Thank you everyone for Smash 4 Wii U @ #CEO2016

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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to the event and thank you to everyone for tuning into #CEO2016. This was probably one of the most stacked tournaments since Genesis 3, and I certainly most delivered a magnificent show. There was a few things I will most definitely recommend as improvements for next year to Jebailey, but overall the tournament was the most exciting I’ve seen in the short history of Smash 4.

I do want to take a moment to say thank you to all the volunteers at #CEO2016 who put in work for brackets on Day 1 Friday. There was so many pools to cover and some overlap between Doubles & Singles, and I’d much prefer having them separate days at any future events I’m involved with. I really appreciated everyone’s patience at the venue with the heat & lack of wireless network.

Really appreciated the patience y’all had with MKXL’s Top 8 as they had a delayed start time as a. It was great to meet and I had the pleasure to be your Smash 4 Wii U TO for the weekend. I hope to improve any way I can for any future events I may be your TO for.

Greatly appreciate every single volunteer at #CEO2016 for giving your time to help make this a success. Without you, we couldn’t have done it and I hope Top 8 Sunday in the ring was a great reward of itself.

Thank you to Jebailey for believing in me & giving me the responsibility of Smash 4 Wii U. I’m very humbled to have accomplished this and looking forward to seeing y’all soon enough better improved as well at #EVO2016.

Safe journeys back home everyone,

Bassem “Bear” Dahdouh

Welcome to Bear’s Cave of Wonders!

My name is Bassem “Bear” Dahdouh and I’m an Esports Event Consultant, Coordinator, & Organizer for many different events & tournaments including Evo (Evolution Championship Series), Genesis, CEO (Community Effort Orlando), Combo Breaker, DreamHack Fighters & Smash, Shine, The Big House, Smash The Record, UGC Smash Open with UGC  Events, LVL UP EXPO, esports parties, and the local Las Vegas FGC scene. I’m also the FGC & Smash Bros manager for Panda Global, an esports team. I currently work full time in Partnerships at smash.gg.

For those wondering how to contact me for business inquiries, feel free to contact via Twitter: https://twitter.com/BearUNLV
Email
addresses to contact me are: [please send to both just in case you are filtered to spam]

My current esports event schedule which where I am involved with as a core staff member are below:

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Bear’s Building Blocks: Staying Healthy as a Traveling Esports Athlete

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Bear’s Building Blocks: Staying Healthy as a Traveling Esports Athlete

Disclaimer: Always consult a medical professional before starting a new diet & exercise regime.

I used to be a personal trainer in Saudi Arabia, but this is a modified version of my workout regime so that any traveling esports professional can stay healthy.

General Tips:
+ Drink plenty of water; you should be drinking a cup at every meal and every few hours. Sip throughout the day. You don’t need to be that guy/gal with a gallon; just ensure you’re always hydrated.

+ Take the stairs instead of using an elevator or escalator. Always remember that the little movements you do and don’t do will determine how your body performs.

+ When you wake up, fully stretch your body and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat a few times to get your blood flowing. Try a yoga sequence of Mountain to Downward Dog to Plank to Cobra to Mountain; repeat that for 10 minutes, go slow and exaggerate your stretches to maximize blood flow & workout.

+ Never go longer than 3 hours without eating something; meal or a snack. The more frequent you eat; the more engaged and activated your metabolism kicks in.

+ Track your pedometer on your phone; go for walking more than 10,000 steps a day. Try to go out of your way to walk while maybe say texting or tweeting; you’ll be surprised on how much you walk of you safely tweet (like in your house or around a room; basically pacing back & forth)

Food:
At home
+ Your main focus should be the following:
Protein > Fats > Carbs; your main goal is to ensure you are eating plenty of dense protein items, healthy fats, and complex carbs

+ Groceries List:
Eggs, skim milk, Greek yogurt, whole grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, chicken breast, turkey meat (low sodium), dark green leafy veggies, protein bars (20 grams of protein minimum; make sure they are about 200 to 300 calories each! no more than that!)

Recommended Protein Bars: Quest Nutrition http://amzn.to/25Teu6T

Daily Food Routine

1st meal aka breakfast
eggs, whole grains, fruit; do not skip this meal!
Think: hearty carbs and protein

2nd meal aka snack #1
Choice of:
Greek Yogurt or handful of nuts (about a cup) like walnuts, almonds, or a nut mix (make sure they are dry roasted) or a protein bar
Think: I don’t want to starve this morning and I want a healthy snack.

