*Early March, Thanos Snapped all my content. Restore to old standard of digital curation soon…-Dodson
Saturday the 15th of December I Play Games hosted a 64 person Super Smash Ultimate tournament at C+A+D. This is the fourth event I’ve interacted with IPG; I met IPG at Anime Midwest, a networking event at Emporium in the West Loop, and Wakacandacon. IPG’s CEO, Kevin Fair, is an asset to Chicago and created another great opportunity to bring people together through gaming. Joined by Legendary B1rd, two new challengers were approaching.
Super Smash Bros is one of the small selection of games that I have sunked thousands of hours in over the years. Youtube became a library when tournament all over the world was showcasing the game through tournaments. After seeing Zero play he became my favorite Smash expert and hyped me up even more. Getting the program made all the review reading, tier list searching, and other symptoms of obsession pay off, as Smash Ultimate would be available to play at 2018’s C+A+D. Years of Maining Yoshi and the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite games of all times wouldn’t be wasted.
Legendary Bird arrived early and was sitting directly in front of the registration table, whileI arrived fifteen minutes before start time. This reminded me of weigh-ins at a wrestling tournament, since we all stood stoically before the bracket was created. The rules were no items, no smash balls, double elimination, and being 5 minutes late to a station counted as a loss. After all last minute registrations(*ahem) and explaining the rules, all of the attendees huddled together to take a group picture and selfie with Kevin Fair(KevinFair3). A group of cosplayer had a boombox playing Yoshi Island’s soundtrack as they left that area of the game room, truly setting the mood.
SSB has never truly changed. New characters come in with new options and great players innovate existing characters through the metagame. Watching Legendary B1rd’s Cloud lose 1-2 Snake proves Snake’s traps are viable.Inkling, Ridley, King K Rool, and Incinero look like they are gonna need hundreds of hours of research delved into their mechanics(For Science!). The speed, rage factor, amount of characters, and one of the most balanced communities of casual and hardcore gamers. Super Smash Ultimate is one of the best fighting games of 2018.
Yoshi was my biggest surprise. Smash 4’s changes weren’t necessarily my favorite, specifically his dash attack and the way his eggs traveled, but those transformations feel right with all the new adaptations Yoshi has acquired in Ultimate. My run-and-gun style evolved in the Brawl days, so seeing the potential in this Kung Fu Yoshi Archetype; Yoshi’s up-air has a different animation that makes it more subtle to use and the bouncing eggs create a range of new options. Even the Yoshi Bomb has the added ability to go through all platforms except the ground, making it more of a threat in large battles. This new Yoshi plays on the strengths of the character who is often overlooked.
I made it to Winner’s round 2 by winning my first match 2-1 (comeback). In the second match, I was 0-2’d by a Cloud main (not Legendary B1rd). My final defeat was by showing up 7 minutes late in Winner’s Round 3. My victory was to another Zero fan who was doing some awesome techniques with Sonic but couldn’t handle my eggs. My defeat was to the Asian Sensation, who essentially tech-chased Yoshi around with a sword wielder(GRGH!). This tournament has me wanting to buy the console and everything.
C+A+D and IPG did a great job organizing and facilitating this 64 person tournament. This moment celebrated nerd culture and brought people together through gaming. During registration, one attendee muttered,” I’m glad there was no name that terrified me”. Someone standing next to the attendee exclaimed,” You should be scared of me”! Moments like this are why Super Smash Bros has always been part of our community.