Smash player, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada on Monday proved that momentum matters when playing a very defensive opponent when he finished off an incredible loser’s bracket run with a reverse sweep against Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby to win Let’s Make Big Moves.
Tristate did not win the Crew Battle, but they have two representatives in the grand finals of the tournaments.
Nairo was on top well up into the Top 16 after making top cut quickly before meeting Dabuz in the quarterfinals. He tried to throw off the calculating plays of his long-time rival by playing heroes outside his usual picks in game one.
He succeeded in getting over his rival, which completely shocked most fans as messed with the usual matchups Dabuz is used to fighting against when playing him.
Although it didn’t work out in the end, it was surprising as Nairo swapped over to Joker instead of back to Palutena or Zero Suit Samus.
In the next two games, Nairo won by closing the series before Dabuz could figure things out.
Meanwhile, each game except for the first came down to the last stock for both players, and Nairo was very close to taking it.
Dabuz later got into grand finals with a 3-0 sweep against Tea and a close 3-1 set over Takuto “Kameme” Ono, following that win,
Having been demoted into the loser’s bracket, Nairo immediately swept Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison’s Pac-Man. But he faced a stiff challenged and barely survived by a scruff of his neck
in a five-game set against Enrique “Maister” Solís, who had just upset the top-seeded Ezra. “Samsora” Morris.
The loser’s run of Nairo essentially flipped between sweeping a player and then having to play full sets up until the finals, because he had swept Jestise “MVD” Negron before playing three long series to close things out.
Apart from his first series against Dabuz, Nairo stuck with Palutena except for two games against Kameme, where he used ZSS. He triumphed over Tea and the other top Japanese player in five games each to climb back into the grand finals.
Now having a second chance against his rival, Nairo was handy for Dabuz in game one, who kept to his Olimar with hopes that things would follow the same trajectory of the first series he won.
This time around, Olimar, who couldn’t match up Palutena, making Dabuz to be quickly outmatched. This forced him to promptly switch back to Rosalina that flipped the series into his favor.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed