Everything to know about COST 2022
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Everything to know about COST 2022

Central Ohio’s biggest Smash event is back

Central Ohio’s premier Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rivals of Aether regional, appropriately named the Central Ohio Smash Tournament, will return to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus from June 18-19. The event will feature many of the best players in the Midwest, along with a handful of competitors from outside regions.

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In addition, COST 2022 will be a silver 4 event for the 2022 Smash World Tour and a silver event for the Rivals Championship Series 7. With lots of circuit points on the line, here’s everything viewers need to know about the upcoming regional.

Players to watch

As the only PGRUContenders-ranked player in attendance, Matt “Elegant” Fitzpatrick is a solid pick to win COST 2022. However, his performances have been trending downward lately, including a 97th-place finish at Genesis 8. As a result, Elegant will have to fend off up-and-comers like Dylan “ApolloKage” J., Willow “IcyMist” Barto and Sean “Sean” Bergeron in order to to win.

Meanwhile, Angel “Onin” Mireles could also win the whole thing. The Steve main recently won Combo Breaker 2022 as the sixth seed, upsetting Nicholas “Ned” Dovel, Jestise “MVD” Negron and Chris “WaDi” Boston in the process. Fresh off of this breakout performance, Onin could plausibly go on a similar run at COST.

Though there are only 52 Rivals of Aethers players registered for COST 2022, it will still be a stacked bracket, as there will be three top 10 players in attendance. As No. 3 in North America, Josh “Xaro” Nye will have good odds of winning. However, he will face competition from the seventh and eighth-ranked players, Ahmet “Seggo” Kurter and Justin “MSB” M., respectively.

How to watch COST 2022

The COST 2022 broadcast will take place across three Twitch streams. Game Arena will provide the primary Ultimate stream while Dragon Squad will provide the secondary Ultimate stream. Meanwhile, Gooshi Gaming will stream the Rivals brackets.

The tournament will begin with Ultimate and Rivals Doubles at 11 a.m. ET on June 18. Singles brackets for both games will then start at 1 p.m., while both Doubles brackets will end around 3 p.m. There will also be an Ohio vs. The World crew battle beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Then, Championship Sunday will kick off on June 19 with Rivals top eight at 10:30 a.m. Top 32 of Ultimate Singles will begin at 11 a.m., with top eight slated to start at 1 p.m. Finally, the tournament will conclude with the end of the Ultimate Singles bracket around 5 p.m.

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Dylan Tate
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.