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  1. I've been watching. I probably should tell you that I'm not writing this as the owner of vVv Gaming, or even as someone who works in the video game industry. I'm writing to you as someone who has had the pleasure of experiencing vVv Gaming as a community member. I want to share with you some of the things I've noticed, and I want to point to an observation about something. Let's call it, "something special." I was struggling with where to begin this. I was going to talk about the move to LA and starting at Riot. Those are just facts, though. The right place to start this is at the League of Legends' World Finals. I was sitting between Rob, Kevin and Jordan. Rob leaned over to me, and he showed me a Forbes article that had come out while we were at the world finals. I think it was right there that the journey that has been vVv Gaming culminated in a very special moment for me. Indulge me. I want to take you back in time. I want you to know something very important. Everything about the World Finals moment... I did not know that any of it was possible six months before. In six months, what was possible changed. In that moment, a 14-year-old, annoying, emo kid, who was at best a B+ Gears of War player had grown into a 19-year-old that accomplished a win for himself and vVv Gaming solely because of his passion for eSports and commitment to vVv. After that moment, I've been looking and watching what the people in vVv Gaming have been doing. There is something very special going on here. I'm not sure I can list everyone who has caught my attention. I certainly can't list every act of awesomeness I have observed over the past couple of months. What I can do is share with all of you some of my observations. Friends. I'm just amazed at how many of you are actually friends.Think about it. How many people in vVv Gaming make up a part of your daily life? Just for myself, Kevin, Nick, Rob, Greg, have all visited already. Nick is visiting again in December, Nathan is visiting in January; it's actually pretty amazing. In 2013, I'm going to make it a point to attend many more eSports events. I look forward to meeting more of you in person. Great gamers. Has anyone noticed that even some of the worst vVv Gamers are probably better than a vast majority of players out there? I've played with people in the gaming industry. I've played with people in the eSports industry. You should all know that you're better. If you think for a moment that the people in vVv Gaming are not skilled then I encourage you to actually get a group of your real life friends together and compare them to the people you play with daily in vVv. Personally, I choose vVv every time. eSports. I'm amazed at how much eSports continues to grow and change. 2013 will be a huge year. New games like Hawken arrive. Season 3 for League of Legends. SC2 Heart of the Swarm. And the eSports leagues will finally be coordinating and working together. Each of you are witnessing an industry emerge, driven on passion and a consistent commitment to excellence. Social. The way we socialize has changed. When we were primarily a console organization, everything relied on the vVv Gaming forum shoutbox. XBL limited us to 100 friends. Chat parties were limited. Now that we have a focus on PC gaming, we use Mumble to connect. I want you to think about this the next time you feel the shoutbox is empty. We don't need to type to communicate anymore. We can just hop on Mumble, have a short conversation and build stronger relationships. Finally I want to give a few shoutouts. Sontran. You have that "something special." You make people laugh. Your positive nature and energy are infectious. vVv Gaming is a better place because of people like you. Voided. Your consistent financial contributions to vVv Gaming are deeply appreciated. You demonstrate that vVv Gaming has real value to you, and you're willing to support our humble efforts. What you contribute is critical. From our servers to our Mumble server, your contributions help keep vVv Gaming running. I appreciate your consistent commitment Paradise. I can see you growing up. You're starting to leverage your experience in vVv Gaming to drive positive results and set yourself up for success. Your work is part of the DNA of vVv Gaming. There is not a day that goes by that I am not deeply thankful for your loyalty, commitment and efforts in making vVv Gaming better. Your potential as a leader in vVv Gaming is unlimited. What happens here in vVv Gaming matters. People are watching. Never forget, everything you do counts. Medusa. I miss you. I miss talking to you. I see your work everywhere. Your signs idea, although it may have seemed simple, has changed the way we interact at events. You have made vVv Gaming better. I can't believe that no one had the idea to make signs. Even if someone had the idea, you took the step that counts. You made them. You brought them to events, you raised them high for the world to see. I'm very proud of your work. Every time I get a chance to hop into a staff meeting, I hear the voice of someone who deeply cares about the quality of people in vVv Gaming. Thank you. Sugarbear. You remind me that vVv Gaming can have a positive influence on a wide variety of people. After the opportunity to come interview at Riot, your laser focus on vVv University is awesome. Much as I mentioned to Paradise, what you do with this really matters. There is a larger opportunity here than I think you know. You have quietly guided Starcraft 2, attended and contributed at events, and been a thoughtful, consistent, practical contributor to what we do. Every team needs a Sugarbear. vVv Gaming is so very fortunate to have one. SC2 Aspire. What Babytoss has started here with the help of Sugarbear and others, is very important. What you are trying to do is very hard. This is about the journey. Please remember that. The habits and skills you learn will carry throughout life. It matters what happens here. I don't need to tell you that. What you put into it, you will take out of it and more. I'm watching. Sometimes, when you only have two or three people on stream, one of them could very well be me. This is already too long. There never seems enough space or confidence in peoples' patience to write down everything. There are so many new faces in vVv Gaming. Website traffic is the highest it's been in the history of the organization. Under Jordan and Rob's leadership, vVv Gaming has continued to grow. I have tasked Jordan with grooming Rob to take over vVv Gaming at some point next year. I'm so excited at what Jordan has done with the organization, and realize that I should have been giving others a greater opportunity to lead. With Rob moving to LA, Jordan will personally be able to groom him. This also means there are many more staff opportunities for the greater community. I expect our current staff to grow in their responsibilities. We are grooming future leaders. Think about that. A tiny group of gamers in 2007 has grown into a global eSports brand that develops players, contributors and leaders. Your efforts as both individuals and a collective community make the lives of others better. Who gets to say that? There is something very special about vVv Gaming. I don't know what it is exactly. I know it has to do with the people. The people of vVv Gaming have created a very special culture. Being able to experience that culture instead of always having to shape and lead it has been so valuable. I look forward to growing old with all of you. I see myself gaming for the rest of my life. I imagine many of you do, as well. I hope that what we are building with vVv Gaming will not only serve all of us as we grow old and game together, but also serve as a special place for future generations of gamers. Some of your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, may very well one day wear the three V's. For many of us, we have gotten more out of vVv Gaming than we have contributed. This place is a force multiplier for success. Onward! Continue to do great things. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Never forget that the world is watching. You are all better collectively than you are individually. Take nothing here for granted. More importantly, this is yours. Own it. Most importantly, become stewards of it. Be stewards for future generations. There is "something special" here.
