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First to Ten exclusive with everything about Florida weekly: Juicy Game Nights

Welcome back everyone!  

I know we’ve been on hiatus for a few weekends but we’re back in full swing just in time before Frosty Faustings.  I hope everyone enjoyed the Thank You NetherRealm video I was able to put together with the community.  Every time I watch it I think of how amazing it is when we all get together to do something powerful.  A video like that is positive power to show everyone else how our community loves our games, regardless of the occasional salt we see online.

Anywho, I did a poll recently and noticed people want to see more artists in the community featured. PLEASE, if you have any in mind feel free to tweet them at me during the week before Thursday because i’m always taking new suggestions.  This week I wanted to use this platform to help put eyes on a weekly called Juicy Game Nights that takes place in Florida.  We know our community has a strong presence in Florida so I’m hoping this will help spread the word about what they’re doing and have more people check them out.

Arris Whittaker is VP and co-founder of Juicy Game Nights and will be representing them in this interview.  He’s someone who’s always seems to be kind and supportive of what people are doing in the fighting game community. Interviewing a TO was really fun back when I did one with Wafflez of GGA, I feel this one will be informative and fun as well.  With that said, let’s get the ball rolling.

1. Hey! Thanks for doing this F2T.  For those out there who don’t know you, tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from.

No problem! My name is Arris “Blacky” Whittaker, I’m an NRS head from Kissimmee, Florida. I’ve been playing video games since I was a wee lad (GameCube days) and since then I’ve been a hooked gamer! Over these past couple of years, I’ve grown more and more fond of fighting games and so I want to do what I can to contribute and help the community thrive.

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FLBlacky himself at CB 2017.  Photo by Robert Paul.

2.  How did you get started in the FGC?

I have been involved with the FGC since late 2015 when my partner Alex “Duelist” Pesante was running a small local called Eccentric Emporium. After that, I went to my first major CEO in 2016 and since then I’ve been an addict.

3.  What is Juicy Game Nights and when do they happen?

Juicy Game Nights is an organization that hosts local FGC tournaments twice a week (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) as well as larger scale tournaments once per month.

4. What was the most difficult part of starting a weekly and how did you overcome that?

One of the biggest obstacles for not just our weekly but with the FGC as a whole in Kissimmee was convincing venue spaces to allow us to host and stay at their location. Consistency is key for a local but after nearly a year and a half and 3 venues later, we went from a hookah lounge to working with a world renowned franchise, Buffalo Wild Wings. In order to overcome those obstacles, we had to stay patient and have confidence that our community will come out and showcase their skills, and they have definitely done that.  

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Juicy Game Night set up in Bdubs.

5. What is one of your favorite memories from a tournament?

As a TO/bracket runner: Being able to work with Kitana Prime and Gweedo at CEO to run Top 48 for Injustice 2 (that was extremely behind schedule) and finish it with nearly an hour to spare.

As a player: playing against Nivek at Combo Breaker and doing a Raiden ditto against him in tourney. Got bodied but it was worth it.

6.  Why the NRS scene?  What games and characters from these have been your favorite?

The NRS scene knows how to bring the hype. A great example is when Slayer was able to defeat Sonicfox at CEO. Mortal Kombat X has been my favorite thus far. As for my favorite character, I have to pick Tremor because his Aftershock variation makes it look like he needs some SERIOUS Vaseline on his chest!

7.  What is your favorite part about the Florida scene?

We’re all lab monsters and not afraid to share knowledge on characters in order to raise the bar for the competition.

8.  Who is somebody that inspires you and how do you apply that to what you do with JGN?

The Hadou. That man is tireless at making sure that the people and the community are taken care of first. I want to provide the best for our community as we move forward into 2018 and my partner, staff and I plan on doing everything in our power to accomplish that.

9.  What other games can people attending play at JGN?

In addition to Injustice 2, we have Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, DBFZ, Super Smash Bros  Wii U and Melee, Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, and Rivals of Aether.

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Photo from Juicy Game Night of some other games being played.

