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Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Let’s Make Big Moves on Jan. 5. The event took place in New York City and was the first S-tier tournament of the year.
Nairo reached top 16 on winners side, defeating players like Jake “Frozen” Somma, Zane-Charles “apollo” Chandler, and Chris “WaDi” Boston. He fell to the losers bracket after a close set with Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby in Winners Quarters. However, this set Nairo up for an impressive losers run.
Nairo advanced into top 8 with a 3-0 win over Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison. Next, he beat Enrique “Maister” Hernandez 3-2 and Jestise “MVD” Negron 3-0. Nairo had a long slog to Grand Finals, winning five-game sets against Takuma “Tea” Hirooka and Takuto “Kameme” Ono. Even so, Nairo defeated Dabuz in both sets of Grand Finals in order to win Let’s Make Big Moves.
Nairo finished No. 8 on the Spring 2019 PGRU and will likely rank higher on the upcoming Fall 2019 PGRU. His recent tournament victories include Tri-state Showdown: Fall 2019 and Mainstage. This most recent S-tier victory allows Nairo to start the 2020 Smash Ultimate season on a high note.
Other results from Let’s Make Big Moves
Though he could not take home the gold, Dabuz had a strong run to Grand Finals on winners side at Let’s Make Big Moves. Impressively, he did so using primarily Rosalina. Along the way, Dabuz earned victories over Raffi “Raffi-X” Azar, Nairo, Tea, and Kameme.
Kameme similarly had an impressive run to Winners Finals and ultimately placed 3rd at this event. He started top 128 by defeating Matt “MattyG” Ganshirt and Jonathan “Venia” Grullon. After that, Kameme scored a pair of upset victories over Maister and Tyler “Marss” Martins. Kameme finished his run with a win over MVD before his respectable losses to Dabuz and Nairo.
After a disappointing fall 2019 season, MVD has started 2020 with a bang. He placed 5th at Let’s Make Big Moves and notably reached top 8 on winners side. Throughout the tournament, MVD took sets off of Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, Justin “Wishes” Magnetti, and Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose.
Let’s Make Big Moves was a breakout Smash tournament for Toriano “Toast” Warren. Toast is a Young Link main from North Carolina who currently lives in Ohio. He made a surprising run to 13th place at this event, sweeping Ricky “LingLing” Gorritz, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, and Wishes. Outside of this tournament, Toast boasts additional wins against Tetsuya “Raito” Ishigura and Jonathan “Jw” Woldu.
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.