Category: Events

Introducing: The Path

Hello everyone!

The Path is a series of affiliated tournaments in local regions across Canada. Each of these affiliated tournaments will receive an additional pot bonus from the Path to Glory tournament that will cover the airfare for the highest ranking player from that region to attend Path to Glory.

The Path series will bring together the very best from the respective regions to attend, compete and represent Canadian talent at the highest level. Dates for The Path series can be found below with more details for unannounced events to come in the future. Please come visit this post at a later time to see if things have been updated.

Location, Dates, and Info

Vancouver – July 16th, 2022
Montreal – July 30th, 2022
Winnipeg – July 30th, 2022
Regina – August 6th, 2022
Calgary – August 5th, 2022
Edmonton – August 5th, 2022
Hamilton – August 21st, 2022
Ottawa – August 27th, 2022
Toronto – TBA

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if an out of region player comes and wins the event? Do they get their flights covered?

No, only players from within the region will get the bonus airfare costs covered. The highest ranking player from that region at the affiliated tournament will collect the bonus airfare!

What happens if I live really close to Regina and don't want to fly?

Reach out to SKL ([email protected]) or a tournament organizer and we will find an alternative that will still get you to the tournament, but not on your own cost.

Does this include hotels?

No, this does not currently cover the costs of hotels.

What if I miss the Path event in my city? Can I go to another region and get the bonus?

No, unfortunately the airfare bonus prizing is locked to the region and will not be available to out of region players.

When will the details of the other events be announced?

We are working alongside TOs from those particular regions to find events and timelines that work for them. We do not want to announce details before the local TOs have had a chance to announce the event themselves. Keep an eye on our social media for details about these events in the future.

How did you choose which cities would be a part of The Path Series?

As this is a lead up to a event at the Grey Cup Festival, we chose cities that host CFL teams! As this is the largest annual sporting event in Canada, we wanted to choose some of the largest sporting centres as well.

SKL partners with the 2022 Grey Cup Festival!

What

Path to Glory, a $50,000 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament.

When

November 18-19th, 2022

Where

Brandt Center located in Regina, Saskatchewan.

SKL Esports has partnered with the 2022 Grey Cup Festival to bring you Path to Glory, the largest prize pool ever for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Canada!

Path to Glory will be held on November 18th and 19th at the Brandt Center, right in the middle of the action at the Grey Cup Festival. The event will feature a $50,000 prize pool, making this one of the largest Smash tournaments in Canadian history.

This tournament is available to all players who think they have what it takes to climb the Path to Glory!

In addition to this, we will be sponsoring several regional based events. Through these events, we will find a champion from each region to attend the main event and represent their region on the Path to Glory. The first place player from each regional event will have their airfare covered to be able to attend Path to Glory, in addition to the regular prizing they would receive for the event. More details regarding these regional based events will be coming soon.

As this event is happening on Grey Cup weekend, we highly recommend pre-registration and reserving hotel accommodations as soon as possible to ensure your spot at Path to Glory. With this in mind, we have also chosen to cap the event at 256 entrants, due to accommodation limitations in the city of Regina during this weekend.

We are beyond excited to be able to bring this event to SKL’s home province of Saskatchewan, with the help of the Grey Cup Festival! Stay tuned for more info as we approach the Grey Cup Festival and Path to Glory!

Summer Slippi Slide

Welcome to SKL Summer Slippi Slide!

Summer may be getting close to an end, but things are just about to get heated up here at SKL Esports! SKL Summer Slippi Slide is a free to enter Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament with a $1000 Prize Pool!

The tournament will be run exclusively on the new Slippi build so please ensure you have that set up prior to tournament start.

Schedule

12:00 PM CST – Tournament starts

Rules

TO COMPETE IN THIS EVENT USING DISCORD AND HAVING DISCORD SCREEN SHARE IS MANDATORY

This slippi build does not have spectator mode yet. Because of this, we have to use discord screen share to stream the matches for everyone. We’re just gonna make it mandatory across the board so if we call a match on stream we can have it ready.

Stagelist

Starters:

  • Battlefield
  • Pokemon Stadium (frozen)
  • Yoshis Story
  • Fountain of Dreams
  • Dreamland

Counterpicks:

  • Final Destination

Registration Requirements

Ping Spike Issues / Desync Issues:

  • If you are caught in a situation where you’re spiking or have a really high ping with your opponent, please notify a TO. From there we will have someone test both players pings to see who is spiking, if we still aren’t sure we can have a local person host and spectate to see who is lagging. From there we will have to DQ the person who is spiking more.
  • To avoid desyncs we highly recommend you go to the link here: https://www.smashladder.com/guides/view/272o/melee/how-to-play-melee-online-netplay-guide-faster-melee-proj to make sure your netplay specs are up to date. Please make sure to use vanilla melee, with no mods and no frozen stadium to avoid desyncs.

