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For those of you who have been around recently you're most likely aware of the many issues we've been having. Whether it's lack of communication between users and staff or just general confusion either way it was clear something needed to change. In my blog, "The Start To A Positive Change" I gave the community a chance to voice their opinion on things that they felt need to be fixed around here. Well, it took some time, but I finally finished gathering all the information and addressed every issue I could. Hopefully everyone is happy with what's provided below!

Issue Resolution – We have added new staff members to watch over the forum. This not only increases the response rate, but will make it so we can get multiple opinions on the situation to come up with the best solution. Along with that Neal has made it so that banned members can now access the forum! Someone suggested we make the forum anonymous, so that the staff members who have the final say are less likely to be biased. Though that is a good idea it isn't something that can happen, because in order to find solutions we often have to see the user's actions (posts) and the infractions they received in the past.

Content
– Invinciboy, lightlanayru and Miles of Smashwiki are currently reconstructing the Content Team to ensure more content is provided in the future. I do want to remind everyone that anyone is welcomed to write and submit an article. As long as the article is appropriate and fits the prerequisites then it will be posted.

Name Changes
– Due to user complaints and confusion of which user is which we will now be limiting name changes to one per month, per member. We'll see how that works to begin with, and adjust accordingly. Make sure if you request a name change you're willing to have it for a month!

Joining Staff
– I don't know if this is something that started before I became Head Admin or not, but asking (not harassing) to join staff does NOT hurt your chances to become staff. Real life tip: Employers love initiative! If you want to join staff just let me know! Now I may not get back to you immediately but I do read every PM sent to me, and I will try to respond to you. Someone asked if we could add a lower position on staff; something like a Scout. For those who haven't been around too long we used to have Chat Moderators where their only job was to look over the chats, but because every staff member has that power we decided to get rid of the position.

Enforcing the Rules, with Warnings
– This was the main reason this whole “revolution” started. We as staff want to make sure that the rules are enforced as they should be. We shouldn't be bias about which rules we enforce. On top of that we are going to be more lenient of first time offenders, and more harsh on repeat offenders, so make sure you read up on those rules!

Bad Staff
– There were a few suggestions to remove the “bad mods” and that the staff shouldn't be rude or vulgar. Remember! If you have a problem with staff to please take it to the Issue Resolution forum. As stated above it has been improved, so you will be heard. At the very least the staff member(s) receiving a complaint will be talked to. Staff members are held to higher standards.

Report Button
– This has been talked about for a long while now. It's a great idea, but only Neal can program it in at the time, so it's up to him if it happens. In the mean time I'm willing to make a topic in the “Site Feedback” board for everyone to report their problems there. Remember though, you can always message your favorite staff member to see if they can assist you!

Recommended Blogs
– Some asked to have a little section on the front page for blogs recommended by users. Once again, for those who are kind of new to the site we used to have the blog section of the front page based on user activity on the blog. Overtime it got a little out of control so it was changed. If you feel a blog should be recommended please either take it to the “Report Button” topic that will be made or ask your favorite staff member. It was also asked that staff members stop recommending blog that have already been recommended. You may not know this because we haven't had four active blogs recommended at once in a while but if there's more than three active recommended blogs at a time then the blogs rotate. The more recommendations a blog receives the better chance it has showing up on the front page during the rotation.

Troll Monitor
– I'm hoping that when this was suggested they were talking about people looking for troll comments, and reporting them because programming such a thing would be very difficult, and faulty. Hopefully everyone in the community is trying to help the site so they're all ready troll monitors. Help the staff clean up the trolls! Report anything you think is considered breaking the rules in the Report topic of the Site Feedback board, or tell your favorite staff members.
Hiring Process – In the blog it was clear that the community wants some say on who is added to the staff. The best formula provided for such a thing to happen was:
  1. Lower Staff recommends
  2. Community adds feedback
  3. Higher Staff makes final decision
This is not something I can promise will happen every time someone new tries to join staff, but in cases where we have a large group of applicants I think it's something I'm willing to do. With that being said, I have recently received multiple applications so this process will be happening within the next week! It will most likely happen through one of my blogs, so keep your eyes open!

Doubles Night
– I know this season we haven't had a single Doubles Night, and that's something I want to change. I'm not sure if it was lack of initiative from the staff or a misunderstanding that any staff member can host it, but I will make sure there are a few Doubles Nights before this season ends. Friendly Reminder: There's less than a month until the season ends!

Widgets
– It was asked that the Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Soul Calibur 5 widgets get added. Once again, this is something only Neal can do. Recently he has been more active, so I'm sure as long as he has all the art work (and I know the UmvC3 was provided) he will make sure it happens.

Revamping Staff – Staff is currently under construction. We'll be adding new members, while removing the inactive ones. There will even be new positions that the staff don't even know about yet!
 
Specific Rules – If there's any rules you feel should be more specific please let me know and assuming it's approved I will make sure it's updated.
 
Entertain Non-Brawlers – A friendly reminder that this site is focused for the Smash community. I understand many of us come here for the social aspect now, but it's still for the Smash community. Nonetheless, we try to do what we can with events to provide entertainment, but it can be difficult at times. If you want to create an event to entertain the community let us (the staff) know about it and we'll assist any way we can.
 
Borderline Images – Up until now we've been decently lenient on what people put on their profiles. Now I think it's about time we get a little more serious about the content seen on this site. Because of that we will now be giving warnings and infractions for any images seen as questionable by the staff. If you see any questionable images please let the staff know and we will be sure to address the issue.


If there is something I missed or something else you wish to be answered then please let me know! I want to make sure everyone enjoys their time on this site, and with this community!



Oh man, not another boring weekend :/

But wait, it's not a boring weekend! You have two great options.

1. Travel to Long Island tomorrow for Uprise of Long Island #7! This Brawl tournament hosted by Vinnie is going to be one of the best tournaments Long Island has seen yet. Wait... You mean you haven't heard about it? Well, now you have! Quick, go pack up your car and start driving. Maybe there's a last minute flight deal on Orbitz for you West Coasters.

2. So you can't make option number 1? Well that sucks, you should try to though. But I suppose if you can't make it, you will at least watch it. Right? Of course you will. Uprise of Long Island #7 will be streamed by yours truly, provided by CLASH Tournaments. Stream will be starting between 12p and 1p EST, so start microwaving that popcorn at the crack of noon, and pull up your favorite chair in front of your computer and get ready to stream monster the day away. Where can you watch the stream you ask? Well you can find it on my Twitch TV account at http://twitch.tv/chibosempai, or for simplicity sake (and to make it easier to spread the word of the stream!) you can go to http://clashstream.com. It's that easy!

So why should you attend this tournament? Well, it's going to be stacked, sorry about that! But there's more than your average stacked Atl North singles bracket to enter (but still enter to see how far you get and get sweet sweet bragging rights for AiB Blogs on Sunday!), there's going to be both Doubles and Mid Tier Singles! Doubles is fun! Grab your favorite Meta Knight main of a friend and make your FGC friends jealous as you have simultaneous four player chaotic action going on! And if you happen to not main the best of the best (poor ROB :/) then you better enter Mid Tier Singles where you have a chance to win that sweet sweet money, just like Mew2King would had Meta Knight been allowed in Mid Tiers!

But again, if you can't make it, that's ok! Watching a tournament stream is free! You won't have to subscribe to CLASH Tournaments for $8.95 to watch the stream. All those top players? You won't have to worry about them! Instead of getting paired up with them round one you can watch them in fear from the comfort of your bedroom. Watch the effects of the Japanese Ruleset on the American community, see Mid Tiers rise to fame, and watch interesting and unique Meta Knight ridden doubles matches!

But what about Sunday... What to do on Sunday? Well, you can watch all of the replays from Uprise of Long Island #7 on the CLASH Tournaments YouTube channel! If you attended the tournament, you can watch over your matches and learn from mistakes and scope out other potential tourney threats you might have slipped away from. If you didn't attend? Catch up on any matches you missed or re-watch some of the most exciting matches from the night, like when Teevee and Blackanese inevitably beat Mew2King in teams again or Anti beats Vinnie with Pikachu! Subscribe to the YouTube channel to know right away when the matches go online!


So let's recap:

-Go To Uprise of Long Island #7
-Watch The Stream by CLASH Tournaments
-Watch The Videos on Sunday
Hello, AiB! It's been awhile since I've written a ladder article for the site, but I've recently received a request to write another article - so it looks like I'll be alternating with lightlanayru, Invinciboy, and Minty Horse. I've taken the time to make sure the scores/rankings/characters are as accurate as possible. If I missed any character someone used, please let me know. It also helps to have pointers on signatures, ladder feedback, and profile as to the character that was used in ladder. 

I want to remind everyone that if you have any replays of your best ladder matches and you’d like to share it and have it featured on here for the ladder updates, feel free to send them to me or Trish via PMs.

Side-note: These top rankings have been taken on 8:00 pm CST on Saturday [02/25/12]. 


