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Helix Weekly Update #5

Ladies and gentlemen: It is time for the last Helix Weekly update! 4 weeks have passed and Helix is this very week. This time we are releasing all pools and brackets. In addition to that, we want to re-post some of the most important information, so you can keep it in mind and give you the last numbers and statistics.

This week’s content:

 Statistics

 Pools

Schedule

 Pre-Helix Party at Meltdown Berlin

 Getting around in Berlin

 Disclaimer regarding spectators

 

Statistics

Helix hit a total number of 208 entrants! With the Helix staff not entering singles, it’s a total of 212 people. This makes Helix not only the biggest German tournament to date, but also the 4th biggest european tournament of all time, behind Heir II The Throne, Beast 5 and Epita Smash Arena 2.
Melee Singles capped at 208, while Melee Doubles managed to get 63 teams, perfect for a 64 man Bracket. P:M has a total of 69 entrants.

Let’s take a look at where our participants come from:

image (1)As to be expected, most smashers attending Helix come from Germany, making up to 2/3 of the 208 entrants. The two countries that brought the most players besides Germany are Finland (9) and the Netherlands (10). After that, Switzerland makes a surprising appearance with 8 players. The next countries in line are Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Spain. The spanish numbers may seem even more surprising considering the caliber of the players they bring: Overtriforce, Strawhat and Trif are all in attendance. Somewhat sad is the lack of powerhouses from the swedish crew: Android Leffen and several others are missing from this list.

The most positive aspect is definitely the good numbers of Belgium, Switzerland and Spain. Hope to see them more in the future at other events!

 

 

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For the german numbers themselves: Of course, Berlin brings most of the participants, with 20% of the total. The western region follows with just barely less players and northern Germany, which was a dead region for years comes in third. Together, they make 80% of the total german smashers present at Helix. You may want to consider this numbers when planing your next smashing trip to Germany!

Helix Pools and Brackets

The time has finally come. Melee Singles pools and brackets for Melee Doubles and P:M are done and can be found here. Please note that minor changes may follow. Though we are positive and believe that not much is gonna change, if at all.

Melee Singles is going to be played in 16 pools of 13 people each. Top 4 advances to a second round of pools with 8 pools with 8 players. Again best 4 advances to top 32, which will be played on Sunday. Melee Teams will be a double elimination 63 man bracket. The bracket for P:M is also double elimination and has a total of 69 players.

 

Reminder: Schedule

Tentative schedule is as follows. Please note times are not yet final.

Saturday 26th of September:

09.00 – 10.00 Venue opens, freeplay
10.00 – 13.00 Melee Singles Pools R1 / PM
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 18.00 Teams Bracket
18.30 – 19.30 Melee Pools R2
19.30 – 20.00 Small break
20.00 – 22.30 PM Top 8
22.30 End of the first day

Sunday 27th of September:

09.00 – 12.00 Melee Top 32
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch Break
13.00 – 15.30 Teams Top 8
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 18.30 Melee Singles Top 8
18.30 End

 

Reminder: Getting around in Berlin

 Getting around in Berlin is really easy. The city has got a very good public transportation system. Even big distances can be travelled fairly quickly if the right choices are made. There are a few things that can help you save money and time if you consider them though.

As most cities, Berlin has different types of public transport. The most commonly used ones are arguably the “U-Bahn” (underground) and “S-Bahn” (fast train). You will be most probably using these two trains to move around and get to the venue. It may be that you need to use the tram as well. Commuter trains (RegionalBahn, short “Regio” or RB) stop at several stations in Berlin(like the Friedrichstraße station, where the venue is), but you won’t be using them often.

Berlin has 3 different zones, conveniently named “A”, “B, and “C”. How much a ticket costs depends of course on which areas you want to be moving around in. There are 3 zone combinations: “AB”, “BC” and “ABC”. You will be using either “AB” or “ABC” most of the time during your stay in Berlin. Please note that the Schönefeld airport is just outside the B zone border, so you need to get an ABC zone ticket to get there.

Here is a picture of Berlin’s zones:

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As you can see, the inner ring, “A” zone is conveniently marked by the “S-Bahn” which drives around in circles in both directions (this S-bahn is called the “Ringbahn”).

You can also see both airports in the picture above. In order to get to the city centre you need to take buses or trains (S-Bahn, Regio). If you arrive at Tegel (TXL) take any bus that takes you to “Zoologischer Garten” (like the X9 or 109. X9 is quicker, about 15 minutes). These are pretty easy to find and go every 10 minutes. The TXL bus takes you to Alexanderplatz.

