He has five cats.
JTail’s parents got married young and he would watch them playing Street Fighter, Super Mario World and Zelda since babyhood. So, he started playing them himself on the NES when he was around two years old. By the time he was four, he had beaten Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past by memorizing everything that his mom had done to beat it.
JTails started playing Super Smash Bros. when he was in high school and would often compete against his friends after school. One day, a friend of his told him about the MLG 2006 tournament that was happening in New York, so he decided to tag along even though it was for Super Smash Bros. Melee. He discovered that he loved competitive play but was too shy to seek out other LAN events.
When Super Smash Bros. Brawl released in January 2008, another friend of his told him about a weekly tournament that would be taking place at a Web2Zone in NYC and encouraged him to try it out because of his high-level skills. He went and it became a weekly routine for him. Over time, his ranking improved from 45th to higher. In 2012, he hit his peek when he placed 25th at Apex. But he then became busy with his college course work and was no longer able to keep up the grind.
He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Science and Education and went on to teach. He is between jobs at the moment, though.
He started his YouTube account because he really wanted to show off his gaming skills to others, and also enjoyed entertaining others. He therefore felt that YouTube would be a good way for him to consolidate those two desires. He originally began uploading content to his channel in January 2008. He initially started with comedy skits before moving on to Super Smash Bros. content.
He really began to gain a following after he began winning various Super Smash Bros. tournaments.
- Mon, Tues, Thurs: 16:00 – 20:00 UTC
- Fri – Sun, Wed: No stream
His favorite game is Kingdom Hearts P1, because he was the same age as Sora when the game released, so he really related to it.
[I like to challenge myself with characters that I’m less comfortable with.] I really just want to dig deep, because I want to see, when I’m in a corner, how I’m going to adapt to that character. A lot of people think that just practicing a character in friendlies is going to make your character better, but you need to put yourself in high-pressure situations. You need to put yourself in bracket with your secondaries if you really want to bring them out.