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Crush "Kimba"
Character info
Melee main Fox
Other Melee character Falco
Personal and other info
Real name Jack Hoyt
Birth date (age 26)
Location Massachusetts United States

Crush is a semi-retired SSBM Fox player from Massachusetts, and is still considered the best player in New England. Crush was previously ranked 1st on the Massachusetts Power Rankings, 1st on the New England Melee Power Rankings, and 17th on the 2018 MPGR. He has wins over top players such as Plup, aMSa, Zain, SFAT, S2J, Lucky, HugS, Swedish Delight, PewPewU, and Westballz.

Crush quietly went on an unannounced hiatus from Melee in 2018, attending his last event of the year on June 5th, 2018; he had also registered for CEO 2018, but did not attend. Around this time, on June 28th, 2018, he deleted his Twitter account without any prior notice, cutting off most communication with the Melee community. Crush gave no indication as to why he left the scene, but it is speculated that he wanted to focus on college, or that he had achieved his goals within Melee.

Over a year after his hiatus began, in June of 2019, Crush entered two tournaments, a Boston weekly under the tag "Bagheera" on June 11th, and another larger tournament in New Hampshire under the tag "Kimba" on June 15th. He won both events (the latter of which had Hax, 2saint, and Slox in attendance) but he has not entered any tournaments since, and Crush never reactivated his Twitter account.

Playing style[edit]

  • Crush is a highly savvy and technical Fox-user, distinguished by his "footsies"-based approach to the neutral game, to the degree that his gameplay resembles that of more traditional fighting games. After jumping, Crush tends to be very choosy about where he lands, typically drifting far enough away from the opponent to make his drills, back-airs and nairs safe. When he approaches, he is calculated, typically going for wavedash forward down-tilts or running shines (relatively safe options with a good reward); he is quick to pick up the cadence of his opponent to justify going for riskier options like SHFFL'd aerials and dash attacks. He is very good at finding precise grabs on whiffs and at using spotdodge judiciously to stay safe from being grabbed himself. Crush's dash dance and out-of-shield game are overlooked aspects of his repertoire, as he is more than capable of waveshining out-of-shield and also utilizing his dash back to stay clear of his adversary's threat ranges.
  • The core suite of Crush's skills give him a natural resilience to the more common options that are typically seen in the current meta: that is to say, Crush's move choice and aerial drift allow him to consistently circumvent any would-be crouch cancel retaliation; they also put him at distances where he is essentially always safe from the opponent's out-of-shield options (e.g., shield grab or nair out-of-shield).

The most recognizable traits that Crush is known for:

  • Laser lands for quicker platform movement.
  • Empty land up-tilts (and down-tilts).
  • Clean intangible ledgedashes.
  • Jab cancels into turn-around up-tilts.
  • Waveshining out-of-shield.
  • Shield-drop or short hop drilling onto the opponent's shield, but drifting so as to land outside of shield-grab range.
  • Wavelanding back to distort cadence and spacing.
  • Picking good times to spotdodge, often finding correct moments to use it to circumvent shine-grabs and float-cancelled aerial-to-grab strings.
  • Occasionally going for side-b out of shield to escape the corner.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Revival of Melee 4 November 19th-20th, 2011 49th
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 129th
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 129th 49th Ryobeat
EVO 2013 July 12th-14th, 2013 79th
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 97th
Northeastern Smash Attack 2 March 29th, 2014 17th
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20th-22nd, 2014 77th
EVO 2014 June 11th-13th, 2014 129th
BUST November 22nd, 2014 7th
Super Nebulous 2 January 24th, 2015 13th
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 113th
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 49th
Super Smash Con 2016 August 6th-9th, 2015 25th 13th $mike
Super Nebulous 4 March 27th, 2016 7th
Pound 2016 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 25th 17th Swiftbass
Mass Madness 8 April 16th, 2016 1st
DreamHack Austin 2016 May 6th-8th, 2016 13th
New England Invitational June 4th-5th, 2016 1st 5th S2B
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 25th 17th $mike
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 49th
Emerald City 4 July 23rd, 2016 2nd 2nd Rustin
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 25th 13th $mike
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 25th 5th Slox
GUTS 4 November 11th-13th, 2016 1st 1st Slox
Don't Park on the Grass December 17th-18th, 2016 33rd 9th dizzkidboogie
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 17th 33rd satdaddy
B.E.A.S.T 7 February 17th-19th, 2017 9th 9th HomeMadeWaffles
TGL Monthly 14 March 11th, 2017 1st 1st Blea Gelo
Bean Town Lean House 1 April 8th, 2017 2nd 1st Slox
Flatiron 2 April 22nd, 2017 9th 2nd Gahtzu
DreamHack Austin 2017 April 28th-30th, 2017 13th 5th MacD
Function(2) May 6th, 2017 2nd 1st Slox
Royal Flush May 12th-14th, 2017 9th 7th Slox
Battle of BC 2 June 3rd-4th, 2017 9th 3rd Bladewise
GENESIS: RED July 9th, 2017 5th
EVO 2017 July 14th-15th, 2017 25th
DreamHack Atlanta 2017 July 21st-23rd, 2017 9th 7th ZoSo
Get On My Level 2017 July 28th-30th, 2017 13th 9th Hax
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 17th 5th Colbol
Shine 2017 August 25th-27th, 2017 65th 5th MacD
Emerald City V September 9th, 2017 1st 1st Captain Smuckers
GameTyrant Expo 2017 September 29th-October 1st, 2017 25th 5th MacD
The Big House 7 October 6th-8th, 2017 9th 7th MacD
Too Hot to Handle October 28th-29th, 2017 2nd 1st Plup
Smash Summit 5 November 2nd-5th, 2017 9th 7th Hax
Melee at the MADE #51 November 17th, 2017 1st
Pat's House 3 December 2nd-3rd, 2017 4th 2nd KJH
The Holiday Bash Smash Invitational December 15th-17th, 2017 1st 7th KJH
GENESIS 5 January 19th-21st, 2018 9th 17th KJH
The Gang Hosts a Melee Tournament February 3rd, 2018 3rd
Nebulous Melee 115 February 24th, 2018 1st
MMOM bi-monthly #11 March 3rd, 2018 1st 1st Slox
New Game Plus Ultra 22 March 6th, 2018 1st
EGLX 2018 March 9th-11th, 2018 7th 5th Swedish Delight
Full Bloom 4 March 24th-25th, 2018 17th 4th Ryan Ford
GEMINI April 14th, 2018 1st 5th JFlex
The Scarlet Classic IV April 15th-16th, 2018 1st 1st AbsentPage
Flatiron 3 April 21st, 2018 4th
Get On My Level 2018 May 18th-20th, 2018 9th
New Game Plus Ultra 33 May 29th, 2018 1st
New Game Plus Ultra 34 June 5th, 2018 1st
New Game Plus Revolution 21 June 11th, 2019 1st
Cold Hard Smash 6 June 15th, 2019 1st


