Community love: “Hugo, the boy from Chicago” by Tones

Sharing some Esports love

Guest article by Anthony Albert Schweitzer Ducusin aka “Tones”

Hello everyone. Tones here, I’m out in Chicago lining some things up for myself.

The other day I was walking through the Harold Washington Library when I noticed in the people in the teens’ chillax area playing smash.

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Top floor of the Harold Washington Library. Such a beautiful building

Talked with the staff there and when they tell me about this Hugo guy, a local teen that has been organizing regular competitions and how “he’s extremely passionate and outgoing, we let him run and lead things.” So I talked about how the scene is back in Melbourne Australia, about how I’ve part of this group called Couch Warriors and how we’ve been doing events since 2007.

They invite me to the “Library of Smash” tournament where Hugo will be doing his thing.

Here is his story…

Like a lot of us Hugo has always enjoyed playing video games, he got involved with the offline Smash scene. Found it fun, awesome and hype and all that cool stuff but was put off by how salty rude it can get.

So what does he do?

At the age of 16 he goes out and creates his own scene with the culture he thinks the scene deserves – a positive and friendly competitive environment.

Library of Smash 6. Events have been going for about a year now

Library of Smash 6. Events have been going for about a year now

Now they are frequenting 50 a tournament, he has single handedly TOed a 74 man tournament all the way through despite a fire break out in the middle of it. Sounds pretty serious yeah? Well, he calls it semi competitive.

What it is though is just super hype and friendly. He understands the importance of building community.

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Hugo: “My main objective for my tournaments is to show people that a video game tournament isn’t all about winning. It is about having a good time with others. ”

One thing that stood out to me was how people are competing, lounging about to socialize or playing friendlies; Competitive, friendly and casual.

Taylor works at the Library and is Hugo’s right hand girl for tournament duties.

This is his final year at this location because he’s finishing his senior high school year, so he’s looking to duplicate – to create a self-sustaining system while he moves off to further himself, leaving his mark with the scene no matter where he goes. As for what he wants people to take away from his work:

Hugo: “I wanted people to see that if you have the passion and effort, you can do so much for the things you enjoy, no matter what it is”.

Be sure to send him some love if you’re in the area. Hugo is a positive ball of energy doing good things for the e-sports scene on the ground level. Was a pleasure to meet him in the area of Chicago at Library of Smash and to send him some love.

Anytime Hugo buddy. Cheers, Tones.

Sharing some Esports love

Sharing some Esports love

 

For details on the space and their social media: http://www.chipublib.org/hwlc-youmedia/

July Ranking Points Update

Every month at the CouchWarriors Ranking Battles, the results are tallied and at the end of the year, we’ll celebrate our most consistent placers with a top of table medal.

Here are the Top 3 in each game after July’s Ranbat.
Take a look at the Results Section for the full total.

Melee Points Smash 4 Points Project M Points
S.D 44 Earl 35 Tyler 54
DonB 24 Ghost 34 Corspecreate 30
Splice 22 BIGBOSS 24 Splice 24
SF5 Points MKX Points DOA5U Points
Toxy 32 GooGie 26 Ebabil 30
ZG 20 Kdeee-10 26 Isaac 24
Somniac 19 Pan1cmode 20 Bezerk 20

Join us for our next Traditional Fighters + Melee day on August 20th and Smash 4 day on August 27th for fun casuals and perhaps to add your name to the ongoing tallies!

August 2016 Ranbat Facebook Event

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CouchWarriors August Ranbats – 20th and 27th

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CouchWarriors ranbats are back in August –  the traditional fighters + Melee ranbat will be on the 20th of AugustAnd we have the Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether July Ranbat on the 27th of August.

Be sure to check which weekend coincides with the games that you play:

Dates: Saturday 20th and 27th of August
Time: 10:00am – late
Location: 6 Davies St, Brunswick North, VIC 3056
Entry Fee: $10 plus tournaments

Official Facebook event pages and pre-registration: 

CW Traditional Fighters+Melee August Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.

CW Smash 4 August Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.

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We’re also very pleased to announce a partnership with Royal Stacks Brunswick– a joyous burger joint less than 300m (3min walk) from our ranbat venue on 6 Davies Street.

