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I've wanted to see LEGIQN cast something since Joe Fries' and his glorious UGC Training Grounds cast. That was the funniest shit I have ever seen. 

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Would really like to attend this event. Never been to one before and have been following competitive halo since late H2. Unfortunately, I've already got a planned day off this month to travel to the Cotton Bowl  :mj:

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We are not HCS but we are for the community.  We also have plans that can help build community teams.  We are hopeful the community will support the endeavor and prove we can host more events like this, HCS or not HCS sanctioned.  

I'm really glad we have people that will host these events even without the support of 343. It shows you truly care for the community and want to see halo grow f61766e40cd6c6c147beb0cf66001960.png

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We are not HCS but we are for the community. We also have plans that can help build community teams. We are hopeful the community will support the endeavor and prove we can host more events like this, HCS or not HCS sanctioned.

Thanks a million, more events is always better. What particular settings will the FFA be? Just normal slayer? Couldn't find info on the event page.

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Seriously considering attending. Never attended an event before and not sure what to expect. Also wouldnt be able to get their til Friday night. Worth it? HELP!!!!!

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Seriously considering attending. Never attended an event before and not sure what to expect. Also wouldnt be able to get their til Friday night. Worth it? HELP!!!!!

Any open LAN event is a great time, even just as a spectator. When there, just be as social as possible. Everyone is there because they have something in common, so finding people to hang out with for the weekend is easy.

 

Hopefully it's a good turnout at St. Louis and Orange County, because I really think having more open tournaments like this would really help grow the community.

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Any open LAN event is a great time, even just as a spectator. When there, just be as social as possible. Everyone is there because they have something in common, so finding people to hang out with for the weekend is easy.

 

Hopefully it's a good turnout at St. Louis and Orange County, because I really think having more open tournaments like this would really help grow the community.

Is it worth it to drive down after work? I live in Nebraska. I would miss probably all of the Friday action.

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Is it worth it to drive down after work? I live in Nebraska. I would miss probably all of the Friday action.

I think Friday is just the FFA tourney so you won't miss much. Please correct me if I'm wrong @@UGCevents...

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I think Friday is just the FFA tourney so you won't miss much. Please correct me if I'm wrong @@UGCevents...

The FFA will run all weekend. Too 8 determined by a point system.  Champ Bracket starts Sunday!CtnV64gUsAAm73N.png

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I think Friday is just the FFA tourney so you won't miss much. Please correct me if I'm wrong @@UGCevents...

 

Yeah, FFA runs all weekend. Open Bracket starts playing Friday.

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The FFA will run all weekend. Too 8 determined by a point system. Champ Bracket starts Sunday!CtnV64gUsAAm73N.png

It would have been better if the open prize pool was just added to the top 8 pool

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It would have been better if the open prize pool was just added to the top 8 pool

 

Why do you say this? 

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Why do you say this?

I'm assuming he means higher pro payouts = more pro teams attending. While that's true I think it's important to find middle ground to allure both veterans and rookies to the scene. With this structure I think they've done that nicely.

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I live in St. Louis so I'm making a mega post highlighting the best places to check out while here.

 

First and foremost, this event is not in St. Louis, it's in Collinsville, IL.  About 30 minutes east of St. Louis.  So if you want to do anything in the city, you're going to have to figure out transportation to/from if you don't have a car with you.  Because of this, I'll break the post into two separate parts.  Luckily, I went to college in Edwardsville which is right next to Collinsville, so I got your asses covered.  I'll try to provide as much variety as possible.

 

Shit to do on the IL side of the river

 

If you're wanting to stay around the venue in the Collinsville/Edwardsville area, there's some pretty good places to check out.

 

 

Food:

  1. Doc's Smokehouse (BBQ) in Edwardsville, IL - My buddy Nick's family owns this place and it is top-notch BBQ.  It's a smaller place, so be prepared to maybe have to wait for a seat.  About 15 minutes from the venue.  Bonus: It's next to a bar-cade so when you're done you can go drink and play skee ball, pinball, etc.  If you don't want to drive to Edwardsville, then there is a Bandana's BBQ in Collinsville as well.  Bandana's is a chain but it's still pretty decent BBQ.
  2. Imo's Pizza - This is through and through St. Louis style pizza.  Thin crust with gooey provel cheese.  The pizza is pretty hit or miss with most people, but it's pizza, so shut up and eat it.  There are plenty of Imo's locations around the area to choose from.  I also recommend Dewey's Pizza in Edwardsville if you're not into the St. Louis style.
  3. Wasabi (Sushi) in Edwardsville, IL - Really your only decent choice for sushi around the Collinsville area will take you to Wasabi in Edwardsville.  About 20 minutes from the venue but they have some really good stuff.  Cool thing about this location is it is below Global Brew, which is a pretty sweet bar if you're into trying different beers from all over the world.  I think they have almost 300 beers to choose from on site.
  4. 54th Street Bar & Grill in Edwardsville, IL  - Amazing upscale bar food that I can't recommend enough.  Pretty much anything on the menu is fantastic, and their Gringo Dip appetizer is a must.  Everything is huge portions, too.  There is a wait here almost every night of the week and they don't take reservations, so keep that in mind.

