2022’s first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Major tournament, “Let’s Make Big Moves,” was held in New York this past weekend. Chris “Quidd” R., a Pokemon Traner main, was relatively unknown to the smash community outside of New York. Nevertheless, he dominated the tournament, taking his first-ever Major tournament victory over Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan.
Quidd’s Tournament Run
Quidd, the 32 seed, went undefeated through pools and the bracket, granting him a spot in top eight, joining high-value players like Kola, Griffin “Fatality” Miller, and “The King of New York,” Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby. In Winner’s Finals, Quidd lost his first game of the tournament to Antony “MuteAce” Hoo, who sent the number one seed, Dabuz, to the losers’ side the set prior. Still, Quidd took the set 3-1 and found himself in Grand Finals facing off against Kola, who had just defeated Fatality, Scend and Dabuz in the losers’ bracket. Kola took the first set against Quidd commandingly, going 3-0, resulting in a bracket reset.
Even with Kola’s momentum building, Quidd was able to shift the momentum in his favor in the second set. The final game was a nail-biter, going to a “last hit, last stock” situation after Quidd came back from a 93% deficit.
He wasn't the Tristate defender we expected, but he's a welcome surprise for damn sure! 🗽
— Let's Make Big Moves @ #LMBM2022 (@YoLetsMakeMoves) January 10, 2022
OverView of Quidd
Quidd’s Pokemon Trainer is a sight for sore eyes. His mastery over Ivysaur and his ability to read his opponent’s recovery with down air is unmatched. Quidd has placed well in tournaments in the past, taking second at CROSSxUP and 25-32 at Mainstage 2021. Quidd’s victory cements him as a dominant player and shows he is willing to grow as a player. In addition, he is the first Pokemon Trainer to win a major tournament since 2019 when Tweek took Low Tier City 7. It will be interesting to see what the “Quidd games” have in store for the Smash Ultimate competitive scene in the future.
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