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SmashRadar: Brawl Grand Championship

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The Grand Championships took place on the Battlefield stage and then the contestants picked their characters:
Link
Zelda
Pikachu
Mario
Kirby
Meta Knight
Ike
Ike
Ike
Ice Climbers
Ice Climbers
Lucas
Lucas

Notice anything about that list? Yeah, the contestants were really favoring Ike. We caught up with Lee Martin after he successfully passed the first round of three on his way to the final and asked “Why Ike?”

The Louisiana native explained that Ike was a heavy hitter and on a stage like Battlefield where there are no walls, his down-slash can make all the difference. Also, it’s not as easy to get Ike airborne, making him that much harder to kill.


Above: The Battlefield stage

After watching Meta Knight and Zelda get floated to oblivion in the first round, we saw what he meant. Lighter characters tend to fly farther when hit and if they’re up against heavy-hitters with a more solid base (like Ike, or even King Dedede), once they’re airborne, it’s all over.

The Lucas vs. Lucas match was quite possibly the most interesting brawl we witnessed in the first round. After trouncing his doppelganger, Austin Cornelius (cool name, huh?) of Dallas, TX was kind enough to chat with us about why he picked the sniffling sidekick of Ness.

“I usually play as Ness,” he said, but because Ness isn’t a starting character in Brawl, he had to go with Lucas instead. “I tried a [few other characters] in the other tournaments, but I just liked Lucas the best. And everybody else chose guys with swords.”

Austin had a point - the sword swingers were dominating the competition and in round II, not even Lucas’s amazing recoveries were enough to get by Link. The sword's range makes it that much harder to get inside a swordsmen’s guard and float him - and if you can’t do that, you can’t score a KO on the Battlefield stage.

Zelda, Kirby, Meta Knight, Pikachu and one of the Ice Climbers and Lucas sets each were knocked out in the first round by sword swingers. Round II saw the introduction of Mario (the guy got a free pass on the first round and don’t give him crap for it; he had a broken arm and a broken thumb), but not even he could stand up to Ike’s long-range swings.

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11 comments

  • Liark4444 - January 17, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    man, I wish I was there!
  • Troy - January 17, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    man you guys don't have a life.
  • GalenMarek - May 24, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    2 things. first of all Troy, suck it. second who the heck won?
  • Silver2 - April 4, 2009 5:22 p.m.

    i rocked em all u can tell by my pix im a trainer fan
  • looijee91 - August 12, 2009 7:31 p.m.

    i could have won that whole thing if i was there!!! i hope they do another one soon!
  • JediMaster1 - September 22, 2008 2:57 a.m.

    probably wouldnt win though but it would be so cool
  • Ravenbom - October 24, 2008 5:19 p.m.

    man, did they all have to use the wiimote and nunchuck scheme? That is by far, my least favorite way to play. I'd prefer the wiimote (which no one seems to like, but I don't mind) sideways to that scheme. where's a couple wavebirds when you need 'em?
  • JediMaster1 - September 22, 2008 2:56 a.m.

    man i wish i was there
  • gamefreakteen - December 5, 2009 2:56 a.m.

    yeah man!
  • FanofSaiyan - December 6, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    Is anyone else tired of seeing Meta Knight in almost EVERY tournament. I think they made him a little too swift.
  • Greenlaser - December 20, 2009 4:48 a.m.

    what!!! thats cool i should of enterd i live in san jose man i mist it.............crap

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