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A lot is riding on the results of Genesis. Players will be flocking from all over to prove their might.
Among these players stand the best of the best, the pros. M2K, Ally, Tyrant, FICTION, NinjaLink, Typh, and many others will be attending. There will be so much talent all in one place. Anything can happen!
Will M2K once again rise above all others? Will Ally knock him down?
Today I bring you an interview with three top players. Two come from the East and one from West!

Atomsk-Don't get grabbed!
Zolga: To start things off, who are you?
Atomsk: I'm Atomsk. I'm mostly known for my King DeDeDe but I'm trying to play the Ice Climbers more because I find them more fun.
Atomsk: I still have a very good King DeDeDe though. People tell me I look like I'm thinking really hard when I play him.
Zolga: You put on your serious face; Brawl is serious business remember?
Atomsk: I guess you could say that.
Zolga: Now to a topic that we all are interested in. How do you feel about the huge amount of Brawl talent that will be attending Genesis?
Atomsk: I think it will be an interesting experience.
Even when I was just starting out, I always wanted to meet out of state players. Just to meet new people. I loved to see the difference in playstyles.
Zolga: Thats good, do you feel you made a good impression?
Atomsk:Yeah, I'm glad that most people have liked me so far.
Zolga: Spread the love Atomsk.
How do you feel the international players will do?
Atomsk: For Brawl?
Zolga: Both Melee and Brawl please.
Atomsk: I believe that the ones playing Melee will do well, but I'd expect America to out place most of them.
Japan scares me though.
Zolga: Do you think our talent will be too much for them?
Atomsk: Whenever you go into enemy territory its natural to feel overwhelmed. As long as you keep calm and play smart you will do just fine.**
: What do you think about the low tier mains?
Atomsk: To be honest I know I'll get hate for this.
Low tiers are nothing but gimmicks in this game.
Few low tier characters have potential.
Zolga: You know I main a low tier *ANGER*
Zelda/Shiek kicks butt.
Atomsk: Good, I think that they are underrated.
Zolga: Most low tier mains moan and whine about how high tiers are cheap. Personally I like the challenge.
Atomsk: Most of them are scrubs. To be honest in this game being challenged by characters like Meta Knight, Diddy Kong, Wario, and the Ice Climbers are actually really fun.
Zolga: I love playing Meta Knights actually.
Atomsk: Me too, NJ has so many scrub Meta Knights.
Zolga: I feel that to beat high tiers you just need to learn the matchup.
Atomsk: Yeah, if you don't feel like putting in the effort to learn matchups you shouldn't call anything cheap.
Zolga: My fellow low tier mains will hate me for this, Go learn a high tier! Stop crying and moaning!
Atomsk: That'd honestly be a good thing.
Zolga: What do you think about the Melee talent?
Atomsk: I think there will be a good amount of it.
I want to see M2K beat Mango for once.
I gotta believe in my East Coast buddy.
Zolga: East Coast for the win!
Zolga: Which region do you think brings the most to the tournament?
Atomsk: In Brawl, I think EC is bringing a lot of talent.
In Melee WC is bringing the skill.
Zolga: Who do you think will triumph in Brawl Singles?
Atomsk: M2K or Ally to be honest.
I hope I do well though.
Zolga: A couple more then we are done.
What do you prefer Brawl or Melee?
Atomsk: I like both equally, I'll play Brawl more only because I am better at it.
Zolga: What do you think are the chances of some unknown player rising to the top?
Atomsk: For Brawl it's possible. Often WiFi players do good in tournaments.
Zolga: Last one.
Will Genesis even finish?
Atomsk: Hell no.
Zolga: Any shoutouts?
Atomsk: I love you Mike Haze! Eggz and his "ADD"!
I'm looking forward to meeting FICTION.
Zolga: Thank you for taking time to be interviewed.

