Daniel “Zamu” Bernstein won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at Awakening 5 in Zorneding, Germany on August 18. The event was Zamu’s largest and most significant tournament victory to date.
Zamu advanced through top 64 without any trouble. He defeated players like Konstantin “Kobobi” Heck and Stephan “gLory” M. without dropping any games. Then in Winners Quarters, Zamu beat Lucka “Fatman.spam” Pintag with a 3-1 victory.
In Winners Semis of Awakening 5, Zamu earned his best win of the year (and perhaps his best win ever). He won a five-game set against No. 12 in the world (and No. 2 in Europe), Álvaro “Trif” García Moral. This remarkable victory allowed Zamu to advance into Winners Finals of this major European tournament.
Zamu won his next set against Dominik “Nicki” Kunze. In Grand Finals, Zamu faced off against Trif once again. He lost 3-1 in their first set of Grands. However, Zamu retaliated with a 3-1 of his own to beat Trif again and become the Awakening 5 champion.
Though he was the 9th seed, Nicki had a respectable run to 3rd place at this event. He cruised into Winners Finals without dropping any games. Along the way, Nicki defeated players like Lukas “Kaese” K. and Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas.
Professor Pro suffered an early loss to “bandi” in Round Robin Pools. As a result, he entered the main bracket with a much lower seed than originally expected. Even so, Professor Pro scored many good wins en route to a 4th place finish. Professor Pro beat Amsah Augustuszoon, Roberto “Overtriforce” Iglesias, and Girardin “Jah Ridin’” Yann at Awakening 5.
Amsah & Professor Pro won Super Smash Bros. Melee Doubles at Awakening 5. They advanced into Winners Finals with wins over Fatman.spam & Ben “nebbii” Wolthuis and Nicki & Linus “Pipsqueak” Nordin. Then, between Winners and Grand Finals, Amsah & Professor Pro won two straight sets over Trif & Overtriforce.
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media 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 Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.