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Bassmage and the Deus Ex Machinas

Last updated on June 22nd, 2022

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Fifth & Final Round)

Dawn of the Final Day: 48 hours remain. We needed an outright miracle, a string of good luck to go our way. Honestly, on the inside, I was pretty confident that we might’ve lost on the final round.

The Deus Ex Machina

Luckily, something wild happened.

I was out of funds, we had no clear path out, but we were discussing the prior afternoon inside the strategy room. Bassmage had let us all know an aspect of his plan, but it was down to any Hbox whales, or fans of Jigglypuff at a high level in Ultimate who really wanted Bassmage in. The fact that Bassmage made it into top 4 was something nobody anticipated – I thought I had wasted so much! Me, Blstar, Shaxxam, Bassmage… everyone.

And yet, given that Nairo had decided to help Nakat? That was the floodgates opening. I had thought that Hungrybox decided to remain neutral, but this was a literal godsend.

All of Thursday and the first half of Friday, with the round ending said Friday at 12:00pm Pacific time? That was the best case scenario.

Naturally, Bassmage jumped at the chance. On 3 hours of sleep. The tournament was going well, staying in Winners Bracket, while he would turn off his camera and microphone in order to conserve energy while keeping a livestream of his gameplay up. He would unmute here and there, but with such an exasperated weakness that you could tell he was running on about 5% battery. He couldn’t send much power to his vocal cords – that’s how dire it was! With all of that said, he would successfully make it to Top 24 out of 1024 entrants in the tournament.

But then, misfortune happened.

The good thing about a double elimination tournament is that you need to lose two sets to be out of the tournament, and it was still possible for him to achieve his goal. It would just become twice as harder.

But this is Bassmage, the world’s best Jigglypuff player in Ultimate. He would have the final say, working on so much adrenaline and determination. The first set in the Losers side of bracket would be Ray Kalm, an excellent Ganondorf main who had just defeated someone in the Losers side as well – and, luckily for Bassmage, this was a matchup that would go Jigglypuff’s way no matter what. Next up would be Angel, a Robin main, in the Top 16 Losers side.

With Bassmage winning Game 1, it was down to one more game to get to the final set he needed.

Next up, he had to face enhancedpv, a Cloud main. This was a do or die moment. If he won this set, he would make it into Top 8 and fulfill Hungrybox’s gambit. There was no way around it, no wiggle room around the set terms.

Game 1.

Game 2.

And the pivotal moment… in Game 3.

And you know very well what happened next. Everyone came into his stream, excited that he’d done what everyone else thought was most likely improbable, since ol’ Bassmage had to go through a 1024-entrant bracket just to get Top 8. With the end of that game…

Keep in mind, both Bassmage and I had a near-sleepless night the prior night, with me having to work my brain into overtime to keep up with Tilde’s spirit bomb. Naturally, I couldn’t contain my excitement immediately after the set ended.

isatis β€” 02/16/2022
@BassMage IT IS MID-FEBRUARY AND ALREADY MY YEAR IS MADE
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/16/2022
WOOOOOOOOOOOO
Shaxxam β€” 02/16/2022
LETS GO
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/16/2022
πŸ‘ πŸ‘
BassMage β€” 02/16/2022
Well
we did it
lmao
We had to pull a miracle out
and here it is
@isatis I promised I’d get it worked out
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
good!
I popped off so hard irl despite 3 hours sleep
we're narrowing the gap to Lavish btw
BassMage β€” 02/16/2022
Yup and the hbox thing hasn’t even started
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
I'm hoping hbox does YLYL tomorrow to help
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/16/2022
you should prob ask him to
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
Hbox says he's just planning on the tourney run
which... I really want him to do YLYL because that raised ~$2k alone
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/16/2022
bassmage ylyl then?
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
so it's on Bassmage in case he wants to ask for a YLYL from Hbox
clockwrk β€” 02/16/2022
seems like a smart play

We had a real fighting shot at getting Bassmage into Summit, finally. The first time a person playing Jigglypuff in a game not called Super Smash Bros. Melee had made it into a Summit tournament. So I did what I naturally do when I want to make the biggest mistake of my life, deflate my hopes and dreams, and go to bed crying and wondering why doesn’t World War 3 start tomorrow: go to Twitter.

