The new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament from Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma and NFL star Le’Veon Bell continued the tradition of big upsets at Smash online events.
With over 8,000 entrants, The Box became one of the biggest tournaments in Smash Ultimate history - cooking up surprise results and some tense match-ups.
Much like previous Smash Ultimate online tournaments, many of the top players failed to make the top bracket - with Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez and Enrique “Maister” Hernandez Solis both knocked out before the top eight.
The final however came down to two of the best performing names in online tourneys, namely Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey and Spencer “BestNess” Garner.
1/8158— Armada | Spencer (@BestNess_) May 11, 2020
The pair originally faced off in the winner’s final, where BestNess knocked Tweek down to the loser’s bracket before he beat Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby’s Rosalina to secure a spot in the grand finals.
BestNess, playing as Ness, showed dominance from the outset against Tweek’s Wario, winning the first set with two stocks left. It was far closer in the second set, although a lead in the last stock saw a dropkick secure a 2-0 lead.
Tweek switched from Wario to Palutena for the third set, and while it appeared to give him an early jolt, it wasn’t enough to turn the tide - with BestNess winning The Box with a 3-0 victory.
Ness took down Tweek's Wario and Palutena (Picture: Nintendo)
BestNess wins the 10,000 USD prize, adding to his recent online tournament win at the The Quarantine Series Minor.
You can check out the top eight results below.
1. Spencer “BestNess” Garner
2. Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
3. Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby
4. Eric “ESAM” Lew
5. Raffi “Raffi-X” Azar
5. Gabriel “Epic_Gabriel” Romero
7. Yezre’el “Yez” Askew
7. Jonathan “JW” Woldu
One of the biggest surprises outside the pro players was the incredible performance of co-organiser and NFL star Le’Veon Bell, who managed to finish 257th out of over 8,000 players with Mega Man.
The next major Smash Ultimate online tournament will be King of WiFi on 30th May, which continues the Quarantine Series.