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Oscar “Lovage” Nilsson won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at Slime’s Commentator Invitational on Jan. 24. Anthony “Slime” Bruno hosted and live-streamed the 16-person invitational tournament. Since the community’s most prominent commentators were competing, top players like Zain Naghmi and Cody “iBDW” Schwab provided commentary.
Lovage cruised through much of the bracket with little opposition. He defeated Samuel “Wisely” Mihelich 3 – 0 and beat Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman 3 – 1 in the Captain Falcon ditto. Lovage continued his run in Winners Semis with a convincing 3 – 0 win over Kashan “Chillindude” Khan.
Despite his strong start at Slime’s Commentator Invitational, Lovage faltered in Winners Finals. There, he lost the Captain Falcon ditto 1 – 3 to Vish Kumar, the tournament’s No. 1 seed. From that point on, Lovage relied on his signature Fox. With it, he defeated Scar 3 – 1 again in Losers Finals. Then, Lovage overcame Vish after a grueling 10-game stretch, winning both sets of Grand Finals 3 – 2 to claim first place.
— Oscar Nilsson (@Lovage805) January 25, 2021
Recently, Lovage has not competed as actively as some of the other commentators at the event. However, he has had perhaps the most successful career overall out of all of them. At his peak in 2011, Lovage was considered a top 10 player in the world. He boasts lifetime wins over the likes of William “Leffen” Hjelte, Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson and Johnny “S2J” Kim.
Other results from Slime’s Commentator Invitational
Vish had a commanding performance throughout much of Slime’s Commentator Invitational. He beat Edward “Raptor” Mugica, Nick “WhangChang” Whang and Josh “FendrickLamar” Fendrick without dropping a game. Vish also took a set off of Lovage before losing to him in both sets of Grand Finals.
Many considered Vish the favorite to win going into this event due to his solid results at recent online tournaments. He placed ninth at both the Galint Melee Open and Training Mode Tournaments #11 earlier this month. In the process, he racked up wins against Derek “Aura” Olsen, Ben “SFOP” Duren, and Christian “Kürv” Melendez.
Scar beat Ludwig Ahgren 3 – 1 in the first round of the tournament but lost to Lovage shortly thereafter. However, Scar made a solid losers run to finish in third place at Slime’s Commentator Invitational. He eliminated Raptor 3 – 1, Mikey “The Cheat” Losue 3 – 0 and FendrickLamar 3 – 1. Scar also earned a 3 – 1 win over his longtime commentary partner, Kris “Toph” Aldenderfer, who defeated Chillindude the round before.
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.