Thursday, September 8th saw some of Super Smash Bros. 64’s finest begin to descend on the desert oasis of Lake Havasu City. The flight over the desert and drive in from Las Vegas offered some of the most spectacular views. The desert meadows and imposing mountains looming in the distance gave an otherworldly feeling to the trip. As TO Cody “Daniels” Daniels was picking up the first wave of competitors, they encountered a slight speed bump. Cody was rear ended on his way to the airport and hit his head during the collision. Despite this, he was able to take extra precautions throughout the weekend and allow himself extra rest all while running the tournament flawlessly. Thursday and Friday night were filled with friendlies into the wee hours of the morning. Other activities included three man trips down the slide, a battle to see who could stay in the pool the longest and a handful of table tennis throwdowns. The main events, singles and doubles, started on Saturday afternoon and were filled with a multitude of hype matches. Despite numerous upsets, and some next level play from both Team Mexico and dext3r, Team Mejor and SuPeRbOoMfAn took the titles in the end. As Sunday arrived, the weekend was capped off by a poignant speech by Daniels. He expressed his gratitude for everyone coming out and having a good time. He also left the future of the ODS series in question, announcing that he and his wife were expecting a child and that he would need much more help from the community for the event to happen next year. All-in-all, on behalf of The Smash Writers and the Smash 64 community we thank Mr. Daniels from the bottom of our hearts for all he does to help grow the community. Look for a full recap of the tournament soon.
Boss Battle 2 Takes a Detour
As Boss Battle draws near a rift has come to light between TO Ben “Bacorn” Corn and Secretary General of the Super Smash Bros. League Chris “Studstill” Studstill. On Tuesday morning, Bacorn called out Studstill on the SSB64 Community Facebook group to address purported issues Studstill has with how BB2 is being handled. The main issue, as told by Barcorn, started thusly,
I told Studstill that I will be donating $800 to the tournament from my own bank to help get us better food and such. It’s something I’m doing voluntarily and not out of necessity. This has apparently deeply disturbed him into the point where he’s trying to create a coup in Indy to “replace” me.
He then went on to announce the dropping of the SSBL name from the tournament in his next statement,
BB2 is officially removing its affiliation with the SSBL. The SSBL and Studstill failed to deliver anything of material to BB2 and assignments handed to them have not been completed. A lot of false promises were made and there is no reason for us to attach our brand with an organization that isn’t contributing anything for us. We can assure you that BB2 will operate as expected and this change does not affect the experience for anyone.
Studstill then responded with a conversation between him and Dogs_Johson. The conversation seemed to validate Bacorn’s point but the full thread can be found on the SSB64 Community Facebook page, where readers can draw their own conclusions. The thread then dissolved into memes and tangential allegations. In the end, David “Shears” Shears, President of the SSBL, called for the resignation of Studstill for the SSBL to be able to continue growing, citing a need for better public relations and the face of the league needing to be a trusted one. As of the present, Daniel “SotoH” Soto, one the the moderators of the SSB64 Community, has banned Studstill following allegations of the embezzlement of funds from the SSBL. There has been no further action from the SSBL currently. We await to see how the captains of the clubs and President David Shears will proceed moving forward.
SuperBoomed Draws Near
On Tuesday, September 15th, the second round of SuperBoomed registration and voting for the second round closed with SuPeRbOoMfAn leading by five votes. It appears the Super Smash Con 2016 and ODS II champion will be the second top player flown out to attend the tournament. Boom joins Alvin atop a stacked list of top players expected to attend. The tournament currently has 52 attendees for its Smash 64 exclusive tournament. Notable registrants include BarkSanchez and Shears from Baltimore, Fireblaster, Firo, Cobr and more. Many are hopeful to see the Koroshiyo brothers, KeroKeroppi and Stranded, attend as well, due to the convenient location of the venue. There will be two more rounds of registration and voting and the cost will increase by $5 each round. The rounds will each last one week and a final emergency round of registration will cost $60.
This week we catch up with BarkSanchez, hear some disappointing news from KeroKeroppi and we give you the results of tournaments around the country. The Weekly Smashback, your source of all things Smash 64.
BarkSanchez’s Canadian Tour
This past week, The Great Josh Brody, otherwise know as BarkSanchez, embarked on a Smash 64 tour of Canada. His first stop was the revitalized Flaoc monthly in Toronto. Full details of this event can be found below. He would then land at Smash On Tap, the Toronto weekly. Finally, this weekend, he plans to attend Summit 2016 to wrap up his trip. More information on Summit 2016 can be found on the event page. He looks to use this tour as a training run for Super Smash Con coming up this week. He is in good hands too, with the likes of Revan, YBOMBB and Fck Vwls nearby to train with. Let us hope it pays off and Baltimore’s top player can give us a show against the deep international talent at Smash Con.
KeroKeroppi Not Attending Shine
Earlier this week we received the unfortunate news, via a tweet, that KeroKeroppi will be unable to attend Shine 2016 later this month.
Yo I never officially announced this, but I will be unable to attend Shine.. Bad weekend for me boys. Sorry everybody.
This news is dissappointing, especially since two of Kero’s biggest rivals will be attending in the form of Tacos and SuPeRbOoMfAn. We always like to see the highest quality Smash 64 at events, but due to a scheduling conflict, we will not be seeing it this time around. Thankfully, we will be able to finish off the Summer of Smash strong with Operation Desert Smash II, where 50 lucky smashers have already prergistered, this September.