If you arrive at Schönefeld (SXL), you’re just outside the AB zone: You need to get a ticket valid in the ABC zone. You have three options to get to the city from Berlin Schönefeld Airport. You can take the S-bahn (S9, S45) to go again to either Berlin Hbf or Friedrichstr. The S-bahn goes every 10 minutes and takes about 45 minutes to the centre. You can also take a bus that will drive you to a nearby U-bahn station (usually U7). You can then continue your trip to Berlin’s city centre via underground.

When it comes to prices, you also have different possibilities. There are different kind. of tickets We looked up the best options for your stay depending on how many people are with you and how long you stay. These options are shown in the table below:

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Reminder: Pre-Helix Party at Meltdown Berlin

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Meltdown Berlin released their Facebook event page for the Helix Pre Party. You can join the event here, but you can just show up, no registration is needed. Meltdown Berlin will allow us to have more Melee Setups than they normally do so we can play more. Please understand that depending on how many people show up, you may have to wait in order to play. But don’t worry! You can cut that waiting time short by drinking some beer or some of Meltdown’s game themed cocktails. They will even have some Smash specials for us that night!

There will be no tournament or any specific competitive event on that night, just freeplay and chilling with the homies. Be aware of the starting time the day after, so don’t drink till you pass out. The party will start rather early, so it is the perfect way to spend the evening before the tournament with a chill drink and some melee without having to stay up too late.

This event is perfect for everyone, player, attendee or casual alike. Even if you are not going to be part of Helix this year, come to the Party and play with some of the pros and enjoy a good talk and laugh!

Pre – Helix Party:

  • Address: Urbanstr 97, 10967 Berlin
  • Date and time: Friday, 25th of September at 18.00
  • U-Bahn Hermannplatz (U7, U8)

Last word on spectators

 

Like we have stated before, on the Helix Update # 4, spectators are NOT allowed. If you happen to come from outside Berlin and had planned to spectate at Helix, please be sure to contact Game 5 before just going to the venue.

 

Helix Weekly Update #4

The awaited date is approaching faster and faster. Just so you can not stop thinking about Helix and what to expect, we bring you the 4th edition of the Helix Weekly Update! Last week we had a short reminder to register your teams, posted the rulesets and introduced the Helix merch. This week, we have another short reminder, more information on the Meltdown Party and a disclaimer regarding spectators

This week’s content:

 Short Reminder: Cap increase, register your teams

 Pre-Helix Party at Meltdown Berlin

 Disclaimer regarding spectators

Reminder: Cap increase, register your teams

 

Helix is currently sitting at 201 unique Melee Singles entrants. The Event was capped at 200, why increase it by 8? We discusses a bit about this and came to the realization it is better to have 208 Melee Singles entrants rather than 200. We have an equal amount of players distributed in 16 Pools if we go for 208. We sadly cannot increase the cap further because of space reasons. Some of the Helix Staff will not be playing Singles to concentrate on TOing. Be sure to check the numbers if you want to register, as the total number of attendees may differ from the actual number of Melee entrants.

Don’t forger to register your teams on smash.gg/helix! As of now, 32 people are without a teammate, perfect for 16 teams so no one gets left out. An updated list with players without a teammate, as well as their country of procedence can be found here.

 

Pre-Helix Party at Meltdown Berlin

 

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Meltdown Berlin released their Facebook event page for the Helix Pre Party. You can join the event here, but you can just show up on that day, no registration is needed. Meltdown Berlin will allow us to have more Melee Setups than they normally do so we can play more. Please understand than depending on how many people show up, you may have to wait in order to play. But don’t worry! You can cut up that waiting time short by drinking some beer or some of Meltdown’s game themed cocktails. They will even have some Smash specials for us that night!

There will be no tournament or any specific competitive event on that night, just freeplay and chilling with the homies. Be aware of the starting time the day after, so don’t drink till you pass out. The party will start rather early, so it is the perfect way to spend the evening before the tournament with a chill drink and some melee without having to stay up too late.

This event is perfect for everyone, player, attendee or casual alike. Even if you are not going to be part of Helix this year, come to the Party and play with some of the pros and enjoy a good talk and laugh!

Pre – Helix Party:

  • Address: Urbanstr 97, 10967 Berlin
  • Date and time: Friday, 25th of September at 18.00
  • U-Bahn Hermannplatz (U7, U8)

 

Disclaimer regarding Spectators

 

The question regarding spectators has been asked quite often until now. The Helix organizing team has decided not to allow any spectators during the weekend, mainly because of space reasons. If we were to allow spectators we’d rather increase the cap even further, but we sadly cannot. Please understand our decision on this matter.

