Smash Summit has been a staple tournament in the melee community for the past three years. Now a biannual event, the competition looks hot as sixteen of the best melee players are invited to Southern California suite to fight it out over a $20,000 prize pot. It seems that all eyes are on this tournament, with Thursday and Friday viewership averaging 30,000.
The Smash Summit is as much as a casual event as a competitive one. The atmoshpere itself is about as casual as it gets; four commentators at a time sit on the living room couch to watch and commentate matches, the kitchen is full of drinks and food for the players to eat, and the whole house is open for all the competitors to just hang out.
Some unconventional, fun and entertaining events are also streamed on Twitch on Thursday and Friday. One of these events is mafia, where all the players meet in a room and four are picked as mafia, one as a doctor, one as a cop, and one as a vigilante, with the remaining players being common villagers. The goal of the mafia is to kill everyone, having to kill two players after each turn. The vigilante can kill one person of his choice, but his goal to kill one of the mafia. The doctor can save one person from the mafia’s wrath per turn, however, the doctor is unaware as to who the mafia will kill. The cop can investigate one person per turn to try to figure out who is in the mafia. After each turn, the surviving villagers can vote to execute one person who they believe to be the mafia. More and better information about this party game can be found here.
Saturday and Sunday is where the real money is won. Saturday eight teams of two compete in a bracket tournament to win a prize pot of $5,000. Known as melee doubles, each team of two has eight lives (also known as stocks) and each team tries to eliminate all the stocks of the opposing team. This bracket is double elimination and will take place on Saturday from 12 PM PST to 5 PM PST.
Singles bracket attracts the most viewers, potentially more than 50,000. Fan favorites like Joseph “Mang0” Marquez and William “Leffen”Hjelte will go all out to win the big cash prize of $20,000. This tournament series is known to produce great shows and display melee’s great talents from around the world. Singles bracket is double elimination and will be played on Sunday at 12 PM.
All brackets, singles, doubles, and all the casual events played, can be found at smash.gg
The last Smash Summit was a great success, and produced some of the greatest moments in melee history. This year will be no different.
All of Smash Summit 3’s events can be streamed from twitch.