The very first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major tournament has come to a close and two Panda Global players finished on top; what does this mean for the future of the game?
Don’t Park On The Grass 2018 concluded Sunday night and history was made as the scene transitions to a new Smash Bros iteration. Having only been out for roughly two weeks, the rulesets, state lists, and most importantly - the character metagame is still very fresh. There was, and still is a lot of discovery to be made for both the game’s players and its audiences. But that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
MVD and ESAM made their Ultimate team debut, dominating the doubles bracket and taking home first place. The pair impressively only dropped one game throughout all of top 8, it was in their grand finals match versus the team of Julian “JTails” Matinez and Kenton-Orion “KOSSismoss” Sink. They then proceeded to win the set and earn the trophy. This is just the beginning of what’s to come for this doubles team.
Grand finals was quite the treat for Panda Global fans; as it consisted of Jestise “MVD” Negron (W) and Eric “ESAM” Lew” (L) - two Pandas who were also dominant in the days of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Smash 4).
MVD ended up winning the tournament and defeating his doubles/training partner 3-1 with his trusty brawl main, Solid Snake - a character who was omitted from Smash 4, but has now returned with a kit that’s somewhat similar.
Previous opinions of the character were unclear and split both positively and negatively in relation to the game’s new engine. MVD made an EXPLOSIVE statement with his performance (literally), emphasizing that both he and Snake are still a force to be reckoned with. If a Snake player has sharp awareness, and a keen grasp of the character, they can command the match’s tempo so well. Tools like Snake’s grenade and C4 made for so much pressure, allowing MVD to consistently condition his opponents however he pleased and take stocks.
The future for smash is looking bright as we begin to move into the new year. Don’t Park On The Grass had a healthy 581 entrants for Ultimate and a peak viewership total of about 40,000-50,000. That’s incredible in terms of a Twitch crowd, especially if you include the audiences who were instead tuned in on restreams such as Tempo Storm | ZeRo’s.
MVD’s first-place finish and ESAM’s second-place finish + the first place doubles finish. have secured their seats in Ultimate’s history. The pair has proved that they can adapt to each new installment of Smash Bros, and play at the highest level.
You want to be a part of that? Attend the next major tournament!