There will be security personal throughout the weekend and only people with Helix armbands (participants will get one on the day of the event, but only if they registered prior to the event) will be allowed in.

Do you live in Berlin and don’t want to miss the Helix action? Don’t worry, GeekyGoonSquad will broadcast the event live on their Twitch channel.

 HWUSig

 

Helix Weekly Update #3

Another week has passed and that means it’s time for another Helix Weekly Update!


Last weeks Weekly Update presented Westballz as our special guest. We gave a brief overview of sights in Berlin and how to get around the city. This week’s content focuses on rulesets and one reminder to register yourself and your teammate.

 This week’s content:

 Reminder: register and find yourself a teammate

 HelixMerchandise

 German Melee Ruleset

 German P.M Ruleset

Reminder

Helix is a mere two and a half weeks away. Numbers have been growing fast and there are only 14 spots left for the tournament. To all of you who already have plane tickets and / or hostels but have not registered yet on smash.gg/helix do it now. Once the deadline or cap is reached, no one else can enter the tournament, regardless of who you are. We want to start doing pools right after registration closes so hurry up!

To all the players that are entering teams and have not yet found a partner, please make sure to find one!
When on smash.gg/helix go to “Manage registration”. Once there, click on “Manage” under “Melee Doubles” and look for your teammate. Send him or her a doubles request and tell him or her to accept it. Only then will you be ready to enter the teams tournament!

People without a teampartner by the end of next week will be left out of the teams tournament and be refunded after the tournament finishes, so remember to look for a teammate and register on smash.gg/helix as a team to be able to play in the doubles event!

The list with people without a teammate can be seen here.

 

Helix 2015 Merch

 

As a little extra goodie, we decided to offer you the possibility to buy Merchandise. Our lovely logo comes in different colors and printed on T-Shirts, Hoodies & V-Necks!  The money earned by selling these bad boys will 100% go into investments for future tournaments.

Feel free to show some love and wear our Helix Logo on your chest by clicking this graphic.

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Helix official Melee Ruleset

 

General
Interpretation of rules and decisions about penalties in case of infringement are up to the TO(s). If there are disputes over rules, a TO is to be contacted.
Changing any rule without first consulting and getting the approval of a TO may result in disqualification for any player involved.

Items NONE
4 Stocks
8 Minutes
Friendly Fire ON
Pause OFF
Handicap OFF
Damage Ratio 1.0

Stages
Neutral/Starter: Battlefield, Final Destination, Yoshi’s Story. Fountain of Dreams (banned in Teams). Dreamland
Counterpick: Pokémon Stadium (Neutral/Starter in Teams)

Daves Stupid Rule (DSR): A player can not pick his last counterpick-stage he won on. The stage decided through stage striking is not affected by this.
Neutral Start: If a player requests neutral start both players move to their respective side of the stage (not on a platform) and start the match when the timer is at 07:55:99.
Gentleman’s Clause Advanced: The parties may agree to play on any legal stage. This rule takes priority over stage bans and DSR. A TO has to be contacted before the start of the match if there is any ambiguity about whether or not a stage can be picked (e.g. due to bans in Bo3 or DSR). After the match has been played the stage counts as agreed on under this rule even if DSR or bans would have otherwise prevented a player from picking it. Parties may not agree to change the number of matches played (e.g. Bo5 instead of Bo3).
Double Blind Pick:
Double Blind Character Pick is to be used if one player requests it.
Coaching: Coaching is only allowed in between matches. Coaching during matches is banned.
Stage Striking: The winner of RPS (Player 1) removes the first stage then the loser (Player 2) removes the next two stages. The winner then decides which of the remaining two stages will be played. (1-2-2-1 – Numbers refer to players not amount of stages)
Stage Bans: In a Bo3 Set each party gets 1 ban which is to be announced after the first won match. This stage cannot be picked by any party for the rest of the set. For Bo5 (or higher) there are no bans. This rule also applies to Bo3 Teams Sets.
Pamaros Stupid Rule (PSR): If a player takes too long to decide on a stage, character, etc. the other player can enforce a time limit of 30 seconds for such decisions. If a player takes longer than those 30 seconds the following will apply:
– Stage Striking: The other player may strike stages until one remains.
– Counterpick: The stage decided through striking is played.
– Ban: The player loses his ban.
– Character Choice: The player has to stick to their last played character.
If a player abuses this rule (for example to play on the stage decided through striking despite it being banned) the other player may pick a stage.
Stalling: Stalling (especially any kind of infinite stall) are forbidden. This includes Wobbling over 300%, “Tichinding” (Spacie Reflector Trap), Luigi-Ladder in Teams, excessive use of Peach Bomber as well as Rising Pound Stall (when not used for recovery and/or in places which are not reachable by the opponent).
Glitches: Any and all glitches that render the game unplayable are forbidden and result in a lost match for the player who initiated the glitch. This includes (among others) IC-Freeze Glitch or the use of Master Hand.
Handwarmer/Button Check: Button Checks are possible however limited to 1 minute.
Wobbling:
Wobbling is allowed.
M2K Rule:
Upon entering the tournament the player agrees to play his matches on the setup requested by the TO (whether it be a stream, recording, or non-recording setup). The player also agrees with the fact that there may be audio/video recordings of him/her during the tournament (especially gameplay).
Controller Modification: The use of a controller with added functionality, this includes among other things additional buttons, light effects (LEDs), programmable buttons and wavebird controllers, have to be approved of by a TO. Modifications which do not add new functionality (e.g. removing a trigger spring, replacing of sticks) can be used without having to consult a TO.
Time Out Clause: Time Outs Ties will be determined in the following order
1. Stocks
2. Percentage
3. 1 Stock 2 Minute Rematch (Stock/Percentage)
4. Sudden Death

