Everything to know about Smash Ultimate at Glory 2.0
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Everything to know about Smash Ultimate at Glory 2.0

A stacked European major sans the best European player

Many of the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players in Europe will converge at the Asobu eSports Experience in Barcelona, Spain, this weekend for Glory 2.0. Of course, that excludes William “Glutonny” Belaid, who will be at Collision 2022 in New Jersey instead.

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With the region’s best player competing in the United States, the floor is wide open for a new player to win a European Ultimate major. Here’s everything you need to know going into the tournament.

When is Glory 2.0?

Spanish tournament organization team Mystic Squad will host Glory 2.0 from Saturday to Sunday. The main Singles bracket will take place in its entirety on March 12, beginning with pools at 10 a.m. CET. Any North American viewers who don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night can at least tune in to top eight, which will start at 7:30 p.m. CET.

Even after the main bracket ends, attendees will still be able to come to the venue on March 13. Tournament-goers can play friendlies or watch crew battles and show matches. The headlining event will be a first-to-ten set between German Samus main Marcel “quiK” Romagnuolo and Spanish Dark Samus main Pau “sisqui” Caire.

Players to watch

With Glutonny gone, the two frontrunners for first place at Glory 2.0 are sisqui and Arda “Raflow” Imrek. Since his 17th-place finish at Temple: Hermès Edition in September of 2021, sisqui has not placed lower than fourth at a European tournament. In that same timeframe, Raflow has not placed lower than ninth in Europe. As a result, sisqui and Raflow are two of the most consistent players the region has to offer.

Another potential contender to win the whole thing is quiK. He is seeded to place seventh, in large part due to his inactivity since the return of offline tournaments last year. However, his ninth-place finish at Let’s Make Big Moves 2022 showed he can still compete with some of the best in the world. At Glory 2.0, quiK will get to test how he stacks up against the rest of Europe.

Notably, Ramin “Mr.R” Delshad is seeded outside of top eight. Mr.R was the best European Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player by far and was one of the most successful Europeans earlier in Ultimate’s lifespan. But, following a recent string of underperformances, he’ll have to prove he still has what it takes to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s fastest-rising stars.

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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.