A.R.K. - Arkansas Regional Knockouts! - Little Rock, AR - 04/03/10 - 8 Games!

Arkansas Residents: Please remember to visit our state thread here in the regional forums and contribute! We value your contributions!


Come duke it out with the regions finest at the A.R.K. (Arkansas Regional Knockouts)! Players from everywhere are invited to come hang-out and throw-down with gamers from all across the region. We really want to build a scene down here and what better way than to gather everyone together and see how we all stand? Please join us, have a good time, and hopefully win some big money!

Please, Please, PLEASE Pre-Register (by posting below) if you plan on going. If you are bringing multiple people, can you give us a head-count so we can better organize this tournament? Also, PLEASE bring equipment, if at all possible (especially you Arkansans!). We will take anything and everything and return it all to you as it was given to us.

ALL recent rule/information changes is posted here (on top) so that players do not have to re-read this entire post multiple times.

**Updates: **

  • Updated Pre-Registration and Votes.
  • HDR, BlazBlue, and CvS2 are confirmed as tournament games (provided everyone who voted will actually play in those respective tournaments). We will possibly have one more tournament if we can get enough write-in votes the day of the tournament. We need to have that game on hand though, so if you have a game (such as Soul Caliber) bring it and get other people to vote!
  • Unlimited Characters in BlazBlue BANNED.
  • Addendum to first place SF4 prize: Custom TE Stick Art provided by HighVelocityPrinting!
  • Tourney Fees have been raised to $10 for ALL major tournaments (Smash Bros Brawl, Smash Bros Melee, Tekken, and SFIV Singles).
  • Located here: http://www.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=228342&p=8516909&viewfull=1#post8516909 are old updates and set money matches / proposed money matches.

To contact me, please post here, PM me, or email me at arktourney@gmail.com .

**Date: **
04/03/10 (Schedule below)

**Location: **
New China Buffet (Name of venue may change prior to April 3rd, but will still be at this address)
9210 North Rodney Parham Road Little Rock, AR 72227

Games Played:
Street Fighter 4 (Singles and 3v3 Teams)
Tekken 6
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo: HD Remix
Capcom vs. SNK 2
Possibly plus more based on YOUR votes. Voting will be done on location.

**Cost: **
$10 Entrance Fee. Included in the entrance fee are free pizza and drinks. Thus, it cannot be waived for spectators. Each participant will be stamped to mark their payment of the entrance fee to avoid multiple charges.
$5 Per Minor Tournament Fee (TvC, BB, HDR, CvS2).
$10 Per Major Tournament Fee (SF4, T6, Smash Bros Brawl, Smash Bros Melee).
The 3v3 SF4 tournament will be $5 per person ($15/team).
Prizes: All pots are split 70/20/10.

Preliminary Schedule:
Set-up: 10AM-Noon
Registration for Set 1**: Noon-1:30PM
Tournament Set 1: 2PM - End
Registration for Set 2: Noon-2:30PM
Tournament Set 2: 3PM - End
Registration for Set 3: Noon-3:30PM
Tournament Set 3: 4PM - End
Food Served: ~5-6 PM
SF4 3v3: Immediately following SF4 Singles.

** - The games are divided into “Sets” which will be played at different times to run the tournament as efficiently as possible.

Tentative Set Listings (subject to change)
Set 1 - BB + HDR
Set 2 - T6 + SSBM
Set 3 - SF4 + SSBB + TvC + “Voter’s Choice” games

Rules/Formats: We try to adhere to major tournament standards with as little modifications as possible. Thus, the rules we go by are the same rules encouraged by places such as Evo and the Smashboards.

Universal Rules:

  • All brackets are double elimination except for SF4 3v3 Teams.
  • Double-Blind Select can always be chosen to begin a match.
  • The winner of a game must stick with the same character used to win for the following game, except in the case of Smash Bros. Loser can always change characters.
  • Player’s Choice: All rules are subject to be ignored if agreed upon by both parties, however due to time constraints, matches cannot be extended longer than their allotted time (i.e. cannot play best 3 out of 5 when supposed to play 2 out of 3, or cannot change timer limits to infinity)
  • Please Bring Your Own Controller: While there will probably be many players willing to lend you a controller/stick, there is NO guarantee. You WILL be disqualified if you cannot start the match within the allotted time.
  • Players have six minutes to report to and begin their matches and will be disqualified if unable to do so.
  • It is the player’s responsibility to notify a staffer over a dispute on rules.
  • Staffers will be identifiable through the use of name badges.
  • Button mapping and converters ARE allowed while turbo is NOT.
  • Winners are required to notify staffers of the results of their match. This will speed up the process greatly and help us run a smooth tournament.
  • Wireless sticks/pads/remotes will be allowed. However, we require that you pull out your battery when you are not playing to avoid disrupting tournament matches.
  • In addition, pausing or restarting the game/match for any reason, except with the consent of the opponent will result in a forfeit of that particular game/round (whichever is smaller). This includes battery/controller problems.
  • Every person is responsible for the functionality of their controller. A “button check” may (and should) be asked for prior to every match. A player cannot request a button check once damage has been taken and must finish the game (but may ask for another button check at the beginning of the next game). If a controller is non-functional or is functioning incorrectly, the player must receive consent from his or her opponent before pausing the match.


