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Lyon, France, will host a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major of historic proportions this weekend. With 1,024 players registered for the Singles bracket, Colossel 2022 will be the second-biggest Ultimate tournament of the year and the biggest French Smash tournament of all time.
In addition, the French major will be a gold stop for the Smash World Tour. Here’s everything viewers need to know before top players from around the world compete at Colossel this weekend.
Players to watch
Alongside a plethora of top European players, Colossel 2022 will feature a handful of Mexico’s finest, including Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez, Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís and Santiago “Chag” Pérez Checchi. In addition, David “LeoN” Leon will represent the United States. There will even be several of the best players from the Middle East at this event.
Despite the deep field of international talent, local star Arda “Raflow” Imrek has an excellent shot at making a deep run. To reach winners finals, the 17-year-old French Palutena main will likely have to go through Maister and William “Glutonny” Belaid, both of whom he defeated at 95 King of Fields 2 last weekend. As a result, Raflow may be poised to repeat his second-place finish from that event at Colossel.
Thank you all for your messages for my birthday and for the tournament you are too nice
2nd at kof, loose against Maister and Leo. I am quite happy but I have a certain feeling of incompleteness
See you at colossel #BLACKMAFIACOMMEBMS ❤️
— BMS | Raflow (@Rafloww) June 26, 2022
However, before he can get to Maister of Glutonny, Raflow will have to go through English prodigy Oliver “Bloom4Eva” Alexander. While he has been dominant at events in his own region, Colossel 2022 will mark Bloom4Eva’s first major tournament outside of the United Kingdom. Thus, this event will test whether the Bayonetta main can maintain his high-level results in an unfamiliar environment.
How to watch Colossel 2022
Pools of the Singles bracket will begin at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday and will continue until noon. Afterward, there will be a World Cup Crew Battle. This single-elimination side bracket will pit teams of three from 16 different regions against each other.
🌎#COLOSSEL SIDE EVENTS #2🌏
To celebrate the large attendance of international players, we present you…
SSBU Crew Battle: WORLD CUP 🏆
⚔️16 teams from around the world will fight in a 3v3 bracket!
🎥Tune in to Twitch on July 2nd at 6PM CEST
⌛️Teams announcements soon…⌛️ pic.twitter.com/tH19KQOTzD
— COLOSSEL @J-4 ?! (@COLOSSEL_Lyon) June 21, 2022
Singles top 128 will start at 4 a.m. on Sunday, with top 32 kicking off at 7 a.m. The bracket will then conclude with top eight, which is scheduled to run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.