In the first episode of Number Wars, Marcoasd defeated fellow titans Alexander and Troller in a battle that may have surprised some people.  Not only did Marco manage to come out on top, but with some unfathomable statistics as well.  Of the 200 tournament games he played, our dominant hero won 77% of them, losing less than 1/4th of the time in a tier where no move is 100% accurate and where freeze is equivalent to death.  Moreover, he won 11 of the 21 tournaments he played, and was among the final four combatants 16 times.  Who could possibly challenge this bastion of consistency and unparalleled triumph in the game known as "RNGBY?"

Although recognized for being the land of romance, fine art, and culture, the French also have a long and storied tradition of military success and noble warriors known for their sundry exploits, Peasounay being one of them.  In 2017, the fatal Frenchman was the best player in the game, consistently performing at an elite level throughout the entire year like Marco did in 2014.  As his success did not abate, he ended his campaign in 2017 with some legendary numbers of his own.  However, do they stack up against Marco's, if not surpass them?  Let's duke it out and find out!

2014 Marcoasd

 

Pokemon Perfect

MT7: 15-3

MT8: 15-1

MT9: 3-3

MT10: 12-7

MT11: 12-0

MT12: 12-2

MT13: 12-3

MT14: 3-3

MT15: 12-4

WC: 8-3

Saffron: 11-2

Winter Break Tournament #1: 4-0

Winter Break Tournament #2: 2-1

Winter Break Tournament #4: 4-0

Winter Break Tournament #5: 3-1

Winter Break Tournament #7: 2-1

Winter Break Tournament #8: 1-1

Winter Break Finals: 0-2

Guru Marathon: 8-3 (only added to W/L record as this was not a tournament)

# of tournaments played: 18

# of tournaments won: 10 (MT7, MT8, MT10-13, MT15, Saffron, Winter Break Tournament #1, Winter Break Tournament #4)

# of tournament sets won: 48

# of tournament sets lost: 9

# of sweeps: 18  

Final-round appearances: 14 (MT7, MT8, MT10-13, MT15, Saffron, Winter Break Tournament #1, Winter Break Tournament #2, Winter Break Tournament #4, Winter Break Tournament #5, Winter Break Tournament #7, Winter Break Finals)

Top 4 finishes: 15 (MT7, MT8, MT10-13, MT15, WC, Saffron, Winter Break Tournament #1, Winter Break Tournament #2, Winter Break Tournament #4, Winter Break Tournament #5, Winter Break Tournament #7, Winter Break Finals)

Consecutive tournaments won: 4 (MT10-13)

Win/loss record: 139-40

Win percentage: 77.6%

 

Smogon

ROAPL: 5-2

 # of tournaments played: 1

# of tournaments won: 1

# of tournament sets won: 5

# of tournament sets lost: 2

# of sweeps: N/A

Final-round appearances: 1

Top 4 finishes: 1

Consecutive tournaments won: 0

Win/loss record: 5-2

Win percentage: 71.4%

 

Pokemon Online

POCL: 4-3

POWC: 6-1

 # of tournaments played: 2

# of tournaments won: 0

# of tournament sets won: 10

# of tournament sets lost: 4

# of sweeps: N/A

Final-round appearances: 0

Top 4 finishes: 0

Consecutive tournaments won: 0

Win/loss record: 10-4

Win percentage: 71.4%

Overall statistics

Overall # of tournaments played: 21

Overall # of tournaments won: 11

Overall # of tournament sets won: 63

Overall # of tournament sets lost: 15

Overall # of sweeps: 18

Overall # of final-round appearances: 15

Overall # of top 4 finishes: 16

Overall # of consecutive tournaments won: 4

Overall win/loss record: 154-46

Overall win percentage: 77%

2017 Peasounay

Pokemon Perfect

MT31: 4-4

MT32: 5-4

MT33: 15-2

MT34: 15-5

MT35: 8-6

MT36: 8-4

MT37: 5-4

MT38: 12-5

MT39: 10-3

World Championship: 18-8

Saffron Cup #3: 1-2

Saffron Cup #4: 1-3

Vermilion Cup #3: 6-6

Vermilion Cup #4: 4-7

Cerulean Cup: 25-12

Indigo Cup: 14-6

Tokusane Cup: 1-2

Fuchsia Cup: 2-4

# of tournaments played: 18

# of tournaments won: 5 (MT33, MT34, World Championship, Cerulean Cup, Indigo Cup)

# of tournament sets won: 52

# of tournament sets lost: 19

# of sweeps: 22

Final-round appearances: 6 (previously mentioned tours plus MT38)

