Smash Ultimate Summit 4 has officially ended. Sixteen of the world’s best Smash players came together for the prestigious event hosted by Beyond the Summit. More than 50 matches were played and every single one of them was streamed.
After all the dust is settled, we’ve made a list of the absolute best sets from Smash Summit that any true fan of the game must see.
Glutonny’s TWO reverse 3-0’s in Group Play
Smash Ultimate Summit 4 was packed with top players, but Group A featured a collection of absolute beasts. When you have MkLeo, Glutonny, and Light all together, it’s the easy pick for “group of death.” Beating at least two of these titans was essential for winning the group and avoiding the Gauntlet Stage.
The very first match of Summit saw reigning Smash Con champion Light take on Europe’s best player, Glutonny. Things got off to a rough start for the Frenchman as Light and his Fox raced out to a 2-0 lead. Being a best of 5, Gluto was still alive but had to make adjustments fast.
Staying true to his patented Wario, Gluto slowed things down and played around the waft as the set went on. This strategy let him take back control of the match and tough out a grueling reverse 3-0. Each of the final games went down to the last stock, but Gluto remained clutch to win an epic first match of the tournament.
The following day, Gluto again found himself in an 0-2 hole against two-time Summit champion, MkLeo. Wario notoriously struggles against swords, so the matchup with Byleth was not in his favor. Nevertheless, Gluto relied on his strongest weapon: Wario’s deadly flatulence. He landed six waft KOs in the final three games. It wasn’t pretty, but Glutonny capped off a perfect 3-0 start to the tournament with the comeback win over MkLeo.
Fatality pops off on ProtoBanham
Everyone loves pop offs. They make for some of the most entertaining moments in Smash, for better or worse. Pop offs don’t just happen after every single match. They need to be created from match intensity, outside drama, or anything that fuels an emotional reaction.
Winning a match as a huge underdog is a reasonable reason to pop off. So too is winning three straight games down 0-2. Fatality managed to do both in his Group D match with Japan’s ProtoBanham.
Playing Captain Falcon is very high risk, high reward. You often have to be a daredevil offstage, which can get you in sticky situations. When in disadvantage, Fatality struggledwhile dealing with Proto’s Lucina and her superior ledge guarding.
Although things looked bleak, the Captain Falcon specialist kept his cool and made the proper adaptations to take the set. Then he appropriately went crazy.
Dabuz slow n steady reverse 3-0 vs Tweek
Reverse 3-0s were all the rage in Group play. Oftentimes the winner prevails in a quick shift of momentum. For Dabuz, that process is slow and tedious. The Smash veteran is renowned for his patient, defensive style of play with Olimar.
In the final match of Group C, Dabuz faced off against reigning Summit champion Tweek. After winning the first game with Wolf, Tweek won Game 2 with Diddy Kong to take a commanding set lead. But as we all know with Dabuz, all he needs is to get the first stock so he can make his opponent play catch up.
After Dabuz beat the Diddy to win Game 3, Tweek switched back to Wolf to try and play slow as well. This ended up working in Dabuz’s favor as they were now fighting at his optimal pace. To top it off, Dabuz even timed out Tweek during the final game to win the set in ridiculously rare fashion.
BassMage and Chag play three sets
The Smash Summit format is designed to give players the opportunity to play many different opponents. However, sometimes destiny has other plans.
BassMage and Chag’s fates must have been linked at Summit because they fought three total sets throughout the tournament. The first came in their Group C match, with BassMage coming out on top thanks to a pair of insane Rest KOs with Jigglypuff.
Both players finished with a 1-2 record, so they ran it right back for their next match in Group C tiebreakers. Chag ended up getting the best of BassMage in their second bout, although this time it was a first-to-2. The world’s best Palutena would go on to beat Tweek in tiebreakers to make Winner’s Side of the Final Bracket.
With the two players starting on different sides of the Final Bracket, it seemed impossible for them to meet again. However, following BassMage’s win over Lavish and Chag’s loss to Sparg0, their paths crossed for the third time. In an elimination match with everything on the line, a final Game 5 was needed to decide the winner. In case you missed it, I won’t spoil the result of this one.
Sparg0 vs Light Winner’s Final
Leading up to their meeting in Winner’s Final, both Sparg0 and Light were on fire. They had one total loss in the tournament between them and each had taken a set off MkLeo. Furthermore, Light was coming off back-to-back wins over Maister and Tweek. Their collision course would decide who would be sitting pretty in Winner’s side of Grands, and who would have to fight out of Loser’s.
The set was back-and-forth the entire way, with neither player willing to give an inch. Fox has a favorable matchup over Pyra/Mythra, so Sparg0 opted for Cloud instead. Light had a chance to seal the deal with a 2-1 lead, but Sparg0 held onto his composure. He capped off the turnaround with a dominant Game 5 win to punch his ticket into the Grand Final.
Light would end up beating ProtoBanham in the Loser’s Final to earn a runback with Sparg0. However, the 16-year-old prodigy had enough information on Light’s Fox for the download. Sparg0 routed Light 3-0 in Grands to win his first offline tournament. The future is bright for the young star of Smash Ultimate.
Which sets from Smash Ultimate Summit 4 did you enjoy the most? Let us know!