iBDW performs the ‘reverse popoff’ after losing to Hungrybox during Super Smash Bros. Melee set at Get On My Level 2022

Get On My Level 2022 is one of the big tournaments that’s been occupying the attention of Super Smash Bros. fans over this past weekend. For the Super Smash Bros. Melee competition that’s happening there, nearly 500 were signed up to compete which included some big names such as PG|iBDW and Liquid|Hungrybox. As expected of a Platinum level event for the Smash World Tour, the competition was fierce as many of the competitors were hungry to earn those points.

Eventually, the tournament progressed until there were only eight competitors remaining. In the winners side of the bracket, iBDW and his Fox was to face off against Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff. However, some unexpected events would unfold as the set approached a rather bizarre conclusion.

It was ultimately Hungrybox that was able to take the first match of the set. Although the results screen clearly indicated that Hungrybox was the winner of the match, there was still a way for iBDW to technically be declared the winner based on a universally accepted ruleset for Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Before transitioning back to the character select screen, iBDW insisted on Hungrybox scrolling down his achievements pane to get an exact count on how many times Jigglypuff had grabbed the ledge. If it turned out that Hungrybox had exceeded a certain limit, then the match could be declared to be iBDW’s win, under specific conditions.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee (as well as 64 and Brawl), a character is able to regain their invincibility after re-grabbing the ledge before landing. Entire strategies have been developed in Melee and Brawl that revolve around refreshing invincibility continuously like this after securing a lead.

This ultimately resulted in players winning via time out as it was impossible for many characters to safely approach a fighter like Jigglypuff under these conditions. Over time, tournament organizers eventually adopted a rule that limited the number of times a player was permitted to grab the ledge for the purpose of keeping a match going.

Unfortunately for iBDW, it seemed that Hungrybox did not exceed the ledge grab limit. Still, Hungrybox took it all in stride as he took off his sunglasses, then gave the camera a thumbs up.

By this point, it became clear that stalling for any amount of time by re-grabbing the ledge could serve Hungrybox by tilting iBDW. As he pulled off a few stunts in the next few matches, the crowd would count his ledge grabs.

However, it wasn’t entirely clear just how much of an impact this was actually having on iBDW’s mentality as he was still able to put up a really good fight against Hungrybox. During the set, Hungrybox would even do a mini-popoff after winning his second game of the set, but iBDW was prepared to see the set to its conclusion.

Ultimately, the tournament set made its way to game 5. Whoever won this last game would advance on the winners side, while the other would find themselves in the losers bracket.

In the end, Hungrybox was able to clutch a crucial edge guard against iBDW’s Fox in a situation where Fox just had no hope of recovering. Anyone who knows anything about Hungrybox probably already knew a massive popoff was coming, but iBDW had apparently planned for this situation.

Even though iBDW had lost the set, he performed a “reverse popoff” directly in Hungrybox’s face. We only just briefly heard a “Yeah!” exclaimed from Hungrybox before he stopped in confusion to iBDW’s antics.

According to iBDW himself, this apparently wasn’t done because he was mad. Additionally, iBDW claims that he was simply having fun with the situation.

Of course, Hungrybox appeared to have a slightly different take on the situation as a whole.


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