“We try to ensure that brothers and other guys traveling together don't end up in close proximity to one another,” he added. “No one wants to travel a long distance just to encounter one with whom they are familiar.”
Chet Holzbauer, last year's champion, is the favorite in the Mark Clayton Region. He wouldn’t be mistaken as this year’s overall favorite either.
He is 42-1 in his last six major Tecmo tournaments.
"The Mark Clayton Region is stacked," said Tony James, a TecmoIX analyst. "This region is the home to defending Madison champion, and you would have to believe the overall No. 1 seed."
Along with Chet, there is another Final Four participant from TecmoVIII in Matt Miller in the Mark Clayton Region. Another player in the Clayton region that reached the Elite 8 at TecmoVIII is Jeff B.
"Getting out of this region will be nothing short of amazing," James said.
Among three of last year's top eight is “Best in World” Sobhi, who is a former champion and four-time Final Four participant at Madison. He once made the finals three years in a row.
Eric O'Dell, Detroit Kumite's fearless founder, is a force to be reckoned with, according to James. Alongside him is Louis Buennagel, Francis Buennagel's brother.
Louis is looking to get out of his sibling's shadow. He’s coming off a finals appearance at the Boneyard Bowl in Cleveland.
"I've gone this far without even mentioning some other strong players like Erik Merliss, Johnny Bailey and Immortl," James said.
Like every other region, the Jim Edmunds Region has a lot of power players sprinkled throughout.
Groups O and P contain two online virtuosos who have proven their ability to back up live play in other tournaments.
Kyle Miller should plow through Group O with little resistance, much like last year's group play where he only gave up 3 points in all three games, according to TecmoIX analyst Erik Bergstrom.
Francis Buennagel — also known as Mort — who was featured heavily in the NFL Films documentary, will be the one to watch in Group P. He's the lone participant with Madison experience against virtual unknowns in that group.
"Whether this helps or hurts him remains to be seen," Bergstrom said of Mort. "It's possible he may have to rely on his lucky cartridge lick sooner than he anticipates."
Only one participant in Group Q comes with no Madison experience. It may be a wild chase to see who advances from there, Bergstrom noted.
Could it be Eric D. who shocked the world by beating Sobhi in last year's tournament?
Perhaps the returning Seth B. is ready to continue his winning ways, going far in TecmoVII. He was absent in last year's bracket.
In Group R, Erik J. stands as a favorite, and being a Madison native, he's got home field advantage in a group of mainly newcomers.
Another former Madison champion resides in Group S, Kevin Miller, of Milwaukee. A somewhat early exit last year should have Miller hungry to 'buzzsaw' through his group, according to Bergstrom.
Group T should prove to give off the most volume out of the Edmunds region, with every participant coming with Madison experience, including Tony Orenga and his cheering faction of followers.
Group U comes with perhaps the most participants with something to prove, mostly all having wins in tournament play. Troy Hansen is the one to keep an eye on out of this group, with a solid third place in last year's Madison tournament.
Hansen hit a snag in the Midwest tournament in Ohio afterwards and will most likely be looking to the hallowed grounds of Madison to return to glory.
Luke Carlberg and Jim Bontempo, the only two-time Madison winner, highlight the Mark Duper Region. Carlberg is 26-2 in his last four major Tecmo tournaments.
"With the exemption of a hand full of online players, this has to be the greatest assemblage of Tecmo Super Bowl players ever,” Carlberg said. “The competitive skill level is so high that once you get to the field of 56 every game is a dog fight.
Jon Jones, better known as Daboy, is always a player to look out for every year. He also can make a run in the Duper Region.
Other notable players in the Mark Duper Region are Chris Vogt, who is fittingly labeled the “Dan Marino of Tecmo,” James T. and Matt O’Toole. Juicer Adam G., better known as Garbage, also has a shot at advancing far in the Duper region.
The Jim Jensen Region appears to be the least likely group up for the task, said TecmoIX analyst Matt Knobbe.
While group bye favorites Josh Holzbauer and Matt Vogt have a great shot at making the Elite 8, it's simply been a while since either has been crowned a champion.
Well known for their online as well as tournament play, Derek Ruble and Brent B. are threats to go on long tournament runs, said Knobbe, who operates TecmoBowl.org.
With over 30 tournament games under their belt, Madison veterans Rico R., Kyle F. and former champion Peter K. are capable of running the table into the finals if they've worked off their rust.
The tournament format has changed for the first time since TecmoIII.
"Rather than dividing participants into groups of four and conducting a round-robin, this year's group play will consist of various 8-man double-elimination tournaments," the Madison website said.
Group Winners and Group Runners-Up of each double-elimination tournament will advance to a larger “Bracket”.
The initial rounds in the Bracket will be single-elimination. Double-elimination will be introduced for the Elite Eight Bracket, and the TecmoIX champion will eventually be crowned.
“Having a double elimination final eight,” Knobbe said, “will possibly be the greatest display of Tecmo Super Bowl talent of this century.”
Chris Vogt is a national Tecmo Super Bowl writer and can be followed on Twitter @@vogtcd. Matt Knobbe, Erik Bergstrom and Tony James contributed to this story.
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I was a little behind this week due to travelling so I didn't get to announce this year's Madison Tourney. I thought I might have plenty of time but they've already hit capacity. If you want to go however you should still sign up as an alternative given that there will be a number of guys who drop out along the way.
For those of you unaware, the Tecmo Super Bowl tournament in Madison, WI is annually the largest one of it's kind in the world. Unofficially, it's the Tecmo Championship featuring some of the best console and online players in the US.
The buzz seems to be coming from the outreach of Facebook plus the possibility of NFL Films showing up to do a documentary. If they aren't, there will be at least one amateur crew there.
