This year there were two big stories.
Super Smash Con 2022 ended last night with the smash last grand finals, and it was Onin (Steve) vs. Master (Sora/Game & Watch). The first one took it, what could it be Smash Bros. unfolding story as they continue to enter more tournaments and rack up more wins. But there were some good stories and a lot of good matches this year – let’s take a quick look.
Onin 3-0ing MKLeo out of winners bracket and taking Smash Con 2022
So this is easily the biggest story of the scam, and it involves the main event: Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which closed the scam on Sunday night. Onin, relatively new to the scene since early 2021, 3-0ed MKLeo out of winner’s bracket, and quietly kept running with their victories to the point of taking the entire tournament. One commenter noted that this is “probably the worst we’ve ever seen hitting Leo”, which could be true (Leo also chimed in).
While Leo continued to weather the storm, switching between an evil Byleth and Pyra/Mythra, it wasn’t enough to pull off a full comeback. Leo eventually faced Glutonny (“Gluto”), with Leo going home after surrendering in the top six losers bracket matchup.
Instead of a rematch, it was Maister who ended up facing Onin in the grand finals, and there was no Restart involved: Onin took it at 3-1 and everyone was able to go home (or go to bed!) early before the 11 pm ET cutoff. Maister wavered between a surprise choice from Sora as well as his Game & Watch main, but the confusion wasn’t enough to fool Onin. As one commentator pointed out right after the win, Onin has won nearly every tournament he’s entered with Steve as the main (previously, they also had ROB in the mix).
Started a general conversation about Steve in smash last as a whole, resurrecting some old arguments about the character’s inclusion, as well as his power level. We’ll see how the tournaments respond over time, but there was a fair amount of jokes and serious talk about Steve being banned. Expect to see Steve in some form in the near future at local and national tournaments.
Mango winning the messy fight grand finale for the third time, beating Hungrybox
Of course, messy fight was another great moment at Super Smash Con, which featured every game in the series (dubbing the 3DS version of smash 4 on Wii U).
messy fight it was actually the penultimate main event, ending just before the grand final set began for Latest. The core stories involved Mango and Hungrybox, who were completely hyped and brought us some of the best games of their career. The favorite of many was Mango, which was already twice messy fight champion at Super Smash Con (in 2016 and 2017), and they did it again in 2022, following a Leffen victory in 2019. But Mango wasn’t everyone’s choice, as they were ranked #11 before heading to Smash Con 2022, which led to all kinds of memes: to which Mango rebuked with a clean win.
Hungrybox played their classic pick of Jigglypuff during the con, and Mango predictably commandeered Fox. While Fox and Sheik had a big presence at Smash Con 2022, as usual, Zain really put up a fight with Marth and almost sneaked out of the losing bracket ( ending with Hungrybox), and the same goes for Llod: a main character from Peach. Although the two fought, eventually Hungrybox took the losing bracket. Like Latestthere was no need to reset, since Mango won it 3-2.