Drinks:  I gotta be honest, I don't know shit for bars in the Collinsville area, so everything I list will be in the Edwardsville, about 15 minutes away.

  1. Wild Country (Collinsville) - Ok, I've been here once and I'll never go back.  It's a fucking huge, line-dancing, country-style bar.  At night, they play more modern pop music, but it's a hodgepodge of old couples line dancing and younger girls who own one pair of boots and think they're from the country.  I think it's like 2 minutes from the venue, so if not wanting to travel far is your number one priority, here you go.
  2. Global Brew (Edwardsville) - Mentioned above, it's a pretty sweet place to check out if you're into beer.  Nearly 300 beers on site, it's a good place to just relax with some friends and have a few drinks.  Nothing crazy.
  3. Big Daddy's (Edwardsville) - Big Daddy's is the ultimate utility bar.  This is where you go if you want to find drunk college girls to have a good time with.  Constant bass, loud music, flashing lights, etc.  They have a decent patio area if you want to relax and not have people bumping into you every 30 seconds.  If you hate college bars, stay away.
  4. Laurie's Place (Edwardsville) - Good mix of loud (sometimes live) music and comfortable environment.  They have a large patio area for people to sit and cheap drinks.  Decent food too if you get hungry.  The typical progression in Edwardsville is everyone starts drinking at Laurie's, then walks to Big Daddy's once they're drunk.
  5. Fast Eddies Bon-Air (Alton, IL) - I have to mention this place even though it's about 30 minutes north of the venue.  Fast Eddie's is one of the best bars ever.  It's massive, cash-only, always have live music playing, and they haven't raised their food prices since like 1970 or some shit.  And the food is GOOD.  I'm talking thick burgers for under a buck, peel-and-eat shrimp for like 20 cents per shrimp, chick-on-a-stick, brats, kabobs, etc.  The different types of people that show up are hilarious.  There are always biker gangs, girls celebrating their 21st birthday, company outings, etc.  The place is a blast.

Other:

  1. Gateway Fun Park (Collinsville) - Less than a 5 minute walk from the venue.  Arcade, go-karts, mini golf, batting cages, etc.  Nothing too exciting but if there's nothing else going on then check it.  Play some games, win some arcade tickets, and make a little kid's day by giving him your tickets before you leave.
  2. World's Largest Ketchup Bottle (Collinsville) - Literally can't make this shit up.  It exists.  10 minutes from the venue.  The thing hovers over the city like a water tower.  Picture of it will probably get you like 10 instagram likes from your friends, so you decide if it's worth it or not.

 

 

 

Shit to do in/around the city

 

Ok here comes the good stuff, boys.

 

 

 

Food:

 

BBQ

  1. Pappy's Smokehouse (Downtown) - Probably the most popular BBQ place in St. Louis due to the name familiarity.  Extremely good BBQ but be ready to wait in line.
  2. Bogart's (Soulard) - I personally think this is the best BBQ in St. Louis.  It's surrounded by bars so when you're done you can walk up and down the street and check everything out.  Soulard is one of the best spots for food/drinks in the area.
  3. ​Salt + Smoke (The Loop) - Solid place to round out the list because having a list with only two things doesn't look right.  Get the cracker mac n cheese as your side or you're dead to me.

Pizza

  1. Pi Pizzeria (Downtown, Central West End, The Loop) - President Obama's favorite pizza place, literally.  More of a Chicago-style pizza with amazing deep dish.
  2. Black Thorn Pub (Tower Grove) - 50/50 chance this pizza either constipates you or clears your bowels out completely.  Fucking good pizza though.
  3. JJ Twigs (South Hampton) - Have a badass double-decker pizza that they braid the crusts together.  Crust, sauce, cheese, crust, sauce, cheese, toppings.  It's not gross, you're gross.
  4. La Pizza (U City on Delmar) - Five minute walk from my house.  Amazing semi-NY style pizza.  Your car can probably seat more people than this restaurant, though.  It's tiny and most people drive right on by, but it's fantastic.

