Over a thousand Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players will travel to Detroit for popular major tournament Frostbite 2019 next weekend. But at the moment, many top players are quite unhappy with the tournament’s initial seeding.
Frostbite’s seeding was released yesterday by the events organizers. So far, it has attracted criticism from players at all levels of the Smash scene due to surprising choices such as the relative underseeding of top players Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada and Brian “Cosmos” Kalu, who were respectively seeded 13th and 12th at the event.
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These seeding decisions are surprising for very disparate reasons. Ultimate has only been out for a few months, and there haven’t yet been many tournaments for organizers to use for reference while seeding their events. But at all of the tournaments Cosmos has attended, he has performed better than his 12th seed would indicate. At recent supermajor Genesis 6, he made top 8 by defeating Nairo and Robert “Myran” Herrin. Nairo’s case is slightly more tenuous; though he finished at a disappointing 17th at Genesis, his elite status in Smash 4 and strong results at other Ultimate tournaments are evidence enough that he is a contender to win the whole shebang at Frostbite.
Featuring high-level talent from around the world, Frostbite promises to be an exciting event—one very worth watching. Fortunately, the event’s organizers have addressed criticisms of their seeding by opening themselves up to suggestions. By the time the tournament comes around next weekend, its seeding should be fairer to all.