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Tournament:Ludwig Smash Invitational

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Ludwig Smash Invitational
Ludwig Smash Invitational logo.png
Dates October 21st-23rd, 2022
Venue HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas
Address/City Luxor Hotel & Casino, Luxor Dr
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Attendance 168
Entry fees Last Chance Qualifier: $40
Pot size(s) $52,502 (Melee)
$52,502 (Ultimate)
Super Smash Bros. Melee winners USA Zain 1v1
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate winners Mexico MkLeo 1v1
Organizer(s) Calvin, Anna Molly, Slime

Ludwig Smash Invitational was a Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitational tournament that was held on October 21st-23rd, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by commentator and YouTube streamer Ludwig. There were 24 players directly invited and 8 players qualified through a Last Chance Qualifier for each game, for a total of 32 players for each main singles event. The prize pool was initially advertised as $30,002 for both Melee and Ultimate, however due to a promotion from Capital One and additional funding from MrBeast, the pot was raised to $52,502[1], making it the sixth largest prize pool for a Melee tournament and the fourth largest for an Ultimate tournament at the time.

The event became known for its innovations in tournament logistics. It was one of the few majors to feature a Swiss system of pools, requiring players to win three sets in order to advance to the final bracket. The tournament's side streams featured a quad-view layout displaying four sets at once, allowing five sets to be streamed at the same time for both games; this feature was subsequently adopted at many future Smash tournaments.


There were Swiss system pools and a final double-elimination bracket for each game. 24 directly invited players and 8 players qualifying through the Last Chance Qualifier made up 32 players for each game. The 32 players were divided into two pools of 16 players each, with the Top 8 placing players of each pool advancing to the final bracket. In the Swiss pools, each player played until they had won 3 sets, where they qualified for the final bracket, or until they lost 3 sets, where they were eliminated from the tournament. The 4 players that went 3-0 in sets in Swiss pools were able to draft pick their Winners' Round 1 opponent out of the 6 players that went 3-2 in sets (except for any players they already played in pools). The Top 16 played in the final bracket in a double-elimination format, with everyone starting Winners' side. All sets at the event were best of 5, in both Last Chance Qualifier and main singles.

The Last Chance Qualifiers on October 21st were double-elimination brackets capped at 64 players for each game, with the Top 8 players of each qualifying for the main singles event. The Last Chance Qualifiers were played up until Top 8, and did not play out the Top 8 bracket.[2] The players that qualified through the Last Chance Qualifier received full reimbursement for their flight and accommodations, and were provided food on Saturday and Sunday. Group A and B Swiss pools and Top 16 Winners' Round 1 were played on October 22nd. The rest of the final bracket was played to completion on October 23rd, starting with Winners' Quarters and Losers' Top 16, with separated Ultimate Top 8 then Melee Top 8 being played.

Players invited/qualified[edit]


The following players were invited for Melee singles:

USA Aklo Canada aMSa USA Axe USA Fiction USA Ginger USA Hungrybox USA iBDW USA Jmook
USA KoDoRiN USA Krudo Sweden Leffen USA lloD USA Lucky USA Magi USA Mango Canada moky
Canada n0ne Sweden Pipsqueak USA S2J USA SFAT USA SluG USA Spark USA Wizzrobe USA Zain

The Top 8 players at the Last Chance Qualifier qualified:

USA Shroomed Australia Spud USA Franz Canada Lunar Dusk Canada Soonsay USA null Australia Joshman USA Salt


The following players were invited for Ultimate singles:

Japan acola Japan Asimo Mexico Chag USA Cosmos USA Dabuz France Glutonny Japan KEN USA Kola
USA Light Mexico Maister USA Marss Mexico MkLeo USA MuteAce USA Myran USA Onin Canada Riddles
Japan Shuton Spain Sisqui Dominican Republic Sonix Mexico Sparg0 Japan Tea USA Tweek Japan Zackray USA Zomba

The Top 8 players at the Last Chance Qualifier qualified:

USA Kurama USA MFA USA Jakal USA Goblin[3] USA Scend Canada Big D USA Quandale Dinglelingleton USA Lima

Declined players[edit]

Yoshidora was initially invited for Ultimate but declined.[4] Plup was initially invited for Melee but was unable to make the event, so Spark was changed from being in the Last Chance Qualifier to being invited to the main singles event.[5] Joshman for Melee and ProtoBanham for Ultimate were initially invited to the main singles event but dropped out, so Lucky and Myran respectively were changed from being in the Last Chance Qualifier to being invited to the main singles event.[6] Joshman then registered for the Melee Last Chance Qualifier since his injured arm was recovering well,[7] then qualified for the main singles event from Losers' side.


Super Smash Bros. Melee singles[edit]

(32 entrants)
Final Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png $15,752
2nd USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png $10,500
3rd Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png $5,250
4th USA SluG IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png $4,200
5th USA Jmook SheikHeadSSBM.png $3,150
5th USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png $3,150
7th USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png $2,100
7th Canada aMSa YoshiHeadSSBM.png $2,100
9th USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png $1,050
9th Australia Joshman FoxHeadSSBM.png $1,050
9th USA Aklo FoxHeadSSBM.png $1,050
9th USA iBDW FoxHeadSSBM.png $1,050
13th USA KoDoRiN MarthHeadSSBM.png $525
13th Sweden Pipsqueak FoxHeadSSBM.png $525
13th USA Magi FalcoHeadSSBM.png $525
13th USA S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png $525
17th Canada moky FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA lloD PeachHeadSSBM.png
17th USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th Canada Soonsay FoxHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Fiction FalcoHeadSSBM.png
17th USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png
23rd USA Spark SheikHeadSSBM.png
23rd USA null FoxHeadSSBM.png
23rd Canada n0ne CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
23rd USA Krudo SheikHeadSSBM.png
23rd USA Salt CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
23rd USA Ginger FalcoHeadSSBM.png
29th USA Franz DrMarioHeadSSBM.png
29th Australia Spud MarthHeadSSBM.png
29th Canada Lunar Dusk IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
29th USA Shroomed SheikHeadSSBM.png

