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BandDGames: 20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Melee
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There are a lot of interesting secrets held within the disk of Super Smash Bros. Melee. From strange glitches to unusual tech there is a lot to be explored within the game. Youtube channel BandDGames has compiled twenty of these little mysteries in a video titled "20 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Melee". Is this statement true? The only way to find out is watch the video below and drop us a comment with those unknown facts!

Weekend Watchlist 20: Summer Of Smash? How About Fall Of Smash?
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Welcome to the Weekend Watchlist 20! The Smashboards events system recently got a fantastic upgrade and we've combed through all of the tournaments submitted to find some of the best events being streamed this weekend to feature here. Even with Summer coming to a close the tournament scene is still kicking with many tournaments going into Fall for fans to watch. So without further ado here is the Weekend Watchlist!

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Random Tournament Spotlight: Pharmacy Smash - Meet The Wageningen Scene
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Welcome to our very first Random Tournament Spotlight! As the name of this series implies we will be taking one event at random each week that is entered into our event system be it big or small, on any day of the week, or however unusual and highlight a part of our Smash scene. This week we'll be looking at the town of Wageningen off in the Netherlands to meet some Project M players who really know how to Smash!

Wageningen is a small municipality with fewer than 40,000 people. Last year one of their players, Mickey Blue-eyes, stared to host tournaments in his own living room late on Saturday nights. While casual they were certainly the birthplace of their community. Back in those days Mickey Blue-eyes was certainly the best player but he found himself occasionally challenged by close friend WayUp. Slowly over the months more players came and made...
Event Preview: Helix
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Welcome to this event preview for Helix! For those who don't know, Helix is a large Melee and Project M tournament that is part of the European Smash Circuit. It's also set to be the first international tournament in Germany since 2010. Not everyone is as familiar with the European scene so we collected some of the biggest names to attend to help fans out. Ready to learn about some European Smash? Let's get started!

The big Trifecta of players attending the event would have to be Alliance's Armada, Tempo Storm's Westballz, and recently sponsored mYinsanity Ice. They all recently came together to compete in Dreamhack London which had the largest European payout for a Smash tournament of all time. Ice and Westballz will want to change the outcome of the last tournament and...
The Salt Mines: A Project M Podcast - Episode 16
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When looking to catch up a bit on Project M one of the best ways to do so is listening to or watching The Salt Mines. The Salt Mines aims to be "a weekly Podcast that consists of top tier personalities and players that discuss the current outlook of the metagame and recent/upcoming events in the Project M Smash community. This week PlayOnSunday, The NZA, Apollo Ali, and SmashCapps all sat down to discuss content creation and what should be expected in quality and consistency. Warning: there is a bit of swearing in the video for those who may wish to know.

For those who aren't fans of YouTube, audio versions of the stream are available...​
The Level Up Episode 1: Applying Safe Pressure Primer
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It's time to level up! It's not as easy as eating a rare candy however. To really improve in Smash there are some thingsto be learned first. Fortunately players like BAM on his channel For Glory Gaming are making videos to help players do just that. In the first video of The Level Up series he sits down to explain how to apply pressure safely while learning the defensive habits of an opponent. Give it a watch and use this knowledge to improve!

ESAM - Let's Talk: Tier Lists
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Tier lists. A subject that causes much debate over where characters should be placed, if one should exist at all, how they should be formed, and much else. Many efforts to devise tier lists have been made from EventHubs to the /r/smashbros monthly voted tier list with each project having various levels of success and failure. But just how important are they in the long run and how should we approach using them to select characters?

Pikachu main and Smash 4 player ESAM discusses just this with his latest Let's Talk video. He gives his professional opinions all about tier lists and discusses the different motivations for playing characters either who are the best or worse. Give it a watch and leave personal thoughts...
Super Smash Flash 2 Spotlight: Dark Ermac- The Tournament Organizer
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Super Smash Flash 2 is sometimes overlooked when it comes to the fanmade Smash games. Many do not realize it has a vibrant competitive scene with its own top players, notable tournament organizers, and intricate development history. Each Wednesday over the month of September will feature an article covering a unique aspect of the game or scene. We've discussed the history of the game, met a top player, and met a top streamer. This week we'll learn a bit about the tournament scene of the game with a prominent TO: Dark Ermac.

Dark Ermac's gaming life started back with Super Mario World played on his cousin's...
EMG Presents: Super Smash Bros. Play of the Week Episode 37
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Missed the best moments from the past week in the competitive Smash community? EMG has you covered and just posted the 37th installment of their Play of the Week series! Featured in this episode is an incredible 0-death punish courtesy of DJ Nintendo and highlights from tournaments around the world, including HTC Throwdown and Dreamhack London to name a few.

You can watch EP #37 in the video below:


If you have any submissions for future EMG videos, you can also send us clips using this form and let us know what you want to see next!
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To support the team, you can check out Even Matchup Gaming's...
Kirby's HUP Cancel - A Tutorial And Guide By Ƥнλπ7σϻ
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Kirby is more than just a copycat: he has his own techniques! HUP Canceling, a technique that has had good applications for Kirby since the days of Brawl, is still possible within Smash 4 and is just as useful. Youtuber Ƥнλπ7σϻ has made a video explaining how it can be applied within the newest Smash title. Give it a watch and try to HUP to victory!

Introducing: Weekly Top 5 Smash Shorts
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Familiar with Omni's Smash Bros content on youtube? The channel has recently launched a series feature all about user-generated content! Smashboards will now feature the Weekly Top 5 Smash Shorts series into its weekly Smash News rotation. What is a Smash Short? As the name suggests, it's a quick moment or series of events in Smash that is so good that you have to share it with someone. And we're giving you (yes, you) the opportunity to share those moments for a chance to be selected as one of the Top 5.


