Mar 21 2011, 6:17PM
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The Championship bracket at MLG Dallas features some of the most revered names in smash. Here is a quick preview of all the likely second round pro bracket matchups!
(Disclaimer: So far at these MLGs, NOTHING has gone according to plan, and with names such as Gnes, Dojo, and TKD all in attendance, you can pretty much count on upsets occurring. The following matchups are simply based on seeding points, and the assumption that the higher seed will advance to the second round of bracket.
1. Ally vs Fatal
Ever since Brawl’s release, Ally has been universally regarded as the best snake. Ally has been fairly consistent in the MLG circuit, placing 2nd twice, 8th once, and 17th another time. Recently, however, such a title has been put into question due to the recent success of Fatal. Fatal recently 2-0ed M2K at MGC in Vegas, and is looking to ride the momentum of his MGC performance, as well as his MLG DC performance (where he placed 5th out of 174, taking out names such as NinjaLink, Tyrant, and MikeHAZE). While dittos don’t mean everything, a win from Fatal would be quite a statement.
2. ESAM vs Atomsk
The MLG circuit has given ESAM, a relatively unknown pikachu prior to MLG Orlando, a chance to prove that he’s one of the best players in the nation. ESAM has consistently placed very high at every event, taking out names such as Ally, Tyrant, and Lee Martin along the way. ESAM has tons of tricky setups that he utilizes to trap his opponents into bad situations, which has helped him get as far as he has. Atomsk, on the other hand, has a variety of characters he knows how to play at a top level, including MK, ICs, and DDD. Atomsk has come very close to top 8 at every single MLG event, but hasn’t quite broken through. Will this be the time Atomsk finally gets a big win and launches himself into top 8, or will ESAM continue his dominant streak through MLG?
3. Lee Martin vs Nick Riddle
Lee Martin and Nick Riddle are both looking to bounce back strong after very sub par performances at MLG DC. Lee Martin’s MK is very unique. He opts for random opportunities to hit his opponents, and lands attacks in situations which you wouldn’t expect him to attack. Nick Riddle has a very similar style, and has developed an excellent pressure game with ZSS. This MU will simply come down to who’s spacing is better, and if ZSS can do a reasonable job recovering against MK without taking too much damage.
4. Tyrant vs Rich Brown
The last time these two players fought was at MLG Raleigh. Rich Brown was on the verge of winning the set, but Tyrant landed a clutch shuttleloop and took game 3. Rich Brown, fresh off beating M2K at MLG DC, is hoping to get revenge in Dallas. Tyrant will rely on a variety of clever setups to deal major damage to Rich Brown’s Olimar while he’s trying to recover, as well as try to land the gimps. This MU really just depends on mistakes and how good both players are with punishes. In the Olimar-MK MU, both characters can severely punish mistakes, so whoever is more alert that day will likely take the set.
There you have it! Be sure to follow all the MLG twitters and updates, and be on the lookout for videos shortly after the event, as well as any bootleg streams which might be created!
Sep 27 2010, 6:01PM
Inui: Good evening, Trevor. It's nice of you to make some time for an
interview, and hopefully this will help get that offline player coverage
you and others wanted. You're a top player from NJ and have been
ranked 2nd there for a while right behind ADHD and you're an MLG pro.
You're very well known around here, so you don't need too much of an
Atomsk: Hello there Lucas :) . Thank you for taking time to do this.
So, you recently went all the way to Cincinnati from New Jersey for a
Brawl tournament. That tournament was School is in Session 3, an
unusually large and hyped up Midwest tournament. What made you want to
travel that far?
Atomsk: Well, Elliot (Ally) was spending a
week at my house since traveling back to Canada to come back to America
cost lots of money, and there happened to be a tournament close by that
said week. During the tournament, Elliot asked if he could spend the
week again and suggested the idea of us (him and I) going to Ohio for
Siis3. I was happy to house him again and more than willing to go + my
parents love him.
