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Smash Bros. Melee player rage quits and storms off stage mid-tournament

Published: 2/Apr/2019 15:33 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:16

by Eli Becht

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Super Smash Bros. Melee player got so fed up with his opponent stalling, that he stood up and left the stage during a tournament.

Super Smash Bros. Melee released all the way back in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube and has still managed to remain a staple at many fighting game tournaments, despite having three additional installments of Smash Bros. released since.

For a game that has been out for so long, you can expect players to know pretty much every trick in the book at this point, but the matches still haven’t grown stale.

Well, not every match has grown stale. Over the last weekend of March, a Super Smash Bros. tournament was held in Vancouver, Canada, called the Battle of BC.

During the finals, a match between Alejandro ‘Chango’ Gastelum and Chaucer ‘Fauxhebro’ Gilson reached a breaking point that led to the eventual concession and exit of the match by one of the players.

The full encounter can be seen below, with Fauxhebro simply giving up and storming off stage.

After taking a 3 stock to 2 lead in the final game, Chango, playing as Jigglypuff, began to play very defensively and stopped engaging Fauxhebro’s Ice Climbers.

When it appeared that Chango was going to go for the “Time Out” victory, the crowd and commentators both began to turn on the match as a whole, booing the (in)action.

A boiling point was reached when Fauxhebro stood up, put the controller down and walked away completely. Chango finished off the rest of the match on his own and claimed the victory, but it can be argued more damage was done to the Smash Bros. Melee community than anything else.

It’s certainly not a good look to have one of the players in the final just outright walk away from a match. On the other hand, there is some who argue that it was a valid tactic from Chango, and that winning is winning, no matter how it’s done.

The video of the incident proved to be divisive, as fans disagree about whether the actions of the both players during the match were acceptable. One thing is for sure though, while stalling might seem like a good tactic for a player, it’s definitely not an exciting watch for the viewers.

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Hungrybox explains why he’s temporarily quitting Twitch and social media

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven

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Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, Team Liquid Smash main and popular Twitch streamer, has explained why he will be taking a short hiatus from the streaming platform. 

As far as Smash pros go, few have reached the popularity of Hungrybox. The Jigglypuff main, currently plying his trade for Team Liquid, has accumulated a monumental Twitch audience, sitting at over 230,000 followers at the time of writing.

In the 2019 MPGR world rankings, Hungrybox came out as first in the world. However, it seems that the chaotic, full-on life that comes with professional gaming and full-time streaming has caught up with Debiedma.

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Hungrybox is the world number one ranked Smash player.

On October 23, the 27-year-old explained his decision to his 235,000 Twitter followers, citing the need to “step away and unplug” for a while. According to his Twitch stats, he has been live every single day since the middle of July. That is over 106 days of consecutive streaming, so there is no surprise that Hungrybox wants some time away.

“Hi guys,” he tweeted, “it’s time for me to unplug and step away for a little while. [I] haven’t taken an actual break from this life in over three years. It’ll do my brain & heart a lot of good. Thank you for all the love. Looking forward to returning stronger. Juan.” 

When will Hungrybox return to streaming?

The Smash pro has not been explicit over when he will make a return, but fans can expect to see him back streaming in the near future. Past streaming breaks have been a few days to a week-long, but it will ultimately come down to how rested and rejuvenated Hungrybox feels.

Fans will just have to remain patient and trust that Debiedma will be back as soon as he feels able.