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    King of the Columnists - Quarter Finals (and R1 Results)

    The first round is in the books! You can find all the threads and columns related to the first round in the Competition subforum now, if you want to track any of them down again. It was a very well contested affair and I can tell from the scoring that there was a real difficulty in deciding who needed to go through to the next round. Thankfully, though, there were no penalties awarded (barring the two no-shows) and no ties, so I haven't had to get involved at all and the judges were able to make clear decisions between them, in the end.

    So beneath are the results. I'm not going to go into a full breakdown of how everyone voted. That's up to the judges if they want to make their individual scores public. I'd only ask that if you do it for one person, you make the knowledge available to everyone competing. So below you've just got your final tally across all five judges, and what that translates to as an average percentage.

    Kleckamania 417 – 83.39%
    Anonymous 447 – 89.4%

    Oliver – 0
    Timebomb4321 343 – 68.6%

    205 Clive 394 – 78.8%
    Don Franc 370 – 74%

    Samuel ‘Plan 439 – 87.8%
    Typeitinmaan 387 – 77.4%

    R-Prof 383 – 76.6%
    Skitz – 0

    SirSam 396 – 79.2%
    JacobWrestledGod 407 81.39%

    The LAW 369 – 73.8%
    Jeremysclsplx 359 – 71.8%

    The Implications 409 – 81.8%

    KingZak 342 – 68.4%

    I will throw out a couple of bits of information, though. One is that nobody won on every single scorecard. You can clearly see from the results that Anonymous scored the highest overall, but he didn't come top of everyone's list (though obviously he's done well everywhere). But more than that, no one got whitewashed - everyone managed to at least draw with their individual opponent on at least one judge's card. And at the other end of the table, no one came bottom of everyone judges' card either. So though we've got come clear results averaged across the five, the individual pictures are little murkier. Also worth pointing out that the bottom scores are pretty darn respectable, while at the top no one averaged more than 90, so there's still a little bit of room for people to move into if they can hit the overdrive in the later rounds. Commiserations to Kleck, who would have won in most match-ups, and to Jeremy, who got closer to his opponent than anyone else and really pushed it to the wire.

    Anyway, here is the draw for the next round, and the topics chosen for you all.


    Timebomb1234 vs Anonymous – Communication
    R-Prof vs TheImplications – Corruption
    205Clive vs JacobWrestledGod – Reality
    Samuel ‘Plan vs TheLAW – Animals


    The rules are the same for this round, with one exception - your word limit has been raised to 1800. Other than that, all rules remain the same.

    DEADLINE:
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Sat, 16 Feb 2019
    09:00

    New York, NY, USA
    Sat, 16 Feb 2019
    12:00

    London, United Kingdom
    Sat, 16 Feb 2019
    17:00

    Singapore,
    Sun, 17 Feb 2019
    01:00

    Sydney, Australia
    Sun, 17 Feb 2019
    04:00



    Good luck to everyone going forward, and to the people exiting the competition at this stage, thanks for playing!

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    Author of 101 WWE Matches To See Before You Die Samuel 'Plan's Avatar
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    Commiserations to all the losers and congratulations to all those going through. Good luck to LAW too.

    I didn't get round to feeding the first round stuff though still will over the weekend if I've the chance.

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    Geez, nothing like scoring 3rd highest out of all 16 writers for the round and not advancing on... the competitor inside of me is screaming atm.

    Good luck all. Ty to judges and Prime.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kleckamania View Post
    Geez, nothing like scoring 3rd highest out of all 16 writers for the round and not advancing on... the competitor inside of me is screaming atm.
    I feel you Kleck. Didn't quite nail it like you but we both certainly got put up against some very stiff opposition in the first round.

    Good job to everyone who wrote honestly, as PT said there were absolutely no weak entries this tournament. I personally would have picked a few of these differently, one result in particular really boggles my mind (not mine) but that is why we have multiple judges and I guess speaks to the strength all around.

    Funny going from doing so well in the EOY awards and then getting humbled straight away in this. Oh well there is always next tourney.
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    A really close call with some of these scores. "By the skin of the teeth" comes to mind!

    Sorry to see people bow out. Good luck for those in this round. Even Jacob

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    Well if this ain't the most bitter sweet news I ever did see. Thanks for the fight Jeremy! Hell of a showdown from what I was told and can see (I really want to see more details!)

