With 38 motivated competitors and over 50 spectators, July’s Maimi BOSS was a tournament to remember. Contestants and gloving fans from as far as the Midwest congregated at the NugBrand store in downtown Miami for a night filled with friends, light shows, and eventually a champion. After 3 rounds of Swiss play, the tournament became an 8 person win-or-go-home playoff, and the competition for the title represented the glovers’ last chance at securing a spot in the International Gloving Championship: Legends Tournament on Oct. 10.
To the delight of many, out-of-state glovers and EmazingLights sponsors [3M] Jest and [PLAN] [Ai] Parrot made the treacherous drive from from Minnesota and Kentucky respectively. The journey was an eye-opening experience for both, as they met glovers, ate waffles, and shared concepts along the way. The duo started on separate sides of the BOSS brackets before systematically knocking off everyone standing in their path.
In the semi-finals, Jest and Parrot squared off against Miami area natives [T.V.] Infinite and [C9] Allay. The in-state vs. out-of-state competition proved fierce. When the dust settled and the music stopped, the two road trip buddies faced off in the finals with a trip to IGC on the line.
After an intense battle in front of a pumped a crowd, Jest defeated 2014 Open Bracket winner Parrot and rested claim to an IGC Legends bracket birth. For Jest, the entire experience of traveling for gloving proved to be an inspirational and eye opening experience:
“Traveling for gloving is the greatest experience I could ask for,” Jest said. “To this day I’m obsessed with Pokémon. Competitive gloving gives a unique opportunity to share a talent, travel, and meet friends from all over. It’s unquestionably the real world equivalent of the Pokémon league.”
For contestants and spectators, the full reach and strength of the gloving community was on display in Miami. Florida natives enjoyed the sharing of styles, moves, and concepts. Miami Boss Head Judge and gloving legend [PM] Ice Kream Teddy commented on the vibes:
“The craziest part was really seeing everyone get together, no matter where they were from and really have a good time,” Teddy said. “Jest and Pilgrim both taking the BOSS wins home from out-of-state really adds an interesting dynamic to the tournament.” [T.V.] Pilgrim won this year’s May BOSS in Southern California after flying all the way out from Massachusetts.
With Jest named this Miami BOSS champion, the gloving community is wondering who will grab that last Legends spot at August BOSS in Southern California. Keep up to date with all the latest news in our weekly EmazingLife Newswire.
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