With a teary eye, here goes the last EMS write-up, at least for season 1: Things weren't looking good when only Talon and Hyrul showed up at sign-up time, but fortunately we were able to put together a tournament of 12 players, thanks in no small part to Le Biscuit (apologies to him, I can't read the writing of whoever wrote his name) who emerged from Gamerbase itself, as if a Pheonix from the ashes of Soul Calibur V, or Jesus from a Jerusalem tomb, or Keanu Reeves from an alternate computer-generated reality etc etc. to complete the magic number of 12. It is magic, honestly. Ask Dan Brown. [Mathematically speaking, 12 is not actually a magic number, but it is a composite number, a sublime number, and a superfactorial - cheers, Wikipedia!] Moving on, Group A was swiftly moved to the stream so that Talon could once again be filmed live during the group stages. And lucky for him (or was it?) that this was the case, as he was promptly swept out of the tournament with three straight defeats to Hyrul, Sotiris and Grunt Dude. Grunt Dude proceeded to block and Brave Edge his way to three successive victories to come top of the group, while Sotiris and Hyrul fought it out for second place, Hyrul emerging the victor. Elsewhere, HD Hollow comfortably topped Group B with only a single defeat in 10 sets; Silent Joel and Nicotine claimed second and third respectively, leaving Curtis to fall in the group stages in his first appearance since the inaugural tournament some months back. Group C was the tightest affair of all. With Le Buscuit impressing but failing to grasp any overall victories, the other three formed a triangle (a magic triangle) with each of them claiming two wins. ShinJin came top thanks to a better overall set win/loss record, but his defeat to Testiskulls allowed the latter to progress in second place, and left Bushindu in third, despite having beaten Testi earlier. This left Nicotine and Sotiris in precisely the same position they had been in four weeks earlier, that is, fighting to claim a top 8 spot in a playoff between two third placers, and Nicotine once again prevailed, leaving Sotiris pointless yet again (sorry Sot).