Northern Adelaide Senior College student, Rachel T., wins first prize in NOADE League’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament last Wednesday.
In a nail-biting finish against player Nikutate, Krosette (Rachel) won the tournament with a lethal flying push kick with her character Zero Suit Samus.
“When I had my first match I thought it was really simple and I thought I had it in the bag,” says Rachel.
“But at the same time (with the confidence rushing to my head), I thought I can’t do this because one day I could run into someone who is really good and they’d destroy me and then I’d be sitting here panicking.
“So I always kept on my toes regardless of how good they were and to make sure that I’d up my best.
“Except for the end, that’s when it became really challenging because the person I was fighting, he himself I could easily fight, but the lag was on his side.
“He won the first round and I was sitting there thinking I needed to pick a character that would get kills, get it in, get it done because Bayonetta wouldn’t do it in this scenario because her lag and her inputs and her delay would destroy her.”
That’s when she made the switch from Bayonetta to Zero Suit Samus, earning her the victory and a $105 Nintendo Gift Card.
“She’s much faster, she has much better options, she has way better options of killing in general. So I thought she’d be the better option,” says Rachel.
Rachel heard about the locally held event during Academy of Game, Film and Animation’s (AGFA) class discussions with Salisbury Council’s NOADE League.
“I usually visit because I have a lot of friends in there and they usually don’t mind me being in there,” says Rachel.
“I found out through my friends when they were discussing all the tournaments because they play a lot of League of Legends.
“They knew I was very passionate about Smash and they thought I would do very well.”
Brayton S., a NASC student whose Community Studies A outcome ties with eSports event planning, says the event was well received by players.
“I thought it was quite good. It went pretty well considering we had a few technical issues at the start but we got over these pretty quickly and everything went as it should,” says Brayton.
“We had a double elimination tournament with four station setups and we had four matches going at any time.
“Basically we would sign people into each arena, then they would start their matches, and then would wait for everyone else before they would go to the next one.
“Ultimately I think it was a decent time. Everybody said they had a good time and were asking about the next one.”
“I loved the whole tournament it was such a fun time,” agrees Rachel.
“I practiced a complete zero-to-death combo that was pretty much inescapable (that not a lot of people know about), but I was able to pull it off on some players and I was so proud because I had pulled that off in a tournament. That’s amazing!”
Rachel says that she would enter another tournament in a heartbeat.
“It was an amazing experience just to see that the tournament still exists and everyone still has a passion for the game and if it was another Smash tournament, god yes! I would love to!”
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