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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!