This past week saw the newest edition of one of Canada’s most sucessful monthlies. Founded by Pidgezero_one, the Flaoc series has been a staple in the Toronto Smash 64 scene for over a year and a half. This time around the Canadians were met by an American invader in the form of BarkSanchez, the winner of the inauguaral season of the Super Smash Bros. League Baltimore Club. The other 12 competitors would be eager to learn from Bark and have a chance to try and beat him. Bark and YBOMBB slid right into Grand Finals, with Bark dropping but one game to FCK VWLS. In Winners Finals, Bark was able to 3-0 YBOMBB in three close games as Pikachu against YBOMBB’s Captain Falcon and Jigglypuff. Would YBOMBB be able to react to put up a fight in Grands? Unfortunately, it was not meant to be and YBOMBB would fall to a sweep once more in Grand Finals. Honorable mentions go to Davion. The scrappy player was able to win three losers bracket sets defeating FCK VWLS along the way but ultimately was taken out by Sax in Losers Semifinals.
By Jamie “JAMJAR” Jacobs and Jason “Nardwell” Mani
After a short vacation the Smashback is back. This week we look at the success that was the Super Smash Con Fund, three unsusally stacked East Coast tournaments, and the results from around the Smash 64 world.
Registration for Super Smash Con 2016 has officially ended. Along with this, all funding efforts towards this great event have also come to a close. This will officially be the largest Super Smash Bros. 64 tournament of all time, as 314 eager competitors have signed up to prove their worth. This event is not only the largest, it is also the most stacked. Top level players from three different continents will be attendance, including elites such as Isai, SuPeRbOoMfAn, Wangera, Alvin and so many more. Not only that, the field will be filled out by pretty much every mid-level player you can think of. It will truly be a highly competitive event that will surely be filled with tons of exciting upsets.
Over the course of the last few months, OnlineSSB has hosted a funding effort to bring together a wide collection of talent to SSC. As of the closing of that fundraiser, all four levels were met. The first level ensured a number of Peruvian players could apply for visas, to help them travel to American tournaments going forward. Level two funded those same Peruvians for this trip, along with Shalaka who has been acting as their intermediary during this crusade. A third level guaranteed that two top Japanese players would attend: top Yoshi, Bonobono, and the legendary combo master, Prince. A fourth stretch goal was later added as funds were quickly coming in. Wangera, the Jigglypuff main who double eliminated Isai at Genesis 3, was funded at this final level. In total, $5800.34 were raised towards this effort. Along with this primary fundraiser, the SSBL saw a need to help fund two of our Mexican brethren, as Mariguas and D3xter were looking unable to attend. These funds were quickly raised by our community, guaranteeing these two top players’ attendance. Thanks to all who have donated and spread the word to help get donations. You have been apart of history helping one of the biggest dreams yet in Smash 64 become a reality.
Smash 64 @ The Cave Weekly
The Super Smash Bros. weeklies at The Cave Gaming Center have rolled on in recent weeks. This week the North invaded in the form of a Baltimore landing party and a special guest from Minnesota. Rachel “Sugaaku” Vasquez made a trip to the East Coast to enjoy the stifling heat of Summer and fierce Smash 64 competition. Winners bracket went as planned until Grand Finals but we’ll get to that later. In the meantime Mr. Sir was making a glorious run through Losers bracket. The 7 seed was sent to losers by Clubbadubba in a 2-0 rout. After beating Kristoff handily in the second round of losers Mr. Sir met Studstill in losers round 3. Mr. Sir’s impressive edgeguards and stalwart patience allowed him and his Samus to sweep Studstill in a three stock and two stock. This win would guarantee Mr. Sir would out place his seed. Next up Mr. Sir was face to face with Yobolight. Yobo had sent Shears to losers and looked to use the momentum, despite having lost to BarkSanchez, to push onward. Yobo’s Yoshi had the edge in the first game and beat Mr. Sir’s Samus with a decisive two stock. Game two saw Mr. Sir comeback from down 3 stocks to 2. Mr. Sir made the adjustments for game three and dominated with a three stock putting him through to Losers Semifinals against Robert. Mr. Sir took game one to a last stock situation but Robert’s Pikachu was able to finish him off in the end. A shaken Mr. Sir was easily comboed in game two and Robert took it easily with a four stock. The run had ended for Mr. Sir and he went home with an impressive fourth place nicely overcoming his No. 7 seeding. Now back to Grand Finals, where BarkSanchez and Clubbadubba would face off. Bark had 3-0’ed Clubba in Winners Finals and was poised to take the whole tournament. Clubba was able to reset the bracket with his Pika and Falcon versus Bark’s DK and Falcon. The reset saw serious mode engaged and Bark went Pika versus Clubba’s Pika. Game one Bark took with a cool two stock, game two saw a comeback from Bark down two stocks to one, and in game three Bark took the tournament with another comback. The full bracket can be found on Advancedbrackets and replays are available on the Enkko YouTube channel.
Smash 64 @ The Cave Monthly
This edition of the Smash 64 Monthly at The Cave drew 18 competitors. A special guest had been flown in and after spending 12 hours at the airport due to a misread itinerary, he arrived in the Old Dominion state. None other than KeroKeroppi had graced Virgina with his Smash prowess this weekend. Kero and BarkSanchez glided into Winners Finals. Game one saw Kero down by two stocks but the ruthless killing power of Captain Falcon allowed him to take four of Bark’s Pikachu’s stocks and the game while only taking 70% damage. Game two saw a similar comeback from Kero but Bark was able to hold on and win with a two stock. The titans of the East Coast traded the next two games and game five would decide the set. Kero pulled ahead two stocks fast after a losing three stocks to mistakes in game four. Kero out to prove game four a myth, summarily five stocked Bark and moved on to Grand Finals. Bark would find Starking waiting for him in Losers Finals. The first two games came down to tense last stock situations and were split by the two. Game three Bark cracked the code on Starking and won easily with a three stock. Starking held on in game four with some excellent edgeguards and forced a game five. Game five went the distance lasting just over seven minutes. It came down to a last hit situation with both players over 100% damage. Starking was able to sneak in a back air launching Bark to defeat, punching his ticket to face Kero in Grand Finals. Starking and his Kirby were able to take a lead early versus Kero’s Captain Falcon, going up four stocks to one. Despite Kero taking back two stocks without taking damage Starking was able to catch Falcon in a combo and finish him off. Kero was able to download Starking in games two and three and took them both with two stocks. Starking put in a valiant effort in game four taking it down to last stock but he wasn’t able to force a game five and Kero took the tournament. The full bracket can be found on Advancedbrackets and replays are available on the Enkko YouTube channel.
