Genesis II is upon us. Genesis II is upon us. This means there are epic
players coming from all over the country to enjoy at least a weekend of
sun, babes, babes, and video games in the wonderful Northern California
vistas. With that said, I am joined by one of thee ICONS of todays Brawl
game. A tournament legend! A native TEXAS resident (lol Texas). A
national threat, a doubles mastermind. THE SNAKE GURU and MY BROTHERS
FAVORITE SMASH BROS. PLAYER!!! OMFG get hype for thee one and only
ULTIMATERAZER!!!!! ULTIMATERAZER, thank you so much for joining me today
and allow me to start this off by saying I hope you get the Karma from
this interview to place top 100 at Genesis II. THANK YOU!
UltimateRazer: Haha no problem. Nice intro ^__^, and I'll at least be getting top 8 ;) .
Before we get too far into Genesis and the whole nature and atmosphere
of this amazing tournament, I have to ask; Wii remote and Nunchuk? Why
that control scheme and how did it make you feel when MLG decided
against allowing for use of any control scheme other than Gamecube
controller? Also, I am thee only high level Melee player to convert to
Brawl and use a controller other than Gamecube controller (Classic is
what I use). Did you play Melee at high level at all?
Well these two questions sort of relate to each other (why
wiimote/nunchuck and if I played melee at high level). I've played smash
since I was 4 starting with Smash 64. Naturally my brothers and I
bought Melee. Being the case, I used the GC controller. I never actually
played Melee competitively because of how young I was. I didn't even
know tournaments existed. Toward the release of Brawl's release
(2006-2007), I picked up Melee again after I stopped playing. My
brothers and I began to play again with FFA items on Hyrule Castle and
such. It slowly began to evolve though. We started doing teams on Hyrule
with items on sudden death. It eventually evolved into 1v1 on FD with
no items. I was very competitive so I wanted to win all of these. I used
Samus/Sheik. I thought I was the best, but I always lost to my cousin
who used Fox. After a while, we move towards Brawl's released. I was
SUPER hyped for the game and followed the Dojo every day. Whenever I
found out there was going to be a tournament at the Gamestop release, I
began practicing like crazy with the GC controller. A day or two before
the release, I found out that wiimote/nunchuck would be the scheme used
in the tournament. I got worried and quickly looked up the controls for
the wiimote/nunchuck and tried to visualize it. After losing, I played
GC controller for about a week at home, then I switched to
wiimote/nunchuck and slowly began to use it (I didn't know there was a
competitive scene yet). From there on, I used wiimote/nunchuck.When MLG
banned it...I was quite discouraged. I refunded my plane ticket for
Orlando and never bothered to spend the money to go. I went to MLG
Dallas though with 2 weeks of GC controller practice. Plus, the
wiimote/nunchuck is so much more comfortable than the GC controller :]
Amazing stuff right there. Look at Gamestop actually contributing to
gamers instead of raping our wallets... what a company. And as far as
MLG, I live in Florida and I was not at all excited about that
announcement since I use the Classic Controller. What a failure on
ruleset and planning. Seriously, a Wii game and I cannot use Wii
controls? Makes no sense. Moving on... I plan on watching the livestream
of Doubles Brawl from start to finish because playing Brawl as closely
as I do, I prefer thee action and pace of doubles to singles. The reason
I play the game is because it offers 2v2 and I think that is thee best
idea in a fighting game ever. Do you prefer singles or doubles and why?
Who is your doubles partner going to be for Genesis II? Also, if given
the chance, I would team with Inui, Shu, or yourself over anyone else in
the world, who is your favorite doubles partner and who would you
absolutely love to team with that you have yet to team with for whatever
Exactly what I thought: A console that can't use it's own controller?
