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How to build a Melee community in 2020

(Cover photo by Marie “Whim” Notot.) My friend VeK has recently moved to a remote part of France. There’s no big gaming scene there, and even Ultimate isn’t too active, so he’s wondering if he can build a Melee community in 2020 there. At the same time, another French player, Galan, has been playing alone […]

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Playing

How to choose your main

It’s video time! Rishi made an amazing video on how to choose your main, taking examples from both Melee and Ultimate. This is a definitive must-watch!

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Casting

Have you read about the Melee Render project?

I was aimlessly browsing Twitter today, and I found this. Community member Hellkrai has created a whole Google Drive worth of high-quality Melee renders, for all characters and their alts. You can use them in any context, as long as you credit the creator by linking either to Hellkrai’s Twitter profile or to the Google […]

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Offstage

Tournament graphics: 4 free alternatives to Photoshop

GIMP Easy navigation Many plug-ins Lots of different saving formats Gravit.io Available on browser Non-destructive editing Vector tools Pixlr Customizable interface Good response time Available on browser Paint.net Easy to use Lots of tools Many plug-ins

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Offstage

Doping rules in competitive Super Smash Bros? The pros and cons

Doping is considered cheating and bad sportsmanship in traditional sports. It would only make sense that, if esports want the same recognition and sponsorship as traditional sports, similar rules be put into place. But in a discipline that lacks an international federation and the obvious muscular effort that traditional sports entail, how do we identify […]

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Smash Stories Series

This is a series of tournament stories by Smash players about how they’re living the tournament. I hope these stories will serve as an inspiration and help attract potential new players to come into the smash world!!  If you want to tell me your story, feel free to DM me on Twitter (@chris_fichotkev), I’ll be […]

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Organising

How To Market Your Event (Part 2: Social Media & Marketing)

Welcome to the second part of this three-part series, regarding marketing and advertising your tournaments. We’ve discussed already how to identify your brand, and name your tournament, now we will be discussing how to make your you effectively communicate your brand and your event to your target audience.   Staying On Brand If you read the […]

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Playing

Smart ways to travel to tournaments on a budget

Tired of staring into an empty wallet after each tournament unable to suppress the tears from rolling down your face? Desperately looking for ways to make the bill a little smaller? Fret not, here’s some ways that have helped me limit costs for travelling and covering housing at Smash tournaments (the venue fee won’t change, […]

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Everything you need to bring to a tournament

List by Kafkah, visual by Jana. Water Handwarmers Mittens Food Money Your phone charger Your controller A setup Valid ID, especially abroad Deodorant Medicine, especially for headaches Toiletries including hand cream Headphones A notebook to write down your set analyses A sweater Board or card games to play with other people Tissues More water!

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Organising

How To Market Your Event (Part 1: Naming & Branding)

This is the first part of a three-part series about marketing tournaments. In this instalment, we’re going to be discussing a foundational part of advertising, branding. A brand is more than just a name or a logo, it’s the amalgamation of ideas and feelings that surround your product. A strong brand is key to a successful […]