After some waiting, I got an opportunity to give a formal update to you guys. Here’s a match of mine that was streamed at a local NY tournament recently (May 4th, 2016 to be exact). You will see that I’ve played against a really amazing Robin player. Between this and my prior streamed match (If you’ve failed to see the previous streamed match, you can take a quick look here) You will notice, I know I have, that my play style has taken a shift. My meta game has even gotten a lot less sloppy. I’ll let the video speak for itself, however there is always going to be room for improvement which is something I stand by. It’s been quite a journey so far with all this immense training I’ve been putting in the last few months, I honestly think it’s starting to show. My skills are surely blooming! As usual there will be more for you soon. More importantly, My follow up to my Sm4sh vlog is on the way too. Look forward to it.
Let me ask, first of all, can I (even you) be surprised this is a topic? Of course not! You shouldn’t be surprised at all. He had a good start for the first couple of months after his DLC release but, since then, that’s as popular as he’s ever gotten. But from my experience with many players, this is the pattern I’ve analyzed: If a character shows an insufficient amount of promise in tournaments (aka won’t guarantee “easy money”) then they’re not with it.
I’ve brought this to your attention not just because I main Roy, but because he’s extremely underestimated in the competitive scene. I’ve done some research on many recent tournament results, and here’s the gist of what the roster looks like:
Although this list proves that the game is very well balanced when compared to it’s successors, most won’t know how capable Roy is because they would rather jump on someone who’s proven to show more promise. And so, that’s where I come in. I have a point to prove and always have since Super Smash Bros. Melee: Roy (Nor I) shouldn’t be underestimated. This is going to be one hell of a year.
Here goes one of the matches at the latest tournament I’ve attended. As you will be able to tell, there’s a lot of work to be done. But I’m glad I got to get it streamed, Sonic has been one of my more ‘frustrating’ matchups as of lately. But I’ve realized why. I was given some feedback by others on some tips that will keep my meta-game under control when I’m going through a lot of pressure. Even though I lost this match, I was sent to loser’s bracket and started to perform better. Beating a great player like Vivi (he has an amazing Lucario). So it’s all a matter of learning from the mistakes and making it up on the next fight. And that’s the moral for today! Keep pushing!
It’s here. The beginning of my new Smash Bros. Vlog Series debuted today. Take a peek if you have some minutes to spare. If you enjoy what you see and find yourself interested in more, stay tuned. I will let it speak for itself mostly, but here’s a small description to get you started:
On Episode 1 of Smash Bros. Qualified, Harry (tag name Blaze) shares a little about himself and his lifestyle. The competitive player gives some insight on his history with the Super Smash Bros. franchise, how he got where he is today and where he’s looking to go next.
Smash Bros. Qualified is a documentary/video blog following a competitive player of Super Smash Bros. on his road to success.
It’s been a long while since my last post. I’ve decided to make refinements to my blog, starting with making this my official Super Smash bros. Wii U blog and/or journal for my way of recording my progress. To piggyback off that, I also intend on filming frequently for documentary purposes. “Why”, you might be asking. Simple: this is my dream.
Since I was in high school (I’m 27 now, by the way), I’ve been hooked on Smash Bros (it was Melee at the time), I joined tournaments around NY and things lifted off from there. I spent much of my time practicing and getting better, but never committed as much as I would’ve liked. Long story short, I suffered anxiety. I was afraid of failing and feeling as though I won’t meet my expectations. I took a break from the tournament scene when Brawl came around. I missed the game and the tournament scene a lot, but I deliberately held myself back and just focused on college.
Years later, we have the current Super Smash Bros. game for Wii U and there was no way I was letting this slide anymore. Taking a break helped me to make a lot of progress within myself and overcome a lot of those things I suffered from, although I’m not yet completely ‘healed’. So I’m just taking it a day at a time. Since November of 2015, I’ve been back in the tournament scene again. Many new and old faces. It’s good to be back. I realize that in order for me to completely heal, I have to be able to face the things that feared me most. Otherwise, I’ll be stuck in this phase probably forever. Where’s the fun in that?
My goal is to travel outside of NY later this year to enter National Tournaments and make the big leagues. Some of those tournaments would be:
Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo – April 29th to May 1st
APEX 2016 – June 17th to 19th
CEO 2016 – June 24th to 26th
EVO 2016 – July 15th to 17th
Super Smash Con 2016 – August 11th to 14th
The Big House 6 – October 7th to 9th
Walk this journey with me. Be amazed with me. See all the things that I will see. It would be a pleasure to have you. I made some tough decisions and sacrifices to be here. But one thing is for sure, I only go forward. Turning back isn’t an option.
P.S. I play Roy (forever).
I’ve gathered clips of some of my current tournament matches since I’ve started, where I had the opportunity to get on stream, I’ve played against really good players, so it’s not the best showcase, but it’s what I have so far!