When arranging a tournament bracket, the best competitors are usually seeded with a higher number. Fans often choose these competitors to win, without factoring in an upset from the lower seeded competitors. While it is difficult to predict an upset, there is one competitor who has been underestimated by both fans and other competitors who could shatter everyone’s brackets: Chance Ellison.
Ever since he first premiered in The Schmoedown, Chance has been facing an uphill battle with everyone’s expectations. KOrruption was expected to lose to The Founding Fathers, but they managed to send the match into Sudden Death. Even though the “David O. Russell Incident” sparked another controversy, Chance and Mike defeated their opponents. The only team that stopped them from getting to the belts was Who’s the Boss at the semifinals.
After losing a match to Chance, Emma Fyffe wanted to humiliate him in Innergeekdom. However, The Cobra revealed he had the knowledge necessary to compete in the division against three other competitors, eliminating two by Round Three. Brandon Hanna ultimately won the match, but had Chance scored his five-pointer question, he would have gone home victorious instead.
This wasn’t the only time Chance had a close match. Paul Oyama challenged The Cobra to the match they never had in the fan leagues, declaring that Chance was scared of him. However, Paul was leading the match by only three points and his opponent still had his five point question on the table. Chance ultimately lost, but he was only one question away from victory.
Something else to keep in mind is that Chance is currently the youngest champion in The Schmoedown. KOrruption defeated The Shirewolves despite losing their lead in Round Five. They decided Chance would take “Classics,” forcing Mike to take “Pixar Movies.” Each of them knew the answer to the other’s question, and The Shirewolves could have lost the match sooner rather than later on, but KOrruption pulled ahead anyway.
When the brackets were announced, fans had probably chosen William Bibbiani to win against Chance. While The Beast has more knowledge and experience, strategy isn’t one of his strengths. Chance does know when to use a repeat, go to multiple choice, and challenge a bad ruling.
Stacy Howard has already busted many brackets and, on September 14th, Chance Ellison might break the ones that are left!