Pound 2019 (Smash Melee + Ultimate)
One of Smash’s most exciting supermajor tournament series has returned. Pound frequently featured some of Smash’s greatest sets and most exciting moments. This year showed that the Maryland tournament had not lost its magic - nor had Team Liquid.
In 2016, Hungrybox won Melee singles against Mango and in 2019 we would see a repeat of this epic matchup between Gods but this time it would be Hungrybox doing it from the lower side of the bracket. Hungrybox dropped a close 3-2 set to Mango in Winner’s Semifinals but that just made the list of opponents he’d beat even more impressive. By the end of the tournament, Hungrybox had beaten Jerry, Ginger, SFAT, S2J, Zain, and Plup before he got his rematch with Mango.
The rematch went much more in Hungrybox’s favor, with Hbox closing out the first set 3-1 and the second 3-0. Don’t let the set scores fool you, Mango hadn’t lost his edge. Most of the games were close and saw Hungrybox busting out some of the wildest Jigglypuff tech and the best reads of his career to get some of the clutches rests we have ever seen.
Hungrybox wasn’t the only melee player making waves. ChuDat made a huge resurgence to place 7th in the tournament. He beat Gahtzu and Swedish Delight but lost two nail-biting 3-2 sets against Zain and S2J. ChuDat pulled out all the stops at Pound and showed off some impressive moves on his Ice Climbers.
The story keeps going for both players, who teamed up in Doubles and placed 3rd. Hungrybox and ChuDat only lost to PewPewU and SFAT as well as Mew2king and Plup, two legendary and long-established teams. Team Liquid’s Chillindude also showed up in Doubles, getting 4th place alongside Zain.
In Ultimate, Dabuz showed he could contend with anyone. He placed 5th in the tournament overall and lost two 3-2 sets to Ally and Marss. If that doesn’t sound impressive, consider just how stacked Pound 2019 was. Pound 2019 had 802 entrants in Ultimate singles, including nearly all of the top 10 players. Dabuz outplaced MKleo and Nairo in the tournament. He beat Nairo, Dark Wizzy, and Ice to get there. If Ultimate’s tournaments have taught Smash fans anything, it’s that any of the top players can win. Dabuz got 5th this time but he was just 1 game away from Winner’s Finals. Next time it might be him lifting the trophy instead.
Faceit Global Summit (PUBG)
The grand finals of the PUBG FACEIT Global Summit had all cylinders firing this past weekend, as a handful of teams tried their luck at becoming Summit champions. Team Liquid and Envy made their way to London to participate in the event and they both put on one hell of a show. Envy started off the event in terrific fashion, earning a ton of placement and kill points during the first round of matches. Team Liquid also showed why they were considered one of the strongest teams in the world with consistent performances throughout the opening stage as well as a few Chicken Dinners. TL’s performance was strong enough to avoid the elimination stage and they were among the top 8 teams seeded into the grand finals after the first round was over.
Envy had to take a bit of a longer road to get there as they finished in 12th, just barely outside the required point total to avoid the elimination round. However they were clearly undaunted as they blazed through the first two games of the 2nd round, winning both and basically securing their spot in the grand finals with 3 games left to go.
The grand finals were a nail biter, and while Envy fell out of contention early on, the top 7 teams were only 6 points apart from each other as they went into the final match of the tournament. Among those 7 teams was Team Liquid who got horrendous circle luck but managed to claw themselves into 3rd place when everything was said and done. It was a terrific event from start to finish and both of our teams in attendance played phenomenally.