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  1. Rapture

    Just One Thing - MLG Columbus

    MLG Columbus was awesome. Yes, I'm sure (at least, I hope) most of you know this. Many of you went, but a huge majority were left at home to enjoy the streams. I honestly could have written a huge blog about my experiences at Columbus and how awesome it was and all the stuff you probably expect and have heard before. Seriously, I could have done it, but I didn't. I'm a bit lazy, sometimes. However, weeks later, I do want to comment on the event, because there's one thing I really do need to talk about, and it's not necessarily about the event, actually. I'm taking this time to write this mostly because I'm taking a break in between Starcraft 2 practice sessions and I need to update this blog here. But don't focus on the reason, focus on the content. I learned something really important from MLG Columbus, which is the first MLG event I've attended since Meadowlands 2008. There's a stark contrast between those two events, to the point where I was actually overwhelmed at first because I just didn't expect the kind of event I was walking into. It had a great vibe to it, almost more like an event (with booths and special side-events and all of that) rather than just a tournament. It had a very E3 vibe to it, and being such a fan of E3 after attending last year's expo, I fit right in. And, of course, I enjoyed all the competition. But what I really enjoyed was finally meeting a ton of vVv Gaming members, from community gamers and competitors to the boss LordJerith himself. And even in three days (and almost a day's worth of driving total), I came to find out how important communites are in competitive gaming and how awesome this one is. Columbus certainly reminded me of how much I actually like the community. Meeting my fellow staff members, and just community members in general, all of whom provided a very warm welcome to my antics and tallness, was really awesome. I had not met any vVv members before this event, aside from Gears and CoD players at NJ Halo and former vVv member (and now at Boss.tv) Freedom, so this was quite the experience. I think people seem to forget that there are actual people behind our usernames, and this just reassured it. The entire event was a highlight – from the couple of dinners we shared as a community (one being staff members only, mind you) to drinking together while listening to the life and times of Jerry (and telling us about RobZGod as if he was RobZGod or something) to chatting with Roar and Sugarbear about SC2 to meeting high-profile people and other awesome figures like SirScoots, TheAnswerKoF, and so many more. It was all one continuous awesome memory, so much so that I can't remember a dull moment. With that said, I'm more reassured than ever than communities in competitive gaming are, and excuse my language, so god damn fucking awesome. It's what keeps people playing games by giving gamers others to connect with and play with. We can all share ideas, thoughts, opinions, content, and so much more in such a familiar venue. And, most of all, it creates the ideal family, one that may not be perfect but is always there when you need it (provided you don't act like a complete jerk off). It almost amazes me that there aren't more organizations out there copying our model. More importantly, communities generate fans. Jerry said this on The Loser's Bracket once before, but I feel it's necessarily to bring it up again. As a community, we can all cheer together for our players, and that's a great feeling. We were loud and proud when our Mortal Kombat players were destroying the bracket, hell we even got loud for our new King of Fighters player Romance (who needs to brush up on his English ) and our new Halo: Reach team, vVv Ability. And, you know what else? That certainly makes our top players feel even better when they know they'll always have a crowd behind them cheering them on. We couldn't give enough love to Daisuki, RuFF, and Glon as they broke expectations and played amazingly in the Open Bracket. We even cheered on Spike as he tried to unsuccessfully Thor rush in one of his sets. No matter where our teams or players were, we were standing right behind them, being the loudest fans and the most numerous. Now, I have to say this with all honesty, but I'm so glad to be part of vVv Gaming. There have been numerous times I've considered possibly stepping down from any position I've been in or even leaving vVv altogether (all of which mostly fueled by teenage angst or something equally as stupid or irrelevant). And, in those occasions, I knew the decision was not the right one, I felt like vVv was my home and I didn't want to leave. Well, after this event, I can safely say that not only I made the best decision to continue to stay with vVv, but also that I'm extremely grateful to be part of this community. I may not be an admin putting in hard work to keep the community afloat, but I feel like I put my own spin on things and, so far, that's worked out for me (3 years as a vVv member coming this September!). I always feel welcomed and I love (most of xD) you guys to death. Without vVv, I wouldn't have had an awesome crew to roll with throughout the weekend, a family to stay with in the hotel, a community to cheer players on with. And by being in vVv, I got awesome wisdom from Jerry and the rest of the crew. And I had tons of people to talk to about how great spending the weekend with vVv was. So, as I said, I don't have a huge warstory on my time at Columbus (maybe when I start competing in SC2!), but I did have to say this. All of you, be glad you're here on the forums, vVv member or not. Because what you're a part of is something special, something that will develop you into an even more awesome person...or, at the very least, give you something great to be part of in your spare time. Whether you're a competitor, staff member, community member, or shoutbox troll, appreciate your time here. And I'm glad to spend that time here with all of you. Sugarbear, you're gonna have to pay me my $60 son!
  2.  -ZeRo- Brawl

    So... "I just won 20 Dollars" and....

    A few minutes ago, ItoxBlade (https://www.facebook.com/ItoxBlade) the best Brawl player in Venezuela challenged me to an Online Match for 20$ Dollars. I told him it would lag very badly and that I didn't wanted to do the money match (Because I was very tired. I didn't sleep and my hands were really cold). He INSISTED to play the MM "RIGHT NOW". I said "Ok I guess. Let's do it". I beat him 3-0. I beat his Snake (Smashville), Olimar (Final Destination) and Meta Knight (Battlefield) with my Meta Knight. I saved the replay for Game 3 against his Meta Knight. He called me a "Hacker" because "My attacks were stronger" and "I couldn't DI your hits". And he won't pay me a single cent. You were a really cool person and I didn't see something like this coming, I'm very dissapointed from you Itoxblade.
  3.  -ZeRo- Brawl

    My Apex Interview!

    Hello everyone! What's up? I've just been interviewed for Apex 2012, show some love and check it out! http://allisbrawl.co...st.aspx?id=1296 ¡Thanks for your time and have a nice day!
  4. ============================================== vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #9: The Hedgehog's Lair ============================================== Hello everyone! How's everyone doing? Well? That's great to hear! Well, today I am going to tell you everything that went down on my last LAN tournament in Chile (The Hedgehog's Lair)! Okay, so let's get started! ======================================================= September 9th, 2011, 9:00 AM - "I think I need more money for this" ======================================================= I bought my bus ticket for 1pm to get to Santiago at 6-6:30 PM. I ate my breakfast, went to the shower, and had my bag/equipment ready at 11 AM. I still had 2 hours to take my bus, however, I was short on cash for this tournament (I needed 20$ to move around Santiago, so at that moment, it was an "adventure) so my mom told to go with her to a gas station on the way to the bus station. She would do a "trick" to get those 20$. Basically, in the gas station, you can buy with a credit card. However, they don't have the machine/or something necessary to do that in the gas station, so, you have to pay what you're going to buy at a store next to the gas station. Then, that store gives you the money in cash to buy that at the gas station. So, my mom paid those 20$ with the credit card at that store, and received those 20$ but in cash. She gave me those 20$ for my trip <3 (Love you mom!). Okay, all set and ready! The trip from there was quite easy, just a Colectivo (0.7$) to the center of the city and then walk about 5 streets to get to the bus station. I said goodbye to my mom, and of course, a big THANKS. I love, love, love when you can travel in the bus with no one on the seat next to you. And, well, the bus was about to get moving, and no one was on the seat next to me! I was about to smile, when a guy said "Excuse me". Oh man, almost! I usually spend my trips listening to music (Random songs that I like, like One Your Name, Blow me Away, what I've done, or the soundtrack of the Ace Attorney series), playing Resident Evil/Ace Attorney, or well, sleeping, haha. I had some nice bread with Chicken for the trip and orange juice for my lunch (yay). For some reason, halfway through the trip I started to feel really, really bad. I had a "cold" fever, and my stomach was "about" to explode. That went for an hour or so, but after that, for some weird reason, I felt great. I got to Santiago at 6:10 PM. I had to visit my Aunt's office to pick up her camera (to take pictures at the tournament!). I had to stop at the center of Santiago, and walk in one of the most dangerous streets in Santiago, and, walking with my travel bag . However, nothing happened! I picked up the camera, and then I took the subway to Ivan-Solid's house (the tournament was going to be in his house. Well, technically, not his house. Ivan's house has a big backyard, and a house on the backyard. The house is currently empty, so Ivan used that for the tournament). I got to Ivan's house around 7:30 PM. After greeting him, we played Brawl for an hour or two. After playing a lot of All Is Brawl all I wanted was to have a LAN session of practice before the tournament, and that's exactly what I got! Ivan organized a little “Smash meeting” in the place where the tournament was going to be held tomorrow (the empty house on the backyard of Ivan’s House). The smash meeting consisted of: FBI, Cloud, Kalas and Rollo. We played A LOT. I won a 1$ dollar money match against Cloud, my Fox vs his R.O.B. I won 3-1! They also played a little “prank” on me. I had to go to the bathroom, so I leaved my controller next to the Wii. When I came back, no controller was there! I asked “Yo guys, where‘s my controller” “I don’t know” was the answer of everyone. After 10 minutes searching, I started to get annoyed. Ivan asked me to help with the dinner of that night, to which I agreed. After helping him, he showed me where my controller was. ON THE ROOM NEXT TO WHERE we were playing! Haha, so funny. I love how blind I am when searching for anything! Hahahahah! I went to the bed at 2 AM. =============================================== September 10th, 2011, 9:00 AM - "Tournament day, yay!" =============================================== We waked up at 9 AM to prepare everything for the tournament (tables, TV's, Wiis, etc.). Then, right after we were done (11 AM) the people started to arrive for the tournament. After paying the venue fee and the singles Brawl and Mid Tier Singles Brawl, I was ready to go! I warmed up for about half an hour with Snake (The best Falco in Chile) and PiPn (a good MK/Snake player). Right after this, Mid Tier Brawl singles started. ========================== Mid Tier Brawl Singles - Pools ========================== Mid-Tier Brawl Singles is a tournament in which you can only use Mid-Tier characters. In Smash, you have a "tier list” (based on tournament results of the USA, or your smash area) on that list you can know which characters are the "best" for a tournament. For this tournament I used Fox. I started to use Fox in Brawl like, 2 days before this tournament. I didn’t master the "bread and butter" combos of Fox properly, or some of his tricks. But for some reason, I was playing very well with the character and catching people off guard with a lot of MY tricks. I warmed up with Fox (and got some last-minute practice too) with Dragon, who used to main Sonic in 2010-Early 2011 before changing to Meta Knight. He wasn’t able to take a single game from my Fox with his Sonic, so he started to use his secondary character, Diddy Kong. But the result was the same; I didn’t lose a single game! This last-minute practice session was very good for me, if I could beat very easily the person who will probably place Top 2 at the tournament, it’s because I will probably win the tournament! Right after about 7-8 games, the referees started calling the players for their matches in the pools. ------------------------------- Pools Round 1 : Mira ------------------------------- Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Yoshi (Mira) Stage: Final Destination Video: N/A Summary of the match: For some reason the Tournament Organizer allowed Yoshi in the mid tier tournament. I didn’t knew how to play the Yoshi Match Up as Fox, so at the start of the match I just spamed lasers on the other side of the stage to make him approach. And then I would jump, shine, and D-Air over his head and then land on his back. Then I would follow that with an U-Tilt and combo from there. Or block/dodge his approach and then punish accordingly with a Grab/UP-Smash7D-Smash. That was my main strategy, and it worked very well. I won with solid 2 stocks lead (I can’t remember the %). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 2: ??? (I can’t remember his name. I’m sorry) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Pit (???) Stage: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I believe that Fox has the upper-hand in projectiles power in this match up. Fox’s lasers are faster than Pit’s arrows, and Fox can use his reflector to reflect back Pit’s arrow. So at the start, I just camped with lasers and reflected with the shine any incoming arrows. He had to approach, and that’s exactly the game I wanted to play: A hit and run one! I would make him to approach, and Pit has limited options approaching: He can roll behind you, run and then shield, do an aerial attack (which is very unsafe) dodge or do a random side-b. I would just dodge and grab/U-Tilt or shield grab his approaches, and then follow up from there. I got a good lead, and then I got an early kill with an Up-Smash. He started to fish really bad to get a killing move on me, so I was able to deal a really big chunk of damage because of his obvious actions. And then I got another Up-Smash kill. After that, he got a good a F-Smash attack to me, that I didn’t reacted on time, which killed my first stock. I then played the same strategy, which worked really well again. He couldn’t keep up with it, and I got some really good D-Air combos, and improvised aerial combos (F-Air to U-Air for example) and then I finished the game with a good running Up-Smash kill. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90% percent of damage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 3: ??? (I can’t remember his name. I’m sorry) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Wolf(???) Stage:Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: Like with Pit, I also believe that Fox has the upper-hand in the projectile side of the match up. I started the match shooting lasers from the ground because Wolf can’t run really fast, so he instantly got about 10% of damage. Right after that I jumped above him, D-Air, and then combo from there. My opponent wasn’t really experienced in the Fox match up, so I had a really easy time finding openings to do Fox combos, and finish off every stock from him. I don’t have too much to say in this match. I won with 2 stocks and 10-20% of damage, a solid win overall. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Round 4: Phantom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ https://fbcdn-sphoto...140045872_n.jpg Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Kirby (Phantom) Stage: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was really worried about this match, because I didn’t know how to play the Kirby Match Up! I also figured out that Kirby can crouch below Fox’s lasers! So I couldn’t shoot lasers this match, so I had to approach in order to win (and Kirby had a really good grab combo, so one mistake would mean a huge chunk of damage). My general strategy was to bait Phantom into doing a defensive reaction, like shielding, rolling or spot dodging, and then I would punish that with a D-Air to U-Tilt combo, or a simple Grab to D-Throw and following up from there. It worked great for the first stock, but Phantom adapted to that, and started being much more aggressive, and reacting before me. So I adapted to that, and started to predict and punish his reactions instead of just waiting for him to react first. We both played really well, and for that, we were tied for the whole game. My strategy to get the kill was really simple; I would not do anything, and stand still. Then I would wait for him to either attack me from the Air, or roll/dodge and then I would run or U-Smash him on reaction. Two things would happen, we would trade (which is what I wanted) or one of us would die, and most of the time, it would be him the person flying to the sky from Fox’s U-Smash! For this, I had a really good advantage anytime we were both at a high percent of damage. I managed to keep my overall game strategy solid through the first two stocks, but Phantom would quickly come back and tie up the game. Phantom got a really good combo string on my last stock, and then he kept me off the stage for a while, racking up about 100+% of damage just on that. I quickly got some of Fox’s D-Air to U-Tilt combos, and then I would predict his landing reaction (Attack, dodge or jump) and punish from there. I got him to 100% of damage while I was at 130%. He got with a D-Smash, and somehow, I did a really incredibly DI surviving the hit! I then, did a surprise Side-B to the top platform, and made my way to the ground again evading Phantom’s aerial attacks. Any Smash attack at this point of the game would mean the end of the game. I played really carefully, searching for any D-Air to U-Smash opportunity. Phantom was just crouching and waiting for me to react first. He made the fatal mistake of rolling away from me while he was close to me, I reacted to that and U-Smashed him for the win! After a good “Let’s GO!” I shaked Phantom’s hand for the good game we just played. I advanced trough pools with a 4-0 record! Beating Phantom in a close game felt really good, which made me feel much more comfortable with Fox. I was very excited to play in the bracket, I knew I could win! After pools, I had the time to eat my lunch, and watch some Melee Tournament matches. It was quite impressive to see Felipe_9535 (that’s his Gamertag) OWNING with Donkey Kong, who is not a really good character in the tournament side of Melee. Felipe took 3rd using Donkey Kong and Mr. Game & Watch (Another “bad” character for competitive Melee) which is a really impressive feat! After watching some sets, the bracket play started. ============================ Brawl: Mid-Tier Bracket play ============================ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bracket Round 1: Cloud ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Halberd Video: N/A Summary of the match: Cloud is a pretty good R.O.B. main from Santiago. I was going very confident in this match, because of the 1$ Money Match we played last night. I knew how to move around in the match up, but I knew that my inexperience with Fox could betray me at any moment, so I played safe at first, and didn’t went for anything crazy or fancy that could cost me the match. I started camping with lasers, and I just shined his Gyro/Lasers, so he had to approach. R.O.B. is not very good at approaching, so I just baited him into the air, and then I would do a Phantasm to the other side to keep shooting lasers. After a few times (and some occasional, F-Airs and D-Air combos), I got him pretty quickly to kill percent (100+ %). It was really easy to kill Cloud, I would bait him to approach me with lasers, and I would U-Smash his Dash Attack/Rolls/Spot Dodges, or Shield + U-Smash out of shield his N-Airs. I basically repeated the same strategy 3 times, and won game 1 with 2 stocks and 30-40%. For some weird reason, he counterpicked me to Halberd. This made everything much easier. Halberd has a lower ceiling, so that means, that anyone dies off the top much earlier (porcent wise). So instead of killing R.O.B. at 100+ %, I could kill him 10% earlier, at 90+ %, which was a very good advantage. I repeated almost the same strategy, but tweaked some things like more surprise aerial attacks, and better D-Throw follow ups. Cloud couldn’t adapt in the end, and fall behind pretty fast. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Winners Bracket Semi-Finals: Dragon ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Sonic (Dragon) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was also very confident going into this match, thanks to the friendlies before pools. Again, baiting my opponent with lasers at the start was a very good idea. The only “catch” in this match was that Sonic is the fastest character in the game, so he can travel from one edge of the stage, to the other in just a blink. This means, I couldn’t spam lasers too much. My strategy was to make him to approach thanks to Fox’s lasers, and punish Sonic’s Spin Dash trajectory with a B-Air, or Lasers depending of where he went. And then I would U-Smash Sonic’s Spin Dash to finish off his stocks, or punish a well-read roll/spot dodge/Blocked Aerial Attack with an Up-Smash. Dragon couldn’t adapt to my strategy in Smashville, and it was an easy game 1 win to me. I won with 2 stocks and 10-20%. I banned PictoChat because I didn’t want to deal with Sonic’s tricks on PictoChat. He counterpicked me to Yoshi’s Island. Now, I know that Sonic’s Spin Dash gets powered up with slopes like in Yoshi’s Island. And that Sonic’s like to stay at the edge of the stage charging a Spin Dash. I just stayed at the opposite edge of the stage and spammed lasers that would hit Sonic’s Spin Dash. He would have to approach, and it would be an easy punish/hit for me. That’s how this game went, pretty much. Dragon failed to adapt once again, and I won this game without much trouble. I won with 2 stocks and 60-70%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Winners Bracket Finals: Hb2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Peach (Hb2) Stage: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Jungle Japes Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was kind of worried in this match, because Hb2 could use his current main character in this tournament. While I had to use a character I didn’t had any experience with. I knew that Peach could combo Fox with Floating D-Airs really hard, so I would do a long jump over him, shined/jumped to mix up, and I would land with a D-Air over Peach’s head and combo from there. And I would make him to approach thanks to Fox’s Lasers. Hb2 started to dodge, and F-Air my D-Airs, and started to out camp me with well positioned Turnips. But I adapted to that, and changed my style to something more aggressive. I started to F-Air/B-Air Peach when she was floating, and that worked out really well to rack up damage (F-Air) and finish off stocks (B-Air). My main strategy to finish off Peach’s stocks was to bait him to float thanks to Fox’s lasers, and I would stand close to him and predict where he would land, or if he would F-Air to Up-Smash it immediately. I won game 1 with 1 stock and 30-40%. He counterpicked me to Jungle Japes. I felt really confident when he said that his Counterpick was going to be Jungle Japes. This is Jungle Japes: http://images.wikia....JungleJapes.jpg As you can see, there are two platforms who are a little bit elevated from the main platform in the