Smasher:Salem

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Salem is an American smasher from New Jersey, currently residing in Florida who mains Zero Suit Samus in Brawl, Zelda in Project M, and Bayonetta in Smash 4. He was considered the best Brawl Zero Suit Samus in the world when he was active, and was infamous for his incredible usage of Zero Suit Samus's Power Suit Pieces to rack up damage at the onset of matches. He became known for his unexpected victory at Apex 2013, one of the most prestigious Brawl tournaments in the world.

In Smash 4, he is widely considered to be one of the best Bayonetta players in the world alongside CaptainZack, having taken sets off of players such as ZeRo, Nairo, Ally, MkLeo, Larry Lurr, Abadango, Kameme, Marss, and Tweek.

Salem is currently ranked 13th on the Panda Global Rankings, and 3rd on the New Jersey Smash 4 Power Rankings. He was formerly ranked 18th on the 2014 SSBBRank, and 6th on the Tristate Brawl Power Rankings. Due to his aforementioned dominance at Apex 2013, he was signed by CLASH Tournaments. He has since joined MVG.

At Collision XIV, Salem became the 15th player to take a set off of ZeRo and the first to double eliminate him in tournament outside of Grand Finals.

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, 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 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.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Collision V September 1st, 2012 13th

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
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

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

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

Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

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.

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