Oh yeah, I'm doing this blog thing.
To be honest, I've been very busy lately, so I apologize for no recent entries, but I plan to fix that, starting with this one, discussing a recent victory of mine in Super Smash Bros Brawl, representing vVv and getting that prize money.
Today, one of my school's prominent clubs, "Key Club" held a Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament to raise money. This tournament, which had around 60 players, was offering only the 1st place finisher $100 for their victory. I wanted $100.
The tournament was very simple. 4 stock, 8 minutes. Every match was a single-match series; Win and you move on, lose and you go home. No best two out of three or nothing. However, that did change when there was only 8 players left. The quaterfinals and semifinals had best of 3 matches, while the championship match was first to three victories.
Every match was played on Battlefield, except for the championship match, which was on Final Destination. Don't worry about that.
So, this morning, I got up to get there for registration at 7am. I packed my lucky Gamecube controller, which has a purple top and see-through bottom, and set off for school with my mom.
After being dropped off, I made my was inside and signed in. From here, I'll describe the tournament, but only from the quarterfinals and on, since that's the only important stuff.
So, 8 players left. In the quarterfinals, I was put up against some random freshman. I knew him from seeing him at lunch everyday, but that's it. I never would have guessed that he was a Smash player. So, we got setup. I quickly made sure that I made the higher player selection, since nowhere in the rules did it specify which player a participant had to be.
Why is this important? Think of it like a little bit of host. The only difference is really makes is that when two players try to grab each other, the player with the higher player selection will usually get the grab. So, if I'm Player 1 and my opponent and I grab, I'll usually get it. It happens uncommonly, but it is always good to know.
The match was pretty straight forward. As I had all tournament, I picked Sheik for the first of potentially 3 rounds in the series, while he picked Mario. I almost laughed, but I kept it inside. He was dominated pretty easily, but was prone to roll-dodging out of my reach, which made the game a little longer. I 3-stocked (won with three lives left) him in the first round. In the second, I again picked Sheik, while he changed to Lucario. Lucario gave me a bit of trouble because he gets stronger as his damage count goes up, but I once again 3-stocked him. Advancing to the semifinals for me.
In the semis, I was placed against a friend of mine whom I have been playing Brawl with a lot recently. We were hoping we'd play each other in the finals, but this would have to do. We knew how each other played, but I hadn't played as Sheik against him as much as, say, Diddy Kong or R.O.B. This was new for him.
Round 1, I picked Sheik, while he picked Wolf. He was completely taken off guard by Sheik's speed and finesse. He still put up a good fight, using his pistol to edgeguard me pretty well, but I managed to pull away with two lives remaining.
In Round 2, he changed his game up by picking Sonic. To counter, I picked ROB and annoyed him the whole game with lasers and other items to throw at him. It wasn't the best choice against Sonic, since ROB is rather slow, but I kept myself focused and won, even if I only had one life remaining.
Finally, I was in the finals against the person I knew I'd be playing. This kid is the president of probably the oddest club in the school, the Imagination Club. I don't know exactly what they do in there, but I know this particular member is a huge Smash advocate. In fact, he ran a Smash Bros tournament last year, but it didn't work out so well. I knew he'd be here and I wanted to play him. The kid bugs me. He's snobby, annoying and rude most of the time. We had played once before and I had beaten him easily. This was a grudge match.
In the first of the best of 5 matches, I picked Metaknight. He picked Snake, but I stayed as Metaknight anyways, even though I knew MK isn't very good against Snake. It was a bad choice. The match was close, but it went to him. He started the series with a 1-0 lead.
Next game, I switched back to Sheik and dominated him. Snake was no match for my agile Sheik and I 3-stocked him to tie it up 1-1. Afterwards, I played as Sheik again, while he picked Pikachu. A close match, but I 2-stocked him to make it 2-1.
Frustrated, he wanted to make it interesting, picking Sheik at the same time I did. Sheik vs Sheik. Speed vs Speed. However, he didn't have as much control over her as he thought. I was able to dodge and counter his attacks and combos easier than I thought. While I did mess up trying to recover once, I finished with another victory, winning the series and the tournament.
So, today was good. I got to take part in a fun Smash Bros tournament, rep vVv at a LAN (I didn't have a shirt, but I made it clear that I was from vVv numerous times), and I won $100. I'm going to see if anyone took pictures for me to post, but if not, just know that I gave people the business.