Welcome back to my look back at the HOBO series. Upon reading this article, you will be brought totally up to date with this epic tournament series. Coming up after all this, the sequel to the epic WHOBO will take place, and I will be covering WHOBO 2, which is sure to be a great tournament. If you can, definitely try to make it down to Houston for WHOBO 2. But now, without further ado, enjoy reading about the rest of this fantastic tournament series thus far. HOBO 18
September 5, 2009 - 80 entrants
Picking up a month after we left off, HOBO 18 was upon us. Planet Zero had opened back up, and we decided to hold another tournament there, to check out the new location. We got a great turnout, although not as big as the previous HOBO, it was still a very good number of people. Unfortunately, the new Planet Zero felt smaller and more crowded than their previous location, so it was tough to get around. And all of their arcade machines were still around, crowding things up even more. Because of this, we have not yet gone back there for a tournament.
But that didn't stop the tournament from being epic. Xyro once again ran this tournament with a Meta Knight-banned ruleset, and this was the last time up until now which he has done so. However, Meta Knight was allowed in teams, the ban only applied to singles play. The top 3 placers in this tournament were Razer, Gnes, and Lee Martin, in that order. Also note that Lee Martin was not able to use Meta Knight, whom he used at that time. Also, after some requests to list doubles winners, I'll be listing the top placers in doubles as well. The winners in teams at this one was a team of Lee Martin and DPhat, who beat the team of Inui and UTD Zac, who beat the team of CY and Esca of Beaumont. GET HYPE!!!!!
- In the pre-tournament hype for this tournament, a joke came out of nowhere, and turned into a legend. My good friend Gea, in the HOBO 18 thread, randomly posted "I heard Inui smells like stale Fritos." Normally, a random comment like this would go unnoticed, but for some reason, people noticed. Inui took great offense to this, but he was the only one who didn't think it was funny. Needless to say, Fritos were the hottest topic in Houston leading up to the tournament. At the tournament, Inui was using the tag "DF," which people began to joke about, saying it stood for "Dirty Fritos." Needless to say, it was a very silly, stupid joke which ran its course and died out, but was fun while it lasted. GUEST OF HONOR
- And speaking of Inui, he was the only new OoS player to show up (those in the Louisiana crew are practically regulars). Inui ended up taking first in low tier doubles, in which he teamed with Xyro, third in doubles, in which he teamed with UTD Zac, as mentioned earlier, and 9th in singles (remember, Meta Knight was banned at this tournament). HOBO 19
October 3, 2009 - 71 entrants
A month after HOBO 18 at Planet Zero, we were back at FunPlex for HOBO 19. Also, unlike HOBO 18, Meta Knight was legal for this tournament. Dojo won this one, with Razer coming in second, and Gnes coming in third. In doubles, the team of Razer and Gnes won, with the team of DMG and UTD Zac coming in second, and the team of Lee Martin and DPhat coming in third. GUESTS OF HONOR
- In addition to Inui returning for the second HOBO in a row, Pennsylvania's own Vex Kasrani showed up to this tournament. The two of them teamed for both normal doubles and low tier doubles, and took 7th and 3rd, respectively. In addition to Vex, Dekar from New Mexico showed up with the El Paso crew (they're so far away they're practically from another state). BIG MONEY MATCH
- To my knowledge, Brawl doesn't really run big money matches, when compared to other fighting games like Marvel vs Capcom. At HOBO's, all money matches I have seen have been anywhere from $1 to $10. But at HOBO 19, Dekar challenged Inui to a $50 money match, Diddy vs Meta Knight. And lost. Fifty bucks, gone like that. Sucks. HOBO 20
November 7, 2009 - 40 entrants
A month after HOBO 19, HOBO 20 took place at FunPlex, once again. This tournament received a significantly lower turnout than the previous tournament, but that didn't stop it from being really awesome! Due to time constraints, Gnes and Razer split for first place, while AiB's very own Samboner (in only his second offline tournament appearance) placed third. In teams, Gnes and Razer beat Hylian and PhantomX, and Esca and Inui came in third. GUEST OF HONOR
- At this point, Inui has been coming to HOBOs regularly, so he doesn't really count as a guest of honor any more, in my opinion. However, as mentioned before, Samboner came to this, after never attending a HOBO, and he did really well. In fact, he did so well, that it brings us to our... EPIC MOMENT
- To place high in any tournament, you have to beat some big names. How did Samboner place third? Well, at some point in winner's bracket, he faced Inui. And he didn't just beat him; he wrecked him, by beating him 2-0! Then, in winner's semifinals, he had to face Razer, who rarely loses sets at HOBOs. And what does Sam do? He 2-0's Razer! However, after this, Sam got beaten by Gnes, and then again by Razer in the rematch in loser's finals. But, congratulations to Sam, for impressing a lot of people. HOBO 21
December 12, 2009 - 50 entrants
Alright, staying on schedule, once again, at FunPlex, HOBO 21 occurred on what was likely a warm Texas day in December. This tournament had more entrants than the previous HOBO, and those who went had a good time. Winning this one, straight from New Jersey, was the best Diddy Kong player in the nation and the world, ADHD. Coming in second, was Houston's own Razer, the Wii Remote and Nunchuk user. In third place is the other best Diddy Kong player, Gnes. Teams went to Gnes and Razer, again, who beat Dojo and ADHD, and with UTD Zac and Lee Martin coming in third. GUESTS OF HONOR
- As I've already mentioned, ADHD flew in for this HOBO, his first one. He did indeed live up to the hype he brought with him, coming in first in singles and placing in second in doubles. Also attending this tournament was the ZSS player Snakeee, who ended up coming in 13th in singles. A THIRD out-of-state player was in attendance, Alex Strife, the tournament organizer from New York. He did not enter singles, but did enter doubles, placing 17th with his partner. GET HYPE!!!!!
