The first Super Smash Bros Melee tournament hosted by Insomnia Video Game Culture was held last Saturday. After making a triumphant return to the Evolution championships, the trendy game continued its run in Houston. 39 entrants competed for one of the larger prize pools ever given out at Insomnia. Houston has had a long history of Smash events, so there was a reasonable amount of expectation and excitement for this event.
In the winners bracket, the top four breezed their way to the semifinals. This pitted JGR vs Raich and Brennan Ross vs Hannah Taylor. JGR was able to defeat Raich, meanwhile Hannah upended Brennan. In the winners final, Hannah's Ice Climbers proved to be too strong as she beat JGR and advanced to the grand finals.
In the losers bracket, Rebecca, Ivan, Axel and IsaacJ all made stirring runs to the top 10 after early round losses. Rebecca would fall to Braver, and Axel to Opelousai to finish in 9th place. IsaacJ would defeat Digi(9th place), Braver(7th), and Brennan(5th) to make it to the 4th place fight. Opelousai would go on to beat Ivan(7th) and Raich(5th) to face Isaac. Isaac would go on to defeat Opelousai(4th), but then finished in 3rd after losing the next round to JGR.
This meant that JGR would return to the grand finals and have a shot at revenge against Hannah. That revenge would not be sweet as Hannah quickly and decisively closed the door on JGR and wrapped up her first title at Insomnia! Congratulations to your new champion Hannah Taylor!
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