With his back against the wall, Joseph "Mango" Marquez managed to pick up his third win at the Big House 6. It wasn't always smooth sailing; things looked nerve-racking for Mango as he narrowly squeezed into top-8 after a close five-game set with Ryan "The Moon" Coker-Welch.
Mango chuckled, "I gambled hard on the set and if he went for a forward-smash instead of extending the combo, I would have lost."
Along the journey, some of the other gods of Melee weren't as fortunate. Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma suffered a three-game sweep against Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni, who put on a clinic in the Fox vs. Jigglypuff matchup. Also, Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman fell to the loser's bracket after Otto "Silent Wolf" Bisno took him out in a close set.
In many Majors, Mango falls into the loser's bracket early and tends to run out of steam by grand finals. This time around, he had an extra life to work with. In the winner's semifinals, he lost the first two-games to rival Adam "Armada" Lindgren, but hit a groove with a reverse three-game sweep to qualify for the winner's finals. Surprisingly, Mustafa "Ice" Akcakaya qualified for the winner's finals on the other side of the bracket after sweeping SFAT in three games.
With a solid defensive gameplan, Mango won in three quick games as Falco against Ice. Meanwhile in loser's, Armada gained momentum as he defeated Hungrybox, Mew2King and Ice with little trouble. Fans were elated to see another Armada-Mango grand finals.
In the first set, Armada looked prepared for Mango's Fox after playing Ice's Fox in the loser's finals. He found several openings that led into devastating combos. At the same time, Mango frequently missed inputs, which cost him multiple stocks. Mango took a game, but Armada ended up taking the first set to reset the bracket.
In the second and final set, Mango started strong, taking Game 1 on Fountain of Dreams. Armada struck back by taking the next two games. With everything to lose, Mango recollected himself by slowing down the tempo and forcing Armada to make the first move. The plan worked, with the momentum shifting in Mango's favor as he took Game 4 to even the set count to 2-2. With one final counterpick, Armada chose Dreamland, a large stage with plenty of room to roam around.
The extra space ended up working in Mango's favor as he dictated the pacing of the match, utilizing lasers and extra space to force Armada to overextend. Mango took an early lead and never relented to take the final game and his third Big House singles trophy. After winning, Mango said, "It was sloppy, but we'll take it. I kept telling myself, 'If I do what I need to do. Then, [Armada] can't do anything.'"