Jem-Fear the Tornado!
Zolga: Let's get this started! Who are you?
Jem: I'm Jem, a MetaKnight main from Washington.
Zolga: A MetaKnight main? How original!
Jem: PLAY TO WIN! No, I'm kidding he is just fun.
Zolga: How do you feel about the boatload of talent that is going to be at Genesis?
Jem: I think it will be really exciting. Every character has a few really good representatives. Even the low tiers, I have a feeling that a lot of the top tier players will be caught off guard. It's cool that even Australians are coming.
Zolga: What about our players?
Jem: I'm very excited for Ally/M2K/DSF/Tyrant/DEHF/Fiction and all the other pro talent to be at one tournament to see who's the best.
Zolga: How do you think the international players will adapt to our style?
Jem: I personally haven't kept up with the out of country talent. I know Japan is really good, but I'm not sure if Australia is any good. I guess we will find out. I feel that our talent will be too much for them though.
Zolga: What do you think about the low tier mains?
Jem: I think because most low tier mains study the high tier matchups, they can cause some upsets.
Zolga: I'm a low tier main myself, but even I don't think they have much of a chance agianst the high tiers.
Jem: M2K, Ally, DSF, and Tyrant are too good.
Zolga: At the top of the crop we have your very own main, MetaKnight. How do you feel the non-Meta players will do?
Jem: Everyone studies the matchup so it's hard to win even as a MetaKnight main like myself
Zolga: I just feel if you learn the matchup you have a shot at winning; don't whine about how they are so cheap
Jem: Yeah that's pretty much how I feel too. A lot of people just want tournaments to be easier. I still don't see Metaknight getting banned though even if he wins. Sure some of us play this at or near a pro-level, but there's never been a character ban in Smash before. Everyone knows Smash is considered a party game forced competitive, so I don't see it happening, its still fun.
Zolga: What do you think about the Melee talent?
Jem: I think that the Melee talent is incredible.
I personally don't see anyone beating Mango though. I am rooting for some underdogs, particularly from Washington. I hope Silent Wolf and Eggz do well. I see M2K maybe taking a set in finals if Mango sandbags, but not the final set.
Zolga: Which region do you think brings the most skill to the tournament?
Jem: California, hands down. California has the best melee player in the world, and arguably the best brawl players(s) in the world. I think most the regions showing up to Genesis are strong, considering all that's on the line. We're about to show you that Washington is a strong region too.
Zolga: Gotta represent your region.
Jem: I love Washington!
Zolga: Do you think M2K will rape singles?
Jem: I've been talking with M2K lately. I think it's fifty-fifty on if he'll win. Ally proved it's possible to beat M2K, even when he's trying. I know DSF has been practicing hard to reach the top again. I'm going to go ahead and say that I do think M2K will win singles. Though I think a few can give him a good run for his money.
Zolga: A few more questions.
Do you prefer Brawl or Melee?
Jem: I prefer Brawl but I think Melee is the better game.
I'm pretty good at Melee too and I do think it is more fun.
Zolga: I like that attitude; I feel both bring different things to the table.
Jem: Absolutely. It's too bad the communities hate each other.
I'm a big fan of both.
Zolga: I suck at Melee but I still think it's fun.
Last one.
Zolga: Do you think Genesis will even finish?
Jem: I predict it will finish at 4 AM in the morning.
Better reschedule those Sunday morning flights.
Jem: I'm confident in Sidefx and D.B.R. to do a good job.
Zolga: Thanks for taking time to talk with me. Do you have any shoutouts?
Jem: Shoutouts to Eggz, Washington, my SoCal friends, and everyone who's rooting for me! Thanks a bunch and everyone COME TO GENESIS. And come to TOURNEYPLAY in October! Tyrant/M2K/DSF are coming! You'll have fun in Washington!

