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Many groups have organized tournaments for Diddy Kong Racing. This article is about Tournament Go! 2012.

Tier ListEdit

Tournament Go! decided to create a tier list showing each character's potential in tournaments, similar to the Super Smash bros. series

CriticismEdit

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Tournament Go! tier list

While some people liked T.T., Drumstick and Banjo being the top 3, others criticized Tournament Go!'s tier list for being too top speed heavy. Most of these people commented that many novice players used Tiptup and Pipsy. This tier list did not favor those characters and only favored the game's fastest characters.

KrunchEdit

Many people criticized this tier list's placement of Krunch, which they felt to be too low. While some considered Krunch to be the worst character because of his horrible acceleration and turning, others thought that in high-level play, he could make use of powersliding and barrel rolling. Krunch can hold a powerslide for the longest, tied with Drumstick. When in a plane, he actually has the second-best barrel roll in the game, with the best being Conker. In competitive play, because there are no items, Krunch does not suffer extremely long hitstun when hit by an item.

Community Course PredictionsEdit

In Tornament Go! 2012, courses are divided into netural stage, counterpick and banned stage. Netural stages can be chosen for the first,third and fifth random selects. These courses can also be counterpicked. Counterpick courses are not in the random select but can be counterpicked. Banned courses are banned from the tournament

Netural CoursesEdit

Ancient lake

Fossil canyon

Frosty village

Whale bay

Treasure caves

Haunted woods

Counterpick CoursesEdit

Jungle Falls

Everfrost Peak

Crecent Island

Greenwood Village

Darkmoon Caverns

Banned CoursesEdit

Course Reason Banned for HC/Plane tournaments
Hot Top Volcano Alternate routes alow camping. First pedistsal allows stalling. Lava bounce is an advanage to Tiptup and Pipsy in hovercraft tournaments. Car can't be used.

Hovercraft:Yes

Plane:Yes

Snowball Vally Extremly thin bridge at the start of the course. Random snowballs at end of course. Not very many passing opertunities is an advantage to Tiptup and Pipsy.

Hovercraft:Yes

Plane:No

Pirate Lagoon Jumps are an advantage to lightwheights. Air passing is possible. Hovercraft:Yes
Windmill Planes Heavywhieghts can't make all turns. Overly large.

Hovercraft:Semi-banned

Plane:yes

Spacedust Ally Palm tree stalling. Random obstacles. Heavywheights can push lightwhights into lasers in plane tournaments.

Hovercraft:No

Plane:Yes

Spaceport Alpha Extremly campy in nature. Random lasers and obstacles. Tunnel gives advantage to characters with good aceleratiion(Car Hc) or good turning(Plane)

Hovercraft:Yes

Plane:Yes

Semi-Banned CoursesEdit

In the DKR tournament community,four courses are left up to the tournament organizer to decide wheather they are counterpick or banned.

Course Reason Counterpick or banned in TGo! 2012
Walrus Cove Boost loop gives advantage to characters with high top speed. Heavyweights can push lightweights into Bouncy ice at the end of course. Thin path at end of course gives advantage to Tiptup and Pipsy. Extremly thin paths surronding bouncy ice at the end of the course. Banjo,Krunch and Drumstick cannot make the downhill curve in the course without powersliding Banned because of many advantages to Banjo and Drumstick.
Crecent Island Thin path at the start of course. Heavyweights can knock Pipsy intio the water which is an almost certain lost. Krunch cannot make turn inside the pirate ship. (Banjo can just barely make the turn) Krunch cannot make final turn of the course. Second way around sculpture at end of course is only accesible by Pipsy,Tiptup and Conker. Counterpick
Greenwood Vilage

Well shortcut is much easyr with lightwieghts. Log is very campy. Banjo, Krunch and Drumstick must powerslide on the inside to make a turn. Lightweights get more air on bump section

Counterpick
Star City Many turns are an advantage to Tiptup and Pipsy.Tiptup and Pipsy are much eiser to green boost with. Banned

Semi Netural CourseEdit

One course in DKR is up to the tournament organizer to decide if it is netural or counterpick.

