Smash players didn’t have much time to rest after EVO as another S-tier tournament was right around the corner. Super Smash Con, a full on convention dedicated to all things Super Smash Brothers hosted tournaments with over 3,500 combined entrants. It was a big day for Ultimate and Melee both, with Ultimate clocking in at over 2,700 entrants and Melee at over 850.
Though Melee didn’t have nearly as many entrants, the event drew in most of the top players in the game. That would make it one of the most competitive Melee tournaments of the year! This year’s Smashcon was filled with upsets and some of the biggest came from Team Liquid.
In fact, Team Liquid’s ChuDat had one of the most notable runs in the tournament. ChuDat got sent to the Loser’s Bracket early, getting upset himself by Polish, an up and comer who also beat the likes of KJH and Nintendude. ChuDat was going to have an upset define his tournament, but it wouldn’t be this one. He’d tear through the Loser’s Bracket, beating top competitors like Mike Haze and other surprise bracket threats like PudgyPanda - a fellow Ice Climbers player who beat Team Liquid’s ChillinDude as well as Axe.
The defining moment of ChuDat’s run wouldn’t be beating PudgyPanda, but finishing what PudgyPanda started. ChuDat eliminated Axe in a tense 3-2 set where he forced Axe to go Marth and Falco. This upset was massive - ChuDat, the 28th ranked player in the world taking out Axe, the 3rd ranked player! The win got ChuDat to 9th place too, well above his 17th seed. It was also some well-timed revenge against Axe, who lead the push to ban wobbling.
Crunch quietly outperformed his seed too. He had one of his best tournaments in recent memory, beating Jakenshaken, 43rd ranked player on the PGR, and almost eliminating n0ne. Their set went 3-2 on a day when n0ne was in top form and made 5th place. For his phenomenal play, Crunch placed 59 spots above his seed, going out at 25th.
One thing would be consistent - Hungrybox getting into Grand Finals. Hungrybox played mostly as expected, beating top players like S2J, Zain, and Lucky. Though both Lucky and Zain nearly took Hungrybox out, no one would prove a match for him except Leffen. It had been a while since Hbox had faced a Fox of Leffen’s caliber and this time, Leffen would be too much for him. Leffen would 3-0 Hbox twice. With this fresh loss, one of Smash’s greatest rivalries will likely rekindle, with Hbox coming back with adaptations of his own.
On the Ulitmate end, Team Liquid had rougher luck as Dabuz’s Smash Con curse continues. Dabuz placed 33rd in Smashcon 2017 and 2018 and 49th this year, suffering upsets from the hands of two of the biggest bracket dark horses - Riddles and Raffi-X. Still, he got 1st place in Smash 4 singles and with Smash Con behind him, so is its curse.