Of the various characters available to play in Super Smash Bros. Melee, several sit higher in the rankings than the cute and cuddly Jigglypuff, a Pokémon character transposed from the popular franchise. Fox, the protagonist from the aptly named Star Fox, sits at the top in a tier of his own. And yet, Jigglypuff — played by Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma — ultimately crushed Fox — played by Adam “Armada” Lindgren — at Evo 2016.
This past weekend, Hungrybox managed to claw his way to the top over Armada with some inspired play. And a whole bunch of sneaky maneuvers. Specifically, he made good use of Jigglypuff’s dreaded Rest — a move that regularly K.O.s opponents if it lands thanks to an incredible knockback. If it doesn’t, it leaves the round little Pokémon vulnerable for a time, but professionals known when and when not to throw it down.
And Hungrybox is a professional, and managed to get a Rest off to reset the bracket (about 34 minutes and 55 seconds into the above video) before going on to win the Grand Finals at Evo 2016 in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The win marks Hungrybox’s first Evo victory, though it isn’t the first time he’s come out ahead of Armada.