Pat's House 2 Recap: Mew2King Proves His Dominance

Pat's House 2 Recap: Mew2King Proves His Dominance

He's done it before, and he'll do it again, but Mew2King never ceases to impress us with his consistent high-level Smash Bros. play. He proved this with his skill at Pat's House 2 in San Diego this weekend and we broke down just how it happened. Check out below for a full recap of the top 16. You can click on a heading to watch the VOD from the match, just in case you want to see any of the incredible comebacks that happened this weekend. 

Winners Bracket: MIOM PewPewU (Marth) vs Fiction (Fox)

MIOM PewPewU (Marth) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
Fiction (Fox)
1 Game 1 0
2 Game 2 0
0 Game 3 2
3 Game 4 0
 
In an intense matchup between two of the most common mains, Fiction took an early —however slight— lead over PewPewU by taking the first stock. His exceptional play continued through later stocks as he continued to hold a one-stock lead throughout the match. Despite Fiction being up by nearly two stocks at one point, PewPewU found his confidence and threw down the gauntlet on Fiction, taking him from three stocks to zero on all his final. Moving to Yoshi’s Story for the second match, PewPewU’s dominance continued, taking Fiction’s first stock within the first 13 seconds of the match. It looked as though everything was moving in PewPewU’s favor, but Fiction pulled it back together to tie things up at two stocks a piece. However, it looked as though his nerves once again got the best of him as he let PewPewU take his final two stocks with ease. Realizing that he could be eliminated in this third match, Fiction took things a bit slower, sizing up his opponent and taking care not to rush into anything. This ended up working well for him as he took the match by two stocks thanks for a missed dash from PewPewU to end the game. It looked as though things were finally shifting into Fiction’s favor for the second half of the matchup, but PewPewU turned that thought right around by nearly four-stocking Fiction on Final Destination. In the end, PewPewU easily took the game and series to move on in the tournament, sending Fiction to the Losers Bracket. 
 

Winners Bracket: Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff) vs XTR Eddy Mexico (Luigi)

 

Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
XTR Eddy Mexico (Luigi)
2 Game 1 0
3 Game 2 0
2 Game 3 0
 
While we don’t usually see too many matches where both participants are using underutilized characters, this matchup between Hungrybox and Eddy Mexico was just that, featuring both Jigglypuff and Luigi. These aren’t characters that we see often, but these players have managed to make them competitively viable regardless. Though the matchup was quite even skill-wise, Eddy Mexico was able to take the first stock, though the lead didn’t last long as Hungrybox regained the lead with some killer air combat and eventually dominated Eddy Mexico to take a win in the first match. The second match was more of the same as Hungrybox absolutely decimated Eddy Mexico to take the game in a 3-stock victory. Needing to turn things around to save his tournament life in the Winners Bracket, Eddy Mexico tried to combat Hungrybox’s powerful demeanor, but wasn’t able to stop the dominating performance put on by Hungrybox and he lost 3-0. 
 

Winners Bracket: MIOM SFAT (Fox) vs S2J (Captain Falcon)

MIOM SFAT (Fox) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
S2J (Captain Falcon)
2 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 2
0 Game 3 1
1 Game 4 0
1 Game 5 0
 
Wasting no time whatsoever, SFAT and S2J got right to the intense battles with some fast-paced action that put SFAT up with an early lead. Despite S2J holding his own throughout the battle, SFAT was able to take that slight lead and use it to his constant advantage throughout the game to win with two stocks left. The second match was the complete opposite though, as S2J took a massive two-stock lead over SFAT and held it throughout the entire match to take a convincing win, evening out the series at 1-1. However, the third match seemed to move back into SFAT’s favor. He took the lead and had S2J pinned down pretty hard. This didn’t last long though as S2J started to mount a comeback. He eventually pulled out an insane come from behind victory to win on the last stock, putting him up 2-1 in the series. Despite S2J taking the last two games in a row, SFAT was able to pull things back into his control slightly in the fourth match, beating S2J out by just one stock to even up the series once again. Knowing that whoever won this next match won the series, both SFAT and S2J took things extremely cautiously, despite playing just as fast as usual. It was extremely close thoughout, with no one really taking that drastic of a lead at any time, but, in the end, SFAT was able to close it out to win the series 3-2 and avoid the comeback loss. 

