A smashing good time - ETSU to host inaugural Buccaneer Brawl

Matthew Lane • Aug 29, 2019 at 8:30 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Gamers of the Tri-Cities, it’s almost time for the “ultimate” video game brawl.

This Saturday at the Millennium Center in Johnson City, East Tennessee State University will be hosting its inaugural Buccaneer Brawl — a three-hour video game tournament featuring Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee.

The tournament and gaming festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a registration fee if you plan to compete in any of the Super Smash Bros competitions.

Participation is free for ETSU students. For non-ETSU students, the cost is $10.95 per person for the singles competition and $5.48 per person for the doubles competition.


The morning will feature tournaments in two different Super Smash Bros games — Ultimate on Nintendo Switch systems and Melee on Nintendo Gamecube systems. According to event organizer and ETSU student Will Beaudry, there will be singles and doubles competitions in both games, with a $1,000 pot bonus for Ultimate singles and a $500 pot bonus for Melee singles.

In addition, the top eight in Ultimate Singles will receive a custom event-themed controller.

“This event is just one of many events during “Welcome Week” meant to help freshmen become acquainted and comfortable with university life, and we want to appeal to as many freshmen as possible,” Beaudry said. “(Super Smash Bros) is very easy to access for new players and it’s a simple premise of how the game works. But once you learn more and more about the game, it becomes more complex.”

Super Smash Bros is a platform fighting game with more than 70 characters from Nintendo’s wide range of first party titles, including Mario and Luigi, Link and Zelda, Donkey Kong, Bowser, Wario, Kirby and Yoshi.


Beaudry, who has run similar tournaments in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities the past two years, said there would be 40 Ultimate set-ups, 12 Melee set-ups and either consoles for other games. The event will feature a variety of free side activities, including Dance Dance Revolution, air hockey, hoop shots, Mario Kart Wii and more.

Renowned Super Smash Bros gamers Mr. E (from New York), Sonido (from Georgia) and Pip (from Memphis) are slated to be in attendance and compete. Sixteen-year-old Rogersville native Thomas Hughes, aka Gyro, is also expected to attend. Hughes is the top-ranked Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player in both Knoxville and the Tri-Cities — and fourth in Tennessee, Beaudry said.

For more information or to register, visit https://smash.gg/tournament/buccaneer-brawl or contact the ETSU Buctainment office at (423) 439-8324 or by email at [email protected]

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