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You Win or You Die: Season 7, Episode 1: Dragonstone

With only a few episodes left remaining in the entire series, I think most of us were expecting a little more action in the Season 7 premiere. Even though we didn’t see any early deaths, there were still plenty of appearances to make things intriguing. Everyone is on the board after Episode 1, with reigning champion The Debt Payers in first place and scoring a maximum seven points for having his entire team appear in the premiere. Money For Nothing, Pod For Free is in second with five points, with most of the league tied at four and Many-Faced Team not far behind with three points.

The Scorecard is below with individual team scores after the jump.

Standings Week 1

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You Win or You Die: Season 7

It’s been over a year since Season 6 concluded, and, finally, Game of Thrones is back. I feel like most of us could not be more anticipatory of the new season after developing and playing Fantasy Thrones. It made each episode viewing even more nerve-wracking. I, too, almost walked out of a window after Tommen, who was on my team, Abominable Snow-Bran, just gave up on us. Debt Payers‘ insane come-from-behind victory was the stuff of legends. We didn’t give out an MVC award (Most Valuable Character), but I have to believe it would’ve gone to Cersei. So yes, we are extremely hyped to start Season 7 and keep this ridiculous game going.

This season, we decided to use a dynasty league format and allow teams to keep two players from their rosters from the previous season. Once everyone chose his or her keepers, the remaining characters were placed back in their respective groups, with a few new additions added to replace those who had died in Season 6.

The draft order was determined by the number of points scored last season. Many-Faced Team scored the least amount of points, so he got the first pick in the draft, going with the consensus number one pick, Lyanna Mormont. A standard snake draft resumed until all teams rostered one character from each of the seven groups. All available characters and their respective groups are shown in the tables below.

House Stark Team Targaryen House Lannister The Old Gods and the New
Grey Worm
The Mountain
Edmure Tully
Jaqen H’ghar
Night King
Aeron Greyjoy
The Hound
Friends Like These The Rebels Defenders of the Realm*
Randyll Tarly
Dickon Tarly
Tycho Nestoris
Robett Glover
Robin Arryn
Euron Greyjoy
Obara Sand
Ellaria Sand
Nymeria Sand
Tyene Sand
Jon Snow
Eddison Tollet
Sam Tarly
Ser Davos
Lyanna Mormont

Characters in italics are new additions for season seven. The characters in bold were kept on their respective teams from last season.
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2016 Tune Tourney Round 2: Chicago

While not quite as shocking as London’s first round, Chi-town had its own share of thrills.

Joey Purp absolutely destroyed DJ Rashad, winning 88% of the vote, setting up what might be one of the best matchups of the tournament against Chance the Rapper. This is going be a fun one.

One of the biggest shocks was the loss of ANOTHER one-seed! While the early loss of Wilco stings a bit, the idea of Wilco losing to green beans makes me giggle.

Who moves on to the Sweet Sixteen? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these eight matchups close on Friday, December 2 at noon.

Matchup 1: Edamame – “Tree Shadows” vs. Jim O’Rourke – “Half Life Crisis”

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2016 Tune Tourney Round 1: Chicago

The third region of the Tune Tournament is dedicated to the Windy City. Chicago has continued to maintain its reputation as a major hub for hip hop artists, with Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Joey Purp on the field this year among a host of others. Do they have what it takes to topple Chicago veterans such as Wilco, Jim O’Rourke or Andrew Bird? Only time will tell.

I’m a big fan of secret shows (I mean, who isn’t?), and earlier this year Chance the Rapper, arguably the biggest name in Chicago hip hop right now, played a last-minute gig at iconic venue The Metro. Just a block away from Wrigley Field in Lakeview, the show sold out almost instantly, selling tickets exclusively through the venue’s box office. Props to The Metro for nixing the online option, negating those pesky online transaction fees and cyber scalpers!

Who moves on to the round of 32? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these eight matchups close on Friday, November 25 at noon.

Matchup 1: Wilco – “If I Ever Was a Child” vs. Edamame – “Tree Shadows”

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past Turns 25 Today

In a parallel universe where video game cartridges (THAT ARE GOLD) are sentient beings, The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past is out renting a car from Hertz and going on a road trip with its underage friends Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, and Earthbound piling in the backseat.

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