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Azen Zagenite "Azen"
SSB4 (3DS) main Lucario
Brawl main Lucario
Other Brawl
Diddy Kong
Melee mains Marth, Falco
Other Melee
Sheik, Captain Falcon
Project M mains Marth, Roy
Other Project M
Former crews H2YL
Skill Top professional
Additional info
Real name Christopher McMullen
Birth date December 20, 1986(1986-12-20) (age 28)
Location Alexandria, Virginia united states

Christopher McMullen, more commonly known as Azen Zagenite or just Azen, is an American professional smasher that specialises in both Melee and Brawl. Although he primarily used Marth and Sheik in Melee tournaments, Azen was known for his ability to use multiple characters at the competitive level, leading some to call him The Master of Diversity and similar nicknames. He is currently ranked 11th on the DMV Melee Power Rankings.

Tournament history[edit]

Azen legitimized himself to the community at large by placing fourth at Tournament Go 5 in August 2003. Shortly after, Azen placed 2nd at Game Over, defeating Chillin and Isai to make it to grand finals before losing to Ken in both sets of grand finals, and 2nd at MELEE-FC1, where he once again lost to Ken in grand finals. Azen's first national victory occurred in August 2004 at Tournament Go 6, where he defeated Captain Jack twice to claim victory. Throughout 2005, he placed 3rd at Gettin' Schooled 2, 9th at MELEE-FC3, 2nd at BOMB 4, and 2nd at MLG Atlanta 2005.

Azen placed 4th in singles at MLG Chicago 2006, and managed to win doubles with Chillin, defeating Mew2King and KoreanDJ in winners' finals and then shocking the community by taking out the largely dominant team of Ken and Isai in grand finals. Later, Azen was then victorious at MLG Orlando 2006, where he defeated PC Chris, Drephen, ChuDat, KoreanDJ, and ChuDat again in grand finals to take the tournament without dropping a set. Azen then proceeded to win MLG New York Playoffs 2006, defeating Ken, KoreanDJ, and PC Chris twice, successfully qualifying for the MLG 2006 Championships. He eventually placed 5th at MLG Las Vegas 2006, where he defeated ChuDat in a rematch from MLG Orlando in losers' top 8, but lost to PC Chris in winners' bracket and then to Ken in losers' quarters.

Throughout 2007-early 2008, Azen continued to place highly at Melee nationals, placing 9th at Super Champ Combo, 1st at Viva La Smashtaclysm, where he defeated KoreanDJ, PC Chris, and ChuDat twice, and 7th at Pound 3. In March 2009, he attended Revival of Melee, and placed 7th.

Azen picked up Brawl on its release and attended several early nationals. He played numerous characters at a high level, but was most well-known for his Lucario. He was considered the top Lucario player in Brawl's early metagame, and it is largely a result of Azen's dominance that Lucario was considered a high tier character in Brawl's early metagame. During his time in Brawl, Azen placed 2nd at Critical Hit 3, defeating DieSuperFly 2-0 before losing to Mew2King in grand finals, 2nd at Cataclysm 4, where he became the first player to knock Ally out of losers' bracket, and 17th at Clash of the Titans IV. He is also the first player to have won a large tournament with Lucario (C3 tournament), where he defeated Korn 3-1 in grand finals.

Azen temporarily retired from competitive Smash in August 2009, claiming that he lost interest due to most of his friends no longer playing the game.

Azen made his first Smash tournament appearance in over a year at Pound V in February 2011, where he reached 49th place in Melee singles and 9th place in Melee doubles with longtime doubles partner Chillin. Around this time, both Azen and Chillin stated that they had become active in the Melee scene again, though neither was as prolific as prior to their retirements.

In April 2014, the trailer for the Melee and Project M event Bar Wars: The Region Strikes Back featured clips of Azen towards the end, with Chillin claiming that Azen would return to the Melee scene at the event. However, Azen did not actually show up at the event. Two months later, Chillin once again stated that Azen would be returning to the Melee scene at the 6/3 weekly edition of the event Smash @ Xanadu. Azen indeed showed up at this event, and won Melee singles in a dominant fashion, defeating Chillin, ChuDat, and DP. He also placed 9th in Project M singles. Azen has since attended a handful of local tournaments in his area, and also placed 5th in Melee singles at the 8/19 weekly edition of Smash @ Xanadu.

