Hungrybox had a crab thrown at him after winning Pound 2019

Things got heated at the end of the Super Smash Bros. Melee Pound 2019 tournament after an attendee threw a crab at Hungrybox.


Super Smash Bros. Melee is an intense esport that is well into its second decade of providing exciting moments of competition. This was true this past weekend at Pound 2019, where the tournament organizers set up both Melee and Ultimate brackets for pros to duke it out. The world's number one player Hungrybox ended up taking down fan favorite Mang0 after a bracket reset in the grand finals, but what happened immediately after the match was pretty darn bizarre. An attendee threw a steamed crab at Hungrybox while he was getting up to celebrate his victory. Please take a look.

At the time this happened, I wasn't sure what was thrown at Hbox, but some folks in attendance at Pound 2019 later confirmed that a crab was brought into the venue and thrown at the Melee champion. Phil Visu, also known as EE, confirmed that the person who threw a crab at Hbox was caught and thrown out of the event. It seems that some attendees had noticed the steamed crab before it was thrown at Hbox.

Hungrybox had an amazing run in the tournament fighting back from the losers' bracket to defeat Mang0. Many fans in attendance were pulling for Mang0, so Hbox's victory was a bit of a disappointment for the crowd. Hbox unleashed some really impressive new strategies with some never-before-seen edge guards. It is not surprising that he finds himself ranked number one in the world at Melee. It is really impressive to see the game's meta continue to change nearly 18 years after its release on Nintendo GameCube.

It is not even remotely okay to throw something at an esports player at a tournament. Pound 2019 has not provided an explanation of how the crab got passed security. Several people in attendance described the throwing of a crab as a very Maryland thing to do, but this is about player safety and respect. Hungrybox deserves praise for the effort he exhibited to win Pound 2019, and most Mang0 fans gave him props at the end of the tournament. 

One bad actor can make the community look bad, but the tournament organizers and security did a great job of quickly acting to remove the attendee responsible for tossing a crab at the main stage. Hopefully this will lead to better security protocols to prevent other players being put in danger at esports events. Congratulations to Hungrybox on his Pound 2019 win, he certainly showed everyone how to do it for Shacknews.


Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    April 22, 2019 12:05 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Hungrybox had a crab thrown at him after winning Pound 2019

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      April 22, 2019 12:09 PM

      guess they thought he was hungry

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        April 22, 2019 12:11 PM

        It is pretty damn disrespectful.

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          April 22, 2019 12:16 PM

          oh its completely ridiculous, but at this point i wouldn't put anything past gamers, they're the worst

        • rms legacy 10 years mercury super mega
          April 22, 2019 2:21 PM

          What was disrespectful was throwing the crab on the ground!

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      April 22, 2019 12:21 PM

      lol that's obviously childish bullshit but man his reaction

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        April 22, 2019 12:22 PM

        He didn’t have a lot of fans in his corner. It seems like he just kinda lost it after the crab was thrown at him.

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          April 22, 2019 12:24 PM

          yeah no one deserves that, but just the whole picture of an upset bearded guy in an e-sports jersey throwing the crab on the ground in disgust got me.

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      April 22, 2019 12:23 PM

      Are they trying to be like Philly sports fans?

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      April 22, 2019 1:19 PM

      I just checked in with the three people I know in Maryland and this is NOT a thing people do there

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      April 22, 2019 1:32 PM

      just to provide some context, the crab is a twitch meme where you say something is dead like "

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        April 22, 2019 1:34 PM

        :crab: melee is dead :crab"

        and hbox is getting hate for playing jigglypuff whos a defensive character and being really dominant with her. or so Ive read

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          April 22, 2019 2:22 PM

          ah so it's even more stupid than originally thought. impressive.

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      April 22, 2019 2:09 PM

      When crabs are outlawed, only criminals will have delicious creamy sweet buttery flesh, cracking open the chitinous exoskeleton... <homerdrool.gif>

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