Smasher:Mew2King

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Mew2King "M2K"
Mew2King
Brawl main Meta Knight
Other Brawl
characters
King Dedede, Falco
Melee mains Sheik, Marth, Fox
Other Melee
characters
Peach, Jigglypuff, Mewtwo, Roy
Smash 64 main Kirby
Project M mains Fox, Mewtwo, Marth, Sheik
Other Project M
characters
Falco, Bowser, Mario, Roy
Crew(s) CLASH Tournaments, Empire Arcadia
Former crews vVv Gaming
Skill Smash 64: Professional
Melee: Top professional
Brawl: Top professional
Project M: Top professional
Additional info
Real name Jason Zimmerman
Birth date February 5, 1989(1989-02-05) (age 25)
Location Cinnaminson, New Jersey United States

Mew2King, commonly known as M2K, is an American smasher hailing from New Jersey, who started playing competitively and attending tournaments in 2006 for Melee and 2008 for Brawl. He has worked up a reputation of being one of the best Melee and Brawl players in the world due to his great chaingrabbing, camping, and comboing skills, as well as his extremely technical and intelligent play style, earning him the nickname The Robot. He is widely considered to be the best Melee Sheik and Marth and also one of the best Brawl Meta Knight players in the world. Mew2King was also considered one of the best King Dedede players when he played him shortly after Brawl's release (whom he still uses along with Falco in MK-banned tournaments). He was ranked 3rd on both the discontinued Smash Panel Power Rankings and SSBPD, was ranked 1st on the discontinued North Atlantic Regional Power Rankings, and is currently ranked 1st and 2nd on the Tristate Melee and Brawl Power Rankings, respectively. He is also ranked 15th on the unfinished Smash 64 ELO Rating, and was voted 3rd best player in 2013 by panelists on the 2013 SSBM Player Rankings.

Mew2King was a major threat in Melee's tournament in the years before Brawl's release, consistently placing in the money at nationals. In the first few years of Brawl's lifespan, Mew2King dominated the national scene, rarely losing sets in tournaments, and remains one of the best players in both Melee and Brawl to date. During late 2013, after years of not winning a major Melee tournament, Mew2King went on a winning streak where he won almost every singles event he entered. This is commonly referred to as "The Return of the King".

Mew2King made many important discoveries about Melee on his own by testing several aspects of the game. This includes character weight, falling speed, attack knockback, priority, game physics, and so on. He stores this information here as a repository for Melee statistics, which, to this day, many casual and professional Smashers refer to alike for more information about their character's data and inner working.

Notable tournament placings[edit]

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Smash 64[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Smashacre Gluttony August 10, 2013 2nd 3rd Vex Kasrani
D.D.O.S. September 17, 2013 1st
WHOBO 5 October 19-20, 2013 1st
Smashacre Frostbite December 7-8, 2013 1st
Lovely Sunday @ Xanadu Games February 9, 2014 1st
Polybash XIII March 1-2, 2014 3rd 1st (Split) Fireblaster
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 1 March 23, 2014 2nd

Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
MLG Chicago July 21-22, 2006 3rd 3rd KoreanDJ
OC2 Zero Challenge August 15-17, 2006 4th 3rd KoreanDJ
MLG Orlando August 25-26, 2006 5th 3rd Vidjo
MLG New York October 13-14, 2006 5th 2nd The King
MLG Vegas November 18, 2006 4th 3rd The King
Cataclysm 3 March 3-4, 2007 1st 1st Isai
*Pound* 2 June 16-17, 2007 2nd 1st PC Chris
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12-14, 2007 1st 5th Isai
OC3 Zero Challenge July 20-22, 2007 2nd 4th Chu Dat
EVO World August 24-26, 2007 9th
Super Champ Combo September 29, 2007 1st 4th HugS
*Pound* 3 February 2-3, 2008 2nd 1st Azen
FAST 1 July 17–20, 2008 1st 1st Cort
Revival of Melee March 7–8, 2009 2nd 2nd Jman
Apex 2009 May 9-10, 2009 2nd 1st Jman
GENESIS July 10-12, 2009 5th 1st Jman
Pound 4 January 16–18, 2010 5th 49th Jman
Apex 2010 August 6-8, 2010 3rd 2nd Jman
Revival of Melee 3 November 20-21, 2010 2nd 5th Darc
Winter Game Fest VI January 22-24, 2011 5th 1st Dr. PeePee
Pound V February 19-21, 2011 5th 1st Armada
Zenith May 28-29, 2011 2nd 3rd Hax
GENESIS 2 July 15-17, 2011 5th 2nd Dr. PeePee
Sudden Death IV November 5, 2011 1st 1st Cactuar
Revival of Melee 4 November 19-20, 2011 3rd 1st Kage
Apex 2012 January 6-8, 2012 17th 1st Armada
IMPULSE June 30-July 1, 2012 4th 5th Toph
Zenith 2012 May 26-27, 2012 2nd 1st Jman
Revival of Melee 5 November 17-18, 2012 1st 1st Chillindude829
United 1 January 6, 2013 1st 1st Level 9 Luigi
Apex 2013 January 11-13, 2013 3rd 1st Armada
Zenith 2013 June 1–2, 2013 3rd 1st Hax
EVO 2013 July 12-14, 2013 5th 1st Hungrybox
The Fall Classic September 14-15 2nd 2nd The Moon
The Big House 3 October 12-13, 2013 1st 1st Hungrybox
Youmacon 2013 November 1-3, 2013 1st 1st Nakat
Pound V.5 November 9, 2013 1st 1st Mango
Smash Brothers University 2.0 November 10, 2013 1st 1st G$
Revival of Melee 6 November 16-17, 2013 1st 1st Hungrybox
Fight Pitt III November 23, 2013 1st 1st VaNz
Smashacre Frostbite December 7-8, 2013 1st 1st Hax
Kings of Cali 3 December 14-15, 2013 1st 1st Lucky
FORTE December 21-22, 2013 1st 1st DoH
KTAR 8 December 28, 2013 1st 1st PB&J
Smash Factor 2 January 3-5, 2014 1st
McSmashter 3 January 11-12, 2014 1st 2nd Weon-X
Apex 2014 January 17-19, 2014 2nd 1st Hax
Kumite in Tennessee 2014 January 24-26, 2014 1st 1st Flow
L@DU 2 February 1, 2014 1st 1st UltimaScout
S.L.Y.M.I. 3 February 8, 2014 1st 1st Velocity
Lovely Sunday @ Xanadu Games February 9, 2014 1st
Juice Monthly Circuit Melee Event #1 February 15, 2014 1st 1st DJ Nintendo
Smash Mode Sundays # 2 February 16, 2014 1st 1st Hax
Shuffle V February 22-23, 2014 1st 1st Hungrybox
Polybash XIII March 1-2, 2014 1st 1st Vwins
Game Over 3/4 March 4, 2014 1st
Smashing Grounds 3 March 6, 2014 1st
Revival of Melee 7 March 8-9, 2014 2nd 1st Hax
Collision 9 March 15, 2014 1st 1st ZeRo
Smash Mode Sundays 5 March 16, 2014 1st 1st ZeRo
Game Over 3/18 March 18, 2014 1st
Smashing Grounds 5 March 20, 2014 1st
The Break Smash Weekly #11 March 21, 2014 1st
KTAR 9 March 22, 2014 1st 1st ZeRo
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 1 March 23, 2014 1st
EXPosure 8 March 29, 2014 1st 2nd Oro?!
Oklahoma Invitational April 5, 2014 1st 1st Strong Bad
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12-13, 2014 1st 2nd PB&J
Fight Pitt IV April 19, 2014 2nd 1st Mango

Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
X.E.S.T.I.C.L.E. April 19, 2008 2nd 2nd Velocity
Critical Hit 3 July 5, 2008 1st 2nd Velocity
Florida's Awesome Summer Tournament July 17-20, 2008 1st 1st Cort
Viridian City January 31st, 2009 1st 5th Bum
Clash of the Titans IV February 7-8, 2009 1st 1st Lee Martin
G.I.M.P.E.D. 1 February 21, 2009 1st 1st NinjaLink
WHOBO April 10-12, 2009 1st 1st Inui
Apex 2009 May 9-10, 2009 2nd 1st Ally
SCSA West Coast Circuit #4 May 30, 2009 1st 1st Fiction
TourneyPlay #2 June 6-7, 2009 3rd 1st Fiction
Smash In Nevada June 13-14, 2009 1st 1st DieSuperFly
GENESIS July 10-12, 2009 2nd 1st Fiction
EVO 2009 July 17-19, 2009 1st 1st Ally
No Maps! August 8, 2009 1st 1st Inui
S.N.E.S. August 21-23, 2009 3rd 1st Ally
Active Gamers September 26-27, 2009 1st 1st Tyrant
TourneyPlay #3 October 16-18, 2009 1st 3rd Havok
Viridian City #6 October 24, 2009 2nd 2nd Tyrant
Pound 4 January 16-18, 2010 2nd 1st Ally
TourneyPlay #4 February 12-14, 2010 1st 1st DEHF
Viridian City #7 February 27th, 2010 3rd 1st Ally
WHOBO 2 April 2-4, 2010 2nd 1st Ally
MLG Orlando 2010 April 16-18, 2010 1st 1st Ally
TourneyPlay #5 May 8-9, 2010 1st 1st Fiction
MLG Columbus 2010 June 4-6, 2010 1st 1st Ally
Apex 2010 August 6-8, 2010 3rd 1st Lee Martin
MLG Raleigh 2010 August 27-29, 2010 1st 1st Ally
MLG DC 2010 October 15-17, 2010 3rd 2nd Ally
Adventures of the Prima Vista December 10-11, 2010 1st 1st Inui
KTAR 4 January 15, 2011 1st 2nd Inui
Winter Game Fest VI January 22-23, 2011 1st 1st Lee Martin
Pound V February 19-21, 2011 9th 1st Anti
KTAR 5 May 21, 2011 4th 2nd Lie
Clash of the Titans 5 June 25-26, 2011 2nd 2nd ADHD
GENESIS 2 July 15-17th, 2011 1st 1st Ally
KTAR 6 August 14, 2011 5th 1st Anti
Apex 2012 January 6-8, 2012 13th 2nd Anti
SKTAR July 14-15, 2012 9th 1st Trela
Sun Rise Tournament August 10-12, 2012 7th 17th Vinnie
XSmash December 22, 2012 2nd 2nd Fatal
Apex 2013 January 11-13, 2013 2nd 2nd Ally
Smash Factor 2013 (Mexico) July 19-21, 2013 1st 1st Wonf
WHOBO 5 (MK-banned) October 19-20, 2013 17th 4th Mekos
Youmacon 2013 November 1-3, 2013 1st 3rd RJ
Fight Pitt III November 23, 2013 1st N/A N/A
Smashacre Frostbite December 7-8, 2013 1st N/A N/A
KTAR 8 December 28, 2013 1st 5th Shaky
Smash Factor 2 January 3-5, 2014 2nd 1st ZeRo
Apex 2014 January 17-19, 2014 4th 7th Lee Martin
Lovely Sunday @ Xanadu Games February 9, 2014 1st
Shuffle V February 22-23, 2014 3rd 2nd MJG
Polybash XIII March 1-2, 2014 1st 2nd Chibo
Collision 9 March 15, 2014 3rd 1st Nairo
KTAR 9 March 22, 2014 2nd 5th Inui
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 1 March 23, 2014 1st
Oklahoma Invitational April 5, 2014 1st
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12-13, 2014 2nd

