This is what ESPN Calls a “Lack of Notable Names”

We get it, the Midwest is often forgot when it comes to skill in Smash, but when leading sports outlet ESPN flat out says a Midwest event has a lack of notable names, something tells me that they’ve missed some of the biggest streams featuring Zinoto taking down Ally, Rayquaza beating Anti, Tyroy beating Abadango, or Ksev’s impressive 9th place finish at last weekend’s GOML.

As the article caught significant flak on social media, the Midwest community is ready to prove not just ESPN, but the entire Smash community wrong. Since the article first launched, the piece was edited to include Zinoto and Ksev as notable players attending – though seeing it originally mention that no power ranked players of Illinois were going when their entire Top 5 (among many more) were confirmed shows a significant lack of detail and fact checking on the Smash 4 community. The Melee articles have been absolutely stellar on ESPN written by community members like Prog and Tafokints, and I hope that we can see the same level of detail and knowledge soon put into Smash 4 articles.

Notable caster Lord Sturm from the Midwest took to the Chicago Sm4sh blog to provide insight on many of the notable players that will be going to Combo Breaker – including an impressive array of combatants that together have defeated Void, Vinnie, Mew2King, Dabuz, Abadango, Mr. R, Hyuga, MVD, Ally, and more. You can read Sturm’s entire article detailing 9 different Midwest stars at Combo Breaker here: https://chicagosm4sh.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-relative-unknowns-of-combo-breakers.html

Tune into Smash at Combo Breaker this weekend at twitch.tv/vgbootcamp and cheer on your favorite Midwest players!

CT Chibo

Chibo is a long time member of the competitive Smash community, dating back to Super Smash Bros. Melee in 2007. He has shown prowess as a competitor, tournament organizer, live streamer, and more. Chibo is the owner of CLASH Tournaments, one of the leading media providers for the Smash community.

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