Winners Bracket: MMG Shroomed (Sheik) vs Lucky (Fox)

MMG Shroomed (Sheik) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
Lucky (Fox)
1 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
0 Game 3 1
1 Game 4 0
0 Game 5 2
 
From the very second the match started, it was clear that this matchup would be extremely intense and, boy, did it live up to that. Both players kept an extremely close lock on each other, making sure to never let one or the other get too far ahead. Shroomed was able to pull out the win in the last stock, taking the first game of the series. Throughout the series, Shroomed continued to punish Lucky for every mistake he made, which is somewhat rare considering he was playing with Sheik. However, Lucky was able to combat this punishment to take a slight lead that gave him the win in the end to even out the series at 1-1. In the third match, things were much more even, with it coming down to the final percentages between the two characters. Lucky was able to catch Shroomed off stage and punish him with a shine to end the match. Shroomed switched to Dr. Mario for the fourth match, knowing that the confidence to switch things up might help him turn things around. This proved to be true as he took Lucky down in the final stock with some amazing Dr. Mario combos to keep his tournament dreams alive. This didn’t hold true in the fifth match though, as Lucky went up four stocks to two over Shroomed, even as Dr. Mario. Despite Shroomed’s pension for comebacks, he wasn’t able to pull it off this time and fell to Lucky to lose the series 3-2.

Winners Bracket: P4K EMP Mew2King (Sheik) vs Axe (Pikachu)

P4K EMP Mew2King (Sheik) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
Axe (Pikachu)
2 Game 1 0
1 Game 2 0
3 Game 3 0
 
Starting out in absolutely devastating fashion, Mew2King quickly took out Axe in an impressive first stock before nearly taking Axe to his final stock before losing his first. It was a quite impressive display by Mew2King, even if Axe did keep him from taking the 4-stock win. In the second match, Axe switched to Falco and took an early lead, but Mew2King woke up and erased Axe’s lead in a split second. He was able to recover and regain the lead, taking Mew2King to his final stock, but a costly mistake shot him off stage and the match went to Mew2King. Mew2King took an early lead in the third match, but Axe only expounded this lead with an accidental suicide. Thankfully for him, Mew2King was a good guy and took a stock of his own to even things up, but it wasn’t enough as Axe struggled and quickly fell to Mew2King’s Sheik. 
 

Winners Bracket: Westballz (Fox) vs Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff) Winners Bracket
Best of 5
Westballz (Fox)
2 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
2 Game 3 0
3 Game 4 0
 
Taking an immediate stock from Westballz, Hungrybox went up early in the first match to establish his dominant presence in the series. He held this throughout the match, taking it by two stocks to lead the series. Westballz turned things around in the second game to take a demanding lead that made it look as though it was over early. However, Westballz made some careless mistakes that allowed Hungrybox to start a comeback. He was able to finish it out though, evening up the series at 1-1. Regardless of Westballz’s win in the second match, he didn’t have what it took to close things out, losing both the third and fourth matches to Hungrybox and his ridiculous Jigglypuff skill. In the fourth match, it wasn’t even close as Hungrybox nearly four-stocked Westballz on his best map, finishing out with three stocks at 0%. 
 

Winners Semis: P4K EMP Mew2King (Sheik) vs Lucky (Fox)

 

P4K EMP Mew2King (Sheik) Winners Semis
Best of 5
Lucky (Fox)
4 Game 1 0
2 Game 2 0
0 Game 3 3
2 Game 4 0
 
Keeping with his reputation, Mew2King knocked Lucky down to just two stocks within the first minute of the match before 4-stocking him in the first match. It was absolutely brutal and Lucky knew it right away. Changing things up in the second match, Mew2King switched to Fox for Pokemon Stadium. While he wasn’t as completely dominant in this match, he still played exceptionally well against Lucky, taking him by two stocks in the mirror matchup. Realizing that losing by two stocks is much better than losing by four stocks, Lucky chose the same map to get a rematch at taking down Mew2King. It ended up working in his favor as he defeated Mew2King in a 3-stock situation, showing that he still had some life left in him. Mew2King switched to Marth as they moved to Final Destination, which helped him to easily defeat Lucky and advance in the tournament with a 3-1 victory. 
 