Set Progression
1. Character Selection
2. Stage Striking
3. Neutral Start (if requested), Port Selection
4. Match is played
5. Winner bans a stage (only Bo3)
6. Loser picks a stage
7. Winner picks a character
8. Loser picks a character
9. Steps 3 – 8 are repeated until the set is over

Pool Tie-Breaker
1. Sets won
2. Difference between matches won and lost
3. Direct Comparison

Helix official PM 3.6 Ruleset

General
Interpretation of rules and decisions about penalties in case of infringement are up to the TO(s). If there are disputes over rules, a TO is to be contacted.
Changing any rule without first consulting and getting the approval of a TO may result in disqualification for any player involved.
The tournament will be played using PM’s version 3.6

Stagelist:

Starter (Center Stages in Bottom Row):
– Battlefield
– Smashville
– Pokemon Stadium 2

Counterpick (Bottom Row + Middle Row):
– Yoshi’s Story [Banned in Doubles]
– Green Hill Zone
– Delfino’s Secret
– Dream Land 64
– Wario Land
– Fountain of Dreams [Banned in Doubles]
– Final Destination
– Yoshi’s Island
– Distant Planet
– Norfair

Stage Bans: There are 3 Stage Bans in Singles and 2 Stage Bans in Doubles. Stage Bans last throughout the whole Set.

Dave’s Stupid Rule: You’re not allowed to pick your Counterpick Stage again if you previously won on it. The striked stage for the first game is not affected by this rule.

Project M Version: The only version allowed will be vanilla Project M 3.6 full set (no Wifi set). Any kind of Hacks (Even Texture and Music) are forbidden.

Alternate Stages/Character Clause: Alternate Stages (Holding L during Stage Select) are banned. Giga Bowser and Wario Man (Holding L during Bowser/Wario character select) are also banned.

First Game: For the first Stage of the Set each player strikes one Stage out of the 3 Starters. The loser of a Best of 1 Rock-Paper-Scissor Game starts the striking procedure.

Suicide Clause: Suicide moves result in the executing player winning the game. A suicide move is a grab, that is executable mid-air and immobilizes the opponent having the potential to kill the opponent while self-destructing the user in the process.

Time Out Clause: Time Outs Ties will be determined in the following order 1. Stocks 2. Percentage 3. 1 Stock 2 Minute Rematch 4. Sudden Death

Stalling Clause: Infinite Stalls such as Peach Bomber and Jigglypuff Rising Pound Stall are banned. Chaingrabs/Locks/Infinites have to end at 300%

Set Format:

First Match:
1. Port Select (RPS on disagreement)
2. Character Select (Double Blind if needed)
3. Stage Striking

Matches two to three/five:
5. Stage Bans by the winner of the last game (only once in best-of-five sets)
6. Loser picks a stage out of the remaining stages (non banned Starters/Counterpicks)
7. Winner choses character
8. Loser choses character
[repeat for each following match]

General Rules:

Stocks: 4
Stock Time Limit: 8:00
Handicap: Off
Damage Ratio: 1.0
Items: None + all Off
Team Attack: On
Pause: Hold
Auto L-Cancel: Off
Input Assist: Off

Helix Weekly Update #2

Time keeps rushing and it’s already September: Helix is just around the corner, less than 4 weeks to go! We now bring you the second edition of the Helix Weekly update. Today we focus on Berlin as a city, how to get around, what kind of tickets you can get as well as a little special surprise. While we are at it, don’t forget to register on smash.gg/helix if you haven’t done so yet. This goes specially to all of those who already have booked their flights but haven’t registered on smash.gg yet.

