By no tournaments you mean he didn't announce he's going to anything? If so that's a bit disappointing, but not really surprising. But since he's streaming I imagine he has to make a tournament return soon. He can't really string people along while actively streaming.
I just hope I'm wrong about how he performs when he does attend again. The level of play is a lot higher now than it was when he was last active so I'm not expecting great results right away.
He said he doesn't plan on attending anything in the near future because he doesn't feel 100% and can't focus on Melee for more than a couple hours at a time, but streaming and accepting the torrent of subs he knew he'd get is his way of making a commitment to stream consistently and work his way back.
And yeah, it's obvious he's not current in the meta. Mentioned being slow at shield dropping on non-UCF and stuff like that. He definitely has the work ethic to make it back to top 10, but that seems contingent on regaining his ability to play for more than two hours at a time.
Leffen vs HBOX
Mango vs Leffen
Axe vs Leffen
Mango vs Axe
I was watching GOML all weekend swapping between Ultimate and Melee for the matches I preferred. Just a great tournament with amazing production values. I feel like the Ultimate honeymoon is over, Melee is back!
GOML 2019 was a really good tournament. Definitely one of my all time favourites now. I'm a little bit sad that aMSa didn't male Top 8 and we didn't get a Game 10 GFs between Mango and Axe, but you can't have everything.
A few months ago I started diving into my secondaries and really picked up Young Link. Something just clicked and now I find him so fun to play.
Unfortunately for my win/loss ratio I almost exclusively play YL now and I'm diving back into netplay to start really getting better. It's heartbreaking to really put him to the test against the better characters becuase I think he is so close to being a great character. A few tweaks here and there and YL could easily be tournament viable.
I do enjoy his playstyle though. Tricky bombs and boomerangs set ups, pretty good edgeguarding, and some really cool combo potential.
This reminds me of a time that I was on a friendly rotation at Shine. we had 3 people, and i was sitting out. a 4th potential player walked up, almost opened his mouth, saw that there was a YL timing out an IC in friendlies, and walked away immediately.
young link is awesome and if i could press buttons more quickly i'd love to pick him up, but this was the last time I played with a YL so it is what came to mind. i cracked up pretty hard.