Winners Semis: Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) vs Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) Winners Semis
Best of 5
Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
0 Game 1 1
0 Game 2 2
0 Game 3 1
 
In a close first match, Hungrybox was able to successfully counter Fly Amanita’s wobbles from the Ice Climbers to take the first match with a one stock lead. This didn’t hold true in the second match though, as the IC took a slight % over Jigglypuff throughout the first half of the match. That wasn’t the case in the second half of the match though, as Hungrybox turned things around to take the lead once again, eventually winning by two stocks. The same thing happened in the third round as Fly Amanita took an early lead only to give it away to Hungrybox in the final stocks, allowing Hungrybox to take the series 3-0. 
 

Losers Bracket: MMG Shroomed (Sheik) vs Westballz (Falco)

MMG Shroomed (Sheik) Losers Bracket
Best of 5
Westballz (Falco)
2 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
0 Game 3 2
0 Game 4 1
 
In quite possibly the longest first stock ever, Westballz and Shroomed proved just how even their skill levels really are, taking it to nearly the six minute mark and over 200% for Shroomed before Westballz finally died. Despite how long the first stock took, Shroomed easily took Westballz other three to win the first match. Westballz then switched to Fox for Final Destination, hoping to turn the series around. This ended up working in his favor as he took Shroomed to the final stock in a 1v1 battle before finally taking the win, evening up the series 1-1. He moved back to Falco for Yoshi’s Island, clearly showing that a slight confidence boost was all he needed. This proved to be true as he took the third match as well, going up 2-1 in the series, and putting Shroomed on the edge of elimination. Despite Shroomed having a slight but important lead throughout most of the match, he made some careless mistakes at the end of the match that allowed Westballz to take the match win from him in the final stock, eliminating Shroomed from the tournament. 
 

Losers Quarters: Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) vs MIOM SFAT (Fox)

Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) Losers Quarters
Best of 5
MIOM SFAT (Fox)
2 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 2
1 Game 3 0
0 Game 4 1
2 Game 5 0
 
After losing to Hungrybox earlier in the tournament, Fly Amanita came out strong against SFAT with his Ice Climbers duo that SFAT just couldn’t counter, costing him the first game in the series. This couldn’t have been further from the truth in the second matchup though, as SFAT took the win and gained the momentum that he needed to go up in the series. Fly Amanita wasn’t deterred though, cranking up the pressure to take down SFAT in the third match on the final stock, despite many missed moves and opportunities throughout the game. SFAT clearly wasn’t too happy about this and improved his game as well, taking out each of the Ice Climbers one-by-one to make things a bit more easy for him. This series of back and forth continued as Fly Amanita took the final game by two stocks to move into Top 4 and send MIOM SFAT home in 5th place. 
 

Losers Quarters: Lucky (Fox) vs Westballz (Falco)

Lucky (Fox) Losers Quarters
Best of 5
Westballz (Falco)
1 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
0 Game 3 1
1 Game 4 0
0 Game 5 1
 
Following in the typical space animal matchup, the first game between Lucky and Westballz was extremely even, with a nearly identical distribution of percentage throughout the entire match. Because of this, each match felt slow and methodical, but that had to do more with how calculated each move was, rather than the actual pace of the match. In the end, Lucky took the first match to start the series off. Despite how much the second match seemed to be in Lucky’s favor for most of the match, Westballz came back from behind to defeat Lucky and even up the series 1-1. This momentum carried through into the third match as Westballz took a commanding lead over Lucky that netted him the win and series lead. Lucky recovered from these losses though, not letting Westballz’s momentum get to him, and took game 4 to force things to a final match that would send the loser home. It looked as though Westballz was too demoralized to do anything, allowing Lucky to dominate him in the final match, but he clutched up at the end with a perfect shine to send Lucky packing. 
 
 

Winners Finals: P4K EMP Mew2King (Fox) vs Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

P4K EMP Mew2King (Fox) Winners Finals
Best of 5
Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
2 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
2 Game 3 0
1 Game 4 0
 
Despite how well Hungrybox did in earlier matches, his Jigglypuff was no match for Mew2King’s Fox on Final Destination as he easily fell down to his final stock and wasn’t able to recover from that point, giving Mew2King the win. Though the second game was much more even, Hungrybox kept calm and was able to pull out a risky win over Mew2King that came down to the last stock. By keeping his distance and defending from Mew2King’s blaster shots, he was able to break down M2K’s strategy and stay alive long enough to wait for the opportunity he needed to win. This win from Hungrybox evened up the series, which clearly put Mew2King into his focus mode. He showed this as he came out extremely strong in the third match and defeated Hungrybox with two stocks remaining. The fourth –and final– match came down to a battle for the final stock in which Mew2King was victorious, taking down Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff with a perfectly timed upsmash. 
 
