In an incredible feat of skill and tenacity, a miracle has occurred at Melee’s most recent major, Smash Summit 6. Professional Jigglypuff player Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma, most notable in the community for his total vision loss, placed in the top 4 of Smash Summit.
The team behind the event, BeyondTheSummit, was initially hesitant to allow a blind player to enter the tournament, with worries that the competitiveness of Hungrybox was questionable due to his blindness. His coach, Luis “Crunch” Rosias assured the BeyondTheSummit crew that DeBiedma was more than prepared for the event.
“It was crazy watching him use Jigglypuff the way he did… I never would’ve guessed that a blind person would even be able to play video games—especially at that high level y’know?” said Brandon “HomeMadeWaffles” Collier.
Oddly enough, Hungrybox still faced the television during his matches. When interviewed, Crunch avoided this point and changed the subject when asked.
Whatever the truth may be, it seems that there is a new Melee pro on the scene that we can all root for!
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