Super Smash Bros. Melee - DreamHack Montreal
This weekend, Hungrybox travelled up to Montreal, Canada to challenge the best Melee players there at Dreamhack Montreal. While some Dreamhack tournaments are stacked, this one didn’t have many top players. Though, it did have the prestige and production of a Dreamhack event, which brought out competitors like moky, Ryan Ford, HugS, n0ne, and Hungrybox.
In truth, it was a smart tournament for Hungrybox to enter because the bracket looked very good for him. HugS and n0ne play Samus and Captain Falcon respectively, matches that Puff can normally win without too much trouble and that Hbox often wins without breaking a sweat. According to Liquipedia’s head-to-head counter, Hungrybox is 10-0 against HugS and 13-0 against n0ne. Hbox would likely have to contend with at least one top Fox - Ryan Ford or moky, but Hungrybox knows the Fox matchup well.
So Hungrybox went into the tournament the heavy favorite, expected to clean house. Clean house he did. Hungrybox rinsed the rest of the bracket, not only never dropping to into the Losers Bracket but never even getting close to it. He lost one game the entire tournament. His main competitors were moky and n0ne. Though he faced n0ne twice, once in the Semi-Final and once in the Grand Final, it was moky that gave him the most trouble.
Moky started off pretty hot in their set but gave up two stocks to failing ledge dashes. Moky bounced right back and gave Hbox his one loss on Pokemon Stadium in a close match where moky actually managed to edgeguard Puff using Fox’s Shine. Moky is one of Melee’s rising stars and a Fox main that recently beat Melee, so he’s not a player to be slept on. However, he is a player to be rested on, and Hungrybox took the set back by three stocking moky back to back on Dreamland and Yoshi’s Island.
From there, Hungrybox cleaned house by dismantling n0ne. While n0ne is a great player and one of the best Falcon mains in the world, his playstyle of relentless, flashy aggression doesn’t stand up to Hungrybox’s patient defense. Though n0ne brought it close on Pokemon Stadium, Hungrybox 3-0’d him in Grand Finals and Semi-Finals. Hbox won against two young talents who often upset the Melee greats and he made it look it easy.