Breaking It Down: 2017 Award Winners

Real RhyDin walks away with the championship this year, beating last season’s winner Team Fist by a narrow 3 point margin while Deathcake’s Canaan Devillier ran the RRD gauntlet to earn himself the Kiowa Belt! Ten voters made their voices heard this year and the ballots have been counted, so now it’s time to take a look at our 2017 award winners by breaking it down!

 

Regular Season MVP

 

#6 Claire Gallows (Dirty) [3 points: One 2nd Place Vote, One Third Place Vote]

Team Dirty’s Captain holds down sixth place in this year’s voting, undoubtedly fueled by her 4-1 record and week one shutout. Unfortunately in any season with undefeated fighters having a loss on your record can be difficult for the voters to overlook.

#5 Salvador Delahada (Deathcake) [4 points: Four 3rd Place Votes]

For the second year in a row Sal’s in contention for MVP and finishes fifth place this time around after having fought all six weeks for his team in 2017. One voter for Sal commented, “Ranked number one for strength of schedule, which is important” which can’t be argued against considering the talent Sal had to wade through each week.

#4 Jewell Ravenlock (Real RhyDin) [6 points: Two 2nd Place Votes, Two 3rd Place Votes]

With an undefeated record and 3rd place finish on the leaderboard, Jewell comes in at fourth, undoubtedly hampered by the fact she only dueled three times this season while everyone else fought four or more bouts. A voter for Jewell stated, “By securing wins in lower bouts in the weeks she fought, Jewell contributed to Hope’s winning strategy”. It takes a group effort to win and Jewell played her part, even if it involved fighting in less prestigious matches and fewer bouts.

#3 KC (Chae Dynasty) [13 points: Three 1st Place Votes, One 2nd Place Vote, Two 3rd Place Votes]

Yet another ROTY contender up for MVP like last season, KC takes third on the back of an impressive year with an Iron Fist PSO, the most Iron Fist wins, and tied for the most overall wins. However the loss on KC’s record ruined what likely would’ve been a perfect MVP season, as evidenced by the first and second place finishers in this race who happened to be undefeated. One voter offered commentary for why they chose KC for first place stating, “KC’s 5 wins were much more valuable to Chae Dynasty and contributed significantly to their success in getting them to the playoffs, which can’t be said for half of the other contenders this year.” It’s difficult to argue that they wouldn’t have made it as far as they did without KC leading the charge each week.

#2 Jin Chae (Chae Dynasty) [16 points: One 1st Place Vote, Six 2nd Place Votes, One Third Place Vote]

JC held two advantages over her sibling in that she had an undefeated 4-0 record and a higher PDPB of 5.75. Those two elements combined garnered her the most individual votes in this year’s running, however she still managed to fall short by a mere two points. JC’s third place voter felt “JC was a strong leader for her team this year with an impressive record despite a weaker strength of schedule”. It can easily be said that KC & JC were both heavily responsible for Chae Dynasty’s run to the playoffs, but Jin’s superior PDPB and no losses were enough to put her ahead of KC and within striking distance of Tex.

#1 Tex Wellington (Warrior Force) [18 points: Six 1st Place Votes]

Six votes out of ten and all 1st place was enough for Tex to edge out JC by the slimmest margin in MVP history to date. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the #1 fighter on the leaderboard was also voted MVP, as Tex finished with a 5-0 record and 6.60 PDPB, including a perfect shut out. For most voters there was no question, as evidenced by a comment stating, “5-0, what more is there to say? An epic PSO plus four other solid wins, it’s hard to argue against that”. The voters have spoken! Congratulations to Tex, your 2017 Iron Fists League Regular Season Most Valuable Player!

 

Rookie Of The Year

 

#2 Tahlia Faras (Real RhyDin) [3 Votes]

Tahlia’s role on Real RhyDin was significant to that squad, as she notched two noteworthy Iron Fist wins against Darik Warchild and KC. However at the end of the day a 2-1 record just wasn’t enough to convince a majority of the voters she deserved Rookie of the Year.

#1 KC (Chae Dynasty) [7 Votes]

“Three wins more than the next closest contender. Who cares if his sole loss is to Tahlia, he still took on twice the fights and came out ahead for it”. In reality, this effectively sums up KC’s victory here, fighting twice as many bouts as Tahlia, winning three more, and having a superior PDPB. While the competition for MVP was fierce this year IFL wasn’t nearly as saturated with rookie talent as the previous season, putting any rookie with a good year at a huge advantage. Congratulations to KC, your 2017 Iron Fists League Rookie Of The Year!

 

Captain Of The Year

 

Matthew Algiers Simon (Team Fist)

A one season break was not kind to Team Fist’s roster as they lost over half their team, including Powerhouse Fang Hoi Mei & Heavyweight Lena Choi who did not compete in 2017, as well as veteran Middleweights Kheldar Drasinia & Gren Blockman, who jumped ship to join eventual winners Real RhyDin. Matt only managed to replace half of his dropouts by inviting Middleweight Blondie Eastwood and Flyweight Dean Reighland to join the squad, reaching the minimum requirement of 5 duelists to compete. Despite this roster, reduced not only in numbers but in talent as well, Team Fist managed to garner the most bout wins, least bout losses, most points for, and least points against. Matt’s team also scored 30+ points on three separate occasions this season, tying Chae Dynasty for the largest margin of victory by sweeping Dirty 34-12. To boot, all five brawlers in Matt’s group finished with positive records and positive PDPBs, a feat no other team in any of the previous seasons has achieved. Congratulations to Matt, your 2017 Iron Fists League Captain Of The Year!

 

Playoff MVP

 

Hope Naharis (Real RhyDin)

Prior to the 2017 season Hope held a less than stellar postseason record of 0-4. But as is the case with most championship runs she made great strides to turn the tables this year. In the first of two Push match performances in the playoffs Hope defeated Anubis Karos 5-3 in what turned out to be a complete rout of Great Of Strength, defeating them in the semi-finals by a score of 34-12. The finals against 2015 champions Team Fist managed to be a much more competitive endeavor and after the dust settled Real RhyDin walked away with a narrow 23-20 victory. With TMF taking both the tiebreaking Iron Fist bout as well as the Crutch and RRD winning the Push & Anchor it boiled down to not simply who won, but how much they won by. Hope’s decisive 5-1 victory over Blondie Eastwood, one of TMF’s best brawlers this season, in the Push match turned out to be exactly what they needed to seal the deal. Congratulations to Hope, your 2017 Iron Fists Playoff MVP!