GhaudePhaede010: What can be said about this man that some random poster
on smashboards and/or AllisBrawl has not already said? Does anyone
here not have an opinion on this man? Should I even do this intro? Too
bad; he is not special, he gets one anyway! To the five people reading
this interview that do not know, I am interviewing Ally! Thee one and
only, Ally. Who is Ally? Who is Ally? Who in the **** is Ally? Really?
Who is Ally? Try Canada's best player! Try North America's top player!
Try the best Snake player the world has ever seen! Try a National event
winner. Try an International event winner. Try the premier WiFi
gladiator. Try a part time rapper, journeyman, interracial dater, and
stand up classy guy. Try a man of controversy when he switched from
maining an amazing Snake to maining a dominant Metaknight. Try the man
most people consider to be a pillar of the Smash community and its best
representative. Try a Smash LEGEND! Yeah, you try to google all those
things and you will get direct links to this man: ALLY!!! Ally, thank
you so much for doing this interview. It is an honor to conduct this
with you. Thank you!
Ally: lt's an honor too
to contribute to AiB and your work, it will be a pleasure to answer any
questions you have. I am pretty Excitebike for this upcoming weekend
Shout-outs to Excitebike! As with Nairo, I am going to touch a bit on
APEX before we go into SKTAR. My first question for you is simple; how
did you feel about your performance at APEX?
Hmm Apex... I don't feel bad about my performance, lost to Otori and
Nietono. I think Otori got me good. I felt like I could have beaten
Nietono if someone wasn't distracting me (though he was trying to help, I
just wasn't ready to listen and play). In the end, I think I did
overall pretty good. I'm pumped for the Japanese if they come back. I'll
put up a better fight haha hopefully.
Speaking of someone being in your ear, you have a different kind of
relationship with that ear muncher, Mew2King. Is the rivalry still as
strong as it once was between you two? And did he have to kind of like,
"earn" your respect?
Ally: I'd say our rivalry
isn't that active anymore, we played one set since Genesis 2, I won it
but I don't think we cared that much I'll always say we're even vs each
other. I always respected him though.
You had an amazing set with Nietono. It was epic for me to watch
because you did put up a mighty fight. Did you contemplate going Snake
against Nietono? Were there any major differences between the Japanese
and thee American play style? Ally: I was
thinking about Snake for maybe 10 seconds but my mind totally moved to a
HELL NO! I think I was confident with Metaknight, it just didn't go as
I planned. They are pretty confident and almost never screw up techs.
That's their strengths, in my opinion.
GhaudePhaede010: Do you think you could get them next time?
Perhaps. I will definitely put the practice in. I underestimated them
and I'm glad there's amazing players like them around this world.
GhaudePhaede010: Moving on to SKTAR and I am going
to go right into the big story. Obviously, you vs. Gluttony is all the
talk and all the hype. If you two do not play each other, I will want
my money back. Are we going to see a salty run back of your Snake vs.
his Wario or are we going to see your Metaknight this time? Did the
crowd have an impact on your performance the first time? And how
confident are you that he will not best you again?
Yeah I'm semi-hyped. I don't like fighting Wario that much. But you
will most likely see my Metaknight fight him unless it's a money match
or Grand Finals; I'll be using Snake for that but not before. I'm
trying to win. I do think the crowd had a huge impact on me. It really
destroyed my focus; I had nothing going on in my mind except panic. I
honestly think I'll win with Metaknight. Didn't Neath beat him?
Oh SNAP!!!!! Neath call-out. Good times! SKTAR is a big event and I
know you have probably met everyone in attendence. Instead of getting to
know who you would like to meet, I will ask who do you most enjoy
being around when at an event of this size? Who do you enjoy chilling
with outside of thee event?
hanging out with myself. And outside of the event, I will have to go
with...um, myself. It's always good spending time with someone who
isn't annoying! Always calling my name when I'm trying to ignore
them... Yep. Exactly that. But umm I'd say Mr. R and whoever is cool. I
have a lot of favorites. Oh and Pikachu makes good company. He only
says his name so it's easier to ignore.
Lololol. Pika-pika. That is a good point. What if Pikachu
accidentially electro-shocks you? It happens... and it hurts! You are
teaming with Nairo at SKTAR and I have to admit, you two are my
favorite to win doubles. Is there anyone at this event you feel can
pose a serious threat to you two? Since you cannot go double
Metaknight, I assume I will be seeing your Snake in doubles?
Yeah, it's better to leave Pikachu in a pokeball. Honestly, I see M2K +
Trela being one of the hardest teams. Especially with the Anubis
strategy. There's a ton of teams that could be a threat but I'm not
sure. You will most likely see my Snake or Wario, they're my best I
Ghaudephaede010: Do you believe double Metaknight should be banned? Ally:
I do think it's better to have double MK banned but that's my opinion.
It's just too much slashing/tornadoing sounds for my head to bear at
the end of the tournament. Drives me crazy.
D-tilt, F-air, u-air, shuttle loop, tornado times 4... wha wha wha
wha!!!! Over 100 players plan to attend SKTAR, does the size of thee
event have any positive or negatives for you? Does it get you any more
or less excited to know that the tournament will have a large number of
entrants? Also, does the fact that it is a two day event bother you at
all? It used to get to me because I could be playing well on day one
and then day two I would not be properly warmed up or tired and
obviously play beneath my expected quality. Does something like this
ever happen to you?
