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The BattleZone Reboot Round 1 Match 10: Darth Malgus vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi

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The BattleZone Reboot Round 1 Match 10: Darth Malgus vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Selenial
07.16.2013 , 06:11 PM | #141
Quote: Originally Posted by Aurbere View Post
Considering that there are no objects (that I recall) in the arena, I'm fairly certain that Malgus' Maelstrom will look something akin to the Lightning Shield ability in TFU.

Pro-tip: Lightning Shield turns Dark Troopers and Walkers into tissue paper.
None in the Arena no, in the Corridors around it maybe, but Obi-Wan wouldn't allow himself to be trapped in there by accident, given the small space, and i doubt Malgus is the type to maneuver his foes into position.
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marcelo_sdk
07.16.2013 , 06:27 PM | #142
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First, the user would form a Force Bubble around their body, concealing and protecting them inside. Then, any loose objects/persons around the user would swirl around the bubble, through telekinesis. Finally, the user would devastate the objects by blasting them away, in a surge of Force Lightning.
That's Wokiee description about Force Maelstrom. As you can see, objects fly not as the objective of the technique, but as a consequence. They're far from neccessary for the success of a Force Maelstrom.
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07.16.2013 , 07:55 PM | #143
Quote: Originally Posted by Selenial View Post
None in the Arena no, in the Corridors around it maybe, but Obi-Wan wouldn't allow himself to be trapped in there by accident, given the small space, and i doubt Malgus is the type to maneuver his foes into position.
In every single duel in Deceived, Malgus either bullrushes his opponent, or hits them with a Force power of some sort and then bullrushes.

So no, he's not one to maneuver his foes into position.
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Aurbere
07.16.2013 , 07:56 PM | #144
Quote: Originally Posted by marcelo_sdk View Post
That's Wokiee description about Force Maelstrom. As you can see, objects fly not as the objective of the technique, but as a consequence. They're far from neccessary for the success of a Force Maelstrom.
Maybe not, but the objects make the Maelstrom much more effective.
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tunewalker
07.17.2013 , 01:30 AM | #145
Am I the only one feeling like most of this is still largely irrelevant.

Malgus is not so powerful that he will ROLF stomp Obi-wan no one is so powerful that they can just go lawls and win. Even Luke would have to keep his head while fighting Kenobi, if he went head first he could get beaten.

This said Malgus is in the same boat he focus's entirely on his opponent ignoring his surroundings completely. This does generally help him in the fact that he can force openings or spot opening in his opponent, but with obi-wan this will be much harder then when he fought any one else as none of the note worthy opponents he has faced are any where near the Soresu master that Obi-wan is. Obi-wan can take the fight where ever he choses and will have more then enough terrain to do so I believe. If he knocks Malgus out of a window it will still hurt malgus and obi-wan can still go any where he pleases. Obi-wan has shown a knack for hiding himself in the force and sneaking up on people. Also we have no idea how Malgus will respond to verbal taunts something Obi-wan is known for and Malgus has never faced, it could break the sith lords concentration, and thus that help that he normally gets from the single mindedness goes away. Honostly I think we are undercutting Kenobi's troll power and we are undercutting his defensive capabilities.

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Beniboybling
07.17.2013 , 07:14 AM | #146
Quote: Originally Posted by Aurbere View Post
In every single duel in Deceived, Malgus either bullrushes his opponent, or hits them with a Force power of some sort and then bullrushes.

So no, he's not one to maneuver his foes into position.
Lets not underestimate Malgus' tactical mind. He doesn't simply charge in guns blazing and hope his enemy just dies like Savage Opress. He is incredibly proficient in recognizing and exploiting weaknesses in his opponent and maneuvering his opponents into vulnerable positions. In particular he uses this twice against Ven Zallow. Most notable here. And also here when Malgus feigned being stunned which left Zallow open to the blow that killed him.

Really, I feel we are underestimating Malgus' lightsaber skills. His Djem So is incredibly effective, combining sheer force with an excellent, tight defense. And in addition to that he overcame the main weakness of Djem So - lack of mobility - Malgus is highly agile and acrobatic. Combine that with the fact that Malgus is incredibly tactically aware, and has the benefits of battle precognition and you have a warrior who is not going to be making any mistakes

He's not going to be falling out of any windows because he'd see a tactic like that coming and he's not going to be affected by any Dun Moch tactics which are far far more likely to cause the boomerang effect via Malgus' battle rage.

I see a Kenobi who is unable to fight back. Sure its feasible he could weather the storm through Soresu, but he can't win that way, Malgus is unlikely to leave any openings as as the battle progresses he is only going to get stronger, and Malgus will catch on to any attempts made by Kenobi to exploit his weaknesses.

Kenobi will be forced to attempt to penetrate Malgus' defense with Ataru, but if Malgus' performance against Zallow, Darach and Satele is any indication, that isn't going to work. Its only a matter of time before Malgus chains a Force-based attack into his assualt and then its game over for Kenobi.

P.S. We should also note that Kenobi is not one to chain Force pushes into his assault, and Malgus isn't going to give him any reprieve. So the chances that Kenobi's Force powers will come into the question are slim.

