How You Can Help

My days as a tournament organizer were amazing when I was running the “Campbell” series tournaments in NorCal. Over the course of the two years, I saw the series go from 14 entrants to 70 entrants at Campbell X (this was large in 2011/12, I swear!). With other obligations and goals taking higher precedence, I haven’t organized a tournament in a while, but I still contribute in whatever ways I can. It’s easy to take all the credit, but these tournaments wouldn’t have been as successful had it not been for my peers who were more than willing to lend hand to ensure that the whole process goes smoothly. Many players used to approach me asking how they could help, so I figure writing in this blog would be a good idea.

Here are some great ways you can help:

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Some of us at some point have wondered while looking at a bracket, “so there’s single-elim and double-elim, what about triple-elimination?” I had played around with the idea in my head and drew out some possible ideas for what it might look like but never fully fleshed it out. About 2 weeks ago, I saw a facebook status by Ankoku/aisight/Tony Cheng saying that anyone successfully running a triple elimination bracket would have his enduring admiration and respect. This was the motivation I needed. I had my triple-elim bracket design finished that night, posted that I wanted to try it at the next Norcal tournament, and got the OK from the community. We ran the triple-elim bracket on Apr 12 with 55 entrants and it was a fantastic success. We somehow finished it in under 6 hours, thanks to having 14 setups and the hard work of all the Norcal helpers *shoutouts to Mama Ko* So how does a triple-elim bracket work? What do you need to do to run one successfully? I’ll be describing how the whole thing works and referring to different rounds of different brackets, so you can look at what we did at the Norcal tournament as an example to follow along:

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Guest Article: Team Attack Off

Today, we have Jamil “Jam Stunna” Ragland writing an article about sharing the joys of being in the community with his young son.

jamilJamil and son watching the Charizard/Greninja reveal for Super Smash Bros. 4


My son wants to go to a Smash Bros. tournament. He’s been playing videogames his entire life, just like his father. I remember being five years old, helping my mother to get over those impossible jumps in Super Mario Bros., playing the Nintendo Entertainment System we rented from Blockbuster and never returned on time. My blood boils when I remember how my uncle humiliated me at the age of seven in Street Fighter II, double-perfecting me with nothing more than Chun-Li’s grab.
But tournaments? I used to line up in the arcades when Street Fighter II Championship Edition was released, waiting for the opportunity to play as Sagat and Bison, but it never occurred to me that people held tournaments for videogames. I organized a round-robin style competition in my dorm during my freshman year of college, but that was just for bragging rights, not a cash pot. I didn’t attend my first tournament until I was almost nineteen years old, where I was promptly bodied by players who’d perfected wavedashing and l-canceling before I even knew what those terms meant. Here’s my son, on the other hand, immersed in the competitive side of gaming from birth, ready to put his dad’s money on the line for a chance at being the best, all before his seventh birthday.
I was decent at Melee, at one point even managing to come in 9th in my state’s power rankings. I lost more matches than I won. While that was frustrating, I would tell myself that I just needed to work a little bit harder, go to a few more tournaments, and then I would have that breakthrough moment where I began performing well at a local, and maybe even regional level.

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Guest Article: Branding Yourself In The Smash Community

Hey everyone, HugS here, and I wrote a little piece.

This is for the players that are getting good and are wondering how to get known. This is for the players who feel they are better than some of the game’s biggest names, yet can’t seem to pull in the same kind of notoriety. Building a brand that people associate with can get you more support than your skills ever could alone.

Intro to Branding

While I can’t say I’m the foremost expert on brand building, I can say that I am very much in control of the image I put out there, and it’s all very intentional. I want there to be no confusion about who I am, and what I represent. In fact, it’s almost disgusting how predictable I am. However, that makes my actions a consistent reminder of my brand.

The thing about building your brand is that you can produce both positive and negative perceptions about yourself. Widespread likability is not the point. I don’t care who you are, as long as you’re in the public eye, you’re going to get negative feedback. Is your record completely spotless? Well then, there are people out there who hate cookie cutters too.

So let’s get this straight: the main point about brand building is to generate support from the people who associate with it.

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Don’t give up yet!

It isn’t a secret that doubles has fallen to the wayside in the Melee community. We often hear from a lot of players that they don’t like it, it’s too difficult, it’s something they never learned, etc. Tournament Organizers say it’s a question mark, or it interferes with other brackets.  Streamers say that it kills their numbers.

Where did doubles go wrong?

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