Smurfing

  • This tournament is Canada only. We ask that you please keep it that way and respect the region lock. Additionally if you are caught smurfing you will be DQ’d.

SKL Smashfest 3 at West Edmonton Mall

We here at SKL are so excited that Smashfest, in partnership with IKS Media, the West Edmonton Mall, London Drugs, Hyper X, and Redbull, is coming up right around the corner! As it approaches, here is some information on the events that will be taking place at the West Edmonton Mall on October 20th, as well as what you can do to prepare for this awesome event.

Just like previous Smashfests, there will be areas for friends, family, and other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcome to come watch the event, hang out, and enjoy the games!

Registration for the main tournament is now live at smash.gg/sklwem! For this event, you must per-register and prepay before the event. We are unable to accept registrations at the venue on the day of the tournament. You can also only enter three out of four events (Smash 4 Singles, Smash 4 Doubles, Smash Melee Singles and Smash Melee Doubles), in order to prevent disruption of the flow of the event.

After Smashfest at the West Edmonton Mall, SKL will be hosting an Official After Party, with details to come in the next week! The event will be held at the mall as well, so you won’t even have to leave the venue to come party with your favourite players and casters! This will be another opportunity to get discounted drinks, using your SKL Player Cards, which you receive for participating in any SKL events, including this Smashfest!

While we will likely continue support of Super Smash Brothers Melee, this will be our farewell tournament to Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U. Therefore, we are incredibly excited to announce our first Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament coming up in January! That’s right, we will be starting a brand-new Super Smash Brothers circuit in 2019 with Smash Ultimate, and our first flagship event will be held at the Sasktel Centre in Saskatoon. There will be more details to come both leading up to, and during this Smashfest, so you don’t want to miss out any of the action. So, come say goodbye to an amazing Smash game with some of the best players in Canada, including Captain L, Exodia, Scubbss, and Strike. Hope to see you there!

Dylan “Edge” Edgar and the SKL Team

 

Approximate Tournament Timeline:

10:00 a.m.: West Edmonton Mall doors open.

10:59 a.m.: Registration for SKL Smashfest closes

11:00 a.m.: SKL Smashfest begins

3:30 p.m.: Approximate start time of Top 24

5:00 p.m.: Approximate start time of Top 8

8:00 p.m.: Crowning of SKL Smashfest Champion

9:00 p.m.: SKL Smashfest After Party (Location TBD)

 

Prize Pool Breakdown for Smash 4 Singles (subject to increase between now and Oct. 20th):

1st Place: $200 + 40% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

2nd Place: $100 + 20% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

3rd Place: $60 + 10% of pot

4th Place: $40 + 10% of pot

5th -8th place: $20 + 5% of pot

 

Prize Pool Breakdown for Smash Melee Singles (subject to increase between now and Oct. 20th):

1st Place: $100 + 40% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

2nd Place: $50 + 20% of pot + 1 HyperX Cloud Headset

3rd Place: $30 + 10% of pot

4th Place: $20 + 10% of pot

5th -8th place: $10 + 5% of pot

SKL Smashfest 3.

We are pleased to announce that registration for SKL Smashfest at the West Edmonton Mall is now live! The tournament will charge a $20 registration fee and the following entry/payout scenarios:

Smash 4 Singles: $10 entry fee (to pot) +$500 pot bonus

Smash 4 Doubles: $10 per person / $20 per team (to pot)

Melee Singles: $10 entry fee (to pot) +$250 pot bonus

Melee Doubles: $10 per person / $20 per team (to pot)

Players can only sign up for 3 of the 4 events available due to potential scheduling conflicts, and registration can only be done online and before the event. There will be no registrations taken at the venue. There will also be no payments taken at the venue. If you are unable to pay online for any reason, SKL will be holding payment areas at various events between now and October. If you are unable to pay online or register beforehand for any reason, and you cannot attend an SKL event where registration/payment is an option, contact SKL at [email protected] and we will try to accommodate as best we can!

Signup now at https://smash.gg/sklwem and we’ll see you on the battlefield!

One Up

Hello everyone!

Unfortunately, SKL will be postponing Smashfest 3, which was to be held in Regina from June 2nd, 2018, until October 20, 2018. This is not something to be disappointed about, however. SKL is going into a new frontier, as we are expanding past our Saskatchewan borders and bringing to everyone an event held at one of the most iconic venues in Alberta.

Welcome to SKL Smashfest: West Edmonton Mall.

