Sota “Zackray” Okada won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at EGS Cup 3 in Tokyo, Japan on Jan. 13. Naturally, this A-tier marked Zackray’s first tournament victory of the year. It was also his first tournament win overall since Umebura SP 7 in November.
Zackray advanced through the first part of the bracket in dominant fashion. In the process, he earned 3-0 wins over both “Paseriman” and James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson. Zackray advanced into top 8 on winners side after defeating “ProtoBanham” in a nail-biting five-game set.
He continued through top 8 rather smoothly, beating “takera” 3-1 and Shuto “Shuton” Moriya 3-0. His final opponent of EGS Cup 3 was Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura. After a hard-fought battle, Zackray emerged victorious, beating Abadango 3-2 in Grand Finals.
Zackray is currently ranked No. 12 on the Spring 2019 PGRU. He will likely rank even higher on the upcoming Fall 2019 PGRU. Most notably, he boasts a 1st place finish at The Big House 9, an S-tier event. He also won several smaller Japanese tournaments last season, including EGS Cup 2.
Other results from EGS Cup 3
Abadango had a strong run to 2nd place at EGS Cup 3. He beat Towa “Atelier” Kuriyama to advance out of pools, then lost to ProtoBanham in round one of top 32. Unshaken, Abadango began his losers run with wins over the likes of “Rotsuku”, VoiD, and Isami “T” Ikeda.
In top 8, Abadango had a huge string of 3-0 victories to reach Grand Finals. He defeated Noriyuki Kirihara and takera and then won his runback against ProtoBanham. Abadango also beat Shuton in Losers Finals before falling to Zackray in a close Grand Finals.
Both takera and Yuki “Etsuji” Kajihara had surprising runs to top 8 on winners side at EGS Cup 3. Just to get out of pools on winners side, takera had to upset Shintaro “Kuro” Kakihara. He then proceeded to beat Yuta “Nietono” Uejima and Kaito “Shogun” Kawasaki. Etsuji’s run included wins over Tomoki “kept” Ikeda, Takuto “Kameme” Ono, and Kirihara.