  • 4 stock, 8 minute time limit
  • 2/3 games, 3/5 games Losers/Winners/Grand Finals
  • Items off
  • Games decided first by lives, then %. Sudden death is used to break ties.
  • Stage Knock Out: Stage Striking will be in effect for the first match of the set. The player with the lower port will get to choose the first strike. Loser chooses ban before next match.
  • Modified DSR: You cannot go back to the last stage you won in a set, unless agreed upon by the other player.
  • Advanced Slob Picks: Loser may choose the next stage or select to go random. The winner may then change their character, followed by the loser.
  • Controller Mods, Glitches (IC Freeze Glitch, Mewtwo Soul Stunner, etc), and tactics used to stall a match (wall-bombing, rising pound), are banned.
  • Wobbling Banned

Fountain of Dreams
Counterpicks 1v1:
Kongo Jungle
Rainbow Cruise
Pokemon Stadium

SBR Certified

  • 3 Stock, 8 minute timer
  • Items are set to “off” and “none”
  • 2/3 games, 3/5 games Losers/Winners/Grand Finals
  • Players are allowed to ban ONE Starter/Counter stage prior to a match.
  • At the beginning of the first game, players alternate slashing starter stages until one stage is left.
  • Advanced Slob Picks: Loser may choose the next stage or select to go random. The winner may then change their character, followed by the loser.
  • In the event of a dispute, controller ports will be selected by Rock-Paper-Scissors
  • Port slob picks: On a player’s counterpick, that player may opt to redo the port selection process with that player picking his or her port first.
  • No player may choose a stage they have already won on in that set unless agreed upon by both players.
  • Games decided first by stock and then by percentage. If percents are the same or both players die simultaneously, there will be a 1 stock overtime. Bowser’s suicide klaw is exempt from this rule.
  • If a game ends with Bowser doing his suicide klaw and it ends in sudden death, the sudden death will be ignored and that game will count as a win for Bowser.
  • Metaknight’s Infinite Cape glitch is banned.
  • Stalling is banned. Stalling: The act of deliberately avoiding any and all conflict so that one may make the game unplayable. Running away from an opponent to reach a better position is not stalling, while doing an infinite grab endlessly against a wall is. Any infinite chain grabs must end quickly after 300% has been reached so as to prevent excessive stalling.

Stage Lists
Final Destination
Yoshi’s Island
Pokmon Stadium 1

Castle Siege
Lylat Cruise
Frigate Orpheon
Jungle Japes
Pirate Ship
Pokmon Stadium 2
Rainbow Cruise
Luigi’s Mansion

Default Settings.
2/3 rounds, 2/3 games, (Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals are 3/5 games).
Player’s must agree on a stage within 15 seconds or match will be RANDOM stage select.
Only bans are infinite combos.
Ties result in replays.

3v3 Teams:
Same rules as above except as follows.
Single Elimination
Everybody Plays Elimination style. Basically, not Pokemon style (i.e. winner of game 1 does not stay until he/she is knocked out).

**Tekken 6: **
Default Settings
3/5 rounds, 2/3 games, 60 Seconds (Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals are 3/5 games)
Player’s must agree on a stage within 15 seconds or match will be RANDOM stage select.
No customizing colors, names or items at any time before or during a tournament match.

**TvC: **
Default Settings
2/3 games until Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals which is 3/5 games.
Banned: Any glitch that freezes the game or prevents the match from being played. Instigating such tactics results in a loss of the game.
Player’s must agree on a stage within 15 seconds or match will be RANDOM stage select.
Burning Ruins is banned unless agreed upon by both players.

Speed 3, Remixed Mode.
2/3 games until Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals which is 3/5 games.
Banned: Akuma
4:3 Aspect Ratio

Round Time 99 Seconds
2/3 games until Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals which is 3/5 games.
Easy Specials: OFF (Easy Specials involve the use of the right analog stick to perform instant specials with zero effort).
Unlimited Characters in BlazBlue BANNED.

Capcom vs SNK 2
Round Time 99 Seconds
2/3 games until Loser’s/Winner’s/Grand Finals which is 3/5 games. * Roll Cancelling is allowed.
No EX Grooves allowed.
You may not use the same character twice on one team.
Ultimate Rugal, Super Akuma, Evil Ryu, and Evil Iori are not allowed in tournament play.
Switching the order of your characters during the loading screen is only allowed on your first match.
After winning, you must pick the same characters, same order.

