Imagine this: you are one of the most prominent Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world. You’re on stage, playing your heart out against another one of the most prominent Melee players in the world, and you ultimately attain victory. Then you almost get hit with a crab out of nowhere.
That’s exactly what happened to Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma during a match last night at fighting game event Pulse. DeBiedma, who represents the esports organization Team Liquid, was squaring off against Joseph “Mango” Marquez, who represents Cloud9. Ultimately, DeBiedma was able to climb his way up from the loser’s bracket and clinch victory in the grand finals from Marquez in a tense match.
That’s when a crab flew past him.
While the crab did not actually hit DeBiedma, he did see it go by, and it was pretty clearly meant for him. He picked the crab up and yelled at the audience for throwing it in anger. He later took to Twitter to apologize for losing his temper.
Sorry for losing my temper. Someone threw a fucking raw crab at me. After a 5 set losers run. Barely missed my head.
What the fuck man
Anyway GGs, no clue how I won that
— hungrybox (@LiquidHbox) April 21, 2019
Pulse organizers also issued a statement saying that the person who threw the crab, who they have identified, will be banned from the tournament and they will be informing other tournament organizers about it. They do not have plans to release his name publicly.
We will be perma banning the guy btw. Probably will not be releasing his name publicly but will be submitting it to other Tournament Organizers. We will make an official statement from the Pound Twitter sometime this week so everyone knows this was handled immediately.
— Aposl @ Pound 2019 🤜🤛 (@VGBC_Aposl) April 22, 2019
DeBiedman is a controversial figure in the competitive Smash Bros. community. Being one of the most dominant Melee players in the world, a lot of fans dislike the way he plays and his reliance on using Jigglypuff. From his Twitter account, DeBiedman sometimes lashes out at these criticisms, which often venture into the realm of outright harassment against him, and have seemingly escalated into smuggling in crabs to throw at him.
It is not clear what kind of crab was thrown, but a Red King crab can weight six to ten pounds.