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Europe HF-Lan 4 - Armada, Zgetto, Leffen, Over, Baxon, Cyr, Salepâte, Sampulay

Discussion in 'Tournament Listings' started by Slhoka, Oct 11, 2012.

HF-Lan 4 - Armada, Zgetto, Leffen, Over, Baxon, Cyr, Salepâte, Sampulay
Start Date: Dec 1, 2012 03:00 AM
End Date: Dec 2, 2012 12:00 PM
Time zone: America/New_York -05:00 EST

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Paris, France

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  1. Slhoka

    Slhoka Smash Lord

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    HF-LAN 4(ever)


    December 1st-2nd
    Noisy-le-Grand, France



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    TL;DR information :

    The HF-Lan series is back !
    Since March 2011, this tournament series became a reference in terms of tournament hosting in France. All three events were unquestionable successes, each of them featuring improvements over the previous event : better players, more hype, more services... And this new edition will not be an exception ! Once again, we'll make our best to make this event close to perfection !


    What is the HF-Lan ?


    One of the best-run tournaments you could attend, awaited by all those who attended one of the previous editions.
    The reason for this is that it was one of the best-run tournament the French community has ever seen. Here's a short summary of what was done at HF-Lan and will be there again :
    • A large venue (the tournament takes place in the canteen of a huge engineer school)
    • Many setups : the HF-Lan series fits in the average TV/players ratio at French tournaments : close to 3. It means you almost never have to wait in order to play.
    • Free drinks during the whole event, including RedBull.
    • Free or really cheap food for the lunches of saturday and sunday.
    • Couches : in front of many TVs (not all of them), there were large couches to be comfy while you play.
    • The top games were played in a 400+ seats auditorium, on a large movie screen.
    • One of the most dedicated staff there could be.

    So basically, the HF-Lan is an amazing tournament series.

    Now for the practical information :

    When ?

    December 1st-2nd, 2012

    The venue is going to open on Saturday morning, and will close on Sunday evening. You can stay during the night.

    Where ?

    Noisy-le-Grand, France. This city isn't far from Paris and easy to reach with the public transportation system.

    The venue

    ESIEE Paris
    2 boulevard Blaise Pascal
    Cité Descartes
    Noisy-le-Grand


    See it on a map !

    The venue is an engineer school, and a huge one that is ! We're using the canteen, which is really large and easily provides enough space. Couches are set in front of some TVs in order to play comfortably.
    In addition to the canteen, the auditorium will also be used for the most hyped sets. It has space for 400+ people, features a giant screen as well as a scene at the bottom for the players.

    You can see more pictures of the venue in the photo albums of HF-Lan 2 and HF-Lan 3


    Who ?

    In order to manage the event more efficiently, the ESIEE staff sets an attendance limit, which rose with every edition. This time, the tournament is limited to 64 players. However, to help international attendance, the staff considers setting up a quota reserved for international players.


    The hosts

    The tournament is hosted by the members of the school's gaming club. They do not enter de tournament, but play smash often and follow the activity of the international scene. While one might think that not being a part of the smash community could make them care less about smash players, the reality is actually the opposite. Their dedication is absolutely remarkable, and they always listen to the players' need to make the tournament a better experience.

    They will take care of the logistics, budget, and pretty much everything but running the tournament in itself. That will be the part I will handle with a few other smashers.


    Events

    The tournament will feature singles and doubles.

    Singles : 64 players, most likely 7 turns of swiss rounds followed by a 32-man bracket.
    Doubles : 32 teams, most likely 4 pools of 8, top 4 making it to a 16-team bracket.
    These are subject to change. An amateur bracket may take place for both tournaments, but isn't garanteed.

    Depending of the attendants and the time available, other events could happen, such as a crew battle.

    Sadly, we won't have a Project M tournament. While we definitely support the game, we decided to focus on offering a perfect Melee experience for this tournament, and decided to drop Project M for that reason. However, a few PM TVs will be set up for friendlies.

    Equipment

    I talked to one of the main hosts a few days ago and we had a common aim : one setups for every 3 players. It would mean 21 or 22 setups, and, it addition to helping the tournament run faster, it would allow everyone to find free TVs whenever they want.


    Registration

    Registration will take place on the HF-Lan website. It isn't open at the moment, but it should be available soon. If the 64 players limit is reached, a reserve list will be set up.


    Entry fees and prizes*
    *All fees and prizes are subject to change

    Entry fees

    Venue fee : 8€
    Singles tournament : 10€*
    Doubles tournament : 7€ per player*


    Prizes

    The pot should be separated as follows :
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    0 Singles Doubles
    1 1st 50% 51%
    2 2nd 25% 25,5%
    3 3rd 15% 15,50%
    4 4th 10% 8%
    5 5th to 8th 10€ 7€

    Assuming 64 players in singles and 32 teams in doubles, it would mean the following :
    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    0 Singles Doubles
    1 1st 300€ 100€ each
    2 2nd 150€ 50€ each
    3 3rd 90€ 30€ each
    4 4th 60€ 16€ each
    5 5th to 8th 10€ TBD


    Schedule


    The venue opens on saturday morning, and closes on sunday evening.
    Detailed schedule is TBD.

