It’s that time of year again, when the Light Side and the Dark Side, the heroes and the villains, vie for glory in the Star Wars ‘This is Madness’ Tournament! Last year’s match-up ended in an upset as Obi-Wan Kenobi beat his former Padawan, Darth Vader. Who will be the ultimate champion this year? Well, that’s where you, the fans, come in….
Set your hyperspace coordinates for ThisIsMadness.StarWars.com — voting on Play-In matchups is set to begin this Thursday, March 12. Once the Play-In matchups are finished, the full tournament officially kicks off on Monday, March 16. The winner will be announced onTuesday, April 7.
In This Is Madness, characters are divided into two conferences: Light Side and Dark Side. Each conference contains four divisions: Jedi, Rebels, Scoundrels, and Republic in the Light Side; Empire & Separatists, Bounty Hunters, Sith, and Underworld in the Dark Side. New entrants this year include Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, the Inquisitor, and other fan favorites from Star Wars Rebels, Jabba the Hutt’s trusted aide (and weak-minded fool) Bib Fortuna, and more, while the slippery smuggler Hondo Ohnaka has switched sides. (The odds must be more in his favor on the Dark Side.) Once the competition begins, new matchups occur daily, and are decided by fan voting — until one hero or villain is crowned champion. Real-time matchup updates are available on the site, letting you know if your favorite characters are winning…or if you need to double your efforts and rally the troops. And once again, Tatooine’s favorite gambling Toydarian, Watto, will offer his “expert” opinion on each matchup.
By participating, you could also win some excellent prizes!
StarWars.com and Wookieepedia are joining their combined strengths once again to let fans participate in This Is Madness in an exciting way — and score some Force-filled prizes! Visit Predict the Madness on Wookieepedia, where you can fill out a complete bracket. Pick who you think will win each matchup and, ultimately, the tournament. Choose wisely! The most accurate brackets will qualify for incredible prizes, but you have to make the jump to lightspeed — the deadline to submit your bracket is Monday, March 16, just before the first round of This Is Madness begins.
Predict the Madness is sponsored by SMS Audio, who have donated a Fett-worthy bounty of prizes, including: 1st Prize: SMS Audio Star Wars First Edition Collectors Pack (Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, Boba Fett, Storm Trooper); 2nd Prize: SMS Audio Star Wars First Edition On-Ear Headphones, Galactic Empire and Limited Edition Star Wars T-Shirt; 3rd Prize: SMS Audio Star Wars First Edition On-Ear Headphones, Rebel Alliance and SMS Audio Snap Back Cap; and more! Additional prizes from Sideshow Collectibles are also available. Last year, more than 4,500 fans entered the contest; only one had a perfect bracket.
May the best character win!