Shakespeare World Cup 2018: The Final

IT'S OVER. 25 gamedays and 64 matches later, and we have a winner! 

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Yes, in the end it was a comfortable victory for Timon, who overcame his play's narrative of abject failure and mismanagement to put in a calm, composed, and professional performance throughout the tournament. Here's a recap of the Triumph of Timon:

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And so here's something I never thought I would say.... CONGRATULATIONS TIMON!

(We return to you your regular, non-sports-related Shakespeare comics on Thursday....)

Shakespeare World Cup 2018: The Semi-Finals

And now we know who will be playing each other in the Shakespeare World Cup final on Sunday! IT'S GONNA BE....

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By and large I've been OK with the dramatically-arbitrary, numerically-determined character assignments for each team, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to narratively justify Timon's cruise through this tournament. He's energetic, well-disciplined, and controlled, and will probably (PROBABLY) defeat the powerful sorcerer-duke Prospero. I'm kind of dreading having to figure out how to make that work... Even Act 1 rich-and-happy Timon can't rationally be expected to defeat an actual magician with elemental spirits at his command. 

Shakespeare World Cup 2018: Days 12-14

The Group Stages of the Shakespeare World Cup are officially wrapping up as we learn who will be progressing to the knockout stages and who are going home in defeat. Here's the first six group results:

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This has been an exceptionally dramatic tournament so far, with the major shock being the much-fancied Hamlet's surprise elimination after several dreadful performances in the group stages. Plagued with indecision and uncertainty, Hamlet's Shakespeare World Cup campaign ended with a whimper. 

What new surprises will the Shakespeare World Cup throw up? Check back on Tuesday as we make our way through the round-of-16 knockout stages!  

Shakespeare World Cup 2018: Days 8-11

There's been a whole lot of Shakespeare World Cup action over the last five days! Get caught up now:

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Starting with Day 12, we're into the last round of group games, in which we find out for certain who wins each group, who is the runner-up in each group, and who are eliminated. Groups A and B have already been resolved... but if you want to know the results, check back on Thursday! (Or check out my Twitter commentary...)