Inui: It does seem like you two have a pretty
solid friendship. What was it like to be with the player widely
considered #2 to Mew2King? Did you get in any really good training and
learn a lot? Would you say it helped you win the tournament?
It was basically like being with an apathetic version of myself. Elliot
mostly responds with "I don't care" to everything really so it was
quite the challenge at first to do actually be active. Surprisingly, I
believe in total we only played brawl like MAYBE 8-10 hours in total
over the course of 2 weeks (not including the tournaments). Our time was
mostly spent watching a wide collection of horror movies that I have
and watching him play Dark Cloud 1. When it came to the "training" as
you stated. I basically just focused on why I was losing when we were
playing and kept trying to fix my habits. I learned like one or two new
things, but nothing major. I feel in playing with him so much, I kinda
got a better idea on how to fight/handle snake the character with MK
over Dedede since I mostly played MK/Falco/ICs while Elliot and I
played. I ALSO LEARNED HOW TO PLAY SNAKE BETTER. AS YOU SAW FROM
GETTING THE **** IN TEAMS YA *****, AND IN SINGLES.
you did beat my *** with Snake... I suck against that character.
Anyways, to get back to Ally for a moment before we continue, you ended
your massive losing streak to him at that tournament. You lost what,
about 20 times in a row in tournament and money match sets to him until
that day? I doubt anyone expected it. Ally won doubles and dominated
his pool, so everyone thought he was playing well. How did you finally
Atomsk: I pretty much just used what I had learned
from the friendlies (aka handling Snake better) to win. I hadn't really
taken notice of Elliot's habits while we played friendlies, but I
noticed them more in the singles set, which I used to punish games 1 and
3. Game 2 he straight dominated me in Mk dittos(LIKE EVERYONE DOES) I
believe it was last stock mid 30%. I counter picked BF for game 3 in an
attempt to either A) have him stay MK so I could go ICs, or B) go Snake
again and I could attempt again to go MK and try to win the set.
And as we know, he went back to Snake and you pulled off the win.
Then, in winners finals, you fought Zucco, which was another big
surprise to everyone. He got through Judge and Hylian to get to you and
then put up a decent fight. You two have played a lot, and you won as
usual. The one person there you were terrified to play was Lain, and he
almost got to you. How do you think things would have went if Zucco
didn't stop Lain's rampage in the losers bracket?
all honesty, I do not feel I am as bad vs ICs anymore as I made it out
to be at the tournament. It's just my history vs that character that
scared me. I believe if I had lost the first set, I would have been lame
and abused the no ledge grab limit rule. Sorry Lain. :(
I was actually sort of pumped to watch you play against him and
expected him to take out Zucco. He dropped a lot of chaingrabs, costing
him that set. Oh well. You and Zucco, a normally pretty good team,
ended up getting only 5th in teams despite everyone, including myself,
expecting a clean top three finish. What went wrong in doubles for you
Atomsk: In my opinion, it was all my fault really. Zucco played amazingly well the whole day. I just played like a moron.
Nicole, a female Peach player, teamed with Coney, a top Dedede from
MD/VA. They beat your team and then ended up getting 3rd. Did you
underestimate her? What are your thoughts on her exceptional
performance in doubles? She certainly impressed me.
had visited Missouri not too long ago to visit Saffy. I had known about
her skill already so saying I underestimated her would be ignorant. She
preformed as well as I believed she would in teams.
Inui: I see. Best female player in your opinion?
Atomsk: Nicole is by far the best female player, in my opinion.
Agreed. From what I saw in teams, you were far too aggressive for some
reason, which is usually the only thing that makes you lose doubles
sets you otherwise would have won. Hopefully you work on that and grow
as a player. How was your experience in the Midwest in terms of the
event staff and the people? Today, a girl player that has placed well a
few times, was the main host, and Hilt helped out a lot. How did the
Midwest players and hosts treat their guests from Atlantic North and did
you have fun with the people? I sure did, and I thank Smash64 for
Atomsk: The event went very smoothly except for
pools, but pools always takes far too long and that's why I hate them. I
didn't really talk to any of the Midwest players that I hadn't already
been acquainted with so I cannot say much. Hilt and Today both seemed
extremely nice, and TKBro is always awesome to be around. Indeed,
Smash64 da bess.
