Recently, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate regained some popularity thanks to online esports events. Despite all live-events being canceled, major online tournaments like the Quarantine Series still gather a lot of fans. Even though The Quarantine Series Minor tournament broke attendance records, a surprise came in on May 10. With 8,158 contestants, the newly installed Smash Ultimate tournament, The Box, pulverized this preceding records. Held by Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, NFL star Le’Veon “Juic326” Bell, and Team Liquid, The Box saw Spencer “BestNess” Garner at his best level winning Singles.
Fans had the chance to see most of the top offline players performing well. The performance of Yezre’el “Yez” Askew, the only Canadian in top 8, was surprising for a lot of Smash enthusiasts considering his previous achievements. Surpassing Brian “Benny&TheJets” Navarro, “Sogoodpop”, Frederic “Fwed” Levreault, and Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís to reach the top seven was not a simple task.
The award for the most expected run went to Jacob “Jboss” Moreno for reaching ninth place despite his horrible draw, placing before him some of the best players of the circuit. He had to take on Brett “8BitMan” Esposito, Griffin “Fatality” Miller, Christopher “Chrininja” Lawrence, Jestise “MVD” Negron, and Carrington “Wrath” Osborne.
Additionally, players like Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby and Eric “ESAM” Lew definitely lived up to expectations. Dabuz ended up suffering defeat twice by the hands of runner-up Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey. The latter, to reach Grand Finals, defeated Darius “Laid” Hill, Christian “Peabnut” Londoño, and Gabriel “Epic_Gabriel” Romero.
The Box MVP BestNess
Before reaching Top 32, BestNess did not waste a single second of his time, never dropping a game. Alan “Gen” Soriano was the first to take a game from him despite losing 1-2. After this, he had to win over both both “Mj” and Yezre’el “Yez” Askew to insure top 8. A 3-1 win over Raffi “Raffi-X” Azar made sure that fans will be able to witness a winners’ bracket finals between BestNess and Tweek. Unfortunately for Tweek, BestNess showed his skills and beat him 3-1. That sent him to the losers’ bracket finals, giving him one last chance for a comeback.
Tweek showed persistence and reached Grand Finals by scoring three games against Dabuz. Fans love comebacks and rematches, especially with an underdog like Tweek. Nonetheless, BestNess showed no mercy and scored a sweep against Tweek. This highlight of his strength currently makes him one of the best online Smash Ultimate players in the eyes of the community. He not only secured a victory at the Quarantine Series April Minor but also won The Box. There is one certainty and it is that players will dread to face him in the future.
Written by Charles FUSTER