In my mind, it was baffling: here Lui$ was, suddenly saying that the odds were stacked against him.

Did he not see that Nairo, a big name in content creation for Smash Ultimate, had backed Nakat, and done similar? With the almighty arm of Cryme’s eSports organization?

Even aside from that – that fellow Ultimate content creator VoiD had campaigned for Larry Lurr the prior night?

That a huge, big name in the content creation space by the name of Alpharad was planning on campaigning for Marss?

And, hell, we all know what MoistCr1tikal must’ve been feeling at the beginning of the campaign with Goblin.

Dude, screw Lui$, who does he think he is? He wants to take a shot at Hbox and Bassmage for–

Sticker of Isatis happily blushing.

Honestly, that actually looks good on him. I take it back. I even take back my retirement post. I’m now on board to seeing Lui$ get into Ultimate Summit 5. Sorry Hbox and Bassmage, but I’m now abandoning any efforts helping a Puff get into the next one. Lavish, Larry, Nakat, Marss, and anyone I’ve missed, you’re also done for.

Looking all over Twitter, there was a sentiment the organizers behind Bassmage4Summit were hoping would not happen:

Oh no. The key thing to realize in these campaigns, is that due to the nature of crunch-time and how close and razor-thin margins vote-ins can get in the minutes and seconds, even milliseconds, leading to the end of a round… any vote mattered. My note previously about Chag losing by 1 vote is an example. Many people thinking that Bassmage was a shoo-in after the Hungrybox nod had inadvertently tapped a fear we had expected but ultimately didn’t want to happen: why donate to Bassmage’s campaign, when we all know him being endorsed by Hungrybox means he’ll get in anyway? Why give votes?

We were still unsure of if a supporter of both and a friend, eganist, would donate a hell of a lot of money to ensure that Bassmage gets in. It felt like we actually needed his help and that his help would be do-or-die for us.

blstar β€” 02/16/2022
that is wild
i cant imagine lui$ has much left in the tank too
he cashed everything in
hoping this box backing works
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
he'll fundraise more
If tilde stuff has shown me anything, never say never
blstar β€” 02/16/2022
everyone but me in the tri state backed him
from what i heard they planned to keep the bomb low on stream until today
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
ngl they had a great strategy if that's what happened
I thought it was spontaneous
blstar β€” 02/16/2022
yesterday he had 186$
blstar β€” 02/16/2022
half of it was spurred
they had like 4k from what trap said and then others started flooding
isatis β€” 02/16/2022
I know bassmage was doing similar but the fact that it went across 45 min and seeing how much it rose in the last 5 min, made me double the amount of votes I bought
it kept me on my toes
really good props to them
I said internally that if it went past 5k I'd start buying more votes
Then 1k kept being dropped by one person

The Day That Changed Everything

In our group chat, seeing a lot of the players who had either been voted into prior Summits team up to help support Lui$. Given the absolutely ridiculous (perceived) amount of support given to Lavish, Marss, and Lui$, we had put all of our eggs into one basket banking on both Hungrybox and Eganist to clutch it out for us. The plan still felt like it was held together by wire and string, prone to snapping at any point, and falling apart the more we raced to the finish line. But then, while we were strategizing, we had to temper our expectation.

Me, having ordered out so frequently and not cooked in a week, I could barely get unglued from any computer screen for fear of an event that would leave us behind.

Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
This is so nerve racking. We're so close
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
we are calm mage
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Remember, we are also strategy-mage
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
#BelieveInBass
Shaxxam β€” 02/17/2022
I believe
Well, I’m a witch, not a mage, but close enough.

To put things more focused into strategy, we had to start running the numbers. An estimation on how the other threes’ spirit bombs had been used up to this point, whether they were reset, the data points on what the spirit bombs looked like when their previous days’ streams started and ended, whether the others’ spirit bombs were a bluff, how they might end up by the end of the round.

