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Smash Bros. Takes Center Stage At The Biggest Fighting Game Event Of The Year

For the first time since it was released in 2016, Street Fighter V won’t be the final headlining event that concludes the Evolution Championship Series this weekend. Instead, that honor goes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This is the first time in the history of the series that it’s ever received top-billing at the event.

When the organizers of Evo first announced this year’s prospective line-up of game tournaments that would be featured on the main stage, some were outraged that Smash Bros. Melee hadn’t made the cut. The game may be old, but year after year, its top players still have managed to put on a great show. While some perceived Melee getting replaced by Ultimate as a slight, it was also a credit to the success of Smash Ultimate in bringing new players into the fold while also capturing the interest of veterans from throughout the series’ past. Enough, at least, to convince Evo to make it this year’s finale.

The move is also surprising given the deeply entrenched sentiment among some corners of the fighting game community that Smash Bros. isn’t an authentic fighting game series in the same way as, say, Street Fighter, which has traditionally been the cornerstone of every Evo. But the registration numbers for Ultimate tell a different story. 3,492 people are competing in this year’s Smash Ultimate tournament, as compared to 1,929 competing in Street Fighter V, which is down just over 20 percent from the year prior. Kids these days wanna Smash.

Of course, Evo is about more than just the headliners. Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Soulcalibur VI, Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st], Dragon Ball FighterZ, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, and Samurai Shodown are also being featured, the last of which I’m particularly excited to see unfold, given how veteran players from other games like Christopher “NYChrisG” Gonzalez and Justin “JWong” Wong have been tearing it up in the relatively nascent scene.

Evo 2019 gets underway today, August 2, at 1:00 p.m. ET with competitive pools across every game. The big finale for the event’s first day is the Soul Calibur VI finals tonight at 11:00 p.m. Here’s the complete schedule for the rest of the weekend:

Saturday, August 3

1:00 p.m. – Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st]

4:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball FighterZ

7:00 p.m. – Samurai Shodown

11:00 p.m. – Mortal Kombat 11

Sunday, August 4

12:00 p.m. – BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

3:00 p.m. – Street Fighter V

6:30 p.m. – Tekken 7

10:00 p.m. – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

All of the finals matches will stream live on Evo’s main Twitch channel, with pools play available on additional channels, a full guide to which you can find here.

There are also a ton of side tournaments at the event, including not just well-known games like Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Smash Bros. Melee, but also a bunch of smaller competitive ones, including a Puyo Puyo Champions tournament that begins today at 3:00 p.m. ET over on pxmacaiah’s Twitch channel. Also, at 9:00 p.m. ET tonight, a small Catherine tournament will be hosted on the same channel. These side events are all being organized under the banner of Anime Evo, which has a full schedule and list of corresponding streams over here

Source: Kotaku.com

The Mother Series 30th Anniversary Event In Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Too Cruel

July 27 will mark 30 years since the original Mother came out in Japan on NES. To celebrate, Nintendo is running a Mother-themed Spirit Board event in Smash Bros. Ultimate, torturing fans who have been desperate to see the rest of the series localized in the West.

Smash Ultimate’s Spirit Board is a single-player affair where people can grind for rewards and grow their collection of spirits, each representing some artifact from Nintendo’s video game history. The one dedicated to the Mother games is a hopelessly bittersweet affair, however, because it reminds fans that Mother 3 still hasn’t been localized.

It took fans no time at all, in fact, to hone in on a strange anomaly in the art Nintendo is using to promote the event, first through its Japanese Twitter account and now through Nintendo Europe. Specifically, they’ve focused on a small portion in the bottom of the image that shows sunflowers in front of a blue sky and clouds. Whatever that part of the image is taken from, it appears to be completely new. Maybe a remaster? Or at the very least some new Mother 3-related content coming to Smash Ultimate?

While the sunflowers are a reference to a famous scene from Mother 3, they’ve apparently never been rendered the way they appear in the promotional art before. Meanwhile, the sky and clouds appear to come from Smash’s Tortimer Island stage. None of this probably means anything, but wild speculation like this often happens when it comes to Mother 3.