Style of play[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Azen mains Marth and Sheik; despite this, he can play nearly every character in the game at a high level. In some tournaments, Azen has used Samus, Link, and Pikachu in order to place high, while other characters have been used in lower-stakes matches.

In doubles, Azen still often uses both Marth and Sheik, though he has been known to use Peach and Falco in some doubles matches.

The "Azendash"[edit]

Despite considerable fame surrounding Azen as a smasher, as well as his ability to use multiple characters, Azen's longest-lasting contribution to the community is the use of his gamertag in the farcical term "Azendash".

The Azendash.

In a match against Captain Jack, Azen (as Marth) held a slight advantage over Captain Jack (as Sheik); both had three stock, but Jack had in excess of 100% damage, while Azen had less than 40% damage. In an attempt to immediately backtrack onto the ledge in response to being thrown off the stage, Azen recovered with Dolphin Slash, then immediately tried to wavedash back onto the ledge, in what could be considered a relatively basic manuver. Azen, however, botched the manuver and ended up airdodging down and away from the ledge, causing him to self-destruct. Following this error, Azen ended up losing to Jack by two stocks. The match was of particular note because of how it was the last match of a set; because of his error, Azen was seen as having blown his only chance at advancing in the tournament.

As a result of Azen's critical error, the act of airdodging off an edge in an attempt to edgehog came to be referred to as an Azendash, as an amalgamation of Azen's tag and the wavedash.

Notable tournament placings[edit]


Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Tournament Go 5 August 2nd-3rd, 2003 4th
Game Over January 10th, 2004 2nd 2nd Anden
Tournament Go 6 August 21st-22nd, 2004 1st
MLG New York 2004 October 24th, 2004 4th 2nd Wes
Gettin' Schooled 2 June 25th-26th, 2005 3rd 5th Wes
MELEE-FC3 July 10th-12th, 2005 9th 7th Caveman
BOMB 4 November 12th, 2005 2nd
MLG Atlanta 2005 November 26th-27th, 2005 2nd 3rd Oro
MELEE-FC6 July 13th-15th, 2006 2nd Chillin
MLG Chicago 2006 July 21st-23rd, 2006 4th 1st Chillin
MLG Orlando 2006 August 25th-27th, 2006 1st 2nd Chillin
MLG New York Playoffs 2006 October 13th-15th, 2006 1st 1st Chillin
MLG Las Vegas 2006 November 17th-19th, 2006 5th 5th Chillin
EGL DC January 20th, 2007 1st 4th Kaiser GL
C3 Smash Battle February 3rd, 2007 2nd 1st ChuDat
C3 August Adios August 18th, 2007 2nd 4th Anden
C3 Smash Attack September 22nd, 2007 2nd 1st ChuDat
Super Champ Combo September 29th-30th, 2007 9th 1st Chillin
C3 A Tournament In October October 20th, 2007 5th 1st ChuDat
Viva La Smashtaclysm November 10th-11th, 2007 1st 1st Chillin
Pound 3 February 2nd-3rd, 2008 7th 1st Mew2King
Revival of Melee March 7th-8th, 2009 7th 7th ChuDat
Zenith 2011 May 28th-29th, 2011 9th 5th Chillin
Pound V February 19th-21st, 2011 9th Chillin
Revival of Melee 4 November 19th-20th, 2011 7th 7th Chillin
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 49th 13th Tope
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 6/3 June 3rd, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 8/19 August 19th, 2014 5th
Smash @ Clarendon 8/29/14 August 29th, 2014 5th
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 9/2 September 2nd, 2014 7th


Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Critical Hit 3 July 5th, 2008 2nd 1st Chillin
Critical Hit 4 September 6th, 2008 1st 1st Mew2King
Cataclysm 4 January 9th-11th, 2009 2nd 1st Mew2King
Clash of the Titans IV February 7th-8th, 2009 17th 4th ChuDat
C3 August Assault August 15th, 2009 1st 1st ChuDat

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Xanadu Smash 4 Invitational November 6th, 2014 13th

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