That’s right, SKL will be hosting our iconic Super Smash Brothers tournament on the Newcap Radio stage at the West. Edmonton. Mall. This will be online pre-registration only and spots WILL fill up so make sure to sign up as soon as you can. For those of you who have already registered for SKL 3, if you would like to use that registration towards Smashfest WEM, congratulations! You are already signed up for one of the biggest Smash Bros tournaments in Western Canada.

Further details regarding the event, prizing and registration details will come in the coming weeks, but we are super excited to be expanding into Alberta. For fans of our other esports, take note. SKL is no longer just Saskatchewan Esports.

Western Canada…We are coming.

Hearthstone Invitational

Hello everyone! We here at SKL wanted to take a brief moment to talk about the Hearthstone Invitational occurring February 24th at the Twisted Tartan.

First and foremost, we would like to congratulate the following people for their qualification of the Hearthstone Invitational: Alarid, VltCtrlDefeat, Inoshishi, Hitchens, MrJoeNorm, Woodstove, Serzeskimo and Edge. We would also like to congratulate Corvikk on his IQ win, but unfortunately he notified SKL last week he would not be able to attend the invitational. We hope to see him out next year! As for the 8 players participating, they have proven to be the best players in the province and we are looking forward to showcasing their talent within the NEW meta, due to the nerfs recently announced by Blizzard. We will be streaming the event live from the Twisted Tartan (2404 8th St E in Saskatoon), and we encourage anyone that would like to watch to come check it out and use their SKL Player Cards for discounted drinks while they enjoy watching some Hearthstone on the big screen! The event will start at 11 am and will continue until the grand finals occur (approximately 7 pm).

After the Invitational, SKL will be having another SKL Beer Night. This will be the first to be held at the Twisted Tartan. Come hang out with the casters, fellow players (whether you play League, Hearthstone, Smash or any other game), and friends! SKL will be selling tickets for the beer night, where you can enjoy some great beer specials, that will run from 8 to 10 pm.

We would like to address a concern that was raised from an outside source about Edge’s qualification for this tournament. While he is a part of the SKL team, his qualification comes from the five points he received for finishing 2nd at a tournament BEFORE he was an official part of the team. When he helped create the IQ circuit, the goal was for there to be enough point collectors that his slot would be phased out. Unfortunately, the November IQ did not occur due to lack of participants, which meant Edge still had enough points to qualify for this tournament. When the other player who received enough points to attempt to qualify for the Invitational was contacted to potentially take his place, he was unable to make the date work.

We at SKL believe in competitive integrity, and as such any and all prizes that Edge may receive for competing in this tournament will be distributed to the other participants. Also, decklists for this tournament will be submitted beforehand to a separate SKL Admin and distributed to all players at least a week before the tournament to ensure that Edge is not given any other information that other players do not receive. When the other players in the invitational were given this information, they agreed that this was more than fair and they also see no problem in Edge competing in the tournament. This also helps to ensure the full eight players are used for the bracket, rather than giving a random player in the tournament a bye due to only having seven people.

Smashfest Saskatoon

We here at SKL are so excited that Smashfest, in partnership with the Saskatoon Blades and IKS Media, is only nine days away. With it being so close, here is some information on what all will be taking place at the SaskTel Centre on January 27th, as well as what you can do to prepare for this awesome event.

First of all, and perhaps most excitingly, we are happy to announce that the prize pool has been increased from $1000 to $1500! This prize pool is sponsored by both the Saskatoon Blades and Tourism Saskatoon.

Not interested in playing in the main tournament? That’s okay! For those of you who were at the last Smashfest, we are re-opening the Legacy Gaming Room, this time sponsored by RegenStorm Arcade and Game On Amusements! For just $15, you can play in any and all the games we have offered in the concourse at SaskTel Centre for as long as you like. Included in your $15 purchase, you will also receive the all new SKL Player Card! These Player Cards get you discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan for the rest of 2018. We are in contact with other sponsors to add to the benefits these Player Cards offer, so make sure to sign up for the Legacy Room to be the first to get your hands on these exclusive discounts!

Just like the last Smashfest, there will be areas for friends/family/other players to watch the tournament as it happens. Our lovely casters will be on hand to broadcast and stream the event. Everyone is welcome to come watch the event, check out all the Legacy Gaming Room games, or just come hang out. There will be mini tournaments happening around the arena for the duration, including Doubles for Wii U (registration online at smash.gg/skl2) and Super Smash Bros. Melee (registration at the venue) so don’t miss it! There will be concession stands open at SaskTel Centre for food and beverages.

Registration for the main tournament is now live at smash.gg/skl2. You can pay online or at the door. Access to the Legacy Gaming Room is also included in your tournament entry fee! Of the initial 128 available main tournament slots, approximately 40 remain, so be sure to pre-register! Legacy Room bracelets will be exclusively sold at the door.

