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SKL Smashfest 3 Information!

SKL Smashfest 3 is happening tomorrow! For those of you who are just as excited as we are, here is everything that you need to know about the event.

The event itself is happening on the NewCap Radio Stage, just across from Sunrise Records and next to Deep Sea Adventure Lake. We have attached a map below showing the location of the stage.

If you did not pre-register online, SKL will have a booth set up from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. SKL at the FantasyLand Hotel in the West Edmonton Mall today only. If you have not registered for the event yet because you forgot, or you did not want to pay online, this is the absolute last chance to participate in this event.

SKL is proud to partner with the following companies, which are providing the following for our event:

IKS Media: Our lovely 6.5 by 14-foot broadcast screen is being setup by our generous partner, IKS Media. They will also be providing a large portion of the broadcasting equipment. IKS has partnered with SKL for every Smashfest so far, and we are lucky to have them.

West Edmonton Mall: Our amazing venue is courtesy of the West Edmonton Mall, allowing us to be on one of our biggest stages ever.

London Drugs: On top of providing the $750 total pot bonuses for the tournament, London Drugs will also be applying multiple in-store discounts, specifically for Smashfest! They will be selling a variety of Nintendo consoles/games, and even esports peripherals as well. Not only that, but they will also be giving away the following prizes every hour over the course of the day:

  1. Razer Kraken Pro V2 Gaming Headsets
  2. Razer Naga Trinity Gaming Mice
  3. Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboards
  4. Razer L33T Pack (Swag packs)
  5. Logitech G560 Speaker

All you have to do is come down and check out their booth!

HyperX: HyperX has sponsored SKL in the past, and they were gracious enough to provide us with four HyperX Cloud Headsets, which will be given to the top two finishers in Smash Melee Singles and Smash 4 Singles! They have also provided four awesome play mats which will go to the winning Double’s teams for both games.

1STRND: 1st Round is our official restaurant/After Party sponsor, and for the entire day of SKL Smashfest, they will provide anyone who shows them an SKL Player Card 10% off anything on the menu! Did you receive a player card at a previous SKL event? You can use it at 1RND! Don’t have one? Don’t worry. If you signed up for SKL Smashfest, you’ll get one free with your entry!

Red Bull: Red Bull is providing SKL with free swag to give out for the entirety of the event! Want to show your support for this outstanding esports sponsor? Come grab some swag and say you got it from the incredible people at SKL Esports!

The tentative schedule for the event is as follows (subject to change based on how the tournament is going):

10:00 a.m. – Doors open, set-up, and registration. Only people who have pre-registered on Smash.gg/sklwem, or pre-registered at the FantasyLand Hotel on October 19th between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will be considered as officially registered for the event.

10:30 a.m. – Doubles starts

12:30 p.m. – Wave A Singles starts

1:30 p.m. – Wave B Singles starts

2:30 p.m. – Top 24

5:00 p.m. – Top 8

8:00 p.m. – Crowning of SKL Champions

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

The SKLAN Tournament Schedule.

The day is finally here! We here at SKL are announcing the full SKLAN tournament schedule after teasing games for the last two weeks.

You may be wondering what the hour-long break sections consist of. Those are a mix of three things:

  • Need a break? Use the break time to sit back, relax, get some fresh air.
  • Did a tournament block go a bit longer than we wanted it to? We’ll use part of the break time.
  • Want to play a game in the casual area with other people at the LAN that isn’t on the schedule? Use the break time.

As for the other things on the schedule, we will be asking for the community’s feedback on what to do during each of these sections. Below are some of the ideas that we have come up with.

Reminder that SKLAN is on August 25th, 2018 at 12:00PM until August 26th at 12:00PM at the Travelodge Hotel in Saskatoon (106 Circle Drive West) in Galaxy’s A and B.

Fortnite

Duo’s Tournament (Bring a duo partner or we’ll find you one!)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

1v1v1v1 Tournament in the Playground

DOTA 2

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Build-Your-Hero Mode

Pick up teams (Just play normal/random games with your friends!)

League of Legends

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

ARAM’s

1v1 Tournament

Teach a “noob” how to play League!

Nexus Blitz! Try the Alpha of the new game mode!

Pick up Normal Games (Bring a team or we’ll help you find one!)

Dragon Ball FighterZ

A bracket will be formed using the in-game bracket system.

CounterStrike: Global Offensive

Tournament with a local server (Bring a team or we will help find you one!)

Hearthstone

Tournament

Casual/friendly matches

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Custom server lobbies (Solos, Duos or Squads)

Pick-up squads (Bring a squad or we’ll find you one!)

