Two historic event milestones for Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee occurred concurrently at Genesis 9, with Jmook profitable his first profession Supermajor and being the primary to ever do it whereas solely enjoying Sheik.
Jmook has blazed one of many hottest trails in historical past throughout Melee, returning to aggressive play in Dec. 2021 and ending 2022 because the sixth-best participant on this planet. That fast rise to prominence included second-place finishes at Genesis 8 and by no means ending outdoors of the highest eight at an occasion he attended.
Now, a yr after exploding onto the scene he efficiently ran it again, profitable Genesis 9 over iBDW 3-1 within the grand finals.
For Jmook, that is his first Main and Supermajor victory since he first picked up the sport in 2016. He’s additionally the primary participant to ever win a Supermajor whereas solely enjoying Sheik, including to the current checklist of characters which have managed to take that honor—equivalent to aMSa’s Yoshi, Wizzrobe’s Captain Falcon, and Axe’s Pikachu.
Different gamers have received Main occasions enjoying Sheik, equivalent to Plup and Mew2King who’ve among the recreation’s greatest tournaments whereas utilizing the character, nevertheless, Jmook is the primary to do it on the Supermajor stage. And he did whereas taking wins off Zain, n0ne, SFAT, SFOP, moky, and iBDW.
“I owe Melee my life. My life has been principally Melee even when it wasn’t for some time as only a part-time factor,” Jmook stated to TiltMedia. “This recreation is gorgeous. I’m pleased with the individual I’m changing into via this recreation.”
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Each moky and iBDW additionally had standout runs at Genesis 9, with the previous enjoying arguably the perfect Melee of his profession. He took down SDJ, Hungrybox, iBDW, and Plup consecutively to make it to the winner’s finals earlier than lastly being double-eliminated by Jmook and iBDW.
Advert for iBDW, he unveiled his new jersey throughout doubles, displaying he joined CLG as their newest Smash pickup. He additionally had a godly run via the likes of aMSa, 2saind, Magi, Zain, Plup, and moky earlier than dropping to his doubles accomplice within the remaining matchup—and making individuals who guess on Jmook to lastly break via like Atrioc a bit richer.
With Genesis now within the rearview, Melee’s 2023 season is formally underway, with the opener displaying that the sphere of rivals gunning for a prime spot this yr solely continues to develop the longer the sport is round.