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Smash pro Plup responds to controversy after “smurfing” in tournament

Published: 5/May/2020 14:02

by Jacob Hale


Professional Super Smash Bros. player Justin ‘Plup’ McGrath has responded to backlash over his “smurfing” in a tournament, after rampant criticism from the competitive Smash community.

The Rona Rumble online tournament was held to give Smash competitors a place to showcase their talents while LAN tournaments aren’t available, with a small entry fee that brought together some of the top names in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Now, though, it’s been revealed that top players such as Plup, Forest and Colin ‘Colbol’ Green were “smurfing” in the tournament, using the same account to play matches and essentially sharing the matchups between themselves.

Melee continues to be a super popular game in the Smash community.

After it came out, Plup spoke during his Twitch stream to apologize to fans and the Smash community, addressing the criticism head-on.

Laughing about it, Plup explains that they were essentially alternating matchups, playing whoever/whenever they wanted to and “smurfing the f**k out of the tournament,” adding that he was even taunting opponents throughout.

Finally, he added that he was “astonished” by the reaction people had to competitors smurfing in the tournament, saying that tournament organizers should just kick smurfers if they have a problem with it.

Earlier in the stream, though, he did begin by apologizing for his actions, saying that he “lacked awareness” and hadn’t even considered the effect something like this would have on tournament organizers.

He adds that he didn’t mean to cause the hassle he and his peers caused, saying that he’s “sorry” for doing so.

While some online suggested that it wasn’t that big of a deal, the majority of Smash fans took huge issue with Plup and co. smurfing, which likely explains why he had to come out and apologize.

It’s not clear what this means for the tournament itself, but the organizers will likely just have to take extra precautions the next time they run an event so as to stop this from happening again.


xQc responds to Hungrybox’s Super Smash Bros challenge

Published: 29/Nov/2020 11:44

by Connor Bennett


Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has responded to Smash Bros pro Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma’s challenge of a game after the streamer had a few issues with the iconic Nintendo title. 

Just like plenty of Twitch’s other top streamers, xQc isn’t tied to one game. Sure, his fans would love to see him grinding Overwatch again, but the Canadian likes to dabble in other titles during his streams. 

Most recently, some fans got their wish as the former Overwatch League star decided to have a go at playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate online against other players. However, it didn’t work out all that well for xQc. 

The Canadian streamer let loose on his opponent, the connection, and how “trash” Smash is after a few issues with lag. However, Hungrybox wants to give him a helping hand and get xQc back playing Smash. 

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Hungrybox is considered one of the “Five Gods” of Smash.

After xQc started playing Smash during his November 27 stream, Hungrybox quickly floated a challenge out on Twitter. “@xQc let’s play smash this week,” he posted, sparking excitement from fans who wanted to see the pair go head-to-head. 

Though, xQc didn’t respond as quickly as some may have liked, taking a few hours to get back to the Smash star. 

When he did, however, he was seeking Hungrybox’s help rather than hitting him with some trash talk about a potential match. “You better teach me how to not get rolled by bottom 1% players,” the former Overwatch star replied. 

Seeing the pair join forces on one stream will, no doubt, delight fans of both – especially if Hungrybox is able to coach xQc up and turn him into a solid Smash player. 

Who knows, we might even see xQc ultimately take on Tyler1 after he managed to impress a number of Smash players with his performance against Hungrybox’s fellow pro MKLeo.