Rocket League

3v3 Fun matches

Pick-up ladder play

Starcraft 2

To be discussed at the event.

Overwatch

6v6 Mixed Teams (Sign up and we’ll match players together randomly on teams based on roles!)

Heroes of the Storm

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Rainbow 6: Siege

5v5 Tournament (Bring a team or we’ll find you one!)

Want to learn? We have lots of players willing to teach you!

Minecraft

Although there isn’t a Minecraft tournament, a Minecraft server will be available through the full LAN event. Details to the server will be available at the event.

Community Voted

We have, and will continue to ask for player’s votes for our Community Voted section. This can be a game that has been played earlier in the night that we want more time for, or a game no one has ever heard of, or a game that we accidentally missed! You want it? Suggest and VOTE for it on our Discord (discord.gg/sklesports)!

While a lot of these events might seem “hardcore”, we assure you, this LAN is whatever you make it to be. Want to play one game the entire night with your friends? You can do that! Want to play in as many tournaments as possible to try and prove your stuff against other people in Western Canada? You can do that too! Want to grab random people and play other LAN favourites such as Warcraft 3, Gary’s Mod, Jackbox Games or Quake? You can absolutely do that too!

If you have not signed up for the LAN already, our early bird pricing of $30 ($10 off the door price) ends August 19th, 2018. You can register by clicking here. If that wasn’t incentive enough, signing up before August 19th, 2018 also enters you to win both an MSI Interceptor Mouse and Keyboard!

For anyone attending the Warhammer ITC or SKL Smashkatoon, remember: if you decide to come to the LAN afterwards, you receive $10 off your LAN ticket. So if you sign up for Smashkatoon or the ITC before August 19th, entry to the LAN will only be $20!

What should I bring to SKLAN?

  • Computer/Laptop
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Headset
  • Ethernet cable. The longer the better. We recommend 20+ feet.
  • Power bar (we can’t provide one for everyone)
  • Extra cash. There will be a snack concession, bar, and restaurant on the premises.

What should I not bring to SKLAN?

  • Absolutely no USB drives, external hard drives, etc. that contain illegal/pirated software.
  • No outside food, drinks, or snacks.

How do I prepare for SKLAN?

  • Download and update all of your games beforehand. Internet bandwidth may be limited.
  • If you are using Steam, make sure to set it to offline mode before attending.
  • There will be lots of people in and out and we’re in for a long event, so make sure you’re being courteous and practicing proper hygiene before the event to make sure we all have the best time possible.

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 info@skleague.ca 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!

URF 2016: Please NURF

Since the introduction of the rotating queue, many of us have been waiting for Ultra Rapid Fire’s return. Without its traditional April Fool’s Day start this year, we sat and waited until it finally came and quickly left the live servers over the weekend. Since its introduction in 2014, U.R.F. has changed quite a bit. With no idea it would become so popular, Riot unleashed its creation into the world without any restrictions. Lawnmower Hecarim quickly took over the Rift but was quickly disabled once his power was proven to be too great, along with other champions like Sona, Soraka, and Skarner (my favourite three to play in this game mode in 2014). Players simply revived and teleported around the map as they pleased until Revive was also disabled from this game mode (and soon after removed from the game in general). But with all of the nerfs and adjustments Riot has made since its original introduction, who were the best champions to play in Ultra Rapid Fire this year?

Fizz
Similar to Vladmir, Fizz is able to be un-targetable to enemies for a short time while also being mobile. The difference that brings Fizz onto this list and not Vladmir is that Fizz has much more mobility and damage with his Playful/Trickster combined with his Urchin Strike. There is no getting away from a Fizz in URF; once he spots you, you – and all of your teammates – are as good as dead.

Blitzcrank
If you thought Blitzcrank was annoying in a normal game, just wait until you see him in an Ultra Rapid Fire game. With his brief cooldowns he will constantly be spamming his Q, so avoiding his pulls will be your top priority. If you do happen to get hit by his Rocket Grab, there’s not much you can do unless you have very good mobility. As soon as you reach him, Blitzcrank will be knocking you up with his E, and then pulling you in again with his Q, repeating this until he gets his kill. If you happen to get away from him, you better run because Blitzcrank is able to constantly spam his W, giving him a permanent speed boost. Once Blitzcrank hits level 6, his combo, which now will include Static Field, will kill you faster than you even have time to think about reacting.

