The Path of the Desert Wanderer

Things are happening down in Lake Havasu. Havasu Smash has been going at it with their weekly tournaments for over a year now and the top dogs have mostly remained the same. Over 50 weekly tournaments have happened and until recently, there’s only been one player to win those tournaments. Daniels. Well now, things might be changing. Other players are now challenging him for the throne.

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In 2009, 3 of the leaders of what would today become Havasu Smash lined up for first period freshman PE Class. Daniels, Dusttin and Aces all met in that first class of their high school years. All of which were there when the Nintendo 64 was brought out of the closet in 2014. They all played on an HD TV for a year before they discovered the competitive scene. At the start of 2015 Havasu Smash as we know it, was born.

Dusttin, friends with Cody Daniels, became one of the top players in Havasu as a Fox player. Back in 2015, Dusttin’s Fox quickly became king in the Havasu community. Daniels and Dusttin would battle for supremacy with Green and Purple Foxes on the HD TV. As more players became involved in the scene, Dusttin took a short hiatus but he then returned stronger. He began teaming with his long time friend Daniels at tournaments such as ODS I and Snosa. Following ODS I and Genesis 3, Havasu started their weekly tournaments and began the local competitive drive Dusttin and other players needed to get better.   

19184408_1415938795119565_209521318_nAfter the weeklies started, the birth of the Power Rankings were soon to follow. The top 4 on the list consisted of Daniels, Dusttin, Aces and SonicFuzz. Daniels and Dusttin battled it out in Fox dittos for many games of their sets in the early days of the weeklies. Until around Havasu Smash 10, when Dusttin picked up and quickly learned the way of the Rat, Pikachu. Daniels believed Dusttin started going Pikachu in their matches, instead of their tradition of going Fox dittos week after week, because he now believed he had what it took to take Daniels down. Dusttin, Aces and Sonicfuzz battled it out for their spots in the top 4. Many tournaments and months had passed and nobody had yet taken a set off of Daniels. Until July 16, 2016. Havasu Smash 19 was going as expected when Dusttin pulled out Pika to face Daniels in winners finals. He made history upsetting Daniels 3-2 and advancing to Grand Finals where he fell just short of winning the whole tournament. Dusttin made history by taking the first set, but was not satisfied as he wanted to be the one to take the first tournament. Sonicfuzz followed by making his mark on history by taking his first set off of Daniels. It seemed that Daniels was getting closer than ever to losing his first tournament. Come Havasu Smash 28, the day had come when Dusttin and Daniels battled it out for 3 sets before Dusttin won and made a lasting impression on Havasu Smash. To this day Dusttin has been the only one to take a tournament off of Daniels. He’s taken a total of two tournaments off of him with more than 10 sets as well. The only other player to take a set of Daniels is Sonicfuzz.

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Dusttin (Left Center) and Aces (Right Center) face off with the Havasu Crew.

Dusttin has attended multiple majors including both ODSs, Snosa and Genesis 4. He teamed with Stranded at ODS 2 and they made a run to 9th place before being eliminated by team CodyKeroppi. Dusttin has slowly been climbing his way up through the ranks of the Smash Bros. community and was on the cusp of making bracket at Genesis 4 and Snosa. He’s leveled up in the months since Genesis 4. We expect a great showing when he and the Havasu scene travel out to Snosa 3 on June 16. Daniels and Dusttin will once again team at Snosa 3. Tune in to  the Super Smash Bros 64 League Twitch to see how Dusttin and the Havasu Smash Scene perform at Snosa 3.

The Smash Writers Get a Logo!

SMASH WRITERS FINAL

By Jason ” Nardwell” Mani

The Smash Writers are happy to announce that we have finally gotten an official logo! Created by the wonderfully talented Sandy Tang, we believe our logo will give us a unique identity that people can identify with. You will start seeing the logo wherever you find The Smash Writers, such as on our blog, Facebook or Twitter. The idea for the logo came naturally from our two passions: Super Smash Bros. and writing. Therefore, Master Hand penning our name seemed obvious.

