Smasher:Salem

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Salem
Salem
SSB4 main Bayonetta
Other SSB4
characters
Samus, Lucina, Greninja, Zero Suit Samus, Marth, Villager, Sheik, Robin, Ryu
Brawl main Zero Suit Samus
Other Brawl
characters
Snake, Marth
Project M main Zelda
Other Project M
character
Zero Suit Samus
Sponsor(s) Most Valuable Gaming
Former sponsor(s) CLASH Tournaments
Skill Super Smash Bros. Brawl Top professional
Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional
PM Icon.png Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. Brawl 2014 SSBBRank: 18th
Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings v3: 11th (X-Factor: -12)
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Brawl ~$3,749.00
Super Smash Bros. 4 ~$14,298.63
Additional info
Real name Saleem Akiel Young
Birth date (age 23)
Location Florida United States

Salem is an SSB4 Bayonetta player with a strong Samus secondary from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who is currently residing in Orlando, Florida, and is widely considered the best Bayonetta player in the world. Salem is currently ranked 2nd on the Central Florida Smash 4 Power Rankings and 11th on the Panda Global Rankings v3, and was formerly ranked 3rd on the New Jersey Power Rankings. He has taken sets off of top players such as ZeRo, MkLeo, Nairo, Ally, Larry Lurr, komorikiri, Mr.R, and Abadango. Due to a current winning streak in regionals and prestigious tournaments, Salem is considered to be one of the best Smash 4 players in the world.

His static partner in doubles is Ryuga and they are considered to be one of the best doubles teams in the world. The two have achieved strong results together such as 3rd at Ugc Smash Open, and 2nd at both Frostbite 2017 and DreamHack Atlanta 2017. They have taken sets off of teams such as ZeRo and Nairo, VoiD and Nakat, and Abadango and Kameme.

In SSBB, Salem is a Zero Suit Samus player, and was widely considered the best Zero Suit Samus player in the world during the game's active lifespan, and is currently considered to be one of the two best Zero Suit Samus players in the world along with V115. Salem was ranked 6th on the Tristate Power Rankings and 18th on the 2014 SSBBRank.

He is the first player to double eliminate ZeRo in a set outside of Grand Finals, doing so at Collision XIV. He is also one of two players to double-eliminate ZeRo in more than one tournament, achieving this again in grand finals of EVO 2017.

On October 8th, 2016, Salem was signed by MVG.[1]

Tournament history[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Before playing in the offline scene, he gained fame on the All is Brawl ladder as an incredible Wi-Fi player, dominating the ladder with Zero Suit Samus. He made his offline debut at Concentrate II, placing 5th, where he defeated Nicole, Jbandrew, Will, and Kingtoon. He later attended Apex 2012; while only placing 33rd, he took a set off of Nick Riddle, then considered to be the best Zero Suit Samus player in the USA.

Throughout 2012, Salem continued to enter tournaments and place well, but had yet to enter the public eye until a dominating performance at Apex 2013, where he unexpectedly took the tournament. On his path to victory, he defeated top players such as mikeHAZE, Mr. R, Otori, the Apex 2012 champion, Dojo, Mikeneko, and Mew2King in both Winners' and Grand Finals, the latter of which is considered to be one of the most intense sets witnessed in Brawl tournament play. In Grand Finals, the set went to a last game, last hit situation, before Salem won following an extensive war of attrition. His win stunned the community; not only had he won one of the most prestigious Brawl tournaments at the time with a character not considered top tier, but he had also never won a tournament prior to then.

At Apex 2014, Salem advanced through his pool, defeating Mekos. He then defeated V115, before losing to ESAM in Winners'. He proceeded to defeat Pwii and Koolaid, before losing to ADHD in a close set, placing 9th overall, outplacing Nick Riddle once again.