Ally: For the same
reasons as you; I do not enjoy 2 days events because like at Apex, we
did not get any warmups for doubles at all. Straight brackets due to day
1 of Brawl being horribly ran and giving us about 5 hours of sleep
MAXIMUM. The positive of the size? Money. And the negative... uh is
money a negative? Yeah, guess there's only a positive. And seeing all
the different players makes it worth traveling to. I hope I won't be too
tired to play by day two... If I don't get all my sleep I'll probably
be dropping some dope rhymes 'cause I rap when I'm tired.
Ally: It's also fun having more than a few good players in bracket... makes it more challenging.
GhaudePhaede010: Wait. Whoa, whoa, whoa WTF? You drop, "dope rhymes?" Tell me there is a youtube video of this somewhere?
Ally: No youtube videos because I'm usually well-rested, sorry!
With some top European talent coming here for SKTAR and a couple of
them saying they always wanted to come to America for a tournament,
where would you like to travel that you have never been for gaming or
Ally: I would want to go to Europe again (aiming for Germany) or Japan. I hear they drop dope rhymes there.
The Germans are sick with their rhyme game. I met a German dude that
was going between English and German for his word play. One of the
sickest rhymers I ever heard. Are the days of you needing to prove
yourself a distant memory? Do you ever feel pressure to place these
days? If you place outside the top three at SKTAR, will it get to you? I
know when I met you at Winterfest that loss to Co18 really, REALLY got
to you. Talking to you for a few minutes afterward, I got emotional
with you because I could see your frustration and emotion. Are you
still that emotional player or have you changed over the years?
If I do not make top 3 at this no, I will not be Winterfest Ally. I
used to get pretty sad when I did horrible because everyone was
overhyping me on the boards. They held me up so high that it was a
harder fall to take when I didn't live up to the hype. After a lot of
tournaments, I learned to ignore the expectations and just play my best
without being disappointed. Thanks for talking to me at Winterfest. I
really appreciated it. There's always pressure during tournaments,
that's what pushes me to do better. I don't feel like I have to prove my
skills to anyone but myself. Maybe Japan since they beat me when they
last came but I'll prove myself when they come back to U.S..
I watched most of EVO this weekend as a lot of people in the Smash
community did. After seeing the format, should Smash get back on EVO? Do
you think it is possible for this game to maintain thee interest of
that large an audience for that kind of time? Does Smash even have a
place at EVO?
Ally: I don't know. We have no
support from Nintendo so it'll make it very unlikely for us to come
back. There is a tournament that is hosting Brawl and Melee called
Revelations 2012 on august 17th so we'll see how that goes. No, I don't
think Smash will ever maintain an audience that size.
I know your answers sounds a bit critical and grim but I agree with
you and I believe that to be a fair assessment. I know you from your
gamefaqs days and I know you got a great start with thee online
community. When you go to big events like SKTAR, do you notice a
difference in attitude between online conversations and in person
conversations? Do you prefer online or offline and do you still make
time for AiB ladder and stuff like that?
People don't talk smack to your face. It's easier to hide online. Not
to say that they don't trash talk in the crowd during matches but it's
never face-to-face (as far as I can remember). In general, people are
less rude in-person. I usually have less time to interact with people
at bigger tournaments because I'm too busy money matching and
practicing. I prefer offline in regards to both playing and social
interactions. And I do save about one day a season for AllisBrawl
ladder to make it to top 32 atleast.
What? You can make top 32 in one day? One day!??! Before we depart, I
have a personal bonus question: Having a brother that played the game
at high level (your brother is Holynightmare... fellow
R.O.B./Metaknight main) must have made for some interesting
conversations. At one tournament, my brother infamously forgot to
program his jump button (plays with tap jump off) for game 3 (he
switched to Lucas so he control switched to b-sticking) costing us the
set. The match was on live stream too making me even madder. We
basically got into a screaming match and embarrassed the **** out of
both of us. Has there ever been a time when you and your brother got
into it over Smash? And what is it like to have to face him (my brother
and I refused to play one another) in bracket? Do you feel great when
you would win or was it bitter-sweet?
Sometimes, in teams we'd argue about who's doing wrong and who's doing
better. Like, he'd laser me and I'd tell him to stop screwing me up
with it (which is true, he knows it!). Facing my brother is annoying
unless it's in Winners Finals or Grand Finals. I don't like to take him
out of tournaments. It's not an actual good feeling for either of us.
We play each other so often that it seems a little bit unfair since we
know each other's play style so well. I did feel good when I beat my
brother and his partner TO Joe sooo long ago because he was totally
sure he'd beat me and my girlfriend so he didn't care about not teaming
with me (haha you messed up). But I felt bad after we won the whole
tournament because they got third. Would have been nice if they got
GhaudePhaede010: That is such an
awesome answer. I am super glad I asked. Ally, thank you so much for
coming in and doing this interview. I totally appreciate you taking the
time out to hype this event and talk to me again. It is such an honor.
Do you have anything to add to the hype of this event that you feel
you need to say? If you have any shout-outs or e-hate, please send them
out now. And if you have a twitter and/or facebook where people can
follow and add you, please let us know now!
Thank you for interviewing me, it was a pleasure. For the tournament
itself, I think we'll see a lot of unexpected results. I'm still going
to go hard and win it! Beware because I'll be trying pretty hard so
watch out Gluttony and everyone else. Remember to enjoy the tournament
and embrace the competition, I can't wait to see some old heads Oh and Vinnie, 50$ MM still going I hope because I'm wrecking you.
Ally: I also like ketchup chips.
Ally: But again, thank you!
Want to see where Ally vs Gluttony hype comes from? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zZtsS3dK7I
See if it ends this weekend!