As one of the biggest Smash-centric tournaments in the world, Apex regularly draws in an immense amount of talent looking to compete in the popular Nintendo titles. Taking first is no easy feat, and no one knows that better than Apex 2014 Super Smash Bros. Melee champion Kevin “PPMD” Nanney of VG Bootcamp. Dr. Peepee, as he’s also known, had quite a road ahead of him entering the top eight bracket, but managed to defeat Evo 2013 champion MIOM|Mango and CT.EMP|Mew2King in very convincing fashions before walking away with the gold.
Rod “Slasher” Breslau of onGamers had the chance to sit down with Nanney after his first place finish to discuss a wide variety of topics, including his thoughts on winning the tournament, his personal history with Mew2King, his opinion on the stronger characters in the game, and much more.
We’ve included a small excerpt below, but do yourself a favor and head on over to onGamers for the entire interview.
What are the main reasons you were able to take the finals over M2K? How much of it is the emotional/confidence level, and how much of it is mechanics?
The confidence, the inner aspect is largely misunderstood by a lot of people and I’ve been learning a lot about that recently. I came into this tournament more confident, more motivated, and less cocky than I’ve come into a tournament in a very long time.
Mechanically it actually wasn’t really there as much as I normally am. I missed some inputs, I looked a little sloppy, I didn’t finish all of my combos, I had some technical errors that got me killed. Things that are typically uncharaceristic for me. But in the finals set, I knew maintaining my composure would be most essential. As long as I keep my composure, the mechanics will take care of themselves for the most part. Even when everyone was yelling and cheering for Mew2King, I was still able to keep my head in the game in places where I’d normally be like ‘oh you know am I about to lose it all, all these people are cheering against me, people still think I’m not a great player to watch’ or something like that. The self doubts didn’t creep in.