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Everything to know about E-Caribana

A smashing end to the Caribana Festival

The upcoming E-Caribana Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitational brings many of the best players from Europe and around the world together. It will take place outdoors, on the final day of the Caribana Music Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.

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Competitors from over 10 different countries will participate in this global showcase of top Ultimate talent. Here’s everything fans need to know heading into this year’s the E-Caribana invitational.

Notable players

As the No. 1 player in the world, Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez is an obvious favorite to win the event. However, his chances of success could depend on his character choice, as Santiago “Chag” Pérez Checchi recently eliminated MkLeo at Ultimate Tropical Arena while playing R.O.B. As a result, R.O.B. could be a riskier pick for MkLeo than a more tried-and-true character for him, like Byleth or Corrin.

Meanwhile, Europe’s best player, William “Glutonny” Belaid, will aim to defend the region from outside players like MkLeo, Chag and Towa “Atelier” Kuriyama. In the past, Glutonny dominated European events, only ever being eliminated by foreign players like MkLeo.

That undefeated European record changed when Glutonny lost to James “Peli” Hunt to finish in second at Vienna Challengers Arena 2021. Since then, he has failed to win three large European events, even placing 17th at two of them. Nevertheless, his 3-6 record against MkLeo for the year suggests he is still capable of contending with the best of the best, making Belaid a reasonable pick for first place at E-Caribana.

E-Caribana schedule

Although the Caribana Festival will last from June 15-19, the E-Caribana Smash invitational will take place on the last day of the festival, June 19. The tournament, which currently includes 30 confirmed attendees, will kick off at 7 a.m. ET.

The final portion of the bracket begins at 12:30 p.m and is scheduled to end around 2 p.m. As of writing, the event organizers have not announced whether they will livestream the tournament.

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Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.