Introduction So. The ‘dream tournament’ is no longer but a dream. We hope you enjoyed it and we hope this magazine rewards your efforts. The cliché goes: ‘It’s not about the winning, it’s the taking part that counts’. Well we hope we can do the latter half of that cliché justice because if you took part then you’re in this mag. Thank you all for your support and your time. Enjoy! For those of you that missed the Tournament Brackets they can be found here: http://board.rapmusic.com/showthread.php?t=924805 Round One Match Break Downs EAST Pent Up (6) VS Formal Logic (3) Pent Up wins by no show http://board.rapmusic.com/showthread.php?t=916547 Pent uP begins his short campaign for the top slot with a quick first round win with Formal Logic failing to show. Pent uP dropped a nice short but sweet verse. Vern (13) VS Unavailable (1) Vern wins by KO http://board.rapmusic.com/showthread.php?t=916546 Unavailable drew the short straw with the poisonous spider on the end in the first round and the match went as you’d expect. Unavailable come to the table with a rather lacklustre effort in every department. The flow was sluggish and at times non existent which made for a difficult read. You could see what he was going for but with the narrative dated and an evident lack of effort (even before you realise it’s Unavailable) really left the piece slow and a chore to read. This reflected in the feedback from other members, with nearly all of them finding it hard to get into his piece which is not something too common with Unavailable. Vern’s was a lot faster and smoother to read from the get go. As always he picked a rather broad and bold topic and took it no where drastically different but kept it intriguing through out with a use of metaphors rolling off the readers tongue thanks to the smooth writing style and left a degree of satisfaction for every voter. Some hinted hey may be an RSTL veteran and everyone describing one in their feedback. In the end Unavailable was just outclassed and left himself horribly short handed with his lacking effort. With Vern writing alone being so polished and fluid it was already going to be too much for Unavailable. Jersey Emcee (24) VS Khoi NguJin (10) Jersey Emcee wins 3-2 and Khoi NguJin replaces Atreyu (no show) http://board.rapmusic.com/showthread.php?t=916550 Jersey dropped first with a rather ‘hit or miss’ verse about love and it’s painful side effects upon us all. I say all rather loosely because evidently the verse didn’t sit too well with everyone. Personally I felt it was brilliantly written and through out found myself really into the verse through out. The simple and short bursts of description left the reader either emotionally connected and relating or just distant and bored. It really was a case of having the scars to be able to really hear what he was saying. The writing side was rather ‘eh’ to be honest. It wasn’t Jerseys usual polished approach, a lot did come off as a rather uninspired poet but for the most part the message in the verse and the ideas with in the bars were enough to satisfy most people. That being said the ‘hit and miss’ boils down to the rather poetic approach. The flow wasn’t up to much and as previously said the writing wasn’t either. Khoi NguJin was equally hit and miss though evidentially for different reasons. It wasn’t in his approach that left some readers wanting and others satisfied but his effort and consistency. He had a better style of writing to Jersey but his content was much to be desired. Compared to previous verses it’s quite painfully boring of Khoi NguJin but anyway… Khoi’s other flaw was how he executed his idea. The progression through the verse showed either lapses in concentration or a real struggle to get something on the page. As far as the voters go it was rather all over the place. Some outright taking Khoi over Jersey and vice versa, others disliking both pieces. It proved a close and gritty match with Jersey pulling in a single vote more pushing him through to the next round.