Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at DreamHack Dallas 2019 on June 2. It marked his first noteworthy Melee tournament victory since No Fun Allowed 2 in February 2018.
HugS qualified for top 8 on winners side by edging out Hamlin “hamyojo” Gross in a three-game Winners Quarters set. Once in top 8, HugS had a fairly smooth ride to 1st place. He played Magi in both Winners Semis and Grand Finals, dropping only one game in each set. HugS also won a convincing 3-0 Winners Finals set over Albert Luu.
HugS has been competing in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in 2019. As a result, he has struggled to compete at his peak at Melee tournaments. This has resulted in some mediocre placings. For example, HugS placed 25th at his last Melee tournament, Battle of BC 3, losing to Alejandro “Chango” Callahan and Derek “Aura” Olsen.
Even so, HugS has still had respectable showings throughout the year, with 13th place finishes at both GENESIS 6 and Full Bloom 5. In 2019, HugS has earned wins against players such as Jeremy “Squid” Deutsch, Steven “FatGoku” Callopy, and Alex “Captain Smuckers” Cottrell.
Andrew “Tai” Vo was the 2nd seed at the DreamHack Dallas Melee event. Despite this, Tai fell into the losers bracket rather early, losing to Brendan “tatuwah” L in round one of Top 32. Tai went on a decent losers run, defeating opponents like hamyojo and Duncan “SDJ” Meara. However, he finished in 5th after losing a game-five set to Oscar “Uncle Mojo” Malherbe.
Magi finished in 2nd, getting double eliminated by HugS. Throughout the bracket, Magi got wins on players like Uncle Mojo, Albert, and Lawrence “purple sku” Hsia. Magi debuted on the 2018 MPGR as No. 97 in the world. Since then, Magi has rocketed to prominence in the Melee scene and earned a plethora of impressive wins. This year alone, Magi has beaten Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, Charlie “AbsentPage” McKinley, and Arjun “Junebug” Rao.
Dylan Tate is a student in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes competitive guides for Dignitas and Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.