On Wednesday, June 26th, Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett announced that he would no longer be Super Smash Bros. Melee’s far-and-away best unsponsored player.
Finally, THE TIME HAS COME.— Envy | Wizzrobe (@Wizzrobe) June 26, 2019
I am now @Envy Wizzrobe!
I'm more excited than words can describe to be given this opportunity from the Team at Envy! #TeamEnvy
More motivated than ever to win.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/eifpbGTcnv
Team Envy, formerly known as Team EnVyUs, is a Dallas, Texas-based esports team that started in 2007 in the Call of Duty scene. Since then, the team has expanded into many games and according to Forbes is the tenth most valuable esports team, worth about $95 million. Currently, they are most known for their Overwatch League team the Dallas Fuel. Wizzrobe is the first player in any Smash game that Team Envy has picked up.
Wizzrobe has spent by far the most time as Melee’s best unsponsored player. In fact, on last year’s MPGR, he was the only player in the top 15 without a sponsor. It’s surprising Wizzrobe didn’t get a sponsor any sooner, with his impressive performances over the years. After he won Smash ‘N’ Splash 5 with two wins over Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, the Melee world collectively held its breath to see what sponsor would be lucky enough to pick him up. He was the first to win a major tournament with Captain Falcon since Joel “Isai” Alvarado at MOAST 3 in 2005. Showing his multi-game prowess, Wizzrobe also managed to place in the top 8 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
With Wizzrobe now sponsored, the next best unsponsored player is Edgard “N0ne” L. Sheleby, whose sponsor Allegiance folded earlier this year. We’ll have to see if N0ne’s Captain Falcon can attract a sponsor as effectively as Wizzrobe’s.
Author’s Note: Do you think sponsors are becoming more or less interested in Melee? Let us know in the comments!