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[Updated April 20] 2020 Bracket Battle Preview

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[Updated April 20] 2020 Bracket Battle: Reviver Edition is LIVE! Click here for the rules of engagement or go directly to the battle here

[Updated April 13] 2020 Bracket Battle Preview

Seriously, it is already APRIL! The month that is part winter, part spring and all around great for one simple reason…

SOLARWINDS BRACKET BATTLE!!!

That’s right, folks… have zero fears because everyone’s favorite version of a March bracket-based competition will be back this year, and we have a genuinely amazing concept and set of match ups for y’all to ponder, debate, and decide.

I know that you guys are chomping at the bit to get started and so are we, but we are going to start our event a little later than usual this year. You see, the AMAZING THWACK team has been working like a bunch Oompa Loompas hopped up on pixie sticks to get the community migrated over to a new platform. It’s been a monumental task and overall it’s gone well. Please take a quick moment to give them a virtual pat on the back. It’s OK. I will wait…

Thanks for doing that… they really deserve it.

So, when will we launch the Bracket Battle? Well, we want to give THWACK’s new home a few more weeks to gel, work out some more of the kinks, and give the team a day or so to recoup before we embark.

To help you make it through until the big reveal… I am offering up 500 THWACK points to the first person to guess this year’s theme. WITHOUT HINTS.

So, stay tuned… we’ll be back shortly with all the details, decisions, and opportunities for bragging rights that the SolarWinds Bracket Battle is famous for.

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I am guessing „deadliest fantasy disease“ 😬

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I'm guessing Thwacksters v Thwacksters.  

 

Contenders READY.

Best (or worst!) things about working from home!

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Hey, this sounds awesome! How about something related to cloud computing?

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Something related to remote tools would be a good call. 🙂

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Social distancing activities.

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candy vs candy

 

 

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@whitebd  - For the Win.  

 

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challenges of working at home vs working at work

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For those of you who haven't participated in past years' Bracket Battles, here's some of the themes we've covered and might give you an inkling which direction we're going for this year... 🙂 

Sci-Fi

Gamer Edition

Villains

Oh Captain, My Captain

Sidekicks

Legends of Lore

Useless Superpowers

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COVID-19 vs. The IT PRO?

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Avengers

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pathogens

Phishing vs Fishing?

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Thwack's got a new Home and almost all of us are @ home

Is this years Bracket Battle based on Work from Home 

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Zombie subspecies?

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Bacon vs Spam  😉

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Something along the lines of companions to take on an adventure (or just keep you entertained in isolation), be they animal, vegetable (or I suppose mineral - this pet rock that keeps tigers away certainly is doing the business).

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Benefits of working from home

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@rob.collins 

Does my pet tapeworm count   😁

Not a great conversationalist and eats a lot but it is companionship.

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Plants vs Zombies...

 

Someone should make that into a game...

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Remote Zombies....

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The battle of the sweets!

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Superhero Headquaters and you work from home setups.

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Escape Room Earth

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I feel like this is one of those ploys to source ideas from the crowd. lol 🙂

 

So to help out, I like the idea of a Robots battle. Fiction or non. So many robots to do battle against each other. I will allow Transformers in this category, even though not true robotic AI.

first round play-in : Roomba vs. Delivery Drone

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@DanielleH  That kind of feels like you are trying to give hints... We are still looking for the winner. Some of you are close, but not quite there. 

 

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Remote access competition between corporate departments, Essential vs Non-Essential Employees??? Makes you wonder what that really means? Like maybe if I'm not "Essential" does that mean I won't be getting a paycheck on Friday??

Streaming Heroes!

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Quarantine supermarket necessities!

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technology vs. technology

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Generation X

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Avengers

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Chair yoga????

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Most valuable Pandemic Supply.

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Survival of the fittest Man vs Environment

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Viruses

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LEGO Masters

(After all the Lego references in the ELI5 challenge...)  

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Marvel vs. DC

WHEEL OF PLAGUES!

 

Or best Pandemic. Classic is really popular, but Pandemic Cthulu is pretty awesome.

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I'm going with Hero Hideouts vs. Villain Lairs

 

It goes with the work from "home" thing. 😒

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vendors

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work from home superpowers

Who will be the top MVP!!!   Bracket Battle for the ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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What you eat while working from home
Junk Food vs Healthy Food

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Superheroes

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VPN Superheroes

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Useless Work From Home SuperPowers

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I have it, it's going to be "what's the best format of punctuation?"  You know, a genuine battle of brackets!

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battle of the chocolate bars

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I am not a native of the Geek Kingdom, but I have been granted permanent legal resident status.  I find your culture intriguing and seek to study it closely so that I might help the rest of the world better understand your needs, motivations, and strange rituals. Somewhere in 1997, I discovered that I possess a pretty decent ability to take complex, technical "mumbo-jumbo" and explain it to anybody's grandmother.  Thus, a career was born.  And now, I run SolarWinds' corporate marketing and PR programs.  (So, if you are ever struck with a sudden and pressing need to declare your undying love of SolarWinds to a Network World reporter, feel free to call me.  I can make that dream happen.) I married a geek and am pretty sure that our two boys are already displaying the tell-tale signs of geek.  And while I have been known to kid about those with a professed love of technology...  it has changed my life for the better.  And no, Spock is not a superhero.