- Motto: ""These are random thoughts, and I am a random person.""
- Weapon: High-Voltage Electric Cannon
. . . The fifth day of the tournament features the smallest fight card. Only seven matches this day, but each one a fight between the greatest Transformers who ever lived. The crowd is buzzing with anticipation and a sense that something very special will be witnessed on this day. The sounds of the crowd will disappear when the first match begins, as each spectator will fall into eerie silence as they simply observe with their optical receptors during the course of the battle itself. At the completion of each fight, the robots will then turn on their vocal boxes to indicate their opinion of the events they just witnessed, only to fall into deadly silence upon the start of the next match.
In the staging area, the combatants are focused and reflective. The area remains cluttered and disorganized, but only the eight competitors remain, leaving room where additional robots had filled before. None of the Transformers takes advantage of the additional space. Any movement might expose a weakness. Instead they remain motionless, much like the crowd during the match, visualizing in their minds how they will defeat their next opponent.
All the warriors in the room are in some level of pain. Each focuses on winning, making the suffering they have endured pay off with the ultimate prize. Everyone understands that all but one will lose this day. None think of defeat, but each robot realizes that they must give everything they have in the battle to come, there can be no concern of tomorrow . . . .
The Tournament of Champions Bracket
The final bracket features 5 number 1-seeds, 2 number 2-seeds, and a number 3-seed to round it off. Most of the combatants here were expected, but surprising results have added faces that were not anticipated, especially Jetfire. Fortress Maximus, Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, and Galvatron appear to be the favorites, with the last two squaring off in the first round.
Results for Round 1
Optimus Prime vs. Skywarp
This one went the full 5 games, and it was the Decepticon to come on top!
Jetfire vs. Shockwave
This one did not go the distance, and that was not a surprise. The surprise was when Jetfire took 3 of 4 from the more powerful opponent. Two matches in, and nothing is going as planned.
Hot Rod vs. Galvatron
This one also ended unexpectedly, but not in an upset. The higher seed, Galvatron, took the honors, and it took 4 games to get there instead of going the anticipated 5 full games.
Fortress Maximus vs. Sixshot
This was the one match to end exactly as you would expect, with a 3-0 thrashing by the hands of Fort Max.
Results for Round 2
Skywarp vs. Jetfire
In the battle of the jets, this match went the full length and saw Skywarp prevail.
Galvatron vs. Fortress Maximus
This battle also went the maximum games, and also resulted in a Decepticon win. A Fort Max coronation was not to be.
Results for Round 3
Anyone see Skywarp vs. Galvatron coming? Reality finally came down on the Jet, as Galvatron took things 3-1, securing the first ever Tournament of Champions Trophy.
If Megatron had not lost his final match against Skywarp, we could have seen a Megatron vs. Galvatron final. But it was not to be. Galvatron earned his trophy at the hands of two of the greatest Autobots of all time. Some may dismiss his victory given he did not face either of the Primes, but they had their chances and were found wanting. Maybe next year.
With the tournament over it’s time to hand out awards, so here they are:
Tournament Champion – Galvatron
Best Autobot Performance (non-winner) – Fortress Maximus
Best Decepticon Performance (non-winner) -- Shockwave
Most Wins – Galvatron (21)
Most Losses – Skywarp (11)
Best Win % -- Shockwave (76.5%)
Second Best Win % -- Galvatron/Sixshot (75%)
Fourth Best Win % -- Optimus Prime (73.7%)
Fifth Best Win % -- Rodimus Prime (73.3%)
Upset Master – Jetfire (defeated 2 1-seeds and a 2-seed)
Most Improved Robot – Pounce (for most wins from an underseed)
Worst Performance – Scattershot (highest seed  to go winless)
Upset of the Tournament – Eject vs. Springer
Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did in putting this together. If this is of interest, I can do this again next year; just let me know. The file I used to do this simulation is now on my website at jeffreylawrencemoss.info (jlmoss.info will get you there too). The file also contains the full results and brackets for this tournament.
. . . .Galvatron stands in the middle of the ring. Worker robots scurry to drag the remains of Skywarp from the battle area. The crowd cheers loudly. There is no room for the spectators to move their arms, so they turn their optical sensors on and off, resulting in their eyes blinking like a silent clap to match their vocalized approval. A smile upon his face, the first of the tournament, graces Galvatron’s somewhat distorted visage. Battle scars run all over his body. But for this one moment, all of that is forgotten. He can now claim his rightful place as the greatest of the Tranformers. This is not just an individual victory. This is a recruitment bonanza. This is the start of a major campaign to heighten the dominance of the Decepticons. Detractors like Shockwave and Starscream will scurry into the darkness – such a public competition has made Galvatron’s rule untouchable. Nothing but greatness lies ahead . . . .