SSBL Baltimore Season 2 Week 1
The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived. On Wednesday July 20th Season 2 of the Super Smash Brothers League for the Baltimore club kicked off. This season will be used to fine tune the formats of future seasons that will be played by the many new clubs who joined this spring.The commencement of the new season drew players from both Maryland and Virginia along with one from Minnesota as well. The renowned Minnesota TO Sugaaku dropped by Baltimore to have a crack at one of the strongest East Coast scenes. The most notable absence was that of LD, who’s lack of appearances cost him first place in Season 1. The new season also brings a new rule set to the Baltimore club. They have switched to four stocks and a stage counter pick system. The top two seeds easily advanced to Grand Finals, but this does not mean there were no upsets along the way. The night was hardest on Darkhorse. In his first match against Daniel he was able to take game one with his Pikachu versus Daniel’s Captain Falcon on Yoshi’s Story. Daniel then took the match up to Final Destination. Daniel was able to take advantage of the lack of recovery options by Pikachu on this stage and took the game with a two stock. Dark counter picked Metal Caver for the final match. unfortunately, the struggle didn’t end there for Darhorse. After beating V 2-1 in the first round of losers he was set to face off against Yobolight. Darkhorse would ultimately fall in the match that was played off stream and would be settled with a disappointing seventh place in week 1 of the new season. The full bracket can be found on Advancedbrackets and replays are available on Darkhorse’s Twitch channel.
By Ben “Bacorn” Corn, Jamie “JAMJAR” Jacobs, and Jason “Nardwell” Mani
WTFox 2: Who The Fox Running This Thing?
Welcome to TOing 101, everybody.
Today, we will be looking at WTFox 2, a Midwest regional held in Tennessee, and what you can learn from the mistakes made by this tournament when you host a Smash 64 event in the future. Only the fortitude of the Smash 64 community was able to salvage a good time from a tournament mired in issues from the beginning which we will break down into three pillars.
First up is scheduling.
There were a few things that made scheduling problematic for WTFox:
Registration did not close when it was originally listed as closing on smash.gg. This caused delays in seeding and final schedules for all events. It’s hard to schedule and seed when you aren’t sure how many players will be in each event or even how many good players will be in each event.
Smash 64’s schedule was originally listed as being on Saturday July 2, but then was changed on July 1 to be on Sunday, July 3. This meant that people who were there for 64 had to stay an extra day at their housing arrangements. Leading to extra costs in the form of an extended hotel stay and unexpected additional meals. This made it more expensive and set a tone of inconvenience for people to participate.
These scheduling issues helped contribute to the large number of DQs during bracket (15 to be exact).
The second thing we need to talk about is setups.
The 64 players were told that the venue would have plenty of setups, so many people did not bring consoles or CRTs. However, there were only two consoles until Sunday when Zantetsu had to argue with the provider of consoles that it was not possible to run a 25-man bracket in three hours with two setups. Eventually, there were five setups, which proved to be enough.
Lastly let’s look at seeding.
Because most of the attendees of 64 at WTFox 2 were relatively unknown locals, it would have been best if local TOs had helped to seed the event. Instead, the seeding was done through an automated generator until Zantetsu and I helped the day of the event. This caused the bracket to have some matchups earlier than expected and gave entrants, especially moogle, unnecessarily tough paths.
All of these issues become clear when one looks at the bracket and sees 15 DQs. In many cases, both players in a match weren’t present, so the high seed moved on by default because every match needs a winner.
The best lesson you can come away with from WTFox 2, though, is that Smash 64 players will find a way to have fun and make the most out of events.
Despite the seeding and DQ issues, the top 5 seeds stayed mostly true, only with a couple changes. Also, communication was key as many people offered to help me locate people who needed to play their matches or needed to get ready to play their matches. Zantetsu came through in the clutch, too, by helping to secure the proper setups that made the tournament even possible.
The bracket pretty much went how everyone would have expected. The best moment was when Wizzrobe and Amida played in Winner’s Semi-Finals. After a close game one win, Wizzrobe decided to hook up his headphones with his patented splitter. That was when Wizzy decided to take the Kirby main seriously and send him to the losers’ bracket. Wizzrobe did not drop a game on his way to the championship.
Super Smash Con Fund Update
The Super Smash Con International Player Fund has been underway for some time now. Since our last update on the effort to bring top talent to America, the fund hit its first two goals. The first goal, at 600 dollars, was to obtain visas for some of the top talent in Peru, so they can travel here both for SSC and future events. The second goal, at 2900 dollars, was to pay for round trips for those same Peruvian players and Chile’s Shalaka, who has been acting as their guide in planning this trip to America. Now the fund is nearing its third goal at 4900 dollars. This goal would ensure two players would travel from Japan, finally bringing Japan and Peru to the same tournament. With recent large donations by TekStaff in Canada and ENKKO, the fund has made large strides to make SSC the most stacked event our scene has ever seen. To help support the cause, please visit funding.onlinessb.com to donate.