Project M[edit]

Salem dabbled with Project M, maining Zelda. At Apex 2014 he advanced to bracket, but lost to Eli right away. He then beat Vectorman before falling to Atomsk placing 33rd. At SKTAR 3 he made a long Losers run beating Ringworm, NinjaLink, Wes, Internet Explorer, MVD, Porkchops, and Larry Lurr, before losing to ZeRo to place 13th.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

At the onset of SSB4's release, Salem initially co-mained Sheik and Zero Suit Samus. His first major tournament was Apex 2015, but he drastically underperformed, failing to advance from Pools following being DQed in Winners and losing to falln in Losers Finals of his Pool. Reversing that poor performance later, he placed 9th place at KTAR XII. At EVO 2015 he made it to Top 32 Losers before losing to Tyrant, placing 25th. He'd place decently at smaller tournaments, placing 7th at SKTAR 4, 2nd at KTAR XVII, 9th at Shots Fired 2, and 5th at Do or DI and KTAR XVIII. Upon Bayonetta's release in February 2016, Salem switched to maining her.

Salem would finally have his breakout performance in SSB4 when he won Collision XIV, double-eliminating ZeRo in close sets in Winners Quarters and Losers Semis, Nairo in Losers Finals, and defeating Tweek in Grand Finals. He then attended Smashadelphia II, where he defeated Sinji, Mr.E, and 6WX convincingly to take the tournament. He then traveled to compete at Smash Conference LXVII, dominantly defeating dyr, Fatality, and Mew2King. In Grand Finals Mew2King would reset the bracket, but Salem won the following set.

Before The Big House 6, Salem entered Little Big House 2, where he defeated Darkshad and Shogun to advance into bracket. In bracket, he defeated Kameme, 6WX, Dath, and Abadango in Grand Finals to win the tournament, thought to be a precursor for his performance at The Big House 6. At The Big House 6, he defeated MJG and Rich Brown to advance into Top 32. In Top 32 he fell to Dabuz in Winners. In Losers he defeated Kameme in the run-back before falling to Nairo, placing at a slightly underwhelming 9th.

At Smash Conference LXVIII, Salem fell to Saj in Bayonetta dittos. He then made an extensive Losers run defeating Child, Rideae, LordMix, 8BitMan, Saj in a close rematch, and reset the bracket against Manny to win the tournament. Salem later returned to Michigan where he won Smashfield Weeklies 61, defeating Ryuga before falling to Ally in Winners Finals, defeating Ryuga again in Losers Finals, and defeating Ally in both sets of Grand Finals. Two days later, he attended Rebirth IX, where he defeated smasher1001 and LOE1, before falling to Zinoto in Winners Finals. He then defeated Rayquaza07 in Losers Finals, reset the bracket against Zinoto, but ultimately lost in a close second set, placing 2nd.

Salem would next enter Olympus, where he defeated 6WX to make Top 8. There, Salem defeated Larry Lurr, but then fell to Tweek in Winners Finals. In Losers Finals, Salem defeated Larry Lurr again, then dominantly took both sets of Grand Finals to take 1st. At KTAR XIX, he defeated Gomamugitya to make Top 48. In Top 48, he defeated False before losing to Tweek. In Losers, he defeated Zinoto, WaDi, Samsora, Nairo, and MKLeo before falling to ZeRo in a run-back in Grand Finals. At UGC Smash Open, Salem lost to ESAM, and entered Top 48 Losers. He then defeated Nero and Vinnie, before succumbing to Kameme, finishing at a disappointing 17th. To end the year, Salem entered 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, where he defeated Samsora to advance to Top 48. He was then defeated by Abadango and elimnated by Dabuz, falling at another 17th place.

Beginning 2017, Salem took Smash Conference LXIX, double eliminating Samsora in Winners Finals and Grand Finals. At GENESIS 4, Salem cruised through Winners, defeating 9B, before being upset by Elegant. In Losers, he defeated You3 before being eliminated by ZeRo, placing 25th.

At Frostbite 2017, Salem defeated Chrim Foish 2-0 and Rayquaza07 2-0 to make it out of pools. In bracket he defeated Komorikiri 3-2 and Shuton 3-1 before being upset by Tsu- 1-3 in winnners semis. In the losers bracket he was eliminated by Dabuz 0-3 and finished in 5th place.

At Frame Perfect Series 2, Salem defeated SuperGirlKels 2-0 to make it out of pools winners side. In bracket he was defeated by Ranai 0-3 and sent to losers. In losers he defeated Kome 3-0, Earth 3-1 and ESAM 3-2 before losing to Dabuz 1-3 and finishing in 7th place. One week later at 2GGC: Civil War Salem was upset by Shuton 0-3 in winners Top 96 and sent to losers. In losers he defeated Vinnie 3-0 before losing to Zinoto 0-3 and finishing at a disappointing 25th place.