Inui- Master of Doubles
: Let's get going! Who are you?
Inui: Inui (Lucas DeLorenzo), I main Meta Knight, Snake, and Ike.
Those are the characters I use in tournaments.
Zolga: I heard you prefer doubles to singles; Why is that?
Inui: I find doubles to be a lot more fun, so I'm more motivated. I think it takes a lot of actual skill instead of just abusing top tier characters and camping the whole time. I like teamwork and having a lot of things happening at once.
Zolga: Who would you say has been your best partner?
Inui: Mew2King and Atomsk by far. I almost always team with Atomsk. We have opposite play styles and know the other's style so well. It works out. I can play any role and team with anyone good and be pretty successful, though. I've been with ksizzle, ChuDat, teh_spamerer, Bum, to name a few.
Zolga: What are you excited for at Genesis?
Inui: Brawl doubles and regional crews. I'm the captain for Atlantic North, so there's a lot of pressure on me to lead my team to victory. I'm worried that if we lose, West Coast will think they're better even though we're using a lot of B team players and are deprived of many powerhouses while they won't be. In Brawl doubles, I need to make cash because I'll be far in the hole if I don't make my money back.
Zolga: What do you expect from Brawl Singles?
Inui: No idea, really...I'm going to actually try this time, even if it means camping and being all boring. I'm hoping Atomsk, NinjaLink, Mew2King, ADHD, and the other powerhouses from my region do well. I'm especially hoping they stop the Meta Knights from taking all of the top spots. I expect Mew2King to win and for Ally to place extremely well, but everything else is up for grabs between the top players.
Zolga: What about Melee Singles?
Inui: I really hope Mew2King finally beats Mango, but he probably won't because he plays way too much Brawl.  Mew2King needs to realize that his 2007 skill won't beat Mango. So, I'm expecting Mango to win and for Mew2King to take second. After that, I don't have any idea. I want to see Kage win because I love Ganondorf and admire the way Kage plays and his sportsmanship.
Zolga: What do you think of all the international players coming to Genesis?
Inui: I'm really excited about that!  I want to see how they stack up against us. I got into the SBR not too long ago and got to know and interact with some of the best minds in Europe and Australia. I'm looking forward to meeting them.  Their metagames are different, so I want to see how they play.
Zolga: Do you think that any international players will place well?
Inui: I don't really expect it, to be honest. They might, and I'm not saying they're bad, but I just believe that the skill level here is higher. Their lack of high level Meta Knight experience may hinder there ability to place.
Zolga: Speaking of Meta Knight, how do feel about his potential ban?
Inui: I'm extremely anti-ban. I'm even working hard on the anti-ban team in the SBR right now. Because I see him lose so frequently to other characters here, I don't believe he should be banned. I'm hoping that our Meta Knight slayers take out all of the Meta Knights at Genesis to prove it. Go Atomsk, ADHD, NEO, Pierce, Vex, Malcolm, and NinjaLink!
Zolga: Meta Knight slayers, the community will love that.
You don't expect any Ganondorf's to be winning?
Inui: Um...he's the worst character by far. All of his moves are slower than reaction time, meaning he can't ever win against anyone with a brain. It's really sad since he's my favourite character ever. At least he's usable in Melee.
Zolga: Which region do you feel brings more to the tournament?
Inui: West Coast because it's their home region. They will have all of their powerhouses there and have a big advantage.  Mew2King also said their top players are a bit better than ours. I'm excited to see what happens. I hope Atlantic North brings a strong anti-Meta Knight metagame to their attention and wins.
Zolga: What do you think are the chances of some unknown placing well?
Inui: It's almost impossible. The established top players are too good and too numerous
Zolga: Do you even think Genesis will finish?
Inui: Yeah. The hosts seem to really know what they're doing, and I'll gladly help them if they need it.
Zolga: Which game do you prefer?; Melee or Brawl.
Inui: I have more fun playing Melee, but Brawl has more people and more money right now.
Zolga: What do you think of people calling Brawl a party game?
Inui: It is. Just like Melee and 64. They're all party games than we limited and created rules for in order to make them competitive by our own definition of competitive.
Zolga: That was a very well thought out answer. I expected you to go into "rage mode".
Inui: I try to be logical.
Zolga: Well we are done here, do you have any shoutouts?
Inui: Well... I've already shouted out my Atlantic North homies, no? I'm looking forward to meeting people like Praxis, Fiction, SK92, and other West Coast pros. I'm super excited for this weekend.  SHOUTOUT TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY!  LET'S MAKE THIS THE BEST TOURNAMENT EVER!

**Very Good Advice
Special thanks to UmbreonMonarchy for proofreading this.

GENESIS Week on All is Brawl continues today with a look at the Super Smash Bros. Melee side of the tournament. Over 200 Melee players from around the world are expected to visit Antioch, CA for three days of intense competition. The game may be over 7 years old but the tournament community is still alive and kicking. GENESIS figures to cause a huge resurgence in Melee interest and will be a great time for any new members of the community to check out Brawl's older cousin. To celebrate this amazing opportunity we're bringing you five reasons to get super hyped about the GENESIS Melee tournaments.

Without further ado...

1. Can anyone stop Mango?
With a tournament win streak dating back to *Pound* 3, Mango is one of the most dominant players in any era of competitive Melee play and has mastered opponents around the United States since his breakout tournament of Super Champ Combo. Initially known for his Jigglypuff, Mango has recently shown tournament-winning Fox, Falco, Sheik, and Captain Falcon characters in addition to a few dozen high-level alternates. He is fully expected to continue a tournament win streak that includes his own Mango Juice tournament plus east coast events Revival of Melee, Mass Madness 16, and Gigabits Freedom to Melee (Florida). No one has shown a serious threat to Mango's dominance in a long time... will the resurgance of international Melee talent at GENESIS finally give the kid from Norwalk a reason to worry?

2. Flight of the Falcons
The nation's top Captain Falcon mains in SilentSpectre, darkrain, Scar, and Hax are converging on Antioch with the speed of a raptor in pursuit of prey. The veteran darkrain hasn't been seen on the west coast in years -- if ever -- and it will be interesting to see how his classic Falcon play has adapted to changes in the metagame; SilentSpectre, a fellow legend, has been overshadowed a little by members of his Home Team but will look to bring his thrilling unpredictableness to center stage; Scar, an east coast powerhouse, will try to back up his Revival of Melee commentary johns/****-talk when faced with the inevitable hostile west coast crowd; and Hax, the 8 year old Falcon prodigy, will try to live up to the hype coming from the stereotypically vocal/abusive New York community.

