GENESIS 3: Alliance and Team Solo Mid’s Smashers Win Melee and Wii U
In the massive halls of the San Jose Convention Center and San Jose’s City National Civic, dreams were made and broken. Normally, this is typical for most Super Smash Bros. tournaments but Genesis 3, which happened on January 15-17, was different. Being the third installment in one of the most memorable tournament series and the first one to feature Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, placing 1st would mean the world to many players.
— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) January 18, 2016
Featuring a donation drive reaching over $50,000, a fantasy draft and a 3000+ player-count spread throughout the three games ran, Genesis 3 was the closest to traditional eSports the community has ever been. Players from Japan, South America, Canada and Europe came to throw-down with the USA’s best, culminating in many beloved storylines in the community being pushed even further.
In Super Smash Bros. 64, Japan’s Wario took out reigning champion, Daniel “SuPeRbOoMfAn” Hoyt. This marked the first tournament loss the Canadian Captain Falcon specialist has had in years outside of the hermit-like legend Joel “Isai” Alvarado. Isai, who unexpectedly took 4th place himself, was expected to place first due to his dominance in the game since it’s competitive scene’s start.
1. Wario (Pikachu)
2. Daniel “Superboomfan” Hoyt (Captain Falcon, Pikachu)
3. Wangera (Jigglypuff)
4. Joel “Isai” Alvarado (Mario, Fox, Pikachu, Donkey Kong)
5. Arturo “Mariguas” Hernández (Pikachu, Captain Falcon)
5. KeroKeroppi (Pikachu)
7. Justin “Cognitive |Wizzrobe” Hallet (Yoshi)
7. Tacos (Yoshi)
Super Smash Bros. Melee culminated in an epic showdown and re-run of Genesis 2’s grand finals between the USA’s Joseph “Cloud 9 | Mango” Marquez and Sweden’s Adam “Alliance | Armada” Lingren, which the latter won in 2012. Running through the Loser’s Bracket with 0 game losses, Mango defeated his long-time rival Juan “Liquid | Hungrybox“, whom he had many problems with in 2015, in Loser’s Finals.
Finally, the rematch of the decade was about to happen and Mango was primed to take it. Resetting the bracket 3-1 in Fox mirror matches, Armada switched to Peach and won the second set 3-1 as well, winning his second Genesis in a row.
1. Adam “Alliance | Armada” Lingren (Fox, Peach)
2. Joseph “Cloud 9 |Mang0” Marquez (Falco, Fox)
3. Juan “Liquid | Hungrybox” Debiedma (Jigglypuff)
4. Jeffrey “Tempo Storm | Axe” Williamson (Pikachu)
5. Zachary “Counter Logic | SFAT” Cordoni (Fox)
5. Kevin “Evil Geniuses | PPMD” Nanney (Falco, Marth)
7. Mustafa “mYinsanity | Ice” Akcakaya(Fox)
7. Michael “Splyce |Nintendude” Brancato (Ice Climbers)
The latest game in the series, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was mostly dominated in 2015 by Chilean Gonzalo “Team Solo Mid | ZeRo” Barrios. Although he was ousted from his 50+ tournament streak late last year by Nairoby “Liquid | Nairo” Quezada, many people still thought he was the best, with Nairo, Eric “Panda Global | ESAM” Lew and Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby nearing him in skill. Halfway across the globe, top-level Villager Ganbaranai was dominating Japan in the same way. Genesis 3 was to be the first they were to meet and finally decide who exactly is the best at the game.
Meeting each other in Winner’s Finals, ZeRo narrowly beat Ganbaranai in a 3-2 bout which made the entire theatre explode in hype. Although Ranai played very well, Dabuz bested him in Losers Finals to fight ZeRo, who he lost to in Winner’s Semis 3-2. In a last game situation on the first set, ZeRo finally reclaimed his title as the game’s best, putting all the doubt about his ability to rest. Dabuz himself also played well, taking out his long-time weakness, Nairo.
1. Gonzalo “Team Solo Mid |ZeRo” Barrios (Sheik, Diddy Kong)
2. Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby (Rosalina & Luma)
3. Ganbaranai (Villager)
4. James “2GG |Void” Makekau-Tyson (Sheik)
5. Freddie “GameWorks | FOW” Williams (Ness)
5. Nairoby “Liquid | Nairo” Quezada (Zero Suit Samus, Dr. Mario)
7. Larry “#THE FAD | Larry Lurr” Holland (Fox)
7. Tyler “Marss” Martins (Zero Suit Samus)
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