At KTAR XX, Salem was defeated by Tweek 2-3 in winners quarters and dropped into losers. He then defeated Light 3-1, 6WX 3-0, and Nairo 3-1 in losers before once again falling to Tweek 2-3 and finishing in 4th place.

At CEO Dreamland, Salem defeated Sharpyzard and Wormynugget 2-0 to make it out of pools. In bracket he lost to Marss and ANTi 2-3 finishing in 17th place.

At 2GGC: Nairo Saga, Salem lost in an upset to JK in winners' semis of his pool. Following this, he went on one of the most extended losers runs in Smash 4 history. After beating TLTC 2-0 and Horse 3-1 to make it out of his pool on losers' side, he defeated quiK 3-1, Twi 3-0, Mr. R 3-1, Tweek 3-2, and KEN 3-0 to make it into Top 8 losers' side. Once there, he defeated Elegant 3-1, Ally 3-1 in losers' quarters, Nairo 3-0 in losers' semis, and MKLeo 3-2 in losers' final, before falling to ZeRo in Grand Finals 2-3. In the process of the run, Salem defeated three of the top four seeds of the tournament, and at 2nd place, achieved the highest ever placement of a Bayonetta main at a supernational tournament until EVO 2017 a month later.

At CEO 2017, Salem lost 0-3 to Nairo in winners quarters, but defeated MVD 3-2 in losers to make top 8 and secure a match with MKLeo in losers top 8. Despite being up 2-1 against his opponent's main Cloud, MKLeo counterpicked Corrin against him, and won the next two games using her to defeat Salem 2-3 and eliminate him at 7th place.

The rise[edit]

At EVO 2017, Salem lost to Larry Lurr in winners semis. Following this, he defeated KEN 2-0 in losers quarters, Tweek 2-1 in losers semis, and Larry Lurr 3-1 in losers finals to enter grand finals. Once there, he defeated ZeRo in two sets of grand finals (3-2 each) to win the largest tournament of the year, becoming the first Bayonetta to win a premier tournament. As a result, he is now considered the best Bayonetta player in the world, after briefly losing the title to CaptainZack during the beginning of the year.

At DreamHack Atlanta 2017, Salem won in his pool to make top 64 winners. He then defeated ANTi and Nairo both 3-0 to enter top 8 winners. He lost to Tweek 1-3 in winners semis. In losers, he defeated ANTi again 3-0, Nairo again 3-1 and Tweek 3-1 in a runback. In grand finals, he faced VoiD where he defeated him 3-2 and 3-1 to win his second S-tier tournament (according to the Panda Global Rankings) in a row.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Collision V September 1st, 2012 13th
Smash 'N' Chill Weekly #7 February 28th, 2017 1st

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Concentrate II October 22nd, 2011 5th 2nd ANTi
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 33rd 65th Meekspeedy
Winter Shore Smashing January 14th, 2012 2nd
Clash of the Titans 6 June 2nd, 2012 5th 5th Bizkit
SKTAR July 14th-15th, 2012 17th
Impact IV August 25th, 2012 5th 2nd Chibo
Collision V September 1st, 2012 5th 3rd Chibo
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 1st
Winter Brawl 7 February 23rd-24th, 2013 2nd
Rescue 2 March 2nd, 2013 3rd
Rescue 3 July 27th, 2013 7th 9th Xzax
SKTAR 2 August 3rd-4th, 2013 33rd 7th Vex Kasrani
Smashacre Gluttony August 10th, 2013 3rd 3rd Xzax
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 2nd
KTAR 8 December 28th, 2013 17th 3rd ZeRo
Collision 8 January 11th, 2014 3rd 2nd Vex Kasrani
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 9th 9th Vex Kasrani
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 17th
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 4th 2nd Mew2King
Revival of Brawl November 26th, 2016 1st 2nd Vincessant
CEO Dreamland April 14th-16th, 2017 3rd 1st Mew2King
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 3rd

