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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


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.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.