All about Smash at the Ultra Hard Tournament
The first platinum tournament of the Smash World Tour 2022 will take place this weekend in Prado, Brazil. Ultra Hard Tournament will also be the Super Smash Bros. event. most valuable of the year for South America.
Smash World Tour Platinum events award points to the top 128 players. With 147 players currently registered for Ultimate Singles and only 24 for Melee Singles, almost every player in the event will be competing for a big number of points. Here’s everything you need to know about Smash’s next Brazilian major.
Ultra Hard Tournament Calendar
Ultra Arcade will host this event in collaboration with Try Hard Smash, e-Sports Fusion and Kombat Club. The tournament will begin with the Doubles and Squad Strike side brackets for Smash Ultimate. These two installments will take place on Friday.
Players will compete in pools for the Ultimate Singles bracket starting on Saturday. This bracket will end with the top eight on Sunday. Meanwhile, the entire scrum bracket of the Ultra Hard tournament will take place on Saturday.
In addition to Smash media, participants will be able to compete in several fighting games. These include Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear: Strive, Mortal Kombat 11, The King of Fighters XV, Tekken 7, and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.
ULTRA HARD TOURNAMENT 🐯💢https://t.co/JYpxMAACwI
1º Lot R$ 50.00 to 31/01/2022
2nd Lot R$ 75.00 to 28/02/2022
3º Lot R$100.00 to 31/03/2022
R. Ituiutaba, 304 – Prado, Belo Horizonte – MG pic.twitter.com/TceVF3NupE
— Ultra Arcade (@ultraarcadebh) January 15, 2022
Players to watch
Griffin “Fatality” Miller is the only Ultimate player from the United States currently registered to participate in the Ultra Hard tournament. He would also be the favorite to win. However, a positive COVID-19 test may prevent him from making the trip to Brazil.
Illness got a bit worse today so I did a covid test and came back positive this time. Don’t feel too bad, but if I don’t test negative on Wednesday I’m going to have to miss Ultra Hard in Brazil, hopefully that doesn’t happen.
— Griffin Miller (@FatalityFalcon) March 27, 2022
If Fatality can’t attend, the best players from all over South America will compete for a precious first place. Potential favorites include Peruvian Alejandro “Poyo” Manuel Reyes, Argentinian Santiago “ZanT” Gonzalez Aguilar and Colombian Joseph “jjcat00” Velez, as well as local hero, Brazilian Paulo “Player 7” Janini Ferreira.
In scrum, the Chilean Gianluca “Raikin” Carboni will be the player to beat. He is currently ranked second in South America and boasts wins over the likes of Noah “MegaXmas” Mendelsohn, Claire “essy” Daughtery, and Michael “Nut” Silver.
However, Raikin will have to fend off Smash veteran Christian “Amida” Durham, a Kentucky native who has been competing since 2013 and has placed in the top 64 in several major tournaments.