While many assumed the Luigi main was simply angry after a loss, it was soon revealed that he had been under a lot of stress because a moving truck with all his family’s belongings in it had been stolen.
In a series of emotional tweets, Elegant apologized for his actions and the Smash community rallied behind the pro, raising a whopping $11,725 through a GoFundMe to support him.
Many who donated also posted encouraging words and comments. “Elegant motivated me to participate in tournaments, and to learn luigi since smash 4, I’m forever grateful to him, and I hope he gets his life sorted out so we can see him in tournaments again soon! Keep it up my dude,” one vocal funder wrote.
The pro was taken back and couldn’t believe the generosity of the community, but said he would find a way to repay everyone for their kindness.
I just don’t know what to say. Even at my lowest point, even after everything. All of you still have my back and said some heartwarming things to me. I have to pay you guys in some way for your generosity. I don’t know what I’m gonna do, but I’ll find something to repay you all
— NVR | Elegant (@Elegant_Matt) September 13, 2019
Now, however, nearly six days after the wall-punching incident, 2GGaming has announced that Elegant will be suspended for one month as this is his first strike.
The organization added that will have to pay for the damages he caused to the eSports Arena if he wants to compete at 2GG events in the future.
Per our standard ruling, Elegant will be receiving a one month suspension for damaging the venue as his 1st strike.
In addition, he must also pay for the damages he caused to the property before he'll be allow to compete again at 2GG events.
— 2GGuh-Huh (@2GGaming) September 16, 2019
Elegant was scheduled to compete at Glitch 7 over the September 13 weekend, but dropped out after the wall-punch controversy. Pikachu icon Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew would go on to win the tournament.
Looking at video of the incident after Elegant’s loss to Jesus ‘MastaMario’ Fragoza in the Winners Semis, it appeared as if he punched a hole or serious dent into the wall, but the camera cut away back to the commentators.
In any case, with over $11,000 donated to the legendary Luigi smasher, he shouldn’t have any problem paying for the damages or being welcomed back into the community.
Only time will tell if he shows up for the October 16 edition of Wednesday Night Fights. Until then, there are plenty of other tournaments that Elegant can enter that aren’t affiliated with 2GG.