This weekend was full of tournaments across the world. The U.S. national tournaments, Combobreaker and Momocon 2016, turned heads as they were the chances for each region’s local talent to show what they have against established players such as ESAM and Nairo. I highly recommend going back through each tournament’s singles bracket to see the upsets and character selection hype that made this weekend great for Super Smash Bros.
Doubles Winners Finals: GGA Dan/Nite vs PG ESAM/MVD
Rosalina + Mario vs Pika/Corrin + Cloud/Diddy Kong
It’s not often a doubles set will make it here. Both of these are generally static with one another, and each team’s synergy shows it. Combos and setups are practiced. How each team controls zones and manages stocks is obvious. How the other team disrupts those zones and stock controls is even more apparent. In this set, the GGA team shows why they are often considered one of the best teams in the Midwest, while team PG shows adaptive strategies and counter picking as well as their veteran level reads.
Winners Semifinals: JJROCKETS vs Tyroy
Diddy Kong vs Bayonetta/Sheik
This set starts with a quick shout out to the final 1.1.5 tournament. JJROCKETS gets 2 stocked handily by two Bayonetta death combos. JJ understands his mistakes in game 2 and takes it, out playing the #1 Chicago player handily in the first stock. Even on the previous patch, however, Tyroy makes a switch to Sheik, a strategy that worked in his set against Zinoto. Overall, this set shows the potential of Tyroy as a multi-faceted player with various strategies, and JJROCKETS’ ability to adapt to multiple scenarios from a top regional player.
Hail Smash III
Winners Semifinals: Hyuga vs Sergy
Toon Link vs Greninja/Cloud
Hyuga and Sergy slug it out in a game of mental warfare. This set isn’t about hype Greninja combos or incredibly elaborate Toon Link set-ups. It’s about finding a way into each other’s zone through each character’s unique angles of attack. Both player’s neutral game is spacing heavy with feinting in and out of each other’s range. This doesn’t just occur with their main characters, but Sergy pulls out a Cloud as a hard counter-pick to Hyuga’s Toon Link, showing adaptation just in the character select screen.
Losers Semifinals: Ally vs Lord Mix
Mario vs Bowser
Who would have thought that a Bowser would make it to losers semifinals of a national. Who would have thought that Ally’s Mario would be the one to meet him there. Both of these players lost to Wrath, a sonic who is willing to play any strategy to win, and only one of them would get the rematch in Losers Finals. In this set, we see a slow and scary neutral game from Lord Mix, where he baits out grabs by using jab and dash turnarounds. Ally plays as carefully as possibly while in Shell Shock combo range, but is able to win on the ledge again and again for his stocks. This classical gaming showdown is the best set of the weekend.