Behind esports’ newest Hall of Fame inductee: Armada

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Adam “Armada” Lindgren just became the first Super Smash Bros. player to win the Esports Hall of Fame Community Awards. Armada earned over $300,000 in prize money during his career and ranked first on the annual SSBMRank in both 2015 and 2016.

The Swedish player’s dominant career led to the Super Smash Bros Melee (SSBM) community affectionately naming him one of the “Five Gods of Smash”.
Armada began his career competing locally in the early 2000s maining Peach. His first major waves came when he finished fourth at his first national tournament, The Renaissance of Smash 4. He defeated top-ranked player Faab in the losers’ quarters match. In the following match Armada came close to knocking out Amsah, the best European player at the time, though ultimately losing the series.

After spending the next six months training, Armada pops up at Epita Smash Arena 2 (ESA2). His gameplay looked more well rounded, especially his edge-guards and punishes. Making a bigger run than his last national, Armada crushed through the losers’ quarters and semis to reach the lower bracket final against veteran player Captain Jack. The difference in experience showed as Armada struggled to keep up with Captain Jack, ending his run in place.
In 2009 Armada entered into another national tournament, SMASH ATTACK, where he was knocked into the lower bracket again. This time however, he wins his way back to the grand finals. Armada confidently 8-0’d Zgetto to take his first national tournament win. Following SMASH ATTACK, Armada competed in Epita Smash Arena 3. During the tournament he didn’t drop a single set, dethroning Amsah in the grand finals with a stunning 4-0.

Winning ESA3 established Armada as the best in Europe. GENESIS, a tournament based in the United States, sported world-class competition Mew2King and Mango. Armada exceeded all expectations during his run. Going nearly undefeated in the tournament, he beat both Mew2King and Mango in back to back matches. Despite having the upper seed, Armada lost twice to Mango in the grand finals.

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