Top 8 Bracket
Alliance [A] Armada
Evo Melee 2017 crown went to Armada. As a result, retaining his rank one ranking in the Smash community. Armada is considered one of the best Melee player of all time and one of the five gods. Armada’s Peach took this year’s crown with his ever so consistent neutral and punishing game.
Second place went to C9’s Joseph “Mang0” Marquez. One of the greatest Melee players of all time and most definitely the fan favorite, Mang0 has been playing since 2007 with 2 EVO titles under his belt. Renowned for his crazy Falco and Fox shenanigans, reacting on the spot and his go big or go home attitude, Mang0 lost to the winner Armada in Winners Final pushing Mang0 into the Losers bracket. As a result, Mang0 beat long term rival Hungrybox in Losers Final 3-2 to meet Armada in the Grand Finals. Mang0 in the losers bracket failed to reset the bracket with Armada eventually winning 3-1.
Team Liquid Hungrybox
Third place went to Team Liquid’s Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, the greatest Jigglypuff player in the competitive Melee scene. Hungrybox lost to Mang0 in Winners Semi, climbing his way through losers bracket beating Plup and Mew2king to meet Mang0 again in the Losers Final. Mang0 beat Hungrybox 3-2 in Losers Final placing Hungrybox third place at EVO 2017.
MVG FOX Mew2King
Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman took fourth place at EVO. Also known as the “Robot” Mew2king has been a top player in the Melee scene since 2005 earning the “God” status in Super Smash Bros Melee. Renowned for his Marth and Shiek play, Mew2king fell short after losing to Armada 2-1 in a close set during Winners Semi-Finals then losing to Hungrybox in Losers Semi-Finals 2-0. As a result, Mew2king took fourth place at Evo 2017.
Panda Gaming’s Justin “Plup” McGrath took 5th place at EVO this year. As a result of switching from Samus to Shiek after Apex 2015. Known for his powerful movement on Shiek, Plup made it through the losers bracket after losing to Prince Abu in Winners Round 1. Plup went on a losers bracket run beating Swedish Delight, Axe and The Moon. Finally losing to Hungrybox with a poor performance against the frustrating Jigglypuff player.
Jose “Joey” “Lucky” Aldama took 5th place with Plup this year at Evo. Lucky known for his technical Fox player came into the finals through Losers Bracket after losing to Duck during the Melee Round 2 of Pools. As a result, Lucky had to make his way through top 64 losers to make it into the final stages of EVO. Lucky lost to Mew2king in Losers Quater-Finals 2-0 placing Lucky 5th place at EVO.
Misfits The Moon
Misfit’s Ryan “The Moon” Crocker-Welch took 7th place at EVO. This was The Moon’s best placement at EVO since he started playing in 2011. Known for his white Marth, The Moon made it to top 8 through the losers bracket after losing to Wizzrobe during round 2 of Pools. The Moon made it all the way through to top 8 only to lose to Plup 2-0 in Losers Round 1 taking 7th place.
A known Fox player hailing from Southern California, SFAT made it to top 8 through the losers bracket. SFAT was knocked into Losers bracket by Hungrybox at the Winners Quater Finals. As a result, SFAT had to play his teammate and duo’s partner PewPewU to get into the Melee top 8. Falling quickly in the Losers Round 1 versus Lucky 2-1 taking 7th place.
EVO Grand Finals – [A] Armada (W) 3-1 C9 Mang0 (L)
— EVO (@EVO) July 16, 2017
Armada was a dominant force coming into Grand Finals to face off against Mang0. With Mang0 being in losers bracket with the fans behind him, this was a position Mang0 had seen countless times. Armada aiming for his second EVO trophy with Mang0’s third EVO trophy.
Game one went to Dreamland, a stage Armada picked first as he came in through Winners bracket. Dreamland is a map favoring the Peach player. Even so, the match came down close to the final stock with Armada just pulling ahead.
Game two went to Pokemon Stadium, a stage favoring the “Spacies” Fox McCloud. Mang0 looked to come back strong with a 2 stock win against Armada.
Game three went to Final Destination. Armada with constant pressure and calculated neutral plays managed to edge Mang0 out with 1 stock left.
Game four went to Battlefield and tournament point to Armada if Mang0 failed to win. Armada with his renowned optimal plays slowly grinding out Mang0 percentage and stocks allowing him to get a 2 stock lead to beat Mang0 in the Grand finals.