Over the weekend of the 31st of August and 1st of September 2019, PuyoGB held two Puyo Puyo tournaments at Celtic Throwdown in Blanchardstown, Dublin, as part of the community’s expansion into the Island of Ireland. This marks PuyoGB’s maiden tournament outside of the United Kingdom. Both days’ tournaments were recorded locally and streamed live on our Twitch and YouTube Channels, with local uploads to come in the near future.
On the 31st of August, PuyoGB ran its Puyo Puyo Tetris Swap Tournament. With 15 players entered over six countries, it proved to be a very good tournament despite some overlaps with main event tournaments. There was some excellent plays throughout the competition, but in the end BlueHairKei took home the Gold. JThePilot, a young Irish player from Ulster in the Republic of Ireland, took home Silver, with RoryTheFiend taking Bronze.
On the 1st of September, PuyoGB ran its Puyo Puyo Champions Puyo 2 Tournament. 11 players took part in the proceedings, with some matches running really close. In the end, IID added to his third-place at PlayExpo London and second-place at Reflect with a Gold medal performance at Dublin, with BlueHairKei staving off a fightback from Crumptain to earn Silver after being knocked into Losers by Crumptain earlier; whom took Bronze.
Everyone who took part in the Puyo Puyo Champions tournament won some Puyo merchandise courtesy of Sega Europe, with the Top 3 of each earning Puyo Puyo Champions T-shirts.
Overall, the tournaments and the venue were superb. The organisers and volunteers at Celtic Throwdown were very gracious and accommodating, and are a credit to the wider community. Even when we thought we had to pack the stream up early due to the room we were in being closed down, the volunteers allowed us to finish as we were streaming our event, and while the event did suffer with some poor internet at times (which affected the main tournaments as well), we had a very good turnout and everyone who was present witnessed some excellent matches. Thank you to everyone who took part in our tournaments, and thank you to those of you who watched the stream and showed your support.
On a personal note, I want to extend a huge thank you to Slavic for coming over to do commentary for us during the Swap Tournament. Slavic is a member of Puyo Puyo Tetris Germany, and as we continue to work alongside our friends across Europe to build a strong European presence, our collaborations are vital to the continued success of the game in our continent. It’s been brilliant having you with us.
I also want to extend a huge thank you to Zipplet for coordinating the stream. We almost didn’t have a stream due to issues with sound capture and local recording, and even with public transport being delayed, he came in and was able to fix our issues. He even did a stint of commentary for us during the Puyo Puyo Champions tournament!
Finally, I as a person, and we as a community, cannot thank the Celtic Throwdown organisers enough for their open and welcoming atmosphere, and we highly recommend people who are taking part in any of the Fighting Game Community tours to register and play in Ireland for Celtic Throwdown. The staff truly are a credit, and we are so humbled to have been invited to showcase our tournament and help drum-up some more exposure for Puyo in Ireland. No doubt we’ll be wanting to return!
Next-up for us at PuyoGB, we’ll be returning to London to participate at Revolution 2019 with our friends at NGI on Sunday the 13th of October. There will be two tournaments taking place, a Puyo Puyo Tetris Swap Tournament run by NGI, and a Puyo Puyo Champions Puyo 2 tournament run by PuyoGB. The PPT Swap Tournament will be a main-event tournament, with the Puyo Puyo Champions tournament being a side-event showpiece. Both tournaments will require entry to the venue in advance, costing £12 per single day.
Click here to register at NGI Revolution 2019’s smash.gg page.
If you’d like to take part in the Puyo Puyo Tetris Swap Tournament, entry for that event is £5, and can be paid for on the Revolution smash.gg page. If you’d like to take part in the Puyo Puyo Champions tournament, head on over to our Challonge page by clicking here.
(Please note: You must register on the NGI Revolution smash.gg page first before you enter the PuyoGB competition as the venue cap is set to 300 participants).
Finally, we are pleased to welcome Japanese Pro eSports player Tema as our Special Guest to our Revolution tournament. Because of this news, we are putting-in a £50 bonus into the total prize pot, and will have Sega Prizes up for grabs as part of our ongoing affiliation with Sega Europe.
Meanwhile, another massive thank you to Celtic Throwdown for hosting us this year, and thank you Dublin for a lovely time. May we be in your company again next year!