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Get Yourself Speedrunning: A Series of 3 Weekly Post-AGDQ Races

We're excited to bring back our Get Yourself Speedrunning races a third time, following AGDQ 2016! These races are designed to answer the popular question "Hey this speedrunning thing looks fun, how can I get involved too?" This time around, we chose games that are easy to get into, but have high skill ceilings. We feel we found the perfect selection, with a set that is sure to trigger the nostalgia in all of us.

For those that can't join, we are going to be re-streaming some of the top runners of the game on our Twitch channel, featuring commentary by some of our favorite hosts in the community. Details on each race are as follows. Featured racers may change pending any last minute surprises.


Races

Game: Mega Man 2
Goal: Beat the game (normal)
When: January 16th, 2pm EST / 7pm GMT
Goal clarification: Start on robot master select, .done on final hit to Wily.
Rules: English version only.
Final lineup: Ellonija, Duckfist, Pallidus, Nudua. Commentary provided by Coolkid, Golden, and SpikeVegeta.
Tutorial resources: World Record run. Further information here.

Game: Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Goal: 40 orb
When: January 23rd, 2pm EST / 7pm GMT
Goal clarification: Start on confirmation after file select, .done on final hit to Ripto.
Rules: Fast disc speed on PS2 allowed. Skipping into Crush, Gulp, or Ripto is not allowed. (Adapted from speedrun.com)
Final lineup: Walkers, Orsa, AlexDest, Dactyly. Commentary provided by Spudlyman, Golden, and Spikevegeta.
Tutorial resources: World Record run.

Game: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Goal: Any% warpless
When: January 30th, 2pm EST / 7pm GMT
Goal clarification: Start on file select, .done on final text prompt after Bowser.
Rules: No skipping levels via 1-1 warps. No simultaneous left+right inputs. 3-3 tongue glitch not allowed.
Final lineup: Thecrispy22, mt76907, _Trix, Kolthor_thebarbarian. Commentary provided by Lee, Golden, and Spikevegeta.
Tutorial resources: World Record run. Further information here.

We want to make these races as big as possible, and you can help us by putting this small banner in your Twitch bio, and linking it to this news post:


Join the Get Yourself Speedrunning races every Saturday from Jan. 16th - 30th @ 2pm EST / 7pm GMT, and help to make them as big as possible!

Streaming is required for all 3 races. The race will take place on our IRC server. If you're not sure how to get started, you can use the step-by-step guide in our FAQ. You can also join #srl.help on our IRC server if you have any questions about using our racing services.

Tournaments

The most exciting change from our previous GYS events is that after the races, we will be holding an open tournament for each game. You may be familiar with previous tournaments in the speedrunning community such as our Mystery Tournament series, or the outrageously successful The Legend of Zelda tournament organized by the game's community.

These tournaments are open entry, meaning that people of all skill levels are free to join. If you're thinking about it, give it a try! More details can be found on the individual tournament pages below:

Mega Man 2
Registration open Jan. 3 - Jan. 17
Tournament begins Jan. 20

Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Registration open Jan. 3 - Jan. 24
Tournament begins Jan. 27

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Registration open Jan. 3 - Jan. 31
Tournament begins Feb. 3

We will also be holding Mystery Tournament 8 in the spring. The idea of the event is that when you join the tournament, you submit a small set of games into a game pool. As people compete in 1v1 races, they pull a game from this pool. You never know what you might get, and that's what makes it perfect for veteran and novice speedrunners alike! Information on registering for MT8 will come shortly after AGDQ 2016.

SpeedRunsLive staff - December 30th, 2015