As another summer in competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee nears its end, another EVO champion is crowned. This year, Juan “Liquid | Hungrybox” Debiedma, the world’s best Jigglypuff, took the title.
After getting upset and sent into the Losers Bracket in Winners Semi-Finals by fellow Floridan Justin “PG | Plup” McGrath, Hungrybox was forced to run through a gauntlet before he could have a shot at championship contention. His matches Johnny “Tempo | S2j” Kim, long-time rival Joseph “C9 | Mango” Marquez and the runback with Plup were all close, but he was able to clutch them all out to make grand finals.
There, he beat his former demon Adam “A | Armada” Lindgren twice to win his first EVO title, after 2 consecutive years of finishing second at the event.
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EVO, also known as Evolution, is a long-running series of events featuring multiple fighting game titles. Super Smash Bros. Melee is but one of the few titles at the event with others like Street Fighter V also having entrants in the thousands.