CP REWRITTEN, United Media Headquarters – With round two of March Madness VII over, the United Media provides an analysis of the next round’s result in this week’s Bracketology. We saw some drastic changes; however, most people stayed relatively close to their previous positions.
The second round of the March Madness VII saw eight armies compete. The armies that took part were the Silver Empire, Secret Service, Army of Club Penguin, Water Vikings, Templars, Help Force, Rebel Penguin Federation, and the Ice Warriors. Unlike the last round, a majority of the battles that took place this round happened between a major army and a small/medium army. With the exception of the Water Viking-Ice Warriors battle, most of these battles were anti-climactic. With an average of 12 points scored, most people were well within three points of the average. Without further ado, here is an analysis of each battle that happened last weekend:
Ice Warriors vs. Water Vikings
Most people predicted an Ice Warrior win for this battle; after all, the Ice Warriors are usually higher than the Water Vikings on top tens. The community even saw the Ice Warriors move up one step to third place on the Top Ten armies of the month, and stay seven points higher than the Water Vikings. Such placements led people to generally predict the Ice Warriors as the winners, with no overtime room and either a 2-0-1 or 2-1-0 [W/L/T] score.
However, the battle was extremely close; there was an overtime room declared, with a contested result. Surprisingly, however, one person guessed the exact room score and the winner stated. United Media asked Frostty why he made this guess:
Well I’m going to be 100% honest, it was a SWAG (scientific wild awesome guess). I did have in mind that because of the low maxes that everyone is trying to work through, i had a feeling it was gonna run into over time. so i just went with my best prediction and it landed me correct.
Secret Service vs. Help Force
This battle was very simple to guess because the disparity in sizes between the Help Force and the Secret Service is just too great regularly to overcome. While the Secret Service is quickly growing, the Help Force has been a major army for much longer than the Secret Services’ lifetime. For that reason, the Help Force would have easily crushed the Secret Service in any way at this time in armies. However, some people believed that the Secret Service could pull an upset in at least one room, and did not take the stance of a clean sweep from the Help Force.
Army of Club Penguin vs. Rebel Penguin Federation
The Army of Club Penguin and the Rebel Penguin Federation have had exciting battles in the past. However, recently, the Rebels are one of the few armies that are dominating armies. On the other hand, the Clovers are still slowly growing back to their major army status. However, the size differences are shown in recent top tens yet again, with the Rebel Penguin Federation having 25 more than the Army of Club Penguin in their recent maximum size events.
Silver Empire vs. Templars
The Templars may not always have a winning AUSIA, but their EU and US divisions are powerhouses in the community. In their battle versus the Silver Empire, they managed to get a whopping 61 crusaders on. The Silver Empire, on the other hand, is known as a “small/medium” army. By community standards, a small/medium army is any army that cannot gather over 20 size points for two weeks. While a miracle could have brought the Silver Empire, most of the community decided pre-emptively that miracles are rare. Therefore, most people guessed this battle in favor of the Templars, with a 3-0-0 room score.
Three out of the four battles that happened in Round 2 were seemingly easy-to-guess battles for the wider community. However, the Ice Warriors and Water Vikings battle saw an interesting turn. Could we possibly see this again? The answer is yes, and the likelihood of predictions going wrong will only increase in the next two battles. Make sure to check out your individual scores in the spreadsheet linked at the top, and keep an eye out for the next Bracketology post on Round 3!