Cosmos wins Smash Ultimate Singles at The Box: Juice Box #8 - Upcomer
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Brian “Cosmos” Kalu won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at The Box: Juice Box #8 on August 5. Throughout the event, Cosmos played Corrin, his main from Smash 4. Although Corrin has seen much less use in Ultimate, the character received buffs in a recent patch.

Cosmos’ run through pools was fairly smooth, although he did drop a game to Kyle “kylzim” Zimmer. In top 64, he beat Matthew “hisoka96” Bohne 2-0, Gabriel “Epic_Gabriel” Romero 2-1, and David “LeoN” Leon 2-1. As a result, Cosmos earned a spot in top 8 on winners side.

Cosmos kicked off top 8 of Juice Box #8 with a big 3-0 win over Carlos “Sonix” Pérez. Then in Winners Finals, he defeated Aaron Wilhite 3-2. Wilhite proved to be a challenging opponent, as he beat Cosmos 3-0 in the first set of Grand Finals. However, Cosmos responded with his own 3-0 victory in the second set to win the tournament.

Other results from The Box: Juice Box #8

In only his second significant online event of the season, Aaron placed an outstanding 2nd at Juice Box #8. In doing so, he further cemented his status as an up-and-coming online threat. Aaron made it to Winners Quarters without dropping a game, defeating Colin “colinies” Landals and Fermin “Captyn” De Biedma in the process. From there, he beat Noah “Sharp” McCulley 2-1, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby 3-1, Epic_Gabriel 3-0, and Cosmos 3-0 before getting eliminated.

Dabuz exclusively used his Pit and Dark Pit secondaries en route to a 5th place finish at this event. In the process, Dabuz beat Myles “MiLe” McKenzie, Ryan “Ravenking” McDonough, and Christian “Bmm404040” G. Meanwhile, he had respectable losses to Aaron and Tanner “SKITTLES!!” Jordan.

Kiyarash “GamingHI9x9” Younessi had an unexpected run to 7th place at The Box: Juice Box #8. In winners, he overcame opponents like Jireh “JayRay” Agda and Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez. Then in losers, GamingHI9x9 eliminated MiLe, Christian “Smallleft” Low, and Sharp.

Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.