Evo competitors race to be the first best MultiVersus players

James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson was Nickelodeon’s first All-Star Brawl MVP. The week the game was released, it swept a invitation hosted by Nickelodeon and went on a 12-1 run to win the game’s first open-bracket online major, Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma’s The Box: Juice Box #53.

His tenure at the top was, admittedly, short-lived. He stopped competing shortly after NASB’s release, leaving players like Lilybunn and Aaron “Bodedee” Hansen to rise to the top of the more formal leaderboards. Nonetheless, as long as he played, VoiD was the person to beat for other top NASB players.

Just under a year later, VoiD claims the title of first best player in another platform fighter, alongside longtime doubles partner Tyrell “NAKAT” Coleman. NAKAT and VoiD won the first-ever in-person MultiVersus tournament at Evo 2022, thanks in large part to the synergy they’ve developed since they began teaming up at Super Smash Bros. tournaments. for Wii U in 2016.

“The general principles apply; when I want to be aggressive, when he wants to be aggressive, how we like to play in last-ditch situations,” VoiD said. “All that stuff, we don’t need to talk about or understand. So we can just focus on being good at the game.”

Prior to the event, the Smash veterans were among a handful of top athletes vying for a top spot. With VoiD and NAKAT winning the race to become MultiVersus’ first top players, the marathon of staying on top has now begun.

The suitors emerge

In a tournament like this, it would be hard to call a result an upset. With the game being so new and players having minimal offline experience, it would hardly be surprising to see a little-known team make a deep run.

And yet, there was no doubt that the best teams would be in Evo. #1 Seeds Synume and Leviathan and No. 2 seeds DJ “RoseJ” A. and Tyler “mirrorman” Morgan had consistently topped and traded sets in online tournaments. As expected, both teams maintained their high level of consistency en route to the top three finishes at Evo.

As the fourth seed, VoiD and NAKAT were the few men in the top three. While Evo was their first official tournament together, many players still saw them as a threat to winning it all. In the week before Evo, VoiD took first place in another first online tournament hosted by Hungrybox, The Coinbox #26.

Not only did the sowers know these teams would go far; the players themselves knew it too. Appropriately, VoiD said he considers NASB veterans mirrorman and RoseJ his and NAKAT’s biggest rivals in MultiVersus.

“We played a lot against them and they are really good,” VoiD said ahead of the top eight.

During this time, mirrorman identified several teams that had the potential to be top MultiVersus players; including VoiD and NAKAT, Synume and Leviathan, and Zage and Courage. In particular, RoseJ acknowledged that Leviathan could pose a threat to them due to its unpredictability.

“It feels like he can play every character in the game and he knows things about the characters that no one else does,” RoseJ said. “Just knowing he could pull a secondary at any time and we’re completely unprepared for that is something to be concerned about.”

Still, both Mirrorman and RoseJ picked the Smash veterans as the team they expected to face in the Grand Finals.

“VoiD and NAKAT looked very strong,” RoseJ said ahead of the top eight. “They look like a new team since the last time we played.”

The best teams compete

The scenario went more or less as expected at Evo. The NASB duo advanced to the Grand Finals after defeating Synume and Leviathan 3-0 and VoiD and NAKAT 3-1. Throughout the tournament, they led a team composition Bugs Bunny and Velma, the best team in the game.

Evo’s top eight featured three Bugs-Velma pairs, plus three other teams where at least one member played Velma. The strength of these two characters was evident enough to prompt a character change from the NASB team; while mirrorman was an established Bugs main, RoseJ mostly played Arya Stark in previous events before switching to Velma for Evo.

Their dominating run to the Grand Finals prompted Mirrorman to say on the show that he was “not surprised” that he and RoseJ conquered the Smash duo of VoiD and NAKAT in the winners’ final. However, the confident statement may have been Mirrorman’s biggest mistake.

“I’m really happy that Mirrorman said he wasn’t surprised he won,” VoiD said in a live interview after the grand final. “It lit a fire in me and NAKAT to try as hard as we did. I wouldn’t have done it any other way.”

After a narrow 3-2 victory over top seeds Synume and Leviathan in the losers’ final, VoiD and NAKAT went to the grand final with a clear mission: to reach the top with Tom & Jerry and Wonder Woman, the characters they were driving since the first alpha playtests.

“I’m ready to stop the Bugs-Velma meta,” NAKAT said in a live interview after the Losers Finals.

The result was a dominating sweep 6-0 between the two sets of Grand Finals. As RoseJ tried to bring back his tried and tested Arya for the second set, he and Mirrorman were ultimately unable to match their winners endgame success against a resurgent VoiD and NAKAT.

What it takes to be the best MultiVersus players

In a new and constantly evolving game like MultiVersus, flexibility and adaptability will be crucial for all players who want to be the best. Just as Mirrorman and RoseJ were willing to change their team lineup to include the two best characters in the game, they may have to change their lineup again with Bugs (and likely Velma). nerves on the horizon.

Still, Mirrorman is confident that the fundamentals he developed in NASB will continue to help him in MultiVersus. He said both games require quick button presses and have similar enough timings for NASB’s muscle memory to help in MultiVersus.

“Most of the time you hit Dodge [in MultiVersus] at the same time you would broadcast [dash] in NASB and the general flow of the game looks really similar,” Mirrorman said.

Additionally, RoseJ said that their experience with team-based shooters — RoseJ plays VALORANT and Mirrorman plays Team Fortress 2 — gives them the necessary communication skills that some players native to the platformer fighting genre might lack.

“I think one of the things that me and Mirrorman do best is we don’t just communicate during games – what we need or what we need to do – but after the set we kind of talk about what happened in this game, what can we change, how should we move on to the next one,” RoseJ said.

While many of MultiVersus’ current top players have put in substantial hours into the game since its first playtests, new players still have the potential to join the race to the top by observing other top players and learning what works and what doesn’t. for them.

“Once a lot more people got their hands on the game, they adapted pretty quickly, so I don’t really think there’s an upside at the moment,” NAKAT said in a live interview afterwards. the losers final. “There are a lot of good players now.”

Given his success in Smash, NASB, and MultiVersus, it’s easy to see VoiD as a naturally gifted platformer. But, for his part, VoiD attributes a lot of that to the fact that as a streamer, he gets paid to spend a lot of time creating new games. Still, there’s no doubt that VoiD’s seasoned mentality played a big role in making him one of the first best players in multiple games.

“I don’t really care about winning, I care about having fun and getting better,” VoiD said. “So I feel like the mentality transfers very easily to a new game.”

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