Three takeaways from The Box Championship Circuit: Qualifier #2
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Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma’s Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl tournament series continued on Wednesday with The Box Championship Circuit: Qualifier #2. Roughly 100 players entered and competed in the game’s last online major prior to the release of Garfield.

Here’s an overview of the second stop in Hungrybox’s online NASB circuit.

BlazingPasta wins his biggest online tournament to date

After finishing just outside of top eight at the first qualifier, despite making a deep losers run, Nasir “BlazingPasta” Green bounced back even stronger at The Box Championship Circuit: Qualifier #2. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Peach main turned Ren & Stimpy extraordinaire placed first at this event, marking his largest NASB tournament win to date.

BlazingPasta had a fairly smooth run into top eight on winners side, beating Daniel “MccDann” McCann 2-0, Benjamin “Barking_Frog” K. 2-1 and Chris “Musky_EXE” Pelton 3-1. However, he suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of Aang main DJ “RoseJ” A. in winners semis. BlazingPasta even tried out his secondary Helga, but ultimately couldn’t muster a game.

In the losers bracket, BlazingPasta eliminated Calvin “calvinkaio” Hedlund 3-2 and Theodore “squible” Landegger 3-1, setting him up for a rematch against RoseJ. In their losers finals set, BlazingPasta relied entirely on Helga. The plan paid off, as he went deep offstage to edgeguard RoseJ and win a close five-game set. From there, BlazingPasta solidly defeated Aaron “tafaar” Hill, winning 3-0 in the first set of grand finals and 3-1 in the second set.

Another Powdered Toast Man is going to the Finale

Brad “Remix” Cook shocked viewers with his run to third place at the first qualifier using Powdered Toast Man; a character rarely seen at the highest echelons of competitive NASB. And yet, tafaar outdid Remix by placing second with the same character at The Box Championship Circuit: Qualifier #2. Amidst a field of top-tiers like April, SpongeBob and Aang, Powdered Toast Man is the only character so far with two representatives at the upcoming Invitational Finale.

Tafaaar’s run initially saw him sweep through a number of opponents without dropping any games. Among these opponents were Larry “Larry Mozzarelli” Mercado, Garrett “Nothigh” Orness and Kyle “Switch” Carlon. Afterward, he earned a narrow 3-2 victory over Bryson “Tuscuu” Jones to advance into top eight.

Even when faced with match-ups against fast-paced, combo-heavy fighters, tafaar was still able to pilot his heavyweight to victory. He beat squible 3-1 and RoseJ 3-2 to reach grand finals on winners side. Ultimately, he faltered against BlazingPasta, even trying out Michelangelo and Aang to no avail. Nevertheless, the Powdered Toast Man main will get the chance to compete against more high-level competitors at the Invitational Finale later this month.

Maxi underperforms despite high expectations

As the No. 3 seed at The Box Championship Circuit: Qualifier #2, Max “maxi” J. was projected to qualify for the Invitational Finale. In fact, he effectively became the second seed after top seed Duncan “Weger” Edge dropped out. Despite this, the Leonardo main suffered a pair of upset losses, resulting in one of his worst online performances to date.

Maxi managed to win his first match against Oblina player Jesse “KillaHertz” Hertz 2-1. However, another Oblina main, Martin “Viewtiful” Montoya Paz, sent maxi to the losers bracket in the very next match. He even tried out both Leonardo and Sandy, but ultimately lost the set to Viewtiful 2-1.

Although maxi defeated “xaviiur” 2-0 to advance into top 32, his run didn’t last long from there. He lost the first two games in his set against Aang main Anthony “Tanto” Tanyi. Maxi attempted to Aang ditto him in game three, but still failed to overcome Tanto. Thus, maxi lost the set 3-0, ending his run in a disappointing 25th place, far below the podium finish that was expected of him.

Looking ahead

As the top three finishers at this event, BlazingPasta, tafaar and RoseJ have locked in their spots at the Invitational Finale from Dec. 14-15. Other direct invitees to the Finale have not yet been announced.

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.