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Juan Manuel DeBiedma (born June 21, 1993), also known as Hungrybox (or HBox for short), is an Argentine American professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player from Orlando, Florida. One of the "Five Gods" of Melee along with Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, Joseph "Mango" Marquez, Adam "Armada" Lindgren, and Kevin "PPMD" Nanney,[1] DeBiedma has won several major tournaments, including Apex 2010 and EVO 2016.[2][3][4] He is widely regarded to be the best Jigglypuff player of all time[5][6] and has been ranked in the top five in the world every year since formal rankings began in 2013.[7] DeBiedma holds the mark for most money won in a single Melee tournament, with $29,315.30 at Smash Summit 5 in November 2017, and he has won more money lifetime playing Melee than anyone other than Lindgren.[8] DeBiedma also plays Project M and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, primarily playing Jigglypuff in the former and Mario in the latter.[9] He is a member of Team Liquid, but has never beat his teammate Chillindude in a set.

Hungrybox
Juan DeBiedma
Status Active
Born (1993-06-21) June 21, 1993 (age 25)
Hometown Orlando, Florida
Nationality Argentinian and American
Current team Team Liquid
League Major League Gaming
Evolution Championship Series
Games Super Smash Bros. Melee
Project M
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Organizer Luis "Liquid`Crunch" Rosias
Career prize money $197,217.54
Championships Tipped Off 5, Revival of Melee 2, CEO 2010, Apex 2010, Tipped Off 6, CEO 2014 Prologue, Smash the Record, Tipped Off 10, Fight Pitt V, Paragon Orlando 2015, Bad Moon Rising, MLG World Finals 2015, Frame Perfect Series, DreamHack Winter 2015, PAX Arena, Battle of the Five Gods, Super Nebulous 4, Low Tier City 4, Pound 2016, CEO 2016, EVO 2016
Nickname(s) Hungrybox Hbox
2013–2014 CLASH Tournaments
2014–2015 Team Curse
2015–Present Team Liquid

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CareerEdit

Hungrybox says that he "got good using gimmicks" and that his hands are not fast enough for technical skill.[10] In 2009, DeBiedma placed 3rd at GENESIS 1, his first high placement at a Melee tournament. He won his first tournament at Revival of Melee 2 later that year. Hungrybox continued to make deep runs in tournaments often finishing 2nd to 5th. In 2014, he placed top three in nine Melee tournaments, including a victory at Fight Pitt V[11] and runner up at EVO 2014.[3] In 2015, DeBiedma won his first national victory for the year at Paragon after handily defeating Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman in grand finals.[12]

On July 3, 2013, DeBiedma was picked up by CLASH Tournaments alongside Aziz "Hax" Al-Yami.[13] On April 17, 2014, DeBiedma left CLASH Tournaments and joined Team Curse.[14] On January 6, 2015 Team Curse announced that they would be merging with Team Liquid. Because of the merge, DeBiedma was picked up by Team Liquid along with his teammate Kashan "Chillin" Khan, joining Ken and KoreanDJ.[15]

In August 2015 DeBiedma announced that he would be becoming less active in competitive Smash as he began his career as an engineer.[16] Paragon Los Angeles was his next tournament after EVO. He finished 3rd in Melee after being eliminated by Mew2King by a score of 3-2.[17] In the largest Project M tournament in history, Hbox finished 4th, also after being defeated by Mew2King, losing 3-1. In October, HBox won the MLG World Finals Melee singles tournament after beating Mew2King in grand finals 3-1 to win the tournament. In November HBox won Dreamhack Winter 2015 Melee singles beating Armada 3-1 in the second set of grand finals after losing 3-0 in the first set of grand finals, and won doubles with Axe, beating Shroomed and MacD 3-1 in grand finals.

On July 17, 2016, DeBiedma became the Super Smash Bros. Melee EVO 2016 Champion, beating Armada in the grand finals. DeBiedma was sent to the losers bracket after losing Winner's Semifinals to Justin "Plup" McGrath, but was able to fight his way back to Grand Finals against Armada after eliminating S2J, Mango, and Plup. In Grand Finals Hungrybox played against the defending champion Armada's Fox. He won two consecutive best of five sets against Armada, both with a score of 3-2.

Personal lifeEdit

DeBiedma was born in Argentina on June 21, 1993.[18] DeBiedma is a 2011 graduate of Freedom High School in Orlando and is a 2015 graduate at the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.[4][19] In 2015, he began working as a process engineer for WestRock. In 2016, after underperforming at The Big House 6, DeBiedma quit his job at WestRock to pursue a full-time eSports career.[20] In March 2018, however, he quietly returned to the workforce at an undisclosed location.[21]

On August 15, 2017, DeBiedma became a U.S. citizen.[22]