Check the links below to learn how you can submit your content right here on Smashboards...
SmashBoards Writer Interview (#1) - SmashCapps!
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Welcome to SmashBoards Writer's Interviews! This is a series that will appear at least once every month covering a writer. These are more casual interviews, but depending on the interviewer, we leave it up to you whether they'll answer further questions.

This week we have SmashBoards Second-in-Command writer, SmashCapps! Given that many other head honcho's of the writing staff are busy, he does a lot to make sure things stay active around here, so give it up for SmashCapps.

SmashCapps in his natural habitat

Thirdkoopa: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

SmashCapps: There's probably a lot to say here. I have a first name, but everyone just called me Capps so I combined that with Smash and made the unoriginal name I've got today! I used to go by AylasHero and was the largest tournament organizer for Playstation All Stars back when the community was strong. I've hosted...
The Big House 5 and Gamers Outreach
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The following is a mirror copy of the original article by Juggleguy here, with his permission to re-post.

I’m very excited to announce that The Big House 5 is teaming up with Gamers Outreach, who will be the official charity partner of the event coming up October 2-4, 2015 in Dearborn, MI!

Gamers Outreach Foundation is a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides therapy and recreation to children in hospitals using video games! One of their specific projects (piloted at Mott Children’s Hospital of Ann Arbor) includes building portable video game kiosks for kids hospitals who are in need of bedside activities. Having personally worked with the Gamers Outreach team before at Gamers for Giving earlier this year, I can say they are not only some of the best TOs...
Rivals of Aether On Steam Early Access - Key Giveaway!
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Wanting to get those hands on the new indie game Rivals of Aether but haven't been able to? Count those lucky stars because Rivals of Aether is now on Steam Early Access! More information can be found on the game's steam store.

Want the game but feeling a bit low on funds? Smashboards will be running a contest to give away two keys to download the game on Steam! The contest will end and winners be chosen after September 30th. Come support the website, the game's developer, and our Smashboards writers by entering.

Click here to get in on our special giveaway!

Rivals of Aether Early Access Trailer
Hopefully this gets fans of indie games and those who love Smash-like games excited...
Beefy Smash Doods: How to Mash Quickly!
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With shield being buffed in Smash 4, grabs may just be more powerful than ever. Many of the cast have easy combos and setups from grabs as well as kill throws. Besides from avoiding being grabbed, mashing is the best way to avoid a potential combo or kill. Mashing also helps with escaping out of shield breaks and the buried state. That's why Beefy Smash Doods is here to show the most effective way to mash!
Mind Over Meta 37 - Setting SMART Goals
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Mind Over Meta is a weekly series of articles on /r/SSBPM, the Project M subreddit. Written by several different authors, this series covers many of the mental aspects of playing smash and other subjects related specifically to Project M. This week user MeTricK wrote about respect. The original article can be found here. To read the rest of the series check out the Mind Over Meta Archive. Sit down, read, and enjoy.

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Hey guys! My name is MeTriK and I am a current sport psychology masters student, mental skills trainer for some European eSport organizations and most recent member of Smash Practice. I...
AMondAy Week 44 - ds22
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AMondAys is a weekly feature on /r/SSBPM, the Project M subreddit. It features AMAs from various members of the Project M Development Team and allows them to directly interact with the community in an awesome way. This week features ds22.

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Hey everyone, I'm ds22 from the Netherlands, and I'm one of the wizards (ASM coders) of the PMDT. Joined the team end August 2010 as PSA coder, and gradually grew from there, gaining experience in PSA, ASM, and SFX modding, among other things. I also assisted with the Clone Engine, being responsible for getting things like cosmetics, soundbanks, and even Kirby hats in a workable state. Ask me anything, and I'll try to answer any question you guys have for, be it about me, Project M, or even about Brawl modding in general. P.S. Due to the differences in timezones, it may take a while before I can answer your...
Genesis 3 - Date and Venue Announced
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Just over a month ago, the return of the legendary Genesis tournament series was announced. Not much was known about the tournament except for that it would be a major international tournament in Northern California during the Winter of 2016, and that it would hold the The Melee Games finals.

Now, some new details have been revealed! Genesis 3 will take place from January 15th-17th, 2016 at the San Jose Convention Center. The San Jose Convention Center is 3.9 miles away from the local airport, and offers over 100,000 square feet of space.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Genesis 3 smash.gg page for future details, and check out the official teaser trailer.

Umebura F.A.T. - A Japanese Smash 4 Major
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Umebura FAT is being held on September 21st and 22nd in Tokyo, Japan.Umebura FAT (First Anniversary Tournament) is the 100th event, and is taking place during the first two day’s of Japan’s Silver Week. Some of the greatest players Japan has to offer will be in attendance as well as some foreign challengers from distant lands.

Any Smash fans that have not viewed a Japanese smash event before may notice that the ruleset used differs in several ways from those commonly used in other countries. Many know Japanese rulesets for being very limited on stages and in general being conservative. Here is a rundown of the ruleset to help fans at home:

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Umebura F.A.T. Ruleset
General rules:
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  • 7 minute time limit
  • Double elimination...
Smashboards Update
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Hey everyone! Thanks for sitting tight during our extended maintenance this morning. We've made a number of upgrades to the site, some of which you can see detailed below. As a side effect of this upgrade, the entire forum skin had to be rebuilt from scratch. If you see or notice anything that looks strange or broken, please let Warchamp7 Warchamp7 know in the comments or in a forum PM!

Check out some of the juicy details below.
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