This week’s content:

 Getting around in Berlin

What to do in Berlin

 Challenger approaching!

Getting around in Berlin

 

 Getting around in Berlin is really easy. The city has got a very good public transportation system. Even big distances can be travelled fairly quickly if the right choices are made. There are a few things that can make you save money and time if you consider them though.

As in most places in Germany, Berlin has different of public transportation. The most common and used ones are arguably the “U-Bahn” (underground) and “S-Bahn” (fast train). You will be most probably using these two trains to move around and get to the venue. It may be that you need to use the tram as well. Commuter trains (RegionalBahn, short “Regio” or RB) stop at several stations in Berlin(like the Friedrichstraße station, where the venue is), but you won’t be using them often.

Berlin has 3 different zones, conveniently named “A”, “B, and “C”. How much a ticket costs depends of course on which areas you want to be moving around in. There are 3 zone combinations: “AB”, “BC” and “ABC”. You will be using either “AB” or “ABC” most of the time during your stay in Berlin. Please note that the Schönefeld airport is just besides the B zone border, so you need to get an ABC zone ticket to get there.

Here is a picture of Berlin’s zones:

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As you can see, the inner ring, “A” zone is conveniently delimited by the “S-Bahn” which drives around in circles in both directions (this S-bahn is called the “Ringbahn”).

You can also see both airports in the picture above. In order to get to the city centre you need to take buses or trains (S-Bahn, Regio). If you arrive at Tegel (TXL) take any bus that takes you to “Zoologischer Garten” (like the X9 or 109. X9 is quicker, about 15 minutes). These are pretty easy to find and go every 10 minutes. The TXL bus takes you to Alexanderplatz.

If you arrive at Schönefeld (SXL), you’re just outside the AB zone: You need to get a ticket valid in the ABC zone. You have three options to get to the city from Berlin Schönefeld Airport. Fastest one (about 30 minutes) is to take a  “Regional Bahn” to Berlin’s central Station (Berlin Hbf)/Friedrichstr (if you are staying near the venue). There are four trains that commute hourly: RB7, RB14, RB 19, RB22. You can take the S-bahn (S9, S45) to go again to either Berlin Hbf or Friedrichstr. The S-bahn goes every 10 minutes and takes about 45 minutes to the centre. You can also take a bus that will drive you to a nearby U-bahn station (usually U7). You can then continue your trip to Berlin’s city centre via underground.

When it comes to prices, you also have different possibilities. There are different kind of tickets We looked up the best options for your stay depending on how many people are with you and how long you stay. These options are shown in the table below:

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What to do in Berlin

Berlin is a city that never sleeps. There is plenty to do in the german capital city. Because of this, it is hard to name just a few things, we will list a couple of things we think you should not miss while around:

– Brandenburg gate
– Holocaust memorial
– Reichstag (you can get to the top if you arrange a visit in advance)
– Potsdamer Platz
– Checkpoint Charlie
– Unter den Linden
– Alexanderplatz

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Since you’d be busy with the tournament on the weekend, you can only do as much, except if you are coming earlier. The things listed above are all quite close to the venue, with the Brandenburg gate being about 10 minutes away by foot. If you have time, you can start off at the Brandenburg gate by foot and walk all the way to Alexanderplatz. If you fancy a chill walk and enjoy the surroundings, it’ll take you about an hour and you’ll get to see a lot of things in the way like the “Museumsinseln”, the Berlin dome. If you’d rather have good cheap food and walk through streets with lots of graffitis and an alternative vibe, go for a walk in Kreuzberg (Metro stations “Mehringdamm” on line U-6 or “Kottbusser Tor”, “Görlitzer Park”, “Schlesiches” Tor on line U-12) or Friedrichshain (“Ostkreuz” on the S-bahn, both Ringbahn and several others).

Another thing you should do in Berlin is try its street food. Lots of different cheap stands that go from the typical “Döner Kebab” to Falafel, burritos, grilled chicken and more. What you get depends on the districts you are in. Everything is cheap. You may want to get yourself a cheap beer from a convenient store (called “Spätkauf”, “Späti” for short) that are open until late hours and on sundays. Click here for list of different places where you can get good cheap food, according to the guardian travel.

