For those who are not aware, Tommy Wafflez (pictured left) was once an integral part of the NetherRealm Community. As a part of the once dominant GGA team, Tommy traveled regularly with teammates Dizzy, 16Bit, Pimpimjim, and Jeremiah to a multitude of tournaments around the nation. In Mortal Kombat 9, he played quite convincingly the best Smoke that the community has ever seen. In 2013, he accomplished an illustrious win at Final Round, and went on to moderate success in Injustice: Gods Among Us. The newly released Injustice 2 marks the return of Tommy to the scene that he helped grow, still representing the Galloping Ghost Arcade brand. We caught up with him to ask him a few questions prior to the action this weekend;
From what I know personally, the Galloping Ghost Arcade is located in Brookfield, IL, and it houses one of the most dominant fighting game teams in the world. With the likes of PimPimJim, 16 Bit, Jeremiah, HAN, Wafflez, Dizzy, Max, and more, Team GGA has had success at several tournaments across many different fighting games. The GGA team has helped to grow the Injustice and Mortal Kombat community immensely. Behind the scenes their sponsors work hard to sustain their business. It’s time to help support the arcade that paved the way of opportunity for these high level players. I do not know much of the arcade itself, but what I do know is that the employees are friendly and that the arcade is massive. The fact that the arcade is looking to expand is inspiring because arcades are few and far between in the present-day. Here is a quote taken directly from the KickStarter page that will provide more background information about the cause:
“The GALLOPING GHOST ARCADE opened on Friday, August 13, 2010, with a collection of 130 games. We offered all day entry for only $15. Many of the arcade cabinets were rescued from the verge of destruction and restored for everyone to enjoy. Now that we have been open for more than three years, we offer more than 400 arcade games and are possibly the largest arcade in the world. Gamers travel from around the world to come play the arcade titles that many thought they would never see again, as well as to participate in unique events. We offer so much to the people who play here and we continuously strive to to make the place better. We are looking to everyone in the community to help us grow into the gaming utopia we hope to become. We thank you for all your support and help in making this happen.”
The Galloping Ghost Arcade has put forth a lot of effort for the classic arcade scene, which is a scene that has been dying out for the past few years. This, coupled with the incredibly entertaining Injustice Ghost Battle Series, are enough reason to make a small donation to GGA. Help them expand, because without them there would really be no reason for arcade lovers all over the world to care. Without arcades, the world would be filled with people gaming from a very limited standpoint and would provide no hope for people who want to play the classic games that we all miss. Arcades encourage gaming diversity, and even the smallest donation helps. Maybe one day you will be able to make it out to the Galloping Ghost Arcade to see the hard work that has been put into an establishment dedicated to the origins of gaming.
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These predictions for Civil War VI are purely based on the pools that were released prior to the tournament. Under no circumstance do these predictions include late registrations, which are inevitable most of the time. I am also not including FNATIC Perfect Legend in my predictions as I have learned that he will likely not make it to the event. I’m fully expecting some top players to show up as late entrants and for them to be placed in random pools. Regardless of the outcome, Injustice will bring the hype this weekend in Richmond, Virginia. Tune into Arturo Sanchez’s Stream starting at Noon on Saturday April 12th.
Winners – RG Sonic Fox (Final Round Winner)
Losers – PTH RM RelaxedState (Upcoming Zod Player)
Winners – RG Tom Brady (Top 8 Winter Brawl)
Losers – Viking 305 (Top 8 Winter Brawl)
Winners – PTH RM Khaotik (Top 8 Summer Jam)
Losers – Kinetic Orochi (Top 8 Final Round)
Winners – Emperor Jupiter (APEX Winner)
Losers – Re$e-Killanator (Reputable Doomsday)
When all is said and done I believe this tournament will come down to Sonic Fox and Jupiter provided that they do not meet early in top 8. These two have been on a tear as of late with Sonic Fox coming off of his win at Final Round, and Jupiter has been nearly untouchable with Martian Manhunter at the Eight on the Break weekly tournaments. Be sure to watch as the tournament unfolds and we learn who will be crowned the winner of the sixth installment of the Civil War fighting game tournament.
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The month of April marks the one year anniversary of the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us. For those who don’t know, Injustice is a fighting game created by the developers of the Mortal Kombat series. Led by Ed Boon, Injustice went on to win several awards including VGX’s Fighting Game of the Year award. The tournament life is where Injustice thrives in terms of excitement and methodical gameplay. The game has seen quite an evolution in the year that it’s had to grow. Superman and Black Adam were two characters that often traded tournament wins at the beginning due to their tools. These two characters were powerful at the highest level, and in the right hands, they were unstoppable. NetherRealm Studios responded to the outcry of the community and made an be-all end-all patch. This patch has led to some of the most hype tournament matches imaginable. The most recent major tournament for Injustice was Texas Showdown 2014, and it was won by a Shazam player by the name of KH Digit. Shazam is widely considered as a weak character, and Digit’s win further proves the diversity of competitive Injustice play.
Moving past the background information comes some information about the upcoming major that will be held in Virginia. It is the sixth installment of the Civil War tournament, and it will feature Injustice. This will be one of the first majors to implement a best 3 out of 5 format for Injustice. The community for Injustice have gone back and forth on the topic of what format is better for tournament play. It will be interesting to see how scheduling works with longer Injustice set, but nevertheless it will be a worthwhile experiment. Civil War VI will include 4 pools with roughly 12 players in each. This tournament marks the one-year tournament anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The list of pools can also be viewed and discussed on the Test Your Might website.
RG Sonic Fox
GLV Ice Angel
HBA EMP JRosa
RG Tom Brady
OBS/PTH Jkun Prime
PTH RM EDC Mr. Aquaman
AK DS FNATIC Perfect Legend
RM PTH Khaotik
IC EWtH NLHEPlayer 88
PTH RM Witness
RM PTH Astronout
PTH Sid the Haze
GLV Dark Steel
You can check out the action for Civil War VI at Arturo Sanchez’s Twitch channel NYCFURBY.
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