  2. Oh hello there! vVv Rinzler here bringing you another SteelSeries product review, this time covering the now official mouse of MLG, the SteelSeries Sensei MLG edition. The box tells no lies. In contrast with the RAW, the Steel Series MLG Sensei has brought back the original Sensei's on board LCD configuration and CPU, as well as upping the potential sensitivity to a completely ridiculous, but Steel Series approved 16400 DCPI. As you'll note, your popcorn shrimp of a mouse probably functions at around 1/3rd the speed of the the MLG Sensei. If that's not impressive then you should probably stick to chopsticks. If you're more of a "shiny peripherals" kind of person, the newest iteration of the Sensei has you covered. The LCD configuration menu acquired from the original Sensei can be found on the bottom rear of the mouse, which is able to hold custom bitmap images corresponding to your favorite eSports teams. Advertised as the "most customizable mouse in the world", the MLG approved mouse sports 16.8 million available colors and three separate areas of customization. These zones include the rear of the mouse, the scroll wheel in the middle, and CPI sensor in the center. If you're still not sold, I'm sure you'll enjoy the 32 bit ARM processor which happens to include an easy-to-use drag and drop interface for optimal customization. This feature will be available upon completed installation of your Sensei's driver. Did I mention that the Sensei and all of its features have been tested and abused by some of the biggest names in eSports, including DeMuslim and iNcontrol? On top of this revamping of internals, the MLG Sensei sports a solid body metal shell, weighing in at a solid 102 grams while keeping the trademark SteelSeries button layout and ambidextrous ergonomics. Still not satisfied, you say? How's this for super secret tech: while it's not mentioned in the official product description, it's very clear from personally using this product that it takes significantly less pressure in order to generate a successful click compared to the original Sensei or Sensei RAW. We have some sneaky beavers over at SteelSeries. Feel free to check out the link below for a full SteelSeries product listing and table of specifications for the newest addition to the SteelSeries family. As of now, this product is not yet on the market, but head on over to the aforementioned link, give Steel Series your email, and they'll notify you when your Sensei is ready to ship. Thanks for tuning in to this vVv product review, and as always, Entertain, Educate, and Dominate. Full SteelSeries MLG Sensei Product description
  3. I wanted to update the community on what can only be described as a historical event. It was amazing! Let’s get right to it. Fighting Games The interviews with CDjr, Reo, Romance and RTD tell their story better than I could. Please check out our YouTube Channel for their interviews. Keep in mind that CEO in Orlando and EVO in Vegas is upcoming, and our players will be practicing hard for the next events. They all represent vVv, their games and themselves like true professionals. I can promise you that fighting games are here to stay. League of Legends This is one of the most important games in the history of eSports. You should play this game. It’s free. Trust me. Learn this game. We have an AMAZING LoL community. In fact, vVv Ockiral was so impressive that he is now our new LoL manager. Our team learned a lot. From horrible issues with the Astro Mixamps game one (that first loss was not our teams fault) to learning how each played under pressure, this is what attending your first major LAN is all about. SteelSeries was very supportive in helping our team ensure their equipment worked, despite the issues with Astros. They will be replacing TriDream, and are looking forward to the LANcouver event in Vancouver. Did I mention you should play LoL? Seriously. Starcraft 2 I do not need to say much, as you all know this is the biggest game in town. We will focus on developing players. We will end WNS and focus on developing and promoting both Glon and Ruff. All players could have performed better! Guild Wars 2 Every MMO fan will be playing this. Get it. You have been warned. Pre-order now! And now, something for the casual members! The Secret World This is for those seeking CASUAL Fun. Like MMOs? Want something filled with puzzles, riddles and a blend of Alternate reality Game (ARG). This is worth looking into. DayZ, ARMA2 Zombie Mod Google these videoes! Seriously. Average life expectancy is 30 minutes. You can thank me later. Looking Forward It is clear now that our role in identifying and developing talent is even more important than ever before. We used this event to create more content to better promote our players. We also are going to make a few changes and all for the good, and all motivated by good things we learned. I will share with you some changes. We will be focusing on our talent factory, and launching development programs in SC2 and LoL Players in these programs will receive customized scorecards to benchmark their performance We also will develop eSports professional staff via intern program In order to be on vVv Staff (not intern), you must have attended a major LAN event or have professional promotional experience (street team or trade show). We have media and player checklists for events to ensure that everyone comes prepared We will no longer have staff dinners or meet and greet dinners to ensure we are all at the event during key matches. Drinking in my suite after all our players are done for the day is still encouraged for those over 21. We are going to focus on promoting certain players and their brands We are going to end WNS, as we will allocate those funds elsewhere For future events, Doom and I will be arriving on Friday, getting right to work, and leaving Sunday (for Raleigh and beyond). Staff should expect to do the same. Halo 4 and Gears: Judgment are both worth looking into. If Halo 4 gets a spectator mode, it has the highest potential of all games to come back to the circuit. The New GoW has a great new mode called Overrun that has a cool class system. Please reach out to vVv Radiation who went to E3 and has hands on experience with both games. I also want to thank Alex (vVv Radiation) for giving us a ride to LAX on our way home! Thank you! Staff Changes I want to thank NoControl, Medusa and Plattypus for their service. All of them did great work on staff. As I mentioned earlier, vVv Ockiral will take over the LoL Division (so no need for Plattypus or NoCOntrol). We just don’t need a D3 manager anymore nor do we need an event coordinator as we are not doing staff dinners or any meet and greets. Although Medusa did great work, we just don’t have a need for anyone in either role.
