A 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.
Melee at its worst. pic.twitter.com/TeujOHqonu
— Tylor (@theSirToasty) March 31, 2019
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.
— FOX | Jason Zimmerman (@MVG_Mew2King) April 1, 2019
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.