Battle of the Five Gods: Information and Analysis

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This weekend, a Super Smash Bros. Melee invitational called “Battle of the Five Gods” will take place at the music festival South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. Twenty players will be competing for a total prize pool of $25,000. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Tournament Information

“Battle of the Five Gods” will be held at the Austin Convention Center at SXSW. If you’re at the festival, admission to the event is free with an SXSW Guest Pass. Otherwise, it will be available to watch online on the SXSW Gaming Twitch channel.

The event will take place Thursday through Saturday (3/17 – 3/19), and will start at noon CST (1:00 PM EST) each day. The full schedule is listed in the image below.

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The results of all matches will be available on the tournament’s smash.gg page. If you’d like, smash.gg is also running a fantasy challenge, with some smash.gg gear up as prizes.

 

Format

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The tournament will consist of three stages, all consisting of best-of-five matches:

  1. Group Stage: Five pools of four players each will play in a round-robin format. The top player from each group will advance to the Finals Bracket on Saturday, and the second-place finisher will advance to the Playoffs Group. The bottom two players from each group will be eliminated.
  2. Playoffs Group: The second-place finishers from each group will enter a round-robin. The top three players from this stage will move on to the Finals Bracket, and the bottom two players will be eliminated.
  3. Finals Bracket: The remaining eight players will be seeded into a double elimination bracket, with all players beginning on equal footing.

 

Pools and Players

The five gods of Melee will all be in attendance: Armada, PPMD, Mango, Mew2King, and Hungrybox. These players are well-known for their skill over a long period of time; before 2015, no non-god had won a tournament with more than two gods in attendance since their rise starting in 2008. Additionally, few players have defeated any of the gods in bracket, and even fewer have beaten multiple. The only player who has beaten all five, Leffen, will not be in attendance due to visa issues.

Players, from left to right:
Top row: Mew2King, PPMD, Hungrybox, Mango, Armada
2nd row: MacD, Ice, Silent Wolf, DruggedFox, HugS, Westballz
3rd row: Nintendude, Plup, SFAT, PewPewU, Shroomed
Bottom row: Axe, Lucky, Wobbles, S2J

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Group A

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[A]rmada is the clear favorite to win this group. For the Melee It On Me 2015 #1 ranked player, it’s more of a question of whether he’ll drop a single game in this pool. Silent Wolf managed to take a game from Armada’s Peach at Evo, but Armada cruised through the next two games. Neither SFAT nor HugS have taken a game from the Swedish Sniper, and it’s not likely to happen this weekend.

The real toss-up of the group is Silent Wolf vs. SFAT. Silent Wolf is no slouch, but he doesn’t often travel to tournaments because of his school priorities. SFAT has been improving a lot, and his new sponsorship from Counter Logic Gaming has him flying high. He beat Silent Wolf in their only match last year, a 2-1 victory last March at a Get Smashed at the Foundry. Can SFAT knock off Washington’s finest on one of the biggest stages of Smash?

2015-16 Head to Head:

[A]rmada GC | Silent Wolf CLG | SFAT HugS
[A]rmada 1-0 3-0 1-0
GC | Silent Wolf 0-1 0-1 0-0
CLG | SFAT 0-3 1-0 2-0
HugS 0-1 0-0 0-2

Head to head statistics courtesy of Tafostats.

 

Group B

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This group is likely to be the most contested group. Though PPMD and Westballz are the favorites to get out, they are far from safe. PPMD has not been to many tournaments over the past year plus due to health issues. When he has, he’s looked mortal, even in victory. Westballz is always a wild card due to his flashy and risky playstyle, though he’s been much more consistent as of late.

PewPewU used to be guaranteed 9th place finishes at majors, but seems to have fallen off a bit in the past year. His record against Westballz as of late has been impressive. Ice can run with the best of them, but can be inconsistent. Being from Germany, he also does not often get to play the caliber of players in his group.

2015-16 Head to Head:

EG | PPMD Tempo | Westballz CLG | PewPewU mYi | Ice
EG | PPMD 1-0 1-0 0-0
Tempo | Westballz 0-1 1-3 5-2
CLG | PewPewU 0-1 3-1 0-0
mYi | Ice 0-0 2-5 0-0

Head to head statistics courtesy of Tafostats.

