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Road to Apex: The Big House 2 feat. Mango, Hungrybox, KirbyKaze!

Juggleguy

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MIDWEST MELEE APEX 2013 QUALIFIER
October 6-7, 2012
Ann Arbor, MI










- INTRODUCTION -

It's the sequel to Road to Apex: The Big House! Last year's Melee super regional brought in 115 entrants from all over the Midwest, Canada, and even West Coast. Mega-international Apex 2013 is coming up in January, and for the second year in a row, we're an Apex qualifier! The Melee community here at the University of Michigan is excited for this second installment of The Big House, and we hope you'll join us.

This year we're upgrading to a two-day event, while keeping the schedule reasonable to allow Midwest residents to drive back home Sunday evening in time for work/classes the next day. We're offering a complete weekend pass at a very affordable price, while still providing the best possible tournament experience. This includes top OoR attendance again from both coasts! We'll also be doing giveaways to the first few online registrants.


- LOCATION -

Venue:
Pierpont Commons East Room
2101 Bonisteel Blvd
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


We're moving to a new venue! Pierpont Commons is the center of activity on UM North Campus, featuring food options, a convenience store, TV lounge, piano lounge, computer labs, and of course the room we'll be playing in all weekend.


Parking:
Parking is free at any of the blue lots, a short 5-minute walk to the venue. If you see signs that say "Parking Enforced 6am-5pm Mon-Fri" then you're at the right place. Make sure to drop off your TVs/setups/equipment first! The dropoff circle, marked green on the map, is literally a 10-second walk into the venue, so it will save you a lot of time and effort.

Travel:
If you are flying in:
First of all, considering the tourney schedule and airport-to-venue transportation options, you should be looking for a flight that arrives before 8:00pm Friday 10/5, and departs after 9:00pm Sunday 10/7. The best place to fly into is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). You are responsible for arranging your own transportation from DTW to Ann Arbor; the best option is the Michigan Flyer bus (http://www.michiganflyer.com/) which is offering round-trip tickets for as low as $22 right now. Make sure to set your starting location as Detroit Metro Airport, MI and your destination to Ann Arbor (Central Campus Transit Center). From there, you'll be within walking distance of almost every local Ann Arbor player. For traveling so far to the tourney, you will be given housing priority, so contact the TO staff asap for help with local housing options.

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If you are driving in:
There will be very limited free housing available for you in Ann Arbor, as most local players live in tiny campus apartments with no parking available on-site, and priority is being given to attendees flying in. If you still want free housing from a local player, make an inquiry on the Smashboards thread then contact anyone who replies to you to make arrangements; the TO staff cannot help out any more than that. Otherwise, we highly recommend splitting a hotel room. Here are three good options in town:

Red Roof Inn University of Michigan South:
3505 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
This is 5 miles away from the venue, and rooms are going for ~$65/night right now.

Days Inn Ann Arbor:
2380 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
This is 4 miles away from the venue, and rooms are going for ~$80/night right now.

Red Roof Inn University of Michigan North:
3621 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
This is 2 miles away from the venue, and rooms are going for ~$85/night right now.
Food:
Inside the venue building:
Panda Express
Quizno’s
U-Go’s

Within a 10-minute walk directly north of the venue:
Wendy’s
Subway
Panera Bread
Qdoba
No Thai
Great Plains Burgers


- REGISTRATION -

Online registration is mandatory! Registration is not allowed at the door on tourney day. Here are the prices if you're curious:

Venue Fee: $20 per person (covers both days)
Melee Doubles: $10 per person ($20 per team)
Melee Singles: $15 per person
Project M Singles: $10 per person

Also, please note that spectating without entering any events is not allowed. Considering our venue's room capacity, we simply cannot afford to waste space on people who don't enter any events. Please communicate this clearly to anyone who may be coming in your travel group/party; we will not hesitate to turn people away if they show up on tourney day without registering. Thanks for understanding.

$10 will be discounted in cash on tourney day to anyone who brings a full Melee setup. To qualify for this discount, the tourney staff must be able to use your equipment for the entire tournament (this means until at least 7pm Sunday). A full Melee setup consists of: 15'' or larger CRT TV, GameCube or Wii, Melee disc, fully unlocked memory card. Full Project M setups also qualify for the $10 discount.

Registration has closed. See you on tourney day!