 

Losers Semis: Westballz (Fox) vs Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers)

Westballz (Fox) Losers Semis
Best of 5
Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers)
0 Game 1 1
1 Game 2 0
0 Game 3 1
1 Game 4 0
0 Game 5 1
 
After his ridiculous comebacks in the last series, you would think that Westballz would be somewhat confident and ready going into his Losers Semi-Finals match against Fly Amanita, but the first match showed otherwise as he played somewhat sloppy and was easily taken out after being split by the two Ice Climbers. Switching to Falco from Fox, Westballz was able to turn things around a little bit, taking the lead in the second match, before eventually taking the win by one stock. Despite this working for him, he switched back to Fox when they moved to Final Destination, just as he had done earlier in the tournament. This once again backfired for him as he was defeated in the final stock by Fly Amanita who caught him out just as Westballz was moments away from making a comeback to win. He once again switched back to Falco, taking down Fly in the final moments on Pokemon Stadium despite being stuck at more than 160%. This win pushed things to an intense game 5 where Westballz was finally able to counter the Ice Climbers’ advances. It looked as though it was all Westballz nearing the end of the final game. However, just as he went in for the kill hit on Fly Amanita, he smashed himself off the edge of the stage and died, giving Fly the win and series. It was a ridiculous ending to a dramatic and intense series that sent Westballz home and the crowd/commentators speechless. 
 
 

Losers Finals: Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers) vs Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff) Losers Finals
Best of 5
Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers)
3 Game 1 0
2 Game 2 0
1 Game 3 0
 
Coming hot off an intense match with Westballz, it was somewhat clear that Fly Amanita wasn’t performing at the top of his game against Hungrybox, going down two stocks quite early into the match. Hungrybox capitalized on this and took the first match by three stocks. This was true for the second match as well, where Hungrybox got Fly down to two stocks before losing his first. Fly wasn’t just letting it happen though, he eventually came back to even things up at two stocks a piece. This was pretty much all he was able to do though, as Hungrybox finished things out to look towards a 3-0 victory. There wasn’t much Fly Amanita could do to stop him either. For every bit of damage that Fly did, Hungry did twice as much, despite not having a crazy stock lead. In the end, Hungrybox fulfilled on his quest and 3-0’d Fly Amanita to advance to the Grand Finals against Mew2King. 
 
 

Grand Finals: P4K EMP Mew2King (Fox) vs Crs. Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)

 

P4K EMP Mew2King (Fox) Grand Finals
Best of 5
Crs.Hungrybox (Jigglypuff)
3 Game 1 0
0 Game 2 1
1 Game 3 0
2 Game 4 0
 
Despite Hungrybox’s dominant performance against Fly Amanita in the Losers Finals, Mew2King showed that he isn’t scared of anyone, taking a killer early lead over Hungrybox in the first match. This win gave Mew2King the momentum that he needed to keep in control of the series, once again taking an early lead in the second match. Despite this early lead, Hungrybox didn’t give up and came back to flip things around and take the lead himself. He outplayed Mew2King in the final stock to take the win and even out the series 1-1. He didn’t hold onto that momentum moving into the third map though and was quickly dismantled thoroughly by Mew2King. Mew2King pulled through to the the stage with one stock left after an exceptional switch of momentum from Hungrybox’s favor. Trying to keep himself from elimination, Hungrybox played exceptionally well in the fourth match, but it wasn’t enough as Mew2King countered every move or stock he took. This left Hungrybox on the losing end of a trend that established a one stock lead for Mew2King, eventually giving him the match and tournament win. 
 
With that victory, Mew2King takes home the title of champion at Pat's House 2, cementing his status as an already legendary Smash Bros. Melee player. This wasn't just a tournament win though, it showed that he has what it takes to compete at the Smash 4 Inviational at E3. We'll see if he makes it there. 
 

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