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Winter Brawl 7 February 23-24, 2013 1st
Zenith 2013 June 1-2, 2013 5th
The Big House 3 October 12-13, 2013 4th 1st Hungrybox
The Break Smash Weekly #03 November 8, 2013 1st
Pound V.5 November 9, 2013 1st
Smash Brothers University 2.0 November 10, 2013 1st 1st Rolex
Fight Pitt III November 23, 2013 1st
Smashacre Frostbite December 7-8, 2013 1st 1st Chibo
FORTE December 21-22, 2013 1st 1st Sethlon
KTAR 8 December 28, 2013 1st
McSmashter 3 January 11-12, 2014 1st
Apex 2014 January 17-19, 2014 2nd
Kumite in Tennessee 2014 January 24-26, 2014 1st 1st PB&J
L@DU 2 February 1, 2014 1st
S.L.Y.M.I. 3 February 8, 2014 1st 1st Velocity
Lovely Sunday @ Xanadu Games February 9, 2014 1st
Juice Monthly Circuit Melee Event #1 February 15, 2014 1st
Shuffle V February 22-23, 2014 1st 2nd Strong Bad
Polybash XIII March 1-2, 2014 1st 1st Ally
Smashing Grounds 3 March 6, 2014 1st
Collision 9 March 15, 2014 1st
Smashing Grounds 5 March 20, 2014 1st
KTAR 9 March 22, 2014 1st 1st Rolex
Super Smash Sundays East Coast # 1 March 23, 2014 1st
EXPosure 8 March 29, 2014 1st 1st Rat
Oklahoma Invitational April 5, 2014 1st 1st Denti
Smash @ Pew! Pew! 4/7/14 April 7, 2014 1st
Smash Brothers University 2.5 April 12-13, 2014 1st 1st Rolex

Controversies[edit]

Intentional forfeiting, match-throwing, and splitting[edit]

While Mew2King is one of the best players in both Melee and Brawl, he has deliberately forfeited, thrown tournament matches, and split tournament winnings with his opponents on multiple occasions in the past. To attempt to justify these actions in the face of his detractors, who claim that he only plays Smash for financial gain and little else, he often claimed that he was either fatigued, losing interest in the game that day, or prioritizing being a "nice person" over sportsmanship, which many claim he thinks is more important than the integrity of a tournament.

Many instances have been recorded of Mew2King splitting or throwing matches. At MLG D.C. 2010, after losing to Diddy Kong main ADHD in loser's finals, he accepted a $300 compensation from ADHD[1], which, to this day, he has not received. When MLG found out about this split, they banned both of the players from the 2010 MLG finals under the grounds of "forfeiting or conspiring to manipulate Rankings or Brackets." This event is frequently cited by observers to be one of the most probable reasons why Brawl was dropped from the MLG bracket in the next season. In May of 2011, Mew2King, ADHD, and Anti all received yellow cards under the Unity infraction system for bracket manipulation. This was in response to a situation at KTAR 5, where Mew2King had forfeited to Meta Knight professional Anti in Winners' Semis, defeated Olimar player Dabuz in Losers' Quarters, and then forfeited to ADHD in Losers' Semis, with all of them agreeing to split their winnings afterwards. This messed up the bracket for many players who were actually trying their best. It didn't end here, however: two months later, Mew2King received another infraction- this time a red card- under the Unity infraction system for "intentional under-performance" against Sade, a female smasher, by choosing Ganondorf and allowing himself to lose in pools at GENESIS 2 after dominating his pool with his usual Meta Knight. After receiving these infractions, Mew2King did not cause any more major controversies during tournaments for a while, but he was still carefully watched in case he would exhibit poor behavior later on.

Revival of Melee 5 controversy[edit]

After a decent length of time without major controversy, Mew2King caused a significant stir-up at Revival of Melee 5. Assuming that Dave's modified stupid rule was in effect, as it was with most other tournaments during that year, he counterpicked Final Destination (a stage he had already won on) for his game 5 against Unknown522 in Winners' Semis, which Unknown agreed to with skepticism. Once M2K won the match, Unknown went to the TO with what happened, and the TO ruled that game 5 was to be replayed - Unknown proceeded to win the replay. During the next match, it was reported on the tournament stream that Mew2King had forfeited from the tournament. After convincing from Hax, Mew2King did show up after a slight delay and played, though with an unusual amount of "button checks" and an extremely pessimistic attitude overall, which delayed the tournament and alienated most of the audience. During the following match in which KirbyKaze threw Winners' Finals halfway through the first game (presumably to give Unknown another fair chance against Mew2King that he was deprived of after the ruling), it was reported that M2K and Unknown had publicly agreed to split, with the two offering KirbyKaze monetary compensation later for the trouble; this only served to drag him into the already-heated situation, and people started blaming KirbyKaze for what happened during the tournament even though he had no role in it. The situation wrapped itself up near the end of the tournament, but the negativity exploded to a climax during Grand Finals, in which Unknown played with a clear losing effort. One of the main points of controversy regarding this situation is whether Mew2King was deliberately trying to cheat and reach Winner's Finals or whether he was legitimately mistaken over the rule, and many consider it to be mostly the TO's fault for forcing the players to replay the match and partly Unknown's fault for not checking the rule until after the game.

