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TSM Leffen wins DreamHack Smash Ultimate despite how much he hates it

Published: 1/Dec/2019 18:29 Updated: 1/Dec/2019 18:52

by Scott Robertson


Smash Bros. Melee legend William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte has never been shy about criticizing Smash Ultimate. During his singles run at DreamHack Winter, he lamented about having to compete all the way until winning the whole tournament.

Just because you’re good at your job, even the best at your job, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to love your job. 

Leffen has been a Smash Bros. pro for years, and is renowned for his accomplishments in Melee. His slaying of the ‘Five Gods’ of Melee (Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, Mew2King, PPMD) propelled him into stardom, landing him sponsorships and a contract with Team SoloMid.

Until now, success in Smash Ultimate has eluded him, but he’s just claimed his first Ultimate title with a win at DreamHack Winter, taking the final series over Ramin ‘Mr.R’ Delshad from beastcoast. But that victory doesn’t change the fact that Leffen still absolutely despises Smash Ultimate.

His sentiments toward Ultimate are not at all new, having just days before DreamHack Winter said he was considering quitting Ultimate, saying on Twitter that there’s simply no way he could hate any game more than he hates Ultimate.

Despite this hatred, Leffen arrived to DreamHack in a competitive mood, downing his first three opponents before falling to his eventual grand finals opponent in Mr.R. Leffen’s impressive play on Pokemon Trainer helped him qualify for the final Singles bracket, but made it clear throughout his run that he was not enjoying himself.

Prior to making top 8, Leffen tweeted that it was still fun to compete despite his feelings toward the game, and expressed excitement toward fueling himself “with pure hatred” for only one more day of Smash Ultimate.

Even after ensuring a top 8 finish, he really tore into Smash Ultimate, calling it a terrible game that produces wins that don’t feel earned, and saying he can’t wait to be done playing in the tournament. He even openly hoped not to win against Rayane ‘Ogey’ Noubli, but ending up winning 3-0 to make the final bracket.

But after avenging his earlier loss to Mr.R in the grand finals, in which he reset the bracket and reverse-swept the second series, Leffen declared that his victory wasn’t just over the competition, but over Smash Ultimate itself. He also claimed he came close to uninstalling the game in the middle of the series.

Following his victory, Leffen apologized for some of his “whiny” comments, reiterating how much Ultimate “triggers” him, and how he can’t help but be passionate about games. He later said that his lack of passion, and the lack of passion he sees from crowds, dissuades him from wanting to play.

With the victory, Leffen claims his first Smash Ultimate championship, but we’ll see if he decides to continue competing in a game he truly despises.


Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam


A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.