  4. 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!
  5. For those unfamiliar with the current discussion about the fighting game community, know that it started with an article that appeared on SRK (Shoryuken) written by Tom, the co-owner of the EVO event. He stated that the article was in response to a rant by Evil Genius’s COO SirScoots. Basically, this article explained that eSports leagues get it all wrong and don’t understand fighting games or the fighting game community. In short, if you want to “get it,” you have to partner with Tom because he understands all this and eSports leagues do not. Interested in both his “version” of history, and who he was as a person, we had Tom on Round 95 of the Loser’s Bracket. We asked him to explain his position of “I reject the idea that the only path to more money for players is through the traditional eSports model.” Listen for yourself. We had no issues with Tom. Of course, he does avoid a few questions and his answers are shaky at times. Let's just say there were some statements that others had a very different recollection, especially when he blames leagues for not having Capcom games when he knows that Capcom won't give them the license. Yea, I challenge him. Three days later, Trouble Brewing (Starcade) wrote this article about the show and the FGC. Clearly, Tom’s shakiness to answering questions meant that “eSports leagues do not seem to be able to relate to us on a very basic level, as demonstrated by many of the questions asked to Tom Cannon (inkblot).” I was tickled with the idea that asking questions was an "inability to relate at a very basic level." He ends this article with a call to inaction. He tells the fighting game community, “Don't buy those MLG sticks. Don't buy their T-Shirts. Don’t watch their streams. Don't attend their events. Despite what they say, they are not here to support us. They are here to profit from our hard work.” I want you to know that not one member of the EVO ownership outwardly condemned this article. Following that article on Monday, Dec 12, David aka UltraDavid, Evo caster and attorney, wrote this article. I was stunned, but I also smiled at the sheer brilliance of this article. David, like many lawyers, has great skill in rhetoric, and he flashed his prowess in the art of discourse in this piece. Although I would love to attack his article and explain how MLG is so different from NASL, or how he does not get Halo, GoW or CoD, I will instead address this gem later. Stay tuned, you might be surprised. Anyway, the following day we had Team Spooky on, and although I upset him when I said that Tom was looking to protect his piece of the pie (EVO), the show ended on a positive note. Of course, Spooky’s fans rallied to him “keeping it real” and Tom’s brother made a melodramatic post about how “extremely vitriolic” I was and how we were “extremely irresponsible” in how we handled the show. Again, here is Episode 96 . I will let you decide how we handled it. Please take special note when Spooky says, “Shove it up your ass” and how I handle that. On YouTube, his fans end it right there. I think what follows is even more important. Again, I leave this all to you to explore and decide. We’ll call it “convenient” that they leave out the rest of that discussion on YouTube. Now, it’s important to note that many top fighting players such as Justin Wong, Marn, WolfKrone, PR Balrog and Alex Valle have tweeted POSITIVE things about seeing leagues include fighting games. Other examples include... Latif, the second place finisher at Evo 2011 for Street Fighter IV, tweeted "i hope FGC give MLG a chance to see how everything would go!!" This was retweeted by top player Ricky Ortiz. Mark Julio (@MarkMan23 on Twitter) recently tweeted "While I know they don't represent the entire FGC. People on SRK forums that post about eSports this and FGC that are really dumb. lol," and this was then retweeted by multiple top players including Mike Ross and Juicebox Abel. Gootecks replied to MarkMan's tweet with "did we read the same post? lol," and then "140 chars just ain't enough. and I don't have time to write a 9000 word dissertation like @ultradavid." Additionally, Gootecks also retweeted "You all can keep arguing about what to call competitive gaming and who is in or out, I will keep doing my part to grow it. Deal?" which was originally tweeted by Sir Scoots. So, this brings us to the BIG question: If the IPL and MLG want fighting games, and the top players want to see their games in these leagues, why are those involved with EVO not enthusiastically supporting this? There are three answers to that question, one given By Tom, the EVO co-owner, one by respected community member Trouble Brewing and one by EVO caster and attorney UltraDavid. It is important to note that NONE of these articles addresses the Tweets made by Justin Wong, Marn, WolfKrone, PR Balrog and Alex Valle in SUPPORT of the leagues. Here is a simple reduction of their three positions. I will refer to them affectionately as the “Three Stooges.” Moe (Tom) says that eSports leagues do not get fighting and always gets it wrong. FGC is unique and leagues don’t get it. Larry (David) says the fighting game community is too different and too rowdy for leagues. FGC is unique. It has unique demographics and a unique culture. Curly (Trouble Brewing) says that leagues are trying to profit from the fighting game community’s hard work. They don’t get the uniqueness of the FGC. Don’t care about it. Let’s pause here for a minute. I want to point out the common theme of unique. FGC is just SOOOO unique. I want to remind to you all of something: Sorry, that just had to be said. Now, I do love the fact the Three Stooges are telling their own audience that they “are so special and no one understands you the way we do.” It’s really a great message. The politics is brilliant: eSports leagues are a bunch of corporate suits who just want to profit from you and don’t understand you. They would destroy our culture and ruin the fighting game community. Now, I am sure a bunch of Gears of War and Halo players are saying, “Huh? WTF? You’re not fucking good!” CoD players are like, “got ham?” Stracraft players are like “How BM!” and League of Legends players are like “Really?!” Anyone who has ever been to an MLG event before is like “WHAT THE FUCK are they talking about?” Trust me, I have no clue either. I don't wear ties. This brings me to that little gem of an article by David who wanted to give us a history lesson. Mind you, I am 41-years old. I was putting quarters in Space Invaders when I was 9 years old in 1979 when it was in our local store and 7-11. I played in arcades in Chicago starting in 