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This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Seattle MarinersOverall: 78 Title track: 115 Ownership: 85 Coaching: 88 Players: 95 Fan relations: 73 Affordability: 86 Stadium experience: 14 Bang for the buck: 65 Change from last year: +26Another year, another October without a postseason for Mariners fans. But at least 2016, under new general manager Jerry Dipoto and new manager Scott Servais, provided a winning season with real playoff possibility into the final weekend. Of course, it looks like the fans who bumped the Mariners up 26 spots in the standings this year have short memories: The past three times Seattle just missed the postseason, it completely collapsed the next year.Whats goodSafeco Field is still one of the best parks in the game (14th in stadium experience), with Lookout Landing in particular providing some of the most picturesque views in the game. While Seattles promotional schedule is great -- this year included a beard hat, BBQ tongs and a moose bank -- the best souvenirs at Safeco come from the likes of Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano (the roster combined for 223 home runs this season, third in MLB). This year, hitting coach and beloved former Mariner Edgar Martinez provided a boost to the offense and helped the Mariners go from an average of fewer than 3.4 runs per game when he took over midway through 2015 to nearly five runs per game this year.Whats badThe Mariners have the dubious honor of holding MLBs longest active postseason drought, currently at 15 seasons (which explains that title track ranking of 115th, second-worst in MLB). Although they came close to ending that frustrating streak this year, the challenge might not get any easier as their best players age. Cano and Cruz had great seasons in 2016, but they turn 34 and 36 years old, respectively, next season. 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Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. The Evolution Championship Series Super Smash Bros. for Wii U competition has come to a close, with 32 players competing today for a shot at their share of a $26,620 prize pool and the title of world champion. Despite the glory and bragging rights, Evo received pushback regarding their tournament organization, seating and scheduling.A new champion has been crowned: Elliot Ally Carroza-Oyarce. Ally made a run to the grand finals all the way from the winners side of the bracket, failing to lose a set to a single opponent. In his path, using his character of choice, Mario, he took down Japanese players Yuta Abadango Kawamura and Takuto Kamemushi Ono. In a rematch with Kamemushi in the grand finals, Ally won 3-1 against Yoshi and Mega Man.Additional premier matches included Gonzalo ZeRo Barrios taking down Larry Larry Lurr Holland, Ryuto Ranai Hayashi and James VoiD MMakekau-Tyson in the grand finals.ddddddddddddMeanwhile, other players, including Ally, ZeRo, Tyrell NAKAT Coleman?and Jason ANTi Bates, criticized Evo for several different reasons. The first was seeding, pitting top players against one another early on in the bracket. Additionally, prior to the Top 8, there was no projector to view the Smash for Wii U stream, causing hundreds to crowd around the streaming area. Finally, the event received backlash at its 8 a.m. scheduled time slot for the Top 32; pools did not conclude on Friday night until 1 a.m., leaving top players sleep deprived.Overall, Evo concluded as the biggest Smash for Wii U tournament to date, but not without a handful of complaints from prominent members of the community. 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