Scales Collective dropped a new video of the whole damn gang, filmed during Virginia States. Tricks were performed, Cookout was consumed, good times were had by all.
Mark Mangarin is one of those yoyo players where after I watch his videos I feel hella stupid because I don’t even know how to describe what I just saw. So I’m sitting here, drinking coffee, watching this over and over, and I have no words.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Akita.
Nothing like a full-length video from an up-and-coming crusher of a player…thanks to SF YoYos for making it happen.
Micah really wanted to film and edit a full length video but didn’t think it was worth the effort if it’d just end up in YouTube purgatory. We’re big proponents of the ol’ full length so we said we’d upload it if that’d help more people see it. Micah is awesome. Watch his video. Happy Holidays. Also, he was just in the first Scales Collective freshman class. I hope that stays around forever, it’s such a cool idea.
Yoyo used is the Ti Cadence.
Patrick Canny hits a 100% routine in this new video. The tricks are next level, the execution is super clean, and the added animation pushes the whole thing over the top.
Power Level: Over 9000.
Yoyo used is the UNPRLD Corruption.
Colin Beckford gets the A-RT treatment in this new video that makes us wait through almost three minutes of memes before we get to his amazing yoyoing. OR his amazing yoyoing interrupts what could have been seven and a half minutes of continuous memes…depends on your priorities, I guess.
Yoyo used is the A-RT x UNPRLD Sucction. It’s terrible, you won’t like it.
Mark Mangarin never fails to amaze with his creativity and trick construction. His role in SCALES definitely confirms that his knowledge of tech yoyo play runs deep, but it’s one thing to know it and another to execute it. In this quick little video, Mark reminds you that he’s got the chops.
CLYW has been quiet this year, but working on a lot of new designs that we expected wouldn’t be released until 2019…looks like we might get this one a little earlier. The Akita is the new signature model for Mark Mangarin, a bi-metal yoyo that runs a little wider and larger than the Manatee. Specs and release date coming soon.
Yoyo used is the CLYW Akita.
Emil Wójcik drops a stunning new video for Smashing YoYos, filled with unique tricks that perfectly bridge the gap between old school and new. Tons of smooth lines and big movements, while still throwing in a degree of tech difficulty that keeps you guessing. Crazy good!
Yoyo used is the Scales Collective x Smashing YoYo Company Float.
Andy Jones is the best thing to come out of Sheffield since 3/4 of Def Leppard. Congrats to him on being picked up by Smashing YoYos, and congrats to Smashing on gaining a great player!
Yoyo used is the Smashing YoYos x Scales Collective Float.
The guys at Scales Live spent an hour of their Monday nights talking about their predictions for 2018, what exactly is “meta”, different styles, and more!
Featuring Andrew Bergen, Andrew Maider, Colin Beckford, Keiran Cooper, Patrick Canny, and Mark Mangarin.
Audio version can be listened to here.
Hey, guys! It’s Keiran Cooper coming at ‘cha with a recap of HRYZ (HRadecké YoYo Závody) 2017! This competition took place on December 2nd in the Králové region of the Czech Republic, and joins SLYZ as one of the many regional competitions throughout the Czech Republic. HRYZ was the first Czech competition to take place after YYMCR (Czech Nationals) in November.
The winner of 1A Pokro (short for pokročilý, meaning advanced) was Matous Tomes. Matous is a 2014 Worlds finalist, 3-time Worlds semifinalist, and currently ranked 3rd in the Czech Republic. As one of the most competitively relevant players in the country, it’s no surprise Matous managed to make up for a restart (major deduction, -1) and come out on top. His freestyle’s build is very similar to that of his recent YYMCR freestyle with a couple of changes to the overall format and music.
Coming in second place is the 2016 and 2017 Czech national champion, Michael Malík. Michael’s overall build from this competition carries a lot of stark differences in pacing and execution – compared to his YYMCR or semifinal from Worlds, his speed and trick density have drastically increased. I’d argue a potential catalyst for his change in speed could be attributed to the use of a new YoYo, as he has switched from the Edge to the new ND Ultra. With this change in speed and overall density, I can see Michael potentially pushing his way into top 3 at EYYC next year.
