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!

 

Entropy Kindly Wrecks at Fall Brawl

Fall Brawl brought around 160 players together at the Holiday Inn over the weekend.

Team Entropy gathered at the entry of the tournament, all 8 of them. The Montana based team looked everyone kindly in the eyes and said “Kneel!”

Ok. Not really, but the final placements would show the dominance that Team Entropy had at Fall Brawl. With players like Diego “Jinsei” Arias taking home four Top 3 placements out of the five total tournaments played in. Others like Eloy “Eloy” Arias (brother of Jinsei, the gaming genetics are strong with this family), Tanner “Mr. Toast” Johnson, and Adam “AWE” Erskine placed in Top 3 of their individual tournaments.

Full break down of placements

Another and new noteworthy player that placed in Top 5 was Andrew “Todoville” Peacock in Street Fighter V. Todoville was invited to join Team Entropy as he fended off bounty hunters in his fabulous suspenders during Fall Brawl.

Others that placed in Top 5 in their tournaments was Eloy and Jinsei.

Overall, most of the team participated in Super Smash Bros. MeleeProject M, and Street Fighter V tournaments.

The rest of the team fought bravely, but fell into the pile of bodies that lie in despair from failure.

However the survival rate was high as the team left Fall Brawl tired from the fighting, yet energized from their wins and a new team member.

You can see Todoville play in Seattle, WA from November 4 thru 6th for the Red Bull Battle Grounds event for Street Fighter V! Drop in, hi. Or watch and cheer loudly. Either would suit our lovely suspender wearing friend. Good Luck TodoVille!

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/

 

 

Assassin’s Creed III: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is not what one may think, I am not going to be looking at the game Assassins’s Creed III as a whole, but rather the language or rhetoric used in the game. I am taking a previous piece I completed for a rhetorics course at Montana State, and turn it in to a piece that can change the views on the influence and impact of having an assassin like Connor during this time, rather than an European/ Revolutionary white assassin. Because what have we had since then or before this game, Assassin’s that are from where the game starts.

Although the role of assassin is considered an outside role, what if you made an outside/exclude race the assassin? What impact does this make? Where can we see the good in this choice made by Ubisoft? Is there a down side to choosing this kind of race?  Of does just every one hate Connor?

I will be posting updates on this large project as I go along! Probably related to images.

Have Fun!

Magic the Gathering: Kladesh Pre-Release

This past weekend, I attended my first pre-release event.

At Rook’s Comic and Games, on Saturday at 1 p.m, was the start of the Two Headed Giant. I wanted to go with Brian because I didn’t know what I was doing and had very little experience with deck building. Prior to this event, I only had my Gravebourne deck, which I used the list from Wizards website.

Overall Experience

I enjoyed the overall event. However, the downside is that there are people who understand how to build two decks that can play off of each other, rather than just two separate decks. Brian and I both built our own differently because of the cards we opened. The cards we got limited our ability to create decks that could play off each other. On the flip side we got some decent cards that allowed us to build up our decks from the event from 40 card to 60 card.

The event play through was good. We ended 2-2 in best of one for four rounds, which for our first time together at an event like this, I want to say, is fairly good.

The Cards

Some one opened a Chandra, and another opened a shiny Chandra (I don’t know the actual term, so pokemon references it is!). So there was a lot of excitement there.  Brian and I opened two gearhulks, black and red. We also got Angel of Invention. Those three cards lead us to run a Black White deck (mine) and a Red White (Brian) deck.

Beyond what we got from the opening, the art on the cards were beautifully done and contained lots of fine details. So, most of what I needed was Servo’s. My favorite of the Servo art was the following because of the sizing reference. You see a man in the back. Showing us how really small these little Servo units can be. The fact that Wizards took the time to factor this in was amazing. Also, how bright the blue is in the top of the little Servo unit.

 

Where I Plan to Go After Block Releases

I really liked the elves in this block, but then I really like elves. So, one of the secondary decks I made from the Shadow over Inistrad block and the Kladesh pre-release cards, I made a Blue Green Elves themed deck. This is my first non-black deck, so it felt good to finally branch out from my normal. However, unlike the primary focus of the block (to build and gain energy and use artifacts to create ships or vehicles), I am going the exact opposite direction. I am using more artifact creatures than I have in the past however.

I am excited to share what I pull from the box and fat pack I buy later this week!

Cheers!

 

 

1 v 1 Me Bro

This weekend at Montana State University, MSU Hivemind  hosted their first local area network (LAN) event and one versus one tournament. The one versus one tournament was on Saturday, September 17th.

The tournament had about 20 different MSU students participating. The victor of the tournament was Jake “dubbajakeX” Welch. He is a double majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering.  As someone who is not good at math, Welch responded to my confusion of “why”, with “the two overlap very closely.” Well, he is still crazy for wanting to do so much math, but more power to him.

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Jake “dubbajakex” Welch

“dubbajakex” has been playing League of Legends for about 6 years now. He has had some times where he plays on and off. However, he has played the jungler role for about 4 years followed up with a couple of years of the ADC role. Although Welch is active in the MSU Hivemind LAN scene, he primarily plays with his friends he says.

His friends are also who got him to start playing.  Now from where he started his pc is “pretty buffed up” or as I described it as a server tower of which a small child could play in.

Overall, Welch seemed to be pleased with the tournament results. “Everyone else began to target ban me” after his first few wins, according to Welch. His main four target bans were Caitlyn, Jhin, Graves, and Illaoi. “If you couldn’t find a way to ban all four, I always got one,” dubbajakex described the banning situation. There were a total of three bans on each side of the tournament.

He and I shared a mutual agreement towards players who picked Caitlyn counters. If you can play Caitlyn well, you can play her against just about every thing in a 1 v 1 tournament style bracket.

However, even though in the light of his win, Welch says  that “if we had more people than just people a part of the school, it would have been a different result.”

His winnings were the typical Riot Games sponsored event winnings: skins, RP, and bragging rights.

GL at the MSU Hivemind’s LAN event on October 22 in SUB 233-s35 starting at noon!