    And my reward for finally making it past the first round is... 'Plan... Damn you wrestling gods. Damn you indeed.

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    It’s sad to see the high scores get kicked out but that’s the way it is laid out so it’s fair.

    I think it’s going to be a very wild column.

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    Sorry, Kleck. Congrats to all who got through. Except Plan.

    Thank you for the kind scores.

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    Well, at least I'm close to the majority score this time.

    Congrats to everyone for a good first round, and Imp, I am going to be very disappointed if you don't go onto win the whole thing now.

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    ok .... got my sea legs now. If this has taught me anything it’s that writing and critical thinking are perishable skills. That first column was a huge case of shaking off the cobwebs after 15 years with the pen down. The fact that I am looking forward this much to writing again is a win in itself. So it looks like I drew Brock Lesnar in the quarterfinals. Wouldn’t have it any other way. Headed down to the lab...I’ll be back up in about 6-7 days with a really good column and a headache 🤕 👍👍👍👍👍

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    I need to get round to reading & feeding on that first round (fully read a few, skimmed others, will dive in soon, promise!). And Zak, I've got my work cut out for me drawing R-Prof, but I shall try my best to not suck in the face of strong opposition. And my, what large open topics we have. Very interested to see where folks go with those this round.

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    First tournament for me and first round knockout. But reading from the comments on my column I expected it. But hey, I'm not disappointed considering how I struggled to get the column in on time.

    Congrats to Clive, you were the worthy winner of our bout. Good luck everyone!

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    I'll share my scores. I know, as a competitor, I'd be among those most eager to know the exact numbers! Looks like my numbers aligned fairly cohesively with the rest of the judging panel on most match-ups.

    Kleckamania - 79
    Anonymous - 84

    Timebomb4321 - 65

    205 Clive - 88
    Don Franc - 67

    Samuel ‘Plan - 90
    Typeitinmaan - 80

    R-Prof - 83

    SirSam - 79
    JacobWrestledGod - 85

    The LAW - 53
    Jeremysclsplx - 71

    The Implications - 69
    KingZak - 56

    Looking forward to the quarters!

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    This has been great so far, really excited for these match ups.

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    I too shall share. The last two matchups saw me differ greatly from Skul, but we were pretty close otherwise.

    ROUND ONE
    MERCY
    Kleckamania 85
    Anonymous 92

    INSECURITY
    Oliver DQ
    Timebomb 4321 70

    RESET
    205 Clive 83
    Don Franc 75

    ELITE
    Plan 90
    Typeitinmaan 72

    WEIGHT
    R-Prof 75
    Skitz DQ

    MOMENTUM
    SirSam 82
    JacobWrestledGod 87

    OVERRATED
    The LAW 82
    Jeremysclsplx 80

    JAPAN
    The Implications 85
    KingZak 85

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    Has anyone beat 'Plan before? I'm not sure how it's done

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    PT do you want to field that question? Lol



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    Shinobi, Prime, Cult Icon and Mazza have all beaten me in tourneys to answer your question, LAW. So it certainly can be done. But that's a wonderful compliment, thank you, haha.

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    Just write something that isn’t tediously boring and pretentious. Don’t try and be ‘Plan. He’s the best at his style. Be yourself and be different.

    Please knock him out.

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    Shinobi, Prime, Cult Icon and Mazza are some of the very best (legendary) Writers in LOP, so....
    Law, please knock him out.

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    Continuing with the theme of transparency, I based my scores on four categories - how engaging was the column, how well did it flow, how well written was it, and how well did it make use of the topic. I used the wrestling classic 5-star scale for each category, with Round 1 basically breaking down to 3 being good, 4 being great, and 5 being outstanding (3.5 and 4.5 were used for "approaching" the 4 or 5 but not quite there). Those numbers were then multiplied by 5 (so each category was out of 25), and thus we ended up with (in the order in which they were read)...

