8th Official FFR Tournament: It begins!
I gave my sincerest apologies in the forums to those that were aware of the tournament’s beginning, but considering the fact that I have received a few messages asking when the tournament started, it would only be fair to apologize to those who were unaware of the tournament being in progress. In any event, I would like to welcome the 488 of you currently signed up to compete in FFR’s 8th official tournament. With a new tournament structure, eight weeks of new files to come, and some new faces entering the proverbial arena, veteran keyboard killers and newbie mash-masters alike will all have something to enjoy. For 104 of you, this will be your first and only round in the tournament. Given the typical submission rate for round 1, it’s likely that some people won’t even notice they’ve been eliminated. For those of you that actually do care about what’s going on, here’s some information.
First off, before I detail the round songs, remember that the current tournament standings can be found on the dashboard located here; this includes the current round song, current divisions, eliminations, and round end date. I’m gonna keep things short and sweet for you guys this time, since many of you have already played your songs.
Division 1: Warmish Walkin’
Let the games begin! The division 1 players will open the tournament with Warmish’ Walkin, a light rock composition charted by easy-chart-extraordinare Silvuh. maidable achieves a very serene and warm environment with rich guitar sampling, while providing some rhythm complexity to make the song diverse and enjoyable. The chart itself is chock full of your typical 4th and 8th notes (reds and blues, for you more casual players) but throws a few 16ths (yellows) in unorthodox spots to trip your sense of rhythm. Despite having a lower speed overall compared to the two previous division 1 tournament openers, this Division 1 opener is considerably more difficult. You will need to have a decent sense of rhythm and balance to stand any chance at achieving a good score — and this is the first of many songs that will introduce some more complex structures. Good luck!
Division 2: Swaying Sunflowers
Silvuh strikes again! As usual, our very own Silvuh brings yet another lower-level file for use of the tournament, but this time, it’s for the division 2 players. Swaying Sunflowers is a very simple-sounding piano tune by runeinc that, like division 1′s song, utilizes many 4th and 8th note streams to bring about most of the difficulty in the chart. However, this song carries a brisk pace, and forces you to handle many jumps for coincidences of multiple piano notes landing at the same time. I cannot quite discern the reason why this song is named the way it is, but it is safe to say that this song is very peppy and happy, which might be quite annoying if you have to torture yourself playing it a few hundred times.
Division 3: Fire
Starting off hot, are we? Who better than to deliver a track titled Fire than dubstep/drumstep master, xKore? Fire is a very short but energetic track that brings about heavy bass and quite percussion sequences. Elite Ninja‘s chart is reflective of the intensity necessary to get the division 3 ball rolling, pushing out some short spurts of 32nds (don’t worry, it’s only 85 BPM) in addition to having a very jump-heavy structure. Fire is the shortest of the tournament songs this round, but don’t let that fool you – it packs a pretty respectable punch in terms of difficulty.
Division 4: Touch Me
Oh baby; maybe Fire isn’t the hottest song around after all. One thing is for certain though: Division 4 gets to open the tournament off with a technical chart for a Gunther song. It takes a mastermind to mix technicality and difficulty well enough with a Gunther song show up in division 4, and I have to say…bmah managed to mix sexy with sexy. Touch Me is a fantastic chart that follows the song very intensely, following all of the repeating synthetic riffs, slow percussion, vocals, and occasionally, some background percussion to really force your fingers around. If you can’t enjoy the chart, just take in Samantha Fox’s sensual voice and remember — touch her, because she wants to feel your body.
Division 5: Retro City
Now we’re starting to move up to the big leagues. The Master division opens the tournament up with Retro City, an awesome dubstep song by Adventure Club, stepped by simfile judge Razor. Despite being 3 points lower in difficulty than last year’s opener, this chart makes a very valiant attempt at tripping players up, leaving no skill untouched — bits of jumpstream, trills, jacks, bursts, streams, and even BPM changes are ALL present in the chart. In addition to being incredibly busy and complex, the file is nothing short of fantastic in terms of fun factor; nearly every player mentioning their experience in the Master division so far has mentioned this file to be their favorite, and they certainly aren’t the only ones. Cheers to having an absolutely fantastic dubstep chart in game that is playable by a large majority of the forum community!
Division 6/7: Pussy Pump
Such questionable words to be placed on the front page for the public eye! It’s not very often where we can write the word pussy on the front page in a context that is relevant, but here, I get the chance to! Division 6 and Division 7, our guru and still-to-be-named division (psssssst: help the FFR community come up with a good and official name to identify our D7 players! There’s 10,000 credits in for the best name!) get to take on Pussy Pump, by Otto Von Schirach, a demanding simfile stepped by simfile judge samurai7694. A touch above last year’s opener (Spoils, for those of you who forgot/didn’t know), Pussy Pump can be described a number of ways. Bipolar is one, fast is another. This chart brings about some very aggressive jumpstreams and bursts that are found in arguably faster and harder songs, all in an effort to bring down our best keysmashers. Enjoy this hip-hop/breakcore mix, because it certainly is a weird one.
Good luck to everyone in the tournament!
(p.s. I know I’m not as great of a poster as MrPopadopalis, but I try. )
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