When Earthbound, known as Mother 2 in Japan, released in North America in 1995 for the SNES, many fans had no idea it was part of a series. The first game wasn’t published outside of Japan for decades, and the third still hasn’t been. Even the most oblivious Earthbound fans realized something was up when Lucas, the protagonist of Mother 3, appeared in 2008’s Smash Bros. Brawl.

Mother 3 had only come out two years earlier in Japan on the Game Boy Advance. If Nintendo was going to feature him in its major crossover fighting game series, surely it would bring the actual source material over at some point as well, either via a port or remaster. And yet, nothing.

“Localize Mother 3” has become such a common refrain among fans, appearing on random signs at wrestling events and on the wishlists for every new Nintendo Direct, that it’s become almost something of a joke, uttered ironically to mask the sincere desperation deep inside players’ hearts.

That’s the only way to read the latest Mother 3 conspiracy theory: partly born of desperation and partly the result of fan brains broken by the fact that the game has still never been rereleased. Others have already poked fun at the attempts to read into the series’ future based on Spirit Board tea leaves.

Most of the responses to the speculation on Twitter have been the same. “Don’t do that,” wrote one person. “Don’t give me hope.”

Source: Kotaku.com

Fan-Made Smash Bros. Ultimate Level Features Dueling Snakes

Screenshot: Nintendo (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)

Snake’s remote-controlled missiles are some of Smash Bros.’ most entertaining projectiles, and one player recently decided to make a Smash Bros. Ultimate stage that focuses entirely on guiding them through tiny labyrinths of death.

Created by user xzAsiankidzx and shared on the game’s subreddit over the weekend, the stage is named Nikita Weave War, and it basically functions like those dunk tank games at county fairs. Two players face one another from across a chasm divided by lava platforms, each sitting above a bomb crate. They then take turns firing off missiles with Snake’s Nikita launcher to try and detonate their opponent’s crate. If they succeed, their opponent goes flying off the stage in the explosion and loses one of their lives. Whoever’s left standing at the end wins.

To deal with the problem of players respawning in the center of the stage, xzAsiankidzx created a little network of barrels to shoot players back to their starting positions. And to make things extra difficult, some of the lava platforms move. What makes the mini-game possible at all is the fact that Snake can control his missiles after they’re shot. It’s hardly precise, but the controls are responsive enough to make the attack one of the more fun ways to troll opponents.

As one commenter pointed out, you could also play Nikita Weave War with both players taking turns at the same time. This way they could also try to play defense and intercept their opponent’s missile to make it even more difficult. You can find the stage and try it for yourself using the ID code KQGXLMTW.

Source: Kotaku.com

A Dog, A Duck, And A Wario Walk Into A Smash Tournament…

This week, America celebrates declaring its independence from England with hot dogs, fireworks, and, apparently, tanks stationed around the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But don’t let that stop you from catching Europe’s biggest Smash Bros. tournament of the year go down at Emirates Stadium in London.

Currently boasting over 1,000 entrants, Albion 4 will host the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players from around the world in what could prove to be an exciting series of matchups that break away from the current dominance of Snake, Peach, and a host of Fire Emblem fighters.

Most notably among these is a potential showdown between Wario main William “Glutonny” Belaid and Duck Hunt main Tetsuya “Raito” Ishiguro. Seeded third and fourth respectively, they are both currently projected to meet in the loser’s semifinal in what could be one of the game’s most unusual meta-shattering face-offs to-date.

It’s also possible, though even more improbable, that both pros could meet in the winner’s final, although to do that they would need to unseat the one and two seeds, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby and Jestise “MVD” Negron, in the winner’s semifinals. Pools play kicks off at 5:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, with top eight play set to begin on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. All of the matches will be streaming live on the DAT Team Twitch channel.

DreamHack Showdown will also be taking place in Europe this weekend. The all-women Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament out of Valencia, Spain will feature the best female teams around including CLG Red, Besiktas, and the reigning world champions, Team Dignitas. The $100,000 event begins on Friday at 4:00 a.m. with group matches, followed by eliminations matches starting at the same time on Saturday. The semifinals are scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, followed by the grand finals at 12:00 p.m. All of the matches will be streamed live on the DreamHack Counter-Strike Twitch channel.

