Smash Summit 11 Recap, Genesis 8 in 2022 featuring Smash 64
Super Smash Bros Ultimate has proven to be a shot in the arm for the series’ competitive scene, but the older titles are still a major part of esports. Ultimate’s ever-increasing roster has made one of the best fighting games, but the charms of Melee continue to pull in some of the top players. This week saw the conclusion of Smash Summit 11, one of the biggest tournaments in Smash Bros. However, alongside a major tournament wrapping up we’ve also had the announcement of a major new event over at Genesis with more Smash bros at the event than ever before. This is everything you might have missed.
Smash Summit 11 Recap
Smash Summit 11 has been held over the last week. This event has featured the largest prize pool to date. The tournament ended in a win for Mang0, his first at a Smash Summit. His performances have been improving over time. At Smash Summit 10, he lost out to Zain.
This year, he was competing in the losers’ bracket. He took on Plup and Hungrybox dropping only a single set. This took him forward into the final against Zain. The first two rounds looked like a repeat of the last event, with Zain picking up both. Mang0 turned the game around, however, going on to bear Zain and finally win Smash Summit 11.
Without Zain there isn't the melee we all see today
I wouldn't be here playing if I didn't think some little hot shot fuck could make me the absolute best version of myself
I look forward to the classics we will share
I got atleast a few years in the tank
— Joseph Marquez (@C9Mang0) July 19, 2021
Smash Summit 11 Prize Pool was insane
The most notable part of this win was the prize pool that the winner received. It has seriously stepped up from previous events. This year’s winner earned $46,692 for first place. Even those who came in the fifth brought home $9,300. The player to tie for fifth was Mew2King, who previously won Smash Summit and took home less money for first place.
The growing prize pools for Smash Bros Melee definitely take the action up a notch. It is becoming more and more feasible for Smash Bros players to rely on tournaments for money. Even after Smash Summit 11, there are plenty of events on the horizon right now.
Genesis 8 – Smash Bros Tournaments
The defining tournament series in Super Smash Bros is slated for a 2022 return. Genesis is significant in the Smash calendar as it marks the start of the competitive calendar. We’ve gotten news this week on how Genesis is going to be making its return. Genesis 8 will be kicking off in January 2022. However, the roster of games on show is a bit different from last time around.
Genesis 8 will be featuring singles and doubles brackets for Smash 64, Melee, and Smash Ultimate. Smash 64 is a fresh addition from last year, where only Ultimate and Melee featured. The top Melee players from Smash Summit 11 can be expected to make an appearance at this tournament. Smash 64 is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in competitive gaming lately. For a long time, it was viewed as the early, less fully fleshed-out sibling of Melee. It lacks the movesets and competitive density of other titles. However, as time has passed and nostalgia, built, more players have returned to Smash 64 and a healthy competitive scene has built up. Just like Melee, these matches often come down to playing the eccentricities of the game to get the competitive edge.
Smash Bros Melee will likely remain a major force in competitive fighting games. The expansion of prize pools at Smash Summit 11 shows a big development in the game’s power. The next few tournaments can build on that additional energy, and bring a. bit of attention to overlooked Smash titles.
With the recent boost in prize funds courtesy of BTS (Beyond the Summit), we might see Genesis up the ante with their own events and finally make Smash esports a worthwhile pursuit. Here’s to hoping.