Forced to use a controller that doesn't even sell anymore? Ugh, but it's
all over now. Hmmmm. I believe doubles is more fun than singles, but I
prefer singles still. I prefer it because, I've always thought of
singles as the main event since I've begun the competitive scene. I
always wanted to be the best and wanted to prove it. It's been a long
road, but I'm not even nearly there yet. No matter how I win in singles,
it is still fun to me. For Genesis 2, I will be teaming with my static
partner, Gnes. My favorite doubles partner is...Gnes lol. We have so
much synergy. Hmmmm, either M2K, Ally, or Anti. I've only teamed with
one pro MK at something big (Dojo). M2K cause he's M2K lol. Anti is a
good MK and extremely good at doubles. I would only team with Ally ONLY
if we do double snake. I would never ever do double snake, but he's an
exception. It could go really bad or really rape xD.
Ally double Snake? THAT WOULD BE RAPE right there. As a fan, I would
love to see that! Aright, I am not sure if you have tuned into my other
interviews or not but as I told illmatic when I interviewed him, I
****ING HATE TEXAS. Weather, people, location, smell, attitude, horses,
smog, dental care, all of it sucks in Texas. I hate LaBron and I am
hyper glad he did not win the title this year but losing to TEXAS is
just as crappy as him winning the title. How do you manage to stay in
that crap-hole err I mean, state? Why have you not run away? And do you
think getting out to Cali for Genesis II will influence you to stay the
eff out of Texas? Please say yes. Help me get the last three good people
in Texas OUT of Texas.
LOL. I think you have the wrong impression of Texas. Besides the hot
weather, Texas is AMAZING. Although I wasn't going for the Mavs nor the
Heat. I was born here and will probably stay here. All those negatives
you've listened are probably in every state. We will be fine where we
are at thank you very much. Sorry to disappoint!
Ewwwww. I gotta say, that is pretty disheartening. And on the topic of
Genesis II, do you feel extra hype about this tournament? I know when I
talked to people about tournaments like Apex, they tend to feel extra
hype; like they are going to be part of something epic and amazing. Do
you get the same sensation with Genesis or is it honestly more of a,
"Business as usual" approach? How do you prepare for large tournaments
such as this one? And what do you think is a key to keeping you locked
in once you get to the site itself?
Yes, I do. I don't travel OOS unless I'm hyped for it. Genesis 1 was
the best Smash trip of my life, so I'm hoping this will be amazing too.
For nationals...of course you need to practice with humans, but I
prepare my mind set the most. It's happened before. If you aren't
mentally prepared, you will absolutely crumble just as I did at Apex.
You need to rid yourselves of the nerves, have perfect execution, and
think things through. You apply this with your game training, and you
are ready for a national. When I get there, I have to uphold that
mindset, SLEEP, and EAT. I forgot to eat at Genesis 1 on singles day and
paid the price xD. All of this is essential to doing well at
When I travel for video game tournaments, or any reason lately, I try
to take in the community around me (except in Texas. I run from the fat,
white hillbilly women and try to stay indoors as much as possible). Do
you plan to try to get anything in other than video gaming while in
California for Genesis II? Not that you have to give me your plans in
detail or anything, but when you travel (and I know you do, I met you at
Winterfest), is there any sort of trademark thing you like to do or
experience when you get there? For example, I like to pee in a public
toilet not related to the hotel I am staying in. Even a McDonalds across
the street. It gives me a chance to say I saw something outside of the
limited box I almost feel prohibited to, you know?
LOL there are like none of those [fat white women] here. I don't know
where you were, but you need to try Houston or something xD. As much as I
want to, I won't be able to =/. We got our flights coming in Thursday
night and leaving Monday. Whoa you did? Sorry I don't remember =/. Wait a
second...now FLORIDA is a HORRIBLE STATE. I want my Winterfest money
T___T. Wow wth? Lmao that's weird...nah I don't plan nothing
special...just to go to In N Out and enjoy the hotel and tournament.
