Best Sets of the Weekend 7/8-7/10

The weekend before Evo, not many large-scale tournaments were hosted. In the Midwest, however, Breakout IV and Midwest Mayhem attracted large entrant counts, making it the place to watch for pre-Evo Smash 4.

Construct 53

Grand Finals: UNV | Marshall vs Fons

Diddy Kong vs Mario
Twitch Vod

This is a set with outplay after outplay from both sides. Marshall’s edge traps and banana baits keep Fons in check, adding percent after percent until Marshall can finally get a banana or ledge scenario that leads to a stock. Fons keeps up the pace with stronger individual punishes often netting 60-80% off a single grab, up tilt, or landing dair. Where the two players shine is in their situational reads and also how they deal with them. This set is great for moments that look impossible, but somehow lead to one player barely edging it out over the other.

Breakout IV

Losers Finals: Pulse | Ryuga vs Miloni

Ike/Corrin vs Cloud
Twitch Vod

Who has the better sword? Ryuga, now know as a duel main between Ike and Corrin, faces off against Miloni after he lost to him earlier in bracket. Both players take advantage of what the other swordsman is missing. Ryuga, with Ike, gains significantly more than Cloud off grabs and he abuses it. Miloni out ranges Ike and has a projectile. Along with greater spacing and movement, Miloni tries to avoid grabs while also punishing anything that is whiffed. As Corrin, Ryuga uses tricky movement and 50-50 scenarios that trip up Miloni, but without as much threat to his shield, Miloni’s movement and traps are even more effective.

Midwest Mayhem 4

Doubles Losers finals:  Zinoto &  Ksev vs  Ned & Tyroy

Diddy Kong + Fox vs Cloud + Meta Knight/Mario
Youtube Vod

The Chicago vs Michigan rivalry shows itself in doubles. Through the controlled chaos of doubles, team combos form from across the stage just out of hit-stun or while walling out one of the other players. Synergy wise, both teams have similar levels of awareness on when to stop fending off their 1v1 and help their partner eviscerate the other opposing team. Zinoto and Ksev make Diddy Kong and Fox seem like their hit angles were meant for each other. Ned and Tyroy, using two characters whose vertical hits can can juggle a character alone, combo into shuttle loop after shuttle loop until Tyroy eventually switches to Mario. Awareness is the thing to watch for in this set, and both of these teams know where to be to make the most of their compositions.

Grand Finals Set 2: SF | Hyuga vs Circa | 6WX

Toon Link vs Sonic
Youtube Vod

6WX has had a rough few months, but Midwest Mayhem proves to be his return to form. Known for an aggressive Sonic, 6WX finally optimised his play and camps out Hyuga whenever he has a lead, always threatening a time win condition. Hyuga; however, looks to trap 6WX in any corner he can. His boomerang placements are the most disruptive element of the set, leading to bombs or roll baits which lead to stocks. Not to be shown up, 6WX proves that he can use Hyuga’s bombs against him to create combos  into his own aerials. This is a set of patience for both players. Whomever cracks first often wins each scenario in this set.

Losers Top 8: Pink Fresh vs Darkshad

Bayonetta vs Ryu
Youtube Vod

The 5.99 battle we’ve been waiting for.  Darkshad and Pink Fresh play a classical smash 4 match up. A near dominating neutral game versus immaculate low % kill punishes. The amount of times Pink Fresh  brings Darkshad to 140+ percent but dies to a Shoryuken or dair spike setup between 50-60% is surprisingly high. Pink Fresh builds percent so well and shuts down almost anything that Darkshad brings to the neutral. But what Pink Fresh had trouble with was this: rage. Focus to stock take happened in multiple different scenarios. This includes one of the sickest DI mixup I’ve ever seen in Smash 4. This is the best set of the weekend.


Z2G is a fantasy writer and smash 4 analyst. He's played Smash competitively since Brawl, and continues to play and write about the Smash 4 scene.

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