Nightwing's Upcoming Events
Hello BOT Family! As you may know we are home to one of the most popular Smash 4 commentators in the Midwestern region. In the coming weeks he will be traveling to a number of events in which some are local and others afar. Below you will find a passage from Nightwing about his plans in the next three weeks and the expectations that follow! Enjoy!
Hello everyone, BOT Empire’s very own Nightwing here, coming to you today to tell you about my next three weeks in Smash. For those of you unaware, I am a Super Smash Bros. 4 commentator who is sponsored under the BOT Empire organization. The basics of my position during an event are to cast the match going on, providing insight into what’s happening and why. From why players play certain characters and pick particular stages to what to look for in combo strings and kill options, I make sure that everyone watching online can understand the intricacies of the match. On top of that, I provide background information on players, hype up future events, and otherwise entertain the viewers during downtime in between the matches.
Now that you know what I do, let me move on to where and when I’m going to be working. This Saturday kicks off a hectic 3 week stretch where I will be commentating a regional event in Chicago and two events in my home state of Wisconsin.
Saturday, April 23rd is the Construct 47, hosted by Event Horizon Gaming. Formerly known as Melee Milwaukee, Event Horizon Gaming has rebranded to extend their reach to include Smash 4, among other games. The man at the forefront of EHG is Tucker “Tuck9” Graczkowski, one of my favorite people in Smash and one of the best tournament organizers there is.
This event will feature some of the WI and IL’s top talent, including:
UNV | Marshall, the Wisconsin juggernaut. The very rarely disputed champion of Wisconsin, Marshall has reigned above all for the entire duration of Smash 4. Many usurpers have sprung up, including Maverick, PowPow, and Z2G, and all have thus far been struck down.
GGA | Dan, dunk master Mario. Chicago’s former #1 player, Dan is a man of simple tastes. He like Mario (a lot), he likes his friends, and he likes to dunk people into the abyss. When Dan is feeling it, he is a human highlight reel.
Circa | PowPow, likes to spin and likes to win. Wisconsin’s first sponsored player, PowPow is a Sonic main who made waves immediately in the WI Smash scene after appearing from the highest rungs of Anther’s Ladder. His patient style of play and increased focus on his mental fortitude means that PowPow’s play never seems to dip in quality.
GGA | Nite, waifu warrior. Nite is the current highest ranked member of the illustrious GGA Elite Four. Coming off a huge season, Nite jumped to #3 on the Chicago PR with his stellar Rosalina. NiTe can sometimes be overshadowed by his GGA comrades, but it's hard to overlook big wins against Akiro, MJG and other top names in the Midwest.
S4U | Z2G, counterpick mastermind. It doesn’t matter what stage you go to, what character you pick, or what strategy you employ, Z2G has something in his war chest to counter it. While he’s mostly known for his Lucario, Z2G also employs Cloud as well as Mii’s Brawler and Gunner when the situation calls for it. A library of information, Z2G is always scheming.
Besides these players, a lot of players on the come up, including Flashfire, OGC, E2C | Ruins, and E2C | Rickles will be attending.
I expect to cast much of the event, including the Top 8 of Singles action, so look for me early and often when the event goes live at 3pm on Saturday, April 23rd.
Next up is Midwest Mayhem 2, one short week later on Saturday, April 30th. Midwest Mayhem may only have a “2” next to its name, but it’s the spiritual sequel to Events2Compete’s former monthly series simply titled “E2C” that went on for 20 iterations. Half of the two pronged Chicagoan streamers, and I have worked closely with this stream company many times in the past. The owner Joe “Barrels” Fattal is an insanely hard worker, and recently upgraded all his equipment to ensure that his stream master, Tom “Lord Sturm” Berg, is able to produce outstanding streams.
While EHG’s strengths lie with their amazing TO staff, E2C has the established lineage of successful events that draw in top level players from all over the world, and MwM2 is no exception. Subtitled “International Men of Mystery,” this event will feature:
Abadango, one of Japan’s most prominent players. The man of many mains, we’ve seen Wario, Pac-Man, Meta Knight, and now Mewtwo in his deadly arsenal. Winner of Pound 2016, Abadango is nearly universally liked and is a threat to win any event he enters.
iStudying, the best frog since Chrono Trigger. Hailing from the Netherlands, iStudying is the Greninja sensation who burst onto America’s radar after eliminating MVD and ESAM back to back at BEAST 6. In only his second USA tournament, iStudying hopes to bounce back from a disappointing Pound performance where he finished 25th.