Current Rankings

Singles: 

[01] Ally | Score: 2302 | Win/Loss Ratio: 26 - 0 | → Snake / Meta Knight / Falco
[02] Gonzalo ZeRo | Score: 2244 | Win/Loss Ratio: 40 - 8 | → Meta Knight 
[03] DracoBlaze | Score: 2233 | Win/Loss Ratio: 31 - 7 | → Meta Knight / Snake / Falco
[04] ANTi | Score: 2169 | Win/Loss Ratio: 35 - 0 | → Meta Knight / Diddy / Marth 
[05] Denti | Score: 2133 | Win/Loss Ratio: 106 - 22 | → Olimar
[06] SlayerZ | Score: 2108 | Win/Loss Ratio: 24 - 3 | → Peach
[07] BFAA PentaUmai | Score: 2043 | Win/Loss Ratio: 53 - 20 | → Mr. Game and Watch 
[08] Epar | Score: 2017 | Win/Loss Ratio: 15 - 1 | → Meta Knight
[09] Negga | Score: 1948 | Win/Loss Ratio: 29 - 2 | → Diddy
[10] lloD | Score: 1934 | Win/Loss Ratio: 20 - 1 | → Peach
[11] LoF NAKAT | Score: 1903 | Win/Loss Ratio: 19 - 0 | → Falco / Snake / Olimar / Meta Knight
[12] Zorai | Score: 1899 | Win/Loss Ratio: 57 - 34 | → Meta Knight / Marth
[13] E.J. | Score: 1894 | Win/Loss Ratio : 60 - 5 | → Sheik 
[14] wonf | Score: 1880 | Win/Loss Ratio: 27 - 12 | → Marth 
[15] Uno. | Score: 1867 | Win/Loss Ratio: 69 - 19 | → Mr. Game & Watch / Meta Knight / Rob 
[16] Nilik | Score: 1864 | Win/Loss Ratio: 27 - 7 | → Random 
[17] Anuar | Score: 1863 | Win/Loss Ratio: 56 - 6 | → Olimar / Snake
[18] Keeby | Score: 1839 | Win/Loss Ratio: 58 - 54 | → Kirby 
[19] Kain | Score: 1841 | Win/Loss Ratio: 15 - 3 | → Wolf 
[20] Raffi-X | Score: 1837 | Win/Loss Ratio: 24 - 13 | → Rob
[21] PatG | Score: 1822 | Win/Loss Ratio: 24 - 9 | → Falco 
[22] Tairu | Score: 1819 | Win/Loss Ratio: 87 - 24 | → Falco
[23] xMARx | Score: 1815 | Win/Loss Ratio: 26 - 28 | → Diddy / Meta Knight 
[24] Professor Genki | Score: 1809 | Win/Loss Ratio: 26 - 5 | → Fox / Falco / Snake
[25] 809 | Score: 1794 | Win/Loss Ratio: 28 - 4 | → Meta Knight
[26] WaDiRob | Score: 1808 | Win/Loss Ratio: 26 - 6 | → Mr. Game and Watch / Wario / Rob
[27] Vato_break | Score: 1784 | Win/Loss Ratio: 36 -13 |  → Diddy / Mario
[28] Skyward Tearbear | Score: 1775 | Win/Loss Ratio: 8 - 1 | → Olimar / Meta Knight
[29] TheLegendaryJash | Score: 1761 | Win/Loss Ratio: 25 - 5 | → Toon Link
[30] Masho | Score: 1759 | Win/Loss Ratio: 53 - 16 | → Marth / King Dedede / Rob
[31] Krystedez | Score: 1751 | Win/Loss Ratio: 30 - 10 | → Pit
[32] joe ST | Score: 1745 | Win/Loss Ratio: 37 - 12 | → Meta Knight / Snake / Falco


Doubles: 

[01] Otori + Kakera [Epar / MJG] | Score: 1988 | Win/Loss Ratio: 31 - 1 | → Meta Knight / Meta Knight
[02] Aloeism [Keeby / Waldo] | Score: 1829 | Win/Loss Ratio: 32 - 7 | → Kirby / Meta Knight / Snake / Ike
[03] Satisfaction [-Randum- / Purgatory] | Score: 1689 | Win/Loss Ratio: 11 - 5  → Meta Knight / Meta Knight 
[04] Haters make us famous [Colette / DracoBlaze] | Score: 1661 | Win/Loss Ratio: 26 - 5 | → Meta Knight / Meta Knight
[05] If it lags its you [xMARx / wonf] | Score: 1449 | Win/Loss Ratio: 9 - 5 | → Diddy / Meta Knight / Sonic
[06] -No Fear- [ZodiTheForSaken / BFAA PentaUmai | Score: 1403 | Win/Loss Ratio: 11 - 14 | → Mr. Game and Watch / Meta Knight
[07] Mc Bunz. [Sam_The_Freshest / MC PE] | Score: 1381 | Win/Loss Ratio: 7 -2 | → Meta Knight / Snake / Captain Falcon
[08] Explosive Elegance [Diska / Mocha] | Score: 1349 | Win/Loss Ratio: 7 - 3 | → Snake / Zelda 
[09] DIP [Zak / Eden] | Score: 1337 | Win/Loss Ratio: 4 - 1 | → Meta Knight / Random 
[10] 8J [SmashGOD / lloD] | Score: 1283 | Win/Loss Ratio: 8 - 5 | → Samus / Peach
[11] Game&Gas [Uli / superbeans] | Score: 1236 | Win/Loss Ratio: 13 - 12 | → Mr. Game and Watch / Wario
[12] Speeeeed Up [Blazer / XxGeexX] | Score: 1224 | Win/Loss Ratio: 8 - 1 | → Meta Knight / Sonic
[13] Oblivion [Crow./ Blaze.] | Score: 1208 | Win/Loss Ratio: 19 - 19 | → Peach / Snake 
[14] Sexy Beasts [AfroTwist BananaPie/ Gardex] | Score: 1204 | Win/Loss Ratio: 6 - 1 | →  Link, Pikachu / Mr. Game and Watch
[15] <- XVVV -> [RnaD / Negga] | Score: 1199 | Win/Loss Ratio: 5 - 5 | → Meta Knight / Mr. Game and Watch 
[16] | A New World Order [The LCie Kyleisreal / Professor Genki] | Score: 1100 | Win/Loss Ratio: 3 - 0 | → Snake / Fox



Notes

Singles: 

- Ally and ANTi with an amazing win streak and no losses so far. How long will they be able to keep their streak? 
- Denti with 128 matches played so far! 
- Sheik, who you rarely hear about in ladder, is sneaking herself in the placings by E.J.
- Uno. with 69 wins. Game and Watch likes lucky numbers... will he maintain it?
- At least 13 Meta Knights are currently at the top of singles ladder.   



Doubles: 

- FOW and MJG lead doubles ladder with their almost unbeatable double Meta Knight team with only one loss so far
- Some random Zelda teleports out of nowhere into doubles ladder with her ma - *ahem* I mean, Snake. Are Mocha and Diska actually Riot and Bizkit in disguise?
- Girl power... lloD and SmashGOD show some femme fatale with their Peach and Samus teams
- Looks like Foxhound has come back to haunt Snake and join him as KyleisReal and MegaFox bring out their Snake and Fox
- Again, at least 13 Meta Knights are currently at the top of doubles ladder.

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Remember, this season’s ladder ends on March 31st. There’s still time to catch up on your score if you’re behind on decay, and to join the ladder if you haven’t already. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the ladder. Keep working hard, and have a great upcoming Spring Break everyone (:
Good afternoon, everyone! I'm back with another ladder update to keep all of you followers in check, but before I get into that, let me bring up an important. As if he was Halley's Comet or something, Neal showed up for the first time in 75 years. I found him on AIM and told him to update the ladder rules with everything that was presented during the Road to Apex season, and he did. Make sure you look at the Rules page to see the changes and abide by them, because they will be there until the end of time!

And now, I present to you the current rankings! (Note: these rankings taken from today's stats, at 2:51 PM, and are based on what was used in the past update (with the changes you all mentioned, of course.) If anything still needs to be corrected, let me know with a comment in this article or PM.)

Singles Rankings

*1. DracoBlaze (Score: 2206, with 20-3; Character(s): Meta Knight)*
2. ANTi (Score: 2204, with 35-0; Character(s): Diddy Kong and Meta Knight)
3. SlayerZ (Score: 2129, with 21-2; Character(s): Peach)
4. Denti (Score: 2106, with 84-16; Character(s): Olimar)
5. PentaSalia (Score: 1992, with 46-17; Character(s): Mr. Game and Watch)
6. Negga (Score: 1984, with 29-2; Character(s): Diddy Kong)
7. lloD (Score: 1973, with 18-0; Character(s): Peach)
8. Zorai (Score: 1953, with 55-31; Character(s): Meta Knight)
9. Nilik (Score: 1948, with 26-5; Character(s): Random)
10. LoF NAKAT (Score: 1932, with 18-0; Character(s): Falco, Snake, Olimar, and Meta Knight)
11. E.J. (Score: 1910, with 56-4; Character(s): Sheik)
12. Uno. (Score: 1908, with 53-12; Character(s): Mr. Game and Watch, Meta Knight, R.O.B., Wario, and Random)
13. Raffi-X (Score: 1879, with 23-11; Character(s): R.O.B.)
14. Kain (Score: 1878, with 15-3; Character(s): Wolf)
15. Keeby (Score: 1874, with 41-26; Character(s): Kirby/Mr. Game and Watch)
16. PatG (Score: 1846, with 23-9; Character(s): Falco)
17. Vato_break (Score: 1835, with 31-9; Character(s): Diddy Kong and Mario)
18. xMARx (Score: 1825, with 23-23; Character(s): Diddy Kong and Meta Knight)
19. wonf (Score: 1824, with 22-10; Character(s): Marth)
20. Skyward Tearbear (Score: 1809, with 8-1; Character(s): Random)
21. Kazoscy (Score: 1801, with 61-14; Character(s): Falco)
22. Professor Genki (Score: 1796, with 22-4; Character(s): Fox)
23. Seagull Joe (Score: 1773, with 35-13; Character(s): Wolf, King Dedede, Snake, R.O.B., Sonic, Falco, and Meta Knight)
24. waterflame (Score: 1764, with 15-2; Character(s): Meta Knight and Falco)
25. Masho (Score: 1751, with 43-11; Character(s): R.O.B. and King Dedede?)
26. Roy Flare-Blade Heartmut (Score: 1749, with 62-61; Character(s): Donkey Kong and Ike)
27. MC PE (Score: 1741, with 10-1; Character(s): Random)
28. TheLegendaryJash (Score: 1727, with 20-4; Character(s): Toon Link)
29. Bizkit (Score: 1723, with 28-6; Character(s): Snake)
30. Zori (Score: 1722, with 16-4; Character(s): Olimar)
31. Purgatory (Score: 1712, with 9-1; Character(s): Meta Knight)
32. Jbandrew (Score: 1711, with 11-5; Character(s): Meta Knight)

Notes:

-DracoBlaze has knocked ANTi out of first place! But with only a two-point difference, it's still anyone's game!
-ANTi, lloD, and NAKAT still have their solid streaks. Perhaps they are invincible? Only time will tell!
-A good majority of the players seem to be slightly inactive. Be careful not to let yourselves get too far behind the new faces!

