Alright since we're down to the last 6, I guess I feel like now's the time to weigh in on the Joey Clutch vs. Evadur comparison...
Obviously the gameplay is insane for both of them and we're blessed that probably the last movie comp brought such good entries out of the woodwork (at least to me, I had no idea either of these entries was coming/would be so strong.) And like fuck, I've been agonizing over this choice for a month now.
Seeing as I watched them both twice yesterday and have now waited 24 hours to let the thoughts percolate, I do feel that Joey does have a slight edge on gameplay. Obviously Joey's is 8 minutes and Evadur's is 11, but I'm sure most people judge GP by quality rather than quantity. And maybe it's just the extra few clips that drag Evadur's average clip quality down, but the result is that I have trouble recalling specific moments. I felt like there were a few clips that I can't even call fillers, it's just that they weren't mindblowing. Pretty dumb that I'm trying to explain how a snipe pickup double body shot exterm or a precision all noscope triple isn't up to par, but that's what happens when two great montages that are more similar than different enter the same comp. Ofc that's a stupidly high standard to expect, but shit, this is round 4. Oh also it's dope that there are so many known names in both tages, I feel like that's about equal and especially important when evaluating MLG tages.
Just in terms of how memorable the gameplay is, I feel like Joey has the edge. He plays with so much swag that I can recall half a dozen clips and play them back in my head. For example the one guardian clip where he snipes a guy top mid and jumps off S3 looking for the exterm, then turns quickscopes the exterm top blue while he was one shot. Add the noscope on Snakebite & the construct clip where he picks up the snipe and quickscopes the triple at an insane angle. And then the heretic clip where he reflex throws a stick all the way across the map for the exterm, those moments are just magical. From the moment that the opening exterm turned into a cross map noscope tac, I knew that this should would be legendary, and sure enough here we are. And then of course my reaction to that closer was fucking crazy.
And obviously Evadur had some standout clips too, namely the all spawnkill pit exterm, backwhack trocity on that one forge map (foundry?) and that final mauler kill before the credits. Maybe the gameplay was as good and only the presentation/edit made me think it's second to Joey. idk man
To me at least Joey's GP gets the added charm of being all from OG H3 and as an editor that reminds me of the joyful feeling of being hit up by someone who has years' worth of gameplay saved up, and then like you check it and sure enough they're all bangers. There's no feeling like that. Joey M1 gives me that vibe, and maybe Fatal and some other editors on here can relate. There's just nothing like seeing someone go balls to the wall on a single video, and even cooler when Joey Clutch wasn't even someone I'd heard of. Seeing "MLG Team Slayer" in the corner of all those clips kinda adds some nostalgia that's hard to qualify. Not that it's Evadur's fault, and the clips are still sick, but having all old school Xbox 360 H3 feels 5x better than a mix of "Hardcore TS" or whatever the fuck 343 named MLG in MCC due to copyright or whatever. #F343
It's admirable that Evadur bit the bullet and just grinded out his masterpiece in 2 weeks despite unfortunate circumstances, but I feel like there are a few rough moments with cutting away too quickly (especially on a certain pit exterm if I recall correctly, my first time watching I was just like "Wait what? That was awesome, why cut away" And of course for doing a first edit Evadur did a great job, but it just doesn't feel as cohesive as Fatal's edit on JC naturally (as he spent much less time on it). And then of course the "feuled by fios" typo in the intro. Again, I'm nitpicking but at this stage we have to. Still an amazing tage and from not knowing of Evadur super well, I was certainly surprised when the gameplay was top tier after a silly typo like that.
All I have left to say is good work boys, you all deserved to get this far. All we can wonder now is if Fatal also did Evadur's tage, which would be better? ;)
If I have time before voting closes I'll have to make the case for Hyena vs. Hyena, but that's a whole different animal.