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El Chocolate Diablo

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Isai (left) and Ken (right)

El Chocolate Diablo was the name of a Ken and Isai's successful doubles team in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The team was Ken Hoang, a Marth main who was considered to be the best Melee player in the world from 2003 to 2006, and Isai Alvarado, a Captain Falcon main who was once considered the best Falcon player as well as one of the best Melee players in the world. Ken usually played Marth, while Isai would play either Captain Falcon or Sheik.

Starting with Tournament Go 5 in August 2003, the team won an incredibly large amount of doubles tournaments, including a large variety of MLG events from 2005 to 2006, earning a lot of money in the process as well. The team had a very low amount of losses, suffering their first one in 2006 to the team of Taj and Forward at a Champ Combo tournament in the first set of grand finals, although they still ended up taking the second set. The team also lost to the team of PC Chris and Wes in winners' finals at MLG New York Opener 2006, though they still won both sets of grand finals to win the tournament. Zero Challenge 2 was one of the few majors in which Ken and Isai did not team with each other. Isai partnered with Captain Jack and got 1st, while Ken played with Rob$ and finished 7th.

As time passed however, El Chocolate Diablo's dominance was lost. The team failed to win a tournament for the first time at MLG Chicago 2006, losing to Mew2King and KoreanDJ in winners' semis and Azen and Chillin in grand finals. They also lost to Mango and Lucky as well as SilentSpectre and Tang at Super Champ Combo in 2007. The team became inactive soon after, with both Ken and Isai choosing to retire from competitive Melee in late 2007. Ken became active in Melee again around 2014 and Isai still plays Smash 64.

By the end of their career El Chocolate Diablo had won 25 out of the 28 tournaments they entered.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date Placement
Tournament Go 5 August 2nd-3rd, 2003 1st
Game Over January 10th, 2004 1st
Zero Challenge 1 January 17th-18th, 2004 1st
MLG Chicago 2004 June 19th-20th, 2004 1st
MELEE-FC1 July 9th-10th, 2004 1st
Tournament Go 6 August 21st-22nd, 2004 1st
MLG Los Angeles 2004 September 25th-26th, 2004 1st
MLG New York 2004 October 24th, 2004 1st
MOAST 3 January 16th, 2005 1st
MLG DC 2005 January 29th-30th, 2005 1st
MLG San Francisco 2005 February 26th-27th, 2005 1st
Gettin' Schooled 2 June 25th-26th, 2005 1st
MELEE-FC3 July 10th-12th, 2005 1st
MLG Los Angeles 2005 October 14th-16th, 2005 1st
MLG Atlanta 2005 November 25th-27th, 2005 1st
MLG New York 2005 February 24th-26th, 2006 1st
Champ Combo: Yayuhzzz Edition March 25th, 2006 1st
Champ Combo: NorCal Edition April 8th, 2006 1st
MLG New York Opener 2006 April 21st-23rd, 2006 1st
MLG Dallas 2006 May 19th-21st, 2006 1st
MLG Anaheim 2006 June 23rd-25th, 2006 1st
MLG Chicago 2006 July 21st-23rd, 2006 2nd
MLG Orlando 2006 August 25th-27th, 2006 1st
MLG New York Playoffs 2006 October 13th-15th, 2006 3rd
NCT2: The Big One October 28th, 2006 1st
MLG Las Vegas 2006 November 17th-19th, 2006 1st
Super Smash Royale III April 28th, 2007 1st
Super Champ Combo September 29th-30th, 2007 7th

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