RSTL Mag Tournament and League overview Intro drop some topics immediately after reading this mag. Soapbox to be honest, i was disappointed with the quality of verses last week...kick it up a notch guys...the league is back to full size and we've got some serious competitors...especially dissatisfied with the efforts tournament members...as for the tournament, we've got the final four...you can read more about that in Mac's indepth analysis...good luck to the other three competitors...remember, the winner of this tournament participates in a three way with Richard Corey and Omen for a nice cash prize and incredible RSTL glory, because it will obviously take a lot to beat those two...the tournament really turned out great...i'm very proud of running this...topics are getting to be a serious issue...you all better drop them or you will seriously only get five next week...i want to see a lot of topics in that thread...anyway, stop shit talking Tek...and Tek, stop acting all arogant and "man-on-a-mission"...no one likes the act...also, Noib has been banned temporarily, but he will still show up to his match...and did you hear about the need for topics?...true...as for Trap retiring, we'll see...thinks he can mock me in the chat and then quit the league i run...yeah right...anyway, i love you all and i love the RSTL...enjoy this mag. Man of the Hour Ed Lake aka Vadik now defends his first title and tries to make the tournament championship As I'm sure anyone who has talked to Vadik recently knows, he just won his first title. I'm going to keep this relatively short, but I give him a lot of credit. Vadik was always one of the most articulate and well worded writers in the RSTL. He actually reminds me a lot of Anaphora. All of the RSTL's best held him in high regards, even though he never got that final push over the finish line. Not for a lack of effort though. He just ran against some tough ass competition. His first title match ever was a memorable four way between Peril, Truth, Antagon, and him. Now he's got that championship, and it should be interesting to see how long he holds it. Good luck to him also in the tournament, as he's made final four. Big week for Vadik again this week, as he gets a chance to defend his title and make the tournament championship. Holding the league title while winning a tournament title would be a big deal, and we shall see. We Got Next What does the future of the RSTL look like? The RSTL has been, for a very long time, dominated by the same faces. Whether it be Jowelz, Vern Acular, or Mac Flow, these guys demand the attention and respect. But fall seems to be a time where RSTL legends come to full bloom. Last fall we saw the names Tha Talent, Richard Corey, and L-Dogg all become RSTL house-hold names. Specifically myself and Corey, as we have gone through 2004 so far as two of the more dominant members of the league (not to sound cocky by any means). So who are the faces of the fall this year? Who will make an impact in the following year, after being almost an anonymous face in the crowd. Some newcomers are making strong cases. 6ft Deep is a board veteran, who seems to be enjoying his so far short stay in the RSTL. He clearly has enough skill to win a championship or two. But what about the relative unknowns of the group. Dicenyaeye reminds me a lot of DMeTRiUS in terms of what he's done in the league. He had a long and unexpected undefeated streak to the top, and despite losing to Dah, he's bounced back. Which is more than I can say for DM (wink). Status Qu0 is 7-1 now, and he brings a more abstract and topical look to the table. But don't overlook him, he's a very skilled writer. And Nique was the shocker of the tournament, making the Elite 8 and in the process knocking off to venerable RSTL vets in Mac Flow and Ssenlli. As far as the even newer heads, there is some skill to be seen in writers such as BusterHymen, Shadow's Edge, and Ace Boogie. All are skilled and you should watch out. Finally, who will be the vet that steps up and out of the shadows? The guy that everyone knows, but hasn't done anything special yet. Someone like Formal Logic is well known around the boards, but often overlooked. He hasn't found himself as a writer yet, but he's got the skills. Should he find that niche, he could be a great presence. This year should be very interesting, but I can make one prediction. 2005 will be another year of great RSTL matches and competative spirits. We will survive, like Aretha and cockroaches.