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Melee in 2010: Year in Review


Smash Grimer
Aug 16, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI
Melee in 2010: Year in Review
The third annual Smash tournament industry report

Previous Editions
[2008] (none)

Overview of 2010

Coming off one of its best years ever, the rejuvenated Melee community looked to take further strides in 2010. Questions surrounding the tournament scene were bold and full of optimism; How far could the game and its tournament scene really expand? What bits and pieces of metagame potential were still yet to be fulfilled? Would anyone dethrone Mango and take over the dominance at the highest levels? Melee in 2010 provided these answers and many more as it re-affirmed the game's tremendous post-Brawl comeback.

Nothing quite says 'Melee' more than a classic installment of *Pound* hosted by Team Arlington, as #4 kicked off the calendar year with the biggest names in the country and European juggernauts Armada and Amsah in attendance. Building off the momentum of a strong 2009, *Pound 4* produced the largest turnout in Melee history with a massive 350 entrants and easily became the most international Smash tournament of all-time. The event featured the East Coast national debut of world-class players such as Amsah, Strawhat Dahean, and Overtriforce, but it was SilentSpectre who stole the show. The renowned Captain Falcon pro from California stormed to 2nd place in teams with Darkrain and pulled off what many consider the upset of the year by defeating Armada in singles. As the best in the world were eliminated one by one, a familiar name once again stood tall. Mango's victory over rival Hungrybox secured him the *Pound 4* crown and an apparent stranglehold on the title of world's top Melee player. However, few could predict the unlikely succession of national tourney winners that would surprise the Melee world over the next eleven months.

Tournament organizer Plank (right) tries to contain the record-breaking crowd (left) at *Pound 4*

(from left to right) Legendary Captain Falcon pros Scar, Hax, Darkrain, and SilentSpectre in the Ryan Roberts Memorial Event at *Pound 4*

Show Me Your Moves 11, hosted by AOB, produced East Coast's first major turnout to a Midwest tournament since Event 52 in 2008, elevating the tournament into a pseudo-national. The trademark Midwest series had seen itself upgrade to national status before; Mango and Mew2King clashed at SMYM10 in 2009. However, without these two powerhouses in attendance, the Midwest stood its ground, preventing East Coast players from breaking top 8 with the exception of the winner himself. Jman's victory made him the first Fox main to place 1st at a Melee tournament of 100+ entrants since PC Chris did it at OC3 in 2007.

While much of the nation's spring and early summer was seemingly spent in recovery from *Pound* 4, West Coast generated tournament hype with some creativity of its own. CGC @ SFSU XVI became the first tournament to feature the "Good Player Fund" - a pool of donations by members of the NorCal community in an effort to bring top out-of-state players into attendance. The idea was a huge hit, as DaShizWiz delivered a spark that only a top out-of-state player could by sweating out a pair of thrilling victories over SilentSpectre and then over Falcomist on his way to 1st place.

Good S*** German, hosted by JB, brought the spotlight back to NorCal and back to Mango, who used Mario to sting the competition and bulldoze through to Grand Finals. Incredibly, at this point in the summer, the ten largest tournaments of 2010 had been won by nine different players (Mango, Jman, Mew2King, Wobbles, DaShizWiz, SilentSpectre, Armada, Hungrybox, and HugS in order of tournament magnitude) using nine different characters (Falco, Fox, Sheik/Marth, Ice Climbers, Falco, Captain Falcon, Peach, Jigglypuff, and Samus). In comparison, at the same point in 2009 the ten largest tournaments of the year had been won by just three different players (Mango, Mew2King, and Darkrain) using five different characters (Falco/Jigglypuff, Marth/Sheik, and Captain Falcon). The national Melee scene finally had a degree of intrigue that had been missing since Mango started his reign of dominance in early 2008, and players and TOs everywhere were ready for another national.

Old school vs new school: Germ (left) and Scar (right) duke it out at Good S*** German.

SilentSpectre (right) clutches out a win against PewPewU (left) at Good S*** German

They would get their wish in August. APEX 2010, the giant annual Smash national hosted by Alex Strife, became the second Melee tournament of the year to break 200 entrants. Famous for becoming the most international Brawl tournament of all-time, APEX 2010 also posed and answered several questions about the national Melee scene; many wondered if Armada could finally break through to win his first American tournament or if Mango could bounce back from his "Scorpion Master" episode to top the placings again. Instead, Hungrybox grabbed the headlines, dropping just two games throughout the tournament on his way to claiming the biggest national title of his career. Hungrybox's dominating performance at APEX 2010 combined with his subsequent victory at Tipped Off 6 led to renewed discussion of the tier list, resulting in the second official MBR update of 2010 in just four months. The new ranking saw Jigglypuff move four spots up, an unprecedented jump in the history of Melee's tier list.

