Everything to know about Smash Camp 2022
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Everything to know about Smash Camp 2022

Arizona’s iconic campground tournament is back

More than 200 Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project+ and Rivals of Aether players will compete at Smash Camp 2022 in Prescott, Arizona this weekend. It will be the first national-level offline Melee event of the year.

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From March 18-20, Nick “yingling” Yingling, Mikey “The Cheat” Iosue and Eric “Violence” Lee will head up their first campground tournament since Smash Camp: End of Summer in September of 2019. Here’s everything to know about the latest edition of the Smash Camp series.

What to expect from Smash Camp 2022

Smash Camp 2022 will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Friday with a crew battle where players will compete alongside those staying in the same cabin as them. Doubles for both Melee and Project+ will start the next day at 2 p.m., while Singles for both will start at 6 p.m.

The entire Rivals of Aether bracket will run on Saturday, starting at 11 p.m. Then, the tournament will conclude with top 32 for both Melee and Project+ on Sunday. Project+ top 32 will begin at 4 p.m. and Melee top 32 will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Players to watch in Melee Singles

Arizona native Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson dropped out of LACS 4 due to internet issues and the Black Empowerment Melee Invitational due to a thumb injury. As a result, Smash Camp 2022 will mark his first proper tournament appearance of the year. Though he underperformed throughout 2021 relative to his pre-quarantine performances, Smash Camp could mark the beginning of Axe’s climb back into the top 10.

Smash Camp will also be James “Duck” Ma’s first significant tournament since Mang0’s Birthday Bash in December of 2019. The former Samus main has followed in the footsteps of Justin “Plup” McGrath and now mains Sheik. This tournament will mark Duck’s first chance to show how his Sheik has improved since he stopped actively attending tournaments.

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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.