Esports on a Cruise Ship: Gamer Gauntlet 2017

Themed cruises are a thing. You can find them for sports fans, music lovers, and now, gamers.

Cruise Details

A first of its kind, Gamer Gauntlet 2017 is a four-day gaming themed cruise, taking passengers from Port Canaveral, Florida to the Bahamas. The ship will set sail on October 20th and return on the 24th.

Pricing starts at $600 per person, but is restricted to people over the age of 21.

The trip is already sponsored by big brands such as Red Bull, HTC Esports, and Meta Threads. A variety of special activities are planned, including concerts, parties, tech exhibitions, and esports tournaments. A specific schedule is not yet available.

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Gaming Personalities

A gaming cruise would be nothing without well-known gamers. Several gaming celebrities have already announced their attendance on the cruise, including voice actors Carlos Ferro and Richard Epcar, and esports personalities like former Quake superstar Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel and the five ‘Gods’ of Smash (Mango, Armada, Hungrybox, PPMD, and Mew2King).

Esports

Several tournaments are planned for the cruise. Games with possible tournaments include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Smash Melee, and Call of Duty.

Call of Duty’s Female Pro League is already hoping to have a huge presence during the cruise. Four teams will be participating in a special invitational that will be streamed at sea. Teams attending are Pnda Gaming, Riot Gaming EU, Riot Gaming NA, and Fury Gaming.  

Along with the teams are experienced casters Quintin “Paradox” Johnson and Jennifer “LemonKiwi” Pichette.  


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Genesis 4: Day Two Melee Singles Recap

    Photo courtesy of vgbootcamp

Genesis 4 day two has come to a close. There are eight Melee players remaining and four doubles teams still eligible to take home the Genesis trophy. Day two had fantastic matches tied in with some upsets, but the trend in top 64 was finishing off players 3-0.

Plup Pulls the Upset of the Day
It’s not often William “Leffen” Hjelte gets beat 3-0 in a set. But Justin “Plup” McGrath did just that. He not only swept Leffen, he two stocked him in every single game of the set. Straight domination by Plup’s Sheik, who kept Leffen’s Fox in the corner. His edge guard conversion rate was high.

Plup will enter champion Sunday on winners side of top 8. He matches up against Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. The two are practice partners, but M2K has an overwhelming advantage in the set count. However, Leffen did qualify for top 8 by eliminating Daniel “ChuDat” Rodriguez.

Mango vs Armada Winners Semifinals
Genesis will get the famous rivalry between Joseph “Mango” Marquez and Adam “Armada” Lindgren, but not in the Grand Finals. Mango was questionably ranked in the fourth slot, setting up the matchup with Armada. Mango had a strong 7-3 record against Armada in 2016, but the match should come down to the wire.

The most likely scenario is winner of this set wins Genesis 4. Mango already sent Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma to losers bracket with a 3-1 victory. Each game was close, but Mango had counter-pick advantage. Hungrybox will face off with Jeff “Axe” Williamson, who’s having a good tournament.

S2J Thrills the NorCal Crowd
Easily the most intriguing set of day two was when Johnny “S2J” Kim sent the crowd into a ruckus and pushed Armada to the brink. Armada is rarely ever in that situation, so it was a key moment for S2J. His neutral game shined as he was landing long combos and evading attacks efficiently.

Unfortunately, his edge guards fell apart on game 5, as Armada got the reverse sweep. S2J eventually went on to get dismantled by Axe’s Pikachu to finish right outside the top 8. Even Armada looked shook at certain points against S2J.

Upset Results
Rishi “SmashG0d” Malhotra managed to take out James “Swedish Delight” Liu before top 64. SmashG0d went on to lose to Weston “Westballz” Dennis, who qualified for top 8 losers, but had another good performance at a major.

Swedish wasn’t the only top-15 player to fall to a lower seeded player. Mustafa “Ice” Ackakaya lost to Southern California Ice Climbers 3-0. Army did finish at his highest career placing, losing 3-0 to Joey “Lucky” Aldama. Lucky ended up winning six games in top 64 and finished one spot outside top 7.

Similarly to Hungrybox, Westball had some hand injury issues last week. His injury has not affected his game play, as Westballz has looked super strong. He qualified for top 8 by beating Zac “SFAT” Cordoni. It was a slaughtering, facilitated by the fact that SFAT wasn’t mentally prepared.

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Armada Wins Second Consecutive Major at Dreamhack Winter

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Pic via the @Dreamhack twitter

Adam “Armada” Lindgren, after some sub-par showings in September and October, has dominated the month of November. Armada secured his second consecutive major tournament win over Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma at Dreamhack Winter in his home country of Sweden this past weekend.

Armada, since the famous 3-2, 3-2 loss in Grand Finals at Evo 2016, has been able to fend off Hungrybox in two of the highest paying tournaments in Smash. He’s faced him four separate times in the last month, but has won the overall game count 14-9 and the overall set count at 3-1. The biggest hurdle for Armada throughout 2016 has been Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff, but Armada’s starting to execute more efficiently in the last month.

Dreamhack is one of the only chances for Europe to challenge some of the worlds best players. It also gives top players an incentive to show up with a $30,000 prize pool. Unfortunately for Europe, outside of Team Heir’s own Trif beating McCain “MacD” LaVelle in Peach dittos, there were zero upsets from players outside the top 100.

The story, as it has been throughout 2016, was Armada vs. Hungrybox. Almost a month after their epic grand finals at Smash Summit 3, we got a rematch at Dreamhack. The road to grand finals was simple enough, Armada only dropped one game before the finals to Hungrybox’s own training partner and coach, Luis “Crunch” Rosias. Hungrybox had little trouble too as he swept Joseph “Mango” Marquez in Winners semis.

Courtesy of Liquidpedia.

Courtesy of Liquidpedia.

Hungrybox and Armada were clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the field. Mango played Falco almost exclusively and struggled in the Jigglypuff matchup and against William “Leffen” Hjelte, who swept him 3-0. Leffen, who’s only making his third appearance since he announced he’s back playing Melee full-time was the only one outside of Armada to push Hungrybox to a game 5.

Hungrybox matched up against Spacie mains (Fox and Falco) all afternoon. He played six consecutive matches against Fox or Falco. Even with all that matchup experience, Armada was still landing a majority of his up-throw to up-air kills against Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff, giving him the edge.

The same stages Hungrybox had success with against Leffen and Mango weren’t working against Armada. Armada went 3-1 on Battlefield and 2-1 on Dreamland in the Fox-Puff matchup. Up until his match against Armada, he was unbeaten on both of those stages. Armada’s platform and runaway game on larger stages proved to be the difference.

The win for Armada makes it his third super major win in 2016 including the recent Smash Summit 3 and Genesis 3. His recent winning streak will make it extremely difficult to choose between the current top three at the end of the year (Armada, Mango, and Hungrybox). I’ll have an update