1981. I played Street Fighter when I was 17. I returned coke bottles for deposits and aluminum cans to recyclers so I could get loose change to turn into quarters to play games. I saved lunch money during the week so I could get to the arcade. David sir, I can assure you, you have NO CLUE what arcade culture is about, you fucking poser. That’s right, you have no fucking clue. See, I don’t need the Three Stooges to tell me about arcade culture because I lived it. I rode my bike to the arcade in rain, Chicago winds and Chicago snow storms. After I got my driver's license and car, I spent way too much time and money at the downtown Aladdin's Castle. My parents hated it. So, you can take your history lesson and shove it up your ass you condescending prick. I mean this in my typical kind and loving way, of course. :-) However, I do think David is right. Surprised?! Don’t be. I agree. We do NOT want fighting games. He’s right. Read his article! Here are some important warnings to us. "You might have heard about us trying to get hype with side bets." He’s right. Do really want betting at our events? We saw what happened with Brawl. We value good sportsmanship and spirit of competition. We don’t let side bets influence our players performance. We act swiftly and harshly when it is revealed. “...our community is very deeply different in ways that make us less accepting of and less fitting for professional tournaments and corporate influence even as they’ve given us the ability to stay so cohesive for so long. We are very deeply ourselves, and not many of us want to see that go away.” Do we really want a community who believes that their “cohesiveness” comes at the price of being less accepting of and less fitting for professional tournaments and corporate influence? We are working so hard to build roads to bigger and better brand supports. We want our players to be household names. Can we afford to let the FGC fuck it up for us? “...the SC community selected for a more business friendly, professional-ready culture and individuals who are much more likely to know how to navigate the professional corporate world.” “Arcades weren’t for girls...” I know MLG events have plenty of women. Players, fans, wives, sisters, daughters. . . yup, we know how to treat ladies. Can we risk a misogynic culture affecting our women’s experience? “...this crappy negative feedback loop started, with young males getting used to being able to speak negatively about women, which put women off...” Do I really want my sister or Mother to be openly disrespected at an MLG event? “And as I said, our in person culture has not always been the most welcoming to women, so we’ve consistently missed out on a gigantic chunk of players.” Again, most players and fans enjoy meeting members of the sex they are attracted to, and we want them to feel comfortable. Can we risk having their “in person culture” make our wives, mothers, sisters and daughters feel unwelcomed? “The fighting game community is louder, more hype, and more insular. It also tends to be less wealthy, less educated, much more racially diverse, much less diverse in gender, and not quite as big.” Do we really want a loud, rowdy, gambling, insulated, less affluent, less-educated, woman-disrespecting community? Do we?! Do we want to risk the FGC fucking up what we have worked so hard to build? "Our new players have largely adopted the established culture and tend to fit the same demographic molds as their predecessors.” Do we really want a community stuck in their culture? Is this good for us? Our sponsors? Our future partners? “But keep in mind how arcade culture looks at outsiders and how our demographics aren’t quite as business friendly.” Can we risk a culture that is less business friendly? Do we want to GROW eSports? “Nobody should be mad about this. The goal of any business, including my goal with my own, is to make money. “ Yea, no one’s gonna doubt you or Tom on this one! “That said, I also don’t think it’ll be the end of the world if we don’t work with professional gaming organizations.” Nope, I agree. It sure won’t. “We also don’t really feel the need to work with eSports.” Do we really want to partner with a community that does not “feel the need?” Do our sponsors, supporters and partners want us to work with a community that does not “feel the need?” Surprised? Don’t be. David is a caster and well respected member of the FGC. If he tells us that the FGC is bad for us, why argue? I know, the FGC top players get screwed, and they don’t get to grow their audience, but. . . so what? I mean, if the Three Stooges hold more sway over the FGC than their top players, then maybe we should take David’s advice and stay far away. I know, we should all try and encourage people to bring out their best! But seriously, if the FGC community leaders like the Three Stooges respond with fear, and warn us about how bad their community is. . . what choice do we have? THEY certainly are not trying to move their culture to be more business friendly, so why should we? If anything, we should protect all our partners and warn them about why the FGC is not a good partner. We will continue to support and sponsor top fighters (as will EG and other organizations). Funny, when we picked up REO and CD Jr, and when Latif got sponsored by Razer, all the community tweets were positive, congratulatory and supportive. I guess those members didn't get the memos from the Three Stooges. Maybe these three "leaders" are POOR examples of what the fighting community really feels? I wonder if the fighting community thinks of itself and sees itself the same way that David writes about them? David ends his article by attacking the word eSports (a word many of us don’t like, but’s it’s shorter than competitive gaming or competitive video gaming) by saying, “You know the only thing we’re opposed to? The word “esports.” Shit is straight clown shoes son, for reals.” Well, I’m gonna put my clown shoes on, walk over to McDonalds and ask those clowns, “Have you heard of eSports? I have these two fighting game players who I think can add a lot to your latest marketing campaign targeting . . . ”
  6. Who else has gotten the MLG Starcraft 2 Arena beta? I have gotten it! It is great because you can get into tournaments or even create tournaments. This website and things is expected to come out some time next year, and i am so excited about this. This could get your name out in MLG and help you playing with high level players. This can help clans and organizations to get more members that looking for a team to play with. Hope to see a lot of you guys to take advantage of this because this might be a big step into getting you known.
