Everything to know about Maesuma TOP 8
Maesuma TOP 8 is the second Japanese event of the 2022 Smash World Tour.
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Everything to know about Maesuma TOP 8

A Japanese major without the best player in Japan

It’ll be a busy weekend for the 2022 Smash World Tour, as Osaka will host Japan’s first gold event of the year. More than 700 players are currently registered to compete at the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major Maesuma TOP 8.

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Here’s everything to know about the latest Maesuma tournament, including who has the best shot of winning and where viewers can catch all the action.

Players to watch

Prodigious Steve main acola is not currently registered for Maesuma TOP 8, leaving the floor open for someone else to win a Japanese major. A potential contender is Kagaribi 7 runner-up Asimo. Since his breakout run at Kagaribi, Asimo has placed in the top four of three consecutive regionals. However, he may still have to worry about the likes of Yoshidora and Rizeasu, who have beaten him in recent brackets.

While he has never won a major, Yoshidora does boast a handful of regional victories. Most notably, he won Sumabato SP 26 in May over acola. In fact, Yoshidora is the only player in the world who has taken multiple sets off of acola. As a result, it’s not far-fetched to imagine he could finally break through to first place at a Maesuma major.

Meanwhile, Naoto “ProtoBanham” Tsuji will aim for an in-region resurgence at Maesuma TOP 8. He was Japan’s best player in 2021 and placed third at his most recent American major, Smash Ultimate Summit 4, where he beat Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey. However, ProtoBanham has missed top eight at every Japanese major he has attended this year.

How to watch Maesuma TOP 8

Fans can catch the full tournament livestream for Maesuma TOP 8 on the Maesuma YouTube channel. The action will kick off with Singles pools at 10 p.m. ET on Friday. In addition, the schedule has room for side events like crew battles beginning at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Then, top 128 will start at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, while top eight will begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday. Any international viewers aiming to watch the entire event can expect to be up until 6 a.m. on Sunday.

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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.