At Toronto Super Smash Bros. Melee major Get On My Level 2019, Joseph “Mang0” Marquez defeated Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson in a five-game grand final to win his first Melee major since August 2017. The grand final was the culmination of a marathon loser’s run by Axe, who defeated a string of top-level players—including William “Leffen” Hjelte—to earn his second-place finish.
Mang0 dominated Axe for large stretches of the grand final, hitting clutch Falco techs and mixing up his recovery in order to make each stock count against the Pikachu main.
The bracket was thrown wide open by Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma’s early exit, who finished fifth after a blowout loss to Leffen in winner’s semifinals and a 3-2 upset at the hands of Justin "Wizzrobe" Hallett in loser’s. GOML 2019 represented a return to Melee for Wizzrobe and Leffen, who both dabbled in competitive Smash Ultimate at the beginning of the year.
Another highlight of the event was the explosive run of Kurtis “moky” Pratt, who defeated Justin “Plup” McGrath in a stylish Fox ditto on his way to a seventh-place finish.
In the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bracket, Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey ploughed through the winner’s bracket, pulling a stunning reverse 3-0 comeback against Tyler “Marss” Martins in the winner’s final before defeating him 3-1 in grands. Tweek distinguished himself as the best Ultimate player in the room, demonstrating his prowess with both Wario and Roy.
It was a welcome return to the winners’ circle for Tweek, who finished