Hungrybox (left) claimed victory in dominating fashion at APEX 2010

Even Melee players joined in on watching Brawl's final few sets at APEX 2010

Still, many were not convinced.

The final stretch of 2010 would solidify it as hands-down the most unpredictable year in Melee history. 163 players attended Revival of Melee 3 looking to do damage, but none predicted the magnitude with which RoM would affirm its reputation as the tournament of upsets. For the second straight RoM, the Melee community watched Mango make a shocking exit; KirbyKaze followed in the footsteps of Kage, rolling to 3rd place with a win over Mango in winners, and Hungrybox earned his first career victory over his archrival by knocking him out in losers. However, it was Dr. PeePee who remained immune to upset syndrome at the end of the weekend. The Falco pro from North Carolina took his character's game to new heights, defeating a sound Mew2King to claim the prestigious title of RoM 3 champion. He became the fifth different player of 2010 to win a Melee national of more than 100+ entrants.

Named after the famous soundbite from a Mango vs SilentSpectre match in 2009, "Don't Go Down There Jeff!" was a perfect culmination of the year's rollercoaster of national storylines. The tournament strengthened West Coast's reputation as arguably the strongest Melee region in the world; Fly Amanita and Lucky both brought Hungrybox back to reality with a pair of upsets to eliminate him from the tournament. However, neither player could stop Jman, who grinded out his second out-of-region tournament victory of the year. With Lucky and Zhu rounding out the top three, Don't Go Down There Jeff! became the first national of 100+ entrants in Melee history to feature an all-spacies, exclusively-spacies top three. Its results were a fitting end to a year full of twists and turns in a game that some thought had no surprises left in it.

KirbyKaze (left) made an impressive run to Winners Finals at Revival of Melee 3

Two of the best game faces in the business: Jman (left) vs Dr. PeePee (right) at Revival of Melee 3

25 Noteworthy Tournaments from 2010

This list is based on popularity and importance as determined by number of participants, prize money, and prestige.

*Pound 4* (350 participants)
1/16/10 - 1/18/10
Arlington, VA
1: Mango
2: Hungrybox
3: Amsah
4: Armada
5: Mew2King
5: Jman
7: Zhu
7: Lucky
9: SilentSpectre
9: Dr. PeePee
9: Tope
9: Plank
13: Darkrain
13: Linguini
13: Hax
13: DEHF

Hot D!ckings! (48 participants)
St. Louis, MO
1: Kels
2: Darkatma
3: JBM
4: Smeesh
5: dmac
5: Tyser
7: Lixivium
7: Viperboy

(59 participants)
San Francisco, CA
1: HugS
2: SilentSpectre
3: Lucky
4: HMW
5: Lovage
5: Shroomed
7: Darrell
7: Scar

TourneyPlay 4 (41 participants)
Irvine, CA
1: Mew2King
2: SilentSpectre
3: Bladewise
4: Eggz
5: Silent Wolf
7: Isai
7: Replicate

(81 participants)
San Francisco, CA
1: DaShizWiz
2: Falcomist
3: SilentSpectre
4: Shroomed
5: Lucky
5: HugS
7: Scar
7: Lovage

SMYM 11 (108 participants)
Champaign, IL
1: Jman
2: Kels
3: Trail
4: Chad
5: Chexr
5: Tink
7: Darkrain
7: Drephen
9: Vanz
9: HBK
9: G$
9: Cosmo

Nice Shot Hugo (77 participants)
Long Beach, CA
1: SilentSpectre
2: Lovage
3: Axe
4: HugS
5: Forward
5: Light
7: Fly Amanita
7: Scar

ZEST 5 (60 participants)
Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
1: Armada
2: Zgetto
3: Amsah
4: Adam
5: Ice
5: Remen
7: Faab
7: Utto

Intimikill 2 (32 participants)
Norman, OK
1: Iori
2: Arc
3: Boomstick
5: dmac
5: Darkrain
7: JF
7: DoH

CEO 2010 (62 participants)
6/5/10 - 6/6/10
Orlando, FL
1: Hungrybox
2: Colbol
3: Dr. PeePee
4: ChuDat
5: Tope
5: Uberice
7: Plank
7: Darkrain

Epita Smash Arena 4 (73 participants)
6/26/10 - 6/27/10
Villejuif, France
1: Armada
2: Amsah
3: Zgetto
4: Adam
5: Remen
5: Pasi
7: Fuzzyness
7: Makenshi