Inui: I feel silly asking this since we took
my car and I drove most of the time, but how was the car ride?
Sometimes the journey itself can be fun.
Atomsk: While I stayed
in Missouri the first time, Future, Nicole, Cook, MetalMusicMan and I
went to a tournament in Iowa...which happaned to be like 6-8 hours away.
This didn't bother me at all. On the way back we got lost making it
even longer, so long car rides don't bother me at all anymore. I had
my iPod and Baby Zucco, Elliot, Allied the potmonster, and of
Inui: You love me so much! =] Would you take another long trip like that to the Midwest again?
Atomsk: Yes, I would.
I hope you keep it up and do well in the events to come. KTAR 3, a big
NJ regional, is a few days away. How do you feel about it considering
the hype around you after SiiS3?
Atomsk: I feel like there
shouldn't be hype around me. I did well like the first time in forever
XD....I will do my best though. If that happens to not be 1st or 2nd
place then that means I still have work to do :3.
right man, good luck. Thanks for taking time out of your busy life of
AiB wifi to get interviewed about that video game.
Atomsk: My busy life of watching TV. Wifi is booty.
Inui: Haha, all right. See you this weekend.
Atomsk: See ya. Oh, and shoutouts to Allied! Stay free, stick to Farmville, WHICH I'M HIGHER LEVEL THEN YOU IN, YEA WHAT *****.
Its Ja Boi Allied.
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single-post wrapup of (most) everything that went down at Apex2010 this
past weekend? Look no further! (For FULL brackets and results, see the
AiB tournament page.)
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AiB is live and streaming from SuperCon 2010 in Denver, Colorado! We've set up a special streaming page with video, chat, and Twitter updates about the brackets here. Check it out!
And be sure to bookmark that page, because we'll be using it each weekend to bring you a featured live stream here on AiB!
The world's top players are all gathered in New Jersey for Apex 2010!
Players such as Rain, Brood, and Earth from Japan (here for the first
time in America for Brawl); DEHF from So Cal; Gnes andCO18 from South;
and many East Coast players such as M2K, Ally, Anti, Atomsk and more!
TOURNAMENT PAGE: http://www.smashboards.com/showthread.php?t=258857
ALLIED'S TWITTER: Twitter.com/Allied1337
Doubles Results: http://www.smashboards.com/showpost.php?p=10912335&postcount=9633
Jun 30 2010, 3:37PM
So I thought we would take a minute and cover some of the free swag everyone that attends Supercon 2k10 in Denver Colorado on August 13th and 14th (AiB page here) will be getting.
Yes, there's a DJ, sick lighting, amazing venue, anime sections, sponsor booths/workshops/panels/exhibits, multiple floors, an awesome Melee and Brawl 1v1/2v2 tournament (along with a bunch more great PC and Console tournaments, for a full list click here), arcade and freeplay sections, and of course the AiB Pool Party Sunday at the official hotel for Supercon that has free shuttles/huge rooms at great prices (So pile the smashers in!). But on top of that there will be swag bags for everyone that comes. Things like posters, movie passes, stickers, magazines and magazine subscriptions, Gamestop sponsor activation stuff (stuff that publishers like Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft send along), free Vitamin Water throughout the weekend and their swag; we are working with Hooters trying to get you guys some wings, there will be shirts and gifts cards given away during the weekend.