If you have the time and feel like it, try to hit Berlin’s clubs. There are a lot of very different clubs in the city and you can find one for every kind of person. You have probably heard about the infamous “Berghain”, which is said to be one of the world’s best clubs. If you decide to go clubbing, grab a beer from one of the spätis while you wait in line. But don’t go out too early, as the nightlife usually starts after midnight and lasts until the very morning of the next day. If you decide to go clubbing, just be sure you’re in time for your pool/bracket matches as you’d be DQ’ed if not on time. Berlin’s nightlife is crazy and one of Europe’s best, though sometimes pricey. Lots of people come to Berlin just to party and dance all night long. Most of Berlin’s nightlife takes place in either Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain or Neukölln. Click here for a list of Berlin’s top 10 clubs, according to the guardian travel.

If clubbing is too much for you, you can just decide to go out to eat (there are a lot of good but rather pricey places around Friedrichstraße and Unter den Linden) or chill at a bar. Oranienburgerstraße (about 20 minutes by foot from the venue) has a lot of nice cozy bars where you can chill with your homies and enjoy some good german beer. Click here for a list of top 10 bars in Berlin, according to the guardian travel.

Since we are not meant to be a travel guide, but just give a small insight of what you could do during your stay, we decided to leave you some useful links from the guardian travel so you can take a look at more stuff more into detail by yourself. If you want to know what else to do or want to get more insider tips, just let us know or join the Super Smash Bros Melee Berlin group on Facebook and ask real berliners.

Challenger approaching

We are very proud to announce that the upcoming bracket at Helix just got a whole lot more spice.

Hailing from South California, we’ve got a new challenger coming our way. Tempo Storm’s own Weston “Westballz” Dennis announced that he will join the fray on the 26th of september when it is time for Helix 2015.

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The trademark red Falco combined with his incredible technical proficiency has been a crowd favorite for a while now. We are very excited to see what Westballz can do with the slightly changed PAL version of his character against european players. In case you haven’t heard of this guy and are curious about his play, check out this compilation of some of his best plays from GRSmash:

Travel and updated hostel information for Helix

Travel information

We have looked into travel connections for some countries and specific regions. The countries we’ve researched connections for are:

  • UK
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Spain
  • Denmark
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • Norway

Please understand that we cannot search for connections for every country/region. Most finns have already booked their tickets from what we have heard so that is why we left them out. If you’d like us to look for some other connections, just let us know @game5gg on Twitter. 

A general word of advice

The Berlin marathon is on the same weekend as Helix. This means that some flight connections are going to be pretty expensive if you decide to travel specifically on Friday and Monday.

Berlin has two different airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF). Tegel is the bigger, more central airport, but only more expensive airlines operate there. SXF is the lower cost airport, which is still not that far from the city (10 minute ride and you’ll be able to reach the subway).

Here, we intend to show different affordable connections for different countries and bigger cities/regions. While most of the connections shown are directly to Berlin, there are two other routes which, depending on your country or region, may be cheaper and even more flexible than directly flying to Berlin. These two other routes are:

  1. Flying to Köln (Cologne). Ryanair seems to have recently expanded to Cologne and is hence offering flights from Cologne to Berlin (Schönefeld) for as little as 9.99 €! This means that you can get to Berlin from there for only 20 €. Flights to Köln are also pretty cheap and they fly up to 5 times a day to Berlin, which leaves plenty of time to arrange a comfortable, stress-free flight. You can check some screenshots with prices here. Beware that these prices may vary extrem quickly (they have in the last 2 days) so hurry up!
  2. Flying to Bremen and then taking a bus to Berlin. Flights to Bremen are usually less than 50% the price of those to Berlin. From Bremen you can take a bus to Berlin (about 15 € one ride, takes between 4-5 hours). The cheapest bus company at the moment is “PostBus”

 

The searching tools were different search engines like momondo and skyscanner and a combination of individually looking in different airline sites. Remember to check your cookies when trying this yourself!


Regarding the bus ride:

There is a 15% discount for anyone booking on Postbus if you enter the following code: “PT25WT”. This will only work until the 31/08!

You can look for bus connections here

UNITED KINGDOM

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Mostly focused on England, London has several good connections to Berlin. Depending on the days, most range from as few as 70 GBP (Wednesday – Tuesday) to over 100 (e.g. 110 GBP Thursday to Monday). People from London can use the Stansted or Gatwick airport with very little difference in prices.