Nebulous Prime 64 #5
Five weeks ago the New York Smash 64 crew at Nebulous Prime switched their weekly day from Friday to Wednesday. This move has proven to be a huge success as each week has seen attendance at 14 or greater. This week’s event netted a total of 18 competitors. The excitment all started in Winners Quarterfinals where JimmyJoe met Firo. This match resulted in a big upset as JimmyJoe’s Pikachu shocked Firo’s imposing Link in 3-0 sweep. After sending Firo to losers JimmyJoe looked to keep his momentum against Zeppelin in Winners Finals. After JimmyJoe took game one, the two players split games 2 and 3. JimmyJoe’s Pikachu had Zeppelin’s Falcon on the ropes for game four. In a last stock edgeguard situation Zeppelin mistakenly fast fell to his doom, sending JimmyJoe on a trip to Grand Finals. Losers Finals saw Firo choose Fox against Zeppelin’s Captain Falcon. Firo took the first two games with solid edgeguarding and excellent DI. This forced Zeppelin to switch to Pikachu against Firo’s Fox. The myriad of edgeguard options afforded by Pikachu allowed Zeppelin to take the next two games forcing a decisive game five. Unfortunately for Zeppelin, Firo solved the puzzle, taking game five with a two stock. This made Grand Finals a rematch between JimmyJoe and Firo. Firo was able to take the first two games but JimmyJoe came back to win game three. Game four saw Firo hold his ground in a last stock situation forcing a bracket reset. Firo came into the second set with momentum in his favor, however, JimmyJoe came out victorious. JimmyJoe clutched his first Nebulous win in a long time following a satisfying three-game sweep in Grand Finals Set 2. The full bracket can be found on Challonge and replays are available on the Nebulous YouTube channel.
By Jamie “JAMJAR” Jacobs and Jason “Nardwell” Mani
Every week we will be posting a look back at the previous week in Smash. This week we recap one of the most anticipated events in 64 history, a fun and different type of event in Baltimore and some of the other events of this week in Smash.
SNOSA II Recap
A truly epic event in Smash 64 history has come and gone, and what an event it was! Snosa II was the culmination of the efforts of the LA Smash team to bring together the best of the best for a massive 64 exclusive event. This tournament was the largest 64 exclusive event held on North American soil, boasting just over 100 entrants. Competitors came from far and wide to throw down with the elites of North America, as the likes of SuPeRbOoMfAn, Isai, Tacos, Mariguas and more waged war on the peaceful fields of Dreamland.
Snosa II would play host to the continuation of many of the story lines that make our scene so great. While Boom had been proving himself in Isai’s absence the last few years, many still doubted if he was truly the best player in North America. This could be his first chance to undoubtedly claim that title. On the other hand, Isai looked to prove he was still a great player. While he had competed well at Genesis 3, a disappointing suicide ended a run that was looking promising. Tacos and Mariguas also wanted a piece of Isai, as they had been eliminated by the solitary master in matches that included some truly “posterizing” moments. KeroKeroppi yearned to reassert himself after his recent loss to Tacos at Pound 2016. This defeat, having contradicted his vow to never lose to someone he had previously beaten, put him on the horns.
While these were the primary threads to follow, the numerous smaller stories are what makes our scene so colorful. Los Angeles and Baltimore have had a cross country rivalry that arose as a result of their sizes. Despite this, their two top players had never faced off in bracket. BarkSanchez and Heropie were keen to settle the debate of which scene had the better elite representative. Apparently SoCal is good at starting rivalries, as they goaded their neighboring region of NorCal into vying for dominance of the state.
The bracket did not disappoint, as many of these narratives saw the fulfillment we so desired. Bark and Heropie faced off early in bracket in their much anticipated set. The former mountain man of Baltimore managed to clutch out a close 2-1 victory, though it is doubtful SoCal will admit this ends their chase for the title of strongest scene. The expected top players all made it through to the later rounds, setting us up for some storied matches.
In Winners Quarterfinals, KeroKeroppi would have his shot at redemption against Tacos. He managed a tight victory in Game 1 with his famed blue Kirby. However, a switch to Captain Falcon proved erroneous, as he was stomped by Tacos’s Yoshi. Two split Pikachu dittos later, we saw a repeat of the Game 2 matchup and the same result, as Kero was sent to losers. The leader of the Koroshiyo was once again defeated by Tacos. In that same round, Isai and Mariguas won easily to set up a rematch from Genesis 3. Isai had been playing a wide variety of characters throughout the tournament, so no one knew what to expect as he went into the final rounds. As he had managed to beat JaimeHR in the previous round with Samus, he once again started with the space warrior. This was a fatal mistake, as Mariguas was keen to show he was an opponent to be taken seriously and easily won Game 1. For the rest of the set, Isai changed to Yoshi. Despite a rather unorthodox style, not centered around the horizontal combos or parries we typically see, Isai managed three close wins to emerge victorious.
SuPeRbOoMfAn had been breezing through his competition the entire tournament. He did not drop a single game through all of his sets, as he once again earned a sweep over Tacos in Winners Semifinals. Winners Finals finally gave us the set we had all been waiting for. SuPeRbOoMfAn versus Isai, two longtime opponents and masters of the game. Unfortunately, the matchup did not live up to the billing. Despite a tight Game 1 which some may argue Isai threw away, Boom handily won the following two games allowing him to earn yet another sweep and await his opponent in Grand Finals.
Losers Semifinals produced a battle of the top two Mexican players and granted a ticket to face Isai in Losers Finals. Tacos and Mariguas faced off in a set that went the distance and was the best of the night. Mariguas took the first two games in close battles, as his Pikachu was just quick enough to overcome the impressive parries Tacos likes to brandish. However, the next two games were complete reversals, as Tacos earned a pair of strong 3 stock victories. Game 5 saw Mariguas change to a rarely seen Kirby which Tacos dismantled and earned an impressive reverse 3-0 victory.