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Winter Brawl 7 February 23rd-24th, 2013 2nd
Thanks for Playing 4 December 21st, 2013 3rd 1st ZeRo
KTAR 8 December 28th, 2013 5th
Collision 8 January 11th, 2014 1st
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 33rd
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 13th 13th Xzax
Project Clash 14 October 27th, 2016 17th

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Sky's Smash 4 Invitational November 20th-22nd, 2014 9th 5th K9
Collision X November 29th, 2014 5th 5th Chibo
Collision XI January 3rd, 2015 9th 7th Chibo
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 129th
Tri-Smash #3 March 7th, 2015 1st
KTAR XII March 21st, 2015 9th 9th Chibo
Smash Forward 03 April 18th, 2015 2nd 1st Chibo
KTAR XIII July 12th, 2015 17th 17th Waldo
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 25th 33rd Chibo
The MollyWhop #17 August 12th, 2015 1st
SKTAR 4 August 22nd-23rd, 2015 7th
Smash & Clash 02 February 12th, 2016 1st 1st Chibo
KTAR XVII February 13th, 2016 2nd 3rd Chibo
Smash & Clash 03 February 19th, 2016 1st 5th Sparky
Brotherly Love X February 20th, 2016 1st 1st Vex Kasrani
Shots Fired 2 March 5th-6th, 2016 9th 17th Chibo
Do or DI March 11th-13th, 2016 5th
Brotherly Love XIV June 4th, 2016 1st 2nd Chibo
KTAR XVIII June 11th, 2016 5th
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 33rd
Collision XIV September 3rd, 2016 1st 13th Chibo
Smashadelphia II September 11th, 2016 1st
Smash Conference LXVII September 23rd, 2016 1st 1st Mew2King
Little Big House 2 October 6th, 2016 1st
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 9th
Smash Conference LXVIII October 14th, 2016 1st 1st Mew2King
Smashfield Weeklies #61 October 20th, 2016 1st
Rebirth IX October 22nd, 2016 2nd 3rd GenericallyNamed
Olympus October 28th-30th, 2016 1st 4th Fatality
KTAR XIX November 19th, 2016 2nd 17th Chibo
UGC Smash Open December 2nd-4th, 2016 17th 3rd Ryuga
2GGT: ZeRo Saga December 16th-18th, 2016 17th 3rd 6WX
Smash Conference LXIX January 7th, 2017 1st 1st 8BitMan
Coffee Boys 10 January 15th, 2017 1st 1st WoundedDragon
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 25th 3rd ANTi
Frostbite 2017 February 25th-26th, 2017 5th 2nd Ryuga
Smash N Chill Weekly #7 February 28th, 2017 4th
Frame Perfect Series 2 March 18th-19th, 2017 7th 25th WoundedDragon
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 25th 5th Mew2King
KTAR XX April 1st-2nd, 2017 4th 5th Salem's Friend
CEO Dreamland April 14th-16th, 2017 17th 7th Mew2King
MomoCon 2017 May 25th-28th, 2017 7th 9th Larry Lurr
Coffee Boys 15 June 4th, 2017 1st 3rd WoundedDragon
2GGC: Nairo Saga June 10th-11th, 2017 2nd 9th Ally
Mega Smash Mondays 100 June 12th, 2017 9th
CEO 2017 June 16th-18th, 2017 7th
Subs Not Scrubs: Hackoru June 21st, 2017 9th
Naifu Wars: World War 2 June 23rd, 2017 1st
UNLOCKED July 1st, 2017 1st 1st Mew2King
Coffee Boys 16 July 9th, 2017 1st 1st WoundedDragon
EVO 2017 July 14th-16th, 2017 1st
DreamHack Atlanta 2017 July 21st-23rd, 2017 1st 2nd Ryuga
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 7th 4th Ryuga

Trivia[edit]

  • Salem had never won any tournaments, locals included, prior to his Apex 2013 victory; a similar scenario occurred at Apex 2012, being the first tournament Otori ever won.
  • For his victory in EVO 2017, the official twitter of PlatinumGames, the creator of the Bayonetta games, sent him congratulations for winning with Bayonetta.

External links[edit]

Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obWXT0WFdK8

References[edit]

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