Aziz "Hax" Al-Yami has dropped out of Smash Summit 2 due to a hand injury and will be replaced by James "Duck" Ma.
On his personal blog, Hax wrote that a previous hand injury resurfaced at a recent tournament. Hax wrote that he has seen many doctors over the last two years related to his hand issues, but still isn't certain what is causing him pain.
"To be honest, it feels like I have 3 different wrist problems. My ulnar styloid (tip of the arm bone) feels rough and destroyed," he wrote. "My triquetrum (bone in the corner of the hand) burns like hell on the palm side and feels cracked (I know it isn't because I've had x-rays but when I rub on it there's this part I can go over that feels like a crack). And the soft tissue crevice between these two bones is very rough and burns with pain as well."
Hax also wrote that he is currently seeing a doctor who seems to know what the issue is, but needs to take the Smash Summit off to unsure he can go to an ultrasound appointment.
Hax recently returned from retirement to take third place at Pound 2016. Hax initially retired due to insomnia issues, and before that, took a hiatus due to hand surgery. Hax wrote that this most recent injury may put him back into retirement.
"I guess this means I'm retired again," he wrote I'll be honest at this point, there's a chance I never make a full return. My left hand feels ruined beyond belief. In the past few months I tried my best to rest a lot so that I could attend a few tournaments but it eventually caught up to me. I wouldn't be surprised if I need a prosthesis or something to play full-time again, because actual bones feel injured."
Hax is known as one of the most technical Fox players in the world, and plays a very perfectionist style when it comes to utilizing his tech skill in matches. He was voted into the tournament in the first round of voting, along with Eric "ESAM" Lew.
He will be replaced at the tournament by Duck, who was the player with the highest amount of votes that did not make the voting cut-off. Duck is a high level Samus player, and boasts wins over top players like Zachary "SFAT" Cordoni and William "Leffen" Hjelte.
Smash Summit 2 runs from April 21 to 24 in Orange, California.
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