POE 3 (83 participants)
Evansville, IN
1: Wobbles
2: Zhu
3: Iori
4: Kels
5: Cosmo
5: Tink
7: MacD
7: BigD

Good **** German (84 participants)
7/24/10 - 7/25/10
San Francisco, CA
1: Mew2King
2: Mango
3: SilentSpectre
4: Lucien
5: HugS
5: Lucky
7: PewPewU
7: Fly Amanita

APEX 2010 (220 participants)
8/6/10 - 8/8/10
New Brunswick, NJ
1: Hungrybox
2: Armada
3: Mew2King
4: Dr. PeePee
5: Wobbles
5: Axe
7: Jman
7: Zhu
9: Hax
9: DaShizWiz
9: Eggm
9: Vanz
13: Darc
13: Cyrain
13: IB
13: ChuDat

SNY 1 (109 participants)
8/10/10 - 8/12/10
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1: Armada
2: Zgetto
3: Faab
4: Makenshi
5: Fuzzyness
5: Neutroni
7: Aniolas
7: IVP
9: Marc
9: Joanna Dark
9: Vincent
9: Qlex

SCSYN 3 (45 participants)
Chicago, IL
1: Mew2King
2: Cosmo
3: Kels
4: Matt R
5: Tink
5: Dart
7: Bigy
7: Tom R

Sleepy's Birthday Bash (49 participants)
Durham, NC
1: Dr. PeePee
2: Everlasting Yay
3: Mike G
4: Dop
5: SleepyK
5: LoZR
7: Jim
7: Twitch

CGC @ SFSU XXI (66 participants)
San Francisco, CA
1: Axe
2: Shroomed
3: HugS
4: SilentSpectre
5: Lovage
7: Replicate
7: Bob$

Tipped Off 6 (89 participants)
10/16/10 - 10/17/10
Duluth, GA
1: Hungrybox
2: Dr. PeePee
3: Tope
4: Colbol
5: XIF
5: Rayku
7: RockCrock
7: Chad

HD Remix (76 participants)
St. Louis, MO
1: Kels
2: Dekuschrub
3: Matt R
4: ihavespaceballs
5: Tom R
5: Dart
7: Cosmo
7: Tink

Revival of Wisconsin (38 participants)
Appleton, WI
1: Kels
2: Tink
3: Chexr
4: Cosmo
5: Vro
5: Quaz
7: Sanchaz
7: Rat

SWEET III (48 participants)
Ann Arbor, MI
1: Shaeden
2: Velynn
3: Shady
4: Moose
5: Duck
5: 4%
7: aaj
7: Toadster

Revival of Melee 3 (163 participants)
11/20/10 - 11/21/10
Nanuet, NY
1: Dr. PeePee
2: Mew2King
3: KirbyKaze
4: Jman
5: Hungrybox
5: Lucky
7: Darc
7: VanZ
9: Mango
9: HugS
9: Eggm
9: MacD

SWEET IV (50 participants)
East Lansing, MI
1: Unknown
2: Kels
3: Drephen
4: WeonX
5: Tink
5: Idea
7: Dart
7: Velynn

Don't Go Down There Jeff! (108 participants)
12/18/10 - 12/19/10
San Francisco, CA
1: Jman
2: Lucky
3: Zhu
4: Hungrybox
5: Mango
5: Fly Amanita
7: s2j
7: Falcomist
9: SilentSpectre
9: HugS
9: MacD
9: Taj

Important Notes

* Top 8 players are listed for tournaments with fewer than 100 participants.
* Top 12 players are listed for tournaments with 100-200 participants.
* Top 16 players are listed for tournaments with more than 200 participants.
* More than $32,000 was given out in singles across these 25 tournaments.
* Summer continued its reputation as the season of attendance, featuring three tournaments of 80+ entrants in as many weeks.
* Attendance spiked in the last six weeks of the calendar year as both power coasts held regional events of over 100 participants.
* Collectively, the six biggest 2010 tournaments distributed $16,000 in singles prizes and close to $24,000 across singles, doubles, crews, and 64 tournaments.
* 12 of the 25 tournaments listed here are also listed on AllisBrawl.
* The average attendance over 21 of these events is 94 players (excluding TourneyPlay 4, Intimikill 2, SCSYN3, and Revival of Wisconsin).
* The Global Smasher Compendium has more than 1000 members.
* In 2010 alone, an estimated 300 Melee tournaments were listed through the Smashboards Tournament Listings or Regional Zones.
* To little surprise, neither MLG nor EVO supported Melee in 2010. VGBootCamp picked up sponsorship for the two biggest Melee nationals of the year.