  7. I highly recommend everyone spend some time looking at these for guidance and inspiration, and also if you were interested in how our players did at the event you can track their games here. http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/get-providence-starcraft-2-replays-now
  8. Introduction: Hello Evaluators, my name is Eric Lew, known in the gaming community as ESAM. I'm 18 years old, my hometown is Miami, Florida, but I go to school at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. I am currently ranked #0 on the Florida SSBB Power Rankings (I would've been #1 but because I moved they wanted to not have a dead spot on the PR that nobody could have a record with), and I am currently ranked #10 on Rajam's Brawl Player Rankings (For North America). I was an MLG Pro throughout the 2010 season, which was the only season that SSBB was on their Circuit. Anyway, now to the questions! Team Captain Please Answer the Following: 1. How long has this roster been playing together? N/A 2. Where do the players live in relation to one another? N/A 3. What are your team’s accomplishments? With this exact roster? Links? If this exact roster has not accomplished anything, please list each player's accomplishments with supporting links. Obviously for SSBB I don't have a "Team," so I will just list my personal accomplishments. #1 on the Florida Brawl PR from 5/10/11-present (I described why I'm currently #0 as opposed to #1) http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=309629 Currently # 10 on the Brawl Player Ranking List http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=262480 I was an MLG Pro for the duration of the 2010 season in SSBB. I believe my final ranking was between 3rd and 6th (I can't find the data anymore...). I will post more in-depth about my MLG placements later. 4. What are your team's latest tournament results? Please provide support links and any links to supporting pictures 9/17/11: The Gold Mine 3 1st out of 26 entrants in singles, 1st out of 12 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=311005 8/6/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: The last 1st out of 31 entrants in singles, 4th out of 7 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=308484 7/15-17/11: Genesis 2 9th out of 197 entrants in singles, 4th out of 128 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=307610 7/9/11 ESAM's ZP Monthlies: July 1st ouf of 10 entrants in singles, 3rd out of 7 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=306458 6/4/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: June 3rd out of 17 entrants in singles, 3rd out of 7 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=304738 5/7/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: May 2nd out of 32 entrants in singles: 2nd out of 10 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=303095 4/9/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: April 1st out of 18 entrants in singles, 3rd out of 5 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=301240 3/12/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: March 1st out of 27 entrants in Singles, 1st out of 13 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=299497 2/5/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: February 1st out of 16 entrants in Singles, 1st out of 4 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=297111 1/8/11: ESAM's ZP Monthlies: January 1st out of 36 entrants in Singles, 2nd out of 12 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=295280 For more results, look here http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=270033 That has a lot of results throughout 2010 (if the ones I posted don't suffice) 5. What is the team's next event online? LAN? I am currently participating in the vVv sponsored All is Brawl ladder. I do not enter online tournaments for Brawl for the most part because the online connections are not very good in my opinion. I get most of my practice from offline opponents. 6. If you've been sponsored before, who was your best sponsor? Why? I haven't been officially sponsored before, but since I was an MLG Pro they gave me 200$ stipends to attend their events. I'm not sure if that counts, but I'll put it here anyway 7. Why are you no longer with them? They dropped SSBB from their circuit due to lack of sponsors and other reasons...sadly. 8. What was your worst sponsor? N/A 9. What do you hope to achieve with your team? Again, I'll assume the team equals myself. I hope to win Apex 2012, which will probably be the largest SSBB tournament in history. I hope to continue dominating the Atlantic South region (North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for the most part) and become even more recognized as a top player than I am now. 10. Who do you see as your toughest competition? My toughest competition would have to be Mew2King and Anti, as well as some Japanese players like Nietono, 9b, and Kakera. I can't wait to play all of them at Apex 2012. 11. What is your expected finish at your next event? My next event will either be another tournament in North Carolina or Georgia (I'm not quite sure which though), and I am predicting a 1st place finish since I am the best player in the region. 12. What do you hope to get out of vVv Gaming? I hope to gain friendships, an involvement in another community, and hopefully a sponsorship so I can travel to more events and spread the word about vVv Gaming and myself across the country/world. Individually, all team members (Including the captain) must answer the following: 1. How long have you been playing competitively? I have been playing competitively since 2004 or 2005. At that time SSBB wasn't out, so I played SSBM, or Super Smash Brothers Melee. I was extremely active in that scene and I think I was one of the better players in Florida (Although the Power Rankings updated very scarcely, so you will never find any proof of that). 2. If you are attending a LAN event, please detail your travel plans here (flight info, car info, train info, bus info, etc) N/A 3. How many hours during the week do you devote to gaming? How many of those hours are for the game for which you are applying? I probably devote somewhere between 10-20 hours a week to gaming. Since the community in South Carolina is rather small, I spend most of my time practicing techniques or playing online in the vVv sponsored All is Brawl Road to Apex ladder. I spend 100% of the hours I mentioned above on SSBB. 4. Have you attended any national events? (MLG, CPL, WCG?) Yes I have. As I stated above, I was an MLG Professional, meaning top 16, in SSBB in the 2010 season. MLG Orlando: April 16-18, 2010. 4th out of 183 entrants in singles, 13th out of 44 teams in Doubles. http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=272333 MLG Columbus: June 4-6, 2010 8th out of 250 entrants in singles, 9th out of 64 teams in Doubles. http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=276868 MLG Raleigh: August 27-29, 2010 9th out of 148 entrants in singles (My worst performance of the MLG season), 4th out of 42 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=285244 MLG Washington D.C.: October 15-17, 2010 4th out of 174 entrants in singles, 5th out of 42 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=289173 MLG Dallas: November 5-7, 2010 3rd out of 182 entrants in singles, 4th out of 48 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=290675 Other non-MLG Nationals include Pound V: February 19-21, 2010 4th out of 151 entrants in singles, 3rd out of 48 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=298137 7/15-17/11: Genesis 2 9th out of 197 entrants in singles, 4th out of 128 teams in doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=307610 I only started travelling at the beginning of the MLG 2010 season, so my exposure to nationals is somewhat limited outside of the MLG tournaments. 