This year there were two major storylines
Super Smash Con 2022 ended late yesterday with the Smash Ultimate grand finale, and it was Onin (Steve) vs. Maister (Sora/Game & Watch). The former took what could be smash bros History will be made as they continue to enter more tournaments and rack up more wins. But there were some good storylines this year and a lot of good matches: let’s take a quick look at them.
Onin beats MKLeo 3-0 from the Winners bracket to win Smash Con 2022
So this is by far the biggest story from the con, and it’s about the main event: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which ended the con on Sunday evening. Onin, a relative newcomer to the scene since early 2021, 3-0ed MKLeo from the winning group, and quietly ran on with their wins until they won the entire tournament. One commenter noted that this is “probably the worst thing we’ve seen when Leo got beaten up,” which might be true (Leo also interfered).
While Leo continued to weather the storm, switching between a nasty Byleth and Pyra/Mythra, it wasn’t enough for a full comeback. Leo eventually took on Glutonny (“Gluto”), and Leo went home after retiring in the top 6 match of the losers bracket.
Instead of a rematch, it was Maister who faced Onin in the grand final and there was no reset: Onin won 3-1 and everyone had to go home (or go to bed!) early before 11pm. ET shutdown. Maister wavered between a surprise pick from Sora and his main game, Game & Watch, but the mix-up wasn’t enough to tear Onin down. As one caster pointed out right after the win, Onin has won almost every tournament they’ve entered with Steve as their main player (previously they also had ROB in the mix).
A general conversation about Steve has started Smash Ultimate As a whole, some old arguments about the character’s inclusion as well as his level of achievement are revived. We’ll see how the tournaments react over time, but there was a lot of jokes and serious discussion about Steve’s ban. Expect to see Steve in some form at local and national tournaments in the near future.
Mango wins the melee grand finals for the third time, beating Hungrybox
sure, melee was another big moment at Super Smash Con, where each game in the series was showcased (the folding of the 3DS version of smash 4 in Wii-U).
melee was actually the penultimate Main Event, ending just before the start of the grand final set Ultimate. The main stories revolved around Mango and Hungrybox, who were totally on fire and gave us some of the best games of their careers. The favorite for many was Mango, who was already twice melee Champion at Super Smash Con (2016 and 2017) and clinched it again in 2022 after a Leffen win in 2019. But Mango wasn’t everyone’s choice, as they finished at No. 11 before heading to Smash Con 2022, which led to all sorts of memes: which Mango rebuked with a clean win.
Hungrybox played their classic Jigglypuff choices throughout the con, and Mango ordered Fox to be predictable. While Fox and Sheik made their usual big presence at Smash Con 2022, Zain really put up a fight with Marth and almost crawled out of the loser bracket (ending with Hungrybox), and the same goes for Llod: a peach main. While the two fought, Hungrybox eventually captured the loser’s bracket. As well as Ultimateno reset was needed as Mango won 3-2.