Additional Details:
We encourage everybody to bring any and all equipment if possible. This will speed up tournaments and help everything run more smoothly. We request that all equipment be “checked-in” 30 minutes before tournaments begin to run the smoothest possible tournament.

We require all incoming equipment be labeled at Check-In to avoid theft and accusations thereof. Even so, we encourage all people to keep their sticks/controllers/battery packs on-hand at all times as we are not responsible for missing equipment.

Photography of the event and recording of matches is allowed and even encouraged. However, flash photography is not allowed during matches, due to obvious concerns of distraction. Unfortunately, we cannot stream matches for this tournament due to inexperience and lack of manpower. If you record videos or take pictures, please contact me and I will upload the videos to my Youtube account and pictures to my Photobucket account, accessible to everybody on the results page (credit given to you, of course).

For the major tournaments, PS3 is the console of choice used due to compatibility concerns within the community. The 360 may be used for games that are not supported on PS3 (i.e. if Garou gets voted in) or if there is not sufficient equipment. CRTs and lagless LCDs are the televisions of choice for the tournament, but due to using equipment from the community, LCDs with lag may be set up accidentally. A player always has a right to not play on a setup if lag becomes an issue and if lag is discovered, the set up will be removed from competition.

We appreciate everybody that travels and know that players are just looking for competition. If you inform us of your party, we will do our best to ensure that you do not play each other in the opening round of the bracket (location-based seeding).

Attendees are encouraged to participate in multiple tournaments. The brackets will skip you if you are currently in a match.

The three games with the most votes will be allowed into tournament play. However, if there is sufficient interest for more than three tournaments, we will consider including other games as well. We reserve the right to cancel tournaments at any time if there is no “real” interest. That is, if a game gets 20 votes and only 3 people show up to the event, we will not host a tournament. Please do not vote unless you think you are going to go.

Results will be posted within 48 hours following the event. Pictures, brackets, standings, and pay-out will all be posted accordingly.

Pre-Registration List:
SmokeMaxX (SF4, Rock-Paper-Scissors, Rainbow Edition)
Putting-Out-The-Fire Mike Weng (Probably everything)
Chamberlin (Smash, BB)
Tha_Shogun (SC4, Brawl, TvC)
Onedirtylei (T6)
The Captain (T6)
Seifersythe (Smash, Blazblue)
Imperator (SF4, Garou, CvS2)
Lan_Di (SF4, TvC, Garou, HDR)
solidxPanda (SF4, SFA3)
DisturbinglyZen (SF4, Garou)
Warpticon (SF4, MBAA)
iTorres (SF4, HDR, MvC2)
whateverfighter (SF4, HDR)
Tryptamine (SF4, SFA3)
flako2nd (HDR)
alan909090 (SF4, HDR, MvC2)
Cleverghost (SF4, HDR)
Mr. Sagat (SF4, CvS2, A3)
Kagegiovanni (SF4, MBAA, BB, Rock-Paper-Scissors)
Inebro_The_Amazing (SF4, Rock-Paper-Scissors)
Yusuke (SF4, GGAC)
Yetti (SF4, SC, BB)
Meximelt (SF4, SC)
Flacko05 (SF4, HDR)
Spuzmocker (SF4, HDR)
TurianX (SF4, BB)
Allen (SF4)
Thyallmighty (SF4, T6)
SolidBlake (SF4, T6, BB)
lBloodWolFl (BB, GGAC)
FindMyFarms (SF4, T6) + 5 (SF4)
Allen (SF4, CvS2, BB)
Dark Iori Yagami (Smash, CvS2)
Myztek (Smash)
X_A (SC4, Smash)
FlyMike (T6)
Lil Majin (T6)
ShinBlade (T6)
Arbustos (Smash)
Warden (SF4, BB, TvC) + Friend (SF4)
Galvan 2356 (SF4)
Ceeway24 (SF4)

Maybe Attending
Sudai (Smash)
Handorin (Smash)
NastyBisonUser (SFIV)
Hiryu02 + TN crew (SFIV)
Chuvylicious (SFIV) *Needs more white meat
galvan2356 (SFIV) *Needs more white wimminz
Afrotastic + Josh
IShouldBeStudying (Smash)
K yoji24 (CvS2) + 3 more
animefreak6969 (Blazblue)
Andrew Marino (GGAC)
Keith (GGAC)
Toxic Lemon (Smash)
Thrawn2112 (SF4)
Ricon (CvS2) / Lan Di (not Andrew) (CvS2)
Uni_Lunax (SC4) + roommate (SC4)
outkst949 (Smash, SC4)
Jack (SF4)
VTS (Smash)
Yoshimanssbm (Smash)
Kurasa (TvC)
Josh (SSB, TvC, SSM)

