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Zain upsets Hungrybox to win Genesis 7 Smash Melee Singles

Published: 27/Jan/2020 2:13

by Andrew Amos


Zain Naghmi has claimed his first Genesis title after taking down Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma in an intense five-game set, kicking off 2020 for Melee in style.

2020 spells a new dawn for the Smash Melee competitive scene, as Zain has established himself as a huge threat to the five Gods by taking out Genesis 7. The Marth main dominated the weekend’s action, not dropping a single set in his run to his second major title.

Zain came into Genesis as the sixth seed, although he had never finished top 8 at a Genesis before.

On his run to the final, he had to take down Hungrybox in the Winner’s Semis, doing so in a nail biting 3-2 match.

Cloud9’s Joseph ‘Mango’ Marquez was next in his way, with Zain almost throwing a 2-1 lead in the set to scrape on through to the Grand Final.

Hungrybox’s path to the final was much more of a grind, with the Jigglypuff master pulling out a reverse sweep against Aziz ‘Hax$’ Al-Yami in the Loser’s Semis, before taking down Mango 3-2 to book himself a rematch with Zain.

The two traded games back and forth, however Zain looked more comfortable in controlling the tempo on Marth, dictating the stage for the most part. Hungrybox didn’t bow down to him though, fighting tooth and nail to keep at least one finger on the trophy.

However, Zain ended up overpowering the Team Liquid pro, edging him out in an intense battle on Pokemon Stadium to deny the bracket reset and claim the trophy for himself without dropping a set all weekend.

It was redemption for Zain, who was knocked out of Mango’s Birthday Bash in December by Hungrybox in the Loser’s Semis. “A whole year of heartbreak,” he said on Twitter after the match. “I finally attained my dream.

“To everyone who has supported me, I love you. 2020 Melee will be insane.”

Zain and Hungrybox played doubles together at Genesis 7 as well, finishing in 5-6th behind eventual winners Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman and Justin ‘Plup’ McGrath.

In the Smash Ultimate top eight, Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez will be looking to defend his Genesis 6 title, currently sitting in the Winners bracket. James ‘Void’ Makekau-Tyson, who climbed to the grand final last year, bowed out of Genesis 7 in 65th.


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

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven


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.