Doubles Rankings

*1. Otori + Kakera (Players: FOW + Childish Gambino; Score: 1835, with 21-1; Characters: Meta Knight and Diddy Kong)*
2. Aloeism (Players: Keeby + Waldo; Score: 1720, with 19-4; Characters: Kirby/Mr. Game and Watch/Meta Knight and Snake/Ike)
3. Haters make us famous (Players: Colette + DracoBlaze; Score: 1698, with 26-5; Characters: Double Meta Knight)
4. Satisfaction (Players: -Randum- + Purgatory; Score: 1481, with 7-5; Characters: Lucas and Meta Knight)
5. -No Fear- (Players: -Zodi the ForSakeN- and PentaSalia; Score: 1479, with 5-1; Characters: Meta Knight/Wolf and Mr. Game and Watch)
6. DIP (Players: Zak + Eden; Score: 1313, with 3-1; Characters: Meta Knight and Marth)
7. Game&Gas (Players: Uli + super beans; Score: 1290, with 12-6; Characters: Wario and Mr. Game and Watch)
8. ←XVVV→ (Players: RnaD + Negga; Score: 1232, with 5-5; Characters: Ike and Mr. Game and Watch)
9. 8j (Players: SmashG0D + lloD; Score: 1208, with 6-3; Characters: Samus and Peach)
10. WIFI PENGUIN AND PLUMBER (Players: Shes not a tree + Excel-ISM; Score: 1089, with 5-6; Characters: King Dedede and Luigi?) 
11. If it lags its you (Players: xMARx + wonf; Score: 1058, with 4-3; Characters: Diddy Kong/Meta Knight and Marth)
12. Oblivion (Players: Crow. + Blaze.; Score: 1022, with 9-11; Characters: Peach/Snake/Zero Suit Samus and Snake)
13. YOU KNOW WHY; CUZ WE DEM BOYS (Players: Zog + Uno.; Score: 953, with 3-0; Characters: Samus and Mr. Game and Watch/Meta Knight)
14. ShadowTl's team (Players: ShadowTl + PikaForLife; Score: 922, with 4-2; Characters: Toon Link and Pikachu)
15. For DynaDash (Players: GenoSamus + Blazerlicious; Score: 871, with 6-7; Characters: Samus and Kirby)
16. watr (Players: Goten + Jules; Score: 821, with 4-6; Characters: Meta Knight/Snake and Olimar)

Notes:
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FOW and Childish Gambino are still in the lead, but it looks like Keeby and Waldo are catching up.
-Looks like Zog and Uno. are the only team with their streak still intact. Keep up the good work, you two!

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Well everyone, that's it for this ladder update. Stay tuned for more developments as they happen, and keep playing to meet the match requirements!
Hello, one and all of All is Brawl! After waiting SOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG for the next ladder, neal finally emerged from his cave and gave us a new season. Since content, especially ladder content, has been dead lately, I'll kick off the update train to which my cohorts will continue every other week. Let's get started, shall we? (Note: these rankings taken from today's stats, at 12:35 PM, and are based on feedback, signatures (if applicable), and past experiences (for those that most likely will never change their crew). If anything needs to be corrected, let me know with a comment in this article or PM.)

Singles Rankings

*1. ANTi (Score: 2121, with 32-0; Character(s): Diddy Kong and Meta Knight)*
2. Denti (Score: 2036, with 49-5; Character(s): Olimar)
3. Negga (Score: 2023, with 29-2; Character(s): Diddy Kong)
4. PentaSalia (Score: 1941, with 31-9; Character(s): Mr. Game and Watch)
5. Raffi-X (Score: 1935, with 20-7; Character(s): R.O.B.)
6. lloD (Score: 1929, with 15-0; Character(s): Peach)
7. SlayerZ (Score: 1899, with 10-1; Character(s): Peach)
8. DracoBlaze (Score: 1887, with 8-2; Character(s): Meta Knight)
9. Magma Ace Uno (Score: 1863, with 32-5; Character(s): Mr. Game and Watch, Meta Knight, R.O.B., Wario, and Random)
10. NAKAT (Score: 1836, with 13-0; Character(s): Falco, Snake, Olimar, and Meta Knight)
11. E.J. (Score: 1825, with 47-3; Character(s): Sheik)
12. Kain (Score: 1770, with 9-2; Character(s): Wolf)
13. Roy Flare-Blade Heartmut (Score: 1763, with 32-16; Character(s): Donkey Kong and Ike)
14. Keeby (Score: 1761, with 18-10; Character(s): Kirby/Mr. Game and Watch)
15. DiSQO_BuNNY (Score: 1746, with 40-16; Character(s): Diddy Kong)
16. xMARx (Score: 1731, with 15-13; Character(s): Diddy Kong and Meta Knight)
17. wonf (Score: 1728, with 10-3; Character(s): Marth)
18. flameleon (Score: 1722, with 8-0; Character(s): Mario)
19. Megafox the Cutie (Score: 1718, with 14-2; Character(s): Fox)
20. WaDiRob (Score: 1705, with 11-2; Character(s): R.O.B. and Wario)
21. DreamKnight (Score: 1676, with 24-20; Character(s): Kirby and Meta Knight)
22. viva. (Score: 1672, with 16-0; Character(s): Mr. Game and Watch, Meta Knight, and Lucas)
23. Anuar (Score: 1663, with 19-1; Character(s): Meta Knight and Olimar)
24. _Quest_ (Score: 1652, with  22-0; Character(s): Marth, Toon Link, and Sonic)
25. -H- (Score: 1642, with 23-15; Character(s): Wolf)
26. Jason (Score: 1635, with 83-36; Character(s): R.O.B.)
27. ven (Score: 1618, with 34-25; Character(s): Zelda)
28. Masho (Score: 1611, with 14-2; Character(s): R.O.B. and King Dedede?)
29. Joe SeagullMan (Score: 1602, with 17-8; Character(s): Wolf, King Dedede, Snake, R.O.B., Sonic, Falco, and Meta Knight)
30. RoyalMew (Score: 1586, with 23-8; Character(s): Meta Knight)
31. Kazi (Score: 1585, with 25-6; Character(s): Falco)
32. Zori (Score: 1584, with 12-2; Character(s): Olimar)

Notes:

-ANTi once again retains a first place position at the early stage of this season. I wonder who will knock him out this time...just kidding. Great work so far!
-ANTi, lloD, NAKAT, flameleon, viva., and _Quest_ all have unbroken streaks. I've never seen that many...and to think there's even more past 32nd! Keep up the good work, all you streakers, and be alert for those that wish to end them!
-Jason sure has gotten busy with those 83 wins and 100+ matches. Maybe he'll go for 200?

Doubles Rankings

*1. Otori + Kakera (Players: FOW + Childish Gambino; Score: 1608, with 10-1; Characters: Meta Knight and Diddy Kong)*
2. ←XVVV→ (Players: ll MeggA ll + Negga; Score: 1337 (Niiiiiiiiiiice), with 5-2; Characters: Ike and Mr. Game and Watch)
3. Haters make us famous (Players: Colette + DracoBlaze; Score: 1334, with 12-4; Characters: Double Meta Knight)
4. Aloeism (Players: Keeby + Waldo; Score: 1318, with 6-2; Characters: Kirby/Mr. Game and Watch/Meta Knight and Snake/Ike)
5. Beauties and Beasts (Players: Meek + SlayerZ; Score: 1184, with 5-0; Characters: Sonic and Peach)
6. Satisfaction (Players: -Randum- + Purgatory; Score: 1146, with 4-4; Characters: Lucas and Yoshi)
7. Team Troll (Players: The Fabulous Demon Lord Ghirahim + kongmetal; Score: 1119, with 5-0; Characters: Sheik and Toon Link)
8. 8j (Players: SmashG0D + lloD; Score: 1068, with 3-1; Characters: Samus and Peach)
9. WIFI PENGUIN AND PLUMBER (Players: Shes not a tree + Excel-ISM; Score: 982, with 3-3; Characters: King Dedede and Luigi?)
10. Victorious Secret (Players: The Great Zebra Sage + xMARx; Score: 830, with 1-1; Characters: Wario and Diddy Kong/Meta Knight)
11. Chimichangas up da *** (Players: Amaterasu Okami + Davidlazer; Score: 802, with 3-1; Characters: Snake + Yoshi)
12. Bad Dreams (Players: RickyRozay + Vato_break; Score: 764, with 2-1; Characters: Random and Mario)
13. Mayor of Bootytown & Govenor of Bootyville (Players: Roy Flare-Blade Heartmut + Spliz; Score: 663, with 2-2; Characters: Donkey Kong/Ike and Fox)
14. Game&Gas (Players: Uli + super beans; Score: 616, with 2-0; Characters: Wario and Mr. Game and Watch)
15. YOU KNOW WHY; CUZ WE DEM BOYS (Players: Zog + Magma Ace Uno; Score: 609, with 2-0; Characters: Samus and Mr. Game and Watch/Meta Knight)
16. watr (Players: Goten + Jules; Score: 608, with 2-3; Characters: Meta Knight/Snake and Olimar)

Notes:
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FOW and Childish Gambino have completely left the other competitors in the dust. Then again, it's still early in the season. Perhaps one team will emerge to challenge these behemoths!
-Four teams have unbroken streaks, and oddly enough, two have the same records as another two. Meek/SlayerZ and The Fabulous Demon Lord Ghirahim/kongmetal are at 5-0, and Uli/super beans and Zog/Magma Ace Uno are at 2-0. Whose streak will break first?