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07.17.2013 , 09:01 AM | #147
Beni, I think you are underestimating Obi-wan. His skill in Soresu is unprecedented, and highly advanced.
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Dooku was astounded by the simplicity and efficiency of his bladework, but also his bewildering speed and precision. Caught off-guard and forced to retreat in confusion, Dooku only succeeded in defeating Kenobi thanks to his superior mastery of the Force.
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In his final duel with Grievous, Kenobi provided one of the most pure demonstrations of Soresu. His blade's intricate pattern of blocks and parries moved just fast enough to subtly interfere with Grievous' multiple strikes, while his slight dodges and shifts of stance facilitated his simple evasion of the rest. As a frustrated Grievous ramped up the intensity of his assault, Kenobi countered by merely altering the angle of his parries, clipping off two of Grievous' mechanical wrists.
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...his Soresu mastery perfectly countered Vader's angry Form V. Kenobi simply deflected and blocked Darth Vader's relentless rain of blows, returning counter-blows himself to disrupt Vader's onslaught, all the while guiding the battle to a location of his choice, before finally dismembering the hapless and enraged Sith Lord when his defense lapsed.
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His mastery of the form perfectly countered Form V. When Vader (in ANH) duels him, he learned his lesson as well. He incorporated Ataru, Makashi, Juyo, and Shi-choo into his style. He also learned to use cautious, timed assaulted instead of giving into his rage and attacking.

I think you are also going a bit overkill on Malgus' Form V. Remember, for the majority, lightsaber combat and forms where improved upon through time. Malgus may be good, but he would not be as good as a master during this age. It is simply the way things are- the forms where improved upon throughout time, and Obi-wan has experience with the newer, better form.

Obi-wan also has one of the strong force pushes in this era.

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He later displayed his mastery of Force Push during his duel with Darth Vader on Mustafar, as neither of them were able to overpower the other while simultaneously using the ability. The two struggled against each other for a short time, and though Kenobi was clearly giving ground, they both ended up being hurled in opposite directions across the room they were in. The fact that Vader's connection to the Force was, at the time, stronger than any known Force user in history further exemplifies Kenobi's mastery of the technique.
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His force repertoire also included:
Force Crush
Force Absorption
Force Deflection
Animal Train/Friendship
Imitate Sounds
Dominate Mind
How to Become a Force Ghost

These could all be used to effect Malgus. Especially imitate sound. Kenobi is cunning and will likely run to set a trap. Imitate sound could be used to extreme effect in this scenario.

Don't underestimate "The Negotiator"!

P.S: Sorry for the long post, but I went all out pretty much. Also this was my grand entrance to the thread, so....
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marcelo_sdk
07.17.2013 , 09:52 AM | #148
Quote: Originally Posted by Canino View Post
Beni, I think you are underestimating Obi-wan. His skill in Soresu is unprecedented, and highly advanced.


His mastery of the form perfectly countered Form V. When Vader (in ANH) duels him, he learned his lesson as well. He incorporated Ataru, Makashi, Juyo, and Shi-choo into his style. He also learned to use cautious, timed assaulted instead of giving into his rage and attacking.

I think you are also going a bit overkill on Malgus' Form V. Remember, for the majority, lightsaber combat and forms where improved upon through time. Malgus may be good, but he would not be as good as a master during this age. It is simply the way things are- the forms where improved upon throughout time, and Obi-wan has experience with the newer, better form.



His force repertoire also included:
Force Crush
Force Absorption
Force Deflection
Animal Train/Friendship
Imitate Sounds
Dominate Mind
How to Become a Force Ghost

These could all be used to effect Malgus. Especially imitate sound. Kenobi is cunning and will likely run to set a trap. Imitate sound could be used to extreme effect in this scenario.

Don't underestimate "The Negotiator"!

P.S: Sorry for the long post, but I went all out pretty much. Also this was my grand entrance to the thread, so....
I"M HERE!
First of all, os far as I know, Malgus was a master of Shien and Makashi. It's likely he utilized Djem So, we can pretty much infere this by seeing his fights (especially against Ven Zallow). So, he'll not be limited to Djem So against Kenobi. On the contraire, if his offensive does not break the later's defense, he'll have the perfect answer to Kenobi's Soresu: Makashi.

And we can't just assume that duelists from the Golden Age are better, just cause they had more "time" to improve the forms. The only new Form that was designed during these years was Vaapad, which will not come into account this battle. The other forms were pretty much inaltered.

Some of the Force Powers you listed are pretty much irrelevant for this battle. And do you really think Imitate Sound will have this importance? Then I don't know why he never used it in a duel.

I still think that things will be decided with lightsaber. And I see Malgus dominating Kenobi, pretty much like Dooku did. He combined the agility of the former, plus the physical power.
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07.17.2013 , 09:55 AM | #149
I'd like to start by reinforcing the fact that it is highly unlikely that Kenobi will fall back on Force powers in his duel given the fact he has not shown any ability or favour for chaining Force-based attacks into his fighting sequence, nor will he be given the reprieve from Malgus' onslaught to perform such an attack.

Anyway regarding lightsaber forms, I fully recognize that Kenobi is an exceptional duelist. I simply see it however as only delaying the inevitable. Against a more unrefined duelist such as Grievous he would succeed in disarming him, but against a highly skilled duelist with 20 years of experience its unlikely to happen. He would only succeed in drawing the duel out, he'd have to fall back on Ataru if he wished to do any damage.

However your missing the vital point which is noted in one or your quotes: "Dooku only succeeded in defeating Kenobi thanks to his superior mastery of the Force." What defense does Kenobi have against a chained force attack? Nothing other than his personal Force barriers, which will do little to soften the raw power that Malgus can emit.

P.S. The only ability in that list you gave Canino that would be useful in this battle if Force ghost. At least Obi-Wan won't be completely dead after Malgus destroys them. Jk, jk.

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Aurbere
07.17.2013 , 09:57 AM | #150
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The other forms were pretty much inaltered.
It's pretty much stated in The Jedi Path that the Jedi were advancing their knowledge of the lightsaber forms.
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"Your only hope to survive is to give in to the rage boiling within you, to acknowledge the Dark Side you deny, and tap into it!"--Darth Tyranus