Melee God Hungrybox opens up on the passing of his father and proving him wrong - Dexerto
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Melee God Hungrybox opens up on the passing of his father and proving him wrong

Published: 11/Sep/2019 19:03 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 13:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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In part two of Dexerto’s documentary into the life, career and redemption of Smash Bros Melee God Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, the decorated competitor discusses proving his father wrong by becoming the best in the world and the infamous crab toss incident.

“Do it for yourself” 

After winning DreamHack Winter and being handed a cheque for $10,000, Hungrybox came to the realization that his dad, who had passed away a month earlier wouldn’t see him in his moment of triumph.

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“My dad had told me ‘you’ll never be the best. You’ll be really good, but never the best’. And I really was there wishing he could see me,” a somber Debiedma conceded. “Just to tell him ‘if you were wrong about this, maybe you were wrong about other stuff too’.” 

“That’s what I wanted, but life doesn’t work that way. Things fall apart. People leave. Things happen. So you carry forward a memory. Whether it’s good or bad and you make the best of it,” a teary-eyed Juan admitted, but gave some good advice to anyone who has ever been told they’d never succeed.

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“If they counted you out. If they said you couldn’t do something, then just do it. Do it for you. Do it for the people that matter, the people that still are here. And do it for yourself.” 

Daniel ‘ChuDat’ Rodriguez is Hungrybox’s doubles partner.

Teammates and coaches

Daniel ‘ChuDat’ Rodriguez, Hungrybox’s teammate for Melee Doubles at Super Smash Con revealed how he and the Jigglypuff icon ended up joining forces. 

While the two didn’t really talk that much, Team Liquid had the two attend a sponsored event where they stayed in the same room and began bonding. “Eventually I asked him, ‘hey, how do you feel about teaming with me at a tournament?’” The rest was history.

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As they began their doubles journey, the duo started getting top 3 at events, but are still looking for their first championship at a super major. 

Luis ‘Crunch’ Rosias is Hungrybox’s coach.

While walking around the Smash Con venue, the Melee God had some time to kill so he wanted to see his coach Luis ‘Crunch’ Rosias play. 

Prior to meeting Crunch, Hungrybox was easily the best in his group of friends. Crunch, however, would prove to be a challenge.

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“We were even head-to-head-to-head-to-head,” Debiedma joked. “Even today, when I can say I’m rank 1 in the world, he’ll have a good day and just whoop my ass at Melee.” 

The two grew up playing Melee and haven’t looked back with Crunch teaching the prodigy how to lab things out and that Melee isn’t just a game – there’s a science behind it. 

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At the end of 2015, DreamHack Winter announced a $30K prize pool for Melee. The Puff main told Team Liquid he had to go to Sweden and fight fellow Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren on his home turf. 

Hungrybox and Crunch crafted a successful battle plan to take down Armada in Sweden.

However, Hungrybox told his team that he didn’t think he could do it without Crunch by his side. So, Liquid ending up flying the two out to Sweden where they crafted a battle plan to take on Armada specifically.

“It just worked,” he said. “It’s just one of the craziest things. And we beat Armada on his home turf.” 

ChuDat and Hungrybox faced off against Mew2King and Plup.

Who threw the crab?

Earlier this year where after winning Pound 2019, the Team Liquid star had a dead crab thrown at him immediately after his victory over Joseph ‘Mang0’ Marquez in the Grand Finals of the Maryland-based event. 

Video of the incident went viral with an enraged Hungrybox shouting at the crowd, demanding to know who threw the sea creature. 

“To this day I still don’t know who threw it,” the Melee legend revealed. “I have no idea why they did. But it almost hit me. I was just so disappointed. I looked down and I’m like ‘who threw this? Why would you throw this at me?’ I was really angry. I was furious.”

“I just thought it would be another experience that I have to go through, but this time it was different. This ended up going everywhere,” the 26-year-old said. “It became this whole thing. Hungrybox got a crab thrown at him. What does this mean about esports? What does it mean about our community? A lot of discussion started happening.”

While the discussion could have turned into whether or not he sees himself as a villain, it became a matter of why the community takes the game so seriously.

Keep it locked to Dexerto as our series on Hungrybox’s Smash career continues.

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Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Link on Hyrule Temple
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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.