middle. This means that I could run away thanks to Fox’s speed and Phantasm, and spam lasers to make him approach. And he would have to approach me in the Air if I camped in any of the platforms. And a Peach approaching from this position means easy Up-Smashes! While this stage sounded really well “in paper”, in the game, it was very different. Hb2 completely changed his style, and camped really well with Peach turnips, cancelled my Phantasms with Peach’s D-Air/N-Air, and combo from there, and he would do a low float to F-Air me really safely. I started to lose the match, but I quickly came back due to a nice string of attacks I got on his second stock which ended on a nice F-Smash to get him to his last stock. I was on my last stock, with 90% while Hb2 was with his last stock too, but with 0%. I played extremely careful, and camped really hard to rack up easy damage. I got him to 40% with just lasers and well-timed Phantasms. Then he got me with a F-Air that ALMOST killed me. I made my way back to the main platform, and blocked his obvious F-Air, and then I F-Aired Out of Shield to get him to the air. Then I U-Aired him, and then I spammed him with lasers when he was falling down (I didn’t wanted to get N-Aired, so I took the safe route and spammed lasers). After some “camping wars” he was at 115%, and I was at 160%. I jumped to him, and started doing full hops in front of him. He started to float away from me baiting me to do an Up-Smash to kill me with a F-Air. I “unexpectedly”, ran up to him, turned around, jumped, and B-Aired him in the face to win the game! He counterpicked me to Yoshi’s Island. Hb2, sadly, lost all momentum in game 2, so I won pretty easily in game 3. I won with 2 stocks and 80-90%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Grand Finals: Ivan-Solid ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Fox (vVv ZeRo) vs Sheik/Sonic (Ivan-Solid) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Smashville Game 3: PictoChat Video: N/A Summary of the match: I was very confident going into the grand finals. I beat Ivan’s Sonic very easily on the last night’s friendlies. However, he surprised me a lot. He went Sheik in game 1 and 2. Sheik is a very hard counter against Fox. Sheik can do some ridiculous combos (10-80%) with her EASIEST move to land; F-Tilt. So any F-Tilt basically means “almost” my stock. I played extremely safe and campy, and NEVER leaved the platform of Smashville. Making him to approach to me was my only option to win. He still got one deadly F-Tilt combo on me on my second stock, which dealt about 90% of damage. Besides of evading the F-Tilt combo, Ivan’s Sheik was really simple. For the kill, I would wait for him to jump, or corner him in the edge of the stage and punish his roll/spot dodge with an Up-Smash. I won with 1 stock and 10-20%. He counterpicked me to Smashville again (I banned Final Destination because there aren’t platforms where I can hide). But he made one change this time around. Instead of playing Sheik the whole time, he would change to Zelda (Sheik/Zelda “share the same character” if you press Down-B you can change between characters) to finish off my stock. This match was really easy, everytime he changed to Zelda; I would play really aggressive and deal A LOT of damage. And I used the same strategy in game 1 against his Sheik. I won with 2 stocks and 90-100%. He counterpicked me to PictoChat with Sonic, his main character. I played the same way like I did against Dragon, and it worked perfectly! I won quite easily with 2 stocks and 100-110%. Yay, I won Brawl Mid-Tier Singles! Immediately after Brawl Mid-Tier Singles Grand Finals I had to play in Brawl Singles pools (The pools started a little bit before Mid-Tier Grand Finals). =================== Brawl: Singles Pools =================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 1 -Mira ------------------------------------------------------------------------ https://fbcdn-sphoto...133846229_n.jpg Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Falco (Mira) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: I like to play the Falco match-up really safe with raising D-Airs, and well-timed tornados to shield poke Falco’s shield. Then, after I get 50+ Damage (Which means no Chain Grab) I change my style to a grounded one where I mix up Dash Attacks, Forward Rolls, and F/D-Tilts to get around Falco’s strong ground game. One grab means 50+ % of damage + follow ups, and Meta Knight can die starting from 100% by Falco’s Up-Smash. This means, one grab, more than half the damage Falco needs to kill Meta Knight. There isn’t much to say about this match, I played really well and won with 2 stocks and 30-40% of damage. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 2 - Zean ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Zean) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: Summary of the match: Zean’s Meta Knight surprised me a lot in this game. I have a hard time against his style of play in the Meta Knight ditto; he sometimes goes for weird or unsafe options that usually work great against me. But I kept my composure the entire game, and adapted accordingly. For more details, I invite you to watch the video above. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 3 - Aleman ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Zero Suit Samus (Aleman) Stages: Game 1: Battlefield Video: N/A Summary of the match: I have literally 0 experience against Zero Suit Samus. I have played a ZSS player only once in a tournament before this match (Chilean National Tournament, WBR2, Dual, I won 2-1). This gave me a lot of troubles in the match, as I’m not used to how to play ZSS at all. I know what the character can do, but I always get hit by things or options I am not expecting by my lack of experience in the match up. Aleman is a MvC3 player, who randomly plays Brawl from time to time. I didn’t played very well in this match, and Aleman capitalized every one of my mistakes really well. The match was pretty even most of the time, but at the last stock I started to get used to his style of play, where I got some great D-Throw reads, and Air Dodge reads to rack up a lot of damage, and build up my lead. I got him quickly to 120%, while I was just at 44%. I cornered him to the edge of Battlefield, where he made the mistake of rolling behind me, so I just D-Smashed to win the game! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 4 - Cloud ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: While Meta Knight has a great advantage over R.O.B. I just can’t play comfortable against R.O.B., I do well, but I can’t feel comfortable due to R.O.B.’s projectiles and “feel” of the character. Against R.O.B. I usually shield all of his projectiles, enter to his zone, and then punish from there. Meta Knight can use his speed to get around R.O.B. really easily, spot dodging, or rolling R.O.B’s attacks are great ways to “get in” also. I also like to pressure R.O.B’s shield with rising D-Airs, and then tornado ROB’s shield to “eat” the weak shield. The priority in the match-up is to get ROB in the air, or off the stage. I managed to get Cloud out off the stage in all 3 of his stocks. And all 3 of those times ended in a successful kill. ROB’s recovery is quite unique, because he literally “flies” and it can travel great distances, and attack like he normally would in the air. However, he can only fly for a set time, if he gets over that time limit, he would fall to his doom. I keep ROB off the stage with well-timed D-Airs over his head to get him away of the stage, and then if he recovers low, I would do a Shuttle Loop in reverse in the edge to hit him (He can’t air dodge). And if he recovers high, well timed Shuttle Loops, or U-Airs + D-Airs are more than enough to keep him off the stage. I won with 3 stocks and 140%. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Round 5 - Gacel ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *LOL at my face* Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Gacel) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Video: N/A Summary of the match: I don’t have too much to say about this match, but I have never seen or played Gacel at any tournament in Santiago, so he was probably a new player. I played really well the ditto, keeping the right distance, and blocking + punishing everything accordingly. My F/D-Tilt and spot dodge game was on point during this match! I won with 2 stocks and 20-30%. After pools I had the time to use the bathroom, and eat something before Bracket Play started. After eating, the referees were calling the players for their matches. My first round was against Hb2! ==================== Brawl: Singles Bracket ==================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Bracket Round 1 – Hb2 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Hb2) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Castle Siege Video: Summary of the match: Marth and Meta Knight are pretty even, but Meta Knight has the advantage on the off-stage game, and speed. Meta Knight’s tornado beats any aerial attack of Marth if the tornado is in front of Marth. So, my main strategy was to get Marth right above me with a tornado, roll + Grab/F-Tilt/UpB (which is Marth’s weak spot and Meta Knight’s best position) and then punish from there. For more details, check out the video! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Round 1 – Ivan-Solid ------------------------------------------------------------------------ *Not the best quality. Sorry for that!* Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Sonic (Ivan-Solid) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 1: Frigate Orpheon Video: Summary of the match: I don’t know what happened with Ivan in this match. The night before the tournament we were having some great and close matches. I think he was too nervous in this set. Well, my general strategy is to cancel any Spin Dash with a Tornado, Shield + Aerial attack or F-Tilt/D-Tilt and then punish from there. Sonic has a great aerial mobility, so keeping up with him in the air can be pretty difficult. Sonic’s main weakness is that he CAN’T kill. His only kill move is his F-Smash, and it’s extremely hard to hit with it. Sonic can do a lot of damage, and he can combo really well. But he can’t kill you. The key to win this matchup is to not get killed by Sonic. You can get combed here and there, but if you keep your stock, regardless if you get some damage for it, you’ll eventually win. For more details watch the video! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Semi Finals – Phantom ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Diddy Kong (Phantom) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 1: Castle Siege Video: Summary of the match: I like to play Phantom, he’s a really fun player and person. And I have to play my best to beat him, and I love doing my best! My general strategy against Diddy Kong is to NOT get hit by Diddy’s kill moves or set ups. Which means, bananas and F/D-Smash. Diddy Kong has a LOT of combos, and real setups to get easy kills or damage. His main weakness is his recovery, so getting him off the stage to get an easy stock was also one of my goals in the set. Diddy Kong may look like he has a weak shield, but in fact, his shield is much better, and can “eat” a lot of hits before breaking. I don’t like to spam tornado in this match up, it’s something Diddy Kong can easily punish. For more details, watch the video above! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Bracket: Winners’s Finals – Dragon ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Dragon) Stages: Game 1: Battlefield Game 2: Smashville Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: N/A Summary of the match: I played really well this set. I spaced, reacted, and played great. I spaced my Tilts, cancelled them to Grabs/Rolls/UpBs when necessary, spaced my F-Airs and U-Airs very well, and edgeguarded Dragon really smart. And I also got some great Shuttle Loop and Air Dodge mindgames! I 2 stocked him consistently the 3 games! ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Brawl Singles Pools: Grand Finals - Phantom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Diddy Kong (Phantom) Stages: Game 1: Smashville Game 2: Yoshi’s Island Game 3: Yoshi’s Island Video: *Only Game 3 was saved* Summary of the match: I won game 1 and 2 pretty easily. I 2 stocked him both games. Game 3 is the only video that was saved, for more information watch the video above! Also, read the comments for an explanation of the game. After shaking Phantom’s hand, the tournament was over. Yay, I won without dropping a single game! After the tournament, I helped Ivan clean up the whole place; re-organize consoles, TV’s, controllers, chairs, etc. Then after that, we ate a really good dinner. After that, I used the PC for a little moment to check out my Facebook, Twitter, and the vVv Gaming’s Forum, and of course, the SmashBrosLA forum as well. After that, I went to the bed immediately, I was really tired. ============================================================================== September 11th, 2011, 12 PM - "Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is a really cool game!” ============================================================================== We woke up at 12PM. I went to the bathroom, showered, and prepared my bags and stuff for my bus travel at 3:30 PM. Ivan jumped on the PC right away to make the Tournament Results thread in SmashBrosLa. And I didn’t really want to play Brawl alone, so I decided to check out Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles for the Nintendo Wii. And wow, it was a great game! Great graphics, story, gameplay, and sound effects! I enjoy a LOT On-Rail Shooters (Like House of The Dead) and I like a lot the Resident Evil series, so mixing up both things made a perfect game for me to enjoy! Ivan’s dad cooked the lunch for the whole family at 1:30 PM. After eating, I had to go to the Bus station to take my bus! After saying thanks to Ivan and his family, I parted ways. Ivan’s dad recommended me to take another route to the Bus station, which required me to walk around some streets I have never went to. It was risky, because I had an hour to get to the bus station. He told me to take a Transantiago (Local bus) to the metro station, and then from the metro station a connection to the center of the city which is where the bus station is at. I told him I can’t take the Transantiago because I forgot to fill money on my VIP card. So he recommended me to take a colectivo about 5 streets from there. I did that, and waited for about 5 minutes, and no colectivo showed up. I started to get worried, so I went for the safe route and took a Taxi to the nearest metro station and then made a connection from there to the center of the city (I prefer to spend 2-4 dollars in a Taxi, than risking to lose my bus. Even If I have the money to buy another bus ticket, I have the possibility that no bus is available for that day. And that’s a risk I would not like to play with!). After 30 minutes in the metro, I arrived to the metro station with 15 minutes to spare. I bought a watter bottle, and a cheese sandwich for the trip. I forgot to charge my Nintendo DS for the trip, so I knew that my trip was going to be boring, haha. It wasn’t that bad, and I arrived about 30 minutes before the expected time (Instead of 9PM, we arrived at Chillan at 8:30 PM). My dad picked me up from the bus station (Along with brother and sister). We ate at one of my Uncle’s house, and then he gave me a ride to my house. This was a really good tournament experience. After checking out some stuff in the PC, I went to the bed. I really wanted to take a good rest! Well, that was my experience from the Hedgehog’s Lair, thanks for reading! Below you will be able to check out all the information from the Hedgehog’s Lair, such as number of entrants, tournament brackets, forum links, etc. ======================= Tournament Information ====================== Number of entrants: 24 ------------- Brackets ------------- Mid-Tier Singles: http://i863.photobuc...93/MidBrawl.gif Singles Brawl: http://i863.photobuc...lid93/Brawl.gif Tournament thread: http://www.smashbros...hedgehogs-lair/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks for reading! Shoutouts to my family, my mom, my dad, Angelica, my friends Felipe, Jose and Mauricio! Shoutouts to vVv Gaming for their support! Make sure to follow me on Twitter to stay updated with everything that is Smash in Chile, and funny videos/pictures from time to time! Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/vVv__ZeRo Or you can like my page in Facebook to access *almost* to the same content (plus some cool extras!), but on Facebook! Facebook Page: https://www.facebook...118311108249601 Once again, thanks for reading! Best regards, Gonzalo “vVv ZeRo” Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #9: The Hedgehog's Lair
  5. Slauney

    A Different Approach for MLG

    Over the past couple of months, it has been pondering to me about this idea; no, more like a concept of a different approach MLG could take for some titles on their pro circuit. After many times of thinking about this and from it crossing my mind on numerous occasions, I thought it would be best to share it and get other peoples input, get reactions from fellow MLG followers, and gather information of how other people would think about it. Where Major League Gaming is right now, is where it should be; on the right path and doing something big for eSports. But wouldn't there be other ways to make progress for gaming? What would some people think of making something such as pool play at live events, larger? If that is thought about more and more, I would hope that people would start questioning themselves about where they want to see something that they want to grow so much, and want to do something about it. My idea, which has been on my mind so much lately, would be to have the top 16 teams for MLG, and make them solidified teams with team names that would never change, and start treating this as a real league instead of just one event, roster changes, next event, etc.. With these 16 teams, there could be a variation to a "fantasy draft" of every player who has ever acquired pro points for their respected game title, and get seeded one to how ever many who has gotten points at events, and who would be willing to be involved while being active for each event/league. Lets take an example; 16 teams, which would make 64 players, say we take an additional 2 players for each team to make full rosters, which would make 96 players. If this were to happen, this would make something like Free Agency become more organized and treated more professionally. Teams wouldn't be able to choose their roster, but only make trading to acquire players or Free Agents if another team had released a player before hand or put on something such as a trading block. You don't see the New York Yankees being able to choose their team going into the season, right? However there could be a problem with this as well; the money being put forward to start doing something like this, as well as the money to afford each player with each player being paid differently. To start out, have it as each player cant get more than a certain amount a year, and then slightly increase that every year until the money gets situated. This can be overcome, but to take it safe, only do things in small steps to achieve it. Each team would have a coach, a manager, hopefully many organizations could come apart with this, and much more people associated with it. As for open teams, they could stay the same. However, the only catch is that if you have won open bracket, you only win open bracket and receive pro points. They could still make rosters the way they want, but each player individually would receive pro points and automatically become Pro Free Agents if they want, of course. With that being said, people that are in the pro league would get pro points, but they would only be used for the Free Agency for ranking purposes. If a team wins a live event, or wins an online league would receive a bonus, and teams that perform well get to attend some sort of variation of a playoffs. So many things can come of this, especially with an online league next season, there can be a more effective qualifier for events. Obviously things like Starcraft and similar titles at live events would be an exception to this as it is a single player title, and each player would receive separate marketing rather than team marketing. This could be the next step to make things bigger and into a professional league, rather than just single events leading up to a final event. Not saying it is not professional already, just giving people a thought to what things could be in the near/mid future of competitive gaming. Don't you think it would be cool if this actually were to happen? Don't forget to follow me on twitter! http://www.twitter.com/#!/Slauney or @Slauney for vVv/eSports News and possible ideas for future blogs! Any questions/comments you have about this or anything else, feel free to comment here, tweet me, get my contact info from my vVv profile, or add me on skype and I will answer!
  6. ======================================= ~~~~~~~~> Tujo Paso Agosto iiiiesh! <~~~~~~~~ ======================================= Hello everyone! How it's going? I'm going to tell you everything about my most recent tournament in Valparaiso, Chile! After what happened at The Spirit of Smash, and the fact that I'm practicing A LOT for Apex 2012 I decided to drop any use of any other character. I'm going 100% Meta Knight from now on. Any practice I can get before Apex 2012 will be AWESOME, and my best character BY FAR is my Meta Knight, I feel like I'm "wasting" my time practicing or playing with other characters. So, let's get started with my 8th blog! ======================================= August 26th: Gonzalo, where's my phone? ======================================= I wasn't able to find someone to house me in Valparaiso for this tournament, so the plan was that I was going to stay with a very good friend of mine, Nekokatsu, who lives 1:30 from the tournament (Santiago). I had to take my bus at 1 PM. However, I didn't have a camera, so I asked one of my friends (K-Lao) to lend me his Mom' camera, his Mom accepted. I had to meet up with him at a local gamestore around 11 AM to pick up the camera. I had everything ready (Lunch -thanks mom-, my travel-bag, backpack, controller, vVv Gaming T-Shirt, etc) before leaving to pick up the camera. My mom and Benny were going to carry my travel-bag and equipment close to the bus station at 12 PM while I was going to pick up the camera. Everything went perfect. K-Lao decided to come with me to the Bus station. For some weird reason, we met up with my Dad on our way to the Bus Station so he gave us a ride just in the right moment! After we got there, my Dad gave me 10.000 pesos (20$ USD Dollars), wished me luck for my tournament and then left. While we were waiting for my Bus to arribe, my Mom started to search for her Phone: Gonzalo, where's my phone? We started to search EVERYWHERE for the Phone, but it wasn't in the Bus Station, or in any of our pockets! I had to leave, my Bus arrived just when we were looking for my Mom's phone. I get a call like 1 hour later from my Mom's phone! She found her phone on my Dad's trunk. The trip was "weird" this time for me. To my bad luck, the seat next to me was being used by a Mother and her 2 years old child. The kid screamed and jumped the WHOLE trip, and I couldn't do anything at all because I was sitting next to them! Awwww. Anyway, I had to *Deal with it*. I couldn't sleep because of this, but thankfully, playing Resident Evil on my DS kept me really entertained the whole trip, so it wasn't "that" bad, haha. I got to Santiago at 6PM. I had to take the Metro for about 20 minutes to get to Nekokatsu's house, which was GREAT. Usually, I have to take trips of 45-1 hour, and it's extremely annoying to travel in the Metro with my travel-bag and equipment, I feel sooooo weak . Anyway, I had to meet up with Nekokatsu at 6:30 PM at the metro station that's closest to his home. He came up with his Girlfriend, and from there, it's just a 5 minute walk to Nekokatsu's apartment, sweet! (I'm used to taking a bus, or even MORE Metro to get to anyone's