Notable tournament placingsEdit

Super Smash Bros MeleeEdit

Tournament[23] Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Revival of Melee March 7–8, 2009 7th 4th Colbol
GENESIS July 10–12, 2009 3rd 13th Hax
Revival of Melee 2 November 21–22, 2009 1st 4th Cactuar
Pound 4 January 16–18, 2010 2nd 17th Uuaa
Apex 2010 August 6–8, 2010 1st 4th Hax
Revival of Melee 3 November 20–21, 2010 5th 2nd Hax
Pound V February 19–21, 2011 3rd 3rd Hax
GENESIS 2 July 15–17, 2011 4th 2nd Hax
Apex 2012 January 6–8, 2012 2nd 2nd Plup
Zenith 2012 May 26–27, 2012 4th 3rd Hax
IMPULSE June 30-July 1, 2012 3rd 2nd Kage
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12–14, 2012 2nd 2nd Chillin
The Big House 2 October 6–7, 2012 2nd 2nd Chillin
Apex 2013 January 11–13, 2013 5th 2nd Plup
Zenith 2013 June 1–2, 2013 2nd 2nd DoH
EVO 2013 July 12–14, 2013 3rd 1st Mew2King
The Big House 3 October 12–13, 2013 2nd 1st Mew2King
Revival of Melee 6 November 16–17, 2013 2nd 1st Mew2King
Apex 2014 January 17–19, 2014 5th 3rd Plup
Shuffle V February 22–23, 2014 2nd 1st Mew2King
Revival of Melee 7 March 8–9, 2014 3rd 2nd Darc
CEO 2014 Prologue March 28–29, 2014 1st
Get On My Level 2014 May 10–11, 2014 2nd 1st Mew2King
Pat's House 2 May 24–25, 2014 2nd 1st Mew2King
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20–22, 2014 7th 5th Plup
CEO 2014 June 27–29, 2014 3rd 2nd Plup
EVO 2014 July 11–13, 2014 2nd 1st Plup
Smash the Record August 22–25, 2014 1st 1st Plup
Tipped Off 10 September 20–21, 2014 1st 1st Plup
The Big House 4 October 4–5, 2014 9th 2nd Plup
Fight Pitt V November 1–2, 2014 1st 1st Colbol
Forte 2 December 20–21, 2014 1st 2nd Arc
Paragon 2015 January 17–18, 2015 1st 1st Plup
Apex 2015 January 30-February 1, 2015 5th 1st Mew2King
Bad Moon Rising March 14–15, 2015 1st 1st DoH
MVG Sandstorm April 18–19, 2015 4th 3rd Silly Kyle
Press Start May 9–10, 2015 4th 1st Mew2King
Get On My Level 2015 May 30–31, 2015 1st 1st Hax
CEO 2015 June 26–28, 2015 5th 2nd Leffen
EVO 2015 July 17–19, 2015 2nd 3rd Plup
Paragon Los Angeles September 5–6, 2015 3rd
MLG World Finals 2015 October 16–18, 2015 1st
Dreamhack Winter 2015 November 26–28, 2015 1st 1st Axe
GENESIS 3 January 15–17, 2016 3rd 4th Axe
PAX Arena January 29–31, 2016 1st 2nd Mew2King
Battle of the Five Gods March 17–19, 2016 1st
Pound 6 April 2–3, 2016 1st
Smash Summit 2 April 21–24, 2016 2nd 2nd Plup
Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo April 29-May 1, 2016 1st 2nd Leffen
DreamHack Austin 2016 May 6–8, 2016 2nd
Get On My Level 2016 May 20–22, 2016 3rd 3rd Leffen
Smash'N'Splash 2 June 11–12, 2016 1st 5th Wobbles
Low Tier City 4 June 18–19, 2016 1st 2nd ESAM
CEO 2016 June 24–25, 2016 1st 1st Mew2King
WTFox 2 July 1–3, 2016 5th 4th Iori
EVO 2016 July 15–17, 2016 1st 2nd Mew2King
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11–14, 2016 2nd
Shine 2016 August 26–28, 2016 4th
The Big House 6 October 7–9, 2016 5th 5th Mew2King
Canada Cup 2016 October 28–30, 2016 2nd
Smash Summit 3 November 3–6, 2016 2nd 5th Plup
UGC Open December 2–4, 2016[24] 3rd[24] 4th[25] Mew2King[25]
Don't Park On The Grass December 17–18, 2016 2nd 3rd Swedish Delight
GENESIS 4 January 20–22, 2017 4th 5th Mew2King
Smash Summit Spring 2017 March 2–5, 2017 2nd 5th Axe
Smash Rivalries April 8–9, 2017 1st 2nd Mew2King
Smash 'N' Splash 3 June 2–4, 2017 1st 7th Professor Pro
CEO 2017 June 16–18, 2017 1st
Game Tyrant Expo 2017 June 2–4, 2017 1st 4th Chudat
The Big House 7 October 6–8, 2017 1st 4th Chudat
Smash Summit 5 Nov 2-5, 2017 1st 5th Wizzrobe
Smash Summit 6 May 3–6, 2018 4th 4th 2Saint

Project MEdit

Tournament[26] Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Zenith 2012 May 26–27, 2012 1st
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12–14, 2012 1st 2nd Kage
Zenith 2013 June 1–2, 2013 2nd
The Big House 3 October 12–13, 2013 7th 1st Mew2King
Apex 2014 January 17–19, 2014 25th
Shuffle V February 22–23, 2014 2nd 3rd Nintendude
CEO 2014 Prologue March 28–29, 2014 5th
CEO 2014 June 27–29, 2014 9th 4th Armada
Tipped Off 10 September 20–21, 2014 9th 3rd Mew2King
The Big House 4 October 4–5, 2014 13th
Forte 2 December 20–21, 2014 1st
Paragon 2015 January 17–18, 2015 3rd
Paragon Los Angeles September 5–6, 2015 4th 1st-6th Oracle
Smash'N'Splash 2 June 11–12, 2016 33rd 5th Westballz
Low Tier City 4 June 18–19, 2016 5th MrLz
WTFox 2 July 1–3, 2016 1st 1st Mew2King

Super Smash Bros. for Wii UEdit

Tournament[27] Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Super Smash Bros. Invitational June 10, 2014 2nd
CEO 2015 June 26–28, 2015 97th 3rd ZeRo
FC Smash 15XR: Return July 4–5, 2015 17th 2nd ZeRo
WTFox 2 July 1–3, 2016 25th

Super Smash Bros. for 3DSEdit

Tournament[28] Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Tipped Off 10 September 20–21, 2014 3rd
Fight Pitt V November 1–2, 2014 4th

ReferencesEdit

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