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Well everyone, that's it for this ladder update. Stay tuned for more developments as they happen!

P.S. Just so you players know...remember those match requirements that were implemented in the Road to Apex ladder? Well, those are here to stay until the end of time. Singles players should have no problem with 30 matches, but Doubles...well, we'll see what happens as it goes. I CAN guarantee, however, that there's absolutely not going to be a repeat of only fourteen teams in playoffs.)
by JV_ Jan 6 2012, 9:26AM
The Biggest Smash Event Ever is about to go down and we will be bringing you the live stream all weekend.
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            The Smash scene has always been something of a mystery to those outside the community. It is often isolated from other gaming communities and as a result few realize the draw and staying power the games have had for over half a decade. One of the staples of the Smash community are the occasional community run, grassroots national tournaments. The roots of these tournaments go all the way back to 2003, when Matt Deezie ran the very first Smash national tournament, TG4. Since that time dozens more have occurred and a few tournaments have even risen to the international level in scope. 

            One of these tournaments is coming this weekend. As I mentioned a few weeks ago in “Super Smash Bros. Thriving Across the Country” over at majorleaguegaming.com, in just a few short days the Smash scene is looking forward to the international tournament Apex 2012. The last international tournament occurred in the summer of 2011 with over 400 people attending and over $22,000 in prize money. At that tournament, Genesis II, a Melee player from outside the United States won for the first time ever. The player Armada, hailing from Sweden, had traveled to the United States repeatedly over the years but until 2011 had not finished higher than second in singles at a major US tournament. Unlike many other competitive games, the US has typically dominated the international scene and is often considered the best at both Brawl and Melee. This history goes all the way back to former world champion Ken Hoang winning the Jack Garden tournament in Japan in 2005.

Many players outside the United States have proven they can achieve great heights, but until Armada’s victory six months ago none had proven they had what it took to be a champion. At Apex 2012 the saga will continue, with Armada once again coming to the United States –only this time he will not be the underdog, but the defending champion. Apex 2012 will have a plethora of high-level players attending for both games. Melee, having such a long history, offers an interesting diversity in talent. At the top of the list are all former and current national champions. Dr Peepee, the Falco main who won Pound 5 in early 2011, is by many considered the favorite to challenge Armada. To win though he will have to overcome other champions like Hungrybox and his Jigglypuff. Hungrybox’s time at the top has been steady for years; he won Apex 2010 and is typically in the top 3 at major national tournaments. Probably the most electrifying Melee player though will be Mango, considered at one point to be the most dominant player after Ken, he has won multiple national tournaments since 2009 and he is considered a threat with many characters.

Moving past these national champions though are former Melee players and legends in their own right. Isai, former Major League Gaming Doubles National Champion in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and widely considered the best Smash 64 player ever, will be attending. MLG 2006 National Champion PC Chris should also be showing off his, possibly rusty but certainly thrilling, skills. Other players from the days that MLG held Melee include Chillin, KoreanDJ, and Azen—two of which won MLG tournaments in 2005 and 2006. Captain Jack has reportedly booked his flight from Japan, he had placed top 3 at MLG’s 2004 National Championship.  Looking at these players, the talent at Apex 2012 is almost surpassed by the long and storied history and it is anyone’s guess who’ll come out on top. 

For Brawl the event looks to be just as exciting. Apex 2010 winner, DEHF, is set to defend his crown and shake off what was likely a bit disappointing 2010 MLG season. The player currently considered the best at Brawl will surely give DEHF one of his biggest obstacles in defending his crown. Since taking 4th place at MLG’s 2010 National Championship, Ally has been on a rampage, winning over 20 tournaments in the last year alone, including the national Pound 5. He is the first player since Brawl’s release to overtake Mew2King in the SWF Rankings, a catalogue of over 4,500 unique players and 500 tournaments occurring in the last year alone. Other challenges to DEHF include Mr. R, considered one of the best Marth players and the best player from Europe.

  

While the competition will be fierce from all the aforementioned players, probably the most exciting matches will come from the Japanese. So far over ten Japanese players are slated to travel to Apex 2012. Among them was the Apex 2010 Runner-up, Brood, who showed the US players that Olimar can compete on an entirely different level. He stands as one of the only players to ever defeat both Ally and Mew2King in the same tournament. Another Japanese player, Kakera, is believed to have a Meta Knight that rivals Mew2King’s and many are looking forward to a potential showdown between the two. Finally, there is Nietono, who’s Olimar is held as the best in the world and who is frequently referred to as the best player in Japan.

All of these international players will be fighting a slew of American goliaths. The best of the US includes ADHD (Diddy Kong), Anti (Meta Knight), Atomsk (everything), NickRiddle (Zero Suit Samus), and ESAM (Pikachu). Many of these players are considered the best in the country with their character. 2010 MLG National Champion and winner of $12,500, Gnes, will grace the tournament and hopes are high for his and other Texas’ player’s attendance. Likely the odds-on favorite to win the tournament is Mew2King though, who despite a surge from Ally is still the most consistent Brawl player of the last four years. Mew2King has mentioned Apex 2012 may be his last tournament and a competitor at his level will always want to go out on top. He will be entering both Brawl and Melee and stands to win upwards of $10,000 if he performs well in both games.

Though the tournament is just three days away and already records have been set. With 410 Unique Brawl entrances it will be the largest Brawl tournament in history. The experience lasts three days from January 6th-8th, and aside from all three Smash games will also include competitions for Super Street Fighter IV AE, Ultimate Marvel v Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, and even Pokemon Black/White. If you live near the New Jersey area and don’t wish to enter a tournament but want to check it out, spectator passes are a mere $10. Registration will be taken at the door for Super Street Fighter IV AE, Ultimate Marvel v Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, and Pokemon. This is huge considering the recently EVO2k12 announced that Apex 2012 will be its kickoff event for their Road to EVO. 

Stats
  • 410 Brawl Entrants (Largest Ever)
  • 330 Melee Entrants (2nd Largest Ever)
  • 64 Smash 64 Entrants (Largest Ever)
  • 84 (and counting...) Traditional Fighting Games
  • 3 Days
  • Over $15,000 in prizes
  • Professional quality stream so all the action can be watched from home
  • First Smash tournament to also be an EVO qualifing event
Brackets and Pools
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Interested in Apex 2012? Post who you think will win in the comments!

*Photo Credits: PBnJ, getyourtournament.com, apexsmash.com

Hello, All is Brawl! I hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoy the bounty of gifts (or piles of coal) you received! The reason I didn't do this contest yesterday was because I thought you all would be too busy playing with your toys, spending time with family, or eating a ton of food to remember about little old me. Think of this as a post-Christmas event and we'll be just fine. But before that...

Last edition's results: lightlanayru was the featured user. She joined the site on February 12, 2009, mains Toadette in Mario Kart Wii, and has twelve tournament medals. Foodies, ShadeTale, benaji261, Redlover, StillNotBlackEnoug89, Hyperactive_Ducky, trufflethedog, Bluerider, and Coolwhip were all of the users that guessed correctly. Quite a turnout; congratulations to you all! By the way, if you wish to see the results of a WTU right after they happen, check this group out!

Rules:
1. I will show you the message the featured user sent me. If you are the user I am describing, please keep quiet about it and do not reveal yourself. Failure to comply will result in the loss of your
WTU Featured User badge.
2. In addition to a fact, clues will be given to help you search the myriad users of AiB for the right one. Don’t stop until you are absolutely sure you have the right user and he or she matches the clues given, because you only get one shot at this.
3. To make sure you are taking the time to check your guess, I will give you a few questions to answer about this user. Every answer will be found somewhere on his or her profile (About Me, blogs, videos, etc.) If one answer is incorrect, then your whole guess will be counted wrong, so make sure you are absolutely certain of what you typed. (P.S. If you can't find the answers or have to PM the person you're looking at for an answer, you're doing it wrong.)
4. When you are ready to give the name and answers, do not post as a comment. You must send a private message, or your submission will be void. Also, don’t give me a link to his or her profile unless you have the name and the answers to the questions to go with it. Putting just a link in your message will count as an incomplete (and therefore wrong) answer.
5. Everyone has until 3 am (PST) to message me. Any answer sent in after that will not be counted.
6. The first TEN that send the correct username get the
WTU Winner badge! Keep in mind, however, that some veterans may come back to compete. Work fast, but don’t give up!

It's time for the special holiday submission. Good luck, everyone!

"Last winter, my cousin and I went to take my little brother to a ski slope while we were in Pennsylvania for the holidays. My brother was at the top, going to ski down, while my cousin and I sat at the bottom, chilling. We were waiting under a pine tree, next to the slopes, where the snow was waist high. We were both bored, so my cousin dove head-first into the snow, attempting a headstand, and I also jumped  in as well! After our heads thawed out, we decided to throw snowballs at the oncoming skiers. After a couple of throws, I finally hit a forty year-old guy, right in the nose. He should of worn a helmet! When he fell down in the snow, he glared at my cousin and I while we laughed hysterically, and ran."

