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n0ne wins all-Canadian Smash Bros. Melee final

A crowd looks on during DreamHack Montreal on Sunday. Jennika Ojala/Provided by DreamHack

Super Smash Bros. Melee player and Even Matchup Gaming pro Edgard "n0ne" Sheleby beat Roustane "Kage" Benzeguir in an electric, all-Canadian grand finals Sunday at Dreamack Montreal.

N0ne tore through the bracket and didn't drop a single game in top-eight. He initially threw Kage into losers during their winners finals set, only to 3-0 him again in grand finals.

Kage had trouble answering n0ne's fast and high-pressure Falcon. Kage played Ganondorf, which is a character that, though similar to Falcon, is much slower. In the final game in grand finals, Kage made the character switch to Falcon, but it didn't faze n0ne.

"Yeah, it was pretty important that we had a Canadian grand finals because it shows we can defend our home turf," n0ne told ESPN. "I just decided I was gonna go try hard this event because I've been letting the fans down."

N0ne has been on a tear this past year, taking out many top players in what were once considered nearly impossible-to-win matches.

"Every time I come back from SoCal, I've been playing really good," n0ne said. "I kinda proved it when I beat [Weston] Westballz [Dennis] in two sets, back-to-back, over my trip to SoCal last week."

There were some shakeups in the bracket beforehand, too. Misfit's Ryan "The Moon" Coker-Welch and Team Liquid's Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez lost during the top eight. The Moon was double-eliminated by Ice Climbers players, with the final "wobble" coming from Kyle "diskidboogie" Athayde.

"I got into my own head, and I was a bit off ease," The Moon said in a statement to ESPN. He contributed his uneasiness to losing to an Ice Climbers earlier in the tournament.

The Moon has admitted that Ice Climbers is his least preferred matchup, and with DreamHack Montreal now over, it's clear he needs to go back to the lab and study.

"I usually best them, but they got the best of me," The Moon said.

ChuDat has been having a stellar year, especially following his Team Liquid sponsorship. He has taken sets from players such as Echo Fox's Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman and Cloud9's Joseph "Mang0" Marquez, two players widely considered the best to play the game.

But ChuDat had trouble finding an answer to Kage in Montreal. Before the final eight, Kage had beaten ChuDat, sending him to losers. Again ChuDat lost to Kage in losers finals, this time 3-0.

The players who didn't make it to Montreal were a storyline going into the tourney, too.

Leading up to DreamHack, Team Liquid's Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, one of the top five players in Melee, was unable to make the flight from his native Florida due to Hurricane Irma.

"I'm not saying I could've beaten Hbox, but I was definitely grinding the ICs [Ice Climbers] and the Puff matchup with [Canadian player Colin] Legend [Doucet] really hard, so I was pretty ready for this event," n0ne said. "Overall, just glad I won DH Montreal my own way, with my own style."