2GGC: Civil War Saga took place this past weekend and caused a huge stir in the Smash world. The first details about the tournament were released a little over a year ago but the hype maintained. The event took place at the Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California. Competitors enjoyed three full days of Smash for Wii U action that surprised even the most avid viewers.
Day 1: Start of 2v2
Civil War started off with the 2v2 tournament on Friday. The event began at 10 a.m. and lasted the entire day. The event included 133 different teams, all fighting for the number one spot. Many of the high seeded teams made it out of their pools. The lone exception was the team of Nakat and VoiD, dubbed team CLG. A surprise team of Legit and Teb, two Northern California players, managed to double eliminate the team.
The doubles bracket took a break at top 12. Here are the teams that made it in.
Secondary Round Robin
The doubles bracket resumed shortly afterward. In the losers side of the bracket, Kome/Tsu defeated Pugwest/Mr.E and Abadango/Kameme won over the legendary duo Ranai/komorikiri. MVD/ESAM also managed to win over the underdogs Legit/Teb, and Zero/Nairo stormed past Ally/Venom.
In that match, Zero/Nairo fared pretty well, but eventually ended up falling to the family team of Javi/MkLeo. This made Javi/MkLeo the doubles champions of 2GGC Civil War, giving them momentum in the rest of the tournament, which they hoped to ride.
Day 2: Major Upsets
Saturday saw the start of pools for the singles side of Civil War. Spectators prepared for a slew of upsets, and Civil War obliged. Fow, hailed as one of the game’s best Ness mains took out fifth-ranked Larry Lurr, sending him to losers. The second upset came when Xzax, a Norcal Fox main took out number one ranked ZeRo, sending him to losers as well.
As the day went on, more results came in. Nicko, a Socal Shulk main, sent ANTi to losers, and Meteor sent the Mexican wonder MkLeo to losers as well. The end of day two saw both headliners of Civil War, ZeRo and Ally, taken out by Luhtie, a Zero Suit Samus main, and Locus, a stellar Ryu main, respectively.
Other notable upsets were: Hikaru, the Japanese DK wonder, over VoiD, Ac, a Falco/Metaknight duo main, over Nakat, falln over Ned, and ANTi over VoiD in a heart-wrenching match.
The craziness continued into Sunday, where the top 32 would be shaven down to just one. 9B, a Japanese Bayonetta player struck first. He took out Fow at 25th with a 3-1 win. Dabuz and Nairo managed wins over Shuton and Ranai, continuing their winners runs.
ESAM proved to have the upset of the day, as he took out Ally using Samus who is considered to be a low tier character. This eliminated Ally from the tournament at 25th place. Samsora also provided an upset of ANTi , putting him in 25th place as well.
One of the last matched before top 8 pitted Locus against Nairo. Having already beaten Ally, Locus looked to add another win against a member of the PGR top 10. The set was close, but Locus closed it out in a game five situation. This sent him into one of the last top 8 spots of the most hyped Smash for Wii U tournaments to date.
Top 8: The New Challengers
Fatality and CaptainZack both managed to win their loser’s quarters matches, setting them against each other in loser’s semifinals. The pressure seemed to get to CaptainZack as he lost 3-0 to Fatality, while Sd’ing twice during the set.
A Familiar Face
Fatality seemed to ride the momentum of his win over CaptainZack, as he beat T 3-0. It seemed like he would carry it all the way to his match in grand finals against Dabuz. This wasn’t the case however. Dabuz surgically cut away at Fatality as he won the set 3-1. This gave Dabuz his first super national win ever, joining the ranks of ZeRo, Nairo and Ally.
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