#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
this was marss yesterday if anyone is wondering
idk how much he used but def not all of it
he prob used 20-30k of it
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
So a safe bet is he has 20k left
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
yea
and he got around 100-200 dollars in spirit bomb money today so far
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
I should made a spread sheet of what everyone has
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
nah that's too much
there's so many hidden things that nobody knows about

I did hit up a friend who was very into mathematics, with an interest in statistics. They weren’t a big Smash Bros player, but they were someone who was intrigued by how the system worked when I explained how the Summit voting process worked and how chaotic the end of each round can get, since I wanted to predict best and worst case scenarios for Bassmage getting in. If there’s one thing you shouldn’t do, it’s to not tempt a mathematician with chaos, otherwise… hold on, why are there tornado sirens going off?

Hungrybox starts streaming, 3pm Pacific on a Thursday, planning for an Ultimate tournament run. We see donations start pouring in within the first 10 minutes. In the first hour, there is $1000 raised. After the second hour, there is $1000 more.

#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
ok bass raised 1400 in his stream today
ChiefKeith β€” 02/17/2022
Someone donated $5 for the free Hockey movement so ive made $5 for bass
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
good job keith
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Like I said, we'll need both eganist and Hbox, not just Hbox
ChiefKeith β€” 02/17/2022
yeah, it was going good at first but the donos slowed fast
hoping he goes deep in bracket
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
1k in 30 mins --> not even 2k in 2 hours
ChiefKeith β€” 02/17/2022
yeah, if he goes deep in bracket i think the hype will be really good

Okay, well, maybe we didn’t need any other help after all. We did start to notice that the donations would start slowing down the more the livestream went on, but figured out that maybe there’d be a big jump toward the end. A very silly incident happened where Hungrybox played a player by the name of BroKen, lost to him, and Hungrybox started feeling awful about the toxic way the player acted. BroKen’s response? Sending him a link to get coaching from Bassmage on Metafy. On a fundraiser stream for Bassmage no less. Ouch.

Surprisingly, either Bassmage or Hungrybox himself must have decided a You Laugh You Lose session must have been warranted after all, setting a $5 minimum for videos to be submitted. The objective? Obviously, not to laugh. The closest I’ve ever gotten to making someone lose these was watching this happen with my good friend Myr where we were considering what would be something unexpected, and his suggestion was resurrecting an early 2010s YouTube gem.

Sticker of Isatis laughing

Spookifier ended up being the first mod to ever make him lose. FUCK.

blstar β€” 02/17/2022
word from eganist or nah?
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
cc @BassMage
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
hbox raised ~$3300 for you
but we still need the eganist bomb to catch up
or any huge bomb in general
BassMage β€” 02/17/2022
i talked with eganist
he'll prob give 1.5K
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
kk
BassMage β€” 02/17/2022
ill be staying up all night
so ill make sure to get more
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Marss is ahead by equivalent of $3,700 in terms of votes right now. Plus he has a $5k bomb 
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
yea and that's what we know
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
This is so close

So it was still a pretty significant amount, but to me it didn’t assuage my fears about another Tilde-like scenario where we’d be left in the dust by 3 others if we didn’t go big or go home. Everyone else had predicted $5k-$10k, or even $20k, by the night’s end. Did those tweets saying Bassmage would be in Summit turn out to doom us?

It’s time to do the math!

isatis β€” 02/17/2022
So
Hbox ended with $3273.35
We currently have $2,486
blstar β€” 02/17/2022
i sadly raised nothing so its whatever i get yetted tomorrow
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
5,759.35 is the bomb total so far
blstar β€” 02/17/2022
plus the 1.5k from eg
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
So with eganist, 7,259.35
blstar β€” 02/17/2022
yes
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
Which is like 22k votes
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Marss is ahead by $2,700
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
I got hope that Hbox can pull for us at the last minute
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
To cushion things, I think we need $3k more

#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
We def need more
blstar β€” 02/17/2022
so imma rob a bank and send the money before i get caught
brb
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/17/2022
πŸ‘
BassMage β€” 02/17/2022
i havre
most likely
3/4K
Shaxxam β€” 02/17/2022
so like 33/36k votes ishhhhhh?
+ whatever hbox tmrw
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Alright
I think we can do it
Shaxxam β€” 02/17/2022
100%
blstar β€” 02/17/2022
is there any other big backers we can think of that might be worth hitting up
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
I got nobody. I'm basically an open book lmao
MEE6
BOT
 β€” 02/17/2022
GG @Kyandragonlord, you just advanced to level 11!
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
As far as votes go, we're $2649 away from Marss.

