"My Smash setup is right behind my desk, so it's really accessible; I'll usually practice my fundamentals in thirty minute increments about two or three times a day."
"I feel like no ones motivated to get better. I didn't realize this until I went to Salt Flats 2 and compared the Edmonton scene and the Calgary scene. I could feel everyone was there to compete and get better. It's just an atmosphere I don't seem to get here in Edmonton."
"I don't exactly remember how I found out about the smash scene, but I remember thinking 'I can beat a bunch of my friends so I'm sure I'm up there. Let's see how big the gap is'."
"It's awesome to hang out with people in 'real life' and I think it also keeps raging in check. My big beef with online gaming is that people tend to be really toxic, and it's easy to dehumanize people and be a jerk from behind a screen. When you're buddies with the people you're playing with, and you're playing in person, it's a way different atmosphere and I think that's a big reason why the local smash community is so great to be a part of."
"Success is about how hard you can get hit but keep moving forward, so if you get double knocked out and don't learn from it you'll never succeed."
"I craved elo. Literally, every time I would see them all, I would be like 'elo me' and they couldn't say no because I was at the bottom of the rankings."
"When I started attending more I felt like i knew a lot more people by their name rather than their gamertag. I started improving more and talking more with other members in the community. I say that had the biggest influence on me".
"Before I officially joined, I practiced tech skill at home everyday for at least an hour...When I first went to a smashfest, I thought I was going to get wrecked so hard, but I went undefeated for awhile on the TV I joined. It was relieving to know you couldn't sleep on me."