Londoners may take advantage of the Köln route: You can fly to Köln for only 9.99€ and then take another flight to Berlin for 9.99€. This makes the round trip only about 40€.

East Midlands have a somewhat okay connection to Berlin (Schönefeld) with about 120 GBP for a round trip (Friday – Monday). If flexible though, the trip can be as cheap as 60 GBP (Wednesday – Monday).

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

NETHERLANDS

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The Netherlands have three options. The most comfortable one would be to fly with Easyjet from Amsterdam to Berlin. When playing around with dates, this may result in a round trip to Berlin for a little over 100 €. Example connections: ~100 € wednesday to monday,  ~140€ Thursday to Monday.

If you don’t care about traveling time, you might as well take a bus to Berlin for about 60€ return. This takes about 8 hours though, so be aware of that when planning your trip. Buses are more flexible and most connections keep their prices until about 10 days before departure.

The one thing the dutch may benefit from is the Köln airport. For those that live near the german border a trip to Cologne and then using the airport’s offer may be the cheapest way to get to Helix. Getting to Köln from Amsterdam is just a 2,5 hour ride and prices start at 14 €, which would make a round trip cost about 50€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

SWEDEN

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The swedes from Stockholm can opt for a direct flight or a use the Bremen airport to get to Berlin . Direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda to Berlin (Schönefeld) with Norwegian are cheapest on Wednesday on the way to go and on Tuesday to go back (890 SEK return).  Wednesday to Monday costs 1490 SEK. The rest varies, as both Thursday  and Friday  are a lot more expensive.

If the Bremen route is preferred, flights from Stockholm Skavsta to Bremen are about 360 SEK return (Thursday – Tuesday). You can then use the Bremen combination and get to Berlin for an additional 20-30 €, which is still pretty cheap.

For the Gothenburg scene, Norwegian offers flights that start from Gothenburg Landvetter to Berlin Schönefeld from on Wednesday (775 SEK) and flights starting at 684 SEK from Berlin to Gothenburg on Tuesday for a total of 1459 SEK
The rest of the flights are quite expensive, so we left them out.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

FRANCE

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Parisians have it the easiest with their Easyjet connections from Paris Orly to Berlin (Schönefeld). The cheapest connection is worth about 87€ (Thursday – Tuesday). Thursday to Monday costs about 140 €. Flights on Friday are quite costly, so being flexible and trying to go for Thursday is advised. You can als combine Easyjet with Germanwings.

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SPAIN

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If you are coming from Spain, most specifically Madrid or Barcelona, then you have pretty good offers too.
Direct flights from Madrid to Berlin (Schönefeld) are about 100€ return with Ryanair(Thursday – Tuesday). Alternatively, you can get to Bremen for 60€ (Thursday – Tuesday) and then use the bus combination stated above. Madrid has also the chance to use the Köln combo as well. You can get to Köln for 60€  return (Friday –  Monday) and then fly for an additional 20€ to Berlin.

Barcelona’s cheapest bet would be to try to use the Köln airport again. You can get there for under 70€ (Friday – Monday) from El Prat airport and then to Berlin (Schönefeld) for the additional 20€, making your final trip costs stay under 100€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

DENMARK

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Danes have probably one of the easiest times getting to Berlin from Copenhagen. They can fly directly with Easyjet with varying prices starting from 600 DKK (Wednesday – Tuesday) up to around 1150 DKK (Thursday – Monday) with destination Berlin Schönefeld airport.

Denmark also benefits from the Köln airport. They can fly there for 290 DKK (Friday-Monday) and then just take the additional connection to Berlin for 20€.

Click here to take a look at the screenshots with an overview over days and prices.
For Cologne flights, you can check some screenshots with prices here.

SWITZERLAND

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Prices from Switzerland, specifically from the Basel region go from as low as 80€ return from Wednesday to Tuesday to a couple of euros above 100 (e.g. Thursday – Monday) to even 200€ (Friday – Monday) via Easyjet to Berlin Schönefeld.

Germans from near the swiss border may benefit from this as well, as the Basel airport is really easy to reach from areas around Freiburg.

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AUSTRIA

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The austrians have it very chill with direct connections via Airberlin. Airberlin is probably the best airline from all those listed here. Prices start at around 90€  (Thursday – Monday) and rise to 120 € (Friday – Monday) and they fly directly to Tegel.

