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Tyler “Marss” Martins won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Genesis 7 in Oakland, California on Jan. 26. This marked his first ever S-tier tournament victory in Smash Ultimate.
Marss swept through a good chunk of his bracket unopposed. He defeated Chasen “SilentRain” Callahan and Omar “0mart” Cruz Mateo to reach top 64. Then he beat Mike “Bulby” Stoney and Pedro “Prodigy” Alonso, all without dropping a game.
Marss’ biggest challenge of Genesis 7 Smash Ultimate Singles came in Winners Quarters, where he faced Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís. Ultimately, Marss won that set 3-2 and advanced into top 8 on winners side. Despite a tight Winners Quarters set, Marss looked just as dominant as before in top 8. He defeated Eric “ESAM” Lew 3-0 and Ezra Samsora Morris 3-1.
In Grand Finals, Marss fought the No. 1 player in the world, Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez. Though MkLeo had lost to Samsora in Winners Semis, he ended up defeating Samsora 3-0 in their Losers Finals rematch. Despite his impressive showing in Losers Finals, MkLeo still seemed unprepared for what awaited him in Grands. Marss defeated MkLeo 3-0 in order to become the Genesis 7 Smash Ultimate champion.
Marss has had a strong start to 2020, placing 5th at the year’s first S-tier, Let’s Make Big Moves. There, he won sets over Dawson “Big D” Perron, Paris “Light” Ramirez, and Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose.
Other results from Genesis 7 Smash Ultimate Singles
Dark Wizzy placed 5th in Genesis 7 Smash Ultimate Singles, marking his third consecutive major top 8 finish this year. He also stated that this was his sixth consecutive major top 8 appearance overall. At Genesis, Dark Wizzy beat Antony “MuteAce” Hoo, Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison, Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, and Light.
William “Glutonny” Beliad dropped into losers very early, losing to Dakota “Dakpo” Goode in round 2 pools. However, he had a remarkable losers run to make it all the way to top 8. Glutonny notably eliminated Guillermo “Stroder” Martinez Jr., Alexis “Goblin” Stennett, MuteAce, and Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, among others.
Multiple top 10 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players finished outside of top 8 at Genesis 7. Notably, Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, Nairo, and Dabuz all placed 9th. Also placing 9th was a bit of an outlier, the unranked Charlie “Charliedaking” Antoun. Charliedaking defeated Andrew “ScAtt” Huntley, Dakpo, Matt “Elegant” Fitzpatrick, and Jestise “MVD” Negron.
Several unranked players found themselves placing in top 24 of Genesis 7 Smash Ultimate Singles after some unexpected upsets. Humberto “King Koopa” Gomez defeated James “Eon” Perez, Brian “Cosmos” Kalu, and Robert “Myran” Herrin. Next, John “VaLoR” Toral defeated Saleem “Salem” Young and Sinji. In addition, Hector “Meme” Ochoa Cardenas defeated James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, Jonathan “Venia” Grullon, and Luis “Lui$” Oceguera.
Remi Flounders defeated Mario “Klaatu” Marckwordt, Santiago “Chag” Perez, Aaron “Blacktwins13” Grandison-Vargas, and Bryan “Uncivil ninja” Blodgett. In addition, Edgar “Bedgar” Sahagún defeated Randy “RFang” Fang and Dakpo. Finally, Luis “Shadow_PR” Alvarez defeated Venia and Ricky “LingLing” Gorritz.
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.