This weekend, EndGameTV is hosting the last major Super Smash Bros. tournament of the year, Don’t Park On The Grass 2018. As the final event in the Melee Panda Global Rankings’ eligibility period, this Seattle event has drawn dozens of top 100-level Super Smash Bros. Melee players to the Pacific Northwest for an extended period of high-level play.
Last weekend, Te Tuhi “Spud” Kelly won Bridgetown Hyper Blitz, a stacked regional featuring top players such as Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby and Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas. Last night, all those players and many more entered The Parking Lot, a small local event held by EndGameTV in an AirBNB in preparation for Don’t Park On The Grass. This was the fourth local held in this house by EndGameTV this week, and by far the most stacked, though each of the three previous iterations featured a slew of top-level talent as well, with Professor Pro and Theodore “Bladewise” Seybold taking first place in previous nights.
Last night’s Parking Lot bracket included an astounding 13 SSBMRanked players, alongside a number of contenders who have a good-to-guaranteed shot of making it into the top 100 this year.
The Friday Parking Lot was easily one of the most stacked local events in Melee history; no match in the event’s top-16 bracket would have appeared out of place in a major top 32. And though it featured a few interesting upsets, such as Zaid “Spark” Ali’s 3-2 win over n0ne and Daniel “Zamu” Bernstein’s victories over Spud and Ryan “Ryan Ford” Ford, the tournament’s final outcome went about as expected: a victory for first seed Zain “Zain” Naghmi. As Zain goes into Don’t Park On The Grass, he can rest easy knowing that he’s already won an impressive tournament this weekend.