Super FamiCon 2017 was the successful return of the 2016 convention made to celebrate Nintendo. As part of its focus, the convention holds many tournaments for competitors. Among these is Super Smash Bros. Melee, which saw an increased amount of competitors of every level. Here, we will go over those who placed within the Top 8 and their journeys through Top 32.
Misfits’ Ryan “La Luna” Coker-Welch showed incredible tenacity, making his way through some big names to secure the coveted first place. He defeated Tai, Westballz, SFAT, and dizzkidboogie to secure a spot on the upper bracket slot of Grand Finals. His opponent there was SFAT, who he had defeated in Upper Bracket Semis. It was an intense battle, with the bracket being reset by SFAT. In the end, La Luna defeated him to earn his place at the top. With his growth in 2017, it was only a matter of time before La Luna had such an important title to add to his belt.
Counter Logic Gaming’s Zac “SFAT” Cordoni came away with a respectable second place. His run through Upper Bracket had him defeat Tafokints and Colbol before losing Semis to La Luna. From Lower Bracket, he made his way through players n0ne, Lucky, and dizzkidboogie to make it to Grand Finals to face La Luna again. SFAT managed to take a set back from him, but ultimately fell short of securing full victory. With his strong work ethic, we will likely see SFAT return stronger for the eventual rematch.
Kyle “dizzkidboogie” Athayde made an impressive run to earn third place. His victories in Upper Bracket included victories over Ginger, Mang0, and Lucky. After making his way into Winner’s Finals, he was sent to Lower Bracket by La Luna. There, he was defeated in a close set by SFAT. As one of the great Ice Climber threats, dizzkidboogie pushed himself at Super FamiCon. His potential to create upsets won't be forgotten for quite a while.
Jose “Lucky” Aldama earned fourth place at Super FamiCon. His run through Upper Bracket included victories over Kaeon and n0ne, before losing to dizzkidboogie. In Lower Bracket, he defeated Westballz in Quarters, and lost to SFAT in Semis. While 2017 has seen ups and downs for Lucky, his capability for a great performance shone through at Super FamiCon. We will see if he can ride that momentum in the future.
Allegiance’s Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby took one of the fifth place slots. In Upper Bracket, he defeated KPAN and was sent to Lower Bracket by Lucky. From there, he defeated Tai and Mang0 before losing to SFAT in Quarters. n0ne has secured himself as a Top 8 threat for any tournament, and his placing at Super FamiCon only solidifies that.
G2 Esports’ Weston “Westballz” Dennis took the other fifth place slot. In Upper Bracket, he defeated Sharks and was sent to Lower Bracket by La Luna. From there, he defeated KPAN and Ginger before falling to Lucky in Quarters. Westballz has hovered outside the Top 10 for the 2017 year, but he has not gone down without a fight. We will see if Super FamiCon was only just a low point for him.
Cloud 9’s Joseph “Mang0” Marquez made it out as one of the seventh place finishers. He defeated Zasa in Upper Bracket, and was defeated the next round by dizzkidboogie. In Lower Bracket, he secured a Top Eight placing by defeating $mike, and had his run ended by n0ne in Eighths. While not the placement we would expect from him, Mang0 will surely take his performance as an opportunity to grow once again.
Avery “Ginger” Wilson made it out as the other seventh place finisher. At the beginning of Top 32, he was defeated by dizzkidboogie and sent to Lower Bracket. From there, he had a good run through players Smashbob Squarepants, Zasa, and Colbol, before losing to Westballz in Eighths. A player who is still on the rise, this will not likely be Ginger’s last appearance in a Top 8.
While the appearance of Top 10 SSBMRank players was scarce, Super FamiCon 2017 had fierce competition. Upsets were made, and some lesser known talent got the spotlight within Top 32. Next year may see bigger names in attendance, but 2017 was still a fantastic year for Melee at FamiCon.