5. Are you shy around people you don't know? Quite the opposite. I'm a very sociable person and will go out of my way to help somebody or to integrate them into the community, whether by just playing friendlies with them or helping them find somebody who could teach them techniques and strategies about their character. I'm also quite loud and I'm always happy to meet new people, which is why going to nationals is one of my favorite things to do. 6. Link us to some of your best personal achievements. This section, to me, will be more about matches than they will about the placements (Although the placements are amazing as well). MLG Washington D.C.: October 15-17, 2010 4th out of 174 entrants in singles, 5th out of 42 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=289173 First off, I beat ChuDat in Winner's Bracket, who is known as the best kirby, 2-1 in a BO3 set. I lost in the Winner's Bracket round of 16 to 11th ranked Havok. I then had the hardest Loser's bracket I've ever had. First off, I had to play my brother Nick Riddle, who was ranked top 8 at the time. Afterwards, I had to play Lee Martin, who was ranked, I believe, 4th. Not only was he ranked higher than me, but he also plays Lucario, who was thought, at the time, to be a soft-counter for Pikachu. I played him at MLG Raleigh as well. I beat his Metaknight game 1, and then got double 2 stocked by his Lucario. Coming into MLG D.C., I was most scared of him. I beat the Lucario I feared the most game 1. He went Metaknight game 2 on Delfino Plaza and 2 stocked me with low %. However, I came out on top in an INCREDIBLY tense Game 3 (Seen here ). At this point, I was so happy that I beat hte person I feared most, I had no worries about any other opponent: if I lost, I beat Lee Martin, and if I won, I beat Lee Martin + others. Afterwards, I played another top 10 player, Tyrant, and I beat him 2-0. Next, I beat #2 ranked Ally 2-1. Then, I played ANOTHER top 10 player in Mike Haze, and beat him 2-0. After this, my miracle loser's bracket run ended as I lost to #1 ranked Mew2King 1-2. I could've won the last game, but I choked in a position that I could've taken his 2nd stock while still having all 3 of my own. With that huge lead, I probably would've won, but I chose a bad option and Mew2King ended up making a rather large comeback on me and winning. MLG Dallas: November 5-7, 2010 3rd out of 182 entrants in singles, 4th out of 48 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=290675 I was ranked 2nd coming into this tournament (I would've been 4th had ADHD and Mew2King not been banned from MLG Dallas for Bracket Manipulation), so I was already placed in the Pro Bracket. My first match was against Atomsk, a King Dedede main. I beat him 3-1 in some close and some not-so-close matches. Afterwards I played against Espy, a sonic main from Texas who flew through the amateur bracket. I had no prior Sonic experience previous to this set, while he had a bunch of Pikachu experience from the 2nd best Pikachu, K_Prime. The set was very close, I won the first match, he won the next 2, and I won the 4th. All 4 of those were really close. The best match of the tournament, for me, was game 5 against Espy where I completely dominated him. I three stocked him (Seen here ) Pound V: February 19-21, 2010 4th out of 151 entrants in singles, 3rd out of 48 teams in Doubles http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=298137 This tournament had better moments in Doubles than in Singles for the most part. However, there was one amazing moment in Singles, which was in Winner's Quarterfinals against Ally (who later went on to win the tournament). Due to my mastery of the Snake Match-up, he decided to go Wario and Metaknight against me in this set. I ended up winning 2-1, with a 2 stock game 1 on Pictochat. Doubles was more of an accomplishment for me at this tournament. In pools, MVD (my partner) and I lost to Jerm and Trela. We still made it into bracket. In Winner's Quarterfinals we met Ultimate Razer and Gnes, the best team from Texas. In an incredibly tense set, we clutch out game 3 (I survived for a very long time) with a nice Back-throw C4 combo. Next, in winner's semis, we have to play Trela and Jerm again. We lose game 1 rather convincingly, 1 of them with 2 stocks and the other with 1. Seibrik, a fellow Floridian, gives us a little advice about how to fight Jerm's character (Toon link). 2nd game we won with 1 stock each, and then game 3 we win with 2 stocks each. It was quite the tournament for us. Now, outside of the tournaments themselves, I am extremely proud of my rankings both in Florida (the best state in the region of Atlantic South) and in the country. I am currently ranked #0 in Florida, as explained before. I would've been #1, but due to me leaving for college, the Power Ranking Panelists decided that they would bump me up to #0 so they could have another person on the Rankings since I would not be able to have a record with any of them, and would drop off of the rankings next period anyway. I am also currently ranked #10 on Rajam's US/Canada rankings (seen here http://www.smashboar...ad.php?t=262480). At some point I was #6, but I only went to tournaments about once a month after MLG, and a lot of people went multiple times a month, so their points went higher quickly while mine went up slowly. Florida also doesn't have many regionals, while places like NY/NJ and Texas do (Which the players above me comprise of, besides Tyrant and DEHF who are California). It is still amazing to me that I have reached such fame in this game, and that I can be considered one of the elite players in the world. I love it. 7. What was your biggest loss or disappointment in gaming? Why did you lose that match? I have 2 pretty disappointing losses. One of them was at Genesis 2 this past July, and one of them was at Pound V in February. I was in the loser's bracket at Genesis 2 after having lost to Mew2King in Winner's Quarterfinals. I had to play Zex, a Metaknight/Marth main for Northern California, who I had beat Round 1 in winner's bracket 2-0. Game 1 I 2 stock his Metaknight. Game 2, a crowd of Californians start to surround us and start cheering Zex on. Now...when I say a crowd, I mean a good 40-50 people pretty much screaming right behind me. I lose game 2 after almost making a huge comeback. I decide to switch to Ice Climbers game 3, who I had used in both games in the Winner's Bracket. The crowd was so loud I couldn't use by audio cues when using Ice Climbers (Which are a very timing based character). This, along with nerves, along with 40-60 people yelling behind me, made me lose. However, I didn't really take the loss that well. When chants of "NorCal" started appearing, I jumped in and started hugging Zex so he knew I wasn't upset