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Summer Smash V - Round 1 deadline is July 15th


Leontes vs. @Xiba

"The journey had been easy thus far. I had only lived this one life, yet I had lived it a thousand times. A familiar face on every floor, the same simple-minded creatures playing out a familiar routine. The only difference ever is how prepared I am for their deadly dance, and whether I have the strength to follow their lead. Where this knowledge comes from, I’m not entirely sure. Is it just experience? A “second-sight” perhaps?

With each death I can foresee their killing blow, yet I do not run; instead, I grit my teeth and accept the coming respite. Knowing that it would not be the last time, knowing that I would get another chance. Or maybe, hoping that this time I won’t wake up.

But this time…

I wiped the slime from my blade and reached out for the dome-shaped object. I could sense great power from it, its strange markings beckoning my fingers to trace along the pathways on its surface. I felt my mind shake, a spurt of vigor empowering my soul. A familiar feeling, but I was wary. Neow has taught me that every ounce of power comes at a price. This time, however, I felt nothing. Interesting.

I shook it off and entered the City. A familiar flock of carrion. Alright, the one who’s spreading his wings, hit that one four times so it can’t…

Wait, what?

I can see them but, I can’t see… I… I can’t see it.

Instinctively I brace myself and cover my heart, yet none of them strike at me. Instead they grow more rabid, then the shroud again. Wait, no, I could’ve… Damn it!

What could… oh, no.

The dome. Is this the price? Or a test?

The “second-sight” once afforded to me had been replaced by a foggy, distracting haze. For the first time in what felt like an eternity, I feel… fear. I feel dread. I feel… exhilarated. I feel… excited.

I feel… something new.

Alright… If I can’t see exactly what they’re doing, I’ll just have to make the read…

“Show me what you’ve got!”


Leontes wins 4-1.

I played very well today. I’m on a tear. Let’s keep it going.

Obligatory “Block City” image for @flagrantangles :


"The carvings in the stone are always the same leading up to one of those… things. You can almost smell the danger as you turn the corner.

I take a nap, a dreamless sleep, then move up the stairs.

Which one will it be… the nemesis? Maybe the orb walkers? I know them well. Do I remember enough? Their patterns, their tendencies… I pray that I do.

I push open the door just far enough to slink inside, and…


It’s you?!

Is this where my run ends?"



hkhjsjkfhhgskdhd :joy:


I didn’t even know it was possible to get that much block with the Silent. I have done it with Ironclad, but damn…


Having a ton of blur cards makes it possible. I don’t think I’ve done it with Ironclad, only The Silent


I actually could have gone infinite block with that situation because I didn’t have a Noxious Fumes up or anything like that, but I miscalculated an attack and won before I could get the 999.

Combo was LOTS of Dex (I have 8 in the picture), Runic Pyramid, Dodge and Roll, Bullet Time, and Calipers. I did have a single Blur, but I didn’t really need it.

Essentially just store up a full hand until you draw Bullet Time, play it and every card in your hand, storing the block with Calipers.

I think that one was on Asc17, vs. Awakened One.


Leontes (The Silent) vs. @mysticjuicer (Max, or “Giant Head”)

How I feel after the set:


Leontes wins 4-3. I think my order is correct, I’m not 100% sure, please let me know. Might have been a 2-2 at some point but my head is spinning.

:bbb: and :argagarg: continue to be thorns in my side; particularly :argagarg:. I had chances in all three games, but a string of strong reads from juicer clinched them all with his :argagarg: at low health. I can usually get him low, but closing it out is always tough when he’s got Joker backup and a stream of Aces.

I switch to :troq: because he’s the only thing I’ve really got against :argagarg: right now. I don’t play :gloria: well enough to try, and I’m okay with whatever counterpicks come my way (:bbb: and :geiger: I expect specifically). :onimaru: is somewhat of a character I ENJOY playing against, so I welcome that fight as either :troq: or :midori: usually. mj was kicking himself a bit for playing him. The final game I blocked one J, and then went nuts on the facecard damage, closing it out 94-0.

A pleasure as always @mysticjuicer; our games are always insane and chock full of greedy plays, hard reads, massive range shifts, valuation traps and outright stubbornness (I think I had you at 12 HP as :argagarg: one game and I threw 7x in a row hoping one of them would connect, but then didn’t and died lol). You keep me working hard to improve at a game we’ve been playing for YEARS now, and I feel like every time I come out of a set with you I’m a little bit stronger than before.

Looking forward to the next IYL. Gotta keep climbing.

art by hiromoru


Good games man. Mad at myself for picking into a MU that I’ve struggled before against you. Lesson learned!

Well said, Max.


flagrantangles wins 4-3 versus @vengefulpickle

We end as we begin, with Quince and Zane! GGs vengefulpickle! I’d write more but I have to go to bed for work tomorrow!


You can almost feel the post match shakies when you fail to @ your opponent and @ yourself instead, lmao :wink:


My fingers had a seizure to the tune of my own name! My brain volatilities are wildly structured.


Fluffy 4-2 @SirHandsome



I forgot how stressful playing vs Gloria is.

Ty @mysticjuicer for recording


I demand my bracket image.


Leontes vs. @flagrantangles

Ascension 20 unlocked.


Leontes wins, 4-2.

I love this matchup! I’ve played it so much with @MadKing and it’s made me better at Yomi just exploring it a lot. :quince: has to play around you just as much as you play around him, and there is a lot of valuation in the risk/reward of dealing with stuff like J Spin (I will Throw because I would rather take 9 than get Throw Q++, etc.) and trying to power through the mixups. :midori: is great in that :quince: has to spend a premium if he wants to actually Dodge, something he doesn’t have to do against other characters, and he can’t really oppress with K Spin. There’s a lot going on here.

The final game I played Q four times in a row. They ended up doing 40 damage (dQJ+, hQ) and then later on I did 16 more damage with the remaining Js in my deck. With zero dragon attacks left, I still had :quince: dominated with a lifelead and the Wrath of Earth vs. Consent of the Governed trade ended the set.

Great games, flagrantangles. Excellent showing at top 4 in Summer Smash! But my deck was absolutely busted imo. Just look at this thing!

Alright, climbing up. Ascension 20. Double Boss.

There are only two left in my way.


does that make me the birb, the slug or the shapes?


From Cuphead’s perspective, it makes you the devil himself


Losers finals

@Leontes vs @SirHandsome

:midori: :psfist: :pschip: :bbb:
:midori: :pschip: :psfist: :bbb:
:grave: :pschip: :psfist: :bbb:
:midori: :psfist: :pschip: :bbb:
:midori: :pschip: :psfist: :bbb:
:midori: :pschip: :psfist: :bbb:

Grand Finals @Fluffiness vs @SirHandsome

:persephone: :psfist: :pschip: :gloria:
:persephone: :psfist: :pschip: :valerie:
:persephone: :psfist: :pschip: :valerie:
:persephone: :psfist: :pschip: :valerie:

Congratulations to our defending champion, Fluffiness!


Cuphead dies


GGs, congrats. Dunno why I didn’t just pick BBB the entire day, I forgot that I think he’s really really good against Persephone and I was already in the rhyhtm (I usually hate switching characters and breaking my rhythm). Sorry for not giving you the challenge you deserved, but I had fun anyway!


GGs to you too.


As Assistant TO, I’d like to thank everyone who joined, for the great games, their patience, and look forward to next year. It was my first time hosting a tournament this big, and although I had some teething problems, overall I think the event overall was a success. So thank you to everyone who made it happen.


Winners Bracket Image:

Will have the rest soon