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“Rizeasu” won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Maesuma TOP 4 in Osaka, Japan on November 1. Notably, he did so while primarily playing the rarely-used Mii Brawler. This event was Ultimate’s first open-bracket in-person national tournament since CEO Dreamland in March.
Rizeasu’s road to victory was far from smooth. In fact, he went to game three against every single opponent he played in pools. Rizeasu narrowly won sets over “Emusuta,” “Sumelagi,” and “Nikukyu.” Then, in his first upset of the tournament, Rizeasu beat Yutaro “Paseriman” Nagumo 3-2.
Rizeasu kicked off top 24 by upsetting No. 1 seed Takuto “Kameme” Ono in a five-game set. In Winners Semis, he defeated Shintaro “Kuro” Kakihara 3-1. Interestingly, this was Rizeasu’s only set that didn’t go to the last game. Finally, Rizeasu beat Takuma “Tea” Hirooka 3-2 in Winners Finals and Seisuke “Kome” Komeda 3-2 in Grand Finals.
Rizeasu is notorious for using a large number of characters successfully in tournament matches. For example, he played 17 different fighters en route to 5th place at Sumabato SP 6. Though Rizeasu used a smaller roster of characters this time around, Maesuma TOP 4 was still his best performance by far.
Other results from Maesuma TOP 4
Kome had a solid run to 2nd place at Maesuma TOP 4. After beating “DIO” in a close set, Kome suffered an upset loss at the hands of “ZAKI” in Winners Quarters. Nevertheless, he had a strong showing in losers, eliminating “Manzoku”, “Sigma”, and Kuro. In addition, Kome defeated “Repo” and Tea to secure his spot in Grand Finals.
Mega Man main Repo scored many upsets on his path to 4th place at Maesuma TOP 4. Notably, he lost to Tea in pools, forcing him to make a deep losers run. Repo made his way into top 8 by defeating “tk3,” “Nagare,” and Kameme. From there, he eliminated Gakuto “Gackt” Ito and ZAKI.
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.