Meanwhile, in Germany, play has already gotten underway in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s ESL One: Cologne 2019. European powerhouse Astralis is already dominating in Group B, while Team Liquid prepares to face NRG Esports in Group A on July 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The quarterfinals for the tournament will then get started on July 5 at the same time, with the grand finals taking place at 10:00 a.m. on July 7. You can find a full list of match times on Liquidpedia, with all of them streaming live on ESL’s Counter-Strike Twitch channel

Source: Kotaku.com

The Latest Test For Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Captain Olimar

Are the glory days of Captain Olimar the proud, first of his name, numbered? Or are they just beginning? We’ll have a better idea after this weekend’s big Smash tournament.

The Pikmin protagonist has some very powerful attacks while also being skilled at zoning out the competition, making him a frustrating character to face at times. At 2GG: Prime Saga last month, Shuto “Shuton” Moriya, an Olimar main from Japan, made a decisive trip up through the lower bracket and obliterated his opponent, Zackray, in a two set series, dropping only one match out of seven.

A week later at Pound 2019, Olimar main Robert “Myran” Herrin narrowly lost the grand finals to Elliot Bastien “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce, the latter of whom has recently being playing as Metal Gear’s Snake. Other competitors, especially those who had fallen to Olimar during the tournament, were ecstatic over the astronaut’s temporary demise. Then, at the $28,000 Thunder Smash tournament earlier this month, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby made his own amazing run as Olimar through the lower bracket to take the grand finals by an overwhelming margin.

Now Dabuz, Myran, and most of the other top players from the game will face one another at Get On My Level 2019 in Canada. The event, which also features Melee, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and other fighting games, will be the latest test of whether Olimar is a true, top-tier contender, or a more niche fighter whose reign was only temporary. It’s been nice to have someone else to watch out for besides Peach and Daisy. It’ll be even nicer if a new face from Ultimate’s staggering roster proves to be an enduring threat.

GOML 2019 starts at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday with the top eight scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can catch all the action streaming on Event Matchup’s Twitch channel.

Elsewhere, League of Legends will see its 2019 Mid-Season Invitational draw to a close this weekend with an exciting showdown between North America’s Team Liquid and the winner of SK TElecom T1 and G2 Esports. The grand finals will take place on Sunday at 3:00 a.m. ET. The series will stream on Riot’s Twitch channel.

Finally, Dota 2’s North America qualifiers for Epicenter 2019 will conclude this weekend as well. Matches will resume on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET in the lower bracket with the grand finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Everything will be streamed on Epicenter Twitch.

Source: Kotaku.com

One Of North America’s Best League Of Legends Teams Is Itching For A Comeback

Team SoloMid once again finds itself in the North America League of Legends finals, but its path to victory pits the team against the seemingly unstoppable Team Liquid, helmed by former Team SoloMid star Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

TSM was a league favorite for several seasons durings Doublelift’s tenure, but recently, the team has struggled. Team Liquid, Doublelift’s home since late 2017, won both the LCS Spring and Summer Splits last year, while TSM failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Championship, despite the prowess of Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, arguably one of the best mid-laners in the world.

Team SoloMid almost missed its shot at this year’s NA LCS spring title as well, dropping the first two games in its semi-finals series against Cloud9. Both matches didn’t even make it to the 30-minute mark. Then, against all odds, TSM managed to mount a three-game comeback, in large part due to incredible play by support player Andy “Smoothie” Ta and also Bjergsen, the latter of whom was awarded MVP of the series.

Team Liquid will prevent an even bigger challenge than Cloud9 did, though, having finished the regular season in first place and making easy work of Team FlyQuest in the semifinals. It will all come down to whether Bjergsen can summon the same indomitable momentum that propelled him to outplay almost the entirety of Cloud9 in last week’s game three, or whether Team Liquid will be able to keep him contained by snuffing out any advantage elsewhere on the board.

The best-of-five series begins on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed live on Riot’s Twitch channel. Watch to see if either a new day dawns in the NA LCS or Liquid’s reign continues.

