Cage Match 2012: Final Four Recap!


Granny_Weatherwax recap

I realize we never did a Round 4 recap, but, well, people won, and then made it to the Final Four.

And two of those characters lost.

I’ll start with Granny Weatherwax, as I think she was one of the more controversial characters in the competition. Why?

Because no one seemed to know what her powers were, so the write-ups tended to be a little…action light.

Well, can I point out that that’s what Cage Match is (slightly) all about? To learn about characters you aren’t familiar with, and figure out why they might do the things they do?

For, with Granny (as people in the comments pointed out), she really is way more powerful than you might imagine. But, her powers aren’t what you might consider “typical” fantasy characteristics. Rather, because of Terry Pratchett’s ability to both revere and skewer the genre we all love, her magic comes almost as much from respect and expectations than it does from a “magic system.”

Hence the write-up. While we often do write-ups to provoke reactions, we also like to do write-ups that don’t show the obvious ending. Rather, we want you to see how, just maybe, a character could take out a seemingly more powerful one. Yet, in this case, I honestly believe she would have beaten Kylar–that she was, indeed, the stronger character.

And that has nothing against Kylar Stern, Brent Weeks, or his fans. Brent is an amazing writer (who we’ve been luck to have involved in some of the early rounds of Cage Match 2012), and one of the reasons he is so good is because his characters are flawed. Kylar is very strong, but he’s also very raw. And, while the black ka’kari is indeed an amazing artifact/being, one thing Granny is phenomenal at is understanding and influencing other beings…no matter how alien.

Could she definitely have won? No, of course not. But is it interesting to explore how she could have won?


As for the fans–the idea was not to insult them (you), but rather use “the fan” as a way to be able to shoot down any arguments pre-emptively.

Apparently it didn’t work.

Still, if you haven’t read Pratchett, and want to know more about Granny Weatherwax, do yourself a favor and get into Discworld. You won’t be disappointed.

And, obviously, congratulations to Kylar, a worthy member of the Cage Match 2012 finals.

So who will he be facing?

Surprise, surprise: a Wheel of Time character!

Moiraine was a no-brainer Number 1 seed, and she proved it time and again. Again, with many of these matches, her beating Rake didn’t come without a bit of controversy. Did her being popular help her win? Of course–like the gods, sometimes a character’s power derives from the fervor of their followers’ beliefs. Does that mean she couldn’t beat Rake? I’m not sure–I think she could, but I think it would take one of those once-in-a-million battles.

But I also think that’s what fantasy is about. The hero, against all odds, beating someone they didn’t think they had a chance against.

Cage Match tries to have a little bit of that every year.

Thanks so much for making this year’s so much fun, and enjoy the Championship!

Once again we got a great write up from fan Abyss. Thanks!

So here’s the breakdown from Round 5 (winners in bold; % = percentage of vote for winner). You can check out all the matches and brackets here.

Miskatonic University: Field House division against Starfleet Academy: Holodeck division

  • Moiraine Damodred versus Rake: 3,326 to 1,989 (61.93%)

Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters: Danger Room division against Hogwarts: Quidditch Pitch division

  • Granny Weatherwax versus Kylar Stern: 1,164 to 1823 (61.03%)

And don’t forget: The Finals starts Monday, April 9th at 10 AM EST, right here on Unbound

And one last thing: We hear you all, concerning the state of the write-ups (and while we don’t necessarily agree, we definitely hear you!). So, as such, we want YOU to give us how you think the fight will go.

The one we like best will be kept on the site permanently, with the writer getting full credit.

If you want to start submitting, just start placing your write-ups in the comments below.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Granny image courtesy of Outskirts Battle Dome