The most high-stakes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event of the weekend will take place in Vienna, Austria. Vienna Challengers Arena 2022 will be Europe’s final platinum event of the 2022 Smash World Tour.
As many European titans aim to secure their spots at the Smash World Tour Championships, they will have to fend off a handful of international players looking to earn more points for themselves. Here’s everything viewers should know about VCA 2022 before the event begins.
Players to watch
Europe’s No. 1 player, William “Glutonny” Belaid, is the favorite to win Ultimate Singles at VCA 2022. Since his disappointing 17th-place finish at e-Caribana in June, Glutonny has not placed lower than fifth at any tournament.
Despite his consistency, Glutonny has also yet to win a European major this year. To win this weekend, he’ll have to dodge upsets against the likes of James “Peli” Hunt and Oliver “Bloom4Eva” Alexander, both of whom have beaten him this year.
Despite ending only 5th i think this was my best run and best play ever and i'm happy about it !
Light outspeeded me hard tho, need to check on that for next time
See you at VCA/UFA !
— Solary | Glutonny (@GlutonnySSB) September 19, 2022
VCA 2022 will also be Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura’s first tournament outside of Japan since 2GG: Kongo Saga in December of 2019. He will look to replicate his standout performance from Kagaribi 8 in July. There, Abadango beat Takuto “Kameme” Ono, Yoshidora, Naoto “ProtoBanham” Tsuji, Kengo “KEN” Suzuki and Shuto “Shuton” Moriya en route to second place.
How to watch VCA 2022
We got you all covered!😍
And as always, there's also our English main stream on @VGBootCamp 🇺🇸
Make sure to tune in! pic.twitter.com/O8BiYiMpZX
— VCAViennaChallengersArena (@VCAVienna) September 21, 2022
Round one pools for Singles and Doubles will start at 4 a.m. ET on Saturday and run throughout the day. Doubles will conclude with top four at 11:30 a.m. Then, the bracket will resume with top 128 of Singles at 4 a.m. on Sunday. Top 16 will take place at 6:30 a.m., followed by top eight at 9 a.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.