Bar Food

  1. Llewellyn's Pub (Soulard, Central West End) - Good drinks, good food, Irish atmosphere.  One of my favorite places to have a good meal and a few drinks.
  2. McGurks (Soulard) - Me and my fiancee's favorite place in St. Louis.  We're renting out the patio outside for our reception next year.  Sounds weird, I know, but the patio has 3 separate bars, professional landscaping, a waterfall, and a koi pond.  The place is huge and the food is fantastic.
  3. Three Kings Public House (The Loop) - Fantastic food, great beer selection, but a bit of a drive from the venue.  Probably about 30 minutes to get there.  Plus side is that it gets you to The Loop, which is a great place for a variety of food, music, bars, shops, hookah, etc.

Tacos

  1. Seoul Taco (The Loop) - Korean/Mexican fused tacos.  Just go there.  Some of the best tacos ever.
  2. Mission Taco Joint (The Loop, Central West End, Soulard) - Solid choice for tacos and drinks.  Each of the locations are pretty big so there's never too long of a wait.  Great beer selections as well.  Get the brah-rito (previously named the stoner burrito) and chicken flautas.

Sushi

  1. Drunken Fish (Central West End) - Probably my favorite sushi place in St. Louis.  Definitely higher-priced compared to other places but it shows in the quality of the food.
  2. Sub Zero Vodka Bar (Central West End) - 2nd best place to get sushi in the area, in my opinion.  If sushi isn't your thing, they also have great burgers as well.
  3. ​Kampai (Central West End) - Very traditional sushi atmosphere and menu.

 

Asian

  1. Pho Grand (Tower Grove) - best Vietnamese food
  2. Corner 17 (The Loop) - Chinese food
  3. Pearl Cafe (North County) - best Thai food
  4. Shu Feng (U City) - Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean food

 

Places To Drink/Nightlife

  1. Soulard - This is probably your best bet for a good time.  Typically younger people with a lot of really great bars and places to grab a quick bite when you get the late night munchies.  Places to check out while here include McGurks, Llewellyns, International Tap House, Molly's, and Social House.  NOTICE: Social House has topless waitresses.  They only wear shorts and body paint and/or pasties to cover up their nips.
  2. Washington Ave - Pretty much the place to go if you're looking to be awake until 3-4am.  Plenty of bars and restaurants open late.
  3. The Loop - The Loop is considered the "hipster" area but whatever, I don't really think so.  Awesome restaurants and bars throughout the street.  Places to check out include Cicero's, Three Kings, Blueberry Hill, and Fitz's.
  4. The Grove - This is the gay bar area but it's a pretty good time.  Lot's of fun bars to check out including Atomic Cowboy, Handlebar, and Urban Chestnut.
  5. Central West End - Lots of good places to drink, however I will warn everyone that the crime rate in this area has gone up a lot.  It's a very affluent area that deals with a lot of muggings and peoples' cars getting broken into.  Check out Gamlin Whiskey House, Llewellyn's, Bar Louie, Dressel's Public House and Drunken Fish.
  6. Ballpark Village - I fucking hate this place but by all means, check it out if you want.  Essentially a strip mall of bars outside of Busch Stadium.  Lots of woo girls and Tapout/Ed Hardy shirts to be found.

Breweries:

  1. Schlafly Tap House or Schlafly Bottleworks - Schlafly prides themselves on being the first craft beer company in St. Louis.  They have some pretty good stuff.  Try their Kolsch, Oatmeal Stout, and Tasmanian IPA.
  2. Urban Chestnut - Two great locations to drink at (The Grove, Midtown) and a pretty nice selection of food to choose from as well.  Try their Fantasyland IPA, Zwickel, Winged Nut, and Schnickelfritz.
  3. 4 Hands - My favorite brewery in the area.  Try everything.

Other:

  1. City Museum - Go after 5pm when no one under 18 is allowed.  It's a giant indoor adult playground and you can drink there while doing dumb shit with your friends.
  2. Budweiser Brewery Tour - Take the tour, hear some corny jokes about how Bud is better than Miller, and be rewarded with free beers afterwards.
  3. St. Louis Zoo/Museums - The zoo and all of the museums in St. Louis are completely free to the public.
  4. Casinos - We got 'em so just google them and take your pic.  I recommend Lumiere or Ameristar if you like to gamble.

 

 

 

Hope to see a lot of you at the tournament.  For those of you that know me, hit me up on here and we can plan to meet up!

 

You forgot Peel and Cleveland Heath, two of the best restaurats in the entire STL area both in Edwardsville :-)

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