As his countryman was unable to earn revenge against Isai, Tacos now had his own chance to defeat the old master and repair his ego after a drubbing at Genesis. Isai broke out his signature Link to start and earned a victory in Game 1, though the Mexican Yoshi turned it around for his own close win in Game 2. In what seemed to be a pattern, Isai switched off his character after a loss and changed to Mario. In a tight battle that came down to last stock, Tacos once against managed a clutch victory. Game 4 saw Isai break out his Donkey Kong, a move he claimed was due to him not playing the character all day. This proved foolish as Tacos breezed to a victory and earned some measure of revenge. Some will surely not count the loss against Isai, as he seemed to be playing more for fun as shown by his character choices, but no one can discount how well Tacos played in his victories. He displayed some of the quickest and most frequent parries ever seen and truly earned a prestigious win.
Grand Finals was a repeat of a matchup in Winners Semifinals. It was also a repeat of that result, as SuPeRbOoMfAn easily swept Tacos to earn an unbelievably strong victory at Snosa II. Boom went Kirby the entire set as Tacos switched from Captain Falcon to Jigglypuff to Donkey Kong. None of these characters could come even close to penetrating the wall of perfectly spaced aerials and uptilts Booom was executing, as the Canadian won each game with at least 3 stocks remaining. This result, and the result of the tournament as whole, surely proved that SuPeRbOoMfAn is currently the greatest Smash 64 player in North America. Though there are many who aim to take that crown away, failing to drop a game at this incredibly stacked event has cemented that title.
One More Stock
One More Stock is a Minnesota is a Smash 64 exclusive event led by the tenacious Sugaaku. One More Stock is standing in as the Minnesota monthly due to the difficulties of organizing the UMN Monthly over the summer. The first edition of this tournament of passion garnered 16 of the Midwest’s finest Smashers to the battlefield. With players from Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri this monthly morphed into a mini regional. As dLens plowed through to Winners Finals with his Pikachu and Kirby, two impressive runs were being made on the losers side. Sugaaku and House, who were both sent to losers in round one of winners, were punching well above their weight classes. House, the 16 seed, pulled off three big upsets over the 8, 6, and 13 seeds to make his way to Losers Quarterfinals, exceeding all expectations. Sugaaku, the 7 seed, also took down a titan in the form of the 5 seed Bre in one of the three matches she won on her impressive tear through losers. Snowstorm and Weegro, fresh off losses in Winners Quarterfinals, would prove too much for the two underdogs, who would end their nights with impressive 5th place finishes. dLens was able to knock the low tier hero DK/Link dual main in Annex into Losers Finals. As the dust blew over in Losers Semifinals, Snowstorm and his Fox emerged victorious over Weegro in a 2-0 sweep. The tide turned for Annex and his motley cast of characters in Loser Finals and he earned his chance at a rematch with dLens with a 3-1 victory over Snowstorm. Unfortunately for Annex, Grand Finals was a mirror of Winners Finals and dLens took home the gold with a 3-1 win. The full bracket can be found on Challonge and replays are currently available on the Minnesota Smash Twitch channel.
Baltimore SSBL Club Low Tier
The Baltimore Club of the Super Smash Bros. League has been enjoying some down time in the weeks before the start of the second season of the SSBL. That time has been spent with some more relaxed and fun game formats created by the Smash 64 community over the years. This week they held a low tier tournament, coincidentally following an intense low-tier tournament in LA a few days earlier, which featured many of Snosa’s top seeded players. In a low tier tournament players are only allowed to use characters that have been determined to be less effective by the community. This format bans the use of Pikachu, Kirby, Captain Falcon, Yoshi, Fox, Jigglypuff, and Mario, allowing only Samus, Donkey Kong, Link, Luigi, and Ness to be used. This forces players out of their comfort zones and gives the fans new and interesting matchups they would not normally see in competitive play. This tournament came on the heels of boasts from Daniel, of his mastery of Ness, as well as from LD in regards to his mysterious Link. Daniel made good of his word early, upsetting Darkhorse’s DK in their first match played, prompting a potentially premature prediction from Darkhorse. LD’s claims didn’t hold up quite as well, as Daniel defeated him 2-0 the following round. On the other side of winners, MHJ’s Link showed signs of vast improvement, although Shears’s Luigi was too much to handle. BarkSanchez and his adept control of low tier characters sauntered into Winner’s Finals, taking down Shears in the process. He was able to manipulate the strengths of Ness, Luigi, and Donkey Kong, although his Samus replaced his former low tier main, DK, in handling most of the dirty work. His brother Darkhorse was not afforded such an easy path. Darkhorse being one of the few proponents of DK in true competitive play decided to lock him in for the whole tournament. Unfortunately, after his defeat at the hands of Daniel, the perennial Low Tier threat was left staring down a long, yet familiar losers run to Grand Finals. He was able to defeat V, Shears, and LD in his impressive run to earn a trip to losers Finals and a rematch against Daniel, who was sent to losers by the lumbering hulk that was Bark’s Samus. Darkhorse and his trusty ape fought hard and took Daniel and his boy the limit, but he was unable to close out the set and Daniel advanced, for another shot at Bark, with a 2-1 victory. After a 2-0 sweep Daniel looked to do better this time around. This time around, Daniel opted for the Samus ditto, reclaiming his former low tier main. The move proved genius, as he took game 1, forcing Bark back to his trusty monkey. The dong was too strong, as Bark took game 2, but opted for the femme fatale again for game 3, to avoid the matchup that sealed his brother’s fate. Daniel couldn’t hold on, as Bark once again claimed low tier victory. Could we see a pocket Samus develop for Bark if he ever gets bored with Pikachu? Tune in and find out during the Baltimore Club’s next season. The full bracket for this exciting romp can be found on Advancedbrackets.com.
