Beer stick to the rescue
Welcome to the first ever MICHIGAN MASTERS tournament!!!
The location has been updated. Take a look in the When and Where spot in this post. Also, check out the attached file to see the bracket for the exhibition tournament!
Michigan Masters is a Michigan regional tournament. As well as regular tournaments, there will also be a special single elimination exhibition tournament where the top 8 players in the state will face off against each other, winner takes all! I want this to be the best MI tournament yet, so bring all your friends, tell everyone you know about it, and get people from out of state up here!
When and Where
The tournament will take place in East Lansing, Michigan, on December 12th, 2009. It will be in Classroom 130 in North Hubbard Hall on Michigan State Campus (http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=Hu…01929&t=h&z=16) The doors will open at 11:00, and the first tournament will begin promptly at noon. If you are late, you can still be placed in an open spot in the bracket, but there will be a $3 penalty.
Street Fighter 4 (360) – 12:00 noon
Street Fighter 3 (PS2 – 12:00 noon
Street Fighter 2 HD Remix (360) – 2:00
Capcom vs. SNK 2 (PS2) – 2:00
Melty Blood Actress Again (PS2) – 4:00
Tekken 6 (360) – 4:00
Guilty Gear: Accent Core (PS2) – 6:00
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (DC) – 6:00
Blazblue (360) – 6:00
Michigan Masters Exhibition starts – 6:00
Michigan Masters Finals – 8:00
Entry Fee and Prizes
There is a $5 base charge for all tournament participants. The money from the base charge will all be added to the prize pool for the Michigan Masters Exhibition. In addition to this, each game you enter will cost an additional $10. The game money will go into the prize pool for the game you entered. The prize pool is split 70% to 1st place, 20% to second place, and 10% to third place for that game. If 6 or less people enter a game 2nd place will get their money back, and 1st place will get the rest.
No button macros, no pausing, no turbo. For game specific questions, PM me.
Each tournament will be double elimination format. If 5 or less players are in a tournament it will be round robin instead.
SF4, BB and Tekken 6 will be seeded according to the Michigan Rankings. Players from the same town will be separated in all tournaments, so you won’t have to fight your friends right away.
The Michigan Masters Exhibition is an 8-man single elimination, winner takes all SF4 tournament. The top 6 players from the Michigan Ranking Battles will automatically be invited. The two remaining places will be filled by the best placing players in the SF4 tournament on the day of Michigan Masters. It is likely that the top players in the tournament will already be invited to participate in the exhibition. If this is the case, the top two players who aren’t already invited will be allowed to join. If a player in the top 6 can’t make it to the tournament, an additional spot will be opened up for players to qualify on the day. The first place player at the end of the Exhibition will be given all the money from the base entry fee ($5 per person), and possibly some extra money if I can find some. GET HYPE
ULX, the new official home of Grand Rapids Street Fighter, put on one Hell of a show for us today, folks. Friendly and helpful staff, excellent equipment, and actual couches instead of, you know, folding chairs, really made an impression on us. Free pizza didn’t hurt either. All future GRAPSF events (unless otherwise noted), will be located at ULX. They’re a great place of business and we want to patronize them as much as possible (even if the eyeliner and teenage angst quotient is higher than the legal limit. We can forgive).
Casual matches and coaching sessions went swimmingly, but the real event was the second GRAPSF community tournament. While the competition and friendly smack talk went a long way towards the tournament’s success, I think we can all agree that it was the enormous projection television (and accompanying 100 MegaShock sound system) that made it truly epic. My favorite match of the night was the grudge match between Slappy’s Cold, Inhuman Zangief and my peace loving and cuddly jungle dwelling Blanka which came right down to the last round of the last match and made the place go crazy. Cuban Ace made it out after a prolonged absence and brought a mean, mean Vega with him. HoldySnausages and Crip2nite made the rounds with their devastating shotos, and my young ward Singe came out to play for the first time since… Well, the first time. Fancy that.
SmurfTac0s took first place with his very lifelike Mike Tyson from Japan, having overcome The Artist Formerly Known As MegaTPlusStrength And Now Known As HotSauce (hereafter referred to as TAFKAMTPSANKAH) and his Godless and perverse Sagat. TAFKAMTPSNKAH has only recently switched over from padwarrior to arcade stick, and impressed everyone with his growing execution and ability. I myself took third, losing to TAFKAMTPSANKAH in a close and exciting match between his Godless and possibly fascist Sagat and my Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Blanka.
