Prodigy wins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Super Ascension
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Pedro “Prodigy” Alonso won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Super Ascension in Chandler, Arizona on Dec. 15. This was a C-tier tournament and the final event of the Fall 2019 PGRU season.

Prodigy reached Winners Quarters with wins over players such as Asael “PiXL” Rivera. Then he advanced into top 8 on winners side after scoring an upset victory over Eric “Pandarian” Lund. He continued his streak in top 8 by defeating Alexis “Goblin” Stennett.

In Winners Finals, Prodigy faced off against Guillermo “Stroder” Martinez Jr., the No. 1 player in Arizona. Prodigy won the set 3-2. He defeated Stroder 3-2 again in Grand Finals, earning 1st place at Super Ascension. In doing so, Prodigy became the second Mario main to win a PGRU event, behind Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose.

Prodigy also placed 1st in Doubles at Super Ascension, teaming with Antony “MuteAce” Hoo. The duo lost to Alex “Lucky” Rust & Benji “Loaf” Rust even before reaching top 8. However, Prodigy & MuteAce were able to make a strong losers run. They reached top 4 by eliminating PiXL & John “VaLoR” Toral and Pandarian & Troy “BassMage” Waters.

Their run continued with wins over Jonathan “CRUP!!” Achutegui & Abraham “Asotil” Achutegui and Stroder & Spencer “BestNess” Garner. In Grand Finals, Prodigy & MuteAce faced off against Goblin & Raj “Silver” Nadiger. After two five-game sets, Prodigy & MuteAce emerged as the Super Ascension Doubles champions.

Other results from Super Ascension

Stroder had a solid run to 2nd in Smash Ultimate Singles at Super Ascension. He reached top 8 by defeating Devon “JumboJack” Carter, VaLoR, and BestNess. Then in top 8, he earned two wins over Dawson “Big D” Perron while also losing two sets to Prodigy.

Big D had an impressive run to 3rd place using Ice Climbers, a largely underrepresented character. In the process, he earned a handful of impressive upsets. Big D was able to defeat MuteAce, Pandarian, and Goblin.

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.