Smasher:Zamu

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Zamu
Zamu
Melee main Fox
Sponsor(s) Team Spire
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee 2018 MPGR: 78th
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Melee ~$2,000
Additional info
Real name Daniel Bernstein
Birth date (age 18)
Location Champaign, Illinois United States

Zamu is a smasher from Champaign, Illinois.

He is a top Fox player in the Midwest, and has taken sets off of players such as Trif, Slox, Professor Pro, Syrox, Ginger, Kels, Redd, Drephen, AbsentPage, Rik, Reeve, Michael, Shinobi, and Iori.

Zamu is currently ranked 2nd on the Champaign Power Rankings and 78th on the 2018 MPGR. He occasionally plays Netplay, and has reached Master status.[1]

He was signed by Team Spire on May 7th, 2018.[2]

Career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Zamu first began playing competitively in early 2015, attending the weeklies in Champaign. Near the end of 2016, he entered his first major at The Big House 6, notably losing in Round 1 Pools against Ginger, followed by a solid 33rd finish at Eden, losing to Druggedfox in Winners side of Top 64.

2017 marked significant progression, gradually placing higher, teaming with various players in the scene (notably Thor and Captain Faceroll) and travelling to more regional events. He made his first appearance on the Champaign Power Rankings in the Spring 2017 iteration, at 9th. Zamu traveled to Smash 'N' Splash 3, losing in pools to Cal. A string of more solid placements eventually led to his first tournament win in September of 2017, and being ranked 6th in the Fall 2017 Power Rankings. He fell to Crush (3-0) and JustJoe at Super Rubicon 2 - finishing at 7th. He took a set over Reeve (3-2), earning a 5th place finish at Kill Roy: Vol. 3. At House of Paign 15, after being sent to losers side of Top 48 by Prince Abu (3-1), he 3-0'd JustJoe and bested Michael (3-1), but was eliminated by SK92 (3-0) to finish 7th. He rounded out the year with a 2nd place finish at The Winter Theater, beating AbsentPage in a game-5 Losers Finals set (only losing to eventual winner, Captain Faceroll).

2018[edit]

Zamu kicked off 2018 with a 7th place finish at Cincinnati Smash Classic VII, losing to Drephen and Fizzle_Boy. He then attended the Chicago Melee Arcadian, winning the event with nearly all 3-0 sweeps through Winners side of Top 32 (only dropping 1 game). This was followed by House of Paign 16, where Zamu lost to Cob and Reeve enroute to a lack luster 17th place finish. Next, at Chicago Gaming Coalition No.1, Zamu lost to Bananas in Winners Semis of pools, and was upset in the Top 32 Losers qualifier by dudutsai, finishing 33rd. At Stiff Knees, Zamu was sent to Losers by Vista (3-1), and then eliminated by Travioli (3-2) to get 5th place, just ahead of Full Bloom 4. At his first Major of the year, he lost in pools to Free Palestine (formerly Milhous), and then was eliminated in pools by homemadewaffles, getting 65th. He quickly turned things around, and at House of Paign 17, he beat Kels (3-1), and ended with a solid 4th place finish, only losing to AbsentPage and Michael. This was followed by a 1st place finish at a regional in Missouri - Wunderland 7 - taking out Travioli (who sent him to Losers), Shinobi and Iori. The week after that, Zamu competed at Aegis, and enroute to a 9th place finish, took out Rik while losing to Plup and Moky. At the last of House of Paign iteration until the fall (HoP 18), Zamu coasted into Winners side of Top 48, beating Drephen and Syrox, but was sent to Losers by eventual runner-up, KJH, and eliminated by Ginger. A pair of back-to-back regionals made for a good showing ahead of the summer of smash, as Zamu double-eliminated Rik at Rest in Peach (getting 2nd to AbsentPage), and double eliminated Rik at Master Hand Monthly in Indiana the following weekend to take 1st place.

At Smash 'N' Splash 4, Zamu met Ginger in Top 64 Winner's Qualifier - beating him 2-0. He then faced S2J in first round of Top 64, losing 3-0, and was eliminated by Travioli in a game 5 set, taking 33rd. His strongest run of the year came at Smashville 7, where he ran through Redd, Drephen, and Michael, before losing both sets of Grand Finals to n0ne, but managed to take the first set to game 5. At Super Smash Con 2018, he was upset in Winners Semi's of pools by Cascade (2-1), and then lost in Round 2 pools to DrLobster (2-1), ending his run at 97th. Capping off the summer of smash was Shine 2018, where Zamu again lost in Round 1 pools to Riko, but pulled together a solid Losers run, beating players such as TheRealThing and G$, before falling to Darktooth, earning 33rd.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Fête August 2nd-4th, 2019 19th

