Alex Strife is running *another* APEX!
posted to the public
at 11:08 AM on Friday Jan 13, 2012
Weird, because he actually hasn't run one yet.
In 2009, Alex didn't even find the venue. Inui found the venue. Inui ran the tournament. Inui hired people to do the layout, to do the electronics, and the commentary team was made up of people who we thought were a good idea, including myself.
In 2010, Keitaro found the venue. Me and Chaos Marth ran the brackets (along with RJ) and VGBootCamp ran the overall experience.
In 2012, I beg the question: Where the **** was Alex Strife?
For the months leading up to Apex, we as a group silently decided that Alex was incapable of running this event. Privately, I've been told by pretty much everyone that I was the creative mind behind this event. With that said, it's important to know that Alex had three main duties as a host behind this event. Collectively, it was understood that Alex wasn't hosting anything. We gave him jobs specifically to do so that we, the actual staff of Apex 2012, could focus on the actual events' success.
- Ensure that there were enough setups.
- Make sure the out of country players were accommodated.
- Not get in anyone else's way.
You would be extremely hard-pressed to find that any of these three points were met with satisfaction. Let's go through the list:
For 5 months, we determined that we needed 104 setups. We worked on the floor plan and schedule for this event for almost half a year. In December, Alex made the point that he would not be able to get 104 TVs, so we lowered that to 89--a feat absolutely obtainable since we've had more than this in the past.
Alex's lack of preparation and overall laziness led to there not being enough setups. You've seen me take the heat for a lot of stuff, but I can absolutely guarantee that 90% of the problems stemmed from Alex Strife claiming that he could do what he could not.
Anyone who was threatened with DQ for playing a friendly, you have my sincere apology (as well as Doom's), but it was the only way that Doom, Chaos Marth, Fats and Chibo would be able to actually get through the bracket, since Alex Strife was unable to do one of the three very easy tasks that he was required to do for this event.
2. Out of country players.
I am so utterly and completely embarrassed about how the Japanese were treated. I received a phone call from Vinnie the morning of January 3rd at 12:15 AM. That previous morning, Vinnie was tasked with guiding the Japanese (on his own dime, mind you) around New York City. This was because Alex's plan for housing the Japanese fell through, and they were unable to stay where they were.
That night, Vinnie called Alex to say that the same situation was going to happen the next morning and they would have nowhere to stay. Like a good host, Alex responded quickly, said "I'll get back to you in 15 minutes," and went on to make extra plans for the Japanese. What actually happened is that Alex turned his phone off and went to sleep.
Cristin was actually the one able to figure out what to do after she called Alex Strife's landline over 10 times. She was also the one to find the Japanese proper housing; Alex had nothing to do with it.
Alex also had the Japanese riding in the back of a U-Haul van along with their luggage and the scant amount of TVs he was able to procure.
3. Not get in anyone else's way.
I would rather re-hammer Christ to the cross than EVER work with Alex Strife again. He is a danger to himself and others. Late night phone calls of threatening suicide, a host who constantly says he is unable to run the event and threatens to quit, and a creative mind that has been drained of the juice that people so often flock towards.
The only actual work Alex Strife did that weekend was getting on the mic and making all of the rest of the staff look like fools. While I was using my commanding presence to ensure this tournament finished on time, Alex Strife used his stage time as the center ring in a circus.
Conclusively, it's important to know that Alex Strife does not do this for the money; Alex Strife does not do this for the community.
Alex uses Apex as a means to make people like him. Not in a social networking way, not in a way to make a career out of it. He just wants to be a spectacle.
Recently, Chibo and I have began talks about having Apex signed over to us so that we may continue running this event to the level that you'd expect. Alex Strife has taken it upon himself to post publicly that he has declined our offer. Since I will not be a part of Apex next year as of this moment, I think it's important to know that despite my taking of the spear, I am no martyr. I did this specifically for the sake of the event that I hold so dear. If that means I have to publicly blow up Alex Strife to ensure that everyone out there knows the truth, then hey--that's what I gotta do.
Just like last year's introspective from ChiboSempai, I'm explaining the faults of the person you all think is the best TO in the country. He doesn't organize anything.