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Esports Arena has been a new player on the Super Smash Bros. scene in organizing tournaments. Their latest venture, Noods Noods Noods: Oakland Edition, was in their new Oakland location, and pulled Nissan Noodles and Foodbeast on as sponsors. With some of the best players in attendance, Noodsx3 was an all day event of good production and even better Melee. Here, we will take a look at those who made the Top 8, and their journeys through Top 32.

Full Bloom 4 was one of the must see tournaments for competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee. Started in 2015, Full Bloom was a well received Midwest Regional that showcased what the scene had to offer. Since then, the IUB Smash team has been putting continuous effort towards improvement. In 2018, it has become a Major tournament with high level names throughout. Here, we will take a look at the Top 8 finishers, and their journeys through Top 48.

2018’s Full Bloom tournament will be March 24-25 in Bloomington, Indiana. This tournament series focuses on Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and will be an excellent opportunity to showcase some local talent.

The Smash Box, Hit Box’s alternative GameCube controller, is now available for pre-order. Hit Box advertises increased control of Smash Bros. characters through the controller’s entirely button-based inputs, as well as decreased wrist tension during play.

Matthew "MattDotZeb" Zaborowski announced his departure from the Leadership Panel for Melee It On Me's Competition Committee. His departure will not leave a vacancy in the panel, as his seat was shared with fellow Big Blue Esports co-founder and Shine TO Shi Deng.

Pikachu is often underestimated. With enough practice and determination, however, Pika players like Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson and Eric “ESAM” Lew have come to realize his true potential.

Super Smash Bros. Melee at Genesis 5 was a rollercoaster of a ride. Over 1300 players entered this year, and pools saw fierce fights for survival. The level of competition has risen since Genesis 4, and not even those at the top could relax. If Genesis 5 is any indicator of Melee in 2018, then it’s looking like a good year for competitive advancement. Here, we will be looking at those who made it to Top 8, and their journeys through Top 64.

The fifth in a series of premier grassroots Super Smash Bros. tournaments, Genesis 5 will take place this year in Oakland, CA, from Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st. Genesis 5 will not only host Super Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, but will also host a variety of other games including Rivals of Aether, Street Fighter V, Splatoon 2, and Dance Dance Revolution Extreme.

Balance Gaming has just announced its acquisition of Super Smash Bros. Melee player Kalindi “KJH” Henderson. KJH, a highly technical Fox main, is currently ranked #34 worldwide for Melee and will be representing Balance Gaming at the upcoming Genesis 5.

At 9pm EST on January 11th, 2018, Aziz “Hax$” Al-Yami released the next of his plans to change Super Smash Bros. Melee forever. His stream reads: “the future of gamecube controllers” in lowercase, putting function before form. While Hax intended to present this information with Arian "The Crimson Blur" Fathieh, he decided it would be best for a single person to deliver the information. Blur showed his support for Hax’s announcement in this tweet.
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