To kick off our new logo we are launching a Tee Republic campaign where you will be able to purchase official Smash Writers tee shirts to help support us in our quest to bring you the highest quality Smash 64 content.

We hope you like our new look and feel. Look out for a full store coming soon to our blog where you will be able to buy all sorts of official Smash Writers gear to help support our dream of making Smash 64 as great as it can be!

 

YouTube 64 Spotlight: Havasu Smash 64

By Ben “Bacorn” Corn

You don’t have to worry about getting Shrekt or yelling “Go Baltimore” to enjoy these YouTube channels.

The featured Super Smash Bros. 64 YouTube channel this week is Havasu Smash 64.

If you follow 64, you know about Havasu. It’s one of the best scenes in the U.S. and came to fruition almost completely based off the sheer willpower of Daniels, its benevolent leader.

Currently, Havasu’s YouTube channel focuses on VODs of tournaments and money matches. In fact, the $500 MM between Daniels and Smurf and KeroKeroppi’s 2v1 comeback from ODS are the two most-viewed videos on the channel, both nearing 300 views.

The channel also has some videos chronicling the adventures of the Havasu Smashers, mostly Daniels. In fact, Daniels says his favorite video is one of the Havasu guys getting kicked out of their hotel for SNOSA II.

Daniels said he plans to make more feature videos like that, but also wants to make sure he always has plenty of gameplay for Smash fans to watch.

“Yeah we’re planning on making highlight vids that are funny/interesting/crazy shit that happens etc. and I also have made two videos documenting my travels to GOML and SNOSA,” Daniels said. “I want to continue the momentum by streaming for major tournaments from now on as opposed to just our weeklies and ODS.”

So check out the Havasu channel and drop them a subscribe! I’m sure Daniels and the rest of the crew would appreciate it!

The Secret Boss of Lake Havasu

By Jason “Nardwell” Mani
This weekend, a looming shadow descends upon Lake Havasu City. The ground shakes as he approaches and the members of the Havasu Smash Club gird themselves for the challenge ahead. The past few weeks, the Havasu Smash Club has seen some surprising shakeups in their brackets. Most notably, the impressive run by upstart SonicFuzz, the padawan of Daniels himself. This is a promising sign for the Havasu Smash 64 community, showing that they are capable of producing talent that is able to grow and learn extremely fast.

This mysterious challenger approaching the small oasis in Western Arizona looks to add a few more trophies to his long list of defeated smashers. The knights of Havasu will have been honing their skills all week in preparation for the great adversary if they hope to be able to dent him in competitive play. This weekend will truly be a test of skill for the Southwest, which is mostly unproven outside of California.

The strange competitor from a far off land will be an excellent benchmark for the burgeoning scene and will show how much work may need to be put in to go toe to toe against the big boys. The enigmatic opponent will be there not only to try and take the Havasu students’ lunch money, he will also be there to teach them the way of the smasher and help them improve their game. The weekend will also be used as a drawing of the Havasu Crew. It’s not always easy to make every weekly and this event allows members who are a bit further from the epicenter to shoot for a premier tourney to try and make it out too.

This weekend will be marked by some specially prepared events by Daniels, as he is going to give the special guest the gold-package experience. The host will be showing off the best aspects of Havasu, including jet-skiing on Lake Havasu, off-roading, and playing Smash 64. He will also be giving the members of the scene one-on-one time with this great player, allowing them all to grow and learn from his knowledge. These events will surely give the guest many positive things to talk about, promoting Havasu to the wider scene as a haven for Smash.

This event was born out of the love of the game by Cody “Daniels” Daniels. A man who has faced extreme adversity recently and got into Smash 64 out of necessity after being homebound by health issues. He hopes to use this event as a catalyst to help bring exposure to and grow his beloved Havasu Smash scene. Check out The Secret Boss of Lake Havasu this Saturday at 11 p.m. EST 8 p.m. PST on twitch.tv/themrdaniels.

To stay up to date on the happenings of the Lake Havasu Smash Club and The Smash Writers remember to follow them on Twitter @CodyDaniels88 and @Smash_Writer and like the Havasu Smash 64 and The Smash Writers page on Facebook