MLG Qualfier: The Finale, SKTAR 3


The finale of the MLG qualifiers moves to New Jersey for a 5K event. Many players are in the hunt to earn a spot into the MLG Anaheim Finals. In addition, this will be the first time in nearly a year that Armada will be playing Melee in the United States. Other powerhouses, C9.Mang0, EG.PPMD (Dr. PeePee), and P4K EMP Mew2King will also be in attendance, so expect some really exciting matches between them. Along with Armada,  Reign.eSports Professor Pro will also make an appearance at SKTAR 3, playing in Melee singles along with some exciting exhibitions. From the west coast, Westballz, MIOM|SFAT, MMG|Shroomed, and several others will be traveling across the country to participate. Along with people traveling from out of the area, several east coast players such as CTRL|DJ Nintendo, CTRL|The Moon and APEX|Nintendude  will be hoping to defend their turf along with earning MLG Anaheim spots.

The Point Situation can be found here.

Schedule and Stream (EST)

Saturday (May 31)

11:00 am –Melee Doubles

5:00 pm – Melee Singles

12:00 pm – Venue Closes

Sunday (June 1)

3:30 pm – 12:00AM Melee Singles

Streaming will happen on MLG (Clash Tournaments)


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The 101 on the E3 Invitational and Gamecube Adapters on the WiiU!

Earlier today, Nintendo released an exciting YouTube video, highlighting the upcoming E3 tournament.

The Logistics

When: Tuesday, June 10th (4 – 6:30 PM PST)
How to Watch: Twitch (Official Channel Unannounced)

Characters will be picked via randomized draft. A player will have to play the same character throughout the tournament

Playable Roster:
Little Mac
Zero Suit Samus
Wii Fit Trainer
Mega Man
Rosalina & Luma
Donkey Kong
Pikmin & Olimar


Single Elimination – FFA, 4 Stocks, 5 Minutes, Top 2 Advance
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MIOM Needs: Editor and Guide Writers

When I first came aboard MIOM back in December, I thought of this space as a small personal blog in which I could express my opinions about Smash related issues. Little did I know that we would grow into one of the most read blogs in the Melee community. With that being said, I’ve realized that the standards that I initially placed on myself earlier cannot be applied today. This is no longer a small niche blog and needs to have higher standards, both in content and grammar. I currently do not have the time to procure 4-5 articles per week along with editing them by myself, so I am looking to you guys in the community to help out.

I will need the following:


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MLG Qualifier: A “Pat” on People’s Chances

Okay okay, that wasn’t one of my better puns, forgive me.

After this past weekend, we’ve had 8 MLG Qualifiers and one more to go. Fortunately for those players that are qualifying via points, P4K Mew2King ended up winning Pat’s House 2. As a repeat champion, this opens up yet another slot for point qualifiers.


So far, we’ve had 5 unique champions out of the 8 events. These 5 players are:

1. P4K Mew2king
2. C9|Mang0
3. Curse.Hungrybox
4. Leffen
5. Remen

In addition, two players, EMP Armada (3000 pts), and VGBC| aMSa (2560pts), have accumulated enough points to earn a spot into the Final Bracket, pending some freak accident.

6. EMP Armada
7. VGBC|aMSa

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How to: Fantasy Smash



I have been an avid fan of fantasy sports, participating in fantasy basketball, football, and college basketball for years. The world of fantasy sports have turned otherwise uninteresting games into something I have personal interest in. Will Demarcus Cousins grab 10 rebounds to win me the category for the week in the boring Bobcats-Kings game?

For a while, a group of friends and I have participated in fantasy smash for the larger tournaments, which has been a blast. Never before would I really care whether Nintendude or The Moon won their match until fantasy smash.

So what is it?

Fantasy smash tests your knowledge of how players will do at a given tournament. Everyone drafts a team of players and gains points based on how well they will do in bracket. The person with the most points wins some money. Sounds simple right?

How to play:

Fantasy smash is simple and involves three steps: (Also download the MLG Fantasy Spreadsheet here)

1. Auctioning for draft position
2. Picking players in a “snake” draft
3. Watch the players perform at the tournament and tally up the points

#0 Setting up

Ideally, you want about 8 people participating. 10 people also works, but it can be cumbersome to keep everyone in the loop, especially if the draft is being done online. Also, at this point agree to a buy-in. Normally, my group agrees to $20 buy-ins with 1st place getting 75% of the pot and 2nd place getting 25% of the pot. Once again, if you want to vary the numbers, that’s totally fine as well.

Depending on the style of pools and bracket of the tournament, the point counts may vary. Adjust the points that each of the placings will get accordingly. For example, here were the point distributions for Apex 2014.

1st 380
2nd 360
3rd 340
4th 320
5th 300
7th 270
9th 240
13th 210
17th 180
25th 150
33rd 120
49th 90
65th 60
97th 50
Worse 0

To clarify, if you drafted a player that placed “3rd” then you would gain 340 points for your overall team for Apex 2014.

#1 Auction for positions

Unfortunately, there will be discrepancies in draft position. If everyone were to draft perfectly, there would be an uneven distribution of points. To rectify this, we auction off the draft order, so that everyone has a fair chance at getting the 1st overall pick if they so desire.

To draft for positions, start a bid in a chatroom and have people bid on the 1st draft spot until there is only one bidder left. The person who wins will gain that spot and will have the number of points deducted from his final total. For example, if I decided to bid “75” points for the 1st spot, then I would take a 75 point penalty at the end to compensate. Repeat the process for the 2nd spot, 3rd spot, etc… until the draft order is done

#2 Draft for players

Now, you may begin drafting. The draft is snake style, meaning the following. If we have 8 players (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H), then here how’s the draft would go.

Round 1: Player “A” picks first, then “B”, then “C”, … then“H”

In round 2, the reverse order would apply, so Player “H” will pick first, then “G”, …, then A

Keep drafting until everyone has 10 players (you can modify this based on the overall tournament size)

#3 Scoring

Once the tournament is over, determine the placings of all the players you drafted, and then calculated the subtotal score. After calculating the score, deduct the amount of points you bid for your draft spot.


Sample Scoring for Evo 2013

#4 Misc Things

For MLG, it will be best to start a draft after SKTAR 3, in which all the qualifiers will finish.

Make sure to finish in a timely manner, the Gainesville draft ended up not finishing in time for Apex 2014

*Misc Rules – Once you start the draft, any new players that register are “banned” from being picked


Have fun and enjoy!