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Armada (Peach) vs Mew2King (Marth) 1

Armada (Peach) vs Mew2King (Fox) 2

Armada (Peach) vs Mew2King (Fox) 3


SilentSpectre (Falcon) vs Armada (Peach)

Dr. PeePee (Falco) vs Mew2King (Marth/Sheik)

Mango (Falco) vs Jman (Fox)

DaShizWiz (Falco) vs Falcomist (Marth)

Mango (Fox/Falco) vs Amsah (Marth)

Jman (Red) vs Lucky (Neutral)

Darkrain (Black) vs SilentSpectre (Green)


2004's largest tournament: TG6
100 people: 2 (TG6, GO)
200 people: 0

2005's largest tournament: FC3
100 people: 6 (FC3, GS2, MLG DC, MLG SF, BOMB 4, MOAST 3)
200 people: 0

2006's largest tournament: MLG New York Playoffs
100 People: 10 (MLG New York Opener, MLG Dallas, MLG Anaheim, MLG Chicago, MLG Orlando, MLG New York Playoffs, FC6, OC2, SMYM 6, Gauntlet)
200 People: 2 (MLG New York Playoffs, FC6)

2007's largest tournament: EVO World
100 people: 14 (OC3, FC-Diamond, Cataclysm, EVO South, EVO West, EVO World, Smash Royale III, RoS 4, Innsomnia, Pound 2, C3 September, SCC, VLS, UCLA IV)
200 people: 5 (FC-Diamond, Pound 2, SCC, EVO World, and OC3)

2008's largest tournament: ESA 2
100 people: 4 (Pound 3, UCLA V, ESA 2, Event 52)
200 people: 2 (Pound 3, ESA 2)

2009's largest tournament: Genesis
100 people: 10 (SMYM 9, Revival of Melee, Mango Juice, Smash Attack, ESA 3, Genesis, SMYM 10, TSL 4, Pat's House, RoM 2)
200 people: 1 (Genesis)

2010's largest tournament: Pound 4
100 people: 6 (Pound 4, SMYM 11, APEX 2010, SNY 1, RoM 3, DGDTJ)
200 people: 2 (Pound 4, APEX 2010)
300 people: 1 (Pound 4)

Closing Thoughts

Melee looks to continue its national dominance in 2011. Enormous events such as Pound 5, SMYM 12, and Genesis 2 are already booked months ahead of time, and an exciting inter-continental Road to Apex series promises to increase hype and attendance power in the fall. However, as the economy continues to claim Smash victims throughout the country, TOs everywhere have recognized the need to hold fewer, but bigger tourneys. With smaller events becoming few and far between, what does the future hold for the local scene? Admirably, many communities have ushered in a new generation of Melee players to the competition; West Coast is exemplary of this, featuring some of the youngest top Melee players in the country. The Midwest is rebuilding its community by introducing a new generation of players as well; TOs in Michigan hosted interuniversity monthlies, a first in the Smash community, and players in Wisconsin hosted their very own revival of Melee event late in the calendar year.

If 2009 was about revival, 2010 was about variety. The year proved many skeptics wrong, including those who thought Melee could not attract new names to its community or produce further metagame development. Instead, the competitive Melee tournament scene is in the best shape it's ever been in during the post-Brawl era. While veterans such as Mew2King may eventually fade away, the community has stayed strong to its commitment to bring back old names and introduce new ones, and the metagame is arguably developing faster than it ever was during the MLG "golden" days. Finally, one of the biggest questions to consider in 2011 is also the most simple: who really is the best in the world at Melee? With five different players winning the six biggest tournaments of 2010, there is no easy answer. TOs everywhere have stepped up to provide a comprehensive lineup of national and regional events, and with the explosion of Melee onto the media through YouTube, the stage is set for Melee players to prove themselves in the national spotlight once again. The coming year hopes to provide more answers, more exploration, and much more excitement to those who stay true to the game.

Europe group photo at *Pound 4* with cameo appearances by Zhu and Vidjo

Player nametags at *Pound 4*

Veteran Peach players Mike G (left) and Vidjo (right) at *Pound 4*

(from left to right) Wife and Pakman commentating on a bracket match between Darkrain and Zhu at *Pound 4*

(APEX 2010)

Mango (left) reveals the story behind "Scorpion Master" to Dogysamich (right) at APEX 2010

Armada (middle right) and Aniolas (far right) interview with the Twins (left) at APEX 2010

Mango vs Hungrybox moneymatch at APEX 2010

(Revival of Melee 3)

(from left to right) Swiftbass, Lovage, GMoney, and Teczero at Revival of Melee 3

