(Mortal Kombat voice) Round 2....Begin!
Welcome back the next exciting round of the King of the Light Saber Tournament! If you missed the first installment, then you can find it here. The seeding in the first round was good, so there were really no upsets....yet. The number one overall seed, Luke Skywalker, won in dominating fashion and looks strong heading into the Elite Eight. Without further ado, let's do this thing!!!
Luke Skywalker (1) vs. General Greivous (2)
General Greivous is a formidable opponent for Luke, and gave Obi-Wan everything he could handle. That might not mean much here though as Luke is the most powerful Jedi to ever live, (I'm quoting George Lucas here) equal to his dad in Force ability. Can the General catch him off-guard with 4 arms? He's a General for a reason and taking Obi-Wan to task the way he did is no laughing matter, so this battle goes longer than I expected. In the end, Luke just has too much ability and is able to sense and time the attack of Double G and ultimately defeat him. What could tip the scales in favor of Greivous? The field of battle being home turf for him, an army of Clone Soldiers surrounding them (just for scare tactics), and unsure footing. Maybe that makes this level, but in the end is just not enough for him to take out Luke.
Winner: Luke Skywalker
Darth Vader (1) vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi (2)
Finally, a battle that we have some history with. Darth Vader, the chosen one who chose the dark side, goes head to head with his former master. Both at the height of their ability, which i think makes a difference here. It makes a difference, because we've seen them fight twice already and Obi-Wan didn't lose either time. He did a number on his ability to show facial expression in his Tinder profile pic, but that gave Vader increased strength because of the cyborg like body that put him back together. After that Obi-Wan changed his name to Ben and Anakin turned into Darth Vader and spent quite some time fucking up other planets around the galaxy, while ruling with an iron fist.....er uh.....Force Choke.
In my opinion, Vader with a light saber is vastly overrated. During the height of his power, there were no Jedi to face him so how much practice could he possibly have kept up? In Obi-Wan's prime, he was a General in the Clone Wars who killed Darth Maul and General Greivous. Plus, even as an old man, he didn't lose to Vader, he gave himself up for the greater good. That's not to say Vader can't win this, because other than some high ground, he went toe to toe with Obi-Wan and one false move could have changed the entire fight. I think people lean a little too heavy on older Ben Kenobi and forget how much training and actual fight experience Obi-Wan actually has. That makes the biggest difference here.
Winner: Obi-Wan Kenobi
Yoda (1) vs. Darth Maul (2)
This battle is right out of Star Wars fantasy camp and who doesn't want to attend that? Can we be sure that Yoda was ever young and also how do you pick his prime? The older he gets the stronger the Force is with him, but when he was younger, maybe he was quicker with a light saber? Darth Maul is a stone cold killer though, so how much faster would Yoda need to be to take him out? A spy young Jedi in his early 400's? Yoda indeed could hold his own, not matter his age, but this is still a close battle either way. Darth Maul took two Jedi masters to the woodshed and killed one of them in the process. The guy is tough to defend, no matter the terrain. Prime Yoda and Prime Darth Maul would be one of the best battles ever and would come down to having the patience for that one mistake.
Winner: Master Yoda
Emperor Palpatine (1) vs. Mace Windu (2)
Oh yeah!!! This is the battle of the Elite Eight that I was most excited about. What do we know about each of these guys? Palpatine/Sidious is the only person to send Yoda and Obi-Wan into hiding, he saved Anakin's life by putting him back together and training him, and he was the person who really ruled the galaxy behind Vader. This guy is a Force pimp and has some real fire power at the tip of his fingers (see what I did there?). Mace Windu is a Jedi LEGEND with a light saber, the only person that he trusted was Yoda, and when the Clone Wars started he was the one that went to rescue captured Jedi and killed Jango Fett.
When these guys squared off, Mace Windu did some work against Palpatine and beat his old ass all over the room. He was on the verge of winning too when a confused Anakin jumped in took Mace out from behind. Another second without Darth Sucker Punch in the room and Mace Windu ends the terror before it begins and then pimps back with his purple light saber to fix the rest of the problems with that stupid ass senate his damn self.
Winner: Mace Windu
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