3273.35 (hbox) + 1500 (eganist) + 2606 (as of now, spirit bomb) + 3500 (bassmage) = $10879.35, round to $10900 and multiply 3 = 32,700 vote surplus so far. 
Marss without the spirit bomb is 7,947 votes away rn
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Holy shit that's a lot of money 
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Note that this is as of right now, and if bassmage uses $3.5k of his own money
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Yea, and it doesn't count just random ppl voting
You're hella smart ma'am. I look up to you lmao
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
Without bassmage's personal funds, $7379.35, round to $7400, times 3 = 22,200 votes
np
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
God these are massive numbers we're talking about
Did you factor in Bl's 1k?
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
I don't even know how Marss is doing at least spirit bomb-wise, though I'm worried. And, I don't think Lavish will be a threat anymore unless there's a huge $5k bomb he'll have
Bl's dropping $1k tomorrow?
Add 3k votes to whatever I have above
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Yea, he gets paid and iirc he's dropping literally all of it
So with bass's money we have about 33,700
Without 25,200
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
With bass & bl, it's 35,700
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Oh, apologies, I'm tired as fuck
isatis β€” 02/17/2022
np
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/17/2022
Thank you for everything you've done. You're a great person. If there were more people like you maybe the world would be less shitty
<3

There’s people who usually like to be emotional supports for the organizers, strategists, and planners of campaign, no matter what it might be, Summit or otherwise… and yet, none of them will ever come close to Kyan.

The Endgame

Well, I’ll let the rest talk for itself…

blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Morning
Shaxxam β€” 02/18/2022
Mornin
I’ll be in class today during the countdown so just wanna say thanks all for including me and GOOD LUCK
MEE6
BOT
 β€” 02/18/2022
GG @Shaxxam, you just advanced to level 5!
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
I don't have 1k to burn sadly I'll get about 1k worth of votes and can send so I'll throw a few bones to bass spirit bomb so we can get some more bang for our buck
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/18/2022
same here
much love to you all bassma4Happy
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Just gifted viewers to the summit twitch so we can have more votes
Praying we hit 90k before the bombs hit
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
I'm awake just tired af fuck
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
Where is eganist
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
When it comes to the donation
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
Oh shit, no idea
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
@BassMage
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
i dm''d him
about it
i said id do 1.5K
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
You or him
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
him
im doing 4K
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
Good
Just need Hbox to go live + eganist to drop that 1.5k
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Guys
Mars has alpharad backing now
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
fuq

Oh fuck. Alpharad? THE Alpharad? Well, it made sense because Alpharad is sponsored by Panda, but still…

BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
got it
alright
ill be buying my stuff now
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Alright endgame time
Whats the word on everything interms of numbers what we have
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
4K from me plus 1.5K from eganist
plus the hbox drop
plus potential more
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
See we making some ground right now with the box bomb
Good
I have faith this is a nail biter of a finish no matter what happens
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
What he talking about
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
Is he talking about the Hbox+Bassmage+Eganist combined total? @BassMage
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Lmao box pop off king
We gotta plot here tho when we send the bombs
Cause we did it a hair Earlier and lost first

isatis β€” 02/18/2022
I had several windows open to make sure Bassmage could get out of the red
Which is why I used it early
That won't happen again
It was really dynamic having several windows open with my card details filled out, and the voting page up, just to make sure he got out of the red
We were also going to lose 1st place... in the first place. lol
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Yeah first was a loss cause at that point maister and them were determined
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
@BassMage we need eganist now
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
he knows
he will drop at 10 minutes
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
eganist will?
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
yes
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
using smashgg or to the spirit bomb?
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
smashgg
its on its own

