Big Step Forward at BigFest!

Hey guys! I’m RoryTheFiend and this will be my first blog post for PuyoGB, let’s see how badly this goes…

Over the weekend, Esports Scotland hosted multiple tournaments for finalists. The venue was at ‘The Biscuit Factory’ in Edinburgh, and the finalists were people who finished in top positions during online tournaments in the past few months. Some of the games included were: Mario Kart 8, Overwatch, Splatoon, and our very own Puyo Puyo Tetris! Luckily for me I was able to travel to this relatively close event and take part in the Puyo Puyo Tetris Tournament.

Sunday morning rolls around. I arrive at the venue at 10:30am, 30 minutes prior to the PPT Tournament. I’m soon greeted by the Tournament Organiser, PuyoGB’s ComicalLew!

Lew
A smile and a wave, is this PuyoGB’s Best Boy?

As they were setting up the game, Lew realised that we had no commentator. I figured it would be fun to try it out, and how bad could it be? Just some audience members and a stream of maybe 30 people or so?

I was very wrong, about 5 minutes before going live we were told the stream was at around 1500 people! The other contestants and myself couldn’t believe it, we’d be playing Puyo Puyo Tetris to well over 1000 viewers!? Funnily enough though, It wasn’t nearly as nerve wracking as I thought it would be.

Here’s a little video of my masterful commentary:

You can watch the whole tournament on Esports Scotland’s Mixer Account here!

So I’m sure all of you reading this have one question, “Did you win Rory!?” and I can happily answer that… no I didn’t. I lost in the grand finals 3-1 to a well known French Player, Hiku.

Hiku Trophy

That being said though, it was so much fun being there and taking part at a Puyo Tournament in Scotland, as well as it being streamed to a large number of viewers. Hopefully they caught a glimpse at what Puyo Puyo can look like in a more competitive format. There’s hopefully viewers that are now interested in learning the game for themselves. A big thanks to Lew for organising this event, without him none of this would’ve happened! I heard he plans to have a second tournament for Puyo Puyo Tetris, maybe one where the format is VS (the tournament just passed was Swap, but we could gentleman’s agreement VS if both players preffered it).

Lastly, to wind down after the tournament, Lew, Hiku, BlueFlower (another French player who took part in the tournament), and myself headed over to a small arcade cafe. Inside, one of the arcade machines had Puyo Puyo 2, safe to say that we bought quite the number of credits and spent the last hours of our journey in here.

Puyo 2 Arcade
The controls were a struggle for all of us though! This place is called Konbo, check it out if you’re in Edinburgh!

So overall Bigfest for Puyo was a great success, we were able to showcase some competitive Puyo to 1000s of people (by the end of the tournament I was told we had reached over 3000 viewers!). Made some connections with two lovely French players, and hopefully we’ll be able to get a second Puyo Tournament in Esports Scotland soon!

the Elite 4
From left to right: Hiku, BlueFlower, RoryTheFiend, ComicalLew

 

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