The Mineola Game Table Tournament!
November 22 2008, 8:24 PM
I had been to one tournament at the Mineola Game Table before and had a
blast, so I had been planning a return venture for a while. It was raining most
of the day and I rode my bike all the way from Adelphi University to the
tournament, which took about 30 minutes. I came for Brawl singles mostly, which
was set for 5 PM approximately, but Melee singles and doubles had already been
going on previously downstairs and Brawl doubles were set to start at 8 PM.
The Mineola Game Table is located at 167 East
Jericho Turnpike in Mineola, New York and is one location that is worth
visiting, especially for a Smash tournament. This fine establishment has two
floors, both of which are used for a variety of tournaments. The manager is Mr.
Gumby, or Mr. G as many call him, and he’s one of the nicest guys around. He
allows multiple tournaments at the Game Table, such as Melee and Brawl and
sells a variety of games, cards and more! The store has several big screen
televisions set up on a daily basis for different systems, a bathroom for anyone
to use, two vending machines and computers to play games on in the
(Mr. G and Co-Host
The host of the tournament I’m writing about is Knightmare, who happens to be a real
Smash veteran. He loves the Smash community and comes to the Mineola Gametable often to play. He’s a
20-year-old vet who mains MK and DK in Brawl and has been in multiple Smash
tournaments, with the farthest being in Maryland.
(Knightmare and his manly Falcon
I arrived at around 3 PM and proceeded to sign up and pay the modest door
fee and entry fee for singles. For the next two hours or so more people shuffled
in and started to practice. Among those in attendance were Mintyflesh, Anti23D, Snakeee, Glick, and Jo-P to name only a few.
(Anti23D, Glick, Gurukid, Mintyflesh,
and Sintros in the back)
I played a few practice matches, which went against grandra (T.Link) and Snakeee (Z.Suit). Both provided a
challenge and had great sportsmanship. After some warm-up matches I enjoyed a
slice of pizza that was sold in the store for a cheap two dollars. Around 5 PM
the tournament was set to begin with 35 entrants and I soon found out who my
first opponent was!
My first opponent was Marioblaze, who sported a very good
Mario in our first match. I started out of the gate a little slow and was soon
down a stock, but soon picked up on my spacing with Marth and won the match. In
our second match he threw out Falco and defeated my Marth, so I countered in the
final match with King DeDeDe and he switched to Lucario. It was a close match
that again came down to one stock, but I prevailed in the end. Marioblaze placed in the tourney
13th out of 35, which was better than me in the end.
In between matches there was always a TV open somewhere for friendlies,
so I went downstairs and played some good ol Melee. We played on Classic Dream
Land and had a blast. I used Pikachu and Zelda and continued to play until
someone came down and called me for my next match.
(MalcolmM in the middle… I
My second match of the tournament was against Fortunecookie723 or FC. In Round One I
threw out Marth and he used Olimar. I had good spacing in the match and edge
hogged him a couple of times for the win. In the second match he used Lucario
and his counter was Rainbow Cruise. I was winning the whole way until I suicided
off of a disappearing platform with 0% on me, so that match went to FC. In our
third match we played on Battlefield. I used King DeDeDe and he flung Zero Suit
into the mix. It was very close, but in the end I hit him with a recovery
suicide spike off the edge of the stage for the win.
I immediately then played my third match against Eli, who helped host the
tournament. Needless to say he pwned my Marth with Wario and then my DeDeDe with
Kirby. In both matches I took only one stock from him too! After my loss Eli
went one to face Mintyflesh, who
also mains Marth and bested Eli’s Wario and Kirby in three matches. Every match
was incredibly close and Minty let out a large “YES!” upon winning the final
match with a downsmash.
My last match of the day was sadly against Chi. He sported a ROB and I again used
Marth. I lost my first match pretty quick and in the second one used King
DeDeDe. About thirty seconds into the second match I used D3’s Swallowcide to
put us even at two stocks apiece. From there it was an incredibly close match,
which sadly ended in defeat. After it was all over, although Chi told me I had him “sweating” in the
second match. Now I only wish I had used D3 from the start,
As it would turn out the top three players decided to split the pot three
ways in the end, so no one would be disappointed. That’s good sportsmanship if
you ask me! They then decided to play for a rank just to see who would win. In
the finals Anti23D beat out Snakeee for the win. Anti used King
DeDeDe and Snakeee used Zero Suit.
Every match seemed to be close, but Anti won 3 out of 4 matches for the top
spot. Jman placed third in Brawl
singles, but I’m sure he’s okay with that because he won Melee singles and
doubles with his partner Reno.
(Anti23D and his winnings,
Yeah I didn’t win, but that’s not important at all. By going to these
tournaments you really get to know the Smash community and you learn new
techniques. Upon returning later that night to my dorm room I looked up and
friended all the people I met that day. So even if you don’t win it’s still a
ton of fun. Just make sure to be a respectable smasher and most importantly: DON”T
I’m sorry if I’m stealing some of your thunder, PeachyAenne, but the next tournament as
of right now to be at the Mineola
Game Table is scheduled for January 10th and it’s going to be
hosted by AllisBrawl's own Ch33s3! I
unfortunately will be home for winter break and will not make it, but everyone
that can should! Ch33s3 is a
certified host, after all, and an AllisBrawl mod, lol! I had the opportunity of
meeting him at the first tournament I went to at the Game Table.
Special thanks to Mr. G and Knightmare for a great tourney! All the
names in bold are names that can be
found on AllisBrawl!