Here's a couple charts I threw together looking at each combiner's win %: http://i.imgur.com/2CPvXmh.png
Obviously it's tool in analyzing strength of each character is somewhat limited - because it depends on matchup. But I think there's a few interesting things to note.
The top four (Dev, Predaking, Bruticus, Superion) all got to face Micromaster combiners named Six(whatever). I don't really think there's any big difference in fandom among the MM guys to make a huge difference. Predaking actually did better than Devastator by a negligible amount (1 vote) but there's a decent drop-off to Bruticus and another drop-off to Superion, before jumping back up with Defensor over Construction Maximus. Maybe the MM guys are actually liked more than the Energon combiners? I think, though, that Superion might be one of the weaker of the top seeds.
Computron also did pretty badly in the first round, for an American G1 dude, only getting 57% of his vote while lower seeds like Abominus and Piranacon cleared 70%. This might be due to matchup, though (ROTF Devastator has some fans!). The next big dropoff, unsurprisingly, is at the end of the G1 dudes, as no one except Raiden cleared 60%.
Sure enough, the five lowest seeds who made it on to the next round all fell under 40%, except for Ruination. Is Ruination popular, or Liokaiser weak? I'm leaning towards the former (people seem to really dig his name) but it could also be that Liokaiser was overseeded.
The other 7 matches with at least one American G1 guy can be broken down into two groups - the G1 vs G1, and the G1 vs non-G1 matchups (okay, yes, Raiden is technically G1, I'm abbreviating here). Of the guys forced to cannibalize their own American G1 brothers, Devastator and Bruticus both hit 55%, while Predaking hit a whopping 68% over Piranacon. While Piranacon might be somewhat weak (lower than any Amer-G1 dude in the first round except Computron, who had to go up against ROTF Devastator), I think Predaking is just really strong and likely to win the whole thing.
For the guys who got to slaughter non-G1 dudes, Defensor and Menasor both hit 60%, Computron rebounded to hit 64% and Superion hit 66%. Superion is interesting since I supposed him weak above, but it may be more due to Magnaboss just being really weak opposition (Landfill and Raiden both had stronger profiles than he did).
What does all this mean? Looking at the matchups ahead, I'd say that Devastator/Defensor will be pretty close, Predaking should beat Bruticus by a comfortable margin, Menasor will likely edge Liokaiser (though I also sense there might be a push in popular opinion for Lio), and I think Computron can upset Superion.
(Also, I'm bored)
Edited by Magnusblitz, 24 March 2015 - 01:44 AM.