Course Reason Netural or counterpick in TGo! 2012
Whale Bay Whale shortcut cuts time in the water. Hovercraft only course. Netural

Other Tier Lists Edit

Hovercraft Tier List Edit

The following tier list was used for the Diddy Kong Racing hovercraft tournament at Tournament Go! 2012.

Changes Edit

Among the most drastic change between the car and hovercraft tier lists was the rise of Tiptup and Pipsy. While these two characters were considered bottom tier in car tournaments because of their poor top speed, they both became top 5 characters within the hovercraft metagame.

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This can be attributed to the importance of acceleration in hovercraft tournaments, since the A button mashing glitch cannot be used. As a result of this major difference from the car,previously dominant characters, such as Drumstick and Banjo fell to the bottom of the tier list. Bumper also received a significant increase, mostly due to his combination of medium weight and high acceleration being considered extremely effective in hovercraft tournaments. Finally, due to his effectiveness with the vehicle, Diddy Kong rose to fourth place on the tier list, due to the increased effectiveness of average stats in hovercraft tournaments and the removal of his poor ability to perform the acceleration glitch.

Plane Tier List Edit

As the competitive plane metagame is very different from the metagame of the car and the hovercraft, the tier list used for this event is also different

Changes from Car Tier List Edit

As Drumstick has achieved almost every WR in the plane category, he is currently placed first in the plane tier list. Due to increased importance in top speed during the item- less races seen in DKR tournaments, top speed is the most emphasized stat in the plane. For this reason, Drumstick,

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T.T, Banjo and Krunch are the top four characters, with Bumper, the next fastest character placing fifth. Although unintended by the developers, Diddy Kong Pipsy and tiptup actually share the same top speed in the plane, resulting in Tiptup and Diddy Kong being almost completely outclassed by Pipsy. Krunch's high rise on the tier list can be attributed to his surprisingly effective stats when placed in a plane, almost equivalent to those of T.T. While considered average in the car category, Conker and Timber are placed in the bottom tier in plane tournaments, as their balanced stats act as an impediment while others excel in a particular area.

Course Voting Results

After Diddy Kong Racing was revealed to be a game at tournament Go! 2012, the competitive community voted on the courses that should be considered neutral, counterpick and banned for each vehicle. Below are the results

Car Hovercraft Plane
Neutral Ancient Lake

Jungle Falls

Treasure Caves

Windmill planes

Ancient Lake

Jungle Falls

Everfrost Peak

Whale Bay

Windmill Planes

Greenwood Village

Ancient Lake

Fossil Canyon

Jungle Falls

Everfrost Peak

Windmill Planes

Counterpick Fossil canyon

Everfrost Peak

Frosty Village

Greenwood Village

Haunted Woods

Darkmoon Caverns

Snowball valley

Frosty Village

Hot Top Volcano

Treasure Caves

Haunted Woods

Walrus Cove

Frosty Village

Treasure Caves

Banned Walrus Cove

Snowball Valley

Crescent Island

Spacedust Alley

Star City

Spaceport Alpha

Fossil Canyon

Pirate Lagoon

Crescent Island

Boulder Canyon

Spacedust Alley

Darkmoon Caverns

Spaceport Alpha

Star City

Hot Top Volcano

Spacedust Alley

SpacePort Alpha

Star City

Results Edit

The following are the rankings for each character based upon the results of Tournament Go! 2012

Diddy0

Diddy Kong Overall Rank: 6/10 Best Vehicle: Hovercraft Best Placement: 3/45 (hovercraft)by wafercrisp

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Pipsy0

Pipsy Overall Rank: 7/10 Best Vehicle: hovercraft Best Placement: 10/45 (hovercraft) by Mr. Bursh

Tiptup2

Tiptip Overall Rank: 5/10 Best vehicle: hovercraft Best Placement: 2/45 (hovercraft) by turtledo

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