ESPORTSREPORTER.COM / FRANK FILIPPAZZO – STAFF WRITER / JULY 17TH, 2021 /
In video game culture, there is this stereotypical belief that undefeated gamers are a white-nerdy guy with glasses who lives in his mother’s basement, calculating every strategic move possible, well for Jason Sheldon Zimmerman aka Mew2King, those rumors are true. For M2K, Smash was more than just a game; it was a class where he took all the notes, literally.
As one of the Five Gods of Melee, M2K certainly lives up to his title. For the past 12 years, he consistently ranked in the top 8 in all tournaments he entered, longer than anyone else. It is hard to say exactly who is the best of the best? Since even the best number one Melee player, Ken Hoang has fallen from the top of the chart. That spot is always being fought for. But for M2K, his long-term consistency of being on top of the charts and for longer than anyone else he is considered a possible contender to be the best of the best. For his consistency, intelligence, and technical playing style, he’s earned the nickname the Robot.
Jason Sheldon Zimmerman better known as Mew2King or M2K is well known for being the best at Super Smash Bros Melee and Super Smash Bros Brawl at the same time. This achievement should not be taken lightly, considering how different the two games are from each other. Since 2009 he’s been a part of many eSport teams such as Empire Arcadia, CLASH Tournaments, Play-For-Keeps, COGnitive Gaming, and most recently Echo Fox from 2016 to 2020.
Mew2King started competing in tournaments in 2005 at the age of 16. In 2006 Mew2kING went from being unknown to one of the greatest in such a short period. He placed 5th in MLG Anaheim 2006, 7th in MLG Dallas 2006, and 3rd in MLG Chicago 2006. Mew2King is known for his aggressive playing style, combining combos to attack a player from 0% to a KO just like that.
“Unless you’re framed perfect, 99 out of 100 times you’re not good enough.” – Mew2King
Mew2King was always aiming for perfection. He is a methodical gamer known for his logical and meticulous astuteness to detail. Studying the limitations of the game and different characters has contributed to his skill in getting the edge over many top gamers. M2K’s nerdiness showed back from the beginning. Mew2King became known for his theories on frame data. He would attack his opponent by just barely hitting him and far enough so that they would not be able to reach him.
He got where he is not by luck but by pure calculated skill. Back when Mew2King was starting, he would calculate how much power it would take to knock someone out of the ring depending on the different characters, their life points, and different modes of attacks. He would talk about how technical the game was and by using the right skills you could win.
Some say he is a robot that doesn’t require much sleep, food and can run for days. Mew2King is a machine that knows the limitations of the human body and as well as the Melee characters he controls. For one moment, M2K was the number one player at Smash Melee and Smash Brawl. It may not seem like much, but to a Smash player, it was, considering the differences between the two games. Most SSBM players did not have the same title.
For Mew2King, old-school professional gamer Ken Hoang was a major influence. Ken was the original King of Smash, who was one of the first to start gaming professionally as a career. M2K took Ken’s title and became the greatest. He was able to support himself as a professional gamer without getting a more traditional job.
Mew2King is everything you would expect from a shut-in who’s always locked in his room playing video games. His game strategy is completely predictable and yet nobody can stop him. Although his knowledge of machines far surpasses most people, his knowledge of people isn’t as strong as others. He was criticized constantly for not being like most people, but sometimes you just have to be yourself.
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