Runs fueled by salty takes, odd brackets opening doors, and an undefeated Minecraft Steve player at Super Smash Con 2022 provided some interesting narratives for fans of both Super Smash Bros. Melee other Ultimate.
In melee, Mango came into the event on a mission—though you might not have expected it considering he had to get a controller at the venue. But that didn’t stop him from making one of his best runs in quite some time, making it all the way through winners bracket without dropping a set to win the entire event.
Not only was this a rare Mango run through winners, but that run also contained wins over Axe, lloD, and two big sets over Hungrybox. Both sets against Hbox played out 3-2 in Mango’s favor, with Mango winning the last two games to come back and beat his rival in a runback of SSC 2016, once again denying Hbox a chance of finally winning the event.