I am from California. I had just moved to Florida and yes, it is a
****stain of a state that conducts bad business on the daily (Editor's
Note: Florida ain't paying them Texas queers a ****ing penny). But I am
NOT Floridian, I am a Californian that has lived in Florida for a few
years now. As you mentioned, at Apex you were not on your best game. How
do you handle shaking off a tough loss or the feeling of general
underperforming? What advice can you give to players new to the pressure
situations on how to learn from the growing pains of trying to make it
to the next level? Also, since you are a benchmark within this community
as a person and player, how do you feel about people throwing out your
name when assessing BIG wins in their tournament careers? I assume
sometimes it must be frustrating?
California is 2nd best state after Texas so you're excused. Well first,
you have to accept the loss. No matter what happened, you gotta realize
that you lost and try to think about what you did wrong or what
happened. You then need to think about what you could have done better
and what you need to work on. Later on, if there are videos, watch those
and study what happened. I tell them, LOVE the pressure. Being able to
handle that pressure is what makes you grow to the next level as a
player. Of course, it can be frustrating at first but I just shrug it
off. It's the past and I just focus on revenge or the next tournament.
Boasting big wins doesn't mean much if you lose at the next event to
that player or someone lower. Always keep on improving.
As a stream monster, I have developed players I want to see win, story
lines, and match analysis of all my favorite players. When you are not
at big tournaments, who do you prefer to cheer for or root against? Do
you have a loyalty system in place? And since you will be at Genesis II,
who are you looking forward to seeing again and meeting for the first
time (maybe)? Do you still get starstruck when meeting good players in
the community and how does it make you feel when you find out someone is
a big fan of yours?
Hmmm, I prefer to cheer for my Texans lol. Gotta cheer for my brethren
ya know? Who do I root against....? That will be kept secret xD. But
naturally, I would root against my threats and such. I'm looking forward
to seeing the WC people again. Haven't seen them in a while. Nah I
don't...I've met most of the top players, and it doesn't intimidate me
as much. Although, I'm hyped to meet out of country people. Ah that's
who I forgot. I'm excited to see Rain and Earth again. I loved the Japan
guys. I feel honored when someone say's they are a fan of mine. Also
gives me a little boost to keep playing lol. Gotta keep them happy ^__^.
First of all, who you root against should be no secret. That sucks.
Everyone knows I root against Mew2King. Like any sport, there will be
players, teams, whatever that people will root against. I am a diehard
Lakers fan so how do you think I feel about the city of Boston? I think
you get the picture. Anyway, when I interviewed Fatal, he considered you
a better Snake main than him. He even went as far as to say he looked
up to you within the community. Personally, getting that answer was a
fond moment because it showed how honest and human the top level players
are. Most people see you guys as computeresque with no human emotion
and no life other than video gaming. Who do you look to for inspiration?
Are there any players that you look up to within the community? And
what do you do outside of video gaming that keeps your engine running?
Lol okay okay. Let me see...hmmm. I root against D3 players lmao. I
hate that character. I root against top players in general if I have to
fight them early...I think that is wack..but farther into the bracket, I
do want to play them. I would root against FL like ESAM and Seibrik,
but like I said, I like to take revenge on my losses, so I do want to
play them. I don't really have a specific person or persons I root
against. It's all situational. Wow, that was really cool of Fatal.
That's a common misconception about players. The only player I look up
to is Dojo. Back in the day, he was my goal and target. We had similar
aggressive styles, so it was always cool to clash. He also has the same
drive and will as I do. He was always getting better. I had to keep up.
Hmm during school, I do school lol. I go to movies with friends, go out
with my family, etc. I recently started volunteering (something for
school) and I do running as well. Being a top player doesn't always mean
you have no life and spend 24/7 practicing. It's not true at all.
Thank Ghaude you come in and say that. Most people truly have that
common misconception of the basement dweller being the best player and I
know it is not true. I have a family, three daughters, a job, am fairly
well liked (although weird) and come off as fairly normal when people
meet me. Alright, moving on and off topic but I gotta ask know because
the world wants to know: What kind of women get you? I love white women,
and Persian women (ohhh yes) and hispanic women are growing on me
madly. What kind of women do you want to sexually, "exploit" in the near
LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! The world really wants to know this? Lool, well I
think prefer Hispanic then Whites, then Asians. Maybe some mixed or a
foreign race, but we'll see!