house, short and sweet) We ate (I still had some leftovers from my Lunch) and then we played Brawl for some hours. After that, we decided to buy our bus tickets for tommorow (we still had to travel 1:30 to Valparaiso for the tournament, thankfully, the tournament venue is a few streets from the bus station). However, I didn't have enough money in my bank account, so Nekokatsu transfered some money to my account (So I could use my account, and take advantage of a nice discount). We had to leave Valparaiso on the same day, so we chose the Bus that was leaving at 11PM, to our surprise, that was the most expensive class on bus company (Premium Bed), HOWEVER, it was at the SAME price of the cheapest class! We bough it immediatly haha! However, I didn't have my "Password Card" for online purchases, so I called my mom to help me out. However, EVERY time I was about to purchase our bus tickets, the page would freeze! So I asked my mom to buy them for me since the page won't stop to freeze every single time over here! She was able to buy them (THANKS Mom) and we were ready to go tommorow! =========================================== August 27th: "Tricky advertising is sooo Tricky!" =========================================== We woke up at 8AM with Nekokatsu. We ate a great breakfast (I LOVE Milk), dressed up and then packed our stuff and equipment for the day (Controllers, money, vVv Gaming gear , etc ). We had to take the Metro for about 20 mintues to get to the bus station. We had to take our bus to Valparaiso at 10 AM and we got there at 9:30 AM (I try to ALWAYS be 30 Minutes AHEAD of the schedule on my tournament trips, you never know if something happens, but if it happens, I'm ready for it!). For some reason, the bus arrived at 9:40 AM, but cool anyway. We spent the trip talking about Doubles strategies, match ups. and then personal stuff. Before we even noticed, we were already in Valparaiso! Thankfully, the tournament venue is just a 5 a minute walk from the bus station. On our way to the tournament venue, there were some girls advertising a Restaurant, and it offered some AWESOME food at a VERY low price, and we were really hungry. However, we didn't have the time to Eat at that moment. We decided to register to the tournament before going for lunch. For some weird reason, I decided to sign up for Melee Singles (I used to be very good at Melee, but now, I'm really, really bad at it. I just don't play the game anymore, and Melee requires CONSTANT practice to be good at it). And then we asked the Tournament Organizer if we could go out for Lunch for about 40 minutes. He basically said the "Why not" Internet meme, haha! So, we went to the restaurant that was very close to the tournament venue (the restaurant that the girls were advertising) and to OUR surprise those prices were only "Week day" prices. SO WHY you're advertising that on a WEEKEND day? FAKE ADVERTISING IS FAKE! Anyway, we both ordered a "custom" sandwich with Meat, avocado and Quesillo (White Cheese). I still had my water bottle, so we didn't order anything to drink. After a great gunch and some awesome "TV Time" (we watched some Olimpic Sports, very cool) we went back to the tournament venue. After greeting everyone i warmed up with Kite and his friends for about 30 minutes. After that, pools started! ====== Pools: ====== ------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs LeandroHot ------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- -------------------------- Stage: Battlefield -------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (LeandroHot) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Video: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Leandro is a Snake main, but he decided to try his Meta Knight for this match. I got caught off guard at the start by some "weird" attacks by Leandro, but I quickly came back and "didn't look back". I kept a solid game, with Forward Rolls, Shield+Spotdodge to evade Meta Knight TIlts, and a lot of attacks out of shield. I won with 2 stocks and 60% of damage. ----------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Camilo ----------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- -------------------------- Stage: Lylat Cruise -------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Falco (Camilo) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Video: Soon! ------------------- -------------- Summary: -------------- Camilo was a new player to the tournament scene, however, he wasn't a new player to the game itself. He still has a lot to learn. He didn't camp nor abuse Lasers/Phantasm. He just played aggresively with Falco, something that's very unusual, and overall, a bad strategy most of the time. I played the match very well with well spaced D-Airs, Tornados, and a great Edgeguard game overall. I won with two stocks and 10%: ----------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Fabri ----------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- ------------------------- Stage: Lylat Cruise ------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Fox (Fabri) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------- Video: Soon! ----------------- ----------------- Summary: ----------------- Oh boy, Fox is one of the few match ups I don't like to play. And Fabri is also one of few players I don't like to play in a tournament set. He's very "Random" on everything. For example, if I'm on the ground shielding, instead of D-Airing my shield, rolling, spaming laser, or any attack that is safe, he just runs to my shield and does a Forward Smash. Yes, that random, and for some reason, it works a lot with me (I tend to over-think things sometimes, I'm working on fixing that). I camped really hard this game, and I NEVER approached if I didn't have a good reason to do so. "Planking" in action; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Planking is a Meta Knight strategy in which the player with the lead, most of the time the Meta Knight, grabs the edge of the stage, and starts doing attacks below the edge to hit the floor above him. As Meta Knight has a sword with trascendental priority his attacks go through walls or celings, making this strategy extremely powerful in tournament play. This tactic is used to make the opponent approach in a bad position, and rack up easy damage. There's, however, a limit of how many times you can grab the edge, if the game ends in a time out, and you exceeded that limit, you lose that game. That limit is most of the time, somewhere between 30 and 50 edge grabs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I slowly made a strong lead over Fabri, and he just fell apart and started to make bad desicions, like rushing to the ledge, or shielding too much. I kept my defensive game and didn't look back, I won with 2 stocks and 90/100%. ------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Kite ------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 1 ------------------------------------ -------------------------- Stage: Smashville -------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Kite) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------ Video: Soon! ------------------ -------------- Summary: -------------- Kite is a local Smash player from Valparaiso, and also one of the few players in Chile who use Marth in tournament play. Marth is a very good character (Top tier) but in Chile there are VERY few players who use him in Tournament Play. I played quite aggresive, and my goal in this match was to get Marth right above me, Marth's wrost angle and position is right above their opponents, especially because Meta Knight's best position is right below their opponents. I managed to get him in the air a lot, and rack up LOTS of damage because of it. Then I would edgeguard him for the kill. Also, another strategy I used to get im on the air was to stand up on the platform of Smashville, and wait for him to jump to hit me. I would drop below the platform and hit him with a Tornado or a F-Air/U-Air. And if he wanted to hit my shield, I would do a Shuttle Loop out of Shield to get him in the air. Both strategies worked wonderfully. Here's a picture of it in action: I got a great gimp (getting your opponent off the stage, and then messing up his/her recovery to the stage and killing him/her at a really low percent of damage. That's what a Gimp is.) on the 3rd stock to win the game. I won with 3 stocks and 140-150%. --------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs ZeroX --------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 1 ------------------------------------ ------------------------- Stage: Smashville ------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Pit (ZeroX) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- ZeroX was a new player to the tournament scene, but he has the SAME name of the best Wario player in Chile, haha. On his last stock, I got him below the stage with only 2 jumps left. I started to chase him below the stage and he started his Up B to reach the other side. Right there, I did a Drill Rush that hit his Up B, JUST, JUST in time, and with the very TIP of the drill rush to kill him (if you hit Pit when he's using his Up B, he will lose all momentum and fall to the ground, as we were below the stage, that meant the lose of his stock and the game). That felt so good . Besides from that, I don't have to say to much about this match, I 3 stocked him pretty easily. ----------- I advanced from pools with a record of 5-0. I had some time to go to the bathroom after pools ended, and then I went to eat something. After that, I played a lot of friendlies with LeandroHot, Garet, Kite (and his friends). After this, registrations for the "Crew Battles" started. ============ Crew Battles: ============ Two Team Captains were chosen (Garet and I) and we had to pick up 4 members for our respective teams. I chose, LeandroHot, Fabri, Dexia and other person I can't remember at the moment . Also, crew battles have a different format. Each team has a set number of stocks and members. Example, 3 stocks x 10 members = 30 stocks for team A. The game is played normally, but there are two exceptions: 1.- The winner of the game, faces the next opponent with the SAME stocks he had on game 1. Example, if player A wins with 1 stock over player B. Player A would face player C with 1 stock, and player C having 3 stocks. That's how Crew Battes work. 2.