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Smash Science - The Color Metagame
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Welcome to the first ever edition of Smash Science! This will be a special series of articles delving into the curiosities of Smash through a scientific lens. Imagine if the color of the character a player chose could affect their win rate. Now think if the colors of a stage chosen could change the way two competitors played out a match. Sit down and prepare to learn the science of The Color Metagame!
Princess of Destiny - Three Expert Opinions On Smash 4 Zelda
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Unfortunately for Zelda fans the Princess of Hyrule has not often found herself in a strong place within Smash. Ranked 19th in the most recent Melee tier list here on Smashboards and ranked second to last in the most recent list from Brawl, Zelda has not exactly been overwhelming in previous mainstream Smash titles. So how does she fare in Smash 4? We brought in three Zelda experts to weigh in on the character.
Beefy Smash Doods: Momentum Cancel & Hurtbox Shifting
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Beefy Smash Doods are well known for their in depth study of Smash 4 mechanics and making videos to explain them. They proved it can be impossible to tech, have found the best way to mash buttons, found the strongest hit in Smash 4, and more. This time they sat down to help players survive that much longer in a competitive match. They explain the details of how to cancel momentum and how it has changed since Brawl as well as explain how to shift hurtboxes to extend lifespans. Give the video a watch and increase that Smash 4 knowledge!
My Smash Corner: Lagless Ledge Get-Up in Smash 4
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MySmashCorner's latest youtube video covers a technique he discovered early in the 3DS version of Smash 4, but could not reliably recreate until just recently--the ability to get up from the ledge without lag, letting the player act as soon as they are back on stage. In the video, he gives instructions on how to execute this new tech, and lists what known characters can take advantage of it, and on what stages.
Weekend Watchlist 27: An Eclipse, Capitals, Rolling, And More!
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Welcome to the Weekend Watchlist 27! 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. So without further ado get ready to watch and read because here is our Weekend Watchlist!
Canada's Best To Collide At Capital City Smash!
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Canada is known for much more than its bagged milk, maple syrup, polite inhabitants, or other silly stereotypes. Canada really knows how to Smash! Toronto has a thriving Smash 64 and Brawl scene, its Melee and Smash 4 players use a wide variety of lesser seen characters, and Project M and even Rivals of Aether are doing well!
Smash Back Room Launched for Wii U Version
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Smashboards is proud to announce that the Smash Back Room has officially been launched for Smash Wii U. In the past Smash Back Rooms have existed for Smash 64, Melee, and Brawl. These rooms have served the purpose of centralizing and organizing leadership within the community in order to come together for projects such as tier lists and match-up charts. Players, organizers, content creators and theorists have all come together in the past to push the scene forward through a collaborate outlet. In addition to providing the medium, Smashboards will also be providing the group with a monetary budget to allow the group to have more ability to see projects through.
RF7 SK92 Signed By Royal Flush!
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People headed to Las Vegas would love to see a royal flush at the the poker tables. Well this Vegas Smash 4 player got a royal flush but in a very different way. Kyle "RF7 SK92" King has been signed by eSports team Royal Flush! For those who do not know, RF& SK92 is the number one power ranked Melee player in Las Vegas playing as Falco and previously placed 8th place at the original GENESIS, 7th at EVO 2009, and 2nd at DVDA 8.
Event Preview: iBUYPOWER eSports Day
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A day devoted to eSports and Smash is invited? Time to get exited! iBUYPOWER, a PC gaming company that has worked with the likes of Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, Microsoft, Western Digital, Asus, Bethesda, MLG, and more, has decided to host the first ever iBUYPOWER eSports Day in Santa Anna, California. This block party, associated with the iBP Cup Tournament, will have big giveaways, Intel and Microsoft Experiences, food trucks, and more with the best part being the block party itself is free to enter!
Smash Connect Launched on Smashboards
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Today Smashboards is launching a new medium for interacting with your fellow smashers: Smash Connect. In addition to talented players the Smash community is filled with talented artists and technically proficient individuals. Until this point there has not been an easily accessible method for these creative people to promote their work. Smash Connect now offers various sections that allow this.
Tournament Preview: Eclipse feat. Armada, Leffen, Axe, Plup, Westballz, Ice, and more
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Eclipse takes place this weekend, November 14th-15th, in Oslo, Norway, and stands to be one of the biggest tournaments in the European Smash Scene's history. The tournament, sponsored by Pressfire.no and Hitbox.tv, features over 200 unique entrants and a pot bonus of 100,000 NOK (equivalent to $11,526 US Dollars!) for Melee, and is hosting a Smash Wii U singles tournament too. Not only will top European talent such as Armada, Leffen, Ice, Android, and Overtriforce be in attendance, but American players Axe, Plup, and Westballz will be traveling to Norway to get their shot at victory. This is a tournament not to be missed!
Cloud Strife Announced For Smash 4!
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When the first Nintendo Direct was announced since the passing of Satoru Iwata Nintendo fans were excited. Then Sakurai himself retweeted the direct and the website movie list for Smash broke (something that has happened before other DLC videos released). Well Smash fans the hype was very real as we got a brand new character coming to Smash: Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7!
The Mega Master: ScAtt
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This man certainly knows his super fighting robots. Andrew "ScAtt" Huntley has been making waves at Smash 4 tournaments using a character not as commonly seen in the meta game: Mega Man. He may be the best Mega Man in the world at this point having taken sets off of Wizzrobe, Mew2King, StaticManny, Acid, MVD and more. His latest big showing was at Tipped Off 11 where he was able to secure 4th place. We decided to hunt down this Mega Master and learn a bit more about him and his main.
[Source Gaming] "Thinking About Hitstop"
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“Hitstop” is a term used to describe a technique employed primarily in fighting games. When you strike the opponent, both parties momentarily freeze, emphasizing the power of impact. It’s a crucial effect.
Hitstop is a design element that is crucial to play-- both casually and competitively. In this translated column, Smash director Masahiro Sakurai discusses the importance of hitstop and his approach on implementing it in Super Smash Bros. The original column was divided into two parts and published over a two week period. Source Gaming has posted the translated version of the column, which can be read here. The translation was done by @Masked Man (仮面の男) and soma.