    Ruleset

    The ruleset will be similar to the previous HF-Lan ruleset, which can be found here.
    This ruleset is fairly standard, and only use 6 stages : Battlefield, Dreamland 64, Final Destination, Fountain of Dreams, Pokémon Stadium, Yoshi's Story.


    Food, housing, and travel information

    Food

    Last time, the HF-Lan staff served free drinks, including red bull. Additionnally, they served hot dogs for 1€ at lunch, and sold pizzas for dinner.
    But there are also some shops in the neighbourhood where you can buy food.

    Housing

    On saturday evening, the venue will be open and you will be able to stay there. Just bring what you need to sleep.
    If you need housing before or after the tournament, some Parisian smashers may be able to help you. Please contact me if you need housing (see Contact section). There are also hotels close to the venue, including one costing about 30€/night for 3 persons.

    Sadly, there are no showers at the venue.

    Travel information

    The venue is located 500 m away from the RER Station on the A line. From there, a trip to Paris takes 20 mn and costs 4€. Please contact me if you need information regarding transportation : I'll help you choose the most convenient route.

    Other games

    HF-Lan began as a multi-games event, including, Melee, Brawl, SC2, LOL, … and then, the list shrinked to keep the most active communities.
    HF-Lan 4 will feature Melee and Starcraft 2. I don't have much information regarding the Starcraft event, but if you are interested, just ask and I'll get what you need.


    Smash-unrelated interests

    The tournament will not take place in Paris, but so close it is pretty much the same. Paris is a beautiful and very lively city, and sightseeing can be great there.

    If you plan to attend the tournament and want some information about great places to visit, don't hesitate to ask.


    Updates

    We intend to stream the tournament. I don't know the link yet, but this post will be updated with more information.
    We will also make Twitter updates on LeFrenchMelee, the french community's Twitter account.


    Contact

    Slhoka
    Check my profile for IM accounts, send me an e-mail, or ask me on facebook !
    Make sure to contact me if you have any question.


    Here are a few more pictures from the previous HF-Lans so you can see what HF-Lan 4 will be like :

  2. Daisuki

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    Very interested.
  3. leffen

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    Confirm me :D


    I hope people come to this, I'd really like a runback against Over before Apex!
  4. Fuzzyness

    Fuzzyness The Reality!

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    definitely interested
  5. Mahie

    Mahie Smash Lord

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    Definitely attending.
  6. DevMBC

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    interested
  7. Armada

    Armada Smash Lord

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    I really wanna go to this =)
    Can't confirme but I should be able to go.
  8. Ørn

    Ørn Smash Journeyman

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    I'm also interested. Hoping you don't push the date too much, since I usually have exams all through December.
  9. Slhoka

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    If the tournament is postponed, it will take place in January or February, so no worries about that (also, @ the Swedes, make sure to tell me if that might collide with BEAST 3).

    Also, I'm glad to see that much interest for a fairly small tournament, because it deserves it. Yet, because for the first time, the tournament date is good, I can't help but worry that the 64-player cap will be reached too quickly.
    Oh well... We thought that for the last editions and it didn't, so wait and see for now.

    :phone:
  10. Baxon

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    I'm in :awesome:

    Leffen MM ?
    My Falco Vs your Fox
    Best of 7
    5 euros
    ?
  11. Paju

    Paju Smash Journeyman

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    I'm definitely interested. Hopefully I can find cheap enough flights that won't interfere with my school too badly.
  12. Daisuki

    Daisuki Smash Rookie

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    Baxon i'll accept that MM, using capitan falcon instead :D:D
  13. Baxon

    Baxon Smash Journeyman

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    Sure man ;)
  14. leffen

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    Baxon I accept but best out of 5 if you just wanna do for 5 euros :)

    I also wanna mm my marth/falco vs your falco or anyone else.
  15. Slhoka

    Slhoka Smash Lord

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    Meh. We were supposed to receive the confirmation for the tournament today, but the administrators of the school where it's hosted didn't give us an answer yet. I'm very sorry about this, but believe me, it's also really frustrating for us.

    I'll update this thread as soon as I have some more information.

    On a side note, here's a list of those who expressed interest so far. Many many French players are interested but didn't say it yet, though.

  16. Baxon

    Baxon Smash Journeyman

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    i'm ok with that ;)
  17. Slhoka

    Slhoka Smash Lord

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    The date of the event has been confirmed!

    I'm going to meet the others hosts on thursday. I'll ask various things, including registration, and I'll keep you updated ASAP.
  18. Beat!

    Beat! Smash Master

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    Interested.
  19. VA

    VA Smash Master

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    hello hi, i'm interested.
  20. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    How difficult is it to get here from Paris if you speak no French? I'm an American living in Germany at the moment, and I don't much want to be that hated American in France >.<
  21. Beat!