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smashing Illini Weekly 10/30 April 25th, 2015 49th
Welcome Week Rec Room Tournament August 26th, 2015 17th
Show Me Your Moves 16 August 30th, 2015 65th
Smashing Illini Weekly 9/4 September 4th, 2015 25th
Smashing Illini Weekly 9/18 September 18th, 2015 17th
Champaign Dojo Arcadian September 26th, 2015 33rd
Smashing Illini Weekly 10/2 October 2nd, 2015 17th
Smashing Illini Weekly 10/23 October 23rd, 2015 25th
Smashing Illini Weekly 10/30 October 30th, 2015 25th
House of Paign #6 October 31st, 2015 33rd
Smashing Illini Weekly 11/13 November 13th, 2015 17th
Smash Biweekly #5 November 14th, 2015 9th
Smashing Illini Weekly 12/4 December 4th, 2015 9th
Welcome Week Spring 2016 January 21st, 2016 25th
Smashing Illini Weekly #1 January 27th, 2016 25th
Smashing Illini Weekly #2 February 1st, 2016 17th
Smashing Illini Weekly #3 February 8th, 2016 25th 13th Birdman
House of Paign #8 February 13th, 2016 33rd
Smashing Illini Weekly #5 February 26th, 2016 9th 9th DJQ
Smashing Illini Weekly #6 March 4th, 2016 13th 7th Gwyn
House of Paign #9 Amateur March 5th, 2016 33rd
Smashing Illini Weekly #9 April 15th, 2016 17th
Rec Room Melee Tournament April 16th, 2016 13th
Smashing Illini Weekly #10 April 18th, 2016 17th 5th DJQ
End the Paign 2 April 30th, 2016 25th
Smashing Illini Weekly #12 May 6th, 2016 17th 13th DJQ
TSI Weekly 9/16 September 16th, 2016 7th 2nd Tr2sh sucks
TSI Weekly 9/23 September 23rd, 2016 13th 2nd Tr2sh sucks
Round Balcs Rumble October 4th, 2016 9th
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 385th
TSI Weekly 10/21 October 21st, 2016 17th 2nd PikaPastor
TSI Weekly 10/28 October 28th, 2016 7th 5th Deegs
TSI Weekly 11/11 November 11th, 2016 17th 5th PikaPastor
TSI Weekly 12/2 December 2nd, 2016 3rd 5th PikaPastor
House of Paign 11 December 3rd, 2017 7th
TSI Weekly 12/9 December 9th, 2016 7th 1st Thor
Eden December 10th-11th, 2016 33rd 13th Cob
House of Paign 12 January 14th, 2017 17th 9th Thor
Welcome Week Spring 2018 January 18th, 2017 5th
TSI Weekly 1/20 January 20th, 2017 9th 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 1/27 January 27th, 2017 9th 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 2/3 February 3rd, 2017 7th 1st Thor
ChampionSHPE XI February 4th, 2017 17th
TSI Weekly 2/10 February 10th, 2017 9th 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 2/17 February 17th, 2017 3rd 2nd Thor
BOPME 16 February 18th, 2017 25th 3rd Thor
TSI Weekly 2/24 February 24th, 2017 7th 2nd Thor
TSI Weekly 3/10 March 10th, 2017 5th 2nd Thor
TSI Weekly 3/31 March 31st, 2017 9th 1st Thor
House of Paign 14 April 1st, 2017 13th 5th Thor
TSI Weekly 4/7 April 7th, 2017 17th 1st Blendtec
TSI Weekly 4/14 April 14th, 2017 7th 2nd Thor
TSI Weekly 5/5 May 5th, 2017 7th 1st Thor
Bird's Out May 6th, 2017 4th 1st Thor
OUTFOXX'D AGAIN May 20th, 2017 9th 4th shabo
Smash 'N' Splash 3 June 2nd-4th, 2017 257th 49th PikaPastor
Super Rubicon 1 July 8th, 2017 25th 5th Blendtec
ASH@WIT #123 August 11th, 2017 17th 1st Captain Faceroll
ASH@WIT #128 September 15th, 2017 3rd
TSI Weekly 9/29 September 29th, 2017 1st 2nd WhangChang
TSI Weekly 10/6 October 6th, 2017 2nd
TSI Weekly 10/13 October 13th, 2017 5th 1st Thor
Super Rubicon 2 October 14th, 2017 7th 4th Shabo
TSI Weekly 10/20 October 20th, 2017 3rd 1st Thor
Champaign Colosseum October 21st, 2017 5th 1st PRZ
Master Hand Monthly #15 October 28th, 2017 3rd
TSI Weekly 11/3 November 3rd, 2017 1st 3rd Thor
TSI Weekly 11/10 November 10th, 2017 3rd 2nd Thor
Kill Roy Vol. 3 November 11th, 2017 5th 2nd Cob
TSI Weekly 11/14 November 14th, 2017 3rd 3rd Blendtec
TSI Weekly 12/1 December 1st, 2017 1st 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 12/8 December 8th, 2017 2nd 4th Deegs
House of Paign 15 December 9th, 2017 7th 5th Reeve
TSI Weekly 12/14 December 14th, 2017 1st 1st Shabo
The Winter Theater December 23rd, 2017 2nd