- There is no time limit, because the players HAVE to win by stocks. The first game was Fabri vs Garet. Garet destroyed Fabri. Then I chose Dexia, Garet destroyed Dexia too. So In the 3rd game, I chose to play. I 2 stocked Garet. Then I had to face Tujo, Chile's best Ice Climber. I won with 1 stock. And then I 3 stocked the next 3 players (I can't remember their names, but they were new players to the tournament scene) to win the Crew Battle. After the crew battles ended, the bracket started immediatly afterwards. My first round was against Dexia, a good friend of mine, and the best Meta Knight/Marth main in Valparaiso. ======== Bracket: ======== ---------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Dexia, Winners Round 1 ---------------------------------------------------- ------------ Picture: ------------ *LOL at Dexia using a Halo:Reach T-Shirt on a Brawl tournament* ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 3 ------------------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, Yoshi Island's game 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Marth (Dexia) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Videos: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Dexia doesn't like to play me with Meta Knight, so he went Marth in this set. I played the Marth match up in a very similar way here as I did in my Pools game with Kite. Making him to jump, platform tricks, get him off the stage, etc. I don't have to say to much about this set, I won pretty easily both games with 2 stocks and 30-40%. ------------------------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs Camilo, Winners Round 2 ------------------------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- -------------- Summary: -------------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 3 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, Battlefield game 2 ------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight game 1, R.O.B. game 2 (Camilo) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Camilo went Meta Knight on game 1. I played really well against his Meta Knight, and 2 stocked him in less than 2 minutes. Then, he counterpicked me to Battlefield with R.O.B. , where I started a little bit slow, took my time with each hit, and won the game with a solid lead of 2 stocks and 40%. ---------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Yasfer, Winners Finals ---------------------------------------------------- ---------- Picture: ---------- ---------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 5 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville game 1, PictoChat game 2, Smashville game 3 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Meta Knight (Fabri) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- -------------- Summary: -------------- Game 1 was really close, we traded hits back and forth until the last stock, where I got him into the air early on and racked up a lot of damage very quickly. After that, I edgeguarded him very well to win game 1. Game 2, he counterpicked me to PictoChat. The game was very similar to game 1. I got him into the air on his last stock, and racked up a lot of damage I was "saving" his habit to dodge after he F-Tilted my shield for the right moment, and this was the moment. After he F-Tilted me, I did a grounded Shuttle Loop to win game 2. He counterpicked me to Smashville once again. I played very well this game, and 2 stocked him pretty easily and quickly. I capitalized on every single one of his mistakes, and played a great edgeguard game. I won 3-0. ============================= vVv ZeRo vs Garet, Grand Finals ============================= ======== Pictures: ======== ====================== Set procedure: Best of 5 ====================== ============================================== Stage: Smashville game 1, and Battlefield game 2 & 3 =============================================== ========================================================================== Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Snake game 1 & 2 and Marth Game 3 (Garet) ========================================================================== ============= Videos: Soon! ============= ========= Summary: ========= Garet is the best Snake in Chile, and used to dominate every tournament in the 2008 era. Snake is my easiest and favorite match up as Meta Knight. Game 1 was amazing for me. Every time I got him into the air, he would get 100% of damage by my juggle game, or he would die because of my edgeguard game. I mixed my U-Airs, N-Airs, Tornado and grabs perfectly to rack up as many damage as I could, and not letting him touch the ground. I won with 2 stocks and 20%. Game 2, he counterpicked me to Battlefield. I played amazing again, and mixed up all my attacks correctly to get Snake into the air, and either rack a LOT of damage, or "erase" that stock. I won with a solid lead of 3 stocks and 120%. Game 3 he changed to Marth, but the history wasn't very different from game 1 & 2. Every time I got him in the air and above my Meta Knight he would get a lot of damage, or die because of it. I won with 2 stocks and 60%. Me after winning the tournament: After this, a "Joke" doubles tournament for free started. However, for some WEIRD reason, only 2 teams entered LOL. Nekokatsu and me, and Dexia-Garet. We won really easily with 2 stocks both games, to win 2-0. I don't have to much to say about this set, we played GREAT with Nekokatsu. That's all, haha! After this, we went to eat some Sandwiches with Dexia, Garet, Fabri, Jeos and two Melee players. After that, we went to Jeos' house for a bit (the tournament ended at 8PM, and Nekokatsu and me had to take our Bus at 11 PM, so we had 2 hours to eat and play Brawl), played a lot of Brawl and then we left at 10 PM. Thankfully, the bus station is a 10 minute walk from Jeos' house. Fabri came with us to the bus station, but then he had to left because his "Colectivo" or "Special Cab" to his house appeared just in time. We took our PREMIUM BED (and for ONLY 3.900 pesos, 8$ USD Dollars) class with Nekokatsu. We basically had two beds instead of seats, which made the trip VERY awesome. We spent the trip talking about personal stuff, and how the tournament experience was for us. We got to the Bus Station REALLY fast, at 12:30 PM we were already in Santiago. Which is awesome, considering the trip usually takes an hour and 30 minutes. Nekokatsu called his Dad and told him we were already in the bus station ( he was going to pick us up at 1AM, but we got there 30 minutes before). He picked us up, and wow, Nekokatsu's dad is a cool person. He tells you RIGHT away what he thinks about people. Well, he hates videogames, and he thinks we're crazy to even think that we can compete in videogames. BUT, his face changed right after I told him I'm sponsored by a company from US (vVv Gaming) and immediatly showed respect to gaming lol. I don't mind that, I'm used to people thinking that videogames aren't something you can compete on, or that is a waste of time. Nekokatsu's dad was a very cool person, I like the people who tell you what they think right off the bat instead of saying "Oh that's cool" and when you leave "What a joke". After we got to Nekokatsu's apartment, I "felt" I lost something. And in fact, I lost my phone! I was talking on the phone before Nekokatsu's dad picked us up at the bus station. So we were both sure that my phone was in the car of Nekokatsu's dad. And yeah, it was! After Nekokatsu's dad came back he gave me my phone back. I said to myself: "Yay, awesome". We were all really hungry (Nekokatsu, his girlfriend and me) so we decided to go out to eat something. They tried to convince me to eat at McDonals, but I HATE, I HATE, McDonals. Anyway, after agreeing (LOL) we ate at McDonals. And to my surprise, the food was really good. And the Juice, was actually Juice from a fruit! And not something that LOOKS like Juice, but doesn't TASTE as juice (which is normal in Mc Donals). After eating, we came back to Nekokatsu's Apartment. He challenged my Snake 3 times for 500 pesos (1$ USD Dollar) best of 3. And I won the 3 sets LOL. After that, we went to sleep, we were VERY tired. ===================================== August 21st: You never know everything! ===================================== I woke up at 11AM, ate a great breakfast with Nekokatsu, showered, and then packed up everything for my trip. After a BRO FIST (<4) with Nekokatsu, and saying THANKS for everything, I left. I had to take my bus at 1:30 PM. I got to the bus station at 1:20 PM. I bought a Sandwich and a water bottle for the trip. And then I went to my seat. To my surprise, every seat had TWO numbers, my seat was the number 36, but right above 36 was "38". After telling someone "Excuse me, that's my seat" and actually, being mistaken TWICE, I found my seat. Next to me, an adult of about 25 years old was REALLY busy reading a book. For some reason, he decided to talk with me for a while. We talked about LOTS of things, life, videogames (He plays Smash! Haha!) and even girls. Then, he decided to buy me something for lunch when the bus stopped, I said I had lunch and I could share it with him, but he wanted to buy me something anyway, so I agreed to it lol. After eating, he decided to share his book with me, a book called "Entrenamiento Mental" (Mental Training). A book that is about how confidence, practice, attitude, and the power that you have in your mind is the key of success. Dedication, practice, perseverance and mentality was the main point of the book. This is a topic that is EXTREMELY interesting to me, because my mom keeps telling me to keep pursuing my dreams until I accomplish them. I read about 5 chapters of the book on the bus, about 100 pages. We discussed about every chapter to share ideas and toughts. He was a Personal Trainer who is doing his Post-Grade in Fisic Education, and he lives in Valdivia. After some great talks about the point of life, dedication, and other interesting things, we arrived to Chillan. After a BROFIST (<4) and saying thanks for the lunch, and a GREAT time I left. i took two collectivos to get to my house (one to the center of the city, and other from the center to my house. I live in the East corner of the city). After finally getting to my house, I uploaded the pictures to the vVv Gaming gallery and Facebook and then I went to sleep. I was VERY tired. So, that's how I won "Tujo paso agosto iiiiesh!". Thanks for reading! ======================= Tournament information: ======================= ======== Bracket: ======== =================== Number of players: 20 =================== ======== Placings: ======== 1.- vVv ZeRo (Meta Knight) 2.- Garet (Snake and Marth) 3.- Yasfer (Pikachu, King DeDeDe and Marth) ================= Tournament thread: ================= http://www.smashbros...ent-resultados/ Link of the Picture Gallery: http://www.vvv-gamin...pirit-of-smash/ Shoutouts to my Mom for ALWAYS believing in me, and helping me with EVERYTHING! THANKS! <3 <3 <3 Shoutouts to my Sister! For you my Paloma! THANKS to vVv Gaming for their support! Make sure to follow me on Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/vvv__zero And like my page on Facebook:https://www.facebook...601?cropsuccess Thanks for reading and thanks for your time! Best regards, Gonzalo "vVv ZeRo" Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #8: Tujo paso Agosto iiiiesh!
  7. ======================================= -----------> The Spirit of Smash <----------- ======================================= Hello everyone! What's up! vVv ZeRo here, from Chile, South America! I'm going to tell you everything that happened at one of my most recent Brawl tournaments where I didn't used Meta Knight the whole tournament as always, but I used Snake/Ice Climbers mostly (90%) and some Falco! So, let's get started! =========================== August 19th: Travelling is fun! =========================== I was going to stay at my Aunt's house for this tournament (so I could borrow her camera to take pictures!) so I bought my bus ticket for 2:30 PM to get to Santiago at 7:30-8PM (after her work is over). I had the pleasure to wake up late (12), had a great breakfast with my mom and my Sister's Husband (he's staying at my house after what happened to my sister) then I got my bad ready for the Travel! The number one thing I pack on my bag is my vVv Gaming T-Shirt! I got to the bus station at 2pm, and everything went great. I took my bus with no problems. Listening to music and playing Nintendo DS (Ace Attorney/Resident Evil) makes the trip a really "easy" and fast one. Before I notice, we're arleady in Santiago! I had to take the subway for about 30 minutes, and then a Taxi to my Aun'ts house. My Aunt was so nice to let me use her Laptop! After watching tons of Brawl videos and getting some last-minute information, I was too tired to keep going for the night, so I took a shower, and then I went to sleep. ======================= August 20th: Tournament! ======================= I waked up at 9AM. Took a great breakfast, dressed up, prepared my bag for the day and then I maked sure that the camera my aunt borrowed me was working and was ready to take pictures! Everything was ready, my Aunt gave me a ride to the metro Station. I got to the metro station where most of the players were going to meet up at 12 PM. We waited for 30 minutes for more people to show up, and then we walked to the tournament venue (10 minute walk). The tournament was being held at a very cool convention center at the side of a HUGE apartment. We had a very cool view: I signed up, and then I did some "warm up" matches with my Snake for about 30 minutes with Yasfer's Pikachu, and Dragon's Meta Knight/Diddy Kong. After this, pools were ready to go, and my first match was against "Rollo" a very good friend of mine who mains Toon Link. ====== Pools: ====== -------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Rollo -------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- -------------------------- Stage: Smashville -------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Characters: Snake (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Rollo) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------- Video: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- This match was very, very slow. We both camped really hard with proyectiles to get openings to approach. This match lasted about 7 minutes, and we were both on our last stock and with 150% of damage. He rolled behind me, and I got him with the back-Hitbox of Snake's U-Tilt, which killed him. --------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Cloud --------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- ------------------------- Stage: Smashville ------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Snake (vVv ZeRo) vs R.O.B. (Cloud) ------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------- Video: Soon! ----------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- I don't like to fight R.O.B. as Snake, especially if that R.O.B. likes to camp, so I played really aggresive and covered as many angles as I could with Snake's grenades. This match was really, really close, going back and forth. We traded hits, and hits, until the last stock, where I started to lose by a lot. At this point I told to my myself "Stop being SO obvious, STEP IT UP!" I began to make the slow comeback, until we were tied at 150%, last stock, last hit! I ran to him and he shielded; I waited for him to do something and he rolled behind me after 2 seconds, giving me the opportunity to kill him with Snake's U-Tilt to win the game! ------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs Felipe_9535 ------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 1 ----------------------------------- ------------------------- Stage: Smashville ------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Falco (vVv ZeRo) vs Snake (Felipe_9535) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------- Video: Soon! ----------------- ----------------- Summary: ----------------- I don't have to much to say about this match, Felipe is very new to the tournament scene so I 3stocked him really quickly, in about 1 minute ------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Ortiz ------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 1 ------------------------------------ ------------------------ Stage: Smashville ------------------------ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs LeandroHot (Meta Knight) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------ Video: Soon! ------------------ -------------- Summary: -------------- I don't have to say to much about this match too. This was Ortiz's first tournament, so he has a lot to learn. I 2 stocked him with Ice Climbers (JV3 Stock, 2 stocks and 0% of damage). I advanced pools with a record of 4-0. ======== Bracket: ======== Immediatly after Pools ended, the bracket started. My first opponent was PiPn, a Meta Knight/Snake user. --------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs PiPn, Winners Round 1 --------------------------------------------------- ------------ Picture: ------------ ------------------------------------ Set procedure: Best of 3 ------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------ Stage: Smashville 1st game and 2nd game. ------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Snake (vVv ZeRo) vs Snake (PiPn) ----------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Videos: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- For some weird reason, I'm pretty good at Snake dittos, even with my lack of experience with the character. I managed to 2 stock him both games. I played Aggro both games, I cut off as many angles as I could with Snake's grenades, did a wonderful job with Snake's D-Throw game (reading his reactions very well) and not letting him kill me by doing a great DI both games. ------------------------------------------------------ vVv ZeRo vs Yasfer, Winners Round 2 ------------------------------------------------------ ----------- Picture: ----------- -------------- Summary: -------------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 3 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville 1st game and 2nd game. ------------------------------------------------------------ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Ice Climbers (vVv ZeRo) vs Pikachu 1st game, and Peach 2nd game (Yasfer) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- I played extremely patient both games, powershielded most attacks and didn't approach if I didn't have to. I got 3 grabs (Ice Climbers have a really dangerous ChainGrab, so, one grab means the death of that stock) against his Pikachu on game 1, and 2 stocked him. He changed to Peach, I got the 3 grabs I needed to win the game in the same fashion as game 1 (being very patient). I won 2-0. ---------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Fabri, Winners Round 3 ---------------------------------------------------- ---------- Picture: ---------- ---------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 3 ----------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Battlefield 1st game, Rainbow Cruise 2nd game ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Ice Climbers 1st game, Snake 2nd game (vVv ZeRo) vs Fox 1st game, Meta Knight 2nd game (Fabri) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Videos: Soon! ------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- Fabri HATES, HATES Ice Climbers, so I knew I had a GREAT advantage by using them. After I got a grab as soon as the match started (Like 3-2-1 GO! *Grab*) he was extremely upset. He attacked my shield with a D-Air, I shielded and grabbed him again, immediatly afterwards he rage quited that game. He counterpicked me to Rainbow Cruise, I changed to Snake because Ice Climbers are very, very bad on Rainbow Cruise. He changed to Meta Knight, a character that HE DOESN'T use. I 2 stocked him with 0-5% on Rainbow Cruise. I won 2-0. ----------------------------------------------------------- vVv ZeRo vs Hb2, Winners Bracket Finals ----------------------------------------------------------- ----------- Picture: ----------- ----------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 5 ----------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Smashville 1st game, Battlefield 2nd game, Frigate Orpheon 3rd game. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: Snake game 1, Ice Climbers game 2 and Snake game 3 (vVv ZeRo) vs Peach Game 1 and 3 and Olimar Game 2 (Hb2) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------- Videos: Soon! -------------------- ------------- Summary: ------------- I played really well with Snake on game 1, I played defensive most of the time, but I "Pushed up" every time when I had the chance to do it. I 2 stocked him. He changed to Olimar on Battlefield, so I changed to Ice Climbers. I got the 3 grabs I needed, thanks to my Desynched (The Ice Climbers are 2 characters. One of them is controlled by the CPU, and they both attack at the same time, but you can separate the Ice Climbers attacks as if they were two separated characters, that's called -Desynch-) Blizzards and spot-dodges. He switched to Peach and Counterpicked me to Frigate Orpheon, I went Snake and played in the same fashion as game 1. I 2stocked his Peach again, to win the set 3-0. =============================== vVv ZeRo vs Dragon, Grand Finals =============================== ---------- Picture: ---------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Set procedure: Best of 5. I have to win only one set in the best of 5 to win the tournament, because I'm coming from the Winners Bracket. Dragon has to win two sets in the best of 5 to win the tournament, because he's coming from the Losers Bracket. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stage: Battlefield game 1, Delfino Plaza game 2, Smashville game 3, Final Destination game 4, Yoshi's Island game 5. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Characters: ice Climbers on Game 1-2-4-5 and Snake on game 3 (vVv ZeRo) Meta Knight the whole set (Hb2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------- Videos: Soon! ------------------- -------------- Summary: -------------- Oh boy... Facing the 2nd best player of Chile was going to be tough, I knew it. Game 1 was really close, he camped extremely hard, and used only D-Airs and Tornados to attack me. I managed to keep the game close with my aerial game (U-Airs), Desynched Blizzards and Pivot Grabs. In the end, I managed to get a grab after he did an Up-B on the ground to win the 1st game. He counterpicked me to Delfino Plaza. I played really well, but my inexperience with Ice Climbers on this stage was too much in the end, Dragon won with 1 stock and 40%. I counterpicked him to Smashville with Snake. The game was really close until the middle, where he managed to keep me in the air for a long time to rack up lots of damage, and then killed that stock. He kept his advantage and won with 1 stock and 0%. Some people of the crowd were chanting "Without Meta Knight he can't win" in the middle of the set, and wrote this on a board: I counterpicked him to Final Destination with Ice Climbers. I played extremely patiently and had a "solid" aerial game and ground game, I won with 1 stock and around 10% of damage. He counterpicked me to Yoshi's Island. I played poorly on the ground and in the air this game, and he was able to punish me really hard for it, in the end he won pretty solidly. I didn't punish his Tornados, and dropped my Grab chances a lot. I played poorly overall, and that's why I lost. Here's the video, Game 5, 1st set: At this point, I changed to my main character, Meta Knight. I two stocked him the next 3 games with Meta Knight really quickly. I don't have too much to say about it, I played extremely well with Meta Knight, punished everything I could, camped when I had to, and pushed up when i had to, overall, solid gameplay. Here's the video of game 1, second set: I don't care too much about Trash Talking or people saying I'm bad, tournament results are all the "Trash Talking" I need, and it also "fuels me" to do better every tournament! So, that's how I won the Spirit of Smash Tournament! After the tournament, I took the metro with Zein (the winner of Melee) and Dimmu (a new player to the community) then I took a cab to my Aunt's house. I uploaded the pictures to the vVv Gaming gallery, facebook, and then I went to the bed, I was very tired. ===================== August 21th: Hoooome ===================== I slept like 2-3 hours, and I had to wake up at 8AM to take my bus at 10:25 AM. I ate a great breakfast with my Aunt, and then she gave me a "ride" for the metro station. After hugging her, and saying thanks for everything, I took the metro for about 40 minutes. I got to the bus station at 10:24 AM, JUST when my bus was just about to leave! I got there JUST in time, haha! The trip was really fast, I slept 2 hours, and then played on my DS the rest. Easy, haha! I got to Chillan at 3:30 PM, walked a few streets, and then took a "Colectivo" which is basically taking a "cheap" Taxi haha. I got to my house at 4PM. Got my much needed rest on my sweeeet bed, spent some time with my dog Maxi, played some Brawl (online tournament match, I'm in Winners 3rd Round now) and then I went to my computer to finish uploading the pictures from the tournament. After that, It was already late (11PM) I was really tired, so I went to the bed early. So, this was my experience from "The Spirit of Smash". Thanks for reading, and thanks for your time! ======================= Tournament information: ======================= ------------ Bracket: ------------ =================== Number of players: 18 =================== ======== Placings: ======== 1.- vVv ZeRo (Snake, Ice Climbers, Meta Knight, Falco) 2.- Dragon (Meta Knight, Diddy Kong) 3.- Hb2 (Olimar, Peach, Marth, Meta Knight) ================= Tournament thread: ================= http://www.smashbros...ent-resultados/ Link of the Picture Gallery: http://www.vvv-gamin...pirit-of-smash/ Thanks for reading, thanks for your time, and THANKS to vVv Gaming for their support! Best regards, Gonzalo "vVv ZeRo" Barrios.
