In addition to my freelance work, I’ve covered the esports beat at both GameTyrant and Upcomer; I’m currently a regular contributor at the former, and I was a freelance staff news writer for the latter between February and June 2019. I've listed my work with GameTyrant here—or you can check out my byline on the site. As a general news writer at Upcomer, I wrote too many pieces to list, but a full rundown of my articles is available on my author page.
Smash Ultimate rulesets
In January 2019, I talked to a trio of Smash Ultimate tournament organizers to learn how they tackled the unique challenge of creating a ruleset for a brand-new Smash title. Read the article here!
Smashin’ the Closet
In January 2019, I profiled Sasha “Magi” Sullivan, the first trans or female player to qualify for Melee’s top 100.
Don’t Park On The Grass 2018
In December 2018, I covered Don’t Park On The Grass 2018 for ESPN. In order to provide a balanced preview of the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major, I interviewed top players from both Smash 4 and Melee to get their thoughts on the game. After the tournament, I wrote a recap of its Smash Ultimate and Melee brackets.
Canada Cup 2018
In October 2018, I worked with ESPN Esports to cover Duck’s astounding 3-0 upset over Hungrybox and the rest of the action at Canada Cup 2018, a premier Toronto fighting game event.
Clutch Gaming vs. Bilibili Gaming
In October 2018, I reported on the first-ever Riot Games-sanctioned international friendly between members of the North American League Championship Series and the Tencent League of Legends Pro League: an exhibition match between Clutch Gaming and Bilibili Gaming.
A new challenger approaches: The rise of Zain
In early August 2018, I pitched a profile of up-and-coming Melee player Zain Naghmi to ESPN Esports. A few weeks later, he won his first major title. I released my profile shortly afterwards, interviewing Zain on multiple occasions in order to learn about his career, goals, and mindset.
In August 2018, I traveled to Boston for Shine 2018, writing comprehensive coverage of the event for ESPN Esports. I wrote a preview of the tournament providing information about its top seeds and a recap of the event detailing Zain "Zain" Naghmi's historic victory over Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma in grand finals.
MPGR Summer 2018
I wrote ten of the fifty blurbs used in the official Super Smash Bros. Melee top-50 world rankings released in late July 2018, including blurbs for Overtriforce, Captain Faceroll, Bladewise, MikeHaze, Trif, Syrox, ARMY, Ryan Ford, Westballz, and aMSa. In addition to my writing work on these rankings, I edited an additional six blurbs for other contributing writers.
In June 2018, I extensively researched trends in the Melee scene and talked to tournament organizers and community leaders in order to write a thinkpiece for HTC Esports about the way that netplay has changed and will change the structure of the scene.
In May 2018, I previewed Smash'N'Splash 4 for ESPN Esports.
Full Bloom 4
In March 2018, I covered Super Smash Bros. Melee major Full Bloom 4 for ESPN Esports, writing a preview and recap of the event. For the preview, I interviewed several of the tournament organizers in order to get their take on the factors that led to the growth and success of Indiana's biggest grassroots tournament series.
The Melee Games
In February 2018, I worked with HTC Esports to publish From Game Over to Global Exposure: An Oral History of The Melee Games. To complete this project—a comprehensive history of the past, present, and future of the world's first collegiate Smash league—I interviewed a number of the individuals involved in its development, including the league's founder, its current directors, and a high-level competitor.
I covered Plup's historic victory at GENESIS 5 for ESPN Esports.
I wrote about the ominous decrease in Melee's major attendance as part of ESPN's lead-in to GENESIS 5 in January 2018.
The rise of Crush
In December 2017, I profiled Jack "Crush" Hoyt, one of Melee's rising stars, for ESPN Esports. The article was very well-received, reaching the top of both major Smash subreddits and garnering over one hundred retweets (and over a thousand likes) on ESPN Esports' official Twitter post.
The Quest for Control
In November 2017, I teamed up with HTC Esports to write The Quest for Control, a longform piece exploring the relationship between the Smash scene's obsession with its controllers, the controller-related issues facing the community at the time, and the future of the competitive scene.
Why Your Main Sucks: Jigglypuff
This is only tangentially esports-related, but in November 2017, I wrote a Super Smash-themed humor piece for Bad Melee, a humor blog popular within the Smash community. The piece quickly reached the top of both r/smashbros and r/ssbm and was very well-received by the community, with the exception of a few individuals who didn't realize it was satire.
In September 2017, I wrote ESPN's recap coverage of GameTyrant Expo. The piece stayed on top of r/smashbros for well over 24 hours and received over 50 retweets on ESPN Esports' official account.
In August 2017 I travelled to Shine to write an article for ESPN Esports. At the event, I interviewed some of the individuals involved in the tournament's seeding and wrote a breakdown of the Melee major tournament seeding process.
SSBMRank Summer 2017
I wrote blurbs describing the accomplishments of three top-50 Melee players for Red Bull eSports' summer rankings feature. These players were Armada, Captain Smuckers, and Mafia; however, due to an editing error that has not yet been corrected, I haven't included Mafia's blurb in this portfolio. I'm happy to provide the original, unedited manuscript of that blurb by request.