Gods and godslayers of Melee to watch during Evo
July 12, 2017 - Super Smash Bros
The Evolution Championship Series 2017 (Evo) in Las Vegas will symbol a sixth year Super Smash Bros. Melee will be featured during a prestigious fighting diversion event; with it comes 3 gods aiming for another title, another God with something left to prove, and a handful of godslayers fighting to overpower their rule.
Eyes will be on a 3 prior champions to have taken an Evo pretension given Melee’s lapse in 2013. Cloud9’s Joseph “Mango” Marquez, Alliance’s Adam “Armada” Lindgren, and 2016 champion Team Liquid’s Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma are a gods to beat.
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Of a three, Mango is a usually one to have won Evo twice, in 2013 and 2014. Late final year, Cloud9 sealed Daniel “Tafokints” Lee, Melee statistician and analyst, as Mango’s new coach. The dual have worked closely on optimizing Mango’s assertive character of play to be in line with a some-more optimized metagame. With a some-more focused diversion plan, Mango has shown improvement, and recently took Royal Flush. Mango and his multitude of fans are anticipating he takes Evo 2017, achieving what many in a Smash village call a desired “3vo.”
In 2014 and 2015, Hungrybox came second place to Mango and Armada respectively. He wasn’t going to concede 2016 to be a third second-place finish. After a exhausting losers joint run, Hungrybox came behind to kick Armada in what was an electric and romantic set. After his Evo win, it wasn’t until Smash’N’Splash 3 this past Jun that Hungrybox had taken a super-major. Hungrybox has found a clever breeze of second breeze entrance into Evo 2017, and is a favorite to take a contest once again.
After Hungrybox won Evo 2016, Armada sat in a center of a stage, conduct slouched, inept by his loss. An Evo central came to his side to make certain he was alright. Armada eventually did collect himself adult and supposed his second place medal. One thing was clear, however: Armada never wanted to be in that position again.
Since Evo 2016, Armada has continued to infer because he’s a best actor in a world, holding initial in mixed tournaments, including Genesis 4 and Smash Summit Spring 2017. Unlike Mango and Hungrybox, Armada refuses to get a coach. He feels he doesn’t need one and wants to infer that he has what it takes to sojourn a best.
Given Armada’s opening given Evo 2016, he is by distant a favorite to win a tournament.
Of a “gods” of Melee attending a event, a one actor who has nonetheless to sign an Evo win has been Echo Fox’s Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. Since fasten Echo Fox in early 2016, Mew2King has been personification distant some-more unchanging and focused than before. Many of a hiccups he would have during tip turn play have subsided. For Mew2King, he’s one good day divided from violence everyone. The one actor that could have upended all of Evo 2016 was particularly absent final year. Team SoloMid’s William “Leffen” Hjelte was barred from entering a United States due to visa issues. Leading adult to Evo 2016, he voiced good disappointment about not being means to use and contest among a best. But this year, he’ll be means to attend, and is eyeing that initial place trophy.
Beyond a Top 5 players in a universe are a handful of dim horses who have usually softened their game. Panda Global’s Justin “Plup” McGrath was in a Top 8 during Evo final year, and was a one to indeed hit Hungrybox into losers bracket. He’s given picked adult Fox and has been experimenting with a wider expel of characters, even entering as Luigi during CEO Dreamland. While it might seem that Plup has turn changeable towards a larger metagame, his poise with mixed characters proves only how gifted he is during tip turn play.
There’s also Counter Logic Gaming’s Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni and G2’s Weston “Westballz” Dennis. The former has been on a duration rise, violation into a Top 10 and holding sets off of mixed tip players. His Achilles heel continues to be Mew2King. However, Westballz has expressed difficulty sleeping, that he feels has influenced his game. Given a right volume of rest, he added, he could simply better any of a tip players by a far-reaching margin.
While some protest that Melee tournaments continue to be won by a same tip players, a ability opening has narrowed considerably. Given a right set of circumstances, a vital dissapoint could occur, upsetting Melee’s boundless balance.