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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.

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

This tournament will have broadcasts in three languages. The primary English stream will be on VGBootCamp. Meanwhile, there will be a French stream via Solary and a Spanish stream via Mystic Squad.

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.

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