Cincinnati Smash Classic VII January 6th, 2018 7th 3rd Cob
Welcome Week Winter 2018 January 17th, 2018 2nd
TSI Weekly 2/2 February 2nd, 2018 1st 1st Thor
Watch The Throne 5: Chicago Melee Arcadian February 4th, 2018 1st 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 2/9 February 9th, 2018 1st 1st Thor
House of Paign 16 February 10th, 2018 17th 1st Squid
TSI Weekly 2/23 February 23rd, 2018 1st
TSI Weekly 3/2 March 2nd, 2018 4th 1st Thor
TSI Weekly 3/9 March 9th, 2018 1st
Chicago Gaming Coalition No. 1 March 9th-11th, 2018 33rd
TSI Weekly #47 March 15th, 2018 2nd 1st Mote
Stiff Knees 4 March 17th, 2018 5th 3rd Deepz
Full Bloom 4 March 24th-25th, 2018 65th
TSI Weekly #48 March 30th, 2018 9th
House of Paign 17 March 31st, 2018 4th 1st AbsentPage
TSI Weekly #49 April 6th, 2018 3rd 2nd Thor
TSI Weekly #50 April 13th, 2018 3rd 2nd WhangChang
Wunderland 7 April 14th, 2018 1st 3rd Birdman
Aegis April 21st, 2018 9th 7th Squid
TSI Weekly #52 April 27th, 2018 2nd 1st AbsentPage
House of Paign 18 April 28th, 2018 5th 4th Reeve
TSI Weekly #53 May 3rd, 2018 2nd 4th Tucker
Rest in Peach May 5th, 2018 2nd 1st Cob
Master Hand Monthly: May 2018 May 12th, 2018 1st
Smash 'N' Splash 4 June 1st-3rd, 2018 33rd 13th Cob
Tripoint Smash 14 June 8th, 2018 2nd
FuddBrudders #45 June 13th, 2018 3rd 3rd Deegs
Smashville 7 June 16th, 2018 2nd 5th Holiday
Let's Go, Springfield! #1 July 7th, 2018 4th
Tripoint Smash 19 June 16th, 2018 1st
Tripoint Smash 21 July 27th, 2018 2nd
Super Smash Con 2018 August 9th-12th, 2018 97th 9th Cob
Shine 2018 August 24th-26th, 2018 33rd 13th AbsentPage
Show Me Your Moves 19 September 1st, 2018 4th 3rd Fiction
The Midwest Battlefield: September 2018 September 22nd, 2018 2nd 1st Cob
The Big House 8 October 5th-7th, 2018 49th 25th Cob
House of Paign 19 November 10th, 2018 17th
Bridgetown Hyper Blitz December 8th, 2018 7th 5th Vincessant
The Parking Lot - Tuesday December 11th, 2018 5th
The Parking Lot - Wednesday December 12th, 2018 7th
The Parking Lot - Thursday December 13th, 2018 9th
The Parking Lot - Friday December 14th, 2018 7th
Don't Park on the Grass 2018 December 15th-16th, 2018 33rd 13th Captain Faceroll
Tripoint Smash 42 January 4th, 2019 1st
Tripoint Smash 43 January 11th, 2019 3rd
Hold That L January 26th, 2019 17th 3rd NMW
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 129th
BOPME 18 February 16th, 2019 3rd 1st Rik
TSI Weekly #75 March 1st, 2019 3rd 1st AbsentPage
House of Paign 20 March 2nd, 2019 7th 2nd Captain Faceroll
Full Bloom 5 March 23rd-24th, 2019 65th 9th Kels
House of Paign 21 April 20th, 2019 7th 2nd Kels
L R A Start #1 April 27th, 2019 5th 1st Cantus
Tripoint Smash 62 May 24th, 2019 1st
L R A Start #2 May 25th, 2019 5th 1st Reeve
Smash 'N' Splash 5 May 31st-June 2nd, 2019 33rd 17th Kels
We Need Some Space 2 July 6th, 2019 13th 9th Hunybear
Paradigm Shift 2019 July 20th-21st, 2019 4th 2nd Captain Faceroll
Fête August 2nd-4th, 2019 5th 2nd Captain Faceroll
Awakening 5 August 16th-18th, 2019 1st 5th gLory
Show Me Your Moves 20 August 31st, 2019 4th 2nd Kels
FortCON 2019 September 28th, 2019 5th
The Big House 9 October 4th-6th, 2019 33rd 13th Leighton
TSI Melee Weekly #90 October 11th, 2019 2nd 4th Cantus
TSI Melee Weekly #92 October 25th, 2019 2nd
TSI Melee Weekly #93 November 1st, 2019 1st 2nd Killablue
House of Paign 22 November 2nd, 2019 17th 2nd Spark
TSI Melee Weekly #94 November 8th, 2019 2nd 1st Cantus
Super B-Town Beatdown 13 November 9th, 2019 3rd 1st Cantus
TSI Melee Weekly #95 November 15th, 2019 1st 1st Killablue
Smash Out 2019 November 16th, 2019 4th 4th Killablue
TSI Melee Weekly #96 November 21st, 2019 1st Birdman
Check the Damage November 23rd, 2019 1st Cantus

Trivia[edit]

  • He was once a top Pokemon TCG player, ranked #1 in Illinois, and placed 9th at a national tournament.

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