* Venue fee increases by $5 on September 1st
* Venue fee increases by $5 again on September 20th
* Project M Singles will be capped at 32 entrants
* Melee Singles will be capped at 128 entrants
* Registration deadline is on September 25th
* Full refunds, if you end up not being able to attend, can be granted until September 25th
* Partial refunds, only available for Melee Doubles, can be granted during check-in on tourney day

Payout:
Melee Doubles
1st: 50%
2nd: 25%
3rd: 15%
4th: 10%

Melee Singles
1st: 40%
2nd: 20%
3rd: 15%
4th: 10%
5th: 5%
5th: 5%
7th: 2.5%
7th: 2.5%

Project M Singles
1st: 55%
2nd: 30%
3rd: 15%

- INFORMATION -

Schedule:
Saturday, October 6th |
10am | Venue Opens, Check-In Begins
11am | Check-In Ends
12pm | Melee Singles Pools Round 1
5pm | Project M Singles
8pm | Melee Doubles Bracket
11pm | Venue Closes
|
Sunday, October 7th |
9am | Venue Opens
10am | Melee Singles Pools Round 2
1pm | Exhibition Hour
2pm | Melee Singles Bracket (top 32)
7pm | Tourney Ends
8pm | Venue Closes
...

If you are registered for Melee Singles, you must arrive by 11am Saturday or else you risk getting disqualified from the event.

Melee Ruleset:
* 4 stock, 8:00 minute timer
* Items OFF
* Ties after the time limit are determined by stocks, then by percentage.
* Master Hand is banned.
* Wobbling is banned.
* Stalling with Jigglypuff's Rising Pound or Peach's Wall Bomber is banned.
* Glitches such as Ice Climbers's Freeze Glitch and Mewtwo's Soul Stunner are banned.
* Non-first party controllers must be inspected by TO staff before use in tourney.
* Any action that can prevent the game from continuing (freezing, disappearing characters, game reset, etc.) will result in forfeiture of the match for the player that initiated the action. You are responsible for knowing your own character and must be wary about accidentally triggering one of these effects.
* Dave's Modified Rule: You cannot counterpick the stage you last won on in a set unless agreed upon by the opponent.
* Player's Choice Clause: You may play by a rule outside of this ruleset if your opponent agrees to it as long as it does not deliberately delay the tournament process. In the event of a disagreement, house rules stand.
* Double Blind Character Picks: Players may elect to double blind pick their characters for the first match in case of any disputes.
* Neutral Spawn Points: Players may elect to use neutral spawn points to decide controller ports for the first match in case of any disputes.

Stage Strike from Neutrals for the first match of the set in "1221" fashion:
1. First player strikes one stage.
2. Second player strikes the next two stages.
3. First player strikes one stage.

Stagelist:

Neutral (Singles)
Final Destination
Yoshi's Story
Dream Land
Battlefield
Fountain of Dreams

Counterpick (Singles)
Pokemon Stadium

Neutral (Doubles)
Final Destination
Yoshi's Story
Dream Land
Battlefield
Pokemon Stadium

Counterpick (Doubles)
Kongo Jungle 64

After each match:
1. Winner announces stage ban (except in best-of-5 sets)
2. Loser chooses counterpick stage
3. Winner chooses their character
4. Loser chooses their character
5. Winner chooses their controller port (optional)
6. Loser chooses their controller port (optional)
Project M Ruleset:
* 4 stock, 8:00 minute timer
* Items OFF and set to NONE
* Buffer OFF
* Ties after the time limit are determined by stocks, then by percentage.
* If the match goes to Sudden Death due to a suicide move (Ganon's side-B, DDD's swallow, holding someone in a grab on a platform as it moves out of the boundaries, etc.), the one who initiated the move wins.
* Non-first party controllers must be inspected by TO staff before use in tourney.
* Any action that can prevent the game from continuing (freezing, disappearing characters, game reset, etc.) will result in forfeiture of the match for the player that initiated the action. You are responsible for knowing your own character and must be wary about accidentally triggering one of these effects.
* Dave's Modified Rule: You cannot counterpick the stage you last won on in a set unless agreed upon by the opponent.
* Player's Choice Clause: You may play by a rule outside of this ruleset if your opponent agrees to it as long as it does not deliberately delay the tournament process. In the event of a disagreement, house rules stand.
* Double Blind Character Picks: Players may elect to double blind pick their characters for the first match in case of any disputes.