In addition to what's above, this user...
-is in the group I HATE DAM BUTTON LAG JOIN IF U AGREE CAUSE I KNOW U DO =(
-has a "t" somewhere in the username.
-joined during Summer 2011.
-mains the same person in Brawl and Melee.

And the questions you need to answer are as follows:
1. When exactly did this user join the site?
2. Who is the character described above?
3. Who does this user main in the original Smash Bros.?

So everyone, tell me...WHO'S THAT USER?! Good luck, pay attention to the clues/questions, and have a happy New Year!

P.S. DUE TO LATE POSTING, I HAVE CHANGED THE DEADLINE TO 3 AM PST. YOU'RE WELCOME!

It's that time of year again, and what better way to celebrate the season on AiB than with a Social Get Together? So...here is all the info you need to know!

Date: Friday, December 23, 2011
Where: Social Chat

Event info: just like with past Get Togethers, there is always a main chat event where we come together as a community, have some conversations, discuss ways to improve AiB, play some friendlies, or whatever else. Also being that this is a special social event, during the Get Together, users may also trade in the chat. Keep the site rules in mind, as they will be enforced!

Starting times: -1:00 am (Netherlands)
                      -12:00 am (GMT)
                      -8:00 pm (Atlantic)
                      -7:00 pm (EST)
                      -6:00 pm (CST)
                      -5:00 pm (MST)
                      -4:00 pm (PST)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the hosts/organizers (Santa Kakashi, Enrish, TM Mango, Faketime, or vVv Sumer) or visit the All is Brawl Get Togethers group. Merry Christmas!
The Socal regional series is finishing up another circuit this Saturday, December 10th Temple City, California.  

This event is being sponsored by T MOBILE |Blackberry so expect a lot of awesome all around!  The venue is at an awesome anime store called Desu Nation - Check out the tournament page for pictures.   

Here are a few reasons you should get your butt off of wifi and make it out to Champion: 

1) New Player Discounts - Players new to the offline tournament scene will receive $5 off of their Singles Entry Fee!  All you have to do is print out the flyer below and bring it to the tournament. 

2) Raffles - We will be giving away over $200 in raffle prizes!  All of this stuff is free to win - we will not be selling raffle tickets!    

You will receive a raffle ticket for entering the event. 
You will receive a raffle ticket for bringing a full setup. 
You will receive a raffle ticket for entering the cosplay contest.   

Prizes for the raffles include: SD Cards, Tri Wing screw drivers, Shirts, Anime Merch, a new White Gamecube Controller, and  much more!
   

3) Cosplay Contest - You heard it right!  A full on Cosplay Contest will be taking place during the event.  The winner of the  cosplay contest will receive a copy of Skyward Sword 

4) Pools and Amateur Bracket- Pools ensure you get your moneys worth by playing a minimum of five different people, which is great because nobody likes to go 0-2 in bracket.  An Amateur Bracket will be offered to those who don't make it out of pools but still want vengeance!  The top 3 players in Amateur Bracket will receive pot money :). 

5) The Players - The best in the West will be attending and hype matches will ensue.  You won't get the same feel from watching these hype matches on computer screen.  We are expecting lots of tough competition including:  

-Tyrant  
-TKD  
-DEHF  
-Fow 
-Mikehaze  
-Havok  
-Rich Brown  
-Tearbear  
-X 

On top of the singles payout being top 8, there is also a $100 pot bonus!  

As you can see there will be a lot going on all day - this isn't an event you'll want to miss out on!   For more information, be sure to check out the tournament page or email us at [email protected]



Well, here we are again. It's always such a pleasure. And now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to prepare for the holidays! (Though it seems radio stations and grocery stores were way ahead of us, even though Thanksgiving hadn't arrived yet!)

Speaking of holidays, I've got a special holiday edition of WTU planned for you all. How will it work, you ask? All you need to do is send in your craziest, coolest, heartfeltiest, or most holidaytastic memory. It can be the time you went to see Santa at the mall and kicked him in the chestnuts, or the time you made cookies for the jolly fat man and found your dad sneaking a couple bites when you were supposed to be sleeping; whatever you think is best will work for me. I will accept entries until the 23rd of December, so be sure to give it a shot!

Okay, so with that out of the way, let's continue on with this edition!

WTU #34's results: Skylaru was the previous featured user. She joined the site on May 29, 2009, has been to one tournament, and loves the color combination of blue and purple. simpleblast, Will Wright, and SovietPoland were the three to get the right answer, so congrats to them! By the way, if you wish to see the results of a WTU right after they happen, check this group out!

Rules:
1. I will show you the message the featured user sent me. If you are the user I am describing, please keep quiet about it and do not reveal yourself. Failure to comply will result in the loss of your
WTU Featured User badge.
2. In addition to a fact, clues will be given to help you search the myriad users of AiB for the right one. Don’t stop until you are absolutely sure you have the right user and he or she matches the clues given, because you only get one shot at this.
3. To make sure you are taking the time to check your guess, I will give you a few questions to answer about this user. Every answer will be found somewhere on his or her profile (About Me, blogs, videos, etc.) If one answer is incorrect, then your whole guess will be counted wrong, so make sure you are absolutely certain of what you typed. (P.S. If you can't find the answers or have to PM the person you're looking at for an answer, you're doing it wrong.)
4. When you are ready to give the name and answers, do not post as a comment. You must send a private message, or your submission will be void. Also, don’t give me a link to his or her profile unless you have the name and the answers to the questions to go with it. Putting just a link in your message will count as an incomplete (and therefore wrong) answer.
5. Everyone has until midnight tonight (PST) to message me. Any answer sent in after that will not be counted.
6. The first five that send the correct username get the
WTU Winner badge! Keep in mind, however, that some veterans may come back to compete. Work fast, but don’t give up!

And now, I present you all with this week's mystery submission. Good luck!

"If anything, I do have a couple of other hobbies aside from gaming and reading. Some time ago, I used to enjoy playing the piano a lot and I've never had a lot of piano lessons throughout my lifetime. Because of my semi-photographic memory, I was able to play some music by ear. Sadly, ever since I started high school, I haven't had the time to play again and I'm probably too rusty at this point. Perhaps I will try to regain this ability someday."

In addition to what's above, this user...
-is in the group Asian Smash Community.
-has an "h" in the username.
-joined the site during Winter 2009.

And the questions you need to answer are as follows:
1. When exactly did this user join the site?
2. Who does this user main in Mario Kart Wii?
3. How many tournament medals has this user earned?

So tell me…WHO’S THAT USER?! Good luck to all, use your time wisely, pay attention to the clues/questions, and be sure to send in some holiday entries!
Hello once again fellow Smashers! I hope that you all had fun and enjoyed yourselves during this pre-laddering season as we are now coming to a close in preparations for the play-offs! I hope that all of you Smashers out there had fun, epic and much memorable battles during this pre-HYPE season! icon_smile I know that all of you worked really hard to get to where you are right now and with the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays just around the corner, I hope that you all will get much needed rest that is well deserved along with some great home-style Southern cooking to replenish and revive your good fighting spirits! ^_^ Congratulations to all who made it into the play-offs! Let's take a look at the final results and how everyone faired! (=

Notice: These top rankings are current as of 4:12 am (Eastern Standard Time) on November 19th, 2011

Rankings

Singles:

(01) foe. - (points: 2298) (main: King Dedede & Meta Knight)

(02) XxMinorfox69xX - (points: 2184) (main: Fox)
(03) Salem - (points: 2173) (main: Zero Suit Samus)
(04) vVv Zero - (points: 2178) (main: Meta Knight)
(05) AzealMiNt - (points: 2162) (main: Meta Knight)
(06) Patg - (points: 2102) (main: Zero Suit Samus)
(07) SlayerZ - (points: 2098) (main: Peach)
(08) dabuz - (points: 2071) (main: Olimar)
(09) yoshiknightmaster18 - (points: 2055) (main: Random?)
(10) ANTi - (points: 2049) (main: Olimar)
(11) toon sage of the west - (points: 2043) (main: Diddy Kong)
(12) Anuar - (points: 2016) (main: Meta Knight, Snake & Olimar)
(13) toon sage of the east - (points: 1999) (main: Toon Link)
(14) M to the Ekos - (points: 1993) (main: Lucas)
(15) Jtails - (points: 1969) (main: Meta Knight & Random?)
(16) Toronto Joe - (points: 1960) (main: Meta Knight)
(17) Krystedez - (points: 1959) (main: Pit)
(18) Aegis Angel Admiral Pit - (points: 1961) (main: Pit)
(19) DEHF - (points: 1952) (main: Falco)
(20) lloD - (points: 1943) (main: Peach)
(21) MC PE - (points: 1885) (main: Wolf)
(22) Waymas - (points: 1860) (main: Wario)
(23) Iota - (points: 1837) (main: Wario)
(24) Jbandrew - (points: 1832) (main: Luigi & Random?)
(25) wonf - (points: 1825) (main: Sonic & Marth)
(26) The Six Paths of Zebra - (points: 1824) (main: Wario)
(27) Atomsk - (points: 1813) (main: Meta Knight)
(28) Prof3ssor MGW - (points: 1808) (main: Olimar)
(29) Bizkit - (points: 1789) (main: Snake)
(30) HolyNightmare - (points: 1783) (main: Meta Knight & R.O.B)
(31) ItoI6 - (points: 1783) (main: Meta Knight)
(32) Masho - (points: 1776) (main: King Dedede & Marth)

Doubles:

(01) Glasses Jacket Shirt Men - (foe. and toon sage of the west) (points: 1965) (mains: Meta Knight & Diddy Kong)

