Since Christmas Smash, we've established a tournament scene in Georgia that has been growing each week. 20-26 people show up, and while jda7 or myself usually hit the top spot, we like to see players coming to compete and having a good time. We want a serious tournament scene in Augusta, but until Smash BroBBQ happens, it's probably not going to expand outside of the weeklies.
thetruelombardi, jda7, and I took the trip to Olympus. Naturally, the weather wasn't remotely bad getting there or back. But when we made Olympus, I was honestly ready to take the top spot. I was ready to go through Player-1, Fatality, and any one of the other top players in GA.
...I didn't even make it out of the final round of pools.
Went up against LoCO's R.O.B. I got bodied extremely hard. Knows his spinner and beam game extremely well, outspaced me with Nair, and got the grab kill several times. Then I went against Limbs' Luigi. First round felt like a beatdown. Second round, we went to Delfino Plaza and I almost had him until he DThrow into Luigi Cyclone kill combo at the end. Those losses hit me pretty hard, morally because I couldn't even make it into the main bracket.
It opened my eyes to the level of competition I've been playing. Traveling to tournaments means meeting new players, meeting new friends, and playing all kinds competition. Plus, the most important difference between that and playing online is you don't have to worry about lag screwing it up. Players are far more off-stage aggressive here and prone to do risky things you can't do as well in Wi-Fi.
Granted, I got LoCO back in friendlies and I managed to fight both Player-1 and Fatality. Player-1 and I had some EXTREMELY close rounds. He beat me, but not without the one-hit warning. But Fatality's gimping game with Captain Falcon is unlike any other I've ever seen. He's perfect at reading air-dodges and spiking with Dair at low percents. He gave me advice to not airdodge as much, which is hard to do when you have little escape against Captain Falcon's Uairs out of his throw combos.
Loss or not, this is what I want to do again. A lot.
Things I plan to work on:
-Captain Falcon matchup
-Not airdodging a lot
I was doing fine when I remembered to fastfall grab, but that was after I got knocked out of the tournament.