This past Saturday saw the return of one of the top monthlies in Canada following a near 3-month hiatus. The Toronto based Flaoc made its triumphant comeback with its 18th iteration. Twenty players from around the Commonwealth showed up to challenge each other for the ultimate prizes of cash and bragging rights. With Revan in attendance the man to beat was obvious, although YBOMBB was expected to give him a run for his money. Revan imposed his will on the bracket early on,as he cruised into Winners Finals without dropping a game. Despite this, the biggest surprise of the tournament was The Big D. After being sent to losers bracket after the first match, he played an intricate game of chess, staying one step ahead of his opponents with masterful counterpicks. He utilized the Terrorsome Triad of Pikachu, Kirby, and Captain Falcon, alongside his knowledge of counter picks to win four sets and make it all the way back to Losers Quarterfinals. This would earn him 5th place, after falling to Fck Vwls, solidly outpacing his No. 9 seeding. Vwls and his Falcon then went on to upset Sextc and his Fox 2-1. The Revan show was on point as he and YBOMBB met in Winners Finals. Revan swept YBOMBB away and the stage was set for the another edition of the increasingly intense Toronto rivalry. After a one stock win in game one for Vwls Falcon over YBOMBB’s Jigglypuff the two agreed to go to Hyrule for a Captain Falcon ditto in game two. The five stock victory for Vwls was punctuated by a stunning tent combo that ended with a Falcon Punch. YBOMBB dialed it in and took games three and four with his Jigglypuff. Game five Vwls regained his composure and won with a decisive two stock. The stage was set for a Revan versus Fck Vwls Grand Finals. The one seed against a surprising five seed. The Kirby was too much for Vwls’ Falcon in games one and two as he was subsequently three and four stocked. Game three saw a Donkey Kong counter pick by Vwls that did not help much and Revan took the tournament without dropping a game. The full bracket can be found on Challonge and replays are currently available on Vanilla Rin’s Twitch channel.
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By Jason “Nardwell” Mani and Jamie “JAMJAR” Jacobs
Every week we will be posting a look back at the previous week in Smash. This week we see the results of a revitalized Apex Series, take a bite out of the Big Apple and find Smash 64 at the core and check out how players prepared for one of the biggest weekends of Smash 64 to date.
Apex Series 2016
After its most recent year of strife the Apex Series valiantly returned for 2016. This would be the year that marks the beginning of a rebuilding period for the Apex Series. This put enormous pressure on TO’s and event organizers alike, as they attempted re-establish the Apex name as one of the premier tournament series. At this time, we can call it a success, as the event was able to bring in the right talent to run the tournaments as smoothly as possible. The venue was perfect for an event of this kind, having all the necessary amenities. Most of all, the revival installment of Apex held a light and fun atmosphere. As great as the organization was for this event, you are here to read about Smash 64, aren’t you?
This year’s Apex saw lower than average attendance for its Smash 64 contingent. This was mostly due to the wavering confidence, but as we so before they did an excellent job at restoring that confidence. It was also a side effect of the biggest Smash 64 exclusive event yet happening on the same weekend. SNOSA II drew much of the top 64 talent to California, yet there were those who were not able to make the trip and Apex provided them with a great stage to showcase their skills. Top talent included Stranded and Fireblaster, two of the North East’s biggest names. Cobr and Star King, a pair of “retired” stars, brought their skills back to the console scene after spending most of the year limited to mainly netplay. The remaining 51 competitors came from all across the Eastern seaboard from as far south as Georgia, in the form of NTA, to as far north as New Hampshire. CTG came all the way from Texas, however, the award for farthest traveled goes to 7 Blanks who came all the way from Japan. Many scenes were well represented, as Northern Virginia (NoVA) brought Mr. Sir and Dizzle while NYC brought Zeppelin and Kelvinheit. Shears’s disappointment could be felt from across the country, as Maryland was nowhere to be found, despite their close proximity and feisty competitive spirit.
Pools ran fast and loose as eight of the 13 or 14 competitors advanced. As little as two or one, if you had a bye, wins got you into the top 32 bracket. Winners side of top 32 was filled with players at or near the top of their local power rankings. Two of the biggest upsets on winners side was Mr. Sir over Maliki and DFX over NTA. Mr. Sir’s Samus was able to overpower Maliki’s Captain Falcon and Pikachu to take the match in three games. DFX versus NTA was not nearly as close DFX was able to 2-0 the struggling NTA who was forced of his preferred character, Mario, in multiple games that day. All else went according to plan on winners side, as the top four seeds, Stranded, Fireblaster, Cobr, and Star King, all advanced to Top 8. Losers side was a bit more interesting. Maliki stormed through losers, not dropping a game until Round 4 for a chance at Top 8. Unfortunately, it was not in the cards as he fell to Sedda 2-0. Zeppelin and NTA also made excellent runs to Round 4. NTA upset CTG and Zeppelin upset Mr. Sir in two games each, earning both spots into Top 8. The last expected piece of Top 8, Bloodpeach, mounted a run into Round 4 of his own, but he and his Yoshi were taken out in three games by the upstart DFX.
Top 8 was set and the competitors were ready to scramble for the title. The biggest surprise was DFX, no one had him on their radar, despite a strong performance at Pound, and he was able to sneak into Top 8 after a big upset over NTA and a great set against Bloodpeach. He carried this momentum into Top 8 and tactfully commanded his Fox against Zeppelin’s Falcon and Pikachu in three games that came down to the last stock to move on to Losers Quarterfinals. The other match of the first round of losers Top 8 saw NTA clashing with Sedda. Sedda would lock in his Fox for the whole set but NTA would go Falcon the first game then Mario for the rest when Sedda took game one in a last stock situation. Games 2 and 3 NTA was able to gimp Sedda’s Fox into submission. Game 4 Sedda found his mojo again and took it in an easy 3 stock. Unfortunately for Sedda, NTA refused to go out in game 5, claiming victory despite fighting from behind most of the match.
Winners Semifinals was ready to go, with Stranded and Star King as the first match. Star King took game one of the Kirby versus Pikachu match up. His Kirby was able to catch out Stranded multiple times, two stocking him in the end. Games 2 and 3 both came down to scary last stock situations, but Stranded and his Pikachu were able to clutch them out. Game 4 ended up being a blowout as Stranded turned on the gas, five stocking Star King’s Kirby. The other side of the bracket saw Fireblaster facing off against Cobr, a continuation of a rivalry recently seen at White Rose Monthly in November, and Shots Fired II in March. Cobr decided to go Kirby versus Fireblaster’s flashy Yoshi in game 1. Despite Cobr’s best efforts his Kirby was no match of the combo machine that is Fireblaster’s Yoshi, and game 1 ended in a decisive 2 stock. Game 2 saw the same match up and it was more of the same and Fireblaster took it with an even more convincing three stock. Game 3 saw Cobr switch to Captain Falcon, which swung the matchup in a complete 180 in terms of his fortune. Cobr was able to give Fire a taste of his own combo medicine, stealing a win on a missed recovery by Fireblaster. The Falcon matchup forced Fireblaster to counter with Mario for game 4. Fireblaster was ahead for most of the game but Cobr evened it up to a last stock situation. In the end, he was able to capitalize on an edgeguard after dropping a Falcon standard combo. Game 5 looked like Cobr had Fire figured out as he went up four stocks to one. Fireblaster worked his way back, amazingly taking the final game and the set a classic uair to usmash combo, moving on to face Stranded in Winners Finals.
Losers bracket plodded on mundanely as dominance was the name of the game for Quarter and Semifinals. All three ended in 3-0 sets. Star King defeated NTA, Cobr defeated DFX and then Star King defeated Cobr in Losers Semifinals. Winners finals between Stranded and Fireblaster started out strong for Fire as he decidedly two stocked Stranded’s Pikachu with his Yoshi. Game 2 saw Stranded counter with Falcon against Fire’s Yoshi and came back with a two stock of his own. Game 3 Stranded switched back to Pikachu and kept up the momentum with a strong three stock. Game 4 arrived and Stranded switched to Kirby as well as to an original controller instead of the Hori he was using all tournament. This game Fire fought back hard but it wasn’t enough, in a last stock situation a fsmash from Stranded led to a simple ledgeguard and Stranded advanced to Grand Finals. The Kirby versus Yoshi match up continued to haunt Fireblaster as he faced Star King in Losers Finals. Three close games later and Fireblaster was eliminated while Star King had a chance to take on Stranded in Grand Finals.
In Grand Finals Star King and Stranded faced off in three Kirby versus Pikachu matches. Star King was able to keep each game close but in the end Stranded overpowered him and took home the title of Apex 2016 Smash 64 Champion. In the end Stranded took Apex 2016 rather easily but it was not a complete sweep. He dropped a game each to Fireblaster, Star King, and The Smash Writers’ own JAMJAR. His competition was fierce and fought hard to keep it close but his fast hands and superior tech skill won the day.
Thank you to Pidgezero_one and all other event TOs for running one of the smoothest tournaments yet. Also thanks to the streamers for presenting the beautiful game of Smash 64 so well. Full brackets can be found on Smash.gg and replays are available on theBifuteki andSmash Studios YouTube channels.
Small Scene Spotlight: New York City
This week we travel to the Big Apple of New York City, as a programmer extraordinaire has created a quickly growing scene out of an established Melee group. Jesse “khz” Hertz had been a part of the management of Nebulous Gaming for some time. He had always been interested in starting a Smash 64 scene, but the details never came together. In January of 2015, he made a concerted effort to get a scene going, as none of the potential tournament organizers were able to guarantee they could attend on a regular basis. Turmoil took over Nebulous later that year, as a venue change was imminent so these plans had to go on the back burner.
In August of that same year, the Nebulous team ran a successful Kickstarter fund to help obtain a new venue. At this time, khz was intent on starting a 64 scene, as he had always wanted to get good at the game. He had played on netplay but was unhappy with the results, either beating down on unskilled players or getting beat down himself. He wanted something consistent where he could train with equal people in person. Being undeterred in his quest, khz reached out to his Smash connections and was introduced to a man who could help him organize a scene. James “Jimmy Joe” McGurl proved to be exactly what was needed for Nebulous, filling a variety of roles and helping khz ensure everything could run smoothly.
The first weekly was a huge success, as 15 enthusiastic Smashers attended and showed the world what New York was all about. Subsequent weeklies would have similar or lower numbers as the scene continued to solidify. Every so often, guest stars would make the trip to New York, including the Koroshiyo clan, a number of the MDVA players, and resident retired New Jersey player Rob “Cobr” Stone. In recent times, the day of the weekly changed due to waning numbers on Fridays. The move to Wednesday has been a huge success, as the past four weeklies have seen numbers larger than ever before, averaging just over 16 attendees.
The top players of this scene can be easily broken down into two tiers. The top tier is populated by Firo, Kuzinator, Jimmy Joe and Zeppelin. Firo is the top player of the scene, having the most impressive showings at nationals and regionals. Dual maining Link and Ness, this red-headed wonder aims to prove that all characters are viable. Kuzinator is a Yoshi main who has sadly been absent in recent weeks. However, he is a strong player who has won many of the weeklies prior to his absence. Jimmy Joe is not just a good looking master commentator. When his Pikachu and Jigglypuff are on, he can beat anyone in his scene. Zeppelin is the most recent addition to this tier, as the Captain Falcon main has been on the rise, recently taking two sets off of Firo’s Link and showing his strength in an impressive placing at Apex 2016. The second tier consists of khz, Dark Gentleman, Kelvenheit and Reptar. Maining Kirby, Jigglypuff, Pikachu and Captain Falcon respectively, these four have all taken sets off the top players in the scene but cannot do so consistently. They each have their obvious weaknesses in certain matchups but are eager to prove their worth.
