Smash Ultimate Summit 6 is already poised to be a historic Super Smash Bros. event. It will be the last entry in the iconic Smash Summit series and the final tournament prior to the dissolution of Beyond the Summit.
As this chapter in the story of competitive Smash comes to a close, some of the best Ultimate players will look to secure their spots in the annals of this game’s history.
Here’s an overview of the biggest storylines heading into Smash Ultimate Summit 6 this weekend.
MkLeo aims for another Summit title
As the undisputed GOAT of Smash Ultimate, Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez has unsurprisingly been an integral part of Summit’s history up to now. He is one of only four Ultimate Summit champions, along with Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, Edgar “Sparg0” Valdez and Naoto “ProtoBanham” Tsuji.
In addition, MkLeo is the only two-time champion and the only player to attend every single iteration of Smash Ultimate Summit.
Won Smash Ultimate Summit from losers after losing to Samsora, finally able to beat him after a while…im so happy. I really wanted to win this for maister since i beat him in losers. Ggs everyone. The grinding continues
— MkLeo (@Mkleosb) October 28, 2019
Even so, MkLeo is currently in the midst of somewhat of a slump. While he won Genesis, he followed it up with a disappointing ninth-place finish at Collision 2023. Furthermore, he has placed slightly worse than fourth on average at the eight majors he has attended since last August.
At Smash Ultimate Summit 6, MkLeo will look to prove that you can never count him out, just as he did at the Ludwig Smash Invitational last year. Some of his biggest obstacles at this event may be Tweek and Michael “Riddles” Kim, both of whom won their last sets against MkLeo, and ProtoBanham, who held a solid 3-1 record against him last year.
Other players to watch at Smash Ultimate Summit 6
Mashita “acola” Hayato will be the best player in attendance at Smash Ultimate Summit 6 who has not yet won a Summit. With the specter of Steve bans on the horizon, this could also be one of his final opportunities to play as Steve at an American major. As a result, this will be a crucial opportunity for acola to get another major win under his belt.
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It’s hard to predict what version of Antony “MuteAce” Hoo we’ll get on any given day. Sporadic health issues occasionally make his hands near-unusable, leading to dud performances like his 25th-place finish at Shine 2022. And yet, at other times, the stars align for runs like his second-place finish at Genesis 9, which saw him conquer MkLeo, acola, Paris “Light” Ramirez Garcia, William “Glutonny” Belaid and Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís.
If he is able to perform like he did at Genesis, it’s not unreasonable to believe that MuteAce could win his very first major.
About the Author
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.