March Madness Comes to the Game of Thrones
The Final Four of the NCAA March Madness tournament started tonight and the Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels took care of business. This means there’s only one game left in sport’s most exciting event. But why should the madness end when one of these two teams cuts down the nets on Monday night? To keep the spirit alive and well, we here at Deadicated Fans are going to celebrate the return of one of our favorite shows, Game of Thrones, with our own brutal and bloody contest to determine who is the greatest fighter in the world of ice and fire. 48 men and women across 6 regions will compete, the rules are simple:
- Characters will be a composite of their book and show versions though information taken from the text will hold more weight than show exclusive content.
- Each fight will be a trial by combat styled bout taking place in an arena similar to the Great Pit of Daznak (Dany’s great escape) or the outer ward of King’s Landing (the Red Viper vs the Mountain).
- Each fight will take place under ideal conditions with both fighters taken at the peak of their abilities in the series so far.
- No Valyrian steel weapons, magic, poison, or companions (such as direwolves) are allowed in battle. While not Valyrian steel, Arthur Dayne will still have to go without his legendary sword Dawn as well.
The six regions will each hold eight fighters that hold prominence in the series or shortly before the series began. Each match is a win or go home contest. The six regional champions will enter the finals bracket. While we tried to keep all fighters in their respective regions, we had to spread out the central areas of Westeros, the Riverlands and the Neck, to evenly balance the field. The regions and their fighters are:
Thoros of Myr
Brienne of Tarth
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Timett son of Timett
Shagga son of Dolf
The Far East
Choosing a champion from this fierce and varied field is a nearly impossible task. As Ser Barristan Selmy put it best,
“I have seen a hundred tournaments and more wars than I would wish, and however strong or fast or skilled a knight may be, there are others who can match him. A man will win one tourney, and fall quickly in the next. A slick spot in the grass may mean defeat, or what you ate for supper the night before. A change in the wind may bring the gift of victory.”
Our contest is simply a tour de force of Westeros and Essos, highlighting the best fighters and their accolades. Take our results with a grain of salt and a sip of mead. Make sure to let us know in the comments below who you think will come out on top. By the time we crown our winner, season six will be set to premiere. We’ll finally learn the fates of Jon Snow, Dany, Tyrion and all the other characters we love to hate or hate to love. In the meantime, let Deadicated Fans treat you to the savage continuation of March Madness where crows will feast on the fallen as the swords of the still living sing out their steel songs. When the dance is over, only one will remain.
Check back on Wednesday April 6th for the start of our contest.