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March Madness 2024 - Elite 8

by Charlie Plaine, Staff Writer

27th March 2024

It's the 2nd half of March Madness 24. Only 8 cards, the Elite 8, remain out of the original 64. Today, we enter week 4 with another bloody week of close matches and upsets. But before I can go over the results with you, I get the privilege of announcing another winner from last weeks poll: vorpman@hotmail.com. Congrats; your random First Edition borderless promo will ship to you as soon as our warehouse gets back up and running. Now, let's take at the results from the Sweet 16:

Sweet 16
(4) Tuvix fails to hold off (9) Admiral Willrich in a 39-50 upset.
(6) Shran can't pull it out against (7) Lunar Hospital, in another 44-45 upset.
(5) Maquis Hideout succumbs to (9) Mostly Uninteresting, also in a 44-45 upset.
(2) A Man Alone stands fast against (6) Too Hot to Handle, 49-40.
(1) 98th Rule of Acquisition keeps winning, this time over (12) Shipboard Fire, 54-35.
(2) I'm a Doctor, Not an Engineer puts an end to (6) Emony's run, 46-43.
(1) Microbe Research falls in a upset to (4) Emblem of "Fair Trade", 44-45.
(6) Changed History can't win against (7) Catspaw, falling to a 38-51 upset.

With 5 upsets out of 8 games, this might be the bloodiest round in the history of 1E March Madness. Yet there is no rest for the weary, as we proceed into the Elite 8 round:

Vote in the Elite 8 Bracket

Here is the featured match in Round 4:

Game #59 - 98th Rule of Acquisition vs. I'm a Doctor, Not an Engineer
In the history of First Edition March Madness, battles between a #1 and a #2 seed are rare. This match is shaping up to be a battle, with 98th Rule - the only remaining top seed - up against a highly performing interrupt. Will the Ferengi prevail here, setting up the possibility of a Ferengi battle in the Final 4?

And once again, we turn it over to you. You can vote in each match based on any criteria you like - the choice is literally yours. Good luck and have fun! Voting will be open until 8 AM Pacific on Monday, April 1st. And don't forget to join the discussion on our Gameplay (1E) forum to speculate on what might happen next!

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