The Qalachi Gazette
Mulraan’s voice of Freedom
The Champion’s Games, Round 3: Bloody Fights, Big finishes.
The third round of this year’s champions games didn’t leave the crowds wanting for action. Here’s our summary of all the wild moments, compelling stories and wild matches of todays fights:
Match 1: #4 Team Rift vs #3 Pitch Blade
Team Rift: Tarik, Alia, Burlack, Damdar, Ikor,
Pitch Blade: Drusfan, Pharbol
The first round saw the veterans Pitch Blade get upended by the upstarts from Koshepa, Team Rift. Pitch Blade came out strong in the beginning, delivering some near-fatal blows to both Damdar and Tarik. Things looked grim when Drufsan of Pitch Blade smashed Damdar’s sword, making it nearly unusable. The Riftys loss some points with the crowd when Alia cast a sphere of darkness that blotted out half the battle but gained those points back when Burlack finished off Drufsan with a behind-the-back lightning bolt. Tarik got his revenge on Pharbol with a blast of flame from the heavens. Battered and Bruised, team Rift became the most unlikely team to advance to the semifinal round. They’re impressive now but let’s remember: they entered the games ranked 27 of 33.
Match 2: #5 Dragonslayers vs #2 Crazy Eight
Dragonslayers: Dustin, Mirembe, Boyko, Krasomir, Nayden
Crazy Eight: Asmund, Olaf, Jorundir, Hoggvandil, Osfrid, Karli, Radford, Gunnar
The second match of the day began with a change in tactics from the Crazy Eight. In the first 2 rounds they came out “wands blazin” at the whistle, overwhelming their opponents. Asmund, Olaf and Radford, the barbarians, approached and entered melee with Dustin and Mirembe in midfield. The cleric Hoggvandil surprised the crowd by creating a wall of fire encircling the fight in the middle. Boyko and Krasimir closed on the 5 Crazys outside the wall and found themselves flanked by summoned Bears and Dire Boars. Overwhelmed by the numbers, Boyko and Krasimir fell or surrendered but not without taking Osfrid and Karli with them. The wizard Nayden flew over the wall to assist his teammates inside. When the wall was dispelled, Asmund was the only warrior still standing. Nayden, out of reach, rained fireballs down on the Crazy Eight and badly wounded all except Hoggvandil who was desperately tending to his wounded brothers. In the end, Asmund hurled his axe at Nayden, striking him in the chest; he fell from the ground, defeated. The Crazy Eight will advance to the semifinal round to face Team Rift.
Match 3: #6 Swords of Terusc vs #1 The Ashborn
Swords of Terusc: Commander Kaeso Licinius, Aggripa, Numerius, Linus, Antonio, Heduard, 4 horses
The Ashborn: Skylar, Khellek, “The Leatherworks (3 Flesh Golems)”
A rematch of last year’s championship match may have made for the most exciting match of this year’s tournament. Swords of Terusc were considered vastly underrated (many think they were the best team in the remaining field) and a matchup between them and The Ashborn was most unexpected. The match began with a bang: Khellek lit up the S.o.T’s with one of his signature Black-Flame Fireballs. The S.o.T’s responded by charging Skylar and his Flesh Golems but Skylar was quick to knock 2 of them from their mounts with lightning-fast attacks with his greatsword. The Paladins Aggripa and Numerius, still mounted, held the Leatherworks at bay while Linus, Antonio and Heduard surrounded Skylar. Licinius, meanwhile, circled around to engage Khellek. Khellek flew out of reach but his Fly spell was dispelled and he crashed to the ground. As Licinius prepared for the death blow, a shield of energy appeared to protect Khellek. Licinius recovered and was again prepared to destroy the mage but suddenly burst out in laughter, falling to the ground.
Skylar, meanwhile, was slowly becoming overwhelmed by the S.o.Ts. The Leatherworks were being beaten by the 2 Paladins, but that changed when suddenly Aggripa lost the ability to speak and could not cast spells. A well-placed lightning bolt from Khellek gave Skylar the edge he needed. With a single powerful blow, Skylar cut through Linus through the heart, and he fell. Antonio and Heduard, shocked, cowered for a moment; that moment was all Skylar needed. He deftly cut through the armip of Heduard’s armor, felling him. And Antonio, seeing that he was completely outmatched, surrendered.
Skylar took a superhuman leap toward Numerius, knocking him from his mount in mid-air. The two arose and fought a duel of swords. Skylar was relentless, beating his opponent into the ground until the moment struck, and he broad-bladed him across the temple, knocking Numerius out cold.
Khellek and Skylar, badly hurt and exhausted, approached the laughing commander of the Swords of Terusc. His laughing spell ended. Now he was looking straight down the blade of the Champion of the Free City Arena. Seeing his comrades beaten and bloodied across the field, he was left with no choice. Beaten once again, Commander Kaeso Lucinius surrendered.
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Three teams now remain: The cinderellas, the contenders, and the sitting champions. If the matches thus far are any indication, this should be the best, bloodiest end to the Champion’s Games in history.