Late hours, a venue change and an ardent group of fellow competitive Nintendo gamers—nothing could keep defending champion Kevin Nanney, aka PPMD of the Evil Geniuses, from defending the top title at the Apex Series 2015 Super Smash Brothers event.
He also won the event in 2014.
PPMD had to fight off challengers until after 3 a.m. ET, but he was the last player standing when it was all said and done. As you can see from this image, tweeted by Apex, there were still a ton of fans on hand to see the event come to a close.
Apex also captured PPMD's moment of victory.
He took down Adam “Armada” Lindgren of Alliance in the final matchup. Armada had been one of the favorites, and he proved to be a tough out.
Since competitive SSB tournaments began in 2009, Armada has been a mainstay in the finals of the premier tournaments. He had won three premier events in his career, including the Apex showcase from 2012-13.
Thus, the final represented a clash between the winners of the last three Apex tournaments.
During the final confrontation, Armada handed PPMD his first loss in the double-elimination event when he staved off his own exit with a 3-2 win over the eventual champion in the finals.
It was PPMD's only loss of the tournament, but he swiftly rebounded with a 3-0 sweep to send Armada and the rest of the field home.
For his efforts, PPMD took home the first-place prize of $7,228. Armada had to settle for $3,614 as the runner-up.
You can see the entire bracket and payout information at Smashboards.com.
The long and grueling tournament featured a venue change that could have disrupted or cancelled the entire event. Originally, competition began at The Clarion Hotel Empire Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. However, fire marshals brought the event to a pause because of a violation at the hotel.
After a spirited scramble that Mario and Link would have been proud of, event organizers, community members and sponsors were able to secure the Garden State Convention Center as the new venue.
While the Super Smash Brothers Melee one-on-one tournament was the biggest event of Apex Series 2015, there were a bevy of other SSB and other fighting-game competitions taking place. Click here to see all the results from every tournament.
There are currently no other premier SSB tournaments on the schedule for 2015, but that can change in the coming months. If you can't get enough of competitive events with this timeless game, check out the event calendar on Smashboards.
There's a plethora of competitions happening all over the world. There's even an opportunity to list your own events.
Until the next major showcase, gamers, keep smashing.