Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at Smash’N’Splash 5 on June 2. Wizzrobe’s Smash’N’Splash performance also included a top 8 appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles. The only other player to accomplish such a feat is Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, who has previously made top 8 in both Melee and Brawl at major tournaments.
Wizzrobe cruised through Swiss pools fairly easily in order to make it to top 64 on winners side. Interestingly, his greatest challenge of the tournament came in the first round of top 64. Though Zaid “Spark” Ali could not defeat Wizzrobe, he was the only Melee player at the event to take him to game five.
Wizzrobe made it to top 8 on winners side by earning a 3-0 win over Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby and upsetting William “Leffen” Hjelte. These are both impressive wins considering Wizzrobe’s record against these players. Notably, n0ne double eliminated Wizzrobe at The Script – Episode 1 in October 2018. However, Wizzrobe is 2-0 against n0ne in 2019, beating him at Smash’N’Splash Melee and GOML 2019. And while Wizzrobe has beaten Leffen before, Leffen did win their previous set at Smash Summit 7 in November 2018.
What a run from @Wizzrobe!
— Twitch Esports (@TwitchEsports) June 2, 2019
From there, Wizzrobe managed to take home first by beating Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto and double eliminating Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma. He only dropped one game in each of his three top 8 sets. Wizzrobe displayed impressive patience in the Captain Falcon vs. Jigglypuff matchup against Hungrybox. He appeared to make Hungrybox feel the same way everyone else feels whenever they play Hungrybox.
Wizzrobe’s Smash’N’Splash run marks his first major tournament victory. It is also the most significant tournament won by a Captain Falcon main, and the first major won by Falcon since MOAST 3 in 2005. Interestingly, Wizzrobe’s current Twitter profile picture shows him getting an autograph from MOAST 3 champion Joel “Isai” Alvarado.
Wizzrobe did not enter any Melee tournaments in 2019 until GOML so that he could focus on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ironically, he did not have a breakout Ultimate performance until this event, after he returned to competing in Melee. Regardless, Wizzrobe has earned remarkable results since his return, with a 3-0 record against Hungrybox and a 1-0 record against Leffen for the year. Still, Wizzrobe has yet to prove if he can overcome bracket demons like Justin “Plup” McGrath and Joseph “Mang0” Marquez should he have to play them in a tournament.
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.