  8. Hi everyone! How it's going? Yesterday was a stressful day for me, to say the least. I got knocked out to the Losers Bracket in Winners Finals after a "heartbreaking" 3-2 lost to Tales (Toon Link user). And then having to beat him twice in the best of 5 to win the tournament. Every game went to the last stock last hit, every single game! Well, let's start with the blog! ======================= <<<<<<Blog>>>>>> ======================= Note: I used 3 characters in this tournament, Falco, Ice Climbers and Meta Knight. I used Meta Knight in Game 4 & 5 Winners Finals, the whole set of Losers Bracket and then all the matches of the Grand Finals. ======================== July 14th, Thursday, 21:00 PM. ======================== (Insert *typewriter* sound here) I began warming up with Hb2 and Dragon 3 hours before the tournament, I hate having cold hands during a tournament set! (and Chile it's a really cold country). After the warm ups, I went to my Computer to check out if the tournament bracket was published, it was, so here's where the blog "really" begins, with the tournament start! --------------------------------------------------------------- Winners Bracket Round 1: Bye --------------------------------------------------------------- As I have the 1st place in the Online Power Ranking, I always get a bye in the first round, by rules (I don't like that rule to be honest, the more matches I play the better I can do for the next rounds). --------------------------------------------------------------- Winners Bracket Round 2: SnoW --------------------------------------------------------------- I chose Ice Climbers for this match thinking that he would go Sheik, but he chose Marth, a match up I'm not really used to. The 1st game was on Final Destination, I managed to get good grab combos every stock, and then got an AMAZING "nana" edgehog on the last stock. He jumped to kill me off the stage, he got me with an U-Air and I managed to get back to the stage, he tried to kill nana but he failed, nana grabed the ledge while he tried to up-B, and for some weird reason, Nana got the perfect frames for the edgehog! He counterpicked me to Rainbow Cruise, I chose Falco for that match and he stayed with Marth. This match went really close, trading hits back and forth, in the last stock, I got a grab combo at 0% and started to juggle him in the Air with aerial attacks, after that, I waited for him to attack dodge my attack, he Up-B'd me and almost killed me, I did the exact same thing after that, got him in the air, waited for his airdodge AND he's Up-B, he did that, and I got the U-Smash kill to win the game! --------------------------------------------------------------- Winners Bracket Semi Finals: Ivan-Solid --------------------------------------------------------------- Ivan is a very good friend of mine, however, playing against a friend doesn't mean an easy match! Instead, I try my 110% because, losing to a friend is worser than losing to someone you don't know lol. Anyway, the first game was Ice Climbers vs Sonic in Final Destination, I got some nice grab combos every stock, this match was pretty easy, and I won with 2 stocks and 60% in less than 4 minutes. He counterpicked me to Rainbow Cruise, I changed to Falco and he stayed with Sonic. The match was really, really close. We were both with our last stock and 120% at one point, he launched at me with his Side-B, I powershielded that and then jumped with a Backwards Aerial Attack to get the kill and win the set. --------------------------------------------------------------- Winners Bracket Finals: Tales --------------------------------------------------------------- Note: I went Falco in Games 1, 2 and 3. Tales is the best player in Concepcion, he's a really defensive and campy player (he mains Toon Link) The first match was in Smashville, Falco vs Toon Link. We were both with our last stock at 0%, I got a good grab combo to get him to 60%, then I camped with Lasers and Side-B's until he was at 110%. He started to camp me really hard, and then he got a back air combo with a bomb and bumerang, which got me to 70%. I did a lot of mistakes trying to kill him, which got me to 150% of damage, at that point, he got me with an aerial attack when I was coming back to the stage after he grabbed me, which killed me. I counterpicked him to Final Destinaton, this match was basically the same than the 1st one, we were both at our last stock and 110% of damage. I started to camp with lasers and side-b's to make him approach, I got him off the stage with a Grab, and then I hitted him with an aerial attack (B-Air) to win the game. He counterpicked me to Junge Japes, I was winning with a good lead (80%) until Henry, the crocodile killed me once at 60% the only time I landed at the water, and then the water killed me at 70% on my second stock. After that, he started to camp at the other side of the stage (left one) I made a mistake and rolled behind him, he Down-Smashed and got me into the water, which killed me immeadiatly. I counterpicked him to Brinstar with Meta Knight, I won this game extremely easy with 2 stocks and 40% in 3 minutes. He counterpicked me to Lylat Cruise, I stayed with Meta Knight and he stayed with Toon Link. He started to camp really hard, and I couldn't dodge the attacks because it was lagging really hard for some reason in this match (bad excuse, but it's true). We traded hits back and forth until the last stock. There was 1 minute left for the game to end by a time out, and he got a 40% lead. I played really carefully, but he then got a bomb combo with one of his aerials to kill me. It was a really dissapointing lost, but I learnt a lot from it. --------------------------------------------------------------- Losers' Bracket Finals: Dragon --------------------------------------------------------------- Note: We played Meta knight vs Meta Knight in Battlefield the entire set. I 2 stocked him with 20-60% really easy in game 1&2. In game 3 the game was really close, trading hits back and forth until the last stock. I played really aggresive in this stock, and got him to 110%. I was winning by a 70% lead, I got him off the stage with a grab, and then patiently waited for him in the ledge, he made a mistake (he tried to up-B me) in the ledge, so it was a free aerial attack, I attacked him with a N-Air (Neutral Air) to win the game and the set 3-0. ====================== <<< Grand Finals: Tales >>> ====================== I had to win two best of 5 sets in order to win the tournament, but, I was ready to win! ======== First Set: ======== -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 1 Stage: Smashville Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) This game was really close, I played aggresive but carefully at the same time, dodging his proyectiles and then attacking him. I won this game with 1 stock and 110%. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 2 Stage: PictoChat Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) This game extremely close, we were tied with % of damage trough the entire match! At the end, he managed to killed me with a bumerang combo + aerial attack (F-Air) to win the game. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 3 Stage: Rainbow Cruise Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) I played extremely campy and defensive this game. I won pretty easily with 2 stocks and 50%. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 4 Stage: Lylat Cruise Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) Another close game, trading hits back and forth and tied with the same % of the damage the entire match! At the end, I "readed" his next move (jump) got him in to the air with a grounded shuttle loop, waited for his airdodge, got him with an aerial attack, and the then waited for his other air dodge to get the D-Smash kill to win the first set 3-1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ========== Second Set: ========== -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 5 Stage: Smashville Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) This game was really close as the other games too (almost every game was really close), I won this game with 1 stock and 120%. I "readed" a jump from him, and I got the grounded shuttle loop kill. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 6 Stage: Final Destination Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) ANOTHER close game, we traded hits back and forth until the last stock, until the last stock. He got me to 120% with a lead of 70% ( he was with 50) I attacked him with well-spaced tornados, and grabs to get him to 110%, after that, I got him off the stage, I missed the edgeguard kill, he attacked me with an U-Tilt ("up" attack, on the ground) I shielded that, I knew he was going to do another U-Tilt, so I waited for that, and then I did a grounded shuttle loop from the ground to get him off the stage, he grabbed the edge, I waited patiently for him, he jumped and then air dodged behind me, I rolled and then D-Smashed him to get the kill and win the game! (I jumped from my seat after this game ). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 7 Stage: Green Greens Characters: Falco (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) I knew that he was going to camp me HARD on this stage, so I decided to go Falco for this match. The game went really close, until I got hitted by a bomb-block (stage hazard) at my last stock which knocked me out of the stage at a really bad angle (below the stage) Tales just grabbed the edge to prevent me from grabbing it, i didn't reach the stage nor the edge, so I died at 60%. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Game 8 Stage: Norfair Characters: Meta Knight (vVv ZeRo) vs Toon Link (Tales) I tried my BEST on this game, he camped extremely hard, so I "sharked" him (when you go below the platforms with Meta Knight and then attack the opponent from below with aerial attacks, most of the time, for the angle the opponent can't hit Meta Knight) a lot. I was winning by 1 stock until the lava killed me. After that, I did a "lava" combo (the stage has lava, so I got him to the lava, waited for him to be launched, attacked him again to launch him to the lava, and so on) to get him to 140% and get his 2nd stock "off" (or out). I played really patiently after this, and attacked ONLY in the right moments, I won with 2 stocks and 90% to win the second set 3-1 and the tournament! I said EXACTLY "this" and for the EXACT amount of time: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ================================ <<<<<Tournament Information>>>>> ================================ --------------------------------------------- Picture of the Tournament Bracket --------------------------------------------- ------------------- Forum Thread ------------------- Click here ------------- Placings ------------- =========== 1st: vVv ZeRo =========== ------------------- 2nd: Tales ------------------- -------------------- 3rd: Dragon -------------------- Well, that was my blog! I hope you enjoyed, if you find any tipo/grammar mistake please tell me! Have a good night/day, and thanks for reading! Best regards, Gonzalo "vVv ZeRo" Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #5: Online Tournament "Claramente el gol fue de Ponce Tournament"
  9. Hi everyone! Well, my thursday was a sweet one, so I'm going to my share my toughts and experiences with everyone here! This thursday, SmashBrosChile organized the usual online tournament per week, I won the tournament without dropping a single game, but, with one of my secondaries, Falco. I got a lot of messages of people telling me that without Meta Knight I wouldn't win tournaments and that kind of stuff, so I practiced a lot for this online tournament with Falco to show that I can win with other characters too. So, here's where the blog begins! Blog: *Note: I used Falco for the entire tournament, Meta Knight wasn't banned from the tournament, but I wanted to use another character. Also, the only stage I banned the whole tournament was Lylat Cruise. July 7th, Thursday, 8 PM. -------------------------------- Winners Bracket round 1: -------------------------------- I got a bye for first round (the top 3 players in the ranking get a bye for the first round). ----------------------------------------- Winners Bracket round 2: Raider ----------------------------------------- My "first" round was against a new member to the community, the first game was on Smashville, he played with Marth. I 3 stocked him with 140-150%. He counterpicked me to Smashville again but with Ike. I 2 stocked him with 10-20%. ---------------------------------------- Winners Bracket round 3: SnoW ---------------------------------------- The first game was on Final Destination, he played with Sheik. I won with 1 stock and 60-70%.He counterpicked me to Halberd, he stayed with Sheik. I 3 stocked him with 80-90%. ------------------------------------ Winners Semi Finals: Rajam ------------------------------------ The first game was on Final Destination, he played with Sheik. I won with 2 stocks and 50-60%. He counterpicked me to Frigate Orpheon with Mr. Game & Watch. I won with 1 stock and 90-100%. ------------------------- Winners Finals: FBI ------------------------- The first game was on Final Destination, he played with Lucario. I won with 1 stock and 70-80%. He counterpicked me to Battlefield, I won with 1 stock and 100-110%. He counterpicked me again, to battlefield. I won with 1 stock and 60-70%. ------------------------------- Grand Finals: FernHadez ------------------------------- The first game was on Smashville, he played with Mr. Game & Watch. I won with 1 stock and 60-70%. He counterpicked me to Rainbow Cruise, I won with 2 stocks and 70-80%. He counterpicked me again to Rainbow Cruise, I won with 3 stocks and 60%. I won the tournament without dropping a single game, and with one of my secondaries! Tournament information ====== Bracket: ====== =========== Forum Thread: =========== http://www.smashbros...6325#entry16325 Well, that was my 4th blog, if you find any typo/grammar mistakes feel free to tell me. Thanks for reading, and have a nice and wonderful day! Best regards, Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios. Source: vVv ZeRo's Tournament Blog #4: Online Tournament "Good Bye Meta Knight"
  10. Hi everyone! --------------- Blog: --------------- The tournament started yesterday at 8 PM. I warmed up on the AiB ladder (My record is 51-10) for about an hour to be ready for an online experience. Paul (Kirikou Rung) asked me to send him the Link so he could participate in the tournament, I agreed, and sent him the Link. He signed up for the tournament. After 15 minutes, the tournament started. ------------------- Bracket: ------------------- Winners Bracket Round 1: I got a bye for the first round ( by rules the top 3 get a bye for the first round) Winers Bracket Round 2: Zelink Zelink is a Marth main from Concepcion, a city that is really close to Chillan, my city. The first game was on Battlefield. This game was pretty fast, I played really aggresive with some nice and unexpected mix-ups. I 2 stocked him with 0-10%. I banned Smashville, and he Counterpicked me to Battlefield again. This game was really short (less than 2 minutes) I won with 3 stocks and 90-100%, Winners Semi-Finals: FernHades FernHades is a Lucas main from Vi
  11. Hello everyone! My weekend was a great one, and I would love to share my experience with all of you guys . Tujo Party 2 Blog: Friday, June 10th I waked up at 9 AM. I eated a really good breakfast (thanks mom ), taked a shower, and then, prepared my bag and equipment for the upcoming travel & tournament. I was ready to go at 10:55 AM. "Something" on the back of my head told me to check out my bus ticket, and to my surprise, I had to take a bus in 20 minutes! I didn't knew I was late! Also, the president of Chile, Sebastian Pi