If any doubt remained about Justin "Plup" McGrath, it has been vanquished now.


Plup claimed first place at GENESIS 5, the first major of the year, in dominant fashion. Along the way, he dethroned three of the five "gods" of Super Smash Bros Melee to take an upset championship.

Plup's run began with a win over Avery "Ginger" Wilson, then saw him tear through Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez and Joseph "Mang0" Marquez all before top 8. On Sunday, Plup cut down Adam "Armada" Lindgren and Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma to claim the trophy for himself.


It's hard to say which of Plup's bracket achievements was most impressive — between shutting out Armada and coming out on top after three sets with Hungrybox, Plup made just about every statement a player can make.

It was only a few months ago that DBLTAP interviewed Plup after his first major win with two gods in attendance, and only a few months after that that he ​managed to defeat Armada for the first time.


We called it an upset then, but after his performance at GENESIS 5, a Plup win might simply become par for the course.