Stage Strike from Starters for the first match of the set in "122112" fashion:
1. First player strikes one stage.
2. Second player strikes the next two stages.
3. First player strikes the next two stages.
4. Second player strikes one stage.

Stagelist:

Starter
Battlefield
Dream Land 64
Final Destination
Fountain of Dreams
Pokemon Stadium 2
Smashville
Yoshi's Story

Counterpick
Dracula's Castle
Green Hill Zone
Metal Cavern
Pokemon Stadium 1
Rumble Falls
Wario Ware
Yoshi's Island (Brawl)

After each match:
1. Winner announces 3 stage bans
2. Loser chooses counterpick stage
3. Winner chooses their character
4. Loser chooses their character
Miscellaneous:
Doubles-Specific Rules:
* Life stealing is allowed
* Friendly Fire is turned ON
* Pause is turned OFF

Placings in Singles Pools are determined based on:
1. number of sets won
2. winning percentage in games (win/loss ratio)
3. head-to-head winner

In the event of a X-way tie in Singles Pools after all tiebreakers are exhausted, a best-of-1 round robin will be played out between the X players until there is a clear order of placings.

* Failure to report to your match within 10 minutes of its announcement will result in forfeiture of the first match, and then a complete disqualification after another 10 minutes has passed. You are responsible for knowing when you must be present at the venue.
* Plank's DQ Rule: Any and all disqualifications that are handed out at the tournament due to tardiness will be complete DQs, meaning you will be removed from both winners and losers bracket, or removed from the entire event if you're late for pools matches.


- ATTENDANCE -

I'm confident anyone who attended the first Big House can attest to how smoothly the tournament ran. This year, our TO staff is very excited about the opportunity to host another amazing event! Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.

TO staff:
Please only call a TO in the event of an emergency. We will have our hands full at the venue, and we are unlikely to pick up at busy times such as during check-in. Do not call asking for directions. Do not call asking about the schedule. It's your responsibility to take down this information ahead of time.

Head TO: Juggleguy (Rob)
Cell Phone: 734-945-4702
Email: robharn@umich.edu

Main TO: Aceplayer (Chris)
Cell Phone: 248-840-9242
Email: cdnd412@aol.com

Main TO: BloodyJoker (Richard)
Cell Phone: 248-705-0453
Email: yangrich@msu.edu

Main TO: Dre the Ace (Andre)
Cell Phone: 248-842-9120
Email: dre.the.ace@gmail.com

Main TO: Roller (Brian)
Cell Phone: 908-868-3016
Email: bnorth@umich.edu

Assistant TO: 3Chairz (Ray)
Cell Phone: 734-353-0877
Email: thedukeof3chairz@gmail.com

Assistant TO: apasher (Aaron)
Cell Phone: 248-250-3728
Email: apasher17@hotmail.com

Assistant TO: Doomblaze (Arjan)
Cell Phone: 734-649-5741
Email: arjana@umich.edu

Assistant TO: Zinoto (Julian)
Cell Phone: 313-879-9611
Email: carringj@umich.edu

Project M TO: Strong Bad

Project M TO: Carroll (Nick)
Cell Phone: 412-583-5180
Email: ncarroll1992@hotmail.com

Primary Stream Manager: GimR (Calvin)
Cell Phone: -
Email: -

Primary Stream Manager: Aposl (Matthew)
Cell Phone: -
Email: -

Secondary Stream Manager: roki (Amine)
Cell Phone: 734-926-8602
Email: amineb@umich.edu

Secondary Stream Manager: Dempt (Matt)
Cell Phone: 216-630-2200
Email: coinz717@yahoo.com

Website Developer: Bionic (Steven)
Cell Phone: -
Email: -

Special Ops: kd (Chad)
Cell Phone: 586-747-6192
Email: chaechad@umich.edu

More details will be updated here in the coming weeks!
 

Violence

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^Agreed, and I'm surprised this is associated with Apex 2013, especially after all the douchebaggery that Alex Strife was pulling at the last Big House.

However, Juggleguy is hands down the best TO east of the Mississippi and I will absolutely attend this event without question. West Coast bout to get hyped, I can feel it.
 

Apasher

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Warlock Don vs LOE1. 'nuff said.

Also, HYYYYYPPPPPEEEEEE

Seeing that this is a 2 day event, I will somehow try to show up on day 2.

:phone:
 
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