 

Group C

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This group is an interesting one, in that the god of the group, Mango, has lost to each of the other three players in the group over the past year: Axe at Sandstorm and Genesis 3, and both MacD and DruggedFox at HTC Throwdown. Though he has a winning or even record against all three, it’s not out of the realm of possibility of him being upset. However, Mango’s run at Genesis 3 after being sent to loser’s bracket by Axe showed that the Kid is still as good as ever.

Axe has the inside track of getting second in the group, but he should be wary of MacD. MacD reset the bracket in Grand Finals against Axe at Rubicon 7 last month, though Axe did end up winning that tournament, as well as double-eliminating MacD at a Chicago weekly the next day.

MacD vs. DruggedFox may be interesting to watch. MacD has the better record over the past year, but the last time they played, DruggedFox prevailed with his new main, Falco. Can he take another set from SoCal’s finest Peach?

2015-16 Head to Head:

C9 | Mango Tempo | Axe SPY | MacD TGL | DruggedFox
C9 | Mango 3-2 3-1 1-1
Tempo | Axe 2-3 5-2 0-0
SPY | MacD 1-3 2-5 2-1
TGL | DruggedFox 1-1 0-0 1-2

Head to head statistics courtesy of Tafostats.

 

Group D

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This is an interesting group, and one that has the best chance of having players ending with tied records. Mew2King will likely have no problem with Plup or S2J because of the matchups (his one loss to Plup consisted of Falcon/Pichu/Samus dittos), though he could have trouble with Nintendude. Nintendude eliminated M2K at Genesis 3 in a close match, though soon after, he swiftly dismantled Wobbles at PAX Arena. Can Mew2King overcome his Ice Climbers problem?

Plup, though the second seed, will have a difficult time getting out of the group. His record against Mew2King is downright terrible, and he may have trouble against Nintendude, as the Sheik-Ice Climbers matchup is not on his side. If Nintendude can play on point, he’ll have a great shot of making it to Stage 2.

2015-16 Head to Head:

COG MVG | Mew2King Panda | Plup MIOM | S2J SPY | Nintendude
COG MVG | Mew2King 5-1 0-0 1-1
PG | Plup 1-5 2-0 0-0
MIOM | S2J 0-0 0-2 2-1
SPY | Nintendude 1-1 0-0 1-2

Head to head statistics courtesy of Tafostats.

 

Group E

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This is another contested group, but Hungrybox should have no issues moving on. The Jigglypuff extraordinaire has made great strides over the past year, earning the #2 spot on the Melee It On Me rankings. His loss to Lucky at Press Start last May is concerning, but it was a close set, and Hungrybox’s other wins over Lucky were convincing.

Poor Shroomed. If there was a group he did not want to end up in, it’s this one. Having to try to deal with Hungrybox, a premier Fox in Lucky, and the Sheik-Ice Climbers matchup with Wobbles is not the definition of a good time. He’ll have to play on point if he wants to move on to Stage 2.

Both Lucky and Wobbles have a decent shot of making it to the next stage as well, and the group may come down to their match. Lucky will need to channel his inner Mango if he wants to take out the Eskimo King.

2015-16 Head to Head:

Liquid`Hungrybox WFX | Shroomed Lucky PG | Wobbles
Liquid`Hungrybox 2-0 2-1 0-0
WFX | Shroomed 0-2 0-1 0-1
Lucky 1-2 1-0 1-2
PG | Wobbles 0-0 1-0 2-1

Head to head statistics courtesy of Tafostats.

 

Predictions for Stages 1 & 2

Stage 1

Place Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E
1st [A]rmada EG | PPMD C9 | Mango COG MVG | Mew2King Liquid`Hungrybox
2nd CLG | SFAT CLG | PewPewU Tempo | Axe SPY | Nintendude Lucky
3rd GC | Silent Wolf Tempo | Westballz SPY | MacD PG | Plup WFX | Shroomed
4th HugS mYi | Ice TGL | DruggedFox MIOM | S2J PG | Wobbles

 

Stage 2

Advancing:

    Tempo | Axe
    CLG | SFAT
    Lucky

Eliminated:

    CLG | PewPewU
    SPY | Nintendude

 

About Meerkat

Mitchell "Meerkat" Meerman is a competitive gamer from Waukesha, WI. He is the go-to for all Smash 64 things in Wisconsin, and holds multiple arcade gaming world records. You can find him at Smash tournaments or gaming conventions, typically wearing a VGS or Star Worlds Arcade T-shirt.

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