In the article, Sakurai discusses how the timing, movements, camera distance...
SmashG0D Signed By Haven eSports!
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Haven eSports has been busy signing players! They recently added Mister Eric and DC as well as AceStarThe3rd to their roster but now a new player has joined their ranks. SmashG0D has been a solid competitior in all games having mained Fox in Smash 64, Marth in Melee, Samus in Brawl, and uses Rosalina and Luma alongside Kirby in Smash for Wii U. While he is very strong in the other series, he has been signed onto Have eSports specifically for his Melee talents!
[Top 5 Smash Shorts] - Week 8 ft. Zelda, Ganondorf, Mario, DK, and... Zero?
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This week's Weekly Top 5 Smash Shorts series features some cool plays from some unexpected characters: Zelda who is known for being bottom tier and... Zero from Mega Man? Aww yiss.

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.
EMG Presents: Super Smash Bros. Play of the Week Episode 44
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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 44th installment of their Play of the Week series! Featured in this episode are highlights from Smash Summit and Tipped Off 11 including some crazy teams play courtesy of PewFat as well as a slew of unreal comebacks, combos and more!
My Smash Corner: DK's Cargo Throw!
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My Smash Corner has been covered many times on Smashboards for its excellent video tutorials related to Smash 4. From infinite combos to dealing with projectiles this Youtube channel has a lot to teach players about Smash. This time we get a look into all that can be done with Donkey Kong's Cargo throws with combos that have gained nicknames like the "Ding Dong".
Super Smash Past: Mew2King 'Pro Interview' From 2009
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Welcome to the very first Super Smash Past article! One of the coolest things about Smashboards is that its posts chronicle the long and exciting history of competitive Smash. Within the heart of this site lies little wonders and insights to the history of our scene and how mindsets can change over time. With this first Super Smash Past we take a look into the public archives...
SourceCast #3 -- "Endless Speculation"
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Source Gaming is proud to announce the third episode of SourceCast, Endless Speculation. In this podcast, @Neo Zero, @Masked Man (仮面の男) , @Spazzy_D, @SmashChu and PushDustIn PushDustIn discuss how speculation has gone on for over three years within the Smash Community. The topics covered are Smash Speculation Before DLC, DLC Development, Is the Ballot More Suggestion than Popularity, the Onslaught of Rumors, and Questions from Fans. For the full list of articles mentioned in the podcast, refer to the guidepost for the SourceCast written by the Source Gaming team.


For those who are interested, check out SourceCast #2 “Broken Base” in which @Smash Capps joins the Source Gaming...
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