The Real Winners of CEO 2018

Sure, Fujimura tore up the losers bracket and won an absolutely stacked Street Fighter V bracket or Kazunoko pulling off something similar in his win over Go1 on the Dragon Ball Fighter Z side. No, the real winner was us: the fans. We got quite the show at CEO 2018, including a literal wrestling match on Saturday that led into a bonkers Sunday and finishes to the tournament.

As a longtime patron of fighting game tournaments and events, Community Effort Orlando 2018 had a different feel to it. Yes, it’s always had the similar wrestling theme with the individual player intros for top eight, but this year seemed to have more pomp and pizzazz. On top of a ridiculously entertaining tournament, filled with many memorable endings, we also got what could honestly be considered one of the greatest moments in fighting game history.

Now, Infiltration’s always had this hilarious side to his personality dating back to his famous streams back when Street Fighter V was just released. His personality is infectious and that’s why he’s built such a loyal following alongside his incredible talent in Street Fighter. I can honestly say that I was in tears watching this intro. It’s not the only Infiltration, but the announcer’s reaction, Tasty Steve’s reaction, and the crowds all culminating together. A helluva moment that completely overshadowed Infiltrations performance.

On a side note, here’s a number of the most intense sets of the weekend. The most often talked about set of the entire weekend was easily the unbelievably close set between Go1 and Leffen in DBFZ. Hearing Yipes scream the top of his lungs, as the adrenaline from the match takes over is entertainment at it’s highest. Include Go1’s comeback’s in that set and it’s one for the hall of fame.

The next best match, maybe to the behest of Tekken fans who got a show in grand finals or SFV fans who saw a monster run from Fujimura to beat Xiaohai, but the set I’ll remember most is MKLeo somehow clutching out a win against Raito’s innovative Duck Hunt play. The use of the can and his projectile timings brought MKLeo to the brink, but in classic fashion, he adjusted in time to take a close set. However, it was not before putting on a show from the crowd favorite

Featured Image courtesy of CEO’s Official twitch page

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CEO 2018 Melee and Smash 4 Seeding Preview

Thanks to Reddit user Kenniky, CEO 2018 seeding has been leaked for both Melee and Smash 4 giving us an idea of what the brackets will look like and how certain players are considered in terms of ranking. In terms of any questionable seeding, the consensus on this list is accurate outside of Crush over SFAT, and potentially 11-17 be moved around.

The current seeding will match up players like PwePewU vs Zain, or SFAT meeting Zain in losers. It will also match Zain with Leffen, which we’ve seen before being a problem for Leffen. It also pins mew2king vs Wizzrobe which adds in the Florida crowd, and the possibility of M2K losing to a Falcon-main in front of a large crowd.

So here’s the top 64 of CEO 2018 Melee Seeding (in order):

  1. Liquid` Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
  2. PGRB l Plup (Sheik,Fox)
  3. TSM l Leffen (Fox)
  4. FOXMVG l Mew2King (Marth,Sheik)
  5. Wizzrobe (Captain Falcon)
  6. PG l Zain (Marth)
  7. CLG. SFAT (Fox)
  8. Tempo l S2J (Captain Falcon)
  9. Crush (Fox)
  10. OG l Swedish Delight (Sheik)
  11. CLG. PewPewU (Marth,Fox)
  12. ALG l n0ne (Captain Falcon,Ganondorf)
  13. DIG l HugS (Samus)
  14. lloD (Peach)
  15. MSF l La Luna (Marth)
  16. IMT l Shroomed (Sheik,Marth)
  17. CLN l AbsentPage (Fox)
  18. Balance l KJH (Fox)
  19. Balance l Syrox (Fox)
  20. SS l Colbol (Fox)
  21. TNC l ARMY (Ice Climbers)
  22. iBDW (Fox)
  23. Balance l Ginger (Falco)
  24. WaR 20GX l Gahtzu (Captain Falcon)
  25. MnT l 2saint (Jigglypuff)
  26. DaShizWiz (Falco)
  27. MVG l King Momo (Falco)
  28. Cal (Fox)
  29. OES l MilkMan (Fox)
  30. FSBR l $mike (Captain Falcon)
  31. Sharkz (Ice Climbers)
  32. Drunksloth (Ice Climbers)
  33. G$ (Falco,Marth,Fox)
  34. IFF l Excel_Zero (Peach)
  35. mayb (Peach)
  36. Zasa (Jigglypuff)
  37. Articanus (Marth)
  38. Voo (Falco)
  39. AMG l Arakune (Marth)
  40. HB l Gravy (Fox)
  41. TOX l prof (Marth,Sheik)
  42. Spiral Cafe l Krudo (Sheik)
  43. Tylenol (Fox)
  44. MKSF l lint (Falco)
  45. MKSF l Ryobeat (Peach)
  46. Yort (Falco)
  47. Magi (Falco)
  48. WSGP l Flipsy (Ice Climbers)
  49. Thomas Tipman (Ganondorf)
  50. Stockholm Syndrome (Peach,Bowser)
  51. KnK l LSD (Marth)
  52. TGL l Shamunt (Sheik)
  53. Liquid` Crunch (Fox)
  54. HIGH TEST l Chef Rach (Captain Falcon)
  55. Harriet (Fox)
  56. Flamin Roy (Fox)
  57. Ridz (Fox)
  58. Dublat (Marth)
  59. DR l Lein (Sheik)
  60. Barraca (Marth)
  61. Bab (Captain Falcon)
  62. BIGKID (Jigglypuff)
  63. Dash (Fox,Falco)
  64. HiFi (Jigglypuff)