10.  What tournaments can we see you at this year?

If everything goes according to plan, I’m hoping to attend Combo Breaker and CEO. If you see me, don’t be afraid to say hi!

 

If you’d like to keep up to date with Juicy Game Nights or FLBlacky himself please feel free to follow them on twitter and twitch:

FLBlacky Twitter: https://twitter.com/flblacky
Juicy Game Nights Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuicyGameNight
Juicy Game Nights Twitch:  https://www.twitch.tv/juicygamenight

 

There you have it!

If you are near the Florida area and are looking for a fun weekly for Dragon Ball FighterZ  coming up as well as these other games – you gotta check out Juicy Game Night.

Never forget that First to Ten is about the community as a whole.  If you’re someone with a weekly you run that you think not a lot of people know about, let me know.  I’m more than happy to signal boost or help promote you and your scene.  The only way we can keep growing as a community is by supporting each other.

Trying to find some artists in the scene we’d like to see on here.

If not artists let me know some of the people who you’d like to see interviewed!

Have a Seat: First to Ten kicks into kombat and victories with Meryluna

Happy Holidays everyone tuning into this week’s First to Ten!  I hope everyone had a good time at NEC this past weekend.  For those who didn’t go we saw quite a variety of characters in top 8 which was hype to see including Hellboy, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, and Black Manta.

I wanted to take this First to Ten to cover another woman in the scene who I admire.  Meryluna is not only an incredible person, but a very talented player.  She has clutched spots in top 8’s for Mortal Kombat X in Kombat Cup for more than one time.  She has also placed top 8 at Defend the North 2017 and Summer Jam 2017 in MKX. Her ravenous Mileena is insane and not to be taken lightly. She also has some pretty amazing titans in Injustice 2 she plays.  It’s only a matter of time before she shows her work she’s put in for Injustice 2. I felt it only appropriate to put her on this week.

Mery and I became friends from being in a group chat we were both in a while back. We first officially met in person at NEC last winter.  We blossomed into a good friendship where as of today where we have even gotten to play casuals at a tournament and a bit online as well.  We also just talk occasionally because she’s just honestly a sweetheart and enjoyable to talk to. Let’s get to it so she can share all the amazing things about herself with you.

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The lovely Meryluna herself. 

1. Meryluna thank you for joining us! Please tell everyone a bit of a personal introduction like who you are, how you got your tag, and where you’re from.

Before anything, thank you for having me in your First to Ten. I think what you are doing here is amazing and great for people and it gives everyone an insight of other players in the scene. My tag at the moment is Meryluna, but deep down it will always be Merytrailmix. I was eating a bag of trail Mix one day and the name just popped into my head and i loved it.

2. What got you into playing fighting games competitively? What makes you choose a character?

As a gamer, I am naturally competitive. But when I found out that there was a Fighting Game Community, it opened a whole new world to me. I couldn’t believe that there was a whole community dedicated to fighting games and it motivated me to get so much better. I wanted to learn the fighting game language, frame data etc. When MKX came out, I attended these locals in StartupBox and I loved that feeling of playing against other people in tournament, especially with my character Mileena.

When I pick a character, I go for the aesthetic but I usually love the villains and non-human characters. I like to find something that I have in common with them and then I pretend to be that character while I’m fighting, it’s more fun that way.

3. What was your first top 8 and what kind of feelings did you have before and after playing it?

My first top 8 was in StreamMe’s Konquest, and honestly, I was happy and both disappointed. Happy because it was my first top 8 but I knew I could have done better. Sometimes that is my problem, I am a bit hard on myself after tournament matches. I try to tell myself to not be satisfied with how I do, so that way I motivate myself to perform better.

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Meryluna playing games at Summer Jam XI with Starcharger.

4. Do you feel the community treats you any different (good or bad) for being a woman? What advice would you give to women looking in?