- As I mentioned before, ADHD coming to this garnered a lot of hype, even more so when Dojo said that he would be in attendance. Naturally, a match between Dojo and ADHD was highly hyped. Would it be winner's finals? Perhaps grand finals? Only time would tell. Xyro asked me to photoshop a battle screen from Street Fighter 2 and put both Dojo's and ADHD's faces over Ryu and Guile, respectively. So, how did the epic showdown go? Well, it didn't happen.
Why didn't it happen? Well, Dojo got knocked into loser's bracket fairly early by Hylian, who then got knocked out of loser's by Razer, who had lost to Espy early on in winner's bracket. ADHD never had to face him, as ADHD stayed in winner's the whole time. HOBO 22
February 6, 2009 - 41 entrants
After taking the month of January off, February 2010 brought about HOBO 22. The turnout was about the same as the previous few HOBOs, fairly small. For the first time, Gnes wins, with Louisiana's Lee Martin coming in second, and the almighty Razer placing third. Gnes and Razer once again win teams (and with the greatest team name ever), Lee Martin and Trela came in second, and Esca and Inui placed third. GUEST OF HONOR
- After a while, familiar faces tend to become all too familiar, and sometimes one might overlook how far they had to travel to get to a tournament. Once again, Inui and the Louisiana crew showed up, but a new state was represented here. For the first time, players from Arkansas came to this HOBO. YOSH (a Yoshi player) and Kirby (a Kirby player) came to this, and have since returned to Houston. BEST TEAM NAME EVER
- As I mentioned before, Gnes and Razer had an amazing team name. What was the team name? It was "Don't Lecture Me on the Ethical Ramifications of Putting a Shock Collar on My Child." I'm not sure if it was actually called over the loudspeaker, as I wasn't there, but if it was, imagine how awesome that would be to hear that name so many times! HOBO 23
March 6, 2009 - 38 entrants
The month before WHOBO 2, the so-called last practice session before said tournament came about. Because it was so close to the coming WHOBO, people decided to wait a month to come to Houston, so the turnout was a bit lower than normal. Winning this one was Razer, back on top, who beat first-timer to Houston RedHalberd, and with Gnes coming in third. In teams, Fliphop and Razer won, Esca and RedHalberd come in second, and Gnes and Trela came in third. VIDEOS OF THE TOURNAMENT
and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QCJn_IjNsQ GUESTS OF HONOR
- As you may have noticed in reading the results above, RedHalberd came to this tournament, all the way from Florida. Greatly hyped by his entire state, he didn't disappoint, only losing to Razer. In addition to RedHalberd, Trent, a Sonic player from Nebraska, flew in for this. Trent placed 17th in singles. In addition, YOSH and Kirby came again, from Arkansas, and part of the Louisiana crew came. RAZER vs REDHALBERD
- The grand finals of tournaments are usually intense, and HOBO 23 was no exception. After losing to RedHalberd in winner's finals, Razer beat Gnes in loser's finals to face Red again. Razer then proceeded to beat Red two sets in a row to win the tournament. Some highlights include a Snake ditto on Pictochat which went to the timer, Red getting stuck under Frigate Orpheon while the stage was transforming, and Razer delivering the final blow by b-airing Red's Meta Knight out of his tornado move. And in the midst of it all, Xyro delivered his trademarked trash talk. Definitely one of the better sets I've seen to end a tournament.
Well, thanks for reading, and this now brings us up to the present. If you are reading this immediately after posting, the epic WHOBO 2 will be going on as you read this. Check back soon to see a writeup of WHOBO 2, complete with videos and stories from the tournament.