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Splash Smash takes down top-ranked team
Super Smash Bros Ultimate game
Tournament players compete in the Super Smash Bros Ultimate game. Twenty-seven people registered and competed on Saturday, Oct. 22, with the grand prize winner walking away with a set of new Joy-Con controllers. Photo by Caleb Bailey

The Long County Blue Tide esports Super Smash Bros Ultimate team Splash Smash made a big move las week. They faced off against previously unbeaten and top-ranked Pickens County on Wednesday and took them down in an exciting matchup. 

Sophomore Patrick Mc-Clennon took the sticks first and continued to show his versatility in the game. He used Mario to blank his opponent two games to none.

McClennon was dominant in his set, nearly three-stocking his opponent both games. Senior Jimmy Barreto hopped on next to try to seal the win for Splash Smash.

Using Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Barreto faced off against a King K. Rool, the villain from the Donkey Kong franchise, player. He could not get over the sheer strength of King K. Rool as he fell two games to none in his set.

Sophomore Ben Stokes took the sticks for the first time in a game that mattered as he needed to win his set to seal the victory for the Tide.

It was an exciting and decisive third set. Stokes, using Steve from Minecraft, dropped the first game as he was trying to feel his way around the unconventional Banjo Kazooie player.

The second game did not seem to start off well as Stokes lost his first stock and took 83 damage on his second stock before taking his opponent’s first stock.

However, a slip up and a self-destruct death by the Banjo Kazooie player gave Stokes the edge as he led two stocks to one with 126 damage on his second stock.

Stokes worked his way out of the second game with a one stock victory.

In the third and final game, Stokes took the first stock and had his opponents on the ropes with 104 damage on his second stock before losing his first.

The Pickens County player worked on Stokes’ damage calculator and even the score at one stock apiece as both players essentially had no damage on their final lives.

Stokes took the immediate advantage as he went up 89 damage to just 23 on his. He edged out the exciting win with an Up Smash lava block.

Splash Smash are now 4-0 on the year and ranked number three in the state. They will take on the fourth-ranked Wayne County Yellow Jackets next week.

Tsunami Tsmash, the Blue Tide’s JV squad, took on East Forsyth but dropped the match 2-1.

Carson Baker swept his first set, using King K. Rool. Dustin Seigler, using Ike, dropped his set 2-1 and Maliki Reese, using Corrin and Mythra, dropped his set 2-0.

Tsunami Smash is 2-2 on the year and will play Savannah Christian next week. Both games will be on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m.

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