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Everything to know about GOML 2022

The Canadian major intersects with the two biggest Smash circuits

Canada’s premier Super Smash Bros. major, Get On My Level, will return to Toronto this weekend. Taking place just three weeks after Battle of BC 4 in Vancouver, this event will give the best Melee and Ultimate players from Canada more time in the spotlight while also attracting top-level talent from around the world.

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Not only are Smash World Tour points up for grabs, but there will also be two Panda Cup qualifying spots for both games at GOML 2022. Here’s everything viewers need to know about this high-stakes tournament for both of Smash’s major circuits.

Players to watch

While No. 1 seed Zain “Zain” Naghmi will be the favorite to win Melee Singles at GOML 2022, No. 2 seed Cody “iBDW” Schwab has perhaps the most to gain by winning. His only major victory so far this year, at Smash Summit 13, came without him having to fight Zain. After an inconsistent streak at the start of the year, iBDW could more solidly cement his status as a top three player in the world by double-eliminating Zain at this event.

The biggest unknown factor for Melee Singles will be No. 10 seed Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett; though he was ranked top six in North America last year, Wizzrobe has not entered a tournament in over six months.

Of course, that’s no reason to doubt his potential. The last time Wizzrobe returned from a six-month hiatus from Melee, he placed in the top four at four straight majors, including his first-ever major victory at Smash ‘N’ Splash 5. If this comeback is anything like his last one, Wizzrobe could be in contention for No. 1 in the world within a couple of months.

Carlos “Sonix” Pérez comes into GOML 2022 with a lot of momentum. He recently earned his first major victory at CEO 2022 after a nine-set losers run that included two wins over GOML’s No. 1 seed, Michael “Riddles” Kim. In addition, none of the five players who have beaten Sonix at majors this year will be at GOML. As a result, the Dominican Sonic main could very well follow up his first major victory with a second this weekend.

Canada’s rising star Jayjay “Ouch!?” Basilan will also be a player to watch at this event. While he has attended few majors, he had a breakout third-place finish at Battle of BC that included wins over Jestise “MVD” Negron, Seisuke “Kome” Komeda, Riddles and Shuto “Shuton” Moriya. With a slightly less stacked field at GOML, Ouch!? could be poised for another strong performance.

How to watch GOML 2022

The GOML 2022 tournament organizers have not yet announced the livestreams for the event, although it is likely that Even Matchup Gaming will provide the primary Twitch stream. The tournament will kick off with Melee and Ultimate Doubles at noon ET on Friday. In addition, crew battles for both games will take place after the completion of Doubles at 7 p.m.

Singles pools for both games will then begin at noon on Saturday, with the second phase of pools starting at 4 p.m. Top 16 for Melee will then start at 8 p.m., while top 128 for Ultimate will start at the same time.

Championship Sunday will start at 11 a.m. with Ultimate top 32. Afterward, Melee top eight will start at 1 p.m. Finally, the tournament is set to conclude with Ultimate top eight, which will begin at 5 p.m. and should run until 9 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.