Road to the Thanksgiving Open: Teams Forming!
by Adam Sibile
Greetings esports fanatics and players alike! It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to update everyone on what is happening behind the scenes to prepare for the Thanksgiving Open. It’s been a busy week at Scion Esports with all the preparation that’s required to host the largest Thanksgiving Open yet, so let’s get started.
Hayden Barnes, Director of Fighting Games, has calculated all the points from the players who attended the monthly Fight Club! events and is currently preparing the tournament brackets for Sm4sh, Melee, and Street Fighter V. Once everyone has registered for these games, we can have an accurate count for players to complete the brackets and post them as registrations come in. Sm4sh is always exciting to watch especially when you have names like BC4, TripleDe, and Funzy in the arena.
We are currently receiving the most registrations for Sm4sh which is always the most popular game across the board but don’t count out Melee and Street Fighter V just yet. We’ve only just opened registrations this week for players and I expect to see numbers in the fighting community climb higher as we approach the end of November. There are also rumors of a special guest from the Smash community possibly making an appearance. We will let you know as soon as we know more!
In the team games, Katelin Stagliano’s department is spreading the word and it’s starting to show. Overwatch has had a resounding response in the first week registering three teams and getting verbal confirmation on two others as soon as they can verify their schedules. This is especially exciting since this is Overwatch’s first appearance at the Scion Esports events and these teams require six individuals per team. What’s interesting in this bracket is we’re seeing some diversity and some younger players coming into the fray. The Harshmallows, led by 13-year-old Aurora Pierrottie, has the youngest team captain of any of the teams so far. While the Harshmallow’s captain is young, she will have her father who is a Quakecon veteran, so I expect great things from them. On the other side of the spectrum, LAG Disconnected has a full roster of battle-hardened veterans lead by captain TheeJP. Both teams are currently in practice rotations so it’s an exciting to see what matches will take place between these teams.
Heroes of the Storm also has three registered teams, two of which were in the finals in the Cyphacon Open. The current champions Mad6 have registered and are looking for a repeat of Cyphacon, but Valor Morghulis has also restructured their team and this time Rayth will be taking the reins. For anyone who remembers, these two titans clashed twice at Cyphacon for a total of five rounds with Mad6 coming out in the finals. The third team that has registered is a tribute to our fallen brother Harambe. Harambe’s Revenge is a new team formed by SoulPunk who was previously an assassin player for VM at Cyphacon, so I expect Harambe’s Revenge to come out swinging against whoever their first opponent is in the first round.
Halo 5: Guardians is off to a slow start with only Will is Sick registered, but I have had other players inquiring about the event. Rocket League currently has no registered players yet but I have also been approached and I expect to see teams registering soon. Rocket League and Halo 5 both did quite well at Cyphacon, so I find it interesting that teams have not signed up quite yet.
In the end, the 2016 Thanksgiving Open is off to a great start and I expect a great event for everyone. If you’re a player and you would like to participate in the tournament, even if you don’t have a team, please go to www.scionesports.com and click on the events tab. From there, you will see the Thanksgiving Open area and you can find the registration form inside. If there are any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact any of our staff on Facebook or by posting on the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1114176568646532/ .
Thank you for your continued support as we rapidly approach November 27th! Remember to check back in next Thursday for an updated article on what’s happening in the world of esports in the Lake Charles area!