There are a lot of things one can dispute in the Smash eSports community, Adam “Armada” Lindgren is not one of them. After securing his second overall EVO championship in Super Smash Bros Melee, Armada spoke about the focus he has going into tourneys and how being the best means never underestimating anyone:
I just try to look at the next opponent. Never like two or three sets in advanced. I focus on one person and that person has my full attention. The thing is...I feel like a lot of people watch Smash [Melee] and think “this is an easy win.” You do not get any easy wins in Melee in 2017, that’s for sure. I try to make sure that I play the best that I can in every set. Especially at a tournament like this with best two out of three, one simple mistake could cost you everything.
That's coming from a guy who can count on two hands how many professional tourneys he hasn't come in at least 3rd in since 2007. That level of dominance that spans a decade in the sport boils down to dedication, hard work and, according to Armada, mentality:
I feel like it mostly comes down to mentality, to be honest. Like I said earlier it is very important to take all the matches very seriously. Any person from one tournament to another could have improved drastically. They might have a different gameplan. You don’t really really want to be caught off guard more than necessary. So, I feel it mostly comes down to mentality.
A lot of people mention that it’s because I play Peach. And, yes, Peach does allow for more consistency than some of the other characters. But it’s not as simple as that. It’s very easy from the sideline to say “this is an easy win” or “this is easy to be consistent with.” The fact that a lot of people are saying things like that kind of proves why, in their current state, they will not be able to do it.
And I am not trying to say that to be rude. There is just so much more into being consistent than spectator may notice.
Is it any wonder this guy has been at the top of the Smash scene for so long?