Hey everyone, BF here with an red hot interview. I was able to sit down on Skype with FOW and M to the Ekos
about their doubles performance last season. Not only that I also got to chat with them about their doubles playstyle,
strategy, tournament placings, characters they enjoy using, and thoughts on doubles gameplay.
BF- First would you two mind introducing yourselves?
Mekos- No problem, my name is M to the Ekos (Mekos) for short. I'm a junior in college and I just
started playing Brawl competitively. I began going to tournaments in middle of 2010.
FOW- Sure, my name is Freddie Omar Williams, or FOW as most of you know. I was born and
raised in Las Vegas Nevada and that's what I rep. I first got into the smash scene when I
was 12, and I started going to "out of state tournaments" when I was 13.
BF- So you both aren't just Wifi players you actually go out there and show people what
your made of.
BF- Oh by the way would you mind telling me who you main in Brawl and maybe some secondaries?
Mekos- Haha of course! Me and FOW can't do half the stuff we can do online that we do offline.
I mainly just stick to Lucas. I've always enjoyed playing with him sense I got the game
because I have to much fun playing him. The only other character I tried was Pikachu, but that was when
the game first came out.
FOW- Well many of you know I main Ness and I'm possibly the best in the country and or maybe the
world. But, I'll let others decide on that. =) I also enjoy using Meta Knight and Falco as well.
I've learned from the 2 best Falcos around. SK92 and DEHF (Larry). When I was 14 I went to the majority
of my out of state tourneys. Now I'm just chillin' at home going to school, playing Wifi all the time since
I haven't been active.
- Yeah, FOW is definitely the best Ness. I tell people on the east
coast about him and they say Shaky. They have never played FOW or seen
him lately. I've watch both and FOW's playstyle is so unique and
sick! He is one of the best players in the US no doubt!
BF- Ahh I see so we have a Team Earthbound going on, right? I would assume since you both main Earthbound characters.
FOW and Mekos- Yea of course Dangerous Lil Kids =)
BF- This may be a little off topic but it seems we have plenty of time. Would you mind telling me about
your first tournament you attended and how you felt about your placings?
Mekos- Tight well I got a good story I guess. My first tournament was MLG Colombus and I was really
really really nervous. My hands were shaking so bad I could barely move! I didn't know anyone and most of
smashers there had there own crews and I was alone.I felt confident I
would do alright and I personally don't care about singles because I
main Lucas and Lucas In general... really doesn't have and approches and
isn't a reliable singles
character to use. So I mainly focused on the doubles metagame to make my name known. I also used to play
competitive Halo 2 and I carried team awareness over over to brawl. Along with that I always brought my GC
to MLG Halo 2 tourneys in 2006 and played Melee dubs with M2K, Korean
DJ, and Chilindude. Lol M2K asked me if I was
Taj. I used to play Melee a lot but I really didn't have a big scene out here where I live.
FOW- My first tournament was a VegasSmash Tournament at our local Play N Trade, since that was my
first tournament, I was extremely nervous in my matches and didn't win a single match.
PnT was where my first 20 tournaments or so were held, my second tourney and so on, I got the hang
of the competitive scene and began to gain confidence and more experience from each match.
BF- Ahh so it seems you both had the case of nervousness am I right?
FOW and Mekos- Ya you can say that hahaha.
BF- Well we basically got a brief rundown on how you all got into the competitive scene. Let me
ask you what your thought on doubles are rather then singles and possibly some strategy you
both put to action?
FOW- Doubles is more fun then singles in my opinion, and in teams there are a lot more options
for characters like Ness and Lucas to do things more freely and not get punished as much.
For example, Ness and Lucas have 40 frames of release grab so they can get punished if the opponent
release grabs them. In doubles of course they do not have that problem and infact can benefit if the
opposing team tries to release grab.
The person who grabs will most likely be punished
by the other player for their lack of knowing it's not singles.
Also in doubles you can save one another from being gimped. Plus Ness and Lucas just work great
on teams because their attacks compliment each other. In short, Ness and Lucas have less flaws
in doubles as they would have in singles.
Mekos- Well like FOW said. In doubles your character doesn't have as many flaws as you would in singles.
For example Lucas and Ness have an ok recovery that can be gimped by good players. In dubs we can cover each other
and help your partner get back on the stage. A smart dubs player will do that.
FOW - Our team has great teamwork and Mekos and I work well with each other. Our characters have a natural...uhh...natural...
Mekos - Synergy?
Fow - Yeah! They are naturally good cause they from the same universe
This is why we have a natural tendency to pull off wicked combos O_O
FOW- We also feel that while playing doubles each character has a roll they play.
I go aggro while mekos is a support/punisher.
Mekos - Yeah, I support Fow by covering him with various attacks. For example if he is sandwiched I will
pika fire or hit the person trying to jump him. I also support him by helping him recover and stock tanking.
I punish by having the technical skill help shield pressure, bait, zone trap, and punish bad spacing(rolls, air
Fow - As far as strats...Me and Mekos just rape naturally
Mekos - He's right. But I have analyzed our playstyle and have named out strats and tactics.
Some of them are healing, shield pressure, baiting, and pika domination!
Fow - ....lol
Mekos - I'll just explain just one of them, "Shield Pressure".
Me and Fow work together to pressure shields. We are quick and don't give an opponent time to regain there shields
then one of us will go in for a really aggressive attack and they wont be able to block cuz of a small bubble.
Then the other will follow up and we team combo constantly.
We both have good awareness of the game to do this. Your spacing has to be good enough so you don't hit your partner.
Most people don't have awareness for dubs.
They just focus on themselves thats why if u watch even pros
You see that they kill there partners at least once a match and get in each others way sometimes
So I'm lucky to team with Fow who is a pro and has doubles awareness! Fow da bess ness!
Fow - Yer da best lucas! that's why we rape
BF- "TEAM SPACING"? You seem to have created this word. Explain.
Mekos- Team spacing - Team spacing is when u are aware of what all 4 characters are doing and
you do and show this by...
1. Always being in a position to save/help your teammate
2. Having spacing so that you can follow-up and attack an opponent before they
can react after yer partner has hit them
3. You and your teammate working together to control
the zones of the map which will force yer opponents to get in each others way.
That's team spacing and if teams utilize that they will become a top level team.
Individual skill is less important than team spacing. This is why we dominate
dubs with low tiers even in high level play because safely most people don't have dubs awareness
and utilize team spacing. (Both of us offline and online)
BF - So tell me about your record here on AiB.
Fow - The last two season we got 2nd and 3rd in playoffs. We only really lose if I don't care
it's Wifi or if it's really laggy. That's what happened last season.
Our match against Choco and Tairbair was so laggy.
Yeah lag spikes aren't to friendly to Lucas's and Ness's recovery. Oh
yeah we have won every tourney we have entered.
We have done two. But it's Wifi tourneys so who cares lol.
Fow - We plan to team at Genesis 2
Mekos - Yeah hopefully everything goes well and we both can make it. I know we will do really good!
BF - Okay, well any shout outs?
Fow - I'll give a shout out to my sis Mimi, Sk92, Chunky, and all of NV!
- Chea! I give a shout out to My fam, God, the NC crew, Fino for
hacking my wii, Nilik and Sano, Chunky, Slayers, Kami,
Joe, and my Carrie. We out! Le go!
BF- There you have it DANGEROUS LIL KIDS are hittin up GENESIS 2 be there alright! I KNOW I AM!