Yes the world wanted to know. That is all mostly everyone wants to know
when I ask them about what to ask you (editor's note: That is a total
lie. Nobody wanted to know that except GhaudePhaede010). I hate the
Brawl Unity rule set. It infuriates me to no end and shows exactly why a
community vote is necessary over a governing body. As far as Genesis II
goes, I am not sure if they decided to use the unity rule set or not
but it is imperative that I ask you, as I have asked EVERYBODY I have
interviewed: how do you feel about the Brawl Unity ruleset and if you
could make any adjustments, what would they be?
Hmm. I don't really care for the unity rule set. It doesn't really
effect me and actually helps me (LGL on all characters). I would change
the stages though or some of them. Also the issue on splitting is iffy.
Other than that, it seems alright to me.
Wow. I must admit, I did not see that answer coming but good ****
surprising me. Since this interview is in the main spirit of Genesis II
and getting top three is obviously your goal, how do you want the rest
of your fail... errr Texas brethern to perform? Is there a certain level
of pressure or expectation placed on any of you and if so, are you
feeling it yet? Do you get the tournament nerves before big tournaments
or does it mostly come up during tournament and matches?
I want them to get at least top 8 (Gnes and Trela). The lower ones I
want a reasonable goal of top 16 or even upsets! Denti has been rapidly
improving so hopefully he can pull some stuff off. I think Texas expects
Me and Gnes and Trela to rape...I think they expect Gnes and I to get
top 5 so there's a hidden pressure. It's weird..I don't feel the
pressure from them until after I lose..then I feel like I've let them
down. Nah, after Apex I don't get nerves at the tournament anymore. It
mostly comes up right before the match or during a match against a top
Being that you have full on rockstar status, is there a grind to
raising the money for you to get out to big tournaments across the
country like Genesis II? I have a full time job so it is not as
difficult because I can just set money aside and gradually pay for my
trips but for thee average gamer, there are times when I wonder, "how in
the **** did you get the money together to get out here?" So, what do
you do and what are some of the crazier things you have heard of people
doing to raise the money to get out to big tournaments (insert male
stripper and jiggalo stories here)?
Lmao. Yeah see I did the smart thing and saved my money when I began
winning it. I always have enough or just barely enough to make the trip.
I'll make this one and hopefully win some and more back. Hmmm, the
craziest thing I've seen is someone get a job where they dressed in some
chicken or fish suit or something and danced on the side of the road
for like 2 weeks in scorching heat. That's about all I know of.
That is pretty insane but to get to Genesis II or a tournament of this
scale, I would do it. I mean, wouldn't you? Since you have done some
traveling in your career, I can ask you this and feel confident: Where
have you been to that you absolutely want to revisit (for me, Maryland)?
Where have you been that you never want to go to again for any reason
whatsoever (for me, Texas), and where have you NOT been that you would
love to experience if only once (for me, Australia)?
Of course I'd do it! Honestly...California lol. Greatest trip of my
life and the state is amazing its self. Flordia.....you know why xD. I
HATE NJ as well because there is NEVER anything to eat around the venues
ugh. Or there is just like only one thing to eat all weekend. My
stomach always shrinks when I visit. That is why Wendy's is off my list
forever -.-. I would LOVE to go to Japan..but it will be a lot harder
after the disaster and all.
Yea, that was a pretty tragic event. My brother is stationed in Okinawa
and he has been to the mainland many times to give help and support. It
is totally a desperate situation over there. It gets downplayed in the
states : (
UltimateRazer: Ah sorry to hear that =/. Hope he's safe.
