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The next gold event in the 2022 Smash World Tour will bring major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate competition to Cuba for the first time this weekend. Attendees will compete for up to 400 Smash World Tour points at Ultimate Tropical Arena in Havana.
Though it will lack the depth of high-level talent that most North American majors tend to attract, the event will nevertheless place a spotlight on a little-known Smash region. Here’s everything to know about Ultimate Tropical Arena going into this weekend.
Players to watch
With only 48 players registered to attend, every single entrant at this tournament will earn Smash World Tour points, regardless of whether they actually show up for the event. For this reason, it could pose a great opportunity for Cuban players to rack up points in the hopes of attending the circuit finale in December.
However, to claim one of the top two spots, they’ll have to go through two of the best players from Mexico. As the current No. 1 player in the world, Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez will be the favorite to win at Ultimate Tropical Arena.
Likewise, Santiago “Chag” Pérez Checchi will be the safest pick for second place. However, to make it to the top of the podium, Chag will have to overcome an 0-5 record against MkLeo and secure the biggest upset of his Smash Ultimate career.
I won the Mexican Regional over Skyjay and Panti :))
See y’all next weekend in Cuba <3 pic.twitter.com/brisNR6tdV
— Chag (@chag_spc) May 16, 2022
How to watch Ultimate Tropical Arena
The Ultimate Tropical Arena tournament organizers have not yet announced an official stream for the event. However, VGBootCamp has streamed many previous Smash World Tour events on Twitch.
The tournament is scheduled to take place in its entirety on Saturday, with pools beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Top 32 will then kick off at 2 p.m. Finally, the tournament will conclude with top eight starting at 4 p.m.
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.