Equipment List: (We need EVERYTHING you can bring)
SmokeMaxX- 1 ~20 CRT
Mike- 1 Vizio 32, 1 ~28 CRT
Imperator- 360, 20 CRT, 27 LCD, sticks, Garou
Solidxpanda- 46, 32, 2 PS3s
DisturbinglyZen- 360 + Garou
Whateverfighter- ps3 + 42 Vizio
Cleverghost- Evo quality 27 Asus, PS3, HDR, SF4, MvC2, MKII (real-talk)
Lan_Di- 13 CRT, Wii, PS3, SF4, BB, TvC, Garou (DC)
Mr. Sagat- PS2 + Viera TV + PS3 + SF4
FindMyFarms- CRT
X_A- PS3 + SC4
VTS- 4-6 TVs with 2 melee set-ups

Potential Equipment (If coming)
Sudai- Wii + games
Animefreak6969- PS3 + Blazblue + SC4 + SF4
Myztek- 2 Melee setups

Here are links to the fliers. Feel free to post these at your gaming centers/campuses/etc. Tell your friends. We are trying to build a community and make this big. You can help!
Black and White

Credit to iTorres for making the beautiful fliers.
Credit to deezee989 for thinking of the name of the tournament.
Credit to Imperator for allowing us to use the ARFGN Blog.
Credit to DisturbinglyZen for creating a Facebook group and event page.
Credit to New China for allowing us to use their facilities.
Credit to Yoshimanssbm, Tryptamine, whateverfighter, deezee989 and iTorres for their contributions in putting up fliers.

Future Local Events:
T-Town Throwdown 5/8/10. http://www.shoryuken.com/showthread.php?t=226887&p=8506286&viewfull=1#post8506286
Red September Contact K yoji24 on the Shoryuken forums for more information.

Old Updates:

03/17/10 ? Updated Pre-Registration, Equipment, and Votes.

  • Preliminary votes show that HDR and Blazblue seem to almost be a lock to be in the tourney. Other games are in a virtual tie.
  • If you want to change the rules of your game, YOU HAVE TO POST. We will make no changes without input from the community.
  • That being said, we are unbanning DDD?s infinite and limiting it to the same 300% rule as all other infinites (SSBB).
  • If you have a ?crew? can you post numbers/tags so we can get a headcount and make it easier to organize the brackets?
  • If I have your pre-registration games down wrong, please let me know.
  • Addendum to first place SF4 prize: Custom TE Stick Art. Details coming soon.
  • Tourney fee is $5/game since nobody proposed upping it to $10/game. If there?s sufficient interest, we?ll consider changing this back.
  • Melee Rule Addendum: Ties broken by sudden death.

Money Matches:

$80 Ft5 Xi Weng
$20 Ft3 Xi Weng Viper mirror
$20 Ft3 mr.sagat vs. FMF’s Cammy

Shinblade is accepting $20-80 dollars MMs in TEKKEN and GUILTY GEAR. Any takers?

Any other money matches?

Please pre-register me for this event good sir. Equipment wise I’ll bring my 360 if needed, 20" CRT, 27" LCD, and sticks. Also, +1 vote for Garou.

Sign me up.

I would vote for KoF98UM, but in the interest of voting for a game that actually stands a chance, one vote for Garou.

I’m bringing my 46’’ and 32’’. 2 PS3’s.
I vote for SFA3!!

I’ll be there with my 360 for the Garou tournament I’m voting for.

I guess I can make the 3 minute drive.

Sign me up for SF4. I’ll update the flyer as requested later today. +1 for HDR and MVC2.

sign me up for street fighter 4. i will be bringing my ps3 and a 42 in vizio t.v.

and my vote is hdr

I would like to pre-register for Street Fighter 4.

I cast my ballot for A3.

Yo Max, you know you could have made a poll, right?

Poll for what? I’d have to continually update it to account for new games people suggest.

How many games do you expect to have nominated?

Also answer my pm.

+1 for HDR.

I’ll be at the tourney as long as tang doesn’t bail on me as driver. I give +1 to HDR and if I have 2 votes +1 to MvC2 but Mike Weng must be banned from mahvel lol

I head a rumor that the buffet will be free…:china:

sup fellas, nice to see ARK going on the map. Any of you guys feel free to add me on PSN, I’m usually always up to play. I play c. viper btw if anyone needs some limited matchup exp. =]]

If I can get the time off from work then I’ll be up, I’ll bring at least 3 others with me to help support as well

Hey, thanks for stopping in. A few of us may have trouble against Viper ( I know I do at least) I’ll shoot you an add on PSN. I see your from Baton Rouge. Have you ever been to a Copeland’s restaurant? I work at one here in Little Rock. It’s based out of Louisiana, haha.
Try to make our tournament, it’s not TOO far, haha.