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Mew2King explains why his Smash Melee return might be lackluster

by Brad Norton

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One of the all-time great Smash Bros. players, Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman, has come forward to explain why his return to Melee after a lengthy break, might not live up to the lofty expectations of his fans.

Having actively competed in the world of Smash Bros. throughout the past 14 years, Mew2King stands out from the pack as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the scene. 

With countless first place tournament finishes to his name across all manner of titles in the franchise, it’s no surprise that the September 17 announcement of his return to Melee garnered a great deal of excitement.

Responding to the massive news however, the veteran player now competing under the Echo Fox banners, took to Twitter to keep expectations in check. 

Reminding his fans that he’s “barely played at all since ult’s release,” and that they shouldn’t expect to see him in his old form.

Mew2King following a tournament win.

“If u see me at the tourney come play me though,” he adds. “ I think my best chance to remember how to play is to keep playing good people.”

The upcoming event begins on October 4 and will mark the first time Mew2King has competed in a Melee tournament since his third-place finish at Genesis 6 in a Melee Doubles tournament with Justin ‘Plup’ McGrath.

Predominantly recognized for his dominance in the Melee scene, Mew2King was once ranked 1st on the Tristate Melee Power Rankings, following 1st place finishes in the Smash Summit 6 Singles tournament as well as the Smash Summit 7 Doubles competition. The veteran also has a litany of Top 6 finishes at EVO, perhaps the most famous fighting game tournament in the world. His dominance has led to him being known as one of the five gods of Melee. 

Following his thread of Tweets, ‘The Big House,’ organizers of the upcoming event, replied by sharing that “we’re just happy that you’re going to be here with us: good luck and hope you have fun!”

While the expectations of fans around the world may be contributing a great deal of pressure for Mew2King, this is a wonderful reminder that his return, be it successful or not, is a fantastic thing for the competitive scene in general.

Certainly many fans of Mew2King will be overjoyed to see one of the best players return to Melee after a lengthy break, regardless of how the tournament unfolds.

One of the most under-appreciated competitive scenes in all of esports, Super Smash Bros. has seen plenty of positive news lately, as Nintendo recently announced their support for a huge Ultimate European Circuit.