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Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at the ModGod Championship on April 5. The event was an online tournament for West Coast players hosted by Noah “n3zModGod” Valdez. It notably featured a prize of $1,000 for 1st place.
SFAT started his run at the ModGod Championship with a solid 3-0 victory over Gio “null” Rossi. Afterward, he narrowly defeated Kyle “Kalamazhu” Zhu 3-2. SFAT earned himself a spot in top 8 on winners side by defeating Johnny “S2J” Kim 3-1.
In Winners Semis, SFAT earned a 3-1 win against Zaid “Spark” Ali. Then he faced off against his final opponent of the tournament, Cody “iBDW” Schwab. SFAT and iBDW played in both Winners and Grand Finals, with SFAT emerging victorious in both five-game sets.
As the host of the ModGod Championship, n3zModGod streamed the tournament on his Twitch channel and provided live commentary. He was joined virtually by several other commentators throughout the event as well. These included Micah “Logos” Weight, Kris “Toph” Aldenderfer, Vish Kumar, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, and Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson.
Other results from the ModGod Championship
Naturally, iBDW scored many good wins on his road to 2nd place. To reach top 8, he defeated Brandon “homemadewaffles” Collier, Andrew “Tai” Vo, and DaJuan “Shroomed” McDaniel. In top 8, iBDW earned additional victories over Shephard “Fiction” Lima and S2J.
Like many online Smash tournaments, the results of the ModGod Championship were a little different than one might expect offline. Axe, the No. 1 seed, only won a single set over Justin “Syrox” Burroughs. He then proceeded to lose 0-3 to Spark and 1-3 to Weston “Westballz” Dennis. Similarly, Armand “ARMY” Del Duca went 0-2 in sets, losing to Kristian “Rocky” Cruz and Oliver “Zeo” Pei.
The ModGod Championship also featured a side event specifically for non-top 100 players. Sufyan “Android 0” Hassan placed 1st in this bracket. Along the way, he conquered Solomon “DiplomaticTucan” Fuller, Ian “ijw” Walsh, Raymond “Venelox” Sanchez, and homemadewaffles.
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.