I don’t feel they treat me different at all, and my advice to anyone trying to be a part of the scene is never get intimidated to lose or play poorly because we all start off as noobs sometime in our life. Be patient with yourself, we don’t always learn things at first. I tell people this all the time. Give yourself time to learn at your own pace. Trust me, you will definitely get better. Practice makes perfect.

5. What made you go with Ravenous for Mileena and not piercing? Was she always your main in MK?

When I first heard about Mileena being in MKX, I already knew she was going to be my main character. I tried all her variations but I loved Ravenous the most because of her pounces and how crazy her fighting style was. She also reminded me how Nitara played in MK: Deadly Alliance so I felt like it was a combination of the two characters.

6. What characters are you playing in Injustice 2 and what do you enjoy about them?

I currently play with Robin and Starfire. It’s hard to say which one is my main character because I play both of them equally. Robins sword animations are so nice to look at during combos, and I love his sound effects. Starfire’s appearance and animations are also what I enjoy most about playing her, I love anti-airing people with her B2, it’s so satisfying.

7. Do you go to any locals? How do you do at them and do you have anyone you feel is a rival to you there?

I have gone to NLBC several times but lately I haven’t been able to attend . I don’t really have any rivalries there but if I did, I feel it would make things more interesting, since I love competition. The last time I attended it was the second week after Injustice 2 was released.  I had a set with someones Harley Quinn who kept beating my Robin. I was still new to the idea of not having a block button, and I barely knew any bnbs with him.

8. What other games do you play? Would you recommend any for those reading this?

Right now, I am currently obsessed with Overwatch. I used to be a Call of Duty fan all of my highschool years but when I started playing Overwatch, I instantly became hooked. It is such a stimulating game that I never get bored of. I recommend the game to anyone who likes FPS and games that require teamwork. I also recommend the The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. When I play that game, I feel like I am really inside the game, and the music is beautiful!!

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Screencap from Mery’s twitter of her rank in Overwatch.

9. You stream pretty often from what I see. What do you like about streaming fighting games most and how do the community of viewers you have make you feel?

What I like most about streaming fighting games is how the viewers are able to help you out with the game. When I streamed MKX, so many people would help me out with matchups and share advice on how to deal with other characters. It definitely helped me get better, so I’m very thankful to everyone that took the time to help me learn these things. That’s what I love most about the community, everyone just wants to get better and have fun in the process.

10. Lastly, what tournaments do you plan to attend in 2018?

I’ve never went to CEO and I heard it is one of the most fun events in the whole year so I’m going to pray that I am able to make it next time it comes. Of course, I will try to attend NEC and Summer Jam since they are the closest to New York if life allows me to.

If you would like to support and follow Mery you can do the following here:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/xomeryluna
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/xomeryluna

The local Mery goes to is always a blast to watch on stream.  If you haven’t already, follow the twitter for NLBC and also feel free to check out their website:

NLBC Twitter
NLBC Website

I hope everyone in the FGC has a safe and happy holiday.

I am pleased to announce here first and later on twitter my video project.  Many of you I have already contacted about submitting a video for it.  The project is called Thank You NetherRealm.  I need all video submissions by the 25th and will upload and post on the 31st or 1st.  My goal is to ring in the new year with positivity for the NRS community.  Together we can achieve this.  If you would like to be a part, please record a horizontal video (<—–>) (please no vertical because it is not the format).  You can use your mobile phone or any device to do so.  The video needs to be no longer than 7 seconds (9 is cutting it close).  You will say in the video “Thank you NetherRealm for….” and say something positive you are thankful for.  Some examples of ones that have been said are:

“Thank you Netherrealm for creating my favorite game ever.”
“Thank you NetherRealm for creating my wifey Mileena.”
“Thank you NetherRealm for the constant updates you put in the game.”

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  And if NetherRealm games have impacted your life in some way (MK or IJ etc.) feel free to make your video clip and send it my way.

Email all videos to: romanovacosplay@gmail.com

Thank you everyone for a fantastic new year.  Can’t wait to see what happens with First to Ten going forward.  I love you all and I am extremely humbled by your support.