And now, some business. Meet ups are going to be weekly from here on out. Saturdays at ULX, starting at 2 PM and lasting until whenever. An all day pass is ten dollars, but if you can only make it for an hour or two, it’s two dollars an hour. I myself think that’s a steal, considering that you get to play on the BIG SCREEN, which if my calculations are correct, is only three inches smaller than God Himself.
To provide some incentive for showing up, the first GRAPSF Ranbat season will start this upcoming Saturday, and will take place every Saturday thereafter until the end of December. Check out the thread in the forums for more info, but the more events you attend, the more likely you are to win and score points. And the three overall winners at the end of the season have some excellent prizes coming their way, courtesy of Planet G-Boobie.
We will also be hosting a monthly cash prize tournament with a ten dollar buy in. More info on that as it develops.
Thanks to everyone who showed up for a great time, and thanks again to ULX for making us feel so welcome. See everyone Saturday, and remember: bring your friends, bring your hype, and leave your eyeliner at home.
On September 12, 2009, GRAPSF held it’s first official Street Fighter 4 tournament at the home of GRAPSF Lord and Fell Mastermind Slappy. Thanks are in order here, because not only did Slappy invite the community into his home for an evening of excellent digital pugilism, but he grilled enough food to feed an army and opened up an excellent cross section of his impressive fighting game collection for play. The Dreamcast had Marvel vs. Capcom and Third Strike running, while the Saturn boasted Cyber Bots. Even the original Street Fighter was available , with a prize of two hundred dollars going to the player who could successfully perform three shoryukens in a row. The prize went unclaimed, and it’s likely to stay that way.
There was an hour or so of casual play before the tournament officially started, which gave everyone a chance to engage in a few casual matches and warm up. The Professor, as mysterious as always, was generous enough to provide two 15th Anniversary Street Fighter pads as prizes for the winners, while Slappy offered up a third. With everyone registered and happily fed, the tournament was free to proceed.
Highlights include Mabin’s girlfriend, the devilishly cunning Danielle, connecting Sakura’s combo into Ultra in her matches against MrBaggs and SmurfTac0s respectively. While her reign of terror was halted in both cases, it was a lot of fun to watch. The Professor fought a Blanka mirror match with yours truly, which he won with his superior knowledge of zoning, footsies, and the power of the Wild. Still, it came down to the wire and was one of the most entertaining matches I’ve fought in a long time. Slappy’s Geif was unstoppable as always, and SmurfTac0s rolled over his opponents with relentless abuse of the Focus system and incredibly tight execution. The grand finals came down to Slappy and his Godless Red Demon in winners versus Chauncy “TRU” Talon’s formidable Sagat. It was a tense and entertaining match, which resulted in a win for Slappy and communist professional wrestlers the world over.
The top eight places are as follows, from first to last: Slappy, Chauncy, SmurfTac0s, The Professor, MrBaggs, myself, Mabin, and MegaTPlusStrength. Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who played: it was great fun, and I look forward to the next installment one month from now.
Casual matches were played afterward. MrBaggs demonstrated a powerfully amusing Sean in Third Strike, while SmurfTac0s and myself played a barrage of matches in Street Fighter 4. The only win I managed to scrape out of him was with Claw versus his Dictator. We were as confused as you probably are right now, and we both vowed to never speak of it again. After this post, anyway. Chauncy failed repeatedly in his bid to conquer Dragon’s Lair, and the Professor demonstrated his mastery of the Versus games yet again, this time playing the CPU for the amusement of myself and Slappy. Haypultone, who was noticeably absent from the day’s events, was outed as playing online during the tournament. This earned a number of cheerful jeers and outright mockery. When all the games were done and people began to drift home, a general feeling of community and well being was in the air. It was a very successful day for everyone.
Tournaments will be held monthly from now on, and everyone is invited to participate. Casuals and coaching sessions will still be held biweekly: check the calendar for more information. Our next meet up is at GrandLan on September 26th at one PM. It’s bound to be a good time, and I hope to see everyone there. Bring your stick, bring your friends, and bring your hype.