YES. The additional cushion of eganist, together with Hungrybox having been live since 10:00am Pacific, meant that we possibly had a good window.

isatis β€” 02/18/2022
3191 (bassmage) + 3822.35 (hbox) + 4000 (you) + 1500 (eganist) holy FUCK
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
lets just say
theres 1 more
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Who?
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
who
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
1 more
person is getting a VIP pass
also
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
add all that up...
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
i changed it to 4.5K
im taking this very serious
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/18/2022
dollars?
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
$14,013.35.
Holy.
Fuck.

Wow. $14k. We had hope.

#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/18/2022
wow
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
Hbox is also rounding up so
3191 (bassmage bomb) + 3900 (hbox) + 4500 (bassmage) + 1500 (eganist) + 1000 (vip pass)
Expect it to be $14,100 or more
42,300 votes.
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
yup
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/18/2022
hbox could also do a last minute push
so ezily could be more
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
oh definitely
holy fuck we just made BEST CASE SCENARIO I didn't think that was possible
#BassMage4Summit β€” 02/18/2022
bassma4Troypotle
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
WHAT 43K?
Holy hell
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
the VIP
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
is guarntee'd
so that VIP pass is set
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
Who got the pass u bass?
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
cdoom
he said hed split with someone
and id help out also
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
I think we can do it
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
someone just now dropped 5k votes for Marss
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
K
I still think we're safe
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
3191 (bassmage bomb) + 4100 (hbox) + 4500 (bassmage) + 1500 (eganist) + 1000 (vip pass) = $14291 = 42,873 votes
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
Kk
Ur the goat, thanks for everything you do
@isatis
Shaxxam β€” 02/18/2022
WOWOWOWOWOW I BELIEVE

Me too.

Having Hungrybox, Bassmage, Lui$, Marss and Lavish on all screens, helping to keep track of the spirit bomb, I didn’t notice a whole lot of activity nor movement on anyone’s spirit bomb. In fact, viewing Hungrybox’s stream, his final few hours of streaming during the campaign was raising so much money, I’d wondered if we were going to eclipse everyone else. Marss only added $1.5k since the round started, Lui$ seemed to spend all of his and only added $2k. Lavish, I couldn’t even tell, because I mostly counted him out. Hungrybox was adding donations every minute.

I noticed the time. 11:15am. Wait a sec.

I began to panic. The ghost of Tilde’s campaign dragged me out of my chair, punched me in the gut, and pushed me to the ground. I kept a running total from the spirit bomb, and inserted numbers into the calculator as they came in, even as they hid the spirit bomb. Altogether… Lavish received north of $6000 within 15 min. Oh no. This is too familiar.

isatis β€” 02/18/2022
@BassMage lavish just got a $6k dono
no wait $16k
lavish hasn't used any of his bomb fyi
@BassMage did the number. we're vulnerable again. need $1,750 more now
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
My god he's coming from no where

And then, in another corner… I noticed that while I was preoccupied with Lavish’s meteoric rise in his spirit bomb fund, Marss was sitting at about $15,850. About $4,000 more than 5 min prior.

blstar β€” 02/18/2022
My god he's coming from no where
isatis β€” 02/18/2022
No, he got $10k on top of $6k.
This is now vulnerable territory
Marss just got $4k.
ChiefKeith β€” 02/18/2022
People spending their life savings out here I swear 
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
we got it
just have to keep trying
We hit my friend’s vulnerable territory scenario.

But I had to remember one thing: The Box Gang probably knew too, and could go Plus Ultra themselves.

isatis β€” 02/18/2022
JKSMASH DONATED $500 TO US
BassMage β€” 02/18/2022
huge
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
LET'S GO
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
Let's go
blstar β€” 02/18/2022
My heart can't take this
Kyandragonlord β€” 02/18/2022
@BassMage when we dropping boys

So what happens next? Well, you know what’s coming.

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