So there it is. Not only that but every sponsor we have and continue to get will be hooking up people with a variety of cool things throughout the weekend. With the deadline for Early
bird registration, which lets you save $10, expiring tonight, today is the day everyone should get their passes! You can find the registration here (*Note* You do need a NVGA account to be recognized in the system before registering. So if you do not have one, sign up first. And if you have any questions yet you can check out the registration user guide)
As I’m sure you’re aware MLG is hosting its second Brawl tournament of the season next weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The last Brawl tournament held by MLG in Orlando in April was really hyped, and was in fact one the best tournaments (in terms of how it was run, and how fun it was) that I have ever attended. There were many upsets, in what many call the most stacked bracket that Brawl has had the pleasure of seeing. Here are the results of the top 16 players at MLG Orlando:
8: Big Lou
MLG features a guaranteed pot for their tournaments, the payout for singles at Columbus will be as follows:
1st = $2,500
2nd = $1,500
3rd = $1,000
4th = $700
5th = $500
6th = $350
7th = $250
8th = $200
Doubles will have 100% of the pot payed out to the player, with a 55%-30%-10%-5% pot split between the top four teams.
The tournament is taking place June 4th-6th at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
As of now, over 200 people have registered online. It is not too late for you to purchase your pass!
Registration closes May 31st at 11:59 EST.
Singles entry will cost you $35, but it is well worth the price since no tournament can ever really replicate the experience you will have at MLG. Along with your entry pass, the $35 gets you an array of free swag ranging from Bic Razors, MLG sports bags, unlimited Dr. Pepper, Hot Pockets, and even hand massages from a certified (more importantly, pretty) masseuse. If you don’t want to enter the tournament and would just like to spectate, the cost is $25 per spectator
MLG will also be hosting a doubles tournament, which takes place on Sunday for the small price of $10 per team member. Registration will take in person, inside of the venue sometime on Saturday. I will also add that priority for doubles bracket goes first to players whom entered the singles bracket, so you may be out of luck if you plan to spectate and only enter doubles.
Hotel housing is taking place at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Columbus. I have heard rumors of the hotel not having vacancy however, so along with the Crowne Plaza I’ll post an alternate well priced hotel that is also near the venue:
Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus - Downtown.
33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus
Hotel Rate: $119
Reservation Deadline: May 31, 2010
To make a reservation, please call (614)461-4100 and ask for in-house reservations. The discount code is "MLG" and they will honor that rate until they have run out of rooms.
German Village Inn Columbus
920 South High Street
Columbus, OH US
Rates start at $70 for singles, or $82 for up to four people. (sneak people in, I didn’t tell you this)
I called the hotel earlier this week, and they said the do have AV outlets on all of their tv’s, so you’ll be able to bring
To make a reservation, call toll free (866)656-7127. Press 1, and tell the operator you would like to book a room for the German Village Inn in Columbus, Ohio.
The schedule has Brawl singles for Friday and Saturday, with only doubles being done on Sunday.
To purchase a pass, head down to the MLG Store and add the pass to your cart. Once you purchase this, you should receive an email with more instructions on how to complete the registration process.
Finally, click the following link to check out the complete rule set:
Official Brawl Rule Set for Columbus
I hope to see everybody there. I’m staying at the German Village Inn on Thursday, and the Hyatt Regency for the other nights (which was the first MLG hotel being offered but got completely book relatively fast) Hopefully I’ll run into all of you!
Apr 26 2010, 3:36PM
In the first of what we hope is many awesome announcements, VitaminWater has officially signed on with Colorado Cutthroat to become a headline sponsor of Supercon 2k10.
To add some more excitement to the mix vitaminwater® is proud to sponsor the Super Smash Bros. NVGA championship at SuperCon 2010 this year with a $2000 bonus pot towards Smash at SuperCon 2010. On top of that vitaminwater® will also be providing of variety of swag and prizes at Colorado Cutthroat events as well as those events featuring Colorado Cutthroat which includes SuperCon 2010.
SuperCon 2010 is truly an event catering to the Education of Gamer showcasing all aspects and influences of the gaming industry. From gaming exhibits, sponsors and vendors, competitive and casual based tournaments, amazing casual game room, PC gaming and more, SuperCon 2010 will truly be a gamer's paradise.
