Tecmo XIII is in the books. Joeygats crushed everyone with another dominating display of Tecmo Bowl prowess. Since we never rest, let’s get going on the Tecmo XIV season!

To get things started right, the first official Tecmo Madison XIV qualifier will be in Dallas, TX on August 5th, 2017 at the Let’s Play Gaming Expo. The tournament will be a max field of 64. The top finisher will have their entrance to Tecmo Madison XIV and their flight to Madison, WI paid for by LPGE!

Those coming will challenge the best of the best as both finalists from Tecmo XIII, Joeygats & Regulator, will be making the trip. Yes, you read that right. JOEYGATS & REGULATOR will be at the TMXIV qualifier! If you are in Texas or surrounding areas, you do not want to miss the incredible Tecmo tournament.

Joeygats (left) & Regulator

To sign up, head to letsplaygamingexpo.com, click General LPGE Attendee and go through the checkout process. The TMXIV Qualifier will be on Saturday, but LPGE is a Saturday & Sunday event. Choose your ticket and be sure to tick off “Would you like to compete in the Tecmo Madison Tecmo Super Bowl Tournament?”. 

We’ll see you in Dallas on August 5th, 2017!

STRATEGY – RUNNING PLAYS SLOT 4

Closing our coverage in top-tier talent running plays, we bring you Running Plays in Slot 4. QB Sneaks can be sneaky. We like to use them. What are your favorites so far?

R and S QB Run                    R and S QB Sneak

R and S QB Run R and S QB Sneak

These two plays are similar slot 4 placeholders for pure R and S playbooks. The QB run involves a few frames of the QB turning and running while moving backwards while the QB sneak involves a few frames of pausing at the end of a short dropback. Both are used as surprise runs by pass-heavy players to move the chains, elite players try to put another run in this spot if possible.

FB Power Dive
FB Power Dive

A powerful dive play from a powerful formation in tournament Tecmo. The player gets a lead blocker plus a TE blocking on the play side. Unlike the T formation dives, this one is a little more difficult to blow up because a defender has to come from the topside instead of the bottom of the formation – there are too many potential high hitting power blockers for a bottom formation player to knife in and stop the ball carrier. This run hits for big yardage against inexperienced players and is good for 4-5 yards a pop against even elite level talent.

*NB There is another T-Formation Dive that can go in slot 4, it is the same exact play as the T-Formation Dive in slot 2.

What are your thoughts on the running game so far? Have you identified any new plays that you may try to implement? Let us know in the comments!

Every fan of Tecmo Super Bowl has his own reason for loving the world’s best video game. Neil Roesler of Leonard, North Dakota gets his jollies from “the sheer calamity that ensues” when the defensive team guesses the offense’s play correctly.

Leonardite (left) w/ the Tecmo Godfather

Play-calling can never be taken lightly in competitive Tecmo. Roesler remembers playing a friend when an odd moment occurred. While first and goal, he picked a hail mary play that was blitzed on by his opponent.

“The gamesmanship is even worse with people you play against frequently,” says Roesler, alias Leonardite. “The over-thinking becomes absurd.”

But coming together with nerds of the same passion is what makes Tecmo so damn fun.

Roesler and his North Dakotan cronies, Joey S. (Dr. Frolf) and Barry A. (Bob Nelson), have traveled to Madison every year since Madison VII in 2011. Bryce M has joined them since Madison IX.

From the get-go, Roesler’s engagement with Tecmo culture has been spirited.

“The stories made at these tournaments have been absurd, rarely involve Tecmo, and should largely be confined to the dark web,” Roesler witticises.

But as human nature proves time and again, such is the stuff that fulfilling memories are made of. Buried in the guise of archaic video game simulation, many other Tecmo enthusiasts have found a rich community.

“The best part of Madison is the reunion with all the people we have met,” Roesler says.

“If everyone was a bunch of pricks buried in the stats and the results, I would have stopped going long ago. Instead, Madison is a can’t miss annual event, and my personal Tecmo calendar keeps growing a little bigger each year when the right opportunities arise.”

North Dakota has become yet another significant marker on the Tecmo community map, thanks to Roesler and his Peace Garden State squad.

The first “Burning Mort” was held in Leonard, North Dakota, on July 16th of 2016. While attended by a modest twelve competitors, the highly documented event was, by all recordable accounts, a smashing success.
Roesler insists that Burning Mort isn’t a tournament at all, but instead a “Tecmo Experience.” Involving hours of gameplay that are interrupted by frat house tomfoolery such as keg stands, the weekend was a largely shirtless bonding experience by all involved.

During the months-longed build-up to Burning Mort, the event page on TecmoBowl.org produced many predictions as to what the heck this new “Tecmo Experience” would be. Fittingly, Roesler says that the closest speculation came by none other than the godfather of Tecmo.


“So it’s like the Ryder Cup on stupid,” offered Knobbe.

The Ryder Cup, of course, spins the solitary sport of golf into a cooperative adventure, while the Tecmo Ryder Cup does the same for the sport of Tecmo Super Bowl.

In his personal quest for Tecmo greatness, Leonardite has made headway during his last two Madison appearances, advancing past the first knock-out round in his last two efforts.

Look for Leonardite to garner a karmic boost from his recent contributions to the Tecmo Community via Burning Mort. A sweet sixteen birth is certainly within his reach.

But much more importantly, so are new Tecmo memories.

Neil is the author of the hilarious Tecmo Bowl meme site, Leonardite.com.

STRATEGY – RUNNING PLAYS SLOT 3

Continuing our coverage in top-tier talent plays, we bring you Running Plays in Slot 3. Yes, the glorious Right+A. Air Bontempo’s path to glory is contained in Right+A. Get good with these two plays!

R and S Sweep Right
R and S Sweep Right

The most effective, most used, and most abused play in Tecmo. Rarely is this play left out of a playbook. The left side of the line, along with the bottom two receivers form a wall of blockers for a ball carrier that is immediately running at speed to the outside of the defense. Unless something drastically goes wrong, this play is good for 6 yards with ease. Thousands of words and hundreds of hours of study have gone into the foundational run play of Tecmo offense and yet it still keeps rolling along in everyone’s playbook.

 

 

Pitch L Open
Pitch L Open

The only other play that appears in the Right + A slot in the rarest of circumstances. It usually rears its head among the elite players when the opponent is using a strong top DB or top LB team. This play generates three blockers by having the top WR block the DB, the offset blocker pushing forward to block downfield, and the playside guard pulling into the gap as well. This play has no good mirror pass, if it’s in the passing playbook is reduced slightly through ineffectiveness.

 

TOP 12 FINISHER SPONSOR PRIZES

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  • Attack on Titan
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  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Prizes will be distributed as a download code for use in the PS Store. Finishers will be determined by Placement > Record > Point Differential.