The Corenament begins! Or, technically, it begins in a couple of days, but this here preview and a little bit of final bracket-setting should whet your appetite. Championship Week was something else, wasn’t it? Surprises, upsets, disappointments! And now it’s time to get down to brass tacks.
We’re following the 68-team model here; following this quick look-in at how the field came together (and quickly do the First Four — these matches open today only), we’ll get into each of the four regions hosting our competition and your chance to win not-big in the Homicidols Corenament Bracket Challenge.
In the interests of space, I won’t put out another list of those who made it in via either winning a regular season conference title (via the Hunger Games simulator) or a conference tournament, OR getting enough fan support to warrant making it into the Big Dance, but suffice it to say that we’re as loaded with favorites as we are going to be surprised at the raw number of favorites who failed to get in. Just like the real deal! Loogit that bracket! There are also guppies. Minnows. Idols you haven’t even heard of! Also just like the real deal! By the time we get to the Sweet 16, though, all should be clear, and that’s when the real agony begins.
Last Four In
Because so many of the regular season champions were of the lower levels of fandom, quite a few big names found themselves on the outside looking in. A few did manage to sneak in, though, thanks to the First Four and my desire to promote interesting matches while accounting for what looked like some shady auto-voting on Day 2. So welcome to the party, Su-metal, First Summer Uika, GANG PARADE and Party Rockets GT. Your reward is to immediately begin to eliminate each other!
Last Four Out
This was actually interesting, because there were a lot of ties and near-ties in the middle of the qualifying field, so I had to make some choices. Sorry, Full Power Girls R, Spark Road Show, @JAM and Kimi to Utatane; better luck next year.
The Homicidols Corenament Bracket Challenge
Why should basketball fans have all of the fun? We can get competitive in Corenamentville, too! Yes, friends, you’ll find each region broken out below … plus a link to make your own predictions per region. Do you like to play it safe, or do you like surprises? Do you want to see your oshi run to the Final Four? Your predictions are your own, and the play with the highest aggregate score all the way through to the championship gets … well, bragging rights, I guess. I don’t have anything to give you. But how neat!
You can only submit through the regional finals here, but your scores will carry over, have no fear.
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