CEO Dreamland: What You Missed at Orlando’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament.

CEO Dreamland

For the first time since 2017, Community Effort Orlando (CEO) hosted its Smash and platform fighter-oriented event in Orlando this past weekend. I had the pleasure of attending the event and competing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles. While I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, I can’t deny I had a great time at the event. With the Coronavirus saturating the media, this was a nice excursion from the news, and I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you!

The Tournament

We arrived Friday night around the time Smash Ultimate doubles ended. Having only signed up for singles, I eagerly anticipated my singles pools (brackets) on noon of the following day. As I showed up, I got a few matches in with players before calling it a night.

Upon entering the venue, on Saturday, to begin my tournament rounds, I managed to win my first two matches. However, I lost to Rideae (2-1) and Geez (2-1), a Pichu and Palutena respectively. I’ve known Rideae for a few years now and I’ve known he’s been quite a capable player. But what caught me off-guard was the Palutena waiting for me in the loser’s round of our double-elimination bracket.

I hadn’t heard of Geez and ended up getting crushed in a matchup – which I was not familiar with – at high level play. I quickly learned why this character generally sits at the top of the tier list. Even after a recent balance update, the character still proved to be quite a threat. Overall, I took 97th. Not my best performance, but one I took as a lesson to learn more about the game. Even after my loss, my journey continued.

Outside of the Tournament

The time I spent throughout the weekend included “money matches,” or matches played with $5 on the line – winner take all. I challenged myself against many players, most of whom were, of course, from Florida. Among my matches, I fought tough players including LingLing, Shine, CPU, CD, and others. I learned I struggle against Palutena, Zero Suit Samus, Shulk, Donkey Kong, and Wii Fit Trainer, all of which were played by capable opponents. After each loss, I took the time to ask them about what went wrong and what I could learn from it. One of the best parts about this community is that players are always willing to instruct and educate. We’re all seeking to improve and our ability to help others grow means both as people and as competitors. Likewise, I happily explained my knowledge to willing opponents after my wins.

Many players said my ledgetrapping was one of my finest assets. I strongly suggest watching Poppt’s video on ledgetrapping and using that to improve your methods if you’re seeking to compete in Smash tournaments. Plus, I’ve begun sorting out my characters even further to compete in matchups more wisely. I’ll be training my Wolf, Roy, and Chrom along with my Ike for the future.

The Venue

Held at the Wyndham in Orlando, FL, this venue holds a history of hosting CEO for the past decade. While the last two years were spent in Daytona Beach, returning to the Wyndham felt like a homecoming. The resort hotel is located right by Disney World, Universal Studios, and a plethora of restaurants in-between. Among those include a Red Robin and a BJ’s. Getting to go to the latter twice, I strongly recommend their Italian Market Pizza. I was quite convinced that was some of the best I ever had. We also stopped by Pollo Tropical, which blew me away with its amazing wings and chicken soup.

Overall

Days before the event, CEO Dreamland faced closure. In under a night, 600 attendees dropped out of the event due to the Coronavirus scares. Event organizer, Alex Jebailey, however, continued to run the event despite the looming threat of cancellation. During this time, he sent out his plea on social media and asked attendees for donations.

Players from all over the scene chipped in with what they could afford. For those who love CEO and feel at home within this community, the players responded with the type of love that you could only be proud of in the Smash and Fighting Game Communities.

Sunday, the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate tournaments, won by Hungrybox and Samsora respectively, concluded. After the event, Jebailey sent out one last video thanking the fans and attendees.

When it’s all said and done, I couldn’t be more proud of my scene. I love watching our players come together and boost our scene up. Even in spite of this crisis, we will stand together. And when that time comes, we will be back when CEO and CEO Dreamland return. #CEOStrong

The Coronavirus Cancels E3, Smash World Tour, May Affect Other Gaming Events.

Coronavirus at E3

Due to the spread of COVID-19, also known as the Novel Coronavirus, E3’s event planners have canceled the annual, international gaming conference. Serving as a yearly bastion providing upcoming game previews, the fabled holy grail of gaming fans worldwide will miss its first event since its conception in 1995.

While Sony had already planned to not attend E3 for a second year in a row, they have been showcasing their State of Play to feature their upcoming games. Given the recent crisis, Sony’s contingency plan may have saved the company from a serious dilemma.

However, more than just E3 are being affected by the Coronavirus. With recent diagnosis affecting the U.S. as well, there has been cause for major concern regarding other international gaming events. While major national programs, such as the NBA, suspend their upcoming season indefinitely, gaming events are also in high concern for cancellation.

One event includes the upcoming fighting game tournament, CEO, which has run for over 11 years in Florida. Due to the Coronavirus, however, the annual fighting game event in June may face lower attendance or even a cancellation. While nothing has been said of the main event, this weekend features CEO Dreamland, a spin-off event of CEO, exclusively featuring Super Smash Bros. titles and other platform fighters, such as Rivals of Aether and Brawlhalla. This weekend’s Orlando tournament comes in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis as tournament owner, Alex Jebailey, has already issued refunds in regards to cancellations. Despite attendees canceling, however, Jebailey still plans to run CEO Dreamland in Orlando.

Another event includes Atlanta, GA’s own Momocon. This international anime and gaming convention, which is held every May, brings in over 30,000 people as of the last few years. With  international guests from the gaming and voice acting industry, Momocon is not only known for its cosplay and panels. It has also become one of the leading Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments in the world. Featuring top level talent and nearly 1,000 players in attendance, the tournament pot bonuses number in the tens of thousands.

Multiple attendees continue to stress their concerns regarding Momocon potentially being canceled due to the Coronavirus. However, Momocon staff currently plans to host the event.

Smash World Tour

The recently announced Smash World Tour, an international tournament circuit, will be postponed due to the Coronavirus. Earlier today, Smash World Tour brought the attention to social media that Pound 2020, a major Smash tournament in Virginia, will be canceled this year. Moreover, several tournaments will also be postponed while others will no longer qualify for Smash World Tour points. Be sure to follow Smash World Tour on Twitter for more updates.

While the virus has largely been compared to the likes of SARS, Birdflu, Swineflu, and other subjects of mass-media scare, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared Coronavirus a pandemic. To better understand the importance of canceling events, please read more about the Coronavirus here.

Remember to practice hygiene and follow procedures set by the CDC and WHO. We will update you on the situation as we learn more.