“Everyone loves the Home Run Derby,” said one of the organizers. “It’s been a great success.”
Fans from all over Aincrad showed up, forming very long lines that stretched around the Coliseum to enter it even half an hour before the event started. There was a chance to win limited edition items and a special cape just by entering the Coliseum, and many fans just wished to see the players’ skills with their own eyes.
Many people were there because they had heard that Death Gun and Sinon would be participating in it too, even though the official line-up hadn’t been announced yet. That caused a particular spot at the entrance of the Coliseum—as well as many others around the city—to get swarmed with people whenever anyone new entered.
The number of players at the Coliseum was so high that it had to be opened up once again, even though its capacity was over three thousand. Several sessions were scheduled throughout the day to allow everyone a chance of seeing it live.
What is a Home Run Derby ?
Home Run Derby is a special event that takes place on some days. It consists of two players trying to hit as many targets with their one-handed swords as possible. However, the target is moving really quickly and players cannot attack it directly; they have to stun it first with normal attacks before making a final, fatal blow by hitting the target with their sword after it has stopped.
How to play Home Run Derby
To play, one must simply approach the board at the center of the Coliseum and tap on it to register. The next step is to choose which player they are cheering for by choosing their team’s flag—Team Solid Snake or Team Armored Core—from the menu that will pop up after tapping it. Finally, they can place their bet (in terms of Col) on the player they think will win.
Who played the Home Run Derby in 2016?
Sinon, Death Gun and the winner of this year’s championship did their best to please the fans. However, all eyes were on three players in particular—Kirito, Asuna and Heathcliff. The last two had betted all of their Col on Kirito winning, while Kibaou was rooting for Sinon. Both Asuna and Heathcliff were betting on their respective partners, even if none of the two wanted to admit it.
The number of people at the Coliseum was so high that it had to be opened up once again, even though its capacity was over three thousand. Several sessions were scheduled throughout the day to allow everyone a chance of seeing it live.
Who won the home run derby 2016?
The final result was announced after the three rounds were over. Kirito came first, Asuna second and Heathcliff third. Many of the fans’ bets were among those that had caused Sinon’s winnings to hit one million Col, so she split it between all three players equally as promised before the tournament.
Fun facts about past and present players of the game
More than three hundred players have participated in the Home Run Derby since it started in April 2016, yet only twelve of them were able to hit more than one million Col in winnings. Of these players, the top four are the following:
1) Kirito (MVP in 2016 and 2017) – 2 700 000 Col
2) Sinon (MVP in 2018) – 1 800 000 Col
3) Death Gun – 1 100 000 Col
4) Kibaou – 750 000 Col
The other players who have hit more than one million are Asuna, Heathcliff, Silver Crow, Yamikaze, Dyne and Klein. The funniest part of this is that both players from Project Alicization were on the list, but not Asuna. That was immediately used as a joke in YUNA’s concert later that day: “I’ve learnt so much from Kirito and Sinon all these years! Don’t ever forget to bet on me!”
It concludes that Kirito was the MVP of two years in a row, Sinon won last year, and Death Gun is good at this game. It also includes facts about past players and who won this year.
This conclusion is accurate to what was written, but it feels empty without details or analysis on why these people were so good. It is easy to understand but lacks depth of what makes these players “the best” in the game, so readers may think it is obvious and not interesting.