Joseph “Mango” Marquez playing Adam “Armada“ Lindgren in a grand final of Genesis 4 felt like fate.
The two of them had been in the grand finals of every iteration of Genesis, and the same thing happened again this weekend. Genesis has become a battleground for this specific rivalry, and their meeting seems almost preordained. Armada once again smashed his way through the winners side in the top eight. He beat Mango 3-1 and Jason “Mew2King“ Zimmerman 3-2 to make it to the final. After being knocked to the losers bracket, Mango pulled a classic Mango run as he dispatched of William “Leffen“ Hjelte, Juan “Hungrybox“ Debiedma and Mew2King to make it back to grand finals to face Armada.
The games they played were emblematic of both players. Armada was a wall. Clean, composed, calculated and consistent, he thrashed Mango with ease. Mew2King gave him a real run for his money and tested him, but was unable to keep up his highest level of play to match Armada’s consistent excellence. After being knocked down, Mango played his half-crazy, half-unstoppable form of aggression that blew past everyone. His match against Leffen was a tightrope in which Mango barely edged out the Swede, while his matches against Hungrybox and Mew2King were much more convincing.
By the time grand finals had been set it seemed to be another matchup between an unstoppable force and an immoveable object, with Mango being the force and Armada being the object. As it turned out, Armada was both. He suffocated Mango out of the game with a of control of the game that is unmatched and left the crowd silent and stunned. He quickly dispatched Mango 3-0 and made this his sixth tournament victory in a row.
So what exactly does this mean for Armada? He is already one of the six Gods along with Mango, Mew2King, Hungrybox, Leffen and Kevin “PPMD“ Nanney. Armada has already won the awards for the best player of 2015 and 2016 and is still considered the best in the world. By my measure, he is already the greatest Melee player of all time. But is that it? Competition by its very nature strives for more, excels for more, and Armada is no exception, so what else is left for the Swedish Juggernaut?
The answer is obvious. Leffen was once asked if he wanted to become the sixth God and replied that he wanted to be the only God. It was an ambitious remark to make at the time, but one he nearly made happen before visa troubles effectively benched him from top-tier competition for a year. But that wild ambition isn’t so far from Armada’s grasp and is one of the last feats left for Armada to do in top-tier Melee competition. It is time for Armada to end the Era of the Six Gods and remake it in his name.
Armada is already well on his way. Since August, Armada has attended nine tournaments and won eight of them against the best in the field. This year looks to be the most competitive yet with more money and events combined with the return of Leffen (and possibly PPMD) to the scene. It seems like the perfect time for Armada to take the next step to end this era of six Gods and reduce it to one.
Let the Era of Armada begin. Let the other five Gods try to stop him.
Cover photo courtesy of DreamHack. Illustration by Slingshot