3rd meal aka lunch
veggies, chicken, whole grains, and fruit.
Think: protein packed whole grain sandwich; skip the dressing!

4th meal aka Snack #2
Choice of:
Greek Yogurt or handful of nuts (about a cup) like walnuts, almonds, or a nut mix (make sure they are dry roasted) or a protein bar
Think: I don’t want to starve this afternoon but I want a healthy snack.

5th meal aka Dinner
Go for dark leafy greens and other vegetables, lean meats or fish
Think: Steamed meat + vegetables

6th meal aka Snack #3
Choice of:
Greek Yogurt or handful of nuts (about a cup) like walnuts, almonds, or a nut mix (make sure they are dry roasted) or a protein bar
Think: I don’t want to starve the night but I want a healthy snack.
Workouts:
If you don’t have a gym or time to go to one, here is what I recommend at home:

20- Minute Circuit (2 or 3 times a week)
Make sure you do this as a circuit, and you should rest a few minutes between each. After each circuit, rest 2 minutes then you should repeat it 4 times.

EXERCISE REPS
Bodyweight Squat 30
Incline Push-Up* 20
Burpees 20
Walking Lunge 20 total (10 per leg)
Standard Push-Up 20
Crunch & Leg Lifts 25 each (50 total)

*Feet up on a chair or couch.

You ideally want to combine this with a gym somehow where you can workout your 3 core movements: push, pulls, and legs

Meaning all you need to do when you go to the gym is alternate each day of Push (any machine where you push away from your body), Pull (any machine where you pull weight towards your body), and Legs (any machine that focuses on legs).

As for what machines and reps? I’ll list them below:

Push:
Bench Press 4 sets of 15 reps
Shoulder Press 4 sets of 15 reps
Dips 4 sets of 10 reps
Push-ups 3 sets of 20+ reps (to exhaustion)

Pull:
Lateral Pulldown (wide) 4 sets of 15 reps
Seated Row 4 sets of 15 reps
Lateral Pulldown (narrow) 4 sets of 15 reps
Pullup 3 sets of 10+ reps (to exhaustion)

Legs:
Leg Press 4 sets of 15 reps
Seated Leg Push 4 sets of 15 reps
Wall Sit 4 sets of 1 minute
Burpees 3 sets of 20+ (to exhaustion)

This may not be the most full proof plan for staying healthy but it’s important to just have a healthy mindset & ensure you strive to find whatever works for you.

Thank you for reading and lots of love & luck from Vegas.

Best,

Bear

Tournament Burnout & Why It’s Okay to Find Your Pace

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I may not be the Smash Bros illuminati elite, but I definitely notice the difference between the amount of tournaments in the Smash Bros community. The growth has been extraordinary. I remember back before Smash Bros went wild I begged for tournaments & the only ones that were going on were the ones I hosted. Granted this was early 2000s in Saudi Arabia in Aramco (an American community in Dhahran), it had that grassroots feel, well there wasn’t any grass…so more like sand box beginnings.

Anyways, fast forward past my move to the USA and after my hiatus from being involved in the Smash Bros community and more importantly the years since 2014. When I finally had time to breathe and look into the Smash Bros community again while at UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas), I got the Smash Bros bug to get back involved into the community. I had no idea I’d be where I am today and honestly appreciate & cherish each day as some people in the Smash 4 community look up to me, which I’m a short guy so I appreciate it.

More importantly to get to the point of this post, tournament burnout is apparent and I see people projecting their emotions through their performance at tournaments & their social media interactions. Most professional sports organizations have an off season & that’s how we grew up. NFL takes a few months off between playoffs & Spring, NBA takes the summer off, and MLB has winter to hibernate. Competitive Smash Bros does not have an off season. For professionals who are in it to win every big prize they can, currently there is almost 2 large tournaments a month and much more if you factor in games a player competes in, invitationals, EXPOs, conventions, and local tournaments.