*For those of you that have been living under a rock here's the first Supercon Announcement on AiB. Here you can get your passes, check out the official site, and start to plan your trip.*
This Vitamin Water announcement is just one of many reasons why Supercon is the most fun and best experience you will have at a community event this summer. Dont miss your chance to meet and hang out with the entire AiB community in Denver on August 13th-14th (as well as non-tournament fun on the 15th).
AiB Supercon tournament page!
And to give you guys an idea of the scope of this whole thing heres a list of the sponsors involved so far in Supercon or the road to Supercon. You can check out the AiB thread here. Official Road to SuperCon info.
University of Colorado in Denver
Midnight Gaming Championships
Pinball Showdown Championships
WAAF 97.7 / 107.3
Tulsa Community College
Funhouse at the Riverwalk
Wizards Aslum Comics & Games
HxC LAN CENTER
96.1 The Beat
United Service Organization
*As you know, Colorado Cutthroat has a working relationship with vitaminwater and they are one of our sponsors*
REMINDER TO EVERYONE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING MLG ORLANDO:
Brawl passes go on sale today, Wednesday the 17th, at 7:00 PM Eastern time. MLG passes sell out very quickly and with a start cap of 128, so be sure to be at your computer on the hour with your credit card ready if you want to attend.
In addition, we have some info for you.
Metaknight will not be banned in Orlando and Doubles will happen with door registration being taken after singles finish (they run Friday/Saturday, so finish Saturday night) with 100% pot payouts and singles placements used for seeding.
With POUND 4 coming up at the end of this week, players have begun
flying in from all over the world. POUND 4 is as much a tournament as
it is a community gathering. You don't often get to see players from so
many different places all gathered together like this, so we decided to
play a bit of a community building game. At the end of this news post
there will be a list of smashers with whom you need to take pictures,
and record their names. Some will be very easy to find, others more
difficult. After POUND, you will upload your pictures, and make a blog
containing them. Complete every category, and you get a badge. Easy
right? This should be a really fun way to fill time between your
matches. Enjoy meeting some new people!
Smashers used for answers over and over, I thank you in advance for letting people take tons of pictures of you.
All pictures must be taken at POUND 4. This includes the venue, hotels,
smashers' houses, and anywhere else you'll be this weekend.
2. You must be in all the pictures
3. You must record the name of the smasher with whom you take the picture and what category you are using them for.
4. No smasher may be used for more than one category.
5. After POUND 4, you will have one week to get a blog post up with all of your pictures and answers.
6. After making your blog post, you will send me one PM
with a link to it.
7. Have fun!
Full List of Categories:
- A player currently or formerly ranked #1 on their region's power rankings for Brawl
- A Melee National Champion
- A Brawl National Champion
- An All is Brawl Administrator
- An All is Brawl Forum Moderator
- An All is Brawl Staff Member
- A European Smasher
- A West Coast Smasher
- Someone who has beaten Mango in a Melee tournament set
- Someone who has beaten Mew2King or Ally in a brawl tournament set
- A Smasher with a Unique Badge
- A Certified Host
- A Smasher who makes it into the Singles Bracket in Brawl
- A Smasher who makes it into the Singles Bracket in Melee
I will have a few
copies of this list at POUND 4, if you can find me, I will give you one, but please try and bring your own list.
Nov 16 2009, 7:16PM
It’s the Grand Finals. Both Melee and Brawl Players…Imagine. Armada vs. Mango. Ally vs. Mew2King. Armada just got THKO (Three Hit Knock Out) with a stitch face. Ally just survived a shuttle loop at 212%. The crowds are going wild; everyone on the edge of their seats, many of them already on their feet, screaming. The intensity is off the charts…and then you hear someone say “oh look who’s walking through the door!” All of a sudden, people look towards the door, and then around for whoever said that. After a second, people realize it was the tournament’s own commentator. Rampage ensues and everyone mauls the terrible commentator; the amazing match they were witnessing lies forgotten.
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