18/04/2024

Sora (L), Jdizzle (C) and Sock (R) will all be representing Australia in the Smash World Tour Championships in Orlando, Florida. (Photos: SSBWiki)

Australia will be represented on the world stage in both Super Smash Bros Melee and Ultimate in this weekend's Smash World Tour Championships.

Three Australians have been named in the Smash World Tour Championship Brackets across both Melee and Ultimate.

Josh ‘Sora’ Lyras, Jono ‘Jdizzle’ Douglas and Jacob ‘Sock’ Hunter have all qualified as top 32 players for their respective games, set to play against some of the best in the world.

There are eight groups of five players for both games, with four slots currently filled with the pre-qualified players. The fifth and final spot will be filled with the top eight of the Last Chance Qualifiers tournament, set to kick off at 3AM (AEDT) on Saturday.

The group stages will then start the next day, in a round robin format with every player playing each other once. First place will proceed to the winners bracket, second and third to the losers bracket, while the bottom two will be eliminated.

Sunday’s finale (Monday AEDT) will see the world champions win from a pool of $150,000. It’s one of the biggest international events in competitive Smash history.

The groups

Here are the Championship groups as they stand, for Melee, listed by seeding:

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Wizzrobe
Frenzy
Aura
HP
Plup
Aklo
Ice
Shippu
aMSa
Kalamazhu
Gahtzu
Far!
Hungrybox
Fiction
Nicki
Sock
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
SFAT
Professor Pro
Zamu
Inngenn
Kodorin
Llod
Jah Ridin’
JCAM
Polish
Pipsqueak
Spark
Chape
Trif
Faceroll
Sora
Ben

Hunter was a late replacement for William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte, coming in for the European number two in one of the hardest groups in the tournament.

Group D boasts American number one and the best Jigglypuff in the world, Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, who is famously strong against Fox players despite theoretically playing a losing match-up.

He’ll also face a ditto against Shepherd ‘Fiction’ Lima, ranked 12th on the 2019 power rankings, and German Fox player Dominik ‘Nicki’ Kunze, most recently ranked 13th in Europe.

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Sora takes on second ranked European Peach main Álvaro ‘Trif’ García Moral (16th in US rankings), 17th US ranked Shiek main Griffin ‘Faceroll’ Williams and group underdog Sheik main Benjamin ‘Ben’ Strandmark.

Ben recently placed ninth at Riptide alongside Gahtzu, and is currently ranked first in the Wisconsin PR. One of his most notable wins came over top-seeded Captain Falcon main Wizzrobe.

Sock faces more ditto matches against higher quality opponents, while Sora’s match-up knowledge will be tested, with Ben also boasting a secondary Luigi.

Sora recently competed at invitational tournament Smash Summit 12, fresh off high quality experience against some of the best that will be competing at the Championships.

In the Last Chance Qualifiers, Australian number three Miles ‘DonB’ Dobney will compete for his chance to advance through to one of the final eight spots in the Championship group stage.

Seeded in Pool C12, he first plays Triston ‘Rocks’ Juarez. If he wins, he advances to play the winner of Unsure and A1-EX. Dobney’s biggest challenge will then come against Jigglypuff main Toussaint ‘2saint’ Turnier, most recently ranked 35th in the MGPR 2019.

While many of his recent notable wins, including over Hungrybox, have come in online tournaments, he’s not a player to be underestimated.

Here are the Championship groups as they stand for Ultimate:

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
MkLeo
Peli
Myran
Jdizzle
Spargo
Scend
Lea
Tomberry
ProtoBanham
MVD
Wraith
XIFL
Kola
Shuton
Moxi
Sintro
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Maister
Riddles
Tarik
Br1 AV
Glutonny
Ken
Bassmage
Capitancito
Dabuz
Sonix
Skittles!!
Alice
Tweek
Sisqui
Cloudy
Kiyarash

The sole Australian representing the Oceanic scene for Ultimate, JDizzle faces the unfavourable task of both being the lowest seeded in his group, but also facing the best in the world.

Leonardo López Pérez, or MkLeo, is a name that will strike fear into JDizzle’s heart. The 20-year-old from Mexico seems to ignore the rules of the traditional tier list, maining Byleth, who is currently regarded as a mid-to-low tier character.

Leo had previously mained Joker, considered to be one of if not the best character in Ultimate. He recently won Mainstage 2021 with solely Byleth, also winning Port Priority and Riptide with a bit of Joker and Pyra/Mythra thrown in.

It’s a huge task for JDizzle, who hasn’t yet competed in an event of this size overseas. It will be valuable experience for the Young Link main, and if he can cause an upset, it will send waves back home.

JDizzle will also face James ‘Peli’ Hunt, an English Sonic main, as well as Robert ‘Myran’ Herrin, an Olimar main.

Both characters could prove to be annoying match-ups, both liking to keep their zone on the stage and stop the opponent from getting in. If they can box out JDizzle’s impressive combo game, he may struggle to rack up a victory in his group.

However, his variety of projectiles at his disposal as Young Link gives him options to close the gap and hopefully execute his exhilarating strings.

The Smash World Tour Championships LCQ pools kick off at 3AM (AEDT) on Saturday, December 18.

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