The good folks at Royal Stacks Brunswick (800 Sydney Road) will give any of our ranbat attendees 25% off their order – simply show them the CouchWarriors ranbat event page on your smartphone- and they will apply the discount to your order!

OHN14 Early Bird registration closes this month!

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Just a reminder that Ozhadou Nationals (OHN14) – the longest running FGC major in Australia – is just a month away.

Our Ozhadou friends in Sydney are running it, and the early bird registration along with T-shirt orders for OHN closes this month – so we recommend you jump on rego now to save some money!

OHN14 is also an official Ranking Event for Capcom Pro Tour(CPT) Asia 2016, and runs on the 26-28 August at the The Menzies Hotel, Sydney. To register and to find more information visit ohn.ozhadou.net !

CouchWarriors July Ranbat/OHN Qualifier Results – July 23th

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Hi guys the July CouchWarriors ranbat for traditional fighters went down last weekend – and also served as the official OHN14 qualifer for Victoria! Here’s a summary of the top 3 players along with some of the photos from the day.

July 23th Ranbat Results

Street Fighter V
1) DS_ZGnoud
2) Burnoutfighter
3) Zed

Top 3 for SF5: (left to right) Burnout, Zgnoud and Zed.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
1) Nuovo | S.D
2) DonB
3) Glacial | Noxus

Top 3 for SSBM: (left to right) DonB, S.D. and Noxus.
Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
1) Feri
2) Julian
3) Javi

Top 3 for GGXrd: (left to right) Julian, Feri and Javi.
Dead or Alive 5: LR
1) Ebabil
2) Berzerk
3) juankhat

Top 3 for GGXrd: (left to right) Berzerk, Ebabil and juankhat

You can check out the full SmashGG brackets and standings from the July ranbat/OHN qualifier here.

If you’re a fan of Smash WiiU and Rivals of Aether be sure to attend our Ranbat this Saturday- July 30!

 

Six Month Ranking points recap – July 2016

Every month at the CouchWarriors Ranking Battles, the results are tallied and at the end of the year, we’ll celebrate our most consistent placers with a top of table medal.

With the first half of 2016 over, here is how things are currently looking.
Take a look at the Results Section for the full total.

Melee Points Smash 4 Points Project M Points
S.D 34 Earl 29 Tyler 46
Splice 20 BIGBOSS 24 Corspecreate 20
SANick 18 Ghost 24 mask1n 20
SF5 Points MKX Points DOA5U Points
Toxy 30 GooGie 26 Isaac 22
Reepuplzorg 18 Kdeee-10 26 Ebabil 20
Carnage 16 Pan1cmode 20 Berzerk 12

Join us for our next Traditional Fighters + Melee day on July 23th and Smash 4 day on July 30th for fun casuals and perhaps to add your name to the ongoing tallies!

July 2016 Ranbat Facebook Event

Ranking Battles Section

CouchWarriors July Ranbats – 23th (OHN14 Qualifier) and 30th

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CouchWarriors ranbats are back in July –  the traditional fighters + Melee ranbat on the 23rd of July will serve as the official Qualifier in Melbourne for the Ozhadou Nationals 14 in Sydney August 26-28!  Place in your respective games and receive seeding points to ease your journey into the top 8 brackets at OHN14. And we have the Smash 4 + Rivals of Aether July Ranbat on the 30th of July.

Be sure to check which weekend coincides with the games that you play:

Dates: Saturday 23th and 30th of July
Time: 10:00am – late
Location: 6 Davies St, Brunswick North, VIC 3056
Entry Fee: $10 plus tournaments

Official event pages and pre-registration: 

CW Traditional Fighters+Melee July 23 Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.

CW Smash 4 June 30 Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.
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We’re also very pleased to announce a partnership with Royal Stacks Brunswick– a joyous burger joint less than 300m (3min walk) from our ranbat venue on 6 Davies Street.

The good folks at Royal Stacks Brunswick (800 Sydney Road) will give any of our ranbat attendees 25% off their order – simply show them the CouchWarriors ranbat event page on your smartphone- and they will apply the discount to your order!

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POKKEN TOURNAMENT AT POKEMON NATIONALS! JULY 2-3

Big news for all you Pokken Tournament fans!

pokken posterWe’re incredibly excited to announce that CouchWarriors, in collaboration with Nintendo Australia and NewGamePlus, will be running the Pokken Tournament gaming area along side this year’s Pokemon VGC Nationals event.