Third place went to one of the most prolific online players, Tony Šec. Throughout the European competition season, Tony has competed in a handful of 2-minute formatted competitions, and is arguably one of 2017’s most competitively active players overall. Compared to his EYYC final from earlier this year, Tony’s execution and performance have both improved tenfold. Going into EYYC 2018, I’m excited to see more risky and technical content from Tony.
Outside of top 3 in 1A Pokro, I was really impressed with Jonáš Ožana’s freestyle. A relatively new face to the competition scene, Jonáš ended up taking 11th overall with a really cool freestyle. Amidst the looming competitive meta, Jonáš managed to showcase a set of a-typical tricks met with tremendously unique flow. Next generation for sure.
The winner of the “X” division was the current Czech champion, František Procházka. Using a similar trick build to his YYMCR freestyle, František delivered a sick freestyle to some Childish Gambino. I’m excited to see what he has to bring to the table for EYYC next year – new European champion in the making?
Those were my favorites from HRYZ! I’ve been following the European scene for quite some time – it’s great to see such growth! Shout out to SLUSNY for covering the competition in its entirety, check out the rest of the freestyles here.
Hey everyone! Colin here with a short recap with one of the last contests in the US competition circuit of 2017. It’s been a very interesting and competitive year all-around, so it’s always good to reflect on it in a real contest setting.
I think one thing that many people have noticed is that there is clearly a meta that people of all skill levels are attempting to adjust to, with varying success all around. It’s really interesting (and we could/may do a whole episode on this alone) to see how this works out for a select group of people only and why it doesn’t work out for everyone. Anyways, this shift towards an ideal build of tricks/performance was obvious at Illinois States, so it’s just something I wanted to touch up upon before we got to covering the yo-yoing here.
The winner of the 1A division was (in my opinion) the most skilled player in the midwest area currently, Chandler Steele. Chandler has had an amazing improvement rate in 2017 and became a competitive beast, winning Ohio States, Illinois States, MidEast regionals, making Worlds finals, and placing 6th at US Nationals. Chandler’s style is very reflective off of the current meta that I mentioned above, but he puts his own interesting twist on things by incorporating unique emphasis (like that little knee bounce at :41). Chandler being extremely successful this year puts himself in a great position for 2018, and I’m hyped to see what he has in store. Definitely a deserved win here.
Michael Stecz placed 2nd with a pretty awesome freestyle as well. I haven’t seen Michael yo-yo in quite a while, so all of his tricks always surprise me when I get to see them on video or in person. Michael also has a really unique style that focuses on a casual pace in which he doesn’t try to rush anything, with tricks that blend a lot of great old-school and current ideas. Really loved that Michael was able to get 2nd at this contest with a freestyle that primarily focused on tricks, and tricks alone.
Connor Seals placed 3rd with an extremely performance-oriented freestyle. Although it was a nice contrast to the rest of the freestyles from the event, it seems as though the lack of technical execution (scoring) set Connor far behind 1st place, showing the difficulty in creating a freestyle that has a good balance in high levels of tech and performance. It’ll be interesting to see how Connor builds off of this perspective going into 2018.
Outside of the top 3, another freestyle I enjoyed was Blaise Becker’s. Blaise is a new face to the competitive scene on a high level like this but he has very good tricks. At such a young age as well, I know that he has a bright future in yo-yoing if he keeps it up.
Out of all of the routines in the X divisions, I was probably most impressed with Connor’s winning 4A routine. Connor’s 4A style is very similar to his 1A I would argue, in terms of focusing on making everything look good and having great performance value. Also, Connor is one of the few US players who can do soloham, and although he was not able to do much of it in this routine, I’m curious to see if he will implement it more in the future.
So, those were some of my favorites from this year’s Illinois States! Illinois States was one of the largest state competitions of this year, with almost 50 1A competitors! It’s great to see the midwest scene growing again. Watch all of the freestyles on YoYo Contest Central’s Youtube channel here.
Scales members Andrew Bergen, Colin Beckford, Patrick Canny, and Mark Mangarin recently put their minds together and discussed some of their favorites from the 1A finals at US Nationals this year. Check out the video episode below!
Scales members Keiran Cooper, Colin Beckford, and Patrick Canny discuss some of their favorite moments from the 1A finals at this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest. Players featured are: Andrew Bergen, Gentry Stein, Yuki Nishisako, Ethan Cheung, Keiran Cooper, Michael Ferdico, and Nate Dailey.