Although in-person Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments are no longer happening due to the ongoing COVID-19, many esports tournaments have gone into the online and remote play space. Pound Online, a major Smash Bros. tournament that happens every year, followed the same trend. Recently, Pound became part of the Quarantine Series, a series of online Smash Ultimate tournaments. It is free for anyone to enter so long as they have a decent internet connection. In the end, Pound Online 2020 had 5104 players registered and Brian “Cosmos” Kalu reigned supreme over all of them.
Cosmos’ Pound Online 2020 Run
Cosmos is arguably the best Inkling main in the entire world. The Inkling specialist had nothing but momentum on his side as he played throughout the tournament. Although his Pikachu gameplay shows signs of development, Cosmos used Inkling for the entirety of the tournament, proving that he can win with it. Even if it was only an online tournament, Cosmos walked away with several impressive victories throughout his run.
For example, in the winner’s semifinals, Cosmos defeated Sonix, a well-known Sonic main who plays extremely well in online tournaments. Cosmos soundly defeated Sonix in a 3 to 1 set. In Winners Finals, Cosmos took on Antimatter Gaming’s Brett “8BitMan” Esposito. 8BitMan participated in many online tournaments before the pandemic hit and showed massive improvements in LAN tournaments as well. But despite that, Cosmos soundly defeated 8BitMan in a 3-1 set.
In Grand Finals, Cosmos was sitting on the winner’s side and had to take on Team Liquid’s Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby. Dabuz’s world ranking is ninth and would normally defeat Cosmos. However, Cosmos proved to be too much for Dabuz this time around. After the first set, Cosmos forced Dabuz to play with Rosalina. But even after the change, Cosmos’s Inkling was still better than Dabuz’s Rosalina and won the set 3-0.
The first Quarantine Series major is coming in raw and no rubber this Saturday at noon EST. 128 of the best players humanity has ever seen. Reminder that all of top 96 from the minor have been added to the major so be ready pic.twitter.com/4ASvE45rWq
— Charlie (@MoistCr1TiKaL) April 28, 2020
Quarantine Major 1 Warmup
With the defeat of Dabuz, Cosmos ended as the Pound Online 2020 champion without dropping a single set. It’s an impressive performance considering that many top players faced defeat during the course of the tournament. This result created a lot of excitement for fans since they already expect him to put on a show in the near future. Now that two minor tournaments ended, the first Quarantine Major tournament takes place this Saturday. Cosmos will join 127 other qualified players to take on the first major tournament of the Quarantine Series and have a shot at the prize pool of $10 thousand. Fans will have to keep their eyes on Cosmos to see if he can take the win in another big online tournament.
Written by Daniel Borjas