He is. And thank you. I wish everyone over there well. My brother is
pestering me to ask you so I am going to have to: he is learning Snake
and wants to know any good advice for Snake players. Not simple everyday
tips, but what it takes to really break the mold as a Snake player? And
why have you not taken up a second main (aka Metaknight ala ALLY THE
Haha. I'll tell him now the the life of Snake is a hard one. Not many
players stick to him all the way. First off, MASTER your basics...like
this is so important to the snake meta game. Master execution and tech
skill with him as well. Messing up a jab to turn around grab or utilt
can be very costly for him. Find different ways to recover...Ally was so
good at this. You need to use all your options to escape the air safely
otherwise you'll be damaged heavily. Learn stage control with
explosives. Learn when and when not to attack with certain moves...ftilt
is not safe at all. LEARN YOUR MATCH UPS. Snake vs X (not the Sonic
lol) can change dramatically. Like D3 vs Snake is different than Falco
vs Snake. Lastly, learn snake and all of his options...it may sound
simple but it is not. I havn't taken up a second character cause I love
Snake too much in tournament. Always will stay Snake forever.
Well that answer makes him so happy. And since I broke format by asking
a question on behalf of my brother, I decided to do something different
here: Questions from the fans. I have five questions here from random
people in the free play chat room and after this, we will conclude thee
GhaudePhaede010: Should Metaknight be banned? Do you think he hurts the metagame? - El Fude, Florida
This one is iffy. Sometimes I feel as if he should be banned, but other
times not. A strict rule set limiting him could be effective. I'd like
to see a six month ban to see the results of the tournaments before and
after the ban. When they plank and scrooge and time out people, then
that is hurting the metagame. So he can hurt it and cannot if that makes
GhaudePhaede010: How do you feel about thee, "alleged" rapture coming on October 21? EternalTempest, Florida
UltimateRazer: Lol, I feel like it's not going to happen. No one can know when the end of the world occurs.
With all the new found techs in brawl do you think it will come
anywhere close to competitive play in melee? - Premofire101, south
Unfortunately no. Melee game wise will be more competitive than Brawl.
Mind set wise though (player wise), Brawl can be just as competitive.
GhaudePhaede010: What was your first video game console? numonezeldafan, canada
UltimateRazer: My first video game console was the SNES :).
GhaudePhaede010: Favorite tournament ever attended and what made it so special? Que, Japan
Genesis 1 was my favorite. I had a BLAST with my fellow Texans. The
hotel was amazing, the tournament was amazing, and the state of
California was amazing. I just overall enjoyed everything and the
GhaudePhaede010: Thank you guys so much for being a part of this interview.
ULTIMATERAZER, thank you so much for doing this interview in the spirit
of my favorite tournament and two of my favorite tournament promoters. I
am so honored to have you in my presence and hopefully sometime in the
near future, especially if you continue to perform so strong on a
national scale, you will have time to set asied and do another, more
detailed interview. You are the man. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
If you have any shout-outs and/or e-hate let it be known now!
UltimateRazer: No problem!
Shout-outs to Gnes for being so gay with Diddy and helping me train.
Same goes to Trela but with Lucario. Shout-outs to Zori for being based
and Sync for being my cousin. Shout-out to you for interviewing me.
UltimateRazer: E-hate to D3 players and Snake counters lmao
GhaudePhaede010: For Iyolah! For Eternity!
Dan from Japan (front) vs. Jason Cole competing out of the 1,040-entry Street Fighter IV tournament at Evolution 2009. Photo by Kara Leung
Evolution 2009, the biggest story going into the tournament was that
1,040 people registered to play Street Fighter IV. This massive amount
of entries clearly broke all past records in fighting game history.
The community has came a long way from the local arcade scene. To think
that over 23,000 people of all races, ages and levels of interest in
Street Fighter tuned into the Evolution stream to watch the final match
between Japan's Umehara Daigo and America's Justin Wong is just
unimaginable. While Daigo's victory in SF4 ended this brief chapter in
international fighting games, the make up of that five-digit number
tells a greater, more significant tale.