(02) Is it...Real - (Mekos-Dubs and ESAM) (points: 1800) (mains: Lucas & Pikachu)
(03) 556e486f6c7920416c6c696573 - (HolyNightmare and Ally) (points: 1795) (mains: Meta Knight & Snake)
(04) --> No Church In The Wild <-- - (The Outcased Kyleisreal and XxMinorfox69xX) (points: 1720) (mains: Snake & Star Fox)
(05) Leggo - (Mr. Game & Swag and Rayquaza07) (points: 1716) (mains: Random/Game & Watch)
(06) Ancient wifi pharaoh - (toon sage of the south and Trela) (points: 1699) (mains: Toon Link & Lucario)
(07) oo Booty - (Kaname-chan and Sak) (points: 1668) (mains: Toon Link & Donkey Kong)
(08) Deliverin da salt yo - (Keeby and Blazerlicious) (points: 1655) (mains: Double Kirby)
(09) Smitty Werbenjagermanjensons - (Sterk Hachd. and AzealMiNt) (points : 1652) (mains: Double Meta Knight)
(10) Who do you think we are? ;3 - (Maize-kun and Amaterasu Okami) (points: 1638) (mains: R.O.B & Snake)
(11) thedragonknightslayersXDDDD - (El Miles and BananaSalad) (points: 1501) (mains: Random?/Mr. Game & Watch)
(12) \\ - (-Randum- and Black Lightning) (points: 1482) (mains: Lucas & Ness)
(13) Jules get da watr - (Goten and Jules)(points: 1473) (mains: Double Meta Knight)
(14) one of us is a narutard and the other sucks on wifi - (Zorai and The Six Paths of Zebra) (points: 1443) (mains: Marth & Wario)
(15) CAT SAVERS - (Patg and Sanoscy) (points: 1313) (mains: Zero Suit Samus & Meta Knight)
(16) Godhand - (Jtails and southpaw24) (points: 1272) (mains: Meta Knight & Toon Link)

Notice: If you didn't put/show your main(s) in the Brawl Character box on your profiles, if I didn't find your main(s) in the recent feedback box from your matches or if you just filled in question marks "?" in the Brawl Character box on your profiles, I just assumed you were random! If you really want your main to be publicly known, please help me help you by posting your main(s) in the Brawl Character box on your profile, thanks!

In the Know

Have a Wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Rest up, eat well and never stop training for Apex is soon coming upon us! HYPE! icon_biggrin
Playoffs are just three days away, and with participants having a chance to win an extra $50 to $300 this season will truly be exciting. Since this season is different from the others I wanted to talk about some things and give everyone an idea on what's going on before the playoffs actually begin.

First, the ladder will be closing on November 20, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Playoffs will not have it's first schedule match until December 5th! This gives everyone a chance to enjoy their Thanksgiving break.  I will try to have the brackets up by some time on the 22nd to give everyone about two weeks to get matches done early. I understand December is a very busy month for everyone. Between finals in the beginning of the month and holidays at the end of the month people won't have much free time. Unfortunately, we are under a very strict schedule, so we have to get all matches done on time. If you make it into the playoffs but don't think you'll be able to participate please let me know. It's one less person I have to worry about during the playoffs, and this way I don't have to burden you with the all the PMs I send to the playoff participants. Anyways, lets get to the playoffs schedule!

Events specifics

Allisbrawl Apex Fall Playoffs 2011 Singles.
Host: Enrish

All players meet up in Tournament Chat 3 at 8 PM EST  the following dates:

Monday December 5th. Round 1 and round 2 of the singles bracket will be played out.

Tuesday December 6th. Round 3 and round 4 of the singles bracket will be played.

Wednesday December 7th. Round 5 of the singles bracket will be played.

Monday December 12th. Round 6 and 7 of the single bracket will be played.

Tuesday December 13th. Round 8 of the singles bracket will be played.

Wednesday December 14th. Round 9 and 10 of the singles bracket will be played.

Thursday December 15th. Losers finals  and Grand Finals will be played.




Allisbrawl Apex Fall Playoffs 2011 Doubles.
Host: Enrish

All players meet up in Tournament Chat 4 at 9 PM EST the following dates:

Monday December 5th. Round 1 and round 2 of the doubles bracket will be played out.

Tuesday December 6th. Round 3 and round 4 of the doubles bracket will be played.

Wednesday December 7th. Round 5 of the doubles bracket will be played.

Monday December 12th. Round 6 of the doubles bracket will be played.

Tuesday December 13th. Round 7 of the doubles bracket will be played.

Wednesday December 14th. Round 8 of the doubles bracket will be played.

Thursday December 15th. Losers finals and Grand Finals will be played.


A friendly reminder that there is a match requirement for both singles and doubles to get into the appropriate playoffs. You must play 30 matches in singles ladder and get top 60 in order to get into the singles playoffs. You must play 20 matches (with your current team) in doubles ladder and get top 30 in order to get into doubles playoffs. Yes, that means the doubles requirement will not be lowered from 20.

You'll have one last good chance to get doubles matches in with Doubles Weekend happening this weekend. Reminder that Doubles Weekend is generally three Doubles Night back-to-back-to-back. There will be a set time for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and if you play three matches during the set time of any of the three days you will be awarded the double dater badge! This means you must play three matches during the set time in one day. You can't play one match each day and get the badge. Along with the double dater badge you will given the chance to get the new weekend warrior badge. In order to get this badge you must play two matches during the set time of all three days. Yes, that means two matches Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. Please message me with a link of your team's ladder profile to get the badges.

Doubles Weekend will be happening this weekend, Nov. 18 to Nov. 20. The set times are:
Friday 4pm EST to 1am EST
Saturday 1pm EST to 2am EST
Sunday 1pm EST to 11pm EST

*Remember that while Doubles Weekend set time is in Eastern Standard Time, the ladder closing is based on Pacific Standard Time. For those who don't know EST is three hours ahead of PST, meaning ladder will close at 2:59am EST on November 21st.

Good luck to everyone and I look forward to seeing you in the playoffs!
Hello there again, All is Brawl! Now that the trick-or-treating is over, a new holiday with even more food is upon us. In addition, schools are getting closer to letting kids out for winter vacation (but not before final exams!) Isn't Fall lovely? But enough of all that; there's a contest at hand! Let's get to it!

Last edition's results: ken2 was the mystery user of #33. He joined the site on July 23, 2010, mains Diddy Kong in Mario Kart Wii, and his favorite board game of all time is Taboo. ShadowHero, Foodies, Cpt.OrangeFox, SkOaRaAn, and Mocha were the first five to guess correctly, so congrats to them! By the way, if you wish to see the results of a WTU right after they happen, check this group out!

Rules:
1. I will show you the message the featured user sent me. If you are the user I am describing, please keep quiet about it and do not reveal yourself. Failure to comply will result in the loss of your
WTU Featured User badge.
2. In addition to a fact, clues will be given to help you search the myriad users of AiB for the right one. Don’t stop until you are absolutely sure you have the right user and he or she matches the clues given, because you only get one shot at this.
3. To make sure you are taking the time to check your guess, I will give you a few questions to answer about this user. Every answer will be found somewhere on his or her profile (About Me, blogs, videos, etc.) If one answer is incorrect, then your whole guess will be counted wrong, so make sure you are absolutely certain of what you typed. (P.S. If you can't find the answers or have to PM the person you're looking at for an answer, you're doing it wrong.)
4. When you are ready to give the name and answers, do not post as a comment. You must send a private message, or your submission will be void. Also, don’t give me a link to his or her profile unless you have the name and the answers to the questions to go with it. Putting just a link in your message will count as an incomplete (and therefore wrong) answer.
5. Everyone has until midnight tonight (PST) to message me. Any answer sent in after that will not be counted.
6. The first five that send the correct username get the
WTU Winner badge! Keep in mind, however, that some veterans may come back to compete. Work fast, but don’t give up!

And now, I present you all with this week's mystery submission. Good luck!

"So it was November 28th, 2003. I was in Ohio. It was Winter and we got news about a chance of having a snowstorm outside. I doubted it. My brother was playing outside in the snow as my grandma was watching him. I was chilling. Later on, I was looking for my brother and went to my grandma to ask where did he go. She said, "I thought he came in." I said, "Seriously? He could be freezing as heck out there!" So I came outside. It was freezing as hell outside and I could barely see due to the strong snow. After an hour. I cried and fell on my knees to the ground. Then I got up and sniffed as I walked home. Suddenly, I fell in the snow on something, looked down and it was my brother! Very relieved, I picked him up and ran in the house to get a blanket for him. He seemed to be fine and was going to be okay. Though, he had a cold. A cold is bad, but it's a good thing he is safe."

In addition to what's above, this user...
-is in the group Skype Club!
-Has a "k" somewhere in the username.
-joined the site in Spring 2009.

And the questions you need to answer about this user are as follows:
1. When exactly did this user join the site?
2. How many tournaments has this user been to?
3. What is this user's favorite color combination?

So tell me…WHO’S THAT USER?! Good luck to all, use your time wisely, and pay attention to the clues/questions! >;D

P.S. If you wish to send in a submission to be featured in future WTUs, feel free to do so! Your submission should look similar to those that have been featured before in terms of content, so...yeah.
by Enrish Nov 10 2011, 12:40AM
As many of you know, we've been hosting Doubles Night throughout this season to help teams reach the 25 game requirement to get into the playoffs. Those nights have helped some teams, but because of the specific time and date of those nights others have been unable to participate. It's this reason I felt a new event was needed. Doubles Weekend! Doubles Weekend is generally three Doubles Night back-to-back-to-back. There will be a set time for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and if you play three matches during the set time of any of the three days you will be awarded the double dater badge! This means you must play three matches during the set time in one day. You can't play one match each day and get the badge. Along with the double dater badge you will given the chance to get the new weekend warrior badge. In order to get this badge you must play two matches during the set time of all three days. Yes, that means two matches Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. There is currently ten days left in this season and Doubles Weekend will be occurring the remaining two weekends. Please message me with a link of your team's ladder profile to get the badges.

