RSTL FALL 2004 TOURNAMENT TIME! Special Edition Mag Table of Contents --INTRO-- --SOAPBOX-- --SHOW & PROVE-- --THE CHAMP ISN'T HERE-- --THE SUN RISES IN THE EAST-- --WINNING THE WEST-- --AN UP NORTH TRIP-- --SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY-- --DARK HORSES RUN THE RACE-- --OUTRO-- Intro Welcome to RSTL Fall Tournament 2004...this is the best and biggest mag ever...maybe not, but we're giving it a run...this will be a mag to remember, so i want you all to read and treasure...all unaccredited articles are written by me, but props to Ed Lake and Mac Flow for helping. Soapbox i'm going to keep this short...first of all, good luck to all in the tournament...thanks for participating...also, have a lot of fun...this isn't work, this is a hobby...when the league reconvenes, the week of October 10, there will still be 16 people in the tournament...if you wish to rejoin the league, and are one of those 16, you will have to write two different verses...the winner of the tournament will recieve 6 wins to their record, the glory of victory, and a chance to face Omen and Richard Corey in a three way at the end of the year for cold cash...so this is a tournament you want to win people...you WANT TO WIN...have fun though. Show & Prove Showcase Your Full Skill A lot of battlers say "anyone can write a story." Just as a lot of storytellers say "anyone can write a punchline." So what's the difference? Most storytellers have at least given battling a shot. But I find that a good number of battlers haven't even bothered with a topical league. They don't want to "waste their time." An RSTL tournament is a great place to show and prove your abilities. Even if you don't make it out of the first round, a single verse can prove a lot. Last 64 man tournament, DisHonour got beat by Poetiquette in round one, but he proved that, though not great, he can write a topical verse. Meanwhile, in the same tournament, Namix, another big name battler, managed to make his way through to the Final Four of the tournament, proving his writing skill to be polished and well natured. And not just battle heads can take advantage of an RSTL Tournament. L-Dogg was considered a skilled but nothing incredible writer by the masses until he took last years Fall Tournament. Since doing so, he has refined his skills and now takes a seat among the best in the league. It was that same tournament that Trap made his name known in the league, by coming very close to beating the monster that is Warren Worthington III. Tournaments are a chance to bring respect to your name, and allow your skills to shine. So everyone really should try their hardest, because "i half assed" isn't an excuse. The Champ ISN'T Here Omen's Unfortunate Inability to Participate by Tha Talent This Sunday, Omen became the fourth person ever (after Peril-Eyes, Jowelz, and Vern Acular) to win his 5th RSTL title. However, on Sunday it also became official that Omen would not be participating in this 64 man tournament. Omen won the last tournament, one that occurred this Summer, and was a sure fire favorite to win this one as well. However, he will be released from Serbia, where he is currently stationed with the military, soon, and he won't have time to write when that happens...so he reluctantly had to pass up this opportunity. Vern Acular, the man Omen beat last week, will be joining the military, and thus he won't have enough time either. It is unfortunate, but I wish the best to both of them in their personal lives.