At times like this, I reflect on something that UK Street Fighter player HarmoNAZ
says about fighting games being a global community. "One
thing that motivates me (to keep playing) is meeting the people. How
many other things can you offer me, where you can say that I can go to
any random place. I can meet a guy of any nationality, religion and
belief. And we could not care less. It's like 'Mate, get out your
stick. Let's play."
Back in the day, and I
know many players like us started out like this, our scope of the video
game scene started off small. Who was the best in the block? Who was
the best at the arcade? Who was the best in the region? Back then, when
one person travels from another city or state to compete, that person
suddenly personifies how everyone in his region plays. Now our scope
has gone significantly bigger thanks to the Internet bridging the gap
between regions and even countries under one common interest. The
beauty with fighting games is that no one will have the same
background, upbringing, culture, style as the next person in the
I once played a Mexican gamer who could not
speak an ounce of English. For those who don't know me, I'm this
20-year old Filipino dude, and in Street Fighter that's pretty young.
This man I was playing was significantly older and probably lived in a
completely different town as me. However, we understood each other
perfectly when we walked up to the sticks to play our match. Each of us
thought along the lines of, "I want to win this tournament, so I'm
going to defeat you to do so." Many thoughts analyzing each situation
of the match raced through my mind, and I bet that the person standing
next to me was thinking the same things, just only in Spanish.
me, I think this single sense of unity is what made the fighting game
genre survive going into its second decade. If there was any further
proof of this unity, lets take some of the winners of this pass
Evolution. Street Fighter IV champion, Daigo Umehara hails from Japan.
Soul Calibur IV champion Johnathan "Malek" Ledy was the only person
from France to crack top eight to take the whole event. Abdulatif
"Latif" Alhmili was born in Saudi Arabia and won the Guilty Gear XX:
Accent Core+ singles tournament. African-American player Sanford Kelly
finally wins his first Evo Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament. The week
before at Genesis, Swedish Smash player Armada shocked the American Melee
scene by giving undisputed American champion Mango a run for his money.
Every corner of the world has represented in their respective games and
shows that that pool of talent is deep in diversity.
Crowd reaction during Evolution's Street Fighter IV grand finals
as gaming moves forward, it's great to see that no one is alone in this
community. Sure this person standing next to you in the sign-up line
may be of a different race, a different age or different lifestyle but
in video games it doesn't really matter. We're all gamers with
controllers or joysticks in this big world of talent.
Jul 9 2009, 3:20PM
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.**
Zolga: 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.
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
Zolga: 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.
Tensions are at an all time high in the Smash community. The biggest
tourney to ever grace the scene is just around the corner, and the most
heated debate in Smash history has divided the community into two
camps: those in favor of banning Meta Knight, and those in favor of
keeping him in the game. Both sides have debated fiercely for months,
and with Genesis this weekend, there is no better time to get a good
bearing on what exactly each side has to say about this crucial
subject, and what Genesis could mean for the future of the metagame.
in favor of banning Meta Knight feel that he is just too good to be
legal. They claim that he breaks the counter-pick system, has an unfair
recovery, and a moveset with capabilities far beyond what they view to
be the norm for the game. The pro-ban side also feels that Meta Knight
over centralizes the Brawl metagame and greatly reduces character
diversity and viability. Those who are against banning Meta Knight,
however, feel that Meta Knight fits in the competitive brawl scene. The
anti-ban side believes that Meta Knight does not defy the laws of the
game, that diversity is not a necessity, and his abilities do not put
him outside the normal constraints of the Brawl metagame.
