Crash the hall of fame is an Arcadian put on by DownB on a yearly bases. An Arcadian is an event where only non ranked players are allowed to participate, to complete against each other. It’s a lot of fun, because you don’t have to worry about getting knocked out by one of Minnesota’s top 10 players in round 2!
The event took place at the Ramada in Minneapolis, the same venue that is used for the DownB monthly tournaments. This was a really great venue, as it allowed plenty of space for Smash 4, Project M, and Melee to all be played simultaneously with projects for each game. This was a singles only tournament.
The tournament went in 3 waves. 2 waves of qualifying pools, followed by the top 32 bracket. Only the top 32 bracket was recorded on Challonge. The pools where done via paper. While this unfortunately means that I do not have an accurate record of who I played, and what my score was against all the individuals, it would have been unreasonable to maintain a brackets for that many people at the same time without several more tournament organizers. Because of that, and the fact that I did not take the time to record thoughts for each match, I have only my memory to go off of. Also considering I am writing this nearly a month after the event, this posts analysis won’t be nearly as detailed as usual.
Each individual was drafted into a pool of 6 people. Each pool was conducted in a round robin style, meaning every person played every other person within their pool. I only recall 1 of the other players in my pool, but I do remember some of the characters I faced. My matched included 2 Fox players, a Donkey Kong/Cloud, a Ryu, and a Yoshi. My results where a measly 1-5, however each of those 5 loses where extremely close. Most of them went to game 3. The single game that I did take was against PC Principle, a Fox player. This set also went to game three, and was extremely close. As it happened, I had spent the week prior to this tournament grinding the Mewtwo/Fox match up, because it 2 recent losses against Fox players. Admittedly, playing against CPU Fox is a far cry from playing against a real Fox, but it does help to prepare me mentally and in identifying key behaviors that lead to combo’s and kill moves so that I can avoid them. It would appear that grinding did pay off.
In addition to the match I won, several other matches proved very interesting. I had never played a competitive Yoshi before, so I learned a lot from those 3 games. Additionally, I got bodied by a Ryu at the previous monthly, so when I went up against this players Ryu, I was better prepared as I had spent some time grinding that match up as well. This one again I took to game three. The Donkey Kong/Cloud match up went again to game three. I took the first game, he took the second. I decided to counter pick Lylat Cruise to throw him off, and he opted to switch to Cloud. Unfortunately, I like most people, struggle against cloud, and he just barely managed to take the win. I don’t recall much from my other Fox match up unfortunately.
It’s also worth mentioning that on my last match, I decided to switch to Cloud for the heck of it. I only played him for 1 game, but it was a nice change of pace.
After the Tournament
Following the tournament, I managed to get 6-7 hours of friendlies in. This was arguably the most valuable part of the tournament for me. I am still not yet progressing very far in tournament, but have been becoming more consistent. Learning the match ups is one of the things I am focused on very heavily now, and playing friendlies for an extended period of time against a multitude of opponents was extremely beneficial.
I am looking forward to next years Arcadian. For next year, I expect to make it into top 32, and hopefully progress quite far in that bracket as well!