Moving forward, the organizers of this scene have big plans for Nebulous. Their main long term goal is to continue to grow their overall numbers to the point they are the largest scene in our game. Currently they are close, as the past four weeklies have averaged just over 16 players, but other large scenes pull numbers just above that. They also want to stabilize their numbers, as past months have seen large fluctuations in attendance. Certain players need to be convinced to attend more consistently. Their second goal is to host a major. As they are sponsored by Hitbox, they are able to be granted a sum of money in order make a large tournament as amazing as they want. They hope to finally host a major some time in the next year, though they recognize the need to find just the right date, as the yearly 64 schedule has quickly become packed with majors.
Nebulous Gaming is certainly one of the most exciting scenes 64 has to offer. Its leadership is eager to grow and has the ability to do just that. They have the potential and resources to become a premier scene and are quickly attaining that status. Keep an eye on the Facebook page in the future for any announcements. Their weeklies are streamed on Hitbox on Wednesdays, so make sure to tune in and check out this fun scene. Thanks to an ingenious bit of programming by khz, their videos are instantly uploaded to YouTube after each set ends, so make sure to subscribe there if you cannot watch them live.
Pre-Snosa SFS #22
The Snosa II super week kicked off with a stacked Sixty Four Somedays weekly. This week was packed full of talent looking to hone their skills for the main event on Saturday. Top talent included SuPeRbOoMfAn, Kerokeroppi, Heropie, and Janitor to name a few. As Boom sidled easily into Winners Finals and awaited his next victim exciting things were happening elsewhere in the bracket. In a highly anticipated East versus West match up Kerokeroppi faced off against Hero Pie. The two decided to lock in the character the whole set. Kero with Captain Falcon and Hero Pie with Fox. Hero Pie was able to covert Fox’s combos and throws into easy edgeguard situations against the easily gimped Falcon. All three games Hero went up early and despite Kero keeping the games close in the end Hero Pie prevailed and took the set in a 3-0 sweep. This sent Kero to Losers Bracket where he was able to defeat Janitor and Wookie in two five game sets. Hero Pie was devoured by Boom in Winners Finals and therefore would meet Kero again in Loser Finals for a rematch. This set was like day and night for Kero. It’s as if he flipped a switch and remembered he could grab. Losers Finals Kero was able to overpower Hero Pie’s Fox with dash grabs and pressure. This shut down the combo and throw set ups Hero was using to get easy edgeguards in their previous meeting. Game three saw a Falcon ditto and Kero was able to win it in a last stock situation. This sent Kero on his way to Grand Finals and his first chance at Boom it what could be many in this weekend of Smash. After Boom’s Pikachu defeated Kero’s Falcon in a decisive three stock game one. Boom decided to have some fun and go with random characters for the rest of the set. Game two he got Luigi. Luigi’s uair combos left Kero feeling helpless with his Falcon and Boom took the game. Game three Boom picked Samus. He was able to space exceptionally and had the immense patience required in the Falcon versus Samus match up. In the end they were all smiles and having fun as Kero landed a fast fall dair but fell to his death faster than he could launch Samus. The full bracket can be found on Advancedbrackets.com and replays are currently available on the LAS Twitch channel.
Smash at The Cave
Back on the best coast players were preparing for SNOSA II and Apex 2016. BarkSanchez and Shears along with Mr. Sir and Dizzle used this weeks Cave weekly to prep for Snosa and Apex respectively. Clubbadubba the resident boss was there to put them to the test and he cruised into Winners Finals. Bark was right behind him and the two faced off for a chance at Grand Finals. After five grueling Pikachu dittos Clubba was able to out zip zap Bark and send him into losers bracket where he would face Robert in Losers Finals. Here three more brutal Pikachu dittos ensued as Bark handily dismantled Robert in three games. Bark had earned a chance at revenge against Clubba in Grand Finals. The two would proceed to battle it out in five more Pika dittos. Bark’s Pika would out combo Clubba and reset the bracket. The reset saw five more Pika dittos ensue for a total of 18 Pika dittos in all of the finals. In the end Bark would emerge victorious and take some confidence and momentum into Snosa. The full bracket can be found on Advancedbrackets.com and replays are available on the NOVA SSB Twitch channel.
Manitoba had three invaders find their scene this week. EPad, Jorjito, and Ziggy all discovered the blossoming Manitoba Smash scene. In an interesting twist they ran a nine round, round robin group stage to help find a fair seed for the new players. The three newcomers swept the 2- 4 seeds and helped make for an interesting bracket. After EPad’s Falcon sent his fellow newcomer to losers bracket he too was sent to losers by Roman’s Fox. This gave us a rematch between SPLORCH and EPad. In the group stage EPad was able to easily 2-0 SPLORCH’s Kirby after two unfortunate SD’s by SPLORCH. Favor smiled on SPLORCH in bracket and he was able to eliminate EPad after three close games. After Jorjito was sent to losers he was forced to face his fellow newcomer. Jorjito was able to eliminate his friend 2-1. He then made a run all the way to Losers Finals where he met Talon. Talon won game one of the Falcon ditto but that would be all the winning he would do in Losers finals. Jorjito won games two and three in the same match up. Game four saw Talon counter pick Pikachu to try to gain an edge with the mix up, but he fell and Jorjito punched his ticket to Grand Finals. There Jorjito pulled out all three top tiers to try and defeat Roman’s Fox. One by one they were cut down and Roman prevailed over the invasion of the new comers. The full bracket can be found on Challonge and replays are available on the Manitoba Smash YouTube channel.
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