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NORWAY

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Though fellow norwegians may rather go to their event being held in Oslo, they still have decent offers if they feel like to coming to Berlin. Their flights start at 299 NOK on Wednesday and rise to 499 NOK on Thursday from Oslo Gardemoen to Berlin Schönefeld. If overly expensive tickets are to be avoided, the best is to return on Tuesday after the tournament for 564 NOK, which would make a Thursday – Tuesday trip 1063 NOK.

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Updated hostel information

Because the Berlin community cannot sufficiently house people (and those that could house have already been asked, leaving little to no more spare places left) getting a hostel is of highest priority when planning to attend Helix.

Earlier during the summer, we released a list full of hostels that were nearby. Our team has now further updated this list, taking hostels that are already fully booked (due to the marathon) out and adding current prices of the different hostels.

You can view the list here.

If you are too lazy to scroll the list, we can tell you that the cheapest hostel is the first one on the list, the Generator Prenzlauer BergWe managed to arrange a deal with this hostel, which can get you a 10% discount if you do the following:

  • Write a mail to berlin@generatorhostels.com
  • Write the code “ATRIUM” in your e-mail
  • Give the number of nights you’d be staying, as well as the number of beds
  • The new price will be calculated after this before you book

The prices for this hostel start at 16,87€. With the 10% discount, you basically have a room for 15€.
The only problem is that this hostel is a 20 minute ride with public transportation to the venue, though the route is very easy.

Other hostels which may interest you are:

All of the above 4 hostels and generally every hostel in the list besides the very first one (Generator Prenzlauer Berg) are in walking distance to the venue. If you need more information be sure to check the google doc list as there are rooms with private bathrooms, private rooms and shared rooms.

The wisest option would be to go for a whole room with your smash homies.

Again, you can find the list here.

 

We hope that this little article of ours cleared some questions about attending Helix and we hope to see you soon in Berlin.

 

 

 

 

Helix Weekly Update #1

Helix is in little less than five weeks from today. That is why we, from Game 5, will start a small kind of update newsletter to keep you all informed about everything related to Europe’s upcoming circuit qualifier and Germany’s biggest tournament up to date. Let’s get started with this week’s Helix Weekly Update!

This week’s content:

  1. Participant statistics
  2. Schedule
  3. Venue cafeteria
  4. Pre Helix party at Meltdown Berlin
  5. Travel and updated hostel information

Statistics

With about five weeks to go and registration still open for around 3 more weeks (until the 15th of September that is) we took a deeper look at the numbers and details of our attendees. The following chart depicts the current country distribution amongst participants:

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Germany is as to be expected the country with the biggest amount of participants, with a not too shabby 109. Most of them come from either Berlin, northern Germany or north rhine westphalia in western Germany

With a total of only 21 people from abroad, international representation is rather weak. We hope this changes in the upcoming weeks as some internationals who have booked their tickets but have not yet registered need to do so.

Congratulations to Finland for bringing the strongest out of country smash army!

Schedule

Tentative schedule is as follows. Please note times are not yet final.

Saturday 26th of September:

09.00 – 10.00 Venue opens, freeplay
10.00 – 13.00 Melee Singles Pools R1 / PM
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 18.00 Teams Bracket
18.30 – 19.30 Melee Pools R2
19.30 – 20.00 Small break
20.00 – 22.30 PM Top 8
22.30 End of the first day

Sunday 27th of September:

09.00 – 12.00 Melee Top 32
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch Break
13.00 – 15.30 Teams Top 8
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 18.30 Melee Singles Top 8
18.30 End

Venue cafeteria

There is a cafeteria in the venue, where they sell coffee, snacks and food during the breaks. The cafeteria is nice, cozy and technologically equipped. There is an XBOX 360 for playing and different screens where we may project our hype matches from inside the venue for people chilling and having coffee. An update with pictures and the normal menu will be provided later.

Pre Helix party at Meltdown Berlin

With so many different players in the german capital, some new and other well known veterans, as well as a decent amount of internationals, it makes only sense to get to know as many new smashers as possible and of course, play some matches with them! This is why we’ve talked to the team of Meltdown Berlin and we’ll be working with them to bring all Helix participants and anyone who feels like coming a fun night with finest german beer, gamer cocktails and of course lots of Melee.

We will make sure to get more TVs and Setups to the Meltdown venue so more people can play. Come by and have a drink with the community while getting to play friendlies. If there’s enough interest,we may organize a Salty Suite that night, but that of course, depends on the players. 

The party will take place on Friday, 25th of September. More information will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Travel and updated hostel information

Since this section is a bit longer, we gave it its own post. You can read everything about different travel options, Berlin airports and the updated hostel information here