The first Doubles Weekend will be happening this weekend, Nov. 11 to Nov. 13. The set times are:
Friday 4pm EST to 1am EST
Saturday 1pm EST to 2am EST
Sunday 1pm EST to 11pm EST

Because the set times are so long there will be no designated host. Staff members are welcome to go into the chat and do some trivia or any other side event during the set time if they'd like. Since Doubles Weekend will be taking up the remaining weekends of this season Doubles Night will now be hosted sometime during the week. Hopefully we can host another night or two.

As many of you should remember, and as referenced to above, there is a match requirement to get into the playoffs. The match requirement for singles is currently set to 30. With more than 2/3rds of the top 60 meeting the requirement and so many within five matches of meeting it I will not be changing the requirement for singles. If you plan on sneaking into the top 60 last second I suggest you leave yourself enough time to meet the requirement.

The doubles requirement is currently set to 25 matches, as stated above. It seems many teams are having trouble meeting that requirement, so I'm going to go ahead and lower the requirement to 20. It's certainly not that big of a difference, but many teams aren't far from meeting the requirement and there's still 10 days left in the season. If I feel too many teams will be held back because of the requirement I will lower it again, but not by much. If I do decide to change it I'll say something next week. Meanwhile keep doing your best!

For past articles regarding this season's ladder please take a look at the links below.
http://allisbrawl.com/news/newspost.aspx?id=1263

http://allisbrawl.com/news/newspost.aspx?id=1280
http://allisbrawl.com/news/newspost.aspx?id=1283
The Road to Apex 2012 Bi-Weekly Update #2


Hey there, AiB! It's about time I got to write one of these, so I bring you the second ladder update of the season. I hope this competition is heating up really well, as we're still hyping up for one of the best regionals! And in case you probably didn't catch this, we do have a new ladder updater, Minty Horse in our arsenal to help in place of Mocha, as she is just beginning to re-adjust back to the site. Honestly, if any of us didn't nail your characters correctly, kindly let us know by dropping in a PM to our inboxes and we can get that fixed ASAP. Just keep in mind that it is based off your profiles and ladder feedback. Without further ado, let's see where we're at! 


Side-note: These top rankings have been taken at 3:00 am EST on November 3rd, 2011. 




Current Rankings



Singles: 

[01] : Salem → Zero Suit Samus  (Score: 2267)

[02] : Megafox → Fox  (Score: 2210)
[03] : DracoBlaze → Meta Knight   (Score: 2165)
[04] : SlayerZ → Peach   (Score: 2123)
[05] : vVv ZeRo → Meta Knight  (Score: 2104)
[06] : toon sage of the east → Toon Link (Score: 2048)
[07] : dabuz → Olimar  (Score: 2047)
[08] : PwiiBlaze → Meta Knight / Snake / Random?  (Score: 2029)
[09] : Jtails → Meta Knight / Random?  (Score: 2026)
[10] : DEHF → Falco  (Score: 2023)
[11] : Krystedez → Pit (Score: 2018)
[12] : M to the Ekos → Lucas  (Score: 2007)
[13] : ANTi - Olimar (Score: 1992)
[14] : Toronto Joe → Meta Knight  (Score: 1981)
[15] : Aegis Angel Admiral Pit → Pit  (Score: 1954)
[16] : lloD → Peach  (Score: 1947)
[17] : Anuar → Olimar / Snake / Meta Knight  (Score: 1940)
[18] : Iota → Wario  (Score: 1876)
[19] : DI Sage of the East - Zero Suit Samus (Score: 1867)
[20] : Jbandrew → Luigi / Random?  (Score: 1864)
[21] : -6WX- → Sonic  (Score: 1837)
[22] : ItoI6 → Meta Knight  (Score: 1829)
[23] : foe. - Meta Knight (Score: 1819)
[24] : MC PE - Olimar / Meta Knight (Score: 1818)
[25] : Kain → Wolf (Score: 1810)
[26] : Waymas → Wario  (Score: 1810)
[27] : Prof3ssor MGW → Olimar  (Score: 1808)
[28] : Bio → Zero Suit Samus (Score: 1782)
[29] : toon sage of the west - Toon Link / Diddy Kong (Score:1777)
[30] : Tearbear → Random?  (Score: 1774)
[31] : Bizkit - Snake (Score: 1773)
[32] : Actual Champ Adam Gibson → Snake  (Score: 1770)



Doubles: 

[01] : Is it...Real? [Mekos-Dubs / ESAM] → Lucas / Pikachu  (Score: 1759)
[02] : --> No Church In The Wild <-- [Kyleisreal / Megafox] → Snake / Fox  (Score: 1639)
[03] : Deliverin da salt yo [Keeby / Blazerlicious] → Kirby  (Score: 1597)
[04] : ∞ Booty [Izumi-chan / Sakram] → Random? / Donkey Kong  (Score: 1580)
[05] : Leggo [Mr. Game and Swag / Rayquaza07] → Random? / Mr. Game & Watch (Score: 1523)
[06] : Jules get da watr [Solid Soul / Jules] → Meta Knight  (Score: 1514)
[07] : Who do you think we are? ;3 [Maize-kun / Amaterasu Okami] - Random? / Snake (Score: 1383)
[08] : Pretty Pretty.. awful on Wifi [Chiiiiii / Rem] → Falco  (Score: 1333)
[09] : We don't have a team name yet icon_cry (disqualified)? [foe. / toon sage of the west] - Meta Knight / Toon Link (Score: 1326)
[10] : k [Flame / Pug] - King Dedede / Falco (Score: 1433)
[11] : Godhand [Jtails / southpaw24] → Meta Knight / Toon Link  (Score: 1262)
[12] : CAT SAVERS [DI Sage of the East / Sanoscy] → Zero Suit Samus / Meta Knight (Score: 1259)
[13] : Meta Knight and His Carried Partner [CutestLilLucario / Sam_The_Freshest] → Lucario / Meta Knight (Score: 1211)
[14] : Penta needa loli 2 **** [Roy M. / BananaSalad] - Random? / Mr. Game & Watch (Score: 1206)
[15] : We Abuse Wifi [Jbandrew / NAKAT] → Luigi / Meta Knight  (Score: 1197)
[16] : Viscious and Delicious [Zodi / MC PE] - Meta Knight (Score: 1187)



Notice: If you didn't put/show your main(s) in the Brawl Character box on your profiles, if I didn't find your main(s) in the recent feedback box from your matches or if you just filled in question marks "?" in the Brawl Character box on your profiles, I just assumed you were random! If you really want your main to be publicly known, please help me help you by posting your main(s) in the Brawl Character box on your profile, thanks! 

~Minty Horse~





In the Know 

Alright, so this season ends on November 20th, which leaves about a month remaining! Not to worry, you guys have plenty of time to catch up and anything can still happen aside from the Apex hype! After all, your goal is to reach the top 64 in singles and/or top 32 for this fall season. With that, good luck to every one and we expect a lot of gaming faces! Until next time, see ya~ :]




Special Note: This ladder update was written by lightlanayru (with a few small modifications by me)! So the credit goes to her! She asked me to finish up this bi-weekly ladder update (with updated rankings) and to post it for her due to her very much busy life in the real world! Thank you all for your patience and understanding! ^_^

~Minty Horse~
Hello there, everyone! Well, it looks like Halloween is closer than ever. I would've done a Halloween edition, but I kind of forgot and it's such short notice. Don't worry, though; I'll make it up with a special winter edition! (Plus you can always enter the Halloween contests here...like the costume one, since that could use a little more hype.) Anyway, let's go over what happened last time.

Results: person13nebur was the featured user from WTU #32. He joined the site on February 13, 2009, mains Ness in Melee, and has three tournament medals. Will Wright, RawrBaby, and SkOaRaAn were the only ones to guess correctly. I think I see the pattern now; a wave of excitement before a period of inactivity. Fine by me. Congrats to those that participated and won! And by the way, if you want to see the results of each WTU as they happen, go here!

Rules:
1. I will show you the message the featured user sent me. If you are the user I am describing, please keep quiet about it and do not reveal yourself. Failure to comply will result in the loss of your
WTU Featured User badge.
2. In addition to a fact, clues will be given to help you search the myriad users of AiB for the right one. Don’t stop until you are absolutely sure you have the right user and he or she matches the clues given, because you only get one shot at this.
3. To make sure you are taking the time to check your guess, I will give you a few questions to answer about this user. Every answer will be found somewhere on his or her profile (About Me, blogs, videos, etc.) If one answer is incorrect, then your whole guess will be counted wrong, so make sure you are absolutely certain of what you typed. (P.S. If you can't find the answers or have to PM the person you're looking at for an answer, you're doing it wrong.)
4. When you are ready to give the name and answers, do not post as a comment. You must send a private message, or your submission will be void. Also, don’t give me a link to his or her profile unless you have the name and the answers to the questions to go with it. Putting just a link in your message will count as an incomplete (and therefore wrong) answer.
5. Everyone has until midnight tonight (PST) to message me. Any answer sent in after that will not be counted.
6. The first five that send the correct username get the
WTU Winner badge! Keep in mind, however, that some veterans may come back to compete. Work fast, but don’t give up!

And now, I present you all with this week's mystery submission. Good luck!

