With an emphatic 3-0 win over Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni, Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman took the Shine 2016 title over an impressive field of competitors that included Joseph "Mango" Marquez and Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma.
The Top 8 started in unexpected fashion during the winner's semifinals as SFAT managed to pull off an impressive 3-1 win over Hungrybox. On the other side of bracket, Mew2King swept James "Swedish Delight" Liu in three quick games in the Sheik mirror matchup.
After a loss on the second day, Mango looked poised to make another loser's bracket run. In the Top 8, Mango defeated Justin "Plup" McGrath before taking down Swedish Delight in the loser's quarterfinals. Things looked good for Mango as his Falco put on an impressive display of combos and movement. In loser's semifinals, Mango and Hungrybox met yet again. Mango started strong in the set, but Hungrybox quickly answered with long combos and quick kills of his own. The set ended in an intense final game, where Mango nailed a crucial up-throw into a difficult single hit up-air in a last stock situation.
In the final round of the loser's bracket, Mango took the first two games against SFAT. However, SFAT showed his mental fortitude as he won the next three games to upset Mango and advance into grand finals.
During grand finals, Mew2King took each of SFAT's stocks with soul-shattering Marth combos. In a bracket that included three of the Melee gods, Mew2King looked sharper than the rest and took all of the sets in the Top 8 without dropping a single game. The last three months have been great for Mew2King with noticeable improvements in his gameplay and mentality. Expect more to come from him for the rest of 2016.