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Evo – one of the most prestigious and illustrious fighting game tournaments in the world – has concluded, providing the debut year for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the Las Vegas tourney. And what a tourney it was – at well over 3,500 entrants, and peaking at almost 280,000 viewers in the final Sunday spot, it was conclusively the biggest Smash tournament ever put on. But from the throng, only one could prove victorious – and that one was Mexico’s own MKLeo, whose Joker finessed his way through the Loser’s Bracket on way to a powerful Grand Finals victory.

Leo was knocked out of Winner’s Bracket in an upset by eventual 9th place finisher Kameme, proceeding to charge through Maister, ScAtt, and Abadando to make Top 8, then felling Zackray, Raito, Samsora, and Gluttony to face Tweek in GFs. While Tweek’s impressive Pokémon Trainer nearly snatched victory, being at one point just a single good hit away from the crown, Leo clutched it out and forced a bracket reset before sweeping the next three matches. In conjunction with his previous stellar performances in Ultimate (which earned him the #1 spot in Panda Global’s Smash Ultimate power rankings) he’s cemented his place as the best Ultimate player in the world right now. Pretty good for an 18 year old from Mexico City.

The Top 8 Rankings are as follows:

    1. MKLeo (Joker – Mexico)
    2. Tweek (Pokémon Trainer – USA)
    3. Gluttony (Wario – France)
    4. Samsora (Peach – USA)
    5. Raito (Duck Hunt – Japan)
    5. ProtoBanham (Lucina/Inkling – Japan)
    7. Zackray (Wolf – Japan)
    7. Light (Fox – USA)


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.