Oceanside, California, will host the biggest Super Smash Bros. event of this upcoming weekend, Wavedash 2022. It will be a Super Silver Melee event and a Silver 4 Ultimate event for the Smash World Tour.
Although in-person attendees will be the primary benefactors of this beachside major, viewers at home can still expect to enjoy lots of high-level play. Here’s everything viewers need to know going into Wavedash 2022.
Players to watch
Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma has the best odds of winning Melee Singles at Wavedash. He boasts a combined 7-0 record for the year against Jake “Jmook” DiRado, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez and John “KoDoRiN” Ko, who will likely round out the top four seeds. However, Hungrybox still faces potential threats from Johnny “S2J” Kim and Kalindi “KJH” Henderson, both of whom have beaten him this year.
Meanwhile, Juan “Medz” Garcia has a strong chance of securing a few upsets in the Melee bracket. After not attending any majors in the first half of the year, Medz had an explosive run to second place at Smash Factor 9 this past weekend. In the process, he defeated Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, Eduardo “Eddy Mexico” Lucatero Rincón, S2J and Joey “Lucky” Aldama.
i can't believe i got 2nd at @SmashFactorMx crazy that i was able to play well vs the falcons. i always get farmed by johnny/wizzy. progress! onto the next one 😀
— CG | Medz (@MedzSSBM) August 1, 2022
While it has more entrants, the Wavedash 2022 Ultimate bracket will not be as stacked as its Melee counterpart. Even so, No. 1 seed Dylan “ApolloKage” J. may have the chance to secure his biggest tournament win of the year.
However, ApolloKage faces a significant obstacle in the form of his projected winners semis opponent, Spencer “Scend” Garner. While he has beaten Scend before, Scend boasts a 3-1 record against him at offline tournaments, making Scend the favorite to win their set and potentially the whole tournament.
How to watch Wavedash 2022
The Melee and Ultimate brackets at Wavedash will happen at the same time on different Twitch streams. VGBootCamp will broadcast the Ultimate brackets while Top Shelf Esports broadcasts the Melee brackets. As a result, fans of both Melee and Ultimate will have to switch back and forth between two streams in order to watch both games.
Doubles pools for both games will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. Then, Singles pools will kick off at noon, with a new wave of pools starting every two hours. The first day of competition will conclude with Doubles top eight at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, top 48 of the Singles brackets will start at noon. Finally, both tournaments will conclude with top eight, beginning at 5 p.m. Additionally, in-person attendees will get to take part in various pop-up brackets throughout both days.
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.