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ESAM claims unlikely fighter’s first Smash Bros Ultimate major win

Published: 16/Sep/2019 8:33 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 9:03

by Connor Bennett


Popular Smash Bros professional Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew proved that even the most unlikely of fighters can become legends after he scored Pikachu’s first-ever Smash Ultimate major title. 

When it comes to fighting game esports, competitors have their favorite fighters to play as whether they fit the game’s meta or not. This can range from somebody who is over-powered if you know the right button combo, to someone who can tire an opponent out and score a time limit victory.

Yet, even below them, are the underdogs – the characters who are never expected to win anything but can upset the apple cart to give fans an incredibly memorable moment. When it comes to Smash Ultimate, that underdog is Pikachu but players might just have to reconsider that categorization of the Pokemon legend.

Super Smash Ultimate released in December of 2018 and has already become a competitive success.

At Glitch 7 – Minus World, which ran between September 14-15 from Baltimore, Maryland, ESAM used his Pikachu to claim the character’s first-ever Smash Ultimate Major. 

In a stacked tournament, ESAM saw off top competitors in Nairo, Tweek, and Light in the winner’s bracket through pretty comfortable fashion. 

Yet, when he faced off against Light in the Grand Finals, he was on the back foot – falling behind 2-1. However, he pulled it back to complete the 3-2 reserve sweep – earning Glitch 7 glory. 

Even though the broadcast showed that ESAM was pretty emotional about the win, he celebrated by posting a message to his fans on Twitter.

“Ash finally won a league. I finally won an A-tier. Thank you so much for everyone’s support,” he said, referencing the iconic Pokemon TV series. 

Of course, an underused fighter like Pikachu claiming a Major win prompted shock and celebration from the game’s community too – especially those who have supported ESAM for a while.

“Axe wins Summit, Ash wins the Pokemon League, ESAM wins Glitch 7, this IS the year of Pikachu,” said Reddit user Gamecubed. Another, TheJimJims, added: “It’s been 11 long years with the green headband, but ESAM finally wins a supermajor. Wild ride.”

Whether or not more players will ditch their favorite fighters in favor of the signature Pokemon hero remains to be seen, but at least those that do – like ESAM – can bask in the glow of some extra special glory.


Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam


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
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
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
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.