Top 4 finishes: 7 (previously mentioned tours plus MT39)

Consecutive tournaments won: 3 (Cerulean Cup, MT33, Indigo Cup)

Win/loss record: 154-87

Win percentage: 63.9%

 

Smogon

SPL: 16-7

RBY Global Championship: 29-11

RBY Cup: 13-6

ROAPL: 3-2

Retro Cup: 7-3

RBY Mewbers Tour: 4-0

ROA Olympics: 1-2

# of tournaments played: 7

# of tournaments won: 2 (RBY Global Championship and RBY Mewbers Tour)

# of tournament sets won: 36

# of tournament sets lost: 8

# of sweeps: 16

Final-round appearances: 2

Top 4 finishes: 3 (aforementioned tours and RBY Cup)

Consecutive tournaments won: 0

Win/loss record: 73-31

Win percentage: 70.1%

 

Pokemon Online

Supreme RBY OU Tournament: 3-3

# of tournaments played: 1

# of tournaments won: 0

# of tournament sets won: 1

# of tournament sets lost: 1

# of sweeps: 1

Final-round appearances: 0

Top 4 finishes: 0

Consecutive tournaments won: 0

Win/loss record: 3-3

Win percentage: 50%

 

 

Overall statistics

Overall # of tournaments played: 26

Overall # of tournaments won: 7

Overall # of tournament sets won: 89

Overall # of tournament sets lost: 28

Overall # of sweeps: 38

Overall # of final-round appearances: 8

Overall # of top 4 finishes: 10

Overall # of consecutive tournaments won: 3

Overall win/loss record: 230-121

Overall win percentage: 65.5%

Conclusion

While it's hard to deny Marco's incredible 77% win percentage and 11 tournament victories, let's consider some things here.  In 2017, the tournaments that Peasounay played in were usually larger, which meant that he was not only dueling against some of the same foes that Marco did three years prior, but also many new, highly skilled ones that were hungry to enhance their renown.  Furthermore, the foes of yesteryear were now far more experienced than they were when Marco faced them, although I realize this particular argument can be scrutinized due to the fact that it would be almost impossible to measure the difference in player skill between years without input from the players themselves, so let's just stick to the numbers. 

The numbers tell us that Marco won almost every Master Tournament he played in and lost far less than he won.  No, in regard to success in these tournaments, Peasounay can't compete--nor can anyone for that matter.  However, the tournaments were twice the size in 2017 and the playerbase was larger as well, so Peasounay ended up playing far more games than Marco did.  Although Peasounay "only" won 64% of the time compared to Marco's prodigious 77% win percentage, this was to be expected given how much more competitive Pokemon Perfect had become.  Also, win percentage doesn't tell us that Peasounay also won two Master Tournaments in a row that were the same size as Marco's triumphs in Master Tournaments 7 and 8 (32-man), his Cerulean Cup victory, Indigo Cup victory, and World Championship victory--all of which were the most competitive they had ever been when Peasounay won them. 

As for Smogon, there's no contest.  Peasounay had one of the greatest performances in SPL history, won the Global Championship, and reached the semi finals of the RBY Cup. It is still the most dominant year any player has ever had in that organization when one considers how many games he had to endure.  To play over 100 highly competitive games, win 70% of them, win two of their most prestigious events (I count having the best record in SPL as a victory), and nearly win the other amounts to nothing less than extraordinary. 

Overall, Peasounay played roughly 350 games across all three organizations and won just shy of 66% of the time, which I consider the holy grail in regard to dominance (as I said in episode one).  To end the year with a winning percentage that high after playing 350 games AND with victories in the tier's most difficult events (World and Global Championships, Master Tournaments, Cerulean Cup, RBY Cup, etc), it's clear that the winner is........

Peasounay!

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