<a href="https://www.facebook.com/GoodGamesWP?fref=ts">Good Games Well Played</a>, a new tournament series with a focus on Smash 4(3DS) and Project M, hosted in Almere by Dennis Kwarteng(GGWP.iStudying) and Greg Landburg(GGWP.Gregs), got off to a good start this weekend. About 36 players entered Smash 4 and 25 entered Project M. Notable missing players were LLL.Mr-R and Amsah and Faab. Amsah and Faab have no excuse but LLL.Mr-R was in the states where he took his first American tournament, an invitational hosted by Sky Williams featuring top players like Zero, Tyrant and Esam.<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/rRtnB5Xf4Y4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
S1-14 took the title for Smash 4 using Ness with iStudying(Greninja) as the runner up. Gymmo took 3rd place and Aqua had to settle for 4th. Unfortunately I had to leave before winners finals was over so I can’t comment on those, but I recommend everyone to look at the matches as they go online. Since I didn't enter I was able to observe some of the earlier matches. I watched an intense winners semi set between GGWP.Gregs(Sheik) and GGWP.iStudying(Greninja) that went 2-1 to iStudying. With a borrowed 3DS, LLL.Jeapie entered with Mega Man. He had an intense set against Dave’s Doctor Mario, which went last game last stock with a last uair KO'ing Dave while Jeapie was falling to his doom. He didn't make it to bracket though.
LLL.Jeapie took 1st place in Project M, which only ran a singles event. Rebaz surprised everyone by taking second place with Captain Falcon after he knocked Ace into losers finals, a 2-2 unfortunately decided at a last stock tie by a missed ledge dash attempt by Ace. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OgRXJCLkJ_g?list=UUkVxweGe6XK_vu_EvJjH8NQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Though he took the tournament LLL.Jeapie had to climb his way back to the top after Ace had knocked him into Losers bracket. Jeapie tried a lot of characters in this set but switched to falcon for his climb to the top. In the process he beat Dave's Doctor Mario, one of the old time Melee pros who still gets good results.
Grand Finals went over quickly. Though Rebaz managed to take a game in the first set, Jeapie's falcon proved too much to handle in the rest of the sets. He took the sets 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.
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Though attendance was low, Smash 4 also ran a teams tournament. About 9 teams battled and I particularly recall Losers Finals as a close set spanning longer than 7 Project M matches. With a 3-0 GGWP.Greg and GGWP.IStudying took first place with Tiersie and Aqua having to settle for second and Gymmo and TiTtin taking 3rd.
It was good to see new players come in with the new game. Personal highlight was a young boy accompanied by his mother who mentioned her son is going to another smash related event soon. The young boy swapped between 2 3DS's playing Smash 4 and Pokemon.
The 3DS version showed some interesting influence on how the tournament was ran. There's no longer a setup issue if everyone brings their 3DS and I saw players analysing their games using the replay functionality.
Despite these benefits the tournament still ran rather late though, something Good Games will have to improve if they intend to increase their attendance numbers.
The next Smash 4 action will be taking place this saturday at Avalon VI, which also hosts Brawl and Melee. Registration closed past Wednesday but it's still possible to attend as spectator. LLL.Mr-R will be arriving just in time from his trip to the States as will Alliance.Armada. I'm looking forward to an intense Grand Finals.