melee, mindset

A Note on “Baseline”

Over the last year and a half I’ve found myself taken with the idea of “improving my baseline.” The goal would be to have a “baseline” strong enough to avoid ever being upset in bracket. For the most part, I actually got really close to this goal – if you look at wins and losses […]

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Rishi’s Tenets of Improvement – H1 2018

Hello. It’s been a little while since a post like this. But here I am, and I’m going to cut right to the chase. As you regular readers may recall from “Resting from Results”, I have struggled a bit with my journey in the competitive smash world. A lot has happened over the last several months. In short, […]

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I Am A Free Agent

Hello everyone! As the title indicates, I am now a free agent. I’ll get all the basics out of the way, and then talk a bit more about my where my journey as an ~esports guy~ is taking me. First of all, VGBC and I are parting on amicable terms. My priorities, as well as […]

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The EEEve of Smash Switch

I wanted to put down my thoughts on smash as a franchise and what I’m looking for in smash 5 before the news tomorrow permanently changes our outlook. Because it will, one way or another. This post is partially self-reflective, partially looking forward at Smash 5. Look out for the bullets for important points. I […]

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melee, mindset, misc

Resting from Results

I’m re-prioritizing. Throughout 2017, I worked my ass off to become a top player. I pushed the Marth meta a great deal and became one of the most consistent top players. My goal for the spring of 2017 was to maintain the high level of play I demonstrated at Genesis 4, where I defeated Swedish […]

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esports, melee, mindset, tourney

Beyond the Summit

NOTE: This is the first post I’m releasing alongside the launch of my Patreon page. I’ll be keeping it simple. All content on will remain free for everyone. The Patreon is just for people who want to help support my writing and incentivize me to write more. You can find details on PREFACE: I’ve […]

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melee, mindset

Penultimate 2017 Story Arc

I see this year as being comprised of five parts. Part 1: The Rise. As 2017 Smash kicked off (in December 2016), I found myself skyrocketing in skills and placements. I started off with a respectable performance at Eden, and then surpassed expectations significantly as Genesis 4. I was really proud of how far I’d […]

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Hey guys. This is a pretty challenging time for the Melee community and I want to address all the issues at hand, but to avoid losing focus in an overly long bl0g post, I’m going to focus on UCF for now. Plus I wanted to respond to the UCF issue in a medium that allows […]

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melee, mindset, tourney

EVO 2017 (And Everything Before)

EVO will always hold a special place in my heart. 2015 was the year I decided to start really focusing my energy on improving in Melee and striving toward becoming a top player, and EVO 2015 was my first out-of-region tournament ever. Despite having entered tournaments since 2005, I only entered tournaments in MD/VA. With […]

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esports, melee

Brief Musings as Summer Begins

This post will provide brief thoughts on a few topics. I wrote it today on the plane back from AZ. It’s a quickie. Here goes. VGBC | Rishi: First things first – I have officially changed my tag from “SmashG0D” to just my first name: Rishi. It rhymes with “Fishy.” Tell your friends, spam it […]

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