Recap

Smash Qualifier Recap 2

Another month has come and gone and the Super Smash Bros competition here at Collegiate Starleague has kept the excitement alive with more college crews joining the fray! Currently, 11 local qualifiers have passed us by and it seems like each qualifier’s entrant numbers have been just as large —if not larger— than the last! However, this, of course, means more tough competition for our participants. It’s been a real treat to see so many players banding together to take on the rest of the collegiate world in this Smash league. With regionals coming up soon, I really can’t wait to see the qualifying teams mix it up in the battle to make it to Nationals! 

Florida

Ultimate:

Ultimate’s Florida qualifier was definitely one of my personal favorites to watch, mostly because of my Pac-Man bias, a character who had plenty of representation here! University of Florida featured two very skilled Pac-Man players, Poet and The6Master, who both showed what the character is made of through great neutral, pressure, and mixups. This event was also a mixed bag of dominant wins, narrow victories, and nail biters between each of the crews that came out to compete. Players like Smash Knight’s Evyn and Florida Atlantic’s ChocoTaco took some spotlight during this event as well. This qualifier definitely put eyes on UF and has me more excited for things to come. In the end, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, University of Central Florida, and University of Florida qualify to move on to the next round.

Melee:

Florida’s Melee qualifier featured a one-on-one battle between two college crews, University of Central Florida, run by KDOG, and University of Florida’s Young Melee. During this battle, UCF’s team became a runaway train that just couldn’t be stopped as they took out Young Melee with only two members of their crew. Sandbagg took 14 stocks while Ongo took the remaining six. I can’t wait to see how UCF stacks up vs the regional competition and what UF does to overcome this loss. Both teams qualify to move on to the next round. 

 

Vanderbilt

Ultimate:

For Smash Ultimate, 14 teams participated in Vanderbilt’s qualifier. However, when it came to dominance, it really seemed like Middle Tennessee State University’s Blue Raiders A team and University of Tennessee - Knoxville’s UTK Crew applied the most pressure. These two teams sported great and diverse character compositions to push their way through the competition with a few close calls here and there from the likes of teams like Blue Raiders B and Vanderbilt University’s A team. Even with these roadblocks, the two teams ended the qualifier by meeting up in grand finals. In a very close crew battle, the Blue Raiders took the title of first place victor with their Olimar player, Quest. Teams Vanderbilt A, MTSU Blue Raiders B, UTK, and MTSU Blue Raiders A qualify for regionals.

Melee:

The Vanderbilt Melee local qualifier was not one to be slept on! Five crews came out ready to show their stuff and fight for a qualifying spot. One of the craziest things to come from this local is how one crew would win a match with an OCV (one character victory), meaning that only one player took out a whole crew, but then also lose to another crew via OCV. This was seen back-to-back at this qualifier and really shows how strong the competition is this year! Many teams entered, but Vanderbilt University’s Melee TwentyNineteen took the competition by storm and won each battle with many stocks to spare. Greenville University, East Tennessee State University, and, of course, Vanderbilt University qualified for regionals.

 

Ohio State

Ultimate:

The Ultimate qualifier in Ohio was another event that featured a 14 crew bracket. And right out the gate, there were tons of close calls and supreme victories. However, once that first round was out of the way, each match that followed ended up being more of a toss-up, with victories being won with no more than 5 stocks. Each winning team seemed very consistent, but the Ohio State University Kings ended the tournament as the champions of the qualifier. Case Western Reserve University, Michigan Technological University, University of Cincinnati, and Ohio State University all qualified to move on to the next round. 

Melee: 

Ohio’s qualifier brought four crews to the league, but no one was ready for Ohio State (OSU) in this battle. Match after match, OSU won each time with minimal stock loss. Their team is one of the most stacked in this year’s competition featuring players like Zealot, Free Balloon Day, and one of the better players in the country, Free Palestine (formerly Milhous). Ohio State University is one of the must-watch teams of the season and one I will be keeping a close eye on going forward. Our qualifying teams at this event were University of Cincinnati, Shawnee State University, and Ohio State University.

 

Norcal

Ultimate:

Norcal’s roster of Ultimate players showcased one of the most diverse character pools. With characters like Little Mac, Game & Watch, Duck Hunt, and Pac Man, we saw uncommon characters putting in the work. This was another qualifier where every match came very close. University of California, Santa Cruz and University of California, Berkley faced off in grand finals with Berkley taking the event having five stocks to spare. San Jose State, San Francisco State, University of California, Santa Cruz and University of California, Berkley qualify!

Melee:

Norcal’s qualifier for Melee brought us another 1-v-1 battle starring University of California, Santa Cruz and University of California, Berkeley. This battle went back and forth in the best sense with players from each team taking and losing stocks. This battle came down to the wire when Santa Cruz was down to their last player and Berkley was on their second to last. In the end, Jimothy took the win over Rymo to clutch it out for Berkley with one stock remaining. We will still see both teams move on to regionals. 

 

LSU

Ultimate:

The commentary for this qualifier was great and only added to the experience that the great players presented to viewers at home. The commentary was both knowledgeable and very entertaining, making this one of my favorite events to watch for this Smash CSL qualifying season. Not to mention, these crews really came out to play, especially The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) who really showed out. Grand finals had ULL team A meet with LSU team A where both teams went down to their final players. ULL managed to hold on to the W and avoid the bracket reset, closing out the qualifier as soon as possible. Louisiana State University team A, Southern Arkansas University team A, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette teams A and B all qualify for regionals.

 

Ontario

Ultimate:

Since there was limited stream content and a missing bracket, we do not have a recap for this bracket. 

Melee:

Honestly, this was my favorite event to watch of the season so far! Every player seemed so knowledgeable in the game they’re playing and the grand finals lived up to the hype melee is expected to have. Waterloo University made its way to grand finals in losers bracket past York University to meet University of Toronto. In this grand finals, the bracket was reset and the teams went down to the final two players. Waterloo fought hard, but Toronto took it in the end with two stocks left. With all three of these crews qualifying for regionals, I’ll have to make sure I don’t miss any of the damage they’ll be sure to cause in future battles.

 

Saddleback: 

Ultimate:

Two words summed up this event: heavy hitters. This qualifier had me on the edge of my seat with tons of strong players on each crew team. The talk of the town in Twitch chat was the grand finals battle between California State Polytechnic University and the University of California, Irvine. This crew battle featured a lot of runbacks, and apparently, there were a few player rivalries that got featured. Ironically enough, there was even a Ryu vs. Ken matchup during this set. After seeing this, and one of the viewers responded and said, “These guys really bought a whole Nintendo Switch and Smash Bros just to play Street Fighter.” Both these teams worked to create a gap between one another, but the stocks stayed close and the final battle between Roy and Richter left UCI with a victory over CPP and the rest of the competition. California State University, Northridge, California State Polytechnic University, and the University of California, Irvine each advance to regionals.

 

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