Well, WHOBO 3 has come and gone. 139 players came down to Houston,
beating last year by 34 entrants, but falling short of the inaugural
WHOBO's attendance by only one person. I'm sure that for everyone who
came down, it was a weekend to remember.
Video of the tournament (in glorious HD): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc6p9arfovk
you may or may not know, WHOBO 3 was held at the annual Anime Matsuri
convention, so there was plenty more to do than Smash. Booths selling
artwork, plush toys, buttons, and more lined the halls and filled the
dealer room. I managed to get my hands on an official Square-Enix
Cactuar plush. Very cool. Characters of every sort were walking about,
from racoon Mario, to nurse Joker from The Dark Knight, to the gimp from
Silent Hill. Mr. Misty and the WHOBO beast each made their triumphant
returns, though not too many people got a chance to see them.
Guests of Honor
a national, there were A LOT of reps from all over, and I think this
tournament had the strongest out-of-state attendance of any Houston
tournament thus far. Florida players came in droves, with RedHalberd,
ESAM, MVD, Seibrik, and more attending. From further up the east coast
came Coney, Vinnie, Atomsk, Inui, Logic, Noid, Will, and more. Ally came
from Canada, Tyrant and Rich Brown came from Cali, MJG, Hylian, and
Shugo came from the midwest; pretty much every region had some of their
strongest reps. There were too many to mention, so if you attended and
weren't named, I sincerely apologize. Notably absent from WHOBO 3 was
Mew2King, who elected to enter a local touranment that weekend instead.
There were six events at WHOBO 3. Brawl
singles, doubles, low tier singles, and low tier doubles, and Melee
singles and doubles, which were on Sunday, the final day of the
tournament, and were nowhere near as big as the Brawl events.
Doubles (50 teams):
1 - Ally & Dojo
2 - Gnes & Razer
3 - Shugo & ADHD
4 - Lee Martin & Tyrant
5 - Domo & MJG
5 - Seibrik & Afro
Singles (139 entrants, 48 man bracket after pools)
1 - Ally
2 - Razer
3 - Dojo
4 - ADHD
5 - Vinnie
5 - Atomsk
7 - Shugo
7 - Will
Low tier singles (47 entrants)
1 - Ally
2 - Poltergust
3 - Trela
4 - Noid
5 - KPrime
5 - Xyro
Low tier doubles (21 teams)
1 - ESAM & Poltergust
2 - Ally & Trela
3 - Gnes & Xyro
4 - Espy & KPrime
5 - Chaz & Lady Legion
5 - Tyrant & Nicole
Melee singles (17 entrants)
1 - Lee Martin
2 - Silly Kyle
3 - Oscar
4 - Broly
Melee doubles (5 entrants)
1 - Vash & Broly
2 - RedHalberd & Silly Kyle
3 - Oscar & Von
Upsets, memorable moments, and quotes
the tournament, those who didn't stay at the venue were more than
likely housed with Sync. Sync had close to twenty people in his small
on-campus apartment at UH. With quite a few of the top players staying
there, Sync's was definitely the place to be before the tournament.
flew in early and helped Xyro set up the Brawl room. About 30 TVs were
brought in and set up, and were made to work from only five power
outlets scattered about the huge room.
The first event on
Friday was doubles. Razer and Gnes defeated Dojo and Ally in winner's
finals, but then lost in grand finals, with Razer tripping into an Ally
uptilt in game 4 of the second set to end it.
followed doubles, with sixteen pools and the top three making it out of
each pool. With so many good players, many got the shaft and didn't make
it out. There were a few upsets, notably Noid's Samus defeating Rich
Brown's Olimar 2-0, and Vinnie beating Razer 2-1. Pools finished at
about 1 AM that night, and everyone left to get some much-needed sleep.
On Saturday was the singles bracket. Surprisingly, most of
Florida was knocked into loser's bracket early, with Illmatic beating
ESAM 2-1 in an early round. ESAM later lost to another Floridian, MVD,
Trela's set with Ally was one of the most hyped
sets all weekend. Trela made a great comeback and practically
zero-deathed Ally to win game one. Ally won games two and three, but
every game of the set went to last stock, last hit.
controversial set, Will defeated Rich Brown 2-1 by planking him with DK
on game three of their set. Will grabbed the ledge 185 times during game
three, simply because the rules called for a ledge grab limit on Meta
Knight, but no other characters.
Surprisingly absent from the top of the results is Gnes, who lost to Atomsk in an early round and then RedHalberd in loser's.
was absolutely on fire on Saturday. He defeated Vinnie in their rematch
in loser's quarterfinals, and beat ADHD twice. In loser's finals, he
3-0'd Dojo, but then lost to Ally in grand finals. For being the
highest-placing southwest player, Razer gets free entry to Clash of the
Titans 5 in Philadelphia, PA! Congrats, Razer!
you hear people say some funny things. The runner-up for quote of the
weekend goes to Xaltis, a Florida player, who, during Poltergust's low
tier matches, got on the mic and started announcing, "Attention, ladies!
Poltergust WILL be at the rave tonight, so make sure you attend and go
The best quote of the weekend, though, goes to
Coney, who was wearing a cowboy hat at one point, and said, "I want to
set grab to L, start a match with Will, and infinite him with one hand
while waving the hat around with the other and yelling 'YEEEEHAWWWW!!!'"
Overall, it was a great weekend, and a very successful
tournament. Thanks to everyone who came out to play, and to Xyro and
Inui for running it!