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Tournament:Smash Summit (series)

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Smash Summit
Info
Founded 2015
Region California, United States
Format Double elimination
Super Smash Bros. Melee winners Sweden Armada (1, 2, 3, Spring 2017)
USA Hungrybox (5, 7, 9)
USA Mew2King (6)
USA Axe (8)
USA Zain (10 Online)
USA Mango (11)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate winners Mexico MkLeo (1, 2)
USA Tweek (3)
Most successful player(s) Sweden Armada (Melee 1, 2, 3, Spring 2017)
Staff
Director(s) Beyond the Summit

The Smash Summit series, starting with Smash Summit in 2015, is a series of national-level invitationals focusing on Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Summit tournaments span several days, with singles and doubles on the final days. The first days feature various side events focusing on its main Smash game as well as other games, in addition to other activities such as Mafia, all of which is streamed on Beyond the Summit's Twitch channel.

14 Summits have taken place so far (11 for Melee and 3 for Ultimate). Smash Summit 12 is planned for Melee in December 2021, and Smash Ultimate Summit 4 is planned for Ultimate on March 3rd-6th, 2022.[1] Although a crossover Summit between the two games was planned for 2020, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the idea was scrapped.[2][3]

Format and scheduling[edit]

Typically, 16 different players are selected to participate in each Smash Summit. 8 to 10 players are automatically invited based on their placement in preceding major tournaments, or based on power rankings such as SSBMRank. The other competitors qualify through either a voting phase or through qualifiers. In the former, fans can buy merchandise or donate cash, which grants them the opportunity to cast votes for certain players; the money then contributes to the event's prize payout. At the end of each voting deadline, two players are eliminated, while starting from the third voting round, two players are invited; this repeats until all vote-ins have been selected. Although the invitation process remained roughly the same, there has been irregularities such as in Smash Summit 10 Online, where the majority of players qualified through qualifiers.

Smash Summit presents itself as a unique opportunity for fans to watch the players interact with each other on a personal level. The competitors are invited to commentate other sets and give interviews after each set. Each Summit has its own theme and art design, often based around a real-life event or holiday occurring at a similar time.

Smash Summit tournaments typically run over four days, from Thursday through Sunday. The first day is often referred to as a "Media Day", as it is mostly dedicated to filming comedic skits with the invited players, which are aired throughout the event, as well as lighter side events. Pool play is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, along with doubles, side brackets, and non-Smash-related events. The final singles bracket is played out on Sunday.

Smash Summit has used multiple tournament formats, but pool play generally consists of either a swiss or round-robin format. The players are then usually seeded into winners' or losers' for the final bracket based on their performance. The final bracket is a typical double-elimination bracket, with the winner being crowned on Sunday evening.

Side brackets include doubles brackets, commentator brackets, secondary/low-tier brackets, Squad Strike, and unique rulesets (such as the "swag bracket", where fans vote for the "most entertaining" player to advance to the next round). Non-Smash events include other video games, such as Mario Party; party games, such as Mafia; and athletic competitions.

Champions[edit]

Melee singles winners[edit]

Year Event Player Tag Character(s) Runner-up Character(s)
2015 Smash Summit Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.png
2016 Smash Summit 2 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
2016 Smash Summit 3 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
2017 Smash Summit Spring 2017 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada FoxHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
2017 Smash Summit 5 Juan Manuel Debiedma USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
2018 Smash Summit 6 Jason Zimmerman USA Mew2King MarthHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
2018 Smash Summit 7 Juan Manuel Debiedma USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png
2019 Smash Summit 8 Jeffrey Williamson USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
2020 Smash Summit 9 Juan Manuel Debiedma USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png USA Plup SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
2020 Smash Summit 10 Online Zain Naghmi USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.png
2021 Smash Summit 11 Joseph Manuel Marquez USA Mango FoxHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.png USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png
2021 Smash Summit 12

Melee Doubles Winners[edit]

Year Event Player Tag Character(s) Player Tag Character(s) Runner-up Character(s) Runner-up Character(s)
2015 Smash Summit Kevin Toy USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.png Zachary Cordoni USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png Sweden Armada FoxHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
2016 Smash Summit 2 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada FoxHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png Jason Zimmerman USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png USA Plup SheikHeadSSBM.png
2016 Smash Summit 3 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.png Jason Zimmerman USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png USA PewPewU MarthHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
2017 Smash Summit Spring 2017 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png Jason Zimmerman USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png Germany Ice FoxHeadSSBM.png
2017 Smash Summit 5 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png William Hjelte Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png USA Plup FoxHeadSSBM.png
2018 Smash Summit 6 Adam Lindgren Sweden Armada FoxHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png William Hjelte Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.png
2018 Smash Summit 7 Jason Zimmerman USA Mew2King SheikHeadSSBM.png Justin McGrath USA Plup FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png USA Bananas IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
2019 Smash Summit 8 Joseph Marquez USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.png Johnny Kim USA S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png USA Plup FoxHeadSSBM.png USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png

Ultimate singles winners[edit]

Year Event Player Tag Character(s) Runner-up Character(s)
2019 Smash Ultimate Summit Leonardo Lopez Perez Mexico MkLeo LucinaHeadSSBU.pngGreninjaHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png USA Dabuz OlimarHeadSSBU.pngRosalinaHeadSSBU.png
2019 Smash Ultimate Summit 2 Leonardo Lopez Perez Mexico MkLeo JokerHeadSSBU.pngMarthHeadSSBU.png USA Samsora PeachHeadSSBU.pngPalutenaHeadSSBU.png
2021 Smash Ultimate Summit 3 Gavin Dempsey USA Tweek DiddyKongHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png Mexico MkLeo PyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngBylethHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png
2022 Smash Ultimate Summit 4

Players with multiple appearances[edit]

Melee[edit]

Tag Appearances
United States Axe 11
United States Mango 11
United States Plup 11
United States Hungrybox 10
United States SFAT 9
Sweden Leffen 7
United States Mew2King 7
United States S2J 7
United States Wizzrobe 7
Japan aMSa 6
Sweden Armada 6
Canada n0ne 6
United States Shroomed 6
United States Zain 6
United States PewPewU 5
United States Westballz 5
USA iBDW 4
United States Ginger 3
United States Lucky 3
United States 2saint 2
United States Duck 2
United States Hax 2
United States HugS 2
Germany Ice 2
USA Magi 2
Canada moky 2
United States Spark 2
United States Swedish Delight 2

Ultimate[edit]

Tag Appearances
United States Dabuz 3
Mexico MkLeo 3
Japan Zackray 3
United States VoiD 3
Sweden Armada 2
USA Cosmos 2
Sweden Leffen 2
United States Light 2
Mexico Maister 2
USA Marss 2
United States Nairo 2
USA Tweek 2
United States Samsora 2

Trivia[edit]

  • Mango and Plup have played against each other at every Smash Summit for Melee, with the exception of Smash Summit 6.
  • Zackray and Dabuz have played against each other at every Smash Summit for Ultimate.
  • Only six players - Armada, Leffen, Mew2King, Mango, Plup, and ESAM - have attended a Smash Summit for both Melee and Ultimate.

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