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles[edit]

(32 entrants)
Final Bracket

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st Mexico MkLeo BylethHeadSSBU.pngPyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png $15,752
2nd Japan acola Steve's stock icon. $10,500
3rd USA Kurama MarioHeadSSBU.png $5,250
4th Mexico Sparg0 CloudHeadSSBU.pngPyraMythraHeadSSBU.png $4,200
5th Japan Shuton PyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngOlimarHeadSSBU.png $3,150
5th USA Onin Steve's stock icon. $3,150
7th Dominican Republic Sonix SonicHeadSSBU.png $2,100
7th USA Kola RoyHeadSSBU.png $2,100
9th France Glutonny WarioHeadSSBU.png $1,050
9th Canada Riddles KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png $1,050
9th USA Zomba ROBHeadSSBU.png $1,050
9th Canada Big D IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png $1,050
13th USA Tweek DiddyKongHeadSSBU.pngSephiroth's stock icon. $525
13th USA Dabuz MinMinHeadSSBU.pngRosalinaHeadSSBU.pngOlimarHeadSSBU.png $525
13th USA Light FoxHeadSSBU.png $525
13th Japan Asimo RyuHeadSSBU.png $525
17th USA Cosmos PyraMythraHeadSSBU.png
17th Japan Tea Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
17th USA Quandale Dinglelingleton Steve's stock icon.
17th USA Jakal WolfHeadSSBU.png
17th Spain Sisqui DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png
17th Mexico Maister MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
23rd USA Scend NessHeadSSBU.png
23rd Mexico Chag PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
23rd Japan Zackray JokerHeadSSBU.png
23rd Japan KEN SonicHeadSSBU.png
23rd USA Myran OlimarHeadSSBU.png
23rd USA MFA OlimarHeadSSBU.png
29th USA Marss JokerHeadSSBU.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
29th USA Goblin[3] RoyHeadSSBU.png
29th USA MuteAce PeachHeadSSBU.png
29th USA Lima BayonettaHeadSSBU.png


After losing his Losers Finals set against Hungrybox, Leffen went up to commentary to argue at length that the rules did not do enough against stalling and claimed that Hungrybox had largely won by abusing the ruleset.[8] This was largely met with disapproval from both the commentators and social media, as Leffen's complaints were brought forth immediately after losing to Hungrybox for the first time offline since Smash 'N' Splash 5, after a final game where both players played rather defensively. Leffen was also accused of hypocrisy as he has also abused rulesets in the past and only points out these weaknesses when it benefits his opponents. Hungrybox addressed the situation later in the tournament by saying he won the match within the rules and everyone needs to simply move on. Leffen apologized for his comments afterwards on Twitter.

Many spectators during and after the tournament took to social media to express their criticisms of the commentators and their behavior. The main complaint was that they were not taking the event seriously and acted unprofessional in what should be a prestigious event. This reignited the classic debate over whether commentary is necessary for a Smash tournament. Several of the commentators later responded to these comments. Coney and TKbreezy both made videos on the subject and claimed that they will commentate the way they want to and that everyone is overreacting about the events of a single tournament.[9][10]


  • Hungrybox is the only player in the tournament who entered both Melee and Ultimate singles. He was invited to Melee main singles, and also entered the Ultimate Last Chance Qualifier separately.
    • VoiD originally entered both Melee and Ultimate's Last Chance Qualifier, but later unregistered for Melee.
  • On the day before the tournament, water started leaking from the ceiling of the venue,[11] then the main sponsor for the tournament backed out at the last minute.[12] MrBeast, one of the most subscribed YouTubers, then sponsored the tournament.[13]
  • During Melee singles, Pipsqueak became the first Swedish player outside Armada and Leffen to defeat Mango in bracket.
  • Both Melee and Ultimate singles featured an Ice Climbers player in Top 16 (SluG and Big D, respectively).
  • After Franz and Shroomed (the current and former best Dr. Mario players) qualified through the Last Chance Qualifier, both players planned to money match in the ditto for the title of best Dr. Mario. However, they were stopped right before they could begin due to the start of Melee singles bracket.[14]
  • Before the end of the final game between Hungrybox and SluG on Dream Land in Winners Quarters on the main stream, Ludwig had production switch over to Joshman and Magi's Loser's Round 1 set (which was already on the sidestream) as a joke.
  • This tournament marks the first time MkLeo and acola have met in bracket, after a long period of anticipation where acola was considered a contender for Leo's status as best player in the world. MkLeo would ultimately win 3-0 against acola in both Winners Semis and Grand Finals.
    • This tournament also marks the first time acola and Onin have played each other in bracket, with the two being considered the top 2 Steve players in the world. acola would win their set with a 3-0.
  • Out of all players who qualified for the main event (whether for Melee and Ultimate singles) through the Last Chance Qualifier, Kurama was the only player to make Top 8 (let alone Top 3) in either bracket (doing so in Ultimate singles).
  • MkLeo, the winner of the Ultimate singles bracket, lost only one game (to Kurama) throughout the entire tournament.


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