On the other side of Smash token, here’s the Smash 4 top 64:

  1. FOXMVG l MkLeo (Marth,Cloud,Bayonetta)
  2. NRG l Nairo (Zero Suit Samus)
  3. Tweek (Bayonetta,Cloud)
  4. GRV l Dabuz (Rosalina)
  5. EMG l Mistake (Bayonetta)
  6. LiquidMVG l Salem (Bayonetta)
  7. 2GG l komorikiri (Cloud,Sonic)
  8. Samsora (Peach)
  9. MVG l Light (Fox)
  10. Cosmos (Corrin)
  11. MSF l Larry Lurr (Fox)
  12. YP l Fatality (Captain Falcon)
  13. Marss (Zero Suit Samus)
  14. bc l Mr.R (Sheik)
  15. PG l ESAM (Pikachu)
  16. uS l Elegant (Luigi)
  17. CaptainZack (Bayonetta)
  18. Abadango (Mewtwo,Bayonetta)
  19. DNG l Kameme (Megaman)
  20. Shuton (Olimar)
  21. CND l Raito (Duck Hunt)
  22. Wrath (Sonic)
  23. Manny (Sonic)
  24. Rags (Meta Knight)
  25. IMT RZR l ANTi (Mario,Cloud,Zero Suit Samus)
  26. falln (Rosalina)
  27. PG l MVD (Diddy Kong)
  28. E2C l tyroy (Bayonetta)
  29. Captain L (Pikachu,Jigglypuff)
  30. Charlie (Fox,Bayonetta)
  31. dyr (Diddy Kong)
  32. BKO l Ac (Meta Knight)
  33. MuteAce (Peach)
  34. DA l Sinji (Pac-Man)
  35. Myran (Olimar)
  36. EBM l Blank (Sheik)
  37. GGEA l Karna (Sheik)
  38. Ozone (Duck Hunt)
  39. NAKAT (Fox,Ness)
  40. MVG l ScAtt (Megaman)
  41. zaki (Kign Dedede)
  42. LGCY l Sharpyzard (Charizard)
  43. Pugwest (Marth)
  44. AMG l 8BitMan (R.O.B.,Diddy Kong)
  45. LH l K9sbruce (Diddy Kong,Sheik)
  46. Typo l Sonido (Sonic)
  47. GRV l Eon (Fox)
  48. EMGRB l SuperGirlKels (Sonic)
  49. Balance l Ryo (Ike,Corrin)
  50. SRC GGEA l Light The Lantern (Zero Suit Samus,Corrin)
  51. SYN l Miloni (Cloud)
  52. BxA l Zeta (Zero Suit Samus)
  53. Kiki (Diddy Kong)
  54. GGEA FX l Dakpo (Diddy Kong,Zero Suit Samus,Luigi)
  55. Child (Bayonetta)
  56. FS l Salt One (Cloud)
  57. VS l Master Raven (Sheik)
  58. Rideae (Pikachu)
  59. Lily l NovaPixl (Lucas,Ness)
  60. 1upGirlXaltis (Rosalina)
  61. RiotLettuce (Bayonetta)
  62. Deluxemenu (Bowser)
  63. Dath (Robin)
  64. OES l Eldin (Rosalina)

It’s safe to assume that the Smash 4 event will produce some much more excitement and hype with the number of top players in attendance. CEO 2018 sticks as one of the most sought-after Smash 4 events, that puts more of an emphasis on the Smash 4 side. Outside of Evo and Genesis, CEO is arguably Smash 4’s third most important event of the year.