  • Crush has used many different in-game tags throughout his career, these include:
    • FSBR - An acronym for "Fashion Sense Back Room" which was a New England crew containing players such as; Crush, Tommy and $mike.
    • JACK - Crush's first name.
    • BTSM - Likely a portmanteau of "BDSM" (sexual preference/activities) and "TSM" (professional esports organization).
    • F$BR - Fashion Sense Back Room but with a dollar sign instead of the "S". Interestingly, Crush seems to have only used this tag once in a set against Leffen.
    • F - Possibly a reference to the "Press F to Pay Respects" meme.
    • MOTB - Could be a reference to "Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer", a role-playing video game released in 2007.
    • HBT - It is unknown what this tag is referencing but it is one of Crush's more common tags.
    • 808S - Likely a reference to the album 808s and Heartbreak by Kanye West. Could also refer to the Roland TR-808, a drum machine used commonly in modern rap, hip hop and electronic music.
    • ALCS - Potentially a reference to the American League Championship Series, a Major League Baseball Tournament Series.
    • 10AM - Could be a reference to what time it was during the set since this tag was seemingly only used once during Round 2 Pools.
    • BTG - May be a reference to Bitcoin Gold, a cryptocurrency that stems from the more popular Bitcoin.
    • KSG - Possibly a reference to the album “Kids See Ghosts” by rappers Kanye West and Kid Cudi
    • YRH - Potentially from the song "YRH" by Migos, a popular American hip-hop trio where YRH is an acronym for "young rich homies".
    • NFP - Probably Crush's most common tag, could be an acronym for "no flash photography".
    • NNOD - Meaning unknown.
    • YCR - Meaning unknown.
    • 1999 - Might be a refererence to the album "1999" by rapper Joey Bada$$.
    • W.E - Potentially an acronym for "whatever" (the "." to differentiate it from saying "we" instead).
    • AKON - A reference to the popular singer/rapper Akon.
    • GL BRO - An acronym for "good luck bro".
    • C02 - The chemical formula for carbon dioxide.
    • INFP - One of the 16 personality types included in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a self-report personality test. This could also be a reference to one of Crush's more common tags "NFP".
    • PODE - An acronym for "Potentiometer Oddity Degradation Effect" which, in short, allows GameCube Controllers to have 1 frame dash back and no snapback.
    • HBD - An acronym for "Happy Birthday" that Crush used in grand finals of Cold Hard Smash 6 on his birthday. There's a possibility that this could also be referencing Crush's "HBT" tag but this is likely just a coincidence.
    • LUGE - An abbreviation of Crush's old username, Lugedude045. [1]
    • LD45 - Another abbreviation of Lugedude045. [2]