"I did a project on Melee in my AP biology class and it got graded as a final lmao! It was so much fun. I got a 98 for it. You could do anything you wanted, it was called a how to project so I taught the class how to smash. I went all in. I brought in a power point presentation, my system, and controllers. I taught them the basics and the concept and then went into detail. I talked about advanced techniques and tournament play and they were all impressed by how much is involved."

In addition to that, this user...
-is in the group MY LEG!!! DX
-has an "e" in the username.
-joined the site during Summer 2010.

And the questions you need to answer are as follows:
1. When exactly did the user join the site?
2. Who does this user main in Mario Kart Wii?
3. What is this user's favorite board game? (Hint: rule #3!)

So tell me…WHO’S THAT USER?! Good luck to all, use your time wisely, and pay attention to the clues/questions! >;D

P.S. If you wish to send in a submission to be featured in future WTUs, feel free to do so! Your submission should look similar to those that have been featured before in terms of content, so...yeah.
Apex is a big deal.  Like, maybe we're tooting our own horns, but Apex is pretty much... Well, the Apex of Smash.  With that said, it takes a fair amount man power to ensure the tournament is ran to its maximum potential.  In the past, we've always handed these spots out to those closest to us, but this year, we're reaching out to the entire community.  With an estimated 75% growth from last year's event, it's important to make sure we have the necessary staff to make this happen!

These positions are mainly volunteer basis.  Your help will earn you an Apex Staff shirt, and at least one meal voucher.  Most of these positions are a mere 3 hour shift, helping guild players through pools and recording the data that the matches contain!

Next, you'll find the list of positions available at Apex 2012, and what those positions would require of you!

  • Referee:  These individuals will oversee a group of four pools, each containing four players.  These pools will be best of three, using the Unity Ruleset's guide to tiebreaking.  These players should be versed in organizing competitive play, but is not limited to TOs!

    Requirements:  Versed in Brawl or Melee's Apex ruleset;  If applying for the FGC side, versed in the competitve rulesets of SSF4:AE, UMvC3 and MK9;  Trusted member of the community;  Able to coordinate matches in a quick fashion; Legible handwriting.

    Compensation:  Volunteer basis.  These players will receive staff badges, and one meal voucher.

    Required number of staff:  20-30 Referees for Smash.  10 for the other events.

  • Coat Check:  These individuals will oversee the coat check section of the venue.  You will be required to keep watch of the area, only leaving with coverage. 

    Requirements:  Must be able to tag coats, and keep an organized area;  Lift up to 50 lbs;  Keep track of all funds generated through the coat check;  Legible handwriting;  Be able to work no less than two shifts of four hours.   

    Compensation:  Paid position.  You will recieve 5% of the total amount of money generated from the coat check service.  Staff shirts.

    Required number of Staff:  3

  • Security:  These volunteers will be equipped with the authority to prevent players from entering Apex 2012, and will be allowed to enforce the rules provided by Apex.  

    Requirements:  Great communication skills.  Able to keep calm in the face of a stressful situation.  

    Compensation:  Volunteer basis.  These players will receive a staff shirt, a special name badge, and two meal vouchers.

    Required number of Staff:  5

  • Drivers:  These attendees will be responsible for transporting players to and from the Airport to or from the Hyatt Regency.

    Requirements:  Must have a well maintained vehicle; Clean driving record (barring minor offenses: Speeding tickets less than 10 miles over the speed limit, parking offenses, etc.);  The ability to manage time, and provide prompt service.

    Compensation:  Volunteer basis.  These players will receive staff shirts, and one meal voucher, and all gas/toll expenses reimbursed by Apex 2012.  (Must provide receipts.)

    Required number of staff:  As many as we can get!

  • Stream assistants:  These players will be tasked with finding high profile matches that are yet to be played, and ensuring their sets are played on stream.  You will also be reporting non-stream, high profile matches to the Directional Influence staff to help provide the stream with updates!

    Requirements
    :  Organized, and motivated;  These volunteers must be able to recognize all top Smash Bros players by face; Attention to detail; Knowledge of top player details, including rivalries, power ranking, major wins and major losses.

    Compensation:  Volunteer basis.  Apex Staff badges, and one meal voucher

    Required number of staff:  3

  • Photographers:  These volunteers will be tasked with...  Well, you guessed it:  Taking pictures!  You'll have access to all facets of the event, including behind the scenes, staff rooms, and the main stage, to be able to provide the world who couldn't attend with the best possible photos you can!

    Requirements
    :  Must have your own equipment;  Able to develop pictures, and upload them to a website of our choice;  Be able to share proprietary rights of all photos with the owners of Apex 2012;  Show up early, and stay late on all tournament days.

    Compensation:  To be determined on quality of product and experience.  Portfolios and Resumes are preferred.

    Required number of staff:  2.

  • Sponsorship Booth:  These volunteers will assist our sponsors in relating both product and information to the attendees. 

    Requirements:  Studying the products you'll be assigned to; Relating all information to the attendees; Ability to sell (When applicable); Able to keep a positive attitude during your shifts.

    Compensation:  Volunteer basis.  Apex Staff badge, and one meal voucher per four hour shirt.

    Required number of staff:  3
Anyone interested in any position, please send me a private message with the following filled out:

  1. Name:
  2. Smash tag:
  3. Position Applying for:
  4. Qualifications (If applicable):
  5. Why you would like to be on Apex Staff?
  6. Have you ever worked for a tournament before?

Thanks to everyone in advance.  Keep in mind, these spaces are limited, so we'll only be accepting the most qualified applicants!

If you have any questions about this, just leave a comment!


Over the last three years, Apex has become the standard for events in the Super Smash Bros. community.  We have strived to become better and, with each year, have succeeded.  With help from you, the fans, we're improving; we're trying to provide an experience like no other.  This year we wanted to improve every facet of the event.  Of course, this includes what we feel is the most important part of any event:  The livestream.  We're trying create something that has not been seen before.

It is with a great deal of pride that we announce our official stream partner for this event, Jaxel from 8wayrun.com.  A relationship that has stemmed from his brilliantly high-quality streams at Juice.Gaming's Concentrate events held in New Jersey.  Since we established the relationship, he has been nothing short of professional and very enthusiastic about helping the scene grow into the collosus that it should be!  Thanks to this blossoming love between 8wayrun.com and Smash, we've worked out an amazing weekend of streaming for Apex 2012, and for him to be our primary stream provider!  



This is not the only news we have, either!  Directional Influence, the go-to podcast for Smash news has joined the Apex fray!  We will be working all Apex weekend with Directional Influence to produce a LIVE broadcast of their show.  This means that instead of boring down time and dead air, we will have a professional crew set to have live interviews, discussions, and predictions with some of our favorite players in Smash, Street Fighter, Marvel, and MORE.  We will be changing the way you look at tournaments for years to come!

Do not miss out on the chance of a lifetime to be a part of Apex 2012.  Not only are we bringing you -the best- Smash tournament of all time (and of that, we're extremely confident), but we're also bringing you the experience of a gaming life time.  One of the biggest complaints about any tournament, is the lack of time to play casuals!  Well, this year we're featuring 40, count them, FORTY FREE-PLAY STATIONS FOR SMASH, ALL WEEKEND LONG.  Twenty melee, twenty brawl.  No tournament sets, no TOs telling you you're a jerk.  Just 40 stations dedicated to the gamers, to do the things they've come so far to do!

This is alongside the amazing artwork and t-shirts we'll have for sale (pre-orders coming soon), top level play in fighting games, pokemon and smash for you all to see, and plenty of sponsor booths to learn more about the people supporting Apex, and E-sports as a whole!  Be a part of the greatest event of 2012 and beyond!


Level-up Live, known most famously for their Wednesday Night Fights stream and SoCal Regionals, Alex Valle and Level-up have teamed up with Apex Series to bring you guys a ton of great cross promotions!

First off, any player who attends Socal Regionals will receive a 50% discount off of Apex's venue fee!  So, all you west coasters looking t save some money, and stay in the hype, make sure you're hitting up SoCal Regionals!

Secondly, SoCal Regionals is also going to act as an Apex Qualifier (One more to be announced!) for Mortal Kombat 9, Ultimate MvC3, and Super Street Fighter 4: AE!  The top 8 placers in these games will receive seeding points for Apex, to ensure the best and most fair playing field we can possible give!

Moving on, you're also going to see Apex promoted throughout Level Up's streams, and of course, you'll see Level Up promoted through Concentrate, the Break streams, and all of Apex on Jaxel's stream.  To that end, Jaxel Rod of 8wayrun.com will be bringing you guys at home the absolute best stream you could possibly imagine!  Building up that, make sure you're following Jaxel and 8wayrun on Twitch @ www.twitch.tv/8wayrun !

It's time everyone stops treating Smash and fighting games like two separate worlds.  Apex is the bridge that's going to help merge them together.  It's time to level up, Smashers.  this year, bigger is the name of the game, and we're doing everything we can to ensure that Smash stays around for years to come!  With that said, you guys have to do your part as well.  Follow Level up on twitch, catch them on twitter @levelupseries, and make sure you tune into Wednesday Night Fights tonight at 9pm PST!



Joining Level|up, we are also offering our most sincere welcome to Dominion Method Gaming!  DMG is one of the world's leading gaming teams, with players such as PR Balrog, Insayne, and Slob Murph, we can expect a big showing from these players at Apex!  Dominion method gaming will be providing Apex with an amount of hype not many could bring to the house, let alone the humble table that Apex is.  We're truly excited to have these players in attendance, and you can expect you'll hear a lot of what DMG has to offer in the coming weeks!

Jose "Hyena" Rodriguez and Apex are going to working together closely to bring you the best possible event that we can!

We'll have some more news for you tomorrow, so be sure to keep it stuck to the front page.
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