Taking a look at round 2 finals, the round right before top 8, is a major onto itself. Unlike last week at 2GG: Hyrule Saga, Nairo will be in attendance making a little bit more difficult on Tweek to take back-to-back events. It will be interesting to see if Bayonetta continues her streak this weekend.

Featured photo courtesy of CEO Facebook

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Tweek the latest Bayonetta to win a 2GG Event

In Tweek’s most recent results, dating back to the latter half of 2017, there’s a distinct upshift in his overall placings. Since he first dabbled in the Bayo waters at The Big House 7, Tweek has gone on to win four major events with Bayonetta, including the supermajor this weekend: 2GG: Hyrule Saga.

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In fact, Tweek’s switch is almost directly in response to Salem’s winning streak over his Cloud. Salem’s Bayonetta eliminated Tweek four times last year and since that time Tweek’s gone 2-0 in the mirror match up and beat him solidly. At Hyrule Saga, Tweek put on quite the performance, handily beating a number of strong opponents throughout the weekend.

With MKLeo bowing out early losing once on Saturday to Japanese Dedede player Zaki, and after managing to reach to reach top eight through the losers bracket, falling to Captain Zack’s Bayonetta in losers quarterfinals. The players who made it through had a rough time dealing with Tweek’s precise Bayonetta spacing.

It’s Tweek’s fourth win of the year, moving into first in the 2GG standings. He continues to improve and more importantly, consistently show up and play a strong game. The number one of the world is still very much up for grabs, and Tweek could be the next player to step into the limelight

War for the Planet of the Apes

2GG: Hyrule Saga Day One: MKLeo victim of the Upset as Elegant and Stroder surprise in teams

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – Nintendo Switch

MKLeo entered the day as the prohibitive favorite to win the tournament among a crowded field of names, and the result is a disappointing effort against Japanese King Dedede main Zaki, sends him to fight out of the losers bracket. MKLeo starts in losers round two, and Zaki moves into a potential match up with California Fox main Charlie.

Zaki clearly had a feeling for how MKLeo wanted to approach with Cloud. The use of the ledge and double-jump with a fast fall neutral-air, maximizing King Dedede’s giant hitbox. The defensive play gave MKLeo issues in getting hits. Anytime MKLeo tried to get in it fed right into Zaki’s gameplan.

In similar fashion to other Japanese players (“T” the Link main), Zaki’s a low-tier main that uses his character unlike any player in the United States. Zaki makes King Dedede look fast by not wasting movement. The constant movement coming out his tough for opponents to handle, especially when his directional input is top notch. The crowd was on his side and he delivered a huge upset on day one.

Elegant and Stroder in Grand Finals

Elegant, the California-native Luigi main, teaming with Arizona’s Guillermo “Stroder” A. Martinez Jr., otherwise known as the US’s best Greeninja player. The synergy is evident when watching these two trade off blows and display a keen sense of spacing. With one match left to go, we’ll see if the pressure gets to them.

Wins over Kamememe and Abadango, Mr. R and NAKAT, amd a winners finals slam over Marss and Light. Impressive display of teamwork from one of the most unlikelist teams to reach this point, shocking the bracket and three stage wins away from a title.

Featured photo via 2GG Gaming

2gg: Hyrule Saga Good Test for Players before Summer Super-Majors

2GG’s latest tournament is Hyrule Saga and as always the player list is filled with recognizable names and past champions. The California local, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, is coming off a win at Smash N’ Splash earlier this month, a win he earned over Evo champ Saleem “Salem” Akiel Young. Those two players will be the two to keep an eye on as we head into Sunday.

On top of those names, the current world number one Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez Perez will be in attendance. It’s a long list of players who are capable of going on a run and winning it all. In total, 9-10 players are legitimately capable of winning, and that’s what is going to make this a wild weekend of Smash.

Here’s a list of players attending. As I stated earlier, it’s just another tournament in a long line of 2GG tournaments with an excellent lineup.

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