We’ll be hosting casual matches throughout the event, then opening up registration for a double elimination tournament on the Sunday (July 3rd).

Tournament registration opens at 12:30pm and the tournament itself will start at 2:00pm, with the winner taking home some prizes supplied by Nintendo!

FREEPLAY RULES

Winner Stays On – Limit to 3 wins in a row (Then allow two new players on).

Freeplay is only allowed on systems that are not being used for tournament.

TOURNAMENT RULES

In-depth Pokken Tournament game rules can be found here.

Capped 32 man double elimination bracket (If demand is high, a 64 player bracket will be made instead). Please allows for upto 2 hours for a 32 man tournament. If you are unable to stay to play your matches please notify the TO.

Players may use their own controllers, but must remember to desync their wireless controllers between games. Match penalties may apply if an owners wireless controller disrupts another station. WiiU pads will be supplied for free use.

Players may remap their controller settings, but are limited to 30 seconds and may not remap once a game has started.

Basic Ruleset:

  • Matches will be best 2 out of 3 games (First to 2 wins).
  • Only the losing player of the match may swap Pokemon between rounds.
  • Support Pokemon and Cheer skills may be changed by both players between rounds.
  • You may request a “Blind Pick” for your first game of the match.
  • 60 second time limit for Pokemon, Support Pokemon and Cheer skill selection.
  • 10 second time limit for Support Pokemon selection while in-game.
  • Round time is set to default 80 seconds.
  • All Pokemon are legal. Random is legal.
  • All Supports are legal. Random Support is legal.
  • All Cheer skills are legal.
  • Stage is always set to “Ferrum Stadium”.
  • Skill Level and Player Data must be set to OFF and NO accordingly.

LEARN TO PLAY!

At any given time (for a game not currently being run as a tournament), you may ask our friendly CouchWarriors staff members for a basic ‘learn to play’ session to move onwards from button mashing to a competitive playstyle and mindset!

INFORMATION

Entry Cost: Free!!!

When: 2nd & 3rd of July

Where: Melbourne Park Function Centre (Next to the Rod Laver Arena)

[Melb] CouchWarriors June Ranbats – 18th and 25th

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CouchWarriors Ranbats are back in June after a massive BAM8! We have traditional fighters and Melee: SF5, GGXRD, DOA5LR, MKX, Smash Melee and Project M on Saturday the 18th of June and Smash 4 and Rivals of Aether on the 25th of June.

Be sure to check which weekend coincides with the games that you play:

Dates: Saturday 18th and 25th of June
Time: 10:00am – late
Location: 6 Davies St, Brunswick North, VIC 3056
Entry Fee: $10 plus tournaments

Official event pages and pre-registration: 

CW Traditional Fighters+Melee June 18 Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.

CW Smash 4 June 25 Ranbat – Preregister by making a Smash.GG account and visit here to register.cw_sf5_ssb4

 

Update:

Hi guys, we’re very pleased to announce a partnership with Royal Stacks Brunswick- a joyous burger joint less than 300m (3min walk) from our ranbat venue on 6 Davies Street.

The good folks at Royal Stacks Brunswick (800 Sydney Road) will give any of our ranbat attendees 25% off their order – simply show them the CouchWarriors ranbat event page on your smartphone-https://www.facebook.com/events/1612921805686485/ and they will apply the discount to your order!

A big thank you to Deniz and the rest of the Royal Stacks staff, we know a lot of you guys already frequent this place for your ranbat sustenance so please make use of this offer and show your appreciation to the staff over there with a thank you if you have the chance!

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COUCHWARRIORS HOSTING FIGHTING GAMES AT OZCOMICCON! JUNE 11-12

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This weekend sees the return of OzcomicCon to Melbourne!  CW_OCC_2016

Among the fun of guests, panels, cosplay and stalls you will find CouchWarriors hosting fighting game casuals and tournaments in the OCC Gaming area.  So come join us to enjoy some gaming at the convention.

We’ll be hosting Learn to Play along with casual matches and tournaments.

Games:

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator
Pokken Tournament
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Super Smash Bros for WiiU
Street Fighter 5
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Here is the schedule, read on for list of games and rules. Click here for live schedule link

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