iBDW wins Smash Melee Singles at Rona Rumble: West Coast XI
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Cody “iBDW” Schwab won Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles at Rona Rumble: West Coast XI on May 29. It was his first online tournament victory since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

IBDW swept through the first round of pools as expected. In the process, he beat “Andrey,” Connor “Blue” Randolph, and Wally “soccermom69” A. without dropping any games. He proceeded to score a convincing 3-0 victory over Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni’s Falco in Winners Quarters.

IBDW’s first opponent in top 8 of Rona Rumble: West Coast XI was Kyle “Kalamazhu” Zhu. He defeated Kalamazhu 3-1, allowing him to advance into Winners Finals. There, he overcame Johnny “S2J” Kim in a five-game set. iBDW faced S2J once again in Grand Finals, and once again he beat S2J 3-2.

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Kalamazhu pulled off multiple notable upsets on his path to 3rd place at Rona Rumble: West Coast XI. He made it into top 8 by beating Jason “CrossFitJesus” Fagundes 2-0 and Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson 3-2. Afterward, Kalamazhu earned a 3-2 win over Steven “FatGoku” Callopy and a 3-0 win over Zaid “Spark” Ali. Meanwhile, he only lost to iBDW and S2J.

Fox main SFAT notably placed 5th at Rona Rumble: West Coast XI playing exclusively Falco. Along the way, he earned wins over many notable players. SFAT defeated Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman, Joey “Lucky” Aladama, Ryan “Traplord” Willard, and Axe, while losing to iBDW and Spark.

Rona Rumble results from around the world

Taiki “sheik” Iwama won Rona Rumble: Japan II on May 28. He defeated Haruki “haruki” Uchiito and “Destiny” to advance into top 8. From there, sheik beat Shoki “Falpan” K., reigning champion Konstantin “Kobobi” Heck, and Ivan “gaR” Van. Throughout the whole tournament, he did not drop a single game.

Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas won Rona Rumble: Europe II on May 29. Initially, he swept through Anre “Yomi” Loos-Sillmann, Nuradin “Nukidin4” Acifovic, Archie “mordo” Saltmarsh, and Ville “Levingy” Miekk-oja, losing no games. Then in Winners Finals, Professor Pro beat “Solobattle” 3-1. While he lost the first set of Grand Finals 2-3 to Solobattle, Professor Pro overcame Solobattle 3-1 in the second set to win the tournament.

Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.