Perceived public image[edit]

Despite being considered one of the best players at Melee and Brawl, as well as having considerable knowledge about their inner workings, criticism has been leveled against Mew2King's supposed character and personality. Although this behavior has recently died down, Mew2King is known for making large amounts of excuses for why he loses tournament matches, especially ones in Melee, where only a few crucial errors are all it takes to cause a player to lose hundreds of dollars. He often claims that he could have won a certain tournament set, but became too nervous and made mistakes that cost him the match, and claims to suffer from a mental block against players who have had a history of defeating him in tournament, such as Armada and Hungrybox. Many of his fans are repeatedly disappointed by his poor mistakes in tournament matches, then become frustrated when he makes excessive excuses for losing. Mew2King had also threatened that he would quit Smash on multiple occasions, usually after losing an important tournament, which furthers his critics' arguments that he only cares about making money from the game.

In addition to claims that he had "tarnished" the competitive community of Brawl with his infamous bracket splitting and match throwing controversies, players have also claimed that Mew2King acts too immature both inside and outside of the community, and that he does not seriously consider his actions, only further harming the public image of Brawl players. In addition to several unverified claims about his unacceptable conduct at the residences of various Smashers, Mew2King's publicized trip to Japan proved to be a disaster. Mew2King poorly prepared for the trip, only bringing with him $200 in the hopes that he would win considerable money from money matches (which are illegal in Japan), as well as failing to bring any sort of plan to the country or learning about the culture or language.[2] Shortly after spending all his money less than a day in Japan and supposedly losing his cell phone, he later vomited on the futon of professional Japanese smasher Nietono, who had previously arrived at the United States in order to play at Apex 2012.[3]

Despite these allegations, some have come to Mew2King's defense. It is widely known that Mew2King suffers from an autism-spectrum disorder called Asperger's Syndrome, which causes the sufferer to have stunted social growth and adaptation (in addition to the technical obsessiveness that is exemplified by his Melee knowledge and testing). As a result of having the disorder, some claim that Mew2King's actions should not always be harshly criticized as he may not have the mental capacity to immediately adapt to certain social situations, or the social awareness and context to identify his actions as inappropriate or inconsiderate. Though the disorder has enough variance that such blanket statements cannot necessarily be assumed, his aforementioned behavior is highly characteristic of Asperger's. Others also claim that constantly criticizing Mew2King is itself causing the tarnishing of the Brawl community, with the claim that ganging up on Mew2King is itself not acceptable(citation needed).

In spite of these prior controversies, his character has been maturing over time. After being sponsored by CLASH Tournaments, his attitude towards tournaments, with his play and performance, has increased dramatically. Most recently observed were his top 3 placements in all four non-SSB64 Smash events at Apex 2013; additionally, despite his 2nd place finish in Brawl under an opponent he would have usually beaten, his response was very positive and optimistic, and said that he learned to never give up. Many players cite to have a new-found faith or respect for him after air time on CLASH Tournament's stream of Collision VI on January 5th, where he commentated two exhibition sets at the end of the tournament with fellow caster Keitaro.

Trivia[edit]

  • Mew2King was initially an outspoken critic of Brawl, claiming that it lacked many of the elements present in Melee[4], although he later transitioned into being a top professional Brawl player.
  • This does not mean that he enjoys Brawl as much as Melee, however; he has recently said that he finds the game extremely boring and dominated by cheap tactics instead of actual skill, frequently citing the Ice Climbers' infinite chain grab as an example, and even going as far as to say the Ice Climbers ruin the game. On The Big House 3's livestream, he stated that he was thinking about quitting Brawl in favor of continuing Melee as well as pursuing the goal of being the best Smash 4 player.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://allisbrawl.com/blogpost.aspx?id=90642
  2. http://allisbrawl.com/blogpost.aspx?id=141602
  3. http://allisbrawl.com/blogpost.aspx?id=141587
  4. M2K has played Brawl - Super Smash Bros. Melee Message Board for GameCube - GameFAQs