaments, some with humans some with Amiibos. In the history of these tournaments, it has always taken a 50% winning percentage or better to get into the top half of the league. However, the first season of S.A.L.T.I. was so weird with how our records turned out that, for the first time ever, someone snuck in!

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Like Father, Like Son was able to sneak in with a 7-8 record! This was largely due to how stratified the Mushroom Kingdom Division was. Record-wise, Dangerous to Game Alone, Corpse Brigade, and Musicians Unite were three or more games better than the rest of the division. That made it so there were far more losses than usual throughout the rest of the division creating a situation where the 8th seed had more losses than wins

So why does Like Father, Like Son get into the playoffs instead of Luma Naughty or Princess Weh… who also had 7 wins? Well, it comes down to the first tie-breaker, Margin of Victory. Like Father, Like Son had a straight up 0.00 average Margin of Victory. Pure coinflip. Luma Naughty had an average Margin of Victory of -0.1333333… repeating of course. That’s a small difference. How small? Over 15 matches, that’s a difference of TWO stocks. So think of all those times at the end of a match where an Amiibo almost died but didn’t. That made a difference between which team was in the playoffs.

Another interesting note was the fact that Fist & Fire was able to sneak in at the last second and snatch the #1 seed in the Koopa Kingdom Division right out from under Star Blitz. They fought very well in their final matches, in particular PK GetRekt (but more on that later).

So, let’s take a look at the playoffs shall we? I’ll post two images, one that just highlights who will fight who on Wednesday and one that shows the overall double-elimination bracket.

There are some juicy matchups that will be coming. Obviously all are going against good teams but I’m most interested in the following:

Match 2: #4 The Pointy End vs #5 Nightmare Elite– The Pointy End is a team chronically in contention in S.L.A.P. tournaments and S.A.L.T.I. hasn’t changed anything. The Nightmare Elite were a team that had a habit of performing their best against higher-ranked teams.

But more interesting is the fact that both these teams are heavy melee teams. The Pointy End has a Marth and Roy combo in Falchion and Seals. The Nightmare Elite has a Cloud and Ryu combo in S.T.O.R.M. and Turbo KO. It’s going to be a brawl for sure.

Match 5: #2 Corpse Brigade vs. #7 A Little Weird, A Little Wild– This is the story of two teams that started off strong and finished poorly. Corpse Brigade started off 9-0 and went 3-3 down the stretch. A Little Weird, A Little Wild started off 5-0 then went 3-6 down the stretch. Both teams are going to need to do something to right the ship if they want to contend.

It’s particularly a problem for A Little Weird, A Little Wild who owns the worst Amiibo in the tournament according to the MoVEC stat. Solana has been nothing but dead weight so they are going to likely only go as far as Tachyon can take them.

Match 6: #3 Termididdles vs #6 January 10th– Termididdles had a very strong season going 10-5. However their opponent, January 10th started of insanely strong only to nearly collapse down the straight. They won their final game to keep themselves in the playoffs. Obviously, with Amiibos there isn’t such a thing as actual “clutch” but almost all of January 10th’s losses down the stretch were by one life. You don’t expect so many close matches to be lost when you have Super NES on your team. However, the main problem was usually Phil Swift stealing one of Super NES’s lives, leaving the match up to Cloud-sensei’s Ganondorf. The key to this series is, I think, whether or not Demise and Link can get kills on Phil Swift early and goad him into taking one of Super NES’s lives.

Match 7: #4 Brothers from Another Mother vs. #5 My Little Homie- I couldn’t have drawn up a better script for the season than for the two Ness/Lucas teams to face off against one another in the first round of the playoffs! The PK Fire’s will fly and PK Thunders will crash and we shall see who is the greatest because there can be only one!

Or… well… I mean only two as they are teams but… nevermind. TO THE ANTIPLAYOFFS!

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These will be the matches to determine which team was the WORST and… sadly, my team, One-Punnnnnnnnnnch is a contender. The other big contenders judging by Average Margin of Victory are Guns N’ Roses, Brobot, Big Chargy Balls of Death, Spiked Shells, and Brain N’ Bronze. The Antiplayoffs will be played TONIGHT at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern on my twitch channel, twitch.tv/splicestream so come on by tonight to see the worst of the worst flail about and try to avoid the ultimate shame.

Before we get going, let’s take a final look at the stats.

I said two weeks ago the title for best Amiibo according to MoVEC was going to be left to Super NES or Tachyon depending on how they played. It was unlikely anyone else would claim the title unless one of the other top 5 Amiibos had just a bonkers match and Super NES and Tachyon just had sort of meh matches.

Well that happned. PK GetRekt turned in one of the greatest matches of the season two weeks ago in a match between Fist & Fire and My Little Homie. PK GetRekt turned in THIS statline which was good for the 4th best match of the season:

  • 5 kills, 1 death, 1 team kill, 641 damage given, 316 damage received

With a statline like that and Super NES and Tachyon each having a bad Set 14, that allowed PK GetRekt to skyrocket up the charts past them and claim the top MoVEC out of nowhere so congrats to Blue’s PK GetRekt who is, officially, the MVP of Season 1 of SALTI!

We don’t really have stands in S.A.L.T.I. (this isn’t SLAP) but if you could give your Ness a gold star or something Blue, that’d be great XD

Welp, AntiPlayoffs tonight. Playoffs start tomorrow. Playoffs are likely going to last through the end of the month. I hope to see you all in stream for what should be a fun competition because, now, the matches will be for the title and for the trophy: A 3-D printed trophy that also doubles as a Mario Amiibo! But we are now at the point where all the talk is over and all that is left for the matches to play themselves out. So, best of luck to you and and…

Stay fit.
Keep sharp.
Make good decisions.
Splice out!

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