Before I ramble on too much, I just wanted to say I’m truly happy to see so much activity in the competitive Smash Bros community, but also that it is perfectly fine to go at your own pace. Also your pace is not the same as someone else’s pace, do what you feel is right and remember to put your priorities first. If you believe that going to only one national a month is enough while you practice and attend locals to test your might, that’s completely fine and anyone giving you crap has no idea how you feel and forgot that person.

You are the most important person to worry about in your competitive endeavours, and it’s important to remember to find your own pace.

Thank you for taking your time to read this and I love you buddy. Don’t fret about making it to everything. Make it to what you feel would be best for you.

Lots of love & luck from Vegas,
Bear

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Payout & Percentages for FGC Tournaments

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One of the most common questions I get from new tournament organizers in Smash Bros, Pokken Tournament, and some FGC is “How do I setup payouts? Is there a set %? Everything is different I’m a bit confused.”

First off, a few things to consider:

1. This is my opinion and not the only way to have it setup, but hopefully this helps.

2. Always have your payout procedure & percentages in writing when posting the event to various outlets.

3. Make sure you ensure that 1st place doesn’t get shafted; hard work should be rewarded.

4. The talent pool of a tournament shouldn’t affect your payouts mid tournament, you should set it in advance and prepare for any number of people inbound.

5. If there’s a pot bonus, make sure you indicate how it’s being distributed.

6. If you change anything (which I don’t recommend if you are have a large number of people payed & signed up), make sure you let people know via all means of communication tools you’re equipped with (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, Vine, Snapchat, or whatever you can use to get the message out there).

Now to my recommendations for percentages based on number of entrants:

Less than 32 players; Top 3
1st 60%
2nd 30%
3rd 10%
[Pretty standard local payout]

33 to 128 players; Top 4
1st 55%
2nd 27%
3rd 13%
4th 5%

129 to 512 players; Top 8
1st 50%
2nd 25%
3rd 12%
4th 7%
5th 2% & 2%
7th 1% & 1%

512+ players; Top 16
1st 50%
2nd 25%
3rd 12%
4th 7%
5th 2% & 2%
7th 1% & 1%
9th venue fee + entry fee (x4)
13th venue fee (x4)
[After taking out the 9th & 13th payouts, divide up the rest of top 8 with remaining funds]

You’re more than welcome to adjust & use whatever payout you choose. I hope this helps people as a blueprint.

Best,

Bear

CEO 2016 Smash 4 Wii U Ruleset Graphic

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Above is the CEO 2016 Super Smash Bros for Wii U (Smash 4) Ruleset in a nice high resolution image by Panda Global’s KTH.

Check out Keith (Panda Global @PG_KTH here: https://twitter.com/PG_KTH

I asked KTH to make this so that any TO that is in need has a nice easy to read printable ruleset. (Minor changes/edits may happen; if they do I’ll adjust the image accordingly with the help of my trusted graphic designers). Note that CEO, they’re allowing wireless controllers with a strict desync policy to avoid any delays.

This is approved by Alex Jebailey and we appreciate his support. We did this out of courtesy to the Smash 4 scene and wanted to ensure every TO, player, commentator, and spectator has easy access to something visual for the CEO 2016 Ruleset.

I hope this is of use for some people. If you need a high resolution emailed to you, just DM on Twitter and I’ll send it to you.

Be sure to register for CEO 2016! Follow the link below!

http://ceogaming.org/ceo2016register

Best,

Bear

EVO 2016 Smash 4 Wii U Ruleset Graphic [unofficial]

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Above is the EVO 2016 Super Smash Bros for Wii U (Smash 4) Ruleset in a nice high resolution image by Panda Global’s KTH & Wolfiisair.

Check out Keith (Panda Global @PG_KTH here: https://twitter.com/PG_KTH

Check out Wolfii (Panda Global) @PG_Wolfiisaur here: https://twitter.com/PG_Wolfiisaur

I asked them to make this so that any TO that is in need to go by the EVO 2016 Smash 4 Ruleset has a nice easy to read printable ruleset. (Minor changes/edits may happen; if they do I’ll adjust the image accordingly with the help of my trusted graphic designers)

This is unofficial we did this out of courtesy to the Smash 4 scene and wanted to ensure every TO, player, commentator, and spectator has easy access to something visual for the EVO 2016 Ruleset.

I hope this is of use for some people. If you need a high resolution emailed to you, just DM on Twitter and I’ll send it to you.

Best,

Bear