The crowd is bouncing. A chant rings out in the room: "King of Smash! King of Smash! King of Smash!" but Ken is nowhere is sight. This isn't even Genesis 3, it's a SoCal local that brought in ESAM as a special guest and 190 entrants packed the halls to defend SoCal's reputation for being one of the most stacked regions in Smash.
One of those players was K9sbruce. 2GGT: ESAM Saga was some people's first look at this player and many learned of his dream of becoming the King of Smash. He took down ESAM, took a game away from ZeRo and kept every match close, but sadly would lose to VoiD in losers finals and not have another shot at the titan of Smash 4. While his run at Genesis 3 was not as bright, he is still passionately pursuing his goal.
"I am K9sbruce, the man who will become the King of Smash." It's a straightforward introduction, no outlines, no fancy words, just sheer determination. He will need it to achieve his goal: to becoming the greatest player in both Smash 4 and in Melee. To become so strong he usurps Ken's throne and becomes more feared in a Smash 4 bracket than ZeRo has ever been. "The ideal goal would be winning nationals for both games back to back."
Despite wanting this crown, the inspiration for the title didn't actually come from Ken. "The title king of smash came from one piece because I love Luffy as a character." he explained. "I took it from one piece because he says 'I'm going to become the king of the pirates.'"
Obviously not a player that shies away from a challenge, he has many in front of hi before this goal can ever be achieved, and currently the biggest threat to his own success comes from with. "My mentality has become my biggest challenge." he confessed. "I have a tendency to let other people control my desire to win in too many situations. I have all inside me the passion is all here, so now I'm learning how to channel from within. Once I master this, I'll flip the smash world upside down."
He's not alone in pursuing this dream however, he has many friends and supporters to back him up. There's a reason the "King of Smash" chants were so loud. Even while attempting to gain the crown and thrown, he still has time to help those around him achieve their dreams as well.
"More and more as time goes on people are starting to believe in the dream. My friends all have their own dreams that they want to accomplish, we all keep each other going.
"Sky wants to become the best comedian ever. Nips wants to become the Queen of art along with Sade. Tyrant wants to become the best Meta Knight in the world. VoiD wants to eventually stream and become good at a variety of games and help teach people how to become good. MacD wants to surpass Armada as a Peach player." he told us. "My friends all have their own dreams that they want to accomplish, we all keep each other going. As time goes on people are starting to believe in the dream."
The next time to see K9sbruce outside of SoCal will likely be at CEO although he has plans to attend Shots Fired 2 if possible. To stay up to date with his triumphs and struggles as he attempts to become the King of Smash be sure to follow him on Twitter. Will K9sbruce ever truly become king? Only time will tell.