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    Most europeans speak english well enough. France overall isn't exactly top tier in that department, but it won't be a problem at a smash tournament.
  22. Daisuki

    Daisuki Smash Rookie

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    I already booked.
  23. Baxon

    Baxon Smash Journeyman

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    It's really easy, just ask the metro "staff" if you have any problems.
    Most of them can speak english ;)
    :phone:

    :phone:
  24. Tomber

    Tomber Smash Journeyman

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    Interested. Probably not going to make it, but interested nevertheless.
  25. ZetTroxX

    ZetTroxX Smash Journeyman

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    Interested.
  26. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    I will come! If anyone has an extra controller that I can borrow or buy, I would really appreciate it. Mine just started breaking as soon as I moved to Germany =[
  27. Zgetto

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    Adam and me are interested
  28. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    Could anyone house me the night before? I haven't played a game since I moved to Germany one month ago, and I would love to get some practice in before the tournament.
    California melee will vouch for me being cool >.<
  29. ZetTroxX

    ZetTroxX Smash Journeyman

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    I´m also looking for housing - if I come I´ll take another german smasher with me.

    Shriek - we can travel together if you want to. Could you tell me how you´ll get there? By train?
  30. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    Yeah, I'm planning to take the train.
  31. ZetTroxX

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    How much it´s gonna cost you?
  32. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    Not sure yet. My friend says depending on when I buy the ticket, it could be from 30-70 euros.
  33. Ørn

    Ørn Smash Journeyman

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    I found some reasonably priced tickets. How much would it cost me to get to the venue from Charles De Gaulle airport?

    I would probably need housing from Thursday or Friday. My plane doesn't leave until Monday, but I could probably sleep in the airport if people don't have time to house me then.
  34. Slhoka

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    Alright : I've got some information.

    First of all, Registration

    Registration is a very important topic in the sense that it's likely to be an issue : we already have almost 75 players interested, even though few players from Paris and Lyon have shown they interest while I know they want to be there.
    So, the 64-player limit is very likely to be reached.

    The registration will be held on the lan's website (www.hf-lan.fr), and will open on Sunday, at 10 am. It will be quite simple : the first 64 persons to register will get their spot at the tournament, while the other will be put on a waiting list.
    We're currently discussing whether we give priority on a certain number of players coming from out of France. More info about that in the following days.


    Housing

    Parisian smashers will try to house as many people as possible. It isn't gonna easy (insert "parisian appartments are tiny" johns), but in the worst case, there's a hotel 600 meters away from the venue, which costs a bit less than 30€ for a 3-person room. So it might be convenient as well, especially if you take into account transportation costs.

    During the tournament, you will be able to sleep at the venue, but this isn't gonna be so great : since last time some people (lol JD) were found sleeping in the corridors while we were not allowed to do so, we are now forced to sleep in the room where the tournament takes place. A sleeping area will be set, and the light will be turned off there, but it will never be totally silent, sadly. So you may want to either bring earplugs, or book a room at the nearby hotel.
    The good thing about sleeping, though, is that the couches are almost exclusively given to the Smash tournament. Which means only smashers can take them to sleep :p


    Random stuff

    The schedule isn't defined yet, but the tournament should start around 1:00 or 2:00 pm on Saturday, with singles swiss rounds. It will be followed by doubles swiss rounds. And then, on saturday evening, it will either be the singles bracket, or the doubles bracket, depending on how much time we have. The idea is to be able to use the auditorium for the final set, because on sunday, we will have to share the auditorium with the SC2 and LoL tournaments.

    Regarding food, the news thing this time will be that there will be crêpes.

    Also, no free massage stand this time :(

    I'll make an housing thread on the French boards to see if I can get housing for you guys.
    Also Eagle, to go from the airport to the venue, it's going to cost you something like 13€ : you have to take RER line B at the airport until you reach Chatelet-Les Halles in Paris, then take the RER line A to the Noisy-Champs station, which is next to the venue. You can check this website for more information : http://www.transilien.com/web/site/lang/en
  35. Ørn

    Ørn Smash Journeyman

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    Thanks Shloka, I appreciate it. The hotel sounds pretty convenient too.

    Hoping I can make it to this!
  36. Tomber

    Tomber Smash Journeyman

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    I'm in the same situation as Eagle and looking for housing. Thanks for the information, Slhoka.
  37. ShrieK1295

    ShrieK1295 Smash Journeyman

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    Just to make sure.. registration opens 10AM CET???
  38. Slhoka

    Slhoka Smash Lord

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    Yes.
    It means 9AM for the UK and 11AM for Finland, but for all other countries with quite a few smashers, it's 10AM.
  39. Beat!

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    @Slhoka's big post
    You meant 1:00 or 2:00 PM, not AM, right? :p
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    Who knows ? I may want to test the players resistance to sleepyness. It is definitely an important skill for smashers.

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