Friendlies: Ken, the King of Smash

Time changes things.

Ken Hoang, known to Melee fans simply as Ken, was a monster. In the early days of Melee, Ken was a force in the scene. Smart, skilled, and driven, he won nearly every tournament he attended between 2002 and 2007, talking trash and taking down every opponent that stood in his way in one of the longest single game dynasties in eSports history.

After a long and arduous campaign, Ken gave it up. Done with the game he once loved, he disappeared for years. But when he finally came back to the scene, Ken had changed. These days, Ken is still an excellent player. But how he approaches the game and the community has changed – and for Ken, it’s made all the difference.

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