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Hungrybox: the Most Resilient Melee God


"God, I'm crying a lot, I'm sorry," said Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, one of five Super Smash Bros. Melee players known as "Gods" for their lopsided domination of the modern competitive scene. He wiped his eyes. Ten minutes earlier, he'd won DreamHack Winter 2015, earning $10,000. Though he'd been considered one of the best in the world since 2009, this was his first five-figure payout.

His interviewer, D'Ron "D1" Maingrette, hastened to reassure him. "It's fine! A lot of emotions are going through you right now."

"My dad just passed away, you know?" said Debiedma. "It was my biological dad, and we – "

Maingrette's well-crafted features assumed the universal expression of "Oh, shit."

"I know it's personal stuff, but he told me: 'you'll never be the best. You'll be good, but you'll never be the best.' I hope he sees me now!"

Then he laughed. Or sobbed. It's hard to tell from the video.


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