Prolific online tournament organizers Cyrus “Cagt” Gharakhanian and Kyle “Grayola” Gray will host their first offline event as head TOs this weekend. Rise ‘N Grind will take place in Waco, Texas, and will feature a number of side events alongside the main Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles bracket.
This event will also be a gold stop for the 2022 Smash World Tour. In addition, the highest-placing player at this event who hasn’t already been invited to Smash Ultimate Summit 5 will earn a spot at the upcoming invitational. With so much on the line for players, here’s everything viewers need to know about Rise ‘N Grind.
Players to watch
Angel “Onin” Mireles is well on his way to becoming the best player in North America. The 16-year-old Steve main recently won Super Smash Con 2022, which was the largest Ultimate tournament of the year and the fourth-largest tournament of all time in any Smash game.
Though he was the 16th seed, Onin obliterated Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez, Michael “Riddles” Kim, William “Glutonny” Belaid and Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís, dropping no more than one game against any of them. Not only will Onin be the player to beat at Rise ‘N Grind, but he’ll also have the best shot of securing the Summit qualification spot.
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— VGBC (@VGBootCamp) August 15, 2022
Meanwhile, MkLeo placed fifth at Super Smash Con. It marked his first time placing outside of the top four at an offline tournament since Umebura Japan Major in May of 2019, where he placed 33rd. At Rise ‘N Grind, MkLeo will look to prove that he’s still the best in the world and, perhaps, that he has what it takes to beat a top-level Steve player.
How to watch Rise ‘N Grind
Beyond the Summit will host the primary Twitch streams for this event on btssmash and btssmash2. In addition, there will be two foreign-language broadcasts. The French stream will be on HumanbombTV, while the Spanish stream will be on MysticSquad_TV.
The tournament will kick off with a low tier bracket on Friday. Pools will start at 1 p.m. ET, followed by top 32 at 2 p.m. Then, Doubles pools will start at 5 p.m., with top 16 beginning at 7 p.m. Finally, Squad Strike pools will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday.
Squad Strike will conclude with top 16 at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Singles pools will start at 3 p.m. and continue throughout the day. In addition, crew battles will take place starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Finally, Championship Sunday will kick off with a random characters bracket. Pools for the randoms bracket will kick off at 1 p.m., with top 32 starting at 2:30. Singles top 64 will start at 4 p.m., followed by top eight at 7 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.