After Smashfest, SKL is hosting the first Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan (2404 8th St East in Saskatoon) starting at 9:00! This will be the first opportunity to use your SKL Player Cards to get discounted drinks at the Twisted Tartan. It will also be a great chance to get to know some of the players and SKL casters!

Also, be sure to come out to the SaskTel Centre on Friday night, as the Saskatoon Blades take on the Edmonton Oil Kings in their video game themed night! We will have SKL staff and some of the top Smash players in attendance to play some exhibition games. If you want to see if you have what it takes against some of the best smash players in Western Canada, come check it out.

If you need a place to stay in Saskatoon Friday or Saturday, the Comfort Suites (203 Bill Hunter Ave) is offering discounted rooms at $84 a night, for either two double beds or a single queen bed, until January 21st! So make sure to book your hotel room before that date!

Hope to see you all there!

-Dylan “Edge” Edgar and Kevin “BigBooty” Bode

January 27th, 2018

Approximate tournament timeline:

10:00 am: SaskTel Centre doors open.

10:59 am: Registration for SKL Smashfest closes

11 am: SKL Smashfest begins

2:30 pm: Approximate start time of top 24

4 pm: Approximate start time of top 8

7 pm: Crowning of SKL Smashfest champion

9 pm: SKL Smashfest After Party at the Twisted Tartan

Prize Pool Breakdown:

1st Place: $600

2nd Place: $300

3rd Place: $180

4th Place: $120

5th / 6th Place: $90

7th / 8th Place: $60

SKL Hearthstone Invitational

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dylan “Edge” Edgar and I helped to run the last SKL Hearthstone tournament last season.

This last tournament series saw players play from May until July to compete to see who was the best in Saskatchewan. The tournament before that saw players play from November until February (even longer) and both tournaments saw people unable to commit every week for those months. Some dropped out for work reasons, or personal reasons. But many in the tournaments disliked how much time was required, along with a few other issues that arose from the tournament (complicated, streaming schedule, etc) I personally talked with many of the players to gauge what worked, what didn’t, what they would like to see added and what they would like to see removed. So we tried to find a solution.

We believe we found one.

Starting with our next tournament (September 24th! See Below!) we will be hosting tournaments held each month from now until December, with the winner of each of these being invited to the SKL Invitational held at the beginning of December. The tournaments will be of the following format:

  • Swiss Bracket, cutting to either top 8 or top 4 (based on attendance)
  • Winners receive invites, anyone finishing in top 8 or top 4 will receive points
  • Bring 4 decks, ban 1
  • Conquest OR Last Hero Standing (At least 1 of each)
  • FULLY ONLINE, played in 1 day (or 2 if we have enough people, but likely 1)
  • $5 buy-in

The tournaments will start in the morning, with last minute registrations due by a certain time designated on our website or on the Facebook page. There will be registration beforehand (which I strongly recommend) and the tournament/signup/match submissions will be held on Battlefy. We will be streaming the top matches on our twitch (twitch.tv/saskleague).

But wait, Edge. This invitational…only 4 players are going to play in it?

No. There will be 8!

Our first tournament winner, Jonathon “Alarid” Odne, has received the first invite to the invitational.

4 more winners will receive invites. This leaves 3 more spots. These spots will be filled by the players who collect the most points. (5 points for 2nd place, 3 points for 3rd-4th place, 1 point for 5-8th if the tournament cuts to top 8 instead of top 4).  Each tournament you play in, a certain amount of points will be added to your total (which will be displayed on our website sklesports.ca) and the top 3 players will receive invites to the invitational, with one exception.

Lets say Alarid plays in the next tournament and wins it again! This would mean that now he receives 2 invites to the tournament. But he only requires one. We will then transfer that invite slot to the 4th person on the leaderboards, to ensure all 8 slots are filled! Simple right?

I will personally be open to any discussion or comments about the tournaments moving forward, as will others from the admin team. Positive or negative, if you have something that you feel can make our tournaments better feel free to let us know.

Good luck players, and pull up a chair by the hearth!

Dylan “Edge” Edgar

Register Now!

Click the button to register for first tournament in the new format! The Tournament takes place online on September 24th, 2017!

The Saskatchewan Hearthstone Finals on SKL

SKL eSports is happy to announce that the Saskatchewan Hearthstone finals will be broadcast on SKL’s stream! Tune in to twitch.tv/saskleague Saturday, February 25 at 5:00 PM SKT for The Semi and Grand Finals for the top player in the province. Complete with commentary, and a birds eye view of the game board.

For those in or near Saskatoon, come hang out at Mana Bar to watch live! Hang out in the province’s newest eSports bar, watch with like minded people and help yourself to the local wares. All in all it will be great time.

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