Hungrybox cements himself as a best Melee actor in a universe …
November 9, 2017 - Super Smash Bros
Smash Summit 5 came to a tighten Sunday night, imprinting a finish of 2017’s scattered Super Smash Bros. Melee vital season. While competitors battled for their share of a event’s $80,000+ esteem pool, this iteration of Melee’s high-profile invitational became a many new bridgehead in a onslaught between a game’s standing quo and a hazard of a new order.
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In July, Adam “Armada” Lindgren was awarded a tip ranking in a Summer 2017 book of SSBMRank. At a time, he was undoubtedly Melee’s best player; his SSBMRank content quipped that life’s usually constants were “death, taxes and Armada in winner’s semis.” During final night’s singles bracket, however, even this certainty seemed uncertain. In winner’s quarterfinals, a Swede was pushed to his extent by Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, who took a set’s initial dual games before Armada prevailed in a nerve-wracking 3-0 comeback. In winner’s semifinals, Armada forsaken his second set in as many weeks to William “Leffen” Hjelte. Motivated by these setbacks, a Armada rampaged by loser’s bracket, scoring widespread victories over Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, and Leffen to face off opposite Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma in grand finals.
This grand finals had a tip stakes of any set this year, and maybe of any set in Melee history, featuring a game’s tip dual players in foe for a $29,000 purse, a year-end series one ranking, and — in Armada’s box — an rare fivepeat. When it was over, Hungrybox stood atop a metaphorical podium, tears of fun lustrous in his eyes. Through this victory, a Floridian Jigglypuff categorical clinched his mark as year-end series one for a initial time in his career and prisoner his initial Smash Summit title. Though Armada stays a second-best actor in a world, it’s apparent that a once-insurmountable opening between him and a rest of a domain has shrunk by a substantial margin. Instead, Hungrybox stands detached from a rest, his Smash Summit feat an implausible fifth uninterrupted vital title. Where Armada once looked invincible, Hungrybox now reigns supreme, demonstrating his prevalence by abrasive former demons such as Mang0 and Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni on his approach to victory. There’s no doubt about it: today, Hungrybox is a best Melee actor in a world.
Hungrybox’s feat was distant from Smash Summit 5’s usually notable result. Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman entered a eventuality with high hopes; usually final weekend, he overcame both Armada and Leffen to win Canada Cup 2017 in a opening many lauded as his excellent in many years. Unfortunately, Mew2King was incompetent to put together a identical run during Smash Summit 5, dropping sets to Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni and Axe to finish during a comparatively low 9th place. Axe’s opening deserves approval in a possess right, with a Pikachu categorical notching dual wins every over both Mew2King and SFAT to all though safeguard himself a year-end ranking during series seven.
Though some fell short, this Smash Summit featured considerable performances by a voted-in players. Jack “Crush” Hoyt fit his invitation in electrifying conform by defeating Dajuan “Shroomed” McDaniel and Johnny “S2J” Kim and bringing Mang0 to a margin of better in a overwhelming five-game pools battle. At Summit 5, New England’s rising star outshined players traditionally ranked within a tip twenty, demonstrating his ability to contest during a game’s tip level. After subordinate for a invitational in a cloud of controversy, Michael “MikeHaze” Pulido was means to overpower his critics by defeating Shroomed as well. While throng favorite Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto was incompetent to make a run in a singles bracket, he and his teammate Axe scored considerable victories over Hungrybox/Wizzrobe and SFAT/Shroomed in a invitational’s doubles bracket.
At a finish of a day, Melee’s standing quo stays rather intact-battered and bruised, though not nonetheless wholly gone. Although Armada competence be training to play second fiddle to Hungrybox, a dual of them still clearly occupy their possess tier above all other competitors, with Mang0 following as a apparent third. Despite Mew2King’s unsatisfactory result, Melee’s tip 6 players keep their stranglehold on a metagame. But astonishing performances by players such as Wizzrobe and Crush uncover that a new propagandize of players have entered a ring, and they’re personification to win. It’s usually a matter of time now until this new blood catches adult with a leaders of a pack.