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Tweek wins nail-biting Kongo Saga set with insane Wario clutch

Published: 9/Dec/2019 5:21 Updated: 2/Nov/2020 10:35

by Andrew Amos

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Team SoloMid Smash Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has pulled off one of the most nail-biting clutches in the game’s history, winning his top 8 set against William ‘Glutonny’ Belaid at Kongo Saga with some incredible Wario mechanics.

Tweek is heralded as one of the best Smash Ultimate players. Since the game’s release, Tweek has been dominating most tournaments he’s attended, including wins at Frostbite, Get On My Level, and a second place at EVO 2019.

However, this top 8 Kongo Saga set against Glutonny would prove to be one of the TSM’s best yet, with the Wario mirror match providing a spectacle for all.

Javi Leyvas for 2GGamingTweek managed to pull off one of the most impressive clutches in Smash Ultimate at Kongo Saga.

The two players were locked neck-and-neck in a thrilling set that went to five games. Both Wario aficionados flexed their muscles as the night wore on, but heading into the final game, Glutonny started pulling ahead.

The Frenchman held a stock lead over Tweek deep into game five, and the series looked all but secured. However, Tweek had other plans, fighting back from 125% on his final stock with an insane clutch.

Constantly comboing the opposing Wario, Glutonny had very little room to fight back on his final stock. Tweek almost knocked him out at around 91% without taking an ounce of damage himself, but the up-air wasn’t enough to take Glutonny off the map.

The French player fought back, trading back with Tweek to almost take him off the map at 157% with a side-B. With the two trading back seemingly final blow after final blow, the crowd and the casters could not believe what they were seeing.

The battle finally finished when Glutonny was knocked around one too many times, failing to make it back onto the platform. With the pressure released, Tweek popped off and took in a big sigh of relief after securing his spot in the top three.

Glutonny was knocked down to the loser’s bracket, where he ended up finishing in 5/6th after falling down to Paris ‘Light’ Ramirez in another close five-map series.

For Tweek though, he set his sights on taking down 2019 Smash Ultimate EVO Champion Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez in the Winner’s Final. 

However, the Joker main once again knocked Tweek away from greatness, forcing the Wario player into the lower bracket against Enrique ‘Maister’ Hernández Solís. He took down Maister to secure a rematch against MKLeo in the Grand Final, but once again played second fiddle to the Mexican superstar of Smash, losing 3-2.

Tweek can still hold his head up high regardless of the final result, knowing that he has pulled off one of the greatest clutches ever witnessed in Smash Ultimate in such a high pressure situation.

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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

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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
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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.