This weekend featured two major Super Smash Bros. events, the first being HTC Throwdown. The tournament took place in San Francisco, California and promised a pot bonus of $10,000 for singles and $2,000 for doubles, paid for by the title sponsor, HTC Corporation. The winner of the event will also have all of their expenses for DreamHack Winter, taking place in Jönköping, Sweden in November, paid for.Super Smash Bros. Melee – Singles 1st: [TSM] Leffen 2nd: [TL] Hungrybox 3rd: [GC] Silent Wolf 4th: Drugged Fox 5th/6th: [COG] Mew2King 5th/6th: [SS] Colbol 7th/8th: [WFX] Shroomed 7th/8th: SFAT Super Smash Bros. Melee – Doubles 1st: [COG] Mew2King and [TL] Hungrybox 2nd: [Fe] MacD and [TSM] Leffen 3rd: [CLG] PewPewU and SFAT
Some may notice that [C9] Mango’s name is absent from the top eight listing. In the biggest upset from the entire event, MacD defeated him 2-1 in Loser’s Round 4. Before that he was put into loser’s by Drugged Fox while MacD was upset by FruitLoop in the first round. This caused Mango’s lowest placing (17th) during a major in several years and the lowest a “God” has finished while playing seriously in tournament play since the concept of that title was introduced.
This marks [TSM] Leffen’s first tournament win since Super Smash Con in August. Between then and now he had been beaten at PAX, Heir II the Throne and Paragon L.A. 2015. It was also both Silent Wolf’s and Drugged Fox’s highest placings at an event with any of the “Gods” in attendance. They’re two players that will be interesting to watch, Silent Wolf having just won Northwest Majors 7.
Notably absent from the event was Alliance player Armada, the EVO 2015 champion, and Tempo Storm Westballz. Both players opted instead to attend DreamHack London, which offered a much larger prize pool of $20,000 for singles. The players that decided to attend the HTC event did so largely due to sponsor obligations and committing to it before DreamHack London was even announced.
Tomorrow we’ll also get to find out who wins DreamHack London! What do you think about these results? Let us know in the comments below and remember to follow us here at eSports Guru for all your Super Smash Bros. news.