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Several Bayonetta players made it into the Super Smash Brothers 4 finals at Evo 2018 this year, although surprisingly, last year’s Evo winner and Bayonetta player Saleem “Salem” Akiel Young wasn’t one of them.

Salem’s upset last year coincided with the longstanding debate over whether Bayonetta’s combo-linking abilities make her an unfair opponent, and after tonight’s results, that debate shows no signs of slowing down.

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Up a set of stairs in a musty Polish wedding venue, 11-year-old Lizzie "Ultrasonic" Newell, wearing a backwards, gold snake-print hat, approached a cluster of five world-famous beatboxers. Their circle immediately absorbed her.

Newell showed off her own plucky drum beats, bouncing along in time. She fit right in here, yet wore a look of shameless admiration on her face. About an hour later, Newell was downstairs in a similarly musty hall with a controller in hand, getting her butt whooped at Super Smash Bros. 4.

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On the eve of a new Super Smash Bros. game, it's time to reflect on the sins of past Smashes. We can quibble over whether Bayonetta should have been in Smash 4. We can beef about Super Smash Bros. Brawl's infuriating tripping mechanic.

Or we could explore some less-trod Smash territory, something so idiosyncratic and dumb that players barely talk about it: Smash 4's terrifically random board game for the Wii U, called Smash Tour.

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In a dominating performance, Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada's Zero Suit Samus had Leonardo "MkLeo" Perez's Bayonetta on the edge, knocking him down to just one stock. Shortly after, Quezada finished the job by sending Perez flying immediately after respawning; he won the gold at the Battle for Vegas and now both he and Perez lead the pack of top players hoping to replace the freshly retired Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios as the number one player in the world.

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The fight between Leonardo "MkLeo" Lopez Perez and Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios in the 2GG Championship final was some of the highest-level Smash 4 I've ever seen, with incredibly clean play and perceptive reads and adaptions.

This weekend's 2GG Championship was created to be a capstone tournament for the Super Smash Bros. For Wii U scene. It was a fitting end to have two of its biggest titans clash in the grand finals.

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For 13 minutes, Gonzalo "Zero" Barrios' face barely moved. It was the Grand Finals match of a Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament, and Barrios, the best Smash player in the world, was squaring off against a formidable opponent. A few feet away, Barrios' bodyguard kept a lookout for a man who'd threatened to be there, in wait, with a gun aimed at the champion gamer.