has heard these arguments before. What matters to a lot of people,
though, are tournament results. Meta Knight has been the clear leader
in tournament placings. Genesis, though, is an entirely different kind
of tournament. Top players from all over the world will be in
attendance. Record breaking numbers of players are expected to
participate. Huge sums of money are up for grabs. The entire community
eagerly awaits the results to see if Meta Knight continues his
dominance, or if the metagame has changed. The results of the
tournament could have a huge impact on the community’s consensus on the
ban. According to one top player -- who will not be identified -- as
many as seven out of the top eight placements could easily go to Meta
Knight players, and results this overwhelming would certainly help
solidify the argument for banning Meta Knight. Another top player,
again unnamed, doubts the results will be clear-cut, potentially making
progress towards a final decision even more difficult. A top anti-ban
player feels that Genesis is the tournament where Meta Knight finally
tumbles a bit. He expects several other characters to place highly,
averting what he deemed “the disaster”, or a near sweep of the top
placings. He does admit, though, if Meta Knight were to take many of
the top placings, his own position may be forced to change and a ban
may be imminent.
With all this buzz, and top players
strongly divided over this issue, it looks to be Genesis that will
decide the future of Brawl as we know it. Will Meta Knight continue his
dominance and force the issue for a ban? Can top players of other
characters finally put him back in his place and prove, once and for
all, that all the discussion of a ban was unnecessary? We'll see 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
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
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.
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:
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
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
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!
May 25 2009, 8:09PM
Yo Everyone! So I have a lot to talk about, a lot of big and
important things, so without further ado I will just get going!
looks to be a very sick month to be a competitive smash player. A damn
good time to be a gamer. Genesis
looks amazing. I know
Greg from NVGA personally and Supercon
is their big event of the year.
There will be sponsors all over and it should be one heck of an
event. And last but
certainly not least is AiBs very own sponsored brawl tournament at
. We are talking one of the best cities in the world with Vegas
(VEGGGASSSSSS!), a chance to see and meet thousands of gamers, the bar
none best venue you will see all year for a smash tournament. Make sure you register
right away though, the venue cost jumps twenty dollars($20) after May 31st, so save yourself some cash and do it this week!
2. The Community in General
Its absolutely great just how far things have
come. Looking back at the competitive melee roots, its just crazy to
me. I can still remember when tournaments everywhere were just hosted
some guy's parent's house, basement, garage, or wherever we
could get. Tournaments were far and few between. You literally penciled
it in months away and you couldn’t wait for it to happen. Players came
from your state or the closely bordering states with the die hard
smashers mixed in that would drive hours, fly in, or whatever
for a thirty person tournament. Venues were rarely, well, real Venues
had like no LAN center and those types of places for support). If you
were lucky enough to have had a National Size (sixty-ninety people)
tournament somewhere around you that was the event of the year for you
and you were probably petting your lucky four-leaf clover every night
before bed. You were one of the very lucky few who had a national size
tournaments somewhere around you!
I lived in a couple
different places back then (then being the early origins of the
community). Michigan mostly and North Carolina for a little while. I
dug the game,
I thought Smash/Melee was amazing, and I just really wanted to compete.
There weren’t any tournaments around me (I either
held or was directly involved in pretty much all the first ones in
those states), in fact there weren’t really even players to compete
against that you didn’t already know at first. I literally was trying
to recruit people on Gamefaqs, Ign, anytime I saw someone looking at
any gamecube game in
a store, hell any game period. So
what if I might have been the only one bumping my own topic on all
these forums. All the “Play smash in Michigan?”, “Michigan
Smashers!”, “Any North Carolina Tournaments” topics. Sometimes with
zero replies or people coming out of it, but I kept plugging away
trying to find smashers. So yeah it had to look really desperate being
the guy with all these topics. But I figured out awhile back in life
that you do what makes you happy, the stuff you like and don’t worry
about what other people think. For me at that point a big part of
that was smash, competing, improving, and having fun. I knew there were
other people like that, so I did what I could to find those people. I
was willing to show any player anything about the game (DI,
Wavedashing, Grab combos/chains, Lcanceling, etc.) so they could learn
to compete at the level where they didn’t get JV 4 stocked (Yea that’s
me) and get so frustrated they never want to play
competitively again. I tried to give them a foundation so they
stuck with it, make things so they could have fun. I wanted
a large group to play with, I wanted big tournaments. Now a lot of
players came and went (There are some crazy Vets I know from
ago that are still going strong) since then but ultimately the whole
experience is nothing I would ever change.
