Mysterious Masked Player Wins Smash Bros Tournament

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Sometimes eSports are about good, clean competition. Other times, they're battlegrounds for words and red-hot personalities (in addition to tiny virtual wizards). This Smash Bros player, however, was neither—only silence. Silence and a mask.

OK, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but this is pretty wild. As recounted in this Reddit thread and the above video from Super Smash Bros University, an unspeaking, un-eating, probably un-feeling masked individual who wrote his name on a scrap of paper as "Falcomaster3000" recently showed up to a local Super Smash Bros Melee tournament in Edmonton, Alberta. He was a blue blur of terror as—who else?—Falco, and when the deck was stacked against him he'd switch to Marth or Fox.

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The short version? Without so much as a sentence uttered, he won the whole tournament, barely even breaking a sweat until the finals. When he won, people bellowed for him to, "take it off," but he merely offered a thumbs-up before exploding into a cloud of tiny blue birds and rocketing out the window presumably leaving.

Some people, while watching the tournament's stream, were in pure awe:

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Others speculated that he might be a famous Smash player in disguise, a shark swimming among guppies for giggles:

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And of course, there's the distinct possibility that this was all staged, a ploy for attention from a small-time stream—or just a way to bring people together for some exciting, quietly dramatic fun:

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Regardless, for one brief moment The Masked Smasher silently ravaged a tournament and then walked off into the night. Authentic or staged, it's one heck of a neat story.

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