Here is the official release from the tournament's site, tecmomadison.com:
What: “Tecmo VIII: Muster’s Last Stand”
When: March 3, 2012
Where: Logan’s Madtown, 322 W. Johnson Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Field Size: 128
Tournament Website: http://tecmomadison.com
Entry Fee: $25. Includes a tournament t-shirt (size to be selected during website registration)
How to Sign-Up: If you are already registered with the website, simply access the site and click on “Sign up for Tecmo VIII.” Your login information is that which you provided when you initially registered for the site. If you have forgotten your password, click on the “I forgot my password” link and a new one will be forwarded to your email account.
If you have not yet registered for the site, you must do so before you can sign-up for Tecmo VIII. To register for the site, access the website and click on the “Register Now” link (top left of screen). Follow the instructions and once you have completed site registration, you will be in a position to sign-up for Tecmo VIII.
NFL Films’ Potential Involvement: In October, NFL Films contacted Chet and Josh about doing a Tecmo Super Bowl documentary in which the tournament would play a role. The producer envisioned devoting a portion of the piece to chronicling various competitors’ preparation and participation in the tournament. Obviously, this is tremendously exciting news. We nonetheless have to stress that the documentary’s creation is not a sure thing. Please keep that in mind as we move forward, and please refrain from asking us specific documentary-related questions. Given that it is a possible NFL Films project, we probably will not know the answer, and even if we do, we may not be in a position to respond. Thanks guys.
Tournament Rules & Format: All of this information is available on the tournament website, as are past tournament results, pictures, competitor profiles, and a general tournament history. There is a new wrinkle to the Elite 8 and Final 4 this year, so please check out the “Rules” tab on the website.
Equipment Needed: This tournament requires at least 16 systems to operate properly. If you can bring an NES, a cartridge, or a television to the tournament, please indicate such during the enrollment process (the website will automatically seek this information when you sign-up). Any help is appreciated.
Questions: If you have a question potentially applicable to all competitors (rules, tournament format, etc), please post such below. This is the official tournament thread. If you have an individual question that requires our attention, you can reach us at [email protected]
Final Word: Last year’s tournament had 144 competitors from 20 different states. We expect similar numbers and state diversity this year. Make no mistake: this event has morphed into a national event featuring many of the country’s best players. In short, the unparalleled collection of talent at this tournament demands nothing less than your very best. The Tecmo offseason is officially over, and Brad Muster, recently awoken from hibernation, is none too pleased.
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i just had a great conversation with dave and suggested that the top online tecmoer for the year should get a free entry into madison, he agreed that it makes sense so said yes
how do we decide whos the online tecmoer of the year? simple - whoever has the most league titles, online tournament wins, and championship game appearances
each league or tournament win isnt gonna be as much as the next. for example - a hstl title is worth the most reward points, it all just depends
HOPEFULLY BY ADDING A LITTLE INCENTIVE THIS WILL BRING MORE ATTENTION TO ONLINE TECMO
GTFO - champion = 2 reward points, runner up = 1 reward points
WTF - champion = 8 reward points , runner up = 4 reward points
TTL - champion = 8 reward points, runner up = 4 reward points
TTLM - champion = 8 reward points, runner up = 4 reward points
HSTL - champion = 10 reward points, runner up = 5 reward points
NTGL - champion = 5 reward points, runner up = 2 reward points
tournament reward points - will be based on how many competitors and level of the competition. example - this year thunderdome - champion = 10 reward points, runner up = 5 reward points
Any questions or things that need to be changed like the amount of points each league is worth please let me know
StallTalk = 20 points
2018 Thunderdome champion (10 points)
HSTL S43 champion (10 points)
Rico = 5 points
2018 Thunderdome runner up (5 points)
Prime = 12 points
1988 GTFO champion (2 points)
HSTL S42 runner up (5 points)
1989 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1991 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1992 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1998 GTFO champion (2 points)
Baxter = 3 points
1988 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1994 GTFO champion (2 points)
Tecmobo = 29 points
HSTL S42 champion (10 points)
1993 GTFO champion (2 points)
1995 GTFO champion (2 points)
1996 GTFO champion (2 points)
1997 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1999 GTFO champion (2 points)
HSTL S45 champion (10 points)
Nos = 19 points
1989 GTFO champion (2 points)
1990 GTFO champion (2 points)
1991 GTFO champion (2 points)
1992 GTFO champion (2 points)
1993 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1994 GTFO runner up (1 point)
1997 GTFO champion (2 points)
1998 GTFO runner up (1 point)
HSTL S45 runner up (5 points)
1999 GTFO runner up (1 point)
Purple Haze = 12 points
1989 WTF champion (8 points)
TTL S31 runner up (4 points)
Turbo = 12 points
1989 WTF runner up (4 points)
TTL S29 runner up (4 points)
1990 WTF runner up (4 points)
Joeygats = 34 points
TTL S29 champion (8 points)
TTLM S2 champion (8 points)
TTL S30 champion (8 points)
HSTL S44 champion (10 points)
Adversity = 1 point
1990 GTFO runner up (1 point)
Discdolo = 5 points
HSTL S43 runner up (5 points)
Red98sethut = 8 points
TTLM S1 champion (8 points)
Tecmodell = 4 points
TTLM S1 runner up (4 points)
Justinpeters = 4 points
TTLM S2 runner up (4 points)
Arncoem = 4 points
TTL S30 runner up (4 points)
Qb Lions = 1 point
1995 GTFO runner up (1 point)
Warmachine = 5 points
HSTL S44 runner up (5 points)
DT = 8 points
1990 WTF champion (8 points)
Swamp = 1 point
1996 GTFO runner up (1 point)
Flash80 = 8 points
TTL S31 champion (8 points)
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