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Charlie “MoistCr1TiKaL” White Jr. branched further into the Super Smash Bros. community by signing Kurtis “moky” Pratt to Moist Esports on Thursday. Moky is the first Melee player to join the team.
Moist Esports began when MoistCr1TiKaL sponsored Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan during his Smash Ultimate Summit 3 campaign on Aug. 11. Aaron “Aaron” Wilhite, another Ultimate Summit 3 attendee, joined the organization 11 days later. On Aug. 31, MoistCr1TiKaL extended his reach into traditional fighting games by signing Guilty Gear Strive player Julian “Hotashi” Harris.
Now, Moist Esports has entered competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee through moky. After his mediocre performance during the open phases of Smash Summit 11’s Singles bracket, moky tweeted that he had considered giving up on being a full-time Melee player and content creator. However, he is now positioned to be a continued presence in the Melee scene thanks to the support of Moist Esports.
im moist lfg boys https://t.co/JkEEo2Jgaj
— moist | moky (@moky_dokie) September 2, 2021
Moky’s background before Moist Esports
Moky began competing in Super Smash Bros. Melee in 2015. He became a prominent player in the international scene quickly, debuting in the top 100 only two years later. From there, moky rose up the rankings at breakneck speeds: 96th in 2017, 52nd in 2018 and 14th in 2019.
Throughout 2019, moky boasted top-eight placements at multiple national tournaments. Among them were Get On My Level 2019, Shine 2019, and The Kid, The Goat, and the Mang0. He also earned wins over players like William “Leffen” Hjelte, Justin “Plup” McGrath, Johnny “S2J” Kim, Shephard “Fiction” Lima, Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni, Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby and James “Swedish Delight” Liu.
Due to issues with his internet connection, moky struggled to succeed in online tournaments toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, his internet improved in early 2021 and so did his tournament results. He defeated the likes of Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, Cody “iBDW” Schwab, Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma and Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson. With more offline events on the horizon, moky will look to be mainstay at the top level of Melee tournaments under the Moist Esports banner.
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.