Teemo
By far one of the most hated champions of League of Legends, Teemo just gets worse in Ultra Rapid Fire. If you thought his mushrooms were annoying in a normal game, then do not lane with Teemo in URF. You may think you’re winning to begin with, but as soon as Teemo hits level 6, you can guarantee that his lane is going to be covered in mushrooms. Thought you were going to gank him? Just kidding, you’re dead before he even notices you’re there.
Teemo’s shrooms aren’t the only annoying thing about him in URF either. If you’re playing a champion dependent on auto attacks, then you better stay clear away from Teemo, who can spam his Blind so that you can never hit him. You better be sure of yourself before going all in on a Teemo, because once you’re in, there is no turning back. There is a reason why Teemo was disabled in URF right from the start in 2014, and he hasn’t gotten much better.

Evelynn
Where’s Evelynn? Probably behind your team ready to assassinate your squishies just like in a normal game. The difference with Evelynn in URF however, is that her Q, Dark Frenzy can be spammed much faster, and without the worry of running out of mana. With one Dark Frenzy after the other and with her ultimate slowing her enemies while she spams her W to keep up and run away if need be, Evelynn is a must try in Ultra Rapid Fire. With her passive invisibility, Shadow Walk, there is no fight in which Evelynn does not choose to participate.

Karthus
Of course Karthus is going to be overpowered as soon as you take away the only two things holding him back: mana and the cooldown on his ultimate, Requiem. Spamming Karthus’ Q is already done normally, and that spam just gets worse in U.R.F. With no need to worry about mana, Karthus may activate his E without ever having to turn it off, so team fights with Karthus are a mess.
The most crucial part of why Karthus is so huge in Ultra Rapid Fire is his ultimate ability, Requiem. With 80% cooldown reduction, you will not want to be hanging around the map for too long with low health without either a lot of magic resist or a Zhonya’s Hourglass. Making this a must buy for all of Karthus’ opponents, this sets them back while they take time to build it. And if they decide not to build a Zhonya’s, all the more free kills for you.

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Sona
Sona is one of my favourite champions in the game, so I immediately started playing her from my first game of U.R.F in 2014. I would choose Sona, while my friend would choose Soraka (back before her rework) who was arguably even more annoying than Sona. Though she can get boring very quickly in U.R.F, Sona is a definite win in U.R.F as long as the other team does not have one too. Personally, I do not like to play her because of the unfair advantage she has, but I WILL play her if she is not banned just so we do not get dominated by the other team’s Sona.
Not even having to aim your heal or damage ability (much like Evelynn’s Q), Sona is one of the easiest champions to play in Ultra Rapid Fire. As long as you know how to continuously spam your Q and W you are good to go. If you find yourself in a tight spot, quicky ult your opponents and start spamming your E. You are sure to escape if you don’t kill them with your unlimited Q spam first.

Shaco
Defintely one of URF’s most dominant champions, Shaco was no different this year. Going full ability power, Shaco is able to quickly kill you before you have any time to react. Shaco’s Q, Deceive quickly gets him around the map without being seen, and once he pops out, a dagger will accompany him, most of the time dealing more than half of your health (depending who you are playing) with a single shot, and if there are no teammates around to assist you, you can guarantee that he will be back with another dagger a split second later.
Shaco’s Deceive and Two-Shiv Poison (E) aren’t the only things you have to worry about either. Shaco is able to place down his Jack In the Boxes one right after the other, so watch where you step, or you will quickly be dead without the need of Shaco being there at all.

Zed
Taking the title of Lawnmower from Hecarim, who was rarely seen in U.R.F this year, Zed is one of the most terrifying champions to play against in this game mode. With his low cooldowns, all of his abilities may be spammed easily and will kill you at alarming speeds. Zed’s W gives him crazy mobility, allowing him to pop under a turret, take you (and perhaps a couple of your teammates) out, and be out of there before you even notice. Zed’s poke alone is enough to make you change lanes in frustration, as he is able to constantly poke you down easily with only his clone’s attacks. Zed is definitely a must ban or play in Ultra Rapid Fire. Choose which of the two you do wisely.

These are the champions that I found to be best in Ultra Rapid Fire this year. Though you will probably agree with me that these champions are among the best, are there others that you would add, or even put above these characters on an annoyance and overpower scale? We know that there are way too many of these to list in just one article and would love to hear some of your U.R.F. horror tales.

Introducing the SKL ARAM Tournament

SKL eSports is happy to announce we are hosting a League of Legends ARAM tournament! We know many of you have been looking for some more “fun” competitions, and we think this helps fill that void. Compete either as a team, or by yourself. We have both team and solo registration available, with solo registration working similarly to solo queue within the client itself (that is, random placement into teams). The winning team will receive 50% of the registration fees distributed amongst the team!

The tournament will take place Saturday, April 16th, 2016, and registration is $5 a person. Check out all the information on our ARAM Tournament Page.

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