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Ludwig Ahgren announced the Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2 in a tweet on June 30. The LACS 2 will be an online Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament with a prize pool of at least $15,000. Notably, this will be the largest prize pool of any Smash event since the beginning of the year.

Ludwig hosted the first edition of his Championship Series in December 2018. This was a 16-man netplay invitational, with two of those players getting in through a qualifier event. The LACS 2 will work similarly, albeit on a much larger scale. This event will have 64 players competing, with 24 making it in through two qualifiers on July 11 and 12. Notably, these qualifier tournaments will be part of Brandon “homemadewaffles” Collier’s Rona Rumble series.

So far, Ludwig has confirmed nine of the players that will compete in the LACS 2. The star-studded lineup includes Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez, Zain Naghmi, Justin “Plup” McGrath, Cody “iBDW” Schwab, Johnny “S2J” Kim, Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni, Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby, and Kevin “PewPewU” Toy. In addition, other players not mentioned in the announcement video will likely receive automatic invites.

More about the LACS 2

The LACS 2 is possible thanks to recent changes to Slippi. Developer Jas “Fizzi” Laferriere recently introduced rollback netcode and integrated matchmaking to online Melee through the latest Slippi build. This allows for a smoother netplay experience across longer distances. Previously, Melee netplay tournaments could only run effectively with entrants limited to a specific region. But now, the Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series can incorporate all of the United States and other parts of North America.

Alongside the LACS 2 announcement, homemadewaffles announced Rona Rumble Crew Battles. This winner-take-all event will take place from July 9 – 10, and it features a $5,000 prize pool. It will pit 12 regions against each other, with five players competing from each region. Here are the team captains from each region, who will select the remaining four players for their crews:

  • Mang0 (Southern California)
  • Zain (Maryland / Virginia)
  • Hungrybox (Florida)
  • iBDW (Tristate)
  • PewPewU (Northern California)
  • n0ne (Canada)
  • Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson (Southwest)
  • Avery “Ginger” Wilson (Midwest)
  • Sasha “Magi” Sullivan and Albert Luu (South)
  • Steven “FatGoku” Callopy (Pacific Northwest)
  • Anthony “Slox” Detres (New England)
  • Jonathan “Bimbo” Rocha (Mexico)


Dylan Tate is a student in 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.


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