    'Plan - 5, 5, 4.5, 5 = 97.5
    Jeremy - 3.5, 4, 3.5, 5 = 80.0
    R-Prof - 4, 3, 4, 5 = 80.0
    SirSam - 4, 4.5, 3.5, 4 = 80.0
    JWG - 5, 4, 3, 5 = 85.0
    TheLAW - 4, 4, 3.5, 5 = 82.5
    Type - 3.5, 3, 4, 5 = 77.5
    Nony - 5, 4.5, 5, 5 = 97.5
    Timebomb - 3, 3, 3, 5 = 70.0
    Kleck - 5, 5, 4.5, 5 = 97.5
    205Clive - 4, 3.5, 4, 4 = 77.5
    Zak - 3, 3.5, 3, 3.5 = 65.0
    DonFranc - 4, 4, 3.5, 4 = 77.5
    Imp - 4, 5, 3.5, 5 = 87.5
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    Since everyone else is doing it...

    I just based mine on how much I enjoyed the column, which is loosely a combination of how well I thought it was written, how interesting it was, and how well it made its point.

    Kleck 82
    Nony 84

    Timebomb 72

    Clive 68
    Don 70

    Plan 79
    Type 75

    Prof 90

    Sam 80
    JWG 80

    LAW 76
    Jeremy 67

    Imp 87
    Zak 61

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    I hate that I lost because there's not going to be a tournament again in quite a while. Like most of the judges I also feel like Clive wrote a better column but we should have more tournaments throughout the year

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    I'm the only one left, so here you go. As expected my marks are quite different than most others. Simply put I wanted to be engaged and be given something unique. So these are solely based on my personal enjoyment and how well I felt they were written. I penalized if I felt they did not adhere to the word enough.

    Kleck- 74
    Nony- 90

    Oliver- 0
    Timebomb- 66

    205 Clive- 77
    Don Franc- 80

    Plan- 82
    Type- 82

    RProf- 65
    SkitZ- 0

    Sir Sam- 75
    Jacob- 70

    Jeremy- 61
    TheLAW- 75

    The Implications- 80
    King Zak- 75

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    You are supposed to be allowed to interpret the topic, which allows for more metaphorical responses. But of course, the column has to convince the judges of the validity of the metaphor.

    That's the classic non-answer, but all I can offer at this point!

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    I'll say for my part, unless you completely disregard the word, it likely won't factor into my rating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Franc View Post
    I hate that I lost because there's not going to be a tournament again in quite a while. Like most of the judges I also feel like Clive wrote a better column but we should have more tournaments throughout the year
    Thank you for the kind words, but we always second guess ourselves (well, I do anyway), so it's difficult to accept praise the format is quote cutthroat.

    As Don has said though, more competitions like this would be interesting going forward.

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    There used to be basically a waiting list of people wanting to run tournaments - more than we could realistically do. But I'd been the only person to suggest one in any earnest, really, since the last CSI.

    The busier the forum is in terms of people writing regularly, and the more people express an interest in running these things - provided they can demonstrate that they have thought it through well enough to run it - then the more tournaments we'll end up having.

    Based on where we are at now I imagine if the appetite is there there could be another in the summer, potentially. But we'll have to see nearer the time.

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    i would love to run a tournament, but it's a lot lot harder than it seems. Usually it's tough because you are at mercy of others, to turn in their work on time, to argue about rules, to making the judges happy.

    So far this has been extremely calm and well done.

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    Oh it's involved work and certainly not to be taken up lightly. But I thought it was worth making the point, that the practical side of organization is a big part of how and when they run.

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    I’d be shit at running a tournament and am very conscious of that. I’m not organized or reliable enough. It takes a certain person to cope with it.

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    Yeah I wasn't suggesting everyone needs to put their name forward to do one. I don't want people to feel 'got at' and there's no real need for people to say why they don't do it.

    Just saying that's how more of these will happen. A busier forum and more people - who want to put themselves forward - sharing the workload. Didn't mean anything more than that.

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    Anyone else having a bitch of a time finding time this week. I have three paragraphs rewritten as of right now. Stupid work needing me to go make money. Stupid marriage requiring me to actively participate in Valentine's day lol. I need a vacation so I can focus on this tournament. Lol

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    I can’t seem to find anytime. It’s still Chinese New Year period, so I am visiting extended families and all. But I will push out a column regardless, though might be less thought out and less proof read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLAW View Post
    Stupid marriage requiring me to actively participate in Valentine's day
    You should celebrate your love for your spouse every other day of the year, not this made up Hallmark holiday!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 205 Clive View Post
    You should celebrate your love for your spouse every other day of the year, not this made up Hallmark holiday!!
    Too true my friend! R2 column is up for anyine interested. I decided not to eat lunch today lol

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