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That's right, I'm doing another one of these. If you weren't here for the tournament challenge last year, this is basically an event I made up based on the NCAA men's basketball tournament, but instead of pitting college teams against one another, I'm having episodes of SpongeBob square off in a visually-appealing battle for supremacy.

I'll be doing things a little differently this time, however, to make the tournament a little more realistic and a little more wacky. Instead of using episodes from the TV Tropes Best Episode Crowner again, I decided to use every episode that got a rating higher than 9 on IMDb.com. I then shuffled those episodes, and because there ended up being more than 64, I removed the episodes that got the fewest votes (three of the newer pairings only had around 30 votes each, so they were easy to drop). That still left me with 65, though, so I'm putting the lowest vote-getters, Cuddle E. Hugs/Pat the Horse, into a play-in game, meaning you'll have one more episode to choose from this year.

Though most of the bracket is randomized, I did make sure the top eight seeds from last year got those same seeds this year to maintain some consistency, and even though Wet Painters and Sailor Mouth were part of the episodes that got randomized, they ended up getting 3 seeds again, so overall, I'm happy with this bracket. New blood (super new blood, in fact) to go along with the old guard. Without further ado, here are the episodes and their seedings:

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1 seeds

Band Geeks
Krusty Krab Training Video
Chocolate with Nuts
Pizza Delivery

2 seeds

The Camping Episode
Graveyard Shift
SB-129
Shanghaied

3 seeds

Life Insurance
Sailor Mouth
There's a Sponge in My Soup
Wet Painters

4 seeds

Sportz? 
Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V
My Pretty Seahorse
Burst Your Bubble 

5 seeds

Krusty Love 
Stuck on the Roof
Gary Takes a Bath
Feral Friends

6 seeds

Idiot Box
Arrgh!
Squid Noir
Karate Choppers

7 seeds

Teacher's Pests
Nasty Patty
The Clam Whisperer
Krabby Land

8 seeds

Welcome to the Chum Bucket
SpongeBob's Place
Rock Bottom
Frankendoodle

9 seeds

Plankton Gets the Boot 
Scavenger Pants 
Trident Trouble 
Artist Unknown 

10 seeds

The Incredible Shrinking Sponge
Krabby Patty Creature Feature
Unreal Estate
No Weenies Allowed

11 seeds

Man Ray Returns
Squilliam Returns
Imitation Krabs 
No Pictures Please

12 seeds

Cave Dwelling Sponge
The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom
Home Sweet Pineapple
Spot Returns

13 seeds

The Bully
Just One Bite
Code Yellow
Lost and Found

14 seeds

Don't Wake Patrick
Dying for Pie
One Krabs Trash
Plankton Retires

15 seeds

The Getaway
Spin the Bottle
Larry the Floor Manager 
Club SpongeBob

16 seeds

The Check-Up 
Snowball Effect
The Secret Box
Cuddle E. Hugs*
Pat the Horse*

*will play for last seed

Also, instead of just having the top teams in each seed line play each other, I'll have the highest-ranked 1 seed play the lowest ranked 16 seed, then the lowest ranked 8 seed, and so on, since logically, the best team should have the easiest path to the final game. (Though that isn't how the tournament works in real life, of course.)

Now for the fun stuff. Just like last year, you'll be predicting which 16 episodes advance to the third round (or technically the fourth round, since there's a play-in game now). The point system is the same as before.

  • You get one point for each episode you guess that reaches the third round
  • You get two points for each episode you guess that reaches the fourth round
  • You get three points for each episode you guess that reaches the semifinals
  • You get four points for each episode you guess that reaches the finals

And again, if you correctly predict the winner of the tournament on a separate line, I'll double your points. If you decide to be chalky and simply have the first 16 seeds advance and have Band Geeks win it all, this is what it would look like:

Band Geeks
Krusty Krab Training Video
Chocolate with Nuts
Pizza Delivery
The Camping Episode
Graveyard Shift
SB-129
Shanghaied
Life Insurance
Sailor Mouth
There's a Sponge in My Soup
Wet Painters
Sportz? 
Mermaidman and Barnacleboy V
My Pretty Seahorse
Burst Your Bubble

Winner: Band Geeks 

Here are the matchups for each region. Make sure to look at these carefully, because if you have two teams in the Sweet Sixteen that would meet each other in the Round of 32, you've effectively wasted a spot.

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While the point system is the same as last year, I'll be doubling the rewards, so whoever has the most points by the end of the tournament will win 20,000 doubloons, whoever has the second-most points will win 10,000 doubloons, and whoever has the third-most points will win 5,000 doubloons. That's a lot of money, so make sure to submit your choices in this thread by Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7 PM EST.

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Krusty Krab Training Video

Chocolate with Nuts
Band Geeks
Pizza Delivery
The Camping Episode
Graveyard Shift
Squid Noir
Shanghaied
Welcome to the Chum Bucket
Sailor Mouth
Dying for Pie
Wet Painters
Burst Your Bubble
SB-129
Snowball Effect
The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom

Winner: Krusty Krab Training Video

 

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Chocolate with Nuts

Krusty Krab Training Video

Pizza Delivery

Band Geeks
The Camping Episode
Graveyard Shift
Squid Noir
Shanghaied
Welcome to the Chum Bucket
Sailor Mouth
Dying for Pie
Wet Painters

SB-129

Burst Your Bubble
Snowball Effect
The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom

Winner: Chocolate with Nuts

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Shanghaied

Chocolate with Nuts

Krusty Krab Training Video
Band Geeks
Pizza Delivery
The Camping Episode
Graveyard Shift
Squid Noir
Welcome to the Chum Bucket
Sailor Mouth
Dying for Pie
Wet Painters
Burst Your Bubble
SB-129
Snowball Effect
The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom

Winner: Shanghaied

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