3. The Armada sails
The oft-hailed best Melee player in Europe, Armada, is making his first trip to the 'States to see how he compares to America's best. A lot is resting on the youngster's shoulders as he fights for the honor of the European Smash community, which for years has been brushed off as insignificant next to the American and Japanese scenes. Throw in a lot of trash talk, "stupid Americans," "no one has cared about Europe for 200 years," etc., and you've set the stage for an important showdown between the Old World and the New.

As a Peach player, Armada's biggest challenge at the tournament will likely be adapting to playstyles native to the North American version of Melee; unlike Brawl, the European release of Melee featured many game balance changes that indirectly strengthened Peach by decreasing the threat of her biggest matchup problems in Marth, Fox, and Sheik. Armada will need to quickly adapt to the subtleties of NTSC Melee play or risk losing to Fox's stronger u-smash and u-air or Marth's deadly d-air spike (which can be Meteor-Canceled in Europe).

Armada will be joined by several other Europeans traveling across the Atlantic. Slhoka, Doraki, and a few others are coming from France, and there are rumors that Amsah (Nihonjin) will also make the trip. Throw in a bunch of talent from Canada and an Australian contingent led by the lovable CAOTIC and you're looking at easily the most international Melee tournament since 0C2.

4. The home team
The west coast has never shown itself as the dominant region in Melee despite being home to the unquestioned top individual players in the nation for several years (SephirothKen in the early years and Mango in the later, broken up by Mew2King's 1.5 - 2 year dominance until 2008). But things may have changed this year with the shrinking of the Melee community due to Brawl's influence. California consistently holds the largest Melee tournaments in the US and undoubtedly has a larger community. Household names like Mango and SilentSpectre figure to perform well against any opponent, but which other west coast all-stars will turn heads at GENESIS?

Zhu: perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of the Wombo Combo (Happy Feet?), Zhu is one of the most likeable members of the Melee community and the center of a game of tug-of-war between NorCal and SoCal, each of which claims Zhu as part of its regional crew. (He grew up in NorCal but moved to SoCal for university life.) Zhu turned a lot of heads when he traveled east with Mango for Revival of Melee and will be looking to make an equally big impact at GENESIS. His numerous matches as Fox and Falco against SilentSpectre have become all-time Melee classics; expect sparks to fly should we be treated to a match between Zhu and any of the top Captain Falcon talent attending the tournament.

Pink Shinobi: a little-known Peach player from Davis, CA, Pink Shinobi is currently ranked #2 in NorCal (behind SilentSpectre) following amazing performances against Zhu, SS, and other top California talent. His Peach reminds us of Cort in its speed and FC nair abuse and will be looking to abuse anyone unused to his aggressive edgeguarding or brutal counterattacks.

Killa For Cash (KFC): another unknown-outside-the-region NorCal player, KFC came out of nowhere with an impressive showing at West Coast Smash League, where he took out NorCal favorite TANG and came a shine away from beating Zhu. As a subscriber to the Azen/Drephen School of Thought, KFC's Marth is a frighteningly-patient flurry of tippers and edge-guards. East coast players may be accustomed to Cactuar's faster style of Marth play, so KFC has a shot at ruining a few OOS players' runs through the bracket.

5. The visitors
This is a VERY SMALL SUBSET of the rest of the amazing Melee talent expected at GENESIS:

  • The super old school: D.B.R. itself (Zelgadis, GERM, King, Bob Money, sidefx), Wife (sans Husband), HugS, Darkrain, Drephen, Caveman, DoH
  • The middle sibling: Mew2King, Silent Wolf, Eggz, SilentSpectre, Xif, Xelic, Cactuar
  • The kids: Lucky, DaShizWiz, Kage, PKMVodka, Darc, Pakman


We don't know if Melee crews will happen, but even without them there's going to be plenty of regional pride on the line. Will the old-school names show the kids how they dominated back in the day? Or will the younger generations show how Melee continues to evolve and expand to this day?

neal's challenge to both communities
GENESIS is a rare opportunity for all sections of our community to come together to celebrate an amazing family of games. Most Brawl/Melee combined tournaments turn into petty verbal fights between the two game crowds, with the "Brawl kids" facing off against the "Melee elitists," fighting for pride involving video games designed for children. Very mature, right? Why don't we try setting aside that antagonism for three days and enjoy each others' company?

Brawlers: take a break from watching unimportant pool matches to take a peak at the Melee side of the room. Try to catch a few singles bracket matches. Melee is a very fun game to watch and I guarantee you'll be entertained should you be lucky enough to find a match with a skilled Captain Falcon player.

Melee players: there will be 400 potential converts at the tournament for you to reintroduce to Melee. They're obviously interested in competitive Smash, so show them how fun and exciting Melee is and maybe you'll win a few new community members. It happens every day.

See you Friday!