Originally Posted by oppyu
If you don't think these matches are competitive enough, you may not enjoy the next... well, almost the entire first round -_-. There's a reason these are going up four at a time.
Maybe next time, sort them into brackets: A PC bracket, a villain bracket, an NPC bracket for humans, and an NPC bracket for non-humans/gods/pets/etc. Whittle each bracket down to a top 4 or 8 and then merge the brackets and reshuffle.