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PM’s first ever Championship Circuit is well underway, with Supernova and Frozen Phoenix in the books. The Big Balc and Blacklisted 2 are coming up fast as the next spots on the circuit, so let’s take a look back at how great these events have been!
Frozen Phoenix was the first stop on PMCC’s tour of North America, and it did not disappoint. Hamilton is a hotspot for PM for the US’s neighbors in the North, and in the words of Frozen Phoenix’s head TO Ian Coomes (a.k.a. Titanium): “Joe Seger set a standard by saying ‘McMaster stands for Smash’ and I'm proud to have taken that and made it ‘McMaster will never let Project M die.’”
Attendees were were treated like royalty, as both players and CRTs from all across North America filed into the venue, smelling the aroma of fresh Canadian oak and hearing the soothing clicks of Gamecube controllers as they prepared for their pools matches. With plenty of TVs, the event was able to ensure not only plenty of setups to be used for friendlies, but also allowed for higher numbers of people able to escape from the pools, leading to a more interesting bracket. This bracket included Charizard and Meta Knight player Mask, perhaps the largest surprise of the tournament, who hails from the relatively quiet region of upstate New York and fought his way to a respectable fourth place finish after losing to only Morks and Junebug.
The venue was buzzing come top 32, and the audience was filled with fans of the game enjoying some top level action. Players had driven in starting as early as 6am just to get in on the gaming as soon as possible. Some spectators even found their way to the balcony above, able to watch the unfolding top 8 on the big screen. Frozen Phoenix set the bar high for events on the PM Championship Circuit. And yet somehow, Supernova managed to match that expectation.
MoM and LIAC’s own L_Pag was fortunate enough to attend, and was blown away by the quality of the event, especially for spectators and tag along friends of players competing. While I could sit here all day talking about how fantastic the event was run, a few things specifically stood out to L_Pag.
“There was plenty of time to chill and play friendlies -- like, way more time than there is at my local, which was pretty dope. The bracket also went along VERY smoothly, which was phenomenal, considering there were 160 people competing. The pools were set up pretty well, with more than enough setups for each pool, and people from out-of-region were distributed properly. The skill levels in terms of seeding was pretty evenly distributed, which is more than I can say for some tournaments. They also had an amateur bracket for those who didn’t place as high in pools, which was neat.
“As for the venue environment itself, there were rarely any problems. They had couches for chilling, and a surprisingly clean bathroom. Right across the street was a mini market/deli, so food wasn’t an issue, in addition to snacks in the venue and CLASSIC New York Pizza a few blocks down.
“To top it off, the hype was unreal. I managed to get front row seats to the crew battle [between California and Tri-State players], and being able to witness that was pretty sweet. I’ve been to plenty of tournaments and have seen tons of hype sets (including the infamous Rolex v. Professor Pro money match at SKTAR 3), and this crew battle was probably one of, if not THE, best events I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of at the smash event. Being there in the crowd for something like that is an amazing experience. I was cheering on East Coast/Tristate while witnessing the highest level of play that PM has to offer. Even through all the friendly trash talk from both sides, watching West Coast take a stock was still amazing to see. And to top it off, they had sick industrial air conditioning to keep it cool in there.”
The convenient and comfortable venue at Super Nova provided a great backdrop for exciting Smash action. With such a fantastic follow-up to Frozen Phoenix on PMCC’s route, the Project M community is strapping its wrists down in anticipation of the next events on the list. On May 21st we will return to the Northeast for Massachusetts's own Blacklisted 2, the follow-up tournament to last year’s amazing tournament hosted by the Smashing Grounds community. Afterward, The Big Balc, in California on May 28th, will be a chance to finally watch the West Coast’s best players shine on their home turf during the Championship Circuit. We’ve seen a lot of fun and surprises in only two of the 13 events slated for the Project M Championship Circuit. Only time will tell what happens at the next tournaments. Tune into the streams or come watch the action in person to witness the next step in the most important part of Project M’s history in the making!
You can sign up to attend Blacklisted 2 - signups end tomorrow! - and be sure to start planning to attend what’s sure to be a blockbuster event in California with the Big Balc.