Now a days
tournaments are everywhere and happen almost all the time (unless you
live in a dead or extremely rural area) That's the great thing
about our online ladders. They give you a great community in itself to
that experience from. It is so important that people don’t
lose the grassroots mentality. Do everything you can to find new
players! Show them about the community (Be it our great online
community, Stadium community, or Live play), really show them the ins
outs of competitive play. Welcome players, stratch that don’t welcome,
new players! Get them to your smashfests, tournaments, online practice
sessions, our ladder. If we really want to continue to grow with
this, if you want to see your peers (or maybe you) on TV playing smash
one day, have thousand people tournaments with big sponsors it needs to
everyones mission to keep getting people into the community. On a whole
everyone needs welcome them I don’t want to see people pulling that
elist shit, not here. This isn’t something we can do as a site, this is
something where everyone needs to do their part.
So with that I
have 3, 4, and 5 talking about some specific ways things we have going
on that sort of go towards this this goal/vision of continuing to
really grow this community.
3. The Street Team
something that has been mentioned in the past, that we are ready to get
off the ground. Now what is it? A group we are putting together here on
AiB of people that really want to get the word out about the community.
Creative people willing to spend some of their time coming up with
various initiatives, doing crazy stunts, or whatever. Basically just
people that care about this stuff, willing to meet with the group
weekly and throw around some ideas, and help turn those ideas into
things we can do as a group or present to the community at large. You
interested? Put in a request (telling me why you should be in) to join
the group today!
4. A Tournament Host Group
With such a large increase in tournaments,
some great national ones popping up all over, we really need to get
better organization and communication between hosts. A lot of hosts
from different regions simply don’t communicate with one another and
that’s something that should not be happening. Spacing National
Tournaments far enough away from each other, turning your tournament
attendees onto other regions big events, discussing learning
experiences you have had as a host, venues, rulesets, etc. These guys
are instrumental in making the scene function and they should be working
So I am looking for 1 or 2 people to lead the group,
to make it happen. Well known and respected tournament hosts that know
the scene. Someone willing to give the group direction, go out and get
the rest of the tournament hosts to join the group. So if you are
interested shoot me a pm and I will get back in touch with you.
5. The Pro Lounge
Long has it been home to some of the top online players out there
(Although many are top live players as well like Ally, Anti, Atomsk,
Holy, etc) over the next coming week we will be admitting our very
first batch of live players (so if you think you are the man when it
comes to live play keep your fingers crossed about an invite alert
coming) to the private permission only room. And with that we want to
roll out some new things within the room. A couple of which are a
direct link to our content team and admin staff for site interviews and
input and all that good stuff. The other thing being sponsorship
information. Ive been around some different gaming communities and ive
seen my fair share or people get sponsored. Smash is big enough and
some of you are good enough to where there is no reason some of you
guys cant do the same, cant get sponsored as well. So in the Pro Lounge
there will be some information I put together that hopefully will help
it become a reality.
now a lot of you have seen the some of the news advertisements and
advertisement types (skins for the site, bigger ads) floating around.
In a perfect world me and Neal would be such ballers that we could just
pay for the site out of our own pocket for the good of the community and
run it adless. Ads and people clicking on them make a
large difference for us. Its nice for me not to have just been cutting
checks for server costs, ladder prizes, contests, month after month
with very little coming back in. Our new ad provider has honestly made
a large difference. So anything you see I hope everyone can understand
how this is really benefiting the site and the community at large. That
said we do have less up front control over the ads that show up at any
given moment. So if there is anything innapropiate, technically
incorrect (crashing your browser, showing up over normal site
navigation, etc), or just is really impacting your experience on the
site post about it in our new ad feedback topic and send in a request
to correct it. As much as it is great to get checks in and not just out
we don’t want to do anything the really hurts your experience with the
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