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By Dr. Anthony Betrus
FCE Contributing Writer 

SUNY Potsdam Edges Clarkson University in Super Smash Brothers Tournament Final

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Last updated 12/14/2015 at 5:32am | View PDF



The SUNY Potsdam Video Gaming Club (PVGC) hosted the championship round of the Super Smash Brothers tournament on Friday, November 20th in the Student Union multipurpose room. The opening round of the tournament took place on Saturday, November 14th in the Fireside Lounge of the Student Union. Outreach and advertising resulted in a significant number of players participating from SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University, as well as a few from SUNY Canton, all duking it out to see who could make it to the finals. The competition was played played on Nintendo Wii U systems, with most players bringing their own controllers. Of the 49 total entrants, only 8 made it to the finals of the tournament: 1) Rosario "Darktooth" Fuschetto, President of the PVGC and favorite to win the tournament, 2) Robert "drunk" Morris, the top player from Clarkson University, 3) Luis "The Fool" Alvarez, PVGC Treasurer, 4) Chris "Leon" Adams, 5) Zaki "Zaphros" Lindo, PR person for the PVGC, 6) Kamaal "Aarmak" Gilkes, 7) Will "Doopliss", and 8) "Denkou." The finals saw these eight players compete in a one-on-one, double-elimination championship round, with winners determined via best-of-five matches. There was a crowd of about fifty people on hand for the finals, with the matches projected onto a full-sized movie theater quality screen. This was also part of the kick-off evening of the three-day Potsdam Bears Comic Convention (BearCon), which helped with attendance.

After some very competitive matches, the finals came down to the top two seeds, with Rosario “Darktooth” Fuschetto of Potsdam topping the winner’s bracket, and Robert "drunk" Morris of Clarkson coming through via the loser’s bracket. As such, Morris needed to defeat Fuschetto twice for the ultimate win. Morris came out swinging with his Wario character that brought him to the finals, and soundly defeated Fuschetto three games to one in the opening match, setting up the dramatic final match. At this point Morris seemed to have the upper hand, but Fuschetto started the final match off with a new character, Sheik, which played more technically than the brawling Wario, and soundly defeated Wario in game one. Morris won a close game two, followed by a Fuschetto win in game three with the same characters. In game four Fuschetto, up two games to one, switched to Mario, setting up the classic “Mario vs. Wario” final. Morris, seemed caught off guard by Mario’s fighting style, and quickly fell behind. He was down by points and nearly eliminated, but managed to a win in game four via a surprise, come from behind finishing move that sent Mario hurdling off the edge of the screen. At two games apiece, this set up the fifth and final game between the #1 and #2 players in the tournament, and it did not disappoint. The final game played to form, and while this certainly was not good vs. evil, it did seem oddly appropriate that in the end the maroon, SUNY Potsdam controlled hero Mario defeated the Yellow, Clarkson controlled villain Wario for the championship. The crowd was fantastic, cheering on their friends, creating an electric atmosphere for this event. Kudos to everyone involved, it was an example of collegiate Esports at its best, and the players represented themselves and their schools proudly and gracefully, great job everyone!

Dr. Anthony Betrus

The Game Connoisseur

State University of New York at Potsdam, NY

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