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Cosmos wins Smash Ultimate at Pound Online after 5,100 player bracket

Published: 27/Apr/2020 4:37 Updated: 27/Apr/2020 11:39

by Michael Kelly

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Longtime Smash pro Brian ‘Cosmos’ Kalu was victorious at Pound Online after enduring a bracket that featured over 5,100 entrants and over a dozen sets of play. Here’s how it all went down.

The tournament marks Cosmos’ first tournament win since the pro Smash scene went into a fully online environment.

Pound 2020 was originally scheduled for April 3-5 in Laurel, MD, but the ongoing global situation forced the tournament’s organizers to move the event online.

As a result, Pound Online was picked up by “The Quarantine Series”, an online tournament circuit hosted by content creators Jacob ‘Alpharad’ Rabon and Charlie ‘Critikal’ White.

Thus far, the ever-expanding online format has proved to be incredibly accessible for the Smash Ultimate community, as Pound Online drew over 5,100 entrants.

This trend doesn’t seem like it’s going to go away, either. Just yesterday, Smash legend Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma announced a 8,192 entrant tournament in partnership with New York Jets star Le’Veon Bell.

Regardless, Pound Online serves as a major step for Cosmos, as he had to overcome competitors like Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby and Brett ‘8BitMan’ Esposito en route to the tournament’s title.

The online format hasn’t been so welcoming to all of the game’s top players. Smash titans like Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Lopez and Enrique ‘Maister’ Hernandez – two talents who faced off in-person at the Frostbite Grand Finals just two months ago – failed to reach the top 8 this weekend.


If anything, the sudden online shift is drastically changing the Smash community. Not only is the game’s hierarchy of players undergoing a massive transformation, but the game itself is being put under a microscope as issues surrounding online play are being brought to the forefront of the discussion.

Problems surrounding frame data, constant lag, and input delay have many Smash Ultimate players urging Nintendo to take a closer look at the game’s online features.

And with the foreseeable future of the competitive scene being played out completely on the internet, Pound Online might only be the beginning of a lengthy, community-altering process.

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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
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Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
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Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
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Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.