or anything. It was still disappointing, and had I won that match, I probably would've placed top 4, as opposed to 9th. Now, in Loser's Semifinals at Pound V, I had to play Ally again. This time, he didn't use Snake or Metaknight. Game 1 he went Ice Climbers. Ice Climbers have a huge scaring factor because they have an infinite off of one grab, and Pikachu's range is rather limited as a character, so I have to play near perfect to win. Nerves get the best of me and I end up suiciding twice that match, leading to an Ally 2 stock. I am not too discouraged yet, and I win game 2 on Rainbow Cruise vs his Wario. Now, in fear of him using Metaknight, I banned Brinstar, which is Metaknight's best stage. This led Final Destination, Ice Climber's best stage (due to no platforms) to be open. He chose it and Counterpicked Ice Climbers. Had I gone Ice Climbers, he would've used Snake, which is thought of as a hard counter to Ice Climbers, and probably beat me. I stay Pikachu and he picks Ice Climbers. It is really close, and at some point I have 1 stock around 80% while he has 1 stock around 30%. I grab nana (the AI controlled member of Ice Climbers), and Throw her off stage. I follow her to try to kill her (as Ice Climbers without nana is a much less scary character due to the infinite now being eliminated). However, I have a technical error, and instead of jump thunder, I fastfall thunder. I suicided...again. Before I die, I pause and let out my frustration in a rather uncouth word. I was extremely upset because I KNOW I would've won that match had I not suicided. However, both of these losses helped me learn how to compose myself after losses. I will never again have an outburst like I did after losing to Ally, and I will never lose my composure to a crowd again (Thankfully, most people on the East Coast, where Apex is located, will cheer for me). 8. How can you PERSONALLY benefit vVv Gaming? I am a top player in SSBB. I used to host tournaments as well. Because of this, my exposure in the community is extremely high. I am an avid poster on Smash World Forums (http://www.smashboards.com), and I place high in basically every tournament I attend. When people look at results threads, they will see my name, and in front of it, the "vVv" tag. This will expose even more players to vVv, and they may check out the site and want to join as well! I can also help members of vVv Gaming get into the SSBB scene or help them with general game knowledge. I edited this part because I read it as "How can you PERSONALLY benefit from vVv Gaming, not benefit vVv Gaming. My bad 9. Link to all social media sites used.(Twitter/Facebook/youtube channel) http://www.youtube.com/imesam http://www.facebook....p?id=1129217816 http://www.twitter.com/TheAlmightyESAM I don't really use any other social media besides that. So yeah, that pretty much wraps it up. I hope you guys consider me for sponsorship, and I feel like I would represent vVv Gaming as well or better than any other SSBB player. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Now, I'm off to sleep and I have to wake up at 7:15 for class tomorrow...huzzah!
  9. Name:Alex Soto Age (minimum 16): 17 Gamertags (for all systems you own): Known To Clutch , i FeaR SiNzZ , TR4GiC SiNzZ , Mind Altering Do you have access to a computer and e-mail on a daily basis? yes What are your screen names (all that apply)? (AIM, MSN, Skype, Steam, Xfire) none Link to your Google+ or Facebook page (at least one required):https://twitter.com/#!/alexsoto36 http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001634844211 How frequently do you use Facebook, Twitter, Digg and/or Google+? 9/10 How did you hear about vVv Gaming? Were you referred to the site? If so, by whom? I heard about it back in GOW 1 when vVv Uzi used to play Who do you know currently in vVv Gaming? How do you know them? I dont know anyone personally but i have played against tmyth in dubz for gow3 recently Why are you interested in joining vVv Gaming? Im trying to get myself known and become pro Adding value is an important aspect of being in vVv Gaming. How will you, personally, add value? I will add value by getting vVv's name out there in the gears community more and in local areas in FL (LAN Events) Are you familiar with vVv's Geek to Me articles and Losers Bracket Podcast? If so, what are some of your favorites and why?im still fairly new to vVv but i have seen a couple of webisodes How long have you been playing video games? since 2006 3 mothns after gears released How many hours per week do you devote to gaming? 30 hours or so each week What’s the hardest game you’ve ever beaten? COD4 Veteran campaign What games coming out are you looking forward to play and why? Mw3 but thats about it . Mostly a gears person What are your hobbies and interests outside of gaming? Working out , Hanging with friends Where do you see yourself next year at this time? Semi-pro or pro at gears 3 What kind of competitive tournament experience do you have? I have been to a couple of local LAN events in FL . I meeet vVv Uzi in one of them where i was beaten at miami event and came in 4th place Dubz for gears 1 Have you attended any national events (MLG, WCG, CPL)? no but i wish to attend soon How long have you been playing competitively? 5 years or so . but it didnt start on gears it started on COD What was your best competitive moment? What was your worst? Well , when i used to play GOW 1 we were a top team was beating aG or addicted gaming ive beaten them on the following teams ( Acid Red 1st , Formidable 4th Team confidence 25th , and Team Excellence 3rd ) these teams were from various seasons on gears . My worst moment i guess was when i didnt know how to play GB my first team leader raged alot and used to yell at his teammates for dying. What do you hope to achieve, competitively? to become pro or semi-pro What was your toughest competition? Playing addicted gaming on GOW 1 when they were the number 1 team How do you see vVv Gaming adding value to you? vVv will add value because it will give me that extra boost to help get where I need to be in the competitive gaming industry
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. ============================================== 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
  13. MONDAY October 17, 2011 at 6PM EDT >>>Stream Link Here<<< The Gosu Complex is a new interview-style podcast series that provides the community with a platform to develop a greater understanding of the StarCraft players we have come to adore. Each week we will feature a different StarCraft pro and uncover the histories of how each player came to be. Join us every Sunday night at 6:00 PM EST to learn about your favorite players. Episode 4: vVv Gaming The fourth episode of The Gosu Complex is a special edition that will feature a live interview panel from MLG Orlando 2011. Tristan "vVvTitan" Johnson will be interviewed about the history and plans for vVv Gaming as a team, as well as his personal gaming history. Teammates vVvRuFF and vVvHasuu will be joining us as well to discuss their histories as professional gamers, and their experiences with vVv Gaming. The episode will wrap up with some live replay analysis from vVvRuFF. This special edition will be broadcast live on Monday, October 16th, at 6:00 pm EDT! About Our Host Andrew "Zyori" Campbell Zyori is one of the many fanatics on the forefront of the eSports movement in North America. Having traveled around the world to meet, interview, and observe professional gamers, he maintains an insightful perspective on the current eSports scene. Zyori has been involved with StarCraft 2 since the game was released in August of 2010; after only a few weeks of playing StarCraft, he was quickly engulfed by the incredible StarCraft community and launched his first project, HyperCrewTV. Since the disband of HCTV, he's been supporting the community with the launch of his newest project, Zyori.tv. Don't forget to tweet us your questions at: http://www.twitter.com/TheGosuComplex http://www.zyori.tv/thegosucomplex Past Episodes:
  14. Seven day into Gears of War 3: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly The Good: It’s polished. It expands the multiplayer game types. Tons of people purchased Gears of War 3 during its first week, about 3 million people to be more specific. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that the game sold more than the opening weeks of both previous entries into the series combined. So, what is the bigger picture? Gears of War 3 claimed the largest launch of 2011 with their sales. Gears also grabbed the sixth biggest launch week of all time for the Xbox 360, just finishing behind Grand Theft Auto IV. The series is now on pace to sell over 8 million units, topping the previous benchmark of between 6-6.5 million set by the first two of the series. Dedicated Servers! This will allow Epic to gather data to make adjustments based on real game data, instead of what 8 self-appointed nerds think should happen. Thankfully, we no longer need to blame the whiners on forums for ruining this game. Now, if Epic tries to appease some vocal minority, I feel comfortable blaming Epic, as they now have the data collection means to get accurate information. Welcome to the 21st century! The Bad To be honest, there is not much wrong with this game. I have had a tough time finding things. I wish there were more levels to Beast mode. I wish that we didn’t need to wait for Epic to gather data and make adjustments Revives are a bit finicky. I think the game needs a better “revive detection” system. The Sawed Off does make me go “fuck!” every time I get killed, but I do love the fact that it’s in the game. The Ugly The people trying to create “competitive settings!” The mere fact that teen boys with hardly a high school education believe that the settings they come up with in a scrim environment compares to the millions of data points that Epic gathers is a reflection of their ignorance. Not only that, but this “competitive settings” community is equally obtuse. They seem to think that “default settings” means “settings that are default out of the box on day 1.” They willfully ignore that Epic will tweak these based on real data. I suppose if I was one of those nerds who believed that I was God’s gift to Gears, I would be running around claiming that I had the best “competitive settings.” It must be a real challenge for them to have to accept that their whining is a mere blip on the radar. I keep imaging Blizzard listening to IdrA on how to tweak SC2. In short, I do hope that MLG and Epic shut this crowd out. They should adjust the game based on real data. To be honest, I feel bad for Epic and MLG. They set up certain people like Arctyc to be a commentator, and in some way added credibility to his position. Now, his “contribution” is to make videos that drip with cynicism and sarcasm whining about the sawed off shotgun. If this is the best the “MLG” community can provide, I highly recommend that MLG distance themselves from this group. Sorry, but I have often found that sarcasm is the protest of the weak. I suppose that many in this competitive community feel weak, though . . .they are trying to recreate Gears 1, while the rest of us have moved on.
  15. 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!
  16. ======================================= ~~~~~~~~> 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!
  17. ======================================= -----------> 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.
  18. This weekend, watching both Anaheim and EVO, I felt a childlike exuberance I have not felt in a long time. I was reminded about two things sports does so well: inspire and entertain. I have done some reflecting on my experiences this weekend, and it has prompted me to make some changes to vVv Gaming. Before I get to the changes, I want to take you on a journey with me, in case you missed some of the highlights. First, I want to point to an interview with Korean Starcraft legend and founder of the Korean Team Slayers, Boxer. He said this about what he hoped to accomplish: I was deeply impressed with Boxer. What an endorsement of his team and organization! Such a simple sentence, but it really was pure elegance. Even DJWheat and Day[9] commented on it. I know Boxer was a legendary player, but he instantly became a role model to me (I know he is already for many). I then saw a Korean Starcraft player thanking MLG at the start of the match using in-game chat. I thought, when was the last time I saw that? They are so polished with the crowd. Respectful. It FEELS right. It feels like professional sports. Finally, I want to turn my attention to vVv Reo. He single-handedly made me a MK9 fan. To know his story, to know that he almost didn’t make the event, to know that his teammates started a collection for him because they were so confident in his performance. I was and still am humbled. More importantly, and I was not sure why at first, but I watched Doomhammer watch him. Paradise’s family was watching him play, and Starcraft players were watching on Mumble. We were all there with him, every step of the way. When he finally made into the Grand Finals, the shoutbox erupted in cheers, the mumble erupted, allies sent congrats on Twitter, and Doomhammer leapt from his seat. But why? Why did we all care for this player whom we didn’t know, and we had never met? It was because he wore the three V’s. It was because he was one of us. It was because that black shirt represents so much to so many of us. I texted Napalm, and told him I wanted to talk to Reo. Napalm called me, but before he handed over the phone, I asked Napalm, “How are you doing?” He replied, “I am still shaking.” Needless to say, I had the honor and pleasure of congratulating vVv Reo and letting him know that he won’t need anyone to take up any more collections for him. He was now a sponsored vVv player. I realize this post is long enough, so I will now cut this short. I can promise some fundamental changes coming to vVv Gaming. Expect another post detailing changes alter this week. Expect us to have jerseys, more sponsors, new partnerships and more player development, as well as higher standards regarding whom we sponsor. Most of all, look for us to look for more players and teams like vVv Reo, the kind that capture our spirit and remind us that anything is possible.
  19. 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"
  20. 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"
  21. 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
  22. 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

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