Elsewhere, Smash Bros. Ultimate players will be meeting up in SoCal for the 2GG: Prime Saga. It’s all in honor of the Metroid series, with some of the best Samus players in attendance, as well as Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey and the newest game’s other ascendent talent. Matches start with Squad Strike pools on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET and last all the way until 1:00 a.m. On Sunday, play resumes at the same time, with Top 8 slated to start at 7:00 p.m. You can watch it all live on the 2GG Twitch channel. Watch for Eric “ESAM” Lew and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada to pull out their Samus secondaries at some point during the festivities.

Finally, the second week of the spring Rocket League Championship Series gets underway this weekend. Matches start on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ET for North America with G2 Esports vs. Rogue, and continue on Sunday in Europe at 12:00 p.m. ET with FC Barcelona vs. Vitality. All the matches will be streaming on the Rocket League Twitch channel. It’s a great opportunity to discover what team speaks to you before the game’s Esports Shop goes live next week on April 16. Rocket League players will then be able to purchase skins to rep their favorite players, with part of the proceeds going to fund the teams and the spring championship tournament prize pool.

Source: Kotaku.com

Watch Out For Smash Balls In This Weekend’s Nintendo-Sanctioned Tournament

The finals for the Smash Ultimate North America Open kick off at 1 p.m. ET, live at PAX East in Boston and streaming on Nintendo’s YouTube. This is a Nintendo-sanctioned Smash tournament, so the rules are less strict than your typical competitive Smash tournament. Items will be on (albeit set to “low”), and so will the Smash Ball. The event will be made up of 5-minute rounds instead of stocks. Also, the tournament’s twelve finalists have been divided up into four groups of three and will compete in a double elimination bracket of 3-versus-3 team battles.

There’s also no prize pool. The three members of the winning team will instead receive a “collectible item” valued at $500. All twelve of the finalists already “won” the other listed prize, which is comped tickets to all four days of PAX East, as well as their flights and hotels.

Few of the twelve finalists have any significant name recognition in the Smash scene, perhaps due to the unusual format of this 3v3 no-stock tournament, not to mention its lack of prize money. A couple of the finalists, Seth and Wrath, are known quantities; they’re both former Smash Wii U competitors who’ve since swapped to Smash Ultimate. Another player to watch is John Numbers, who placed first in the 2015 Nintendo World Championships and as a runner-up in the 2017 Championships.

On the other side of the United States, NorCal Regionals in San Jose will run pools for a much more traditional Smash Ultimate tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, streaming on the Team Spooky Twitch channel. NorCal Regionals hosts several other high-profile fighting game events; pools for Tekken are already underway today, with Dragon Ball FighterZ pools slated to start around 7 p.m. ET, also on the Team Spooky Twitch. Tomorrow, NorCal’s Street Fighter V pools will stream on the CapcomFighters Twitch, where the finals will also air on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s the full schedule.

In Grapevine, Texas, The Big Deal: 3D, America’s largest annual rhythm game tournament, starts today and lasts all weekend. TBD3D’s Dance Dance Revolution tournament will stream live on Twitch starting at 12 p.m. ET, with the Top 16 finals starting at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Source: Kotaku.com

Up-And-Coming Squad Looks To Break Out At This Weekend’s Big Dota 2 Tournament

Gambit Esports, a Russian esports organization based in the UK, has never been known for its prowess in Valve’s strategy game Dota 2, but this weekend that might change as the newcomers continue continues marching toward the finals at ESL One Katowice 2019 in Poland.

Led by relative veteran Artsiom “fng” Barshack from Belarus, the squad of early twenty-somethings managed to climb into the top two during the group stage and, even more impressively, defeated both OG and Fnatic. The Gambit Esports roster, which only began forming last fall, is now set to take on Team Secret in the upper bracket finals. Team Secret happens to be the only other team at Katowice that Gambit has struggled against thus far. Dota 2, like a lot of other games, is usually dominated by the same household names year in and year out, so it’s always exciting to see fresh faces make a bid to jump to the next level.

If Gambit Esports is able to pull it out, it would mark the organization’s biggest Dota 2 win since it formed. To do that, though, they may even have to go through Team Secret twice because of the tournament’s lower bracket. Since Team Secret is one of Dota 2’s best teams when they’re in form and they just came off a first-place finish at last month’s The Chongqing Major, Gambit Esports’ path ahead won’t be easy.

Gambit Esports will take on Team Secret at 9:50 a.m. ET on Saturday. The event’s grand finals, meanwhile, are scheduled to begin on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. You can watch all of the remaining matches streaming on Twitch.

Elsewhere, fans of the fighting game community are in for a treat with both the Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at Frostbite and also the multi-game event Winter Brawl both going on this weekend. Frostbite’s full schedule is available here with the North America vs. Japan crew battles at 10:00 p.m. Saturday night, followed on Sunday by top eight at 5:00 p.m. The main stage will be streamed over on Unrivaled Tournaments’ Twitch channel.

At Winter Brawl, the action starts on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with Soul Calibur VI. The top eight for that game gets underway on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The complete schedule and list of streams for all of the other games, including Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, is available here.

Lastly, of course, you can catch the second week of OWL matches resume over on the Overwatch Twitch channel tonight at 7:00 p.m. when Atlanta Reign takes on Toronto Defiant. The full schedule of the rest of the matches is here, though honestly, after the Philadelphia Fusion’s humiliating 2-1 loss to Florida Mayhem last night, I’m trying not to think about it.

Source: Kotaku.com

Goofy Dad Returns To Recreate Smash Bros. Ultimate Taunts

With a new Smash Bros. game out, the biggest Smash Bros. game of all time, it should come as no surprise that Nick Luciano’s now 67-year-old dad is back to perform each of its over 200 fighter taunts.

Nick Luciano’s dad previously performed all the taunts from Smash Bros. Wii U, followed by all of the poses from Street Fighter II, and eventually even the summons from Final Fantasy VIIwith his butt. Now he’s back to doing the classics, like Jigglypuff’s “Jigglypuff!” and Captain Falcon’s “Show me your moves,” as well as stretching his talents with the game’s newest characters.

Back in November, Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai said the game’s DLC characters were already all decided. Be that as it may, I think Nick Luciano’s dad has more than earned his spot.

Source: Kotaku.com

Yoshi’s Story Is Back In This Weekend’s Smash Tournament

“Yoshi’s Story” is an extremely small Super Smash Bros. stage that first appeared in Smash Bros. Melee. Now it’s in Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the organizers of Genesis 6 have decided to make it playable in one of Smash’s biggest annual tournaments this weekend, showing a healthy willingness to experiment when it comes to the game’s evolving rulesets.

Smash Bros. Ultimate includes 103 different stages for players to battle across; 305 if you include all of their Battlefield and Omega variants. Tournament organizers try to set rules that help narrow that selection down, but since the game’s only been out for eight weeks, nothing is set in stone. As a result, Yoshi’s Story will be one of 11 stages top players can fight on at Genesis 6.

Not everyone has been in favor of the addition. While some players like the idea of using a new game in the series to try and mix things up, others are opposed to anything that could introduce more bias into the equation, and note that the stage is otherwise quite similar to the standard Battlefield stage. Since it’s relatively easy to got knocked off the screen in Yoshi’s Story and the stage isn’t completely flat, some characters like Marth or Fox arguably have an advantage. Some Smash fans feel that’s unfair. Others don’t know the meaning of the word and would be happy to see pro players battle it out on nothing but chaotic nightmare stages like “WarioWare, Inc.” Only time will tell what the best balance between keeping things equitable and indulging in the game’s whimsical idiosyncrasies will be.

Genesis 6 kicked off today, with matches going until 1:00 a.m. Eastern Saturday morning before resuming later that day at 1:00 p.m. Top eight will take place on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. You can watch the main matches for Smash Bros. Ultimate streaming on VGBootCamp’s Twitch channel, with a full list of times and streams for the rest of the games and matches available on Smash.gg.

Outside of Nintendo’s platform fighter, there’s also a big Gears of War 4 tournament going on this weekend. The Mexico Open, featuring a $200,000 prize pool, will see dozens of teams, including both top sides like Optic Gaming, competing in the Gears Pro Circuit’s first event of 2019. Play began Friday and resumes on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern and the same time on Sunday. You can watch that tournament live on the Gears of War Twitch channel.

Source: Kotaku.com