Famous YouTube uploaders HomeMadeWaffles (left) and Prog (right) at Revival of Melee 3

Revival of Melee 3 Grand Finals: Dr. PeePee (left) vs Mew2King (right)

Credits to:
crismas (Pound 4 photos)
DJ Nintendo (Pound 4 photos)
PBnJ (Pound 4, APEX 2010 photos)
UsurperKingZant (APEX 2010 photos)
VGBootCamp (APEX 2010 photos)
Alukard (RoM 3 photos)
Teczero (for sticking this thread =P)
Fly Amanita (for two factual corrections)
Chain-Ace (for one factual correction)
JPOBS (for one factual correction)
Slhoka (for info on European tourneys)

Thanks for reading, everyone. Please reply with questions, comments, or corrections!
I'm honored to be able to write this thread for the second straight year and I hope you enjoy the finished product as much as I do. LONG LIVE MELEE :grin:


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Sep 4, 2006
amazing. simply amazing. I look forward to see what 2011 brings us

Jimbo Slice

Smash Journeyman
May 13, 2010
Cornville, Midwest
You ****, Juggleguy! You're a great tourney host and writer.

The picture of the Falcons is too good.

If a tournament has 108 entrants, then Jman will win.


Smash Hero
Apr 16, 2009
lookin good, will edit when im done :D

are you sure thats scar vs bob money? thats not scar v germ?

anyway i was involved in 3 of those videos. /eflex

this was too good again juggleguy, i wish we could come up with more excuses to get you to write things!!!


ignite the fire
Mar 6, 2008
Good Stuff Juggleguy. Great read can't wait to see how Melee does in 2011! This was a good way for me to waste time while studying for midterms XD


Smash Hero
Aug 29, 2006
Neptune, NJ
Wow really nice writeup I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks so much for writing it. ;) My name was only in 2 of the results I need to step that up this year.


Smash Grimer
Aug 16, 2005
Ann Arbor, MI
*Germ vs. Scar

Also, didn't Hbox drop two rounds at Apex, one to Vanz' Fox on RC and one to Kage on FoD?
Ah damn. Guess I need to work on my WC player identification, haha. And I admit I just assumed he only dropped the one game, so I'll fix that. Thanks for the corrections.


Smash Legend
Nov 18, 2007
Spiral Mountain
PP was so immune to upsets he lost to me in winner's semis at ROM3!

But then he beat me in loser's finals so w/e lolol.


Smash Ace
Nov 5, 2007
Mah Closet, MI
Totally worth the read! This is one of the few things I've ever enjoyed reading. Good Stuff Juggleguy =D


Smash Apprentice
Oct 25, 2009
good **** rob!

makes me wanna play melee. too bad im in HK and theres no scene here.. =(


Smash Hero
Jun 26, 2007
Mos Eisley
good read.
i wish it had a little elaboration on mango's evolution into scorp considering he still hasn't changed back haha.

also, i dont think apex was hbox's first national win. rom2 no?

very entertaining, you're a good writer juggleguy.


Smash Legend
Aug 6, 2006
Montreal, Quebec
good read.
i wish it had a little elaboration on mango's evolution into scorp considering he still hasn't changed back haha.

also, i dont think apex was hbox's first national win. rom2 no?

very entertaining, you're a good writer juggleguy.
Thats true about RoM 2 however that's 2009. So I guess it must corrected that he continued to win in 2010. =P

2009.. ahh the glorious days.. =P


Smash Master
Jul 14, 2006
Los Angeles (818 Panorama City!)
Luv reading this kind of s#!+ Also, the whole top 10 Melee User Videos reminded me of one thing . . . I didn't get anything for winning that tech skill contest that HMW hosted! Where my prize at?!


Smash Lord
Jun 18, 2007
my favourite thing about this is that it doesn't suck mango's ****.

great work! excellent read. History is important.


Smash Lord
Dec 21, 2005
Kourou, French Guiana
Good read. Those reviews always bring hype for the current year :)

Just a few precisions regarding European tournaments :
SNY gathered 109 attendants for singles, not 100.

In 2007, RoX4 became the first european tournament with more that 100 entrants (132).
In 2008, ESA2 gathered 231 players for singles, making it bigger than Pound 3.
In 2009, two French tournaments had more than 100 attendants for singles : ESA3 (108) and TSL4 (113). I’m also almost sure that Smash Attack in Germany reached the 100 entrants cap, but I don’t know the exact number.


Smash Hero
Apr 27, 2007
Juggleguy, might wanna fix the part where it says M2K vs Brood. Grand finals was DEHF vs Brood. M2K vs Brood was loser finals iirc.
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