FFR Official Tournament – Round Two!!
Welp, it’s been a week. I wish I could say it was a week filled with heated rivalries and tight elimination cutoffs, but I’m sure most of us are aware that first rounds for Official FFR Tournaments tend to have a more chilled and relaxed atmosphere than the rounds to follow. Non-submitters helped to keep elimination barriers relatively low, although some divisions still managed to reach SDG cutoffs, which is even more impressive considering the pretty aggressive first round picks compared to last year. Sadly, we say goodbye to almost 250 of you this week. I’d love to personalize a farewell message for all of you, but due to a combination of both my laziness and my not wanting to stretch this post to ridiculous proportions, I’ll just pick one of you at random. Goodbye hoboasian. I would tell you that you fought valiantly, but it appears that you haven’t been online in the past 20 days.
To everyone whose name on the dashboard isn’t backed by that bloody shade of death (wow that’s slightly morbid for an arrowsmashing tourney…) – good news! You did enough to make it to Round 2! Being the pessimist that I am, however, I’ll have to offset that with some bad news – you need to do even more work this week if you want to survive until Round 3…
Let’s take a look at this round’s songs, mmmyes?
Division 1: Nocturne
Things are picking up speed quite fast for D1. Nocturne, a piano solo brought to you by stepartist vet Silvuh, will be a bit of a jump in difficulty for our players. The file features some delicate coloured note sections that will definitely test your reading abilities, as well as some slight deviations in bpm to keep you on edge throughout the almost 500 note file. This may be a relaxing file to play for our veterans of the game, but I foresee some serious competition from D1 starting this round.
Division 2: Insomnia (Acid Paradox Remix)
nois-or-e hits up D2 with his first chart of the tourney, Insomnia (Acid Paradox Remix)! Sounds a bit like dubstep to me despite some guy that suggests otherwise twice throughout the song… In any case, D2 gets to tap along to some gentle 16th jumpstream before things get slightly more chaotic. Watch out for those 32nd triples, it’s not hard to rush ahead or fall behind if you lose your focus for a moment. As AAAs might be few and far between, it’ll be interesting to see how our D2 players handle this round. Keep an eye on this division for sure.
Division 3: CS Custom Gun Sounds
Those that enjoyed Infinity last round are in for a treat. Why you might ask? Our D3 players receive yet another Elite Ninja chart this round! CS Custom Gun Sounds might sound very similar to another file already in FFR (I’ll let you guys try and guess which one), but Elite Ninja wasn’t as mean as bluguerilla was with some of his pattern choices (look, I even gave you guys a hint!) The chart is very consistent in its layering, featuring hands where hands are warranted and a plethora of jumps. A few tricky 16th jacks might manage to catch a few of you off-guard in the latter half of the file. All in all, shouldn’t be too problematic, but I have a feeling that difficulty in future rounds for our D3 players might spike very soon…
Division 4: Yellow Leaves
Alright, alright. Addict (Dr. Ozi Monsta r3mix) was a rough Round 1 for you guys. I can almost guarantee you’ll enjoy this file a bit more if you’ve had trouble with those 32nd bursts over the past week. Silvuh strikes twice this round with Yellow Leaves, a very catchy upbeat piano tune with drum and bass accompaniment! The chart is far less aggressive in comparison to Addict, but almost 500 notes longer. There shouldn’t be too many problem areas in this file for our D4 players, but their consistency will definitely be tested. And hey, even if you find yourself in some sort of dire situation later on in the round, struggling to claw your way over that elimination barrier, at least you get to listen to a pretty cool song~
Division 5: A FLOWER GARDEN
$20 says this marks the beginning of what I like to call ‘bmah rage’. Don’t get me wrong, the chart’s fantastic and I love it, but I’m positive some of you D5’ers will think otherwise, if only because it’ll prove tough to score on. Yes, D5 gets their first bmah chart of the tourney with A FLOWER GARDEN. And yes, there are a TON of nasty places to trip up on in this file. Much like a flower garden, this file is extremely colourful, featuring 16th jumpjacks, a ~*~RaiNboW~*~ trill, 32nd jumpstreams, and a sped-up climactic ending. You guys did really well on EuroMorroc, so enjoy your first kick to the balls.
Division 6: Since 1983
Oh man, years ago I used to spend hours raging over the SM edit for this chart (there was this one really awkward 24th stream that I just could NOT hit for the life of me). Thankfully, DarkZtar’s chart isn’t as overlayered, but it’s no walk in the park either. Whereas Spoils demanded both technique and control from our D6 players, speed is being tested here. The chart contains alternating 12th and 16th jumpstreams with a few polyrhythms thrown in occasionally for good measure. The real difficulty, however, comes at the blazing-fast 24th jumpstreaming sections, most notably in the middle of the song during the fiery electric guitar and keyboard solos. Good luck D6, we’ll be reaching even more complex files sooner than you think.
Drop an opinion on this weeks charts in the thread. Don’t forget to take a look where you stand in the official tournament dashboard. Happy keysmashing, guys. Try not to rage too much, the worst is yet to come.
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