It’s Been Awhile

Greetings again,

It has been a long while since I have updated anything on here. Many thought this was a dead blog. Tis nothing but lies!

Instead, I was focusing my energy on graduation. Graduation involved composing a 20 page thesis. Later, I will be sharing my thesis in parts for you all to read. I am thrilled to be able to share this with many of you.

Another update: I will be moving soon! I will remain in Montana, but will be able to travel to other cities in Montana that host other events for gaming.

Gaming update: Spring Scuffle is coming up! Stay tuned for blog updates on that as well! Thank you Blake for hosting again another epic fighter tournament in Bozeman!

 

19 Year Old Smashes at Fall Brawl

One of the larger winning pot games, $1770, Super Smash Bros. Melee proved to be a challenging bracket at the 2016 Fall Brawl.

Team Entropy Eloy “Eloy” Arias

Eloy “Eloy” Arias – a 19 year-old senior from Southern California –  traveled to Bozeman, Montana to face 70 other players in the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament on behalf of Team Entropy. Eloy took home third place in a tension filled series. Eloy played Fox through the entire bracket.

Eloy has been playing Fox for about a year. Fox is his main. Considering he is in high school, Eloy is talented at Fox. His secondary character is Sheik.

“There’s lots of timing when you play Fox,” says Eloy after his final match against Eikleman, “That’s where I went wrong with some things.”

Sheik was never a real option for Eloy during the tournament due to his prime comfort pick of Fox.

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Master Fox.

Not only was tension up during each of the games, a melting pot of emotions was alive during the last four matches of the bracket. “It was very intimidating because you are not used to the environment of the tournament,” describes Eloy, “Since there are so few tournaments far and wide.”

Eloy went undefeated until the winner’s semi-finals to face Eikleman. The round ended 3-2. Eloy was moving on to face Ka-Master in the winner’s finals.  With the last few games rotating between three players, Eloy was defeated by Eikleman in the looser’s final 0-3.

At the end of the tournament, Eloy was respectful. Eloy describes the victor of Smash Bros. Melee, Ka-Master, as “insanely good” and “a player that punishes very well.”

Team Entropy had seven top three wins out of the 8 major game events at Fall Brawl. Jinsei took home four of these spots.

For further information on the rest of Team Entropy placements, check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/EntropyGG

Fall Brawl 2016

Coming to the end of October, many prepare for Halloween. But for one man named Blake Mickatavage, it is more than Halloween. For him,  it is helping set up, prepare and host one of Montana’s largest fighting game community (FGC) tournament — Fall Brawl.

Fall Brawl is a weekend event from October 29th thru October 30th. The event will be hosted at the Holiday Inn on Baxter Ln in Bozeman, MT.

There is currently open registration online through Fall Brawl 2016’s Facebook Page. Along with other information on special deals and pricing from the Holiday Inn for players who are coming in from outside of Bozeman.

According to the Facebook page, there are now larger winning pots for popular games such as Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter V. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Street Fighter V have pots totaling up to one thousand dollars each. There are three other games with winning pots:

  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – $300
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3- $450
  • Guilty Gear XRD: Revelator: $50

The payouts are going to be based on how large the brackets are for each game. So, the winnings will vary.

Those that want to come and watch are able to enter for free. If you can’t make it there will be two streaming channels available on Twitch.tv as follows:

According to Mickatavage, only about a third of the players register online. So, it is highly recommended that players arrive on time. The doors open at 10am on the 29th. Mickatavage says that those who are paying the door are recommended to show up an hour early prior to their event.

For further information and schedule of events check out the Facebook page at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/167839973643415/