2GG | VoiD, Sheik extraordinaire. Often referred to as the mastermind behind Sheik’s metagame, VoiD is SoCal’s #1 player on their PR. Since October 2015, VoiD has not placed outside of the Top 8 of any event he’s been in. He mixes innovative combos and near perfect technical skill with peerless reaction time to gain the edge in a match and then suffocate his opponents.
Rich Brown, man of many talents. Even before the Mewtwo buffs, Rich Brown was regarded as an excellent user of the legendary Pokemon. Though Abadango just won Pound, Rich was making everyone respect #150 for quite some time. He now has the chance to challenge for the title of best Mewtwo.
Pulse | Zinoto, the incredible Diddy Kong player from Michigan who has significant set wins over top players Abadango, Ally, Dabuz, Mew2King, DJ Jack, and Rayquaza. Long having flown beneath everyone’s radar, Zinoto has amassed an impressive record over the best of the best and looks to add this event’s attendees to his hit list.
E2C | Tyroy, the current #1 ranked Chicago player. Tyroy plays Sheik and Bayonetta, and launched himself to the top of his scene by finishing 3rd at the inaugural Midwest Mayhem. He defeated Hyuga, Mexico’s Toon Link, with Bayonetta and fanned the flames of the DLC character’s controversy.
UR | Ned, with youth on his side is the rising star of Illinois. Ned went from unknown to #2 on the Chicago PR through his amazing Zero Suit Samus. Since her nerfs, however, Ned has branched out into other characters, so look for who his cursor lands on every match.
GGA | JJROCKETS, who is likely one of the most active players in the country, uses Diddy Kong as his primary weapon. Known to have an incredible clutch factor, the freshly motivated JJ will look to regain some rungs on the Chicago PR after being dropped to #7.
Also appearing at Midwest Mayhem 2 will be much of the Chicago, Michigan, and Wisconsin top level talent.
Expect to see me throughout this event, up to and including Top 8. “Nightlord Sturmwing” is myself and Lord Sturm’s commentary team up name, and is typically a mainstay in E2C events.
Finally, we move from Chicago back to my home state of Wisconsin on Saturday, May 7th for one of the fastest growing Midwest events, Tales of Jank. Now up to its seventh edition, ToJ is hosted in Stevens Point, WI, by Smash Bros. veteran Kyle “Revpoint0” Nicklaus and is going to be streamed by DownB Collaborations, a newly minted Minnesotan stream organization. The main man in charge for DBC is Joshua “Jaaahsh” Marcotte, a seasoned TO and stream master. Though this event will feature both Smash 4, Melee, and Project M, I will be casting for the Wii U version only.
For this event, not only will many of Wisconsin’s best be in attendance, but Minnesota will be making the trek into enemy territory. Players confirmed for this event include:
Triple R, the golden Kirby of legend. Loyal to Kirby across every Smash title, Triple R is known more for his Melee play than his Smash 4 efforts. He’s still a threat to take any tournament he enters, no matter the version. A man of few word, Triple R lets his play speak for him.
And the aforementioned Marshall, PowPow, and Z2G. More confirmed attendees will be revealed as we near the event and I will give a follow up to Tales of Jank later this month. This will be my first Stevens Point tournament, and I am more than excited the Minnesota invasion and a successful regional event. One special bonus this event offers is a pot bonus of $100 provided by Universe eSports, a Wisconsin based organization that has Marshall and Otis under their umbrella. This incentive is sure to draw in more fantastic players.
This is my first extended string of large events under BOT, and I'm incredibly excited to be part of the family. My favorite part of the events is getting to interact with my Smash Bros family, and with anyone who drops into the streams or tweets me during the event. I really appreciate everyone out there tuning in, so drop me a line if you do!
Thank you all for reading,
Kyle “Nightwing” Weis
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