The last unsponsored top-20 player in Super Smash Bros. Melee is a free agent no longer. Multi-game esports organization, Misfits, has signed Ryan "The Moon" Coker-Welch as its first fighting game player.
"We're excited to enter the Melee scene with The Moon," said Ben Spoont, owner of Misfits. With The Moon now on board, Spoont has lofty aspirations for his new hire. "While looking at the space, we were looking for a player that we felt would make major improvements and break into the top five with the proper backing and support of a major org like Misfits."
The Moon, who had a small stint with Kingsmen earlier this year, is excited to be a part of Misfits. "I noticed Misfits was an up-and-coming team, and I loved the teamwork and effort they displayed during the Overwatch tournament, Underdogs: Season 1, and the Overwatch open event. I like their energy and attitude and decided that Misfits was the perfect fit for my personality and image," he said.
Misfits currently has teams in League of Legends, Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm. "Having a sponsor will help both Misfits and I with exposure, and it opens up a new division for Misfits," said The Moon. "Fans can expect that I will attend all the major events and compete with every other high-level player."
The Moon is one of the most electric players currently in Melee. After he was voted into Smash Summit 3, he won over many fans with his bombastic personality and humorous commentary. Currently the No. 1 player in the NYC metropolitan area power ranking, The Moon has been on a rise nationally. His micro-spacing and punish game have improved tremendously from earlier this year. This recent spike in skill has allowed him to finish with more top-eight placings.
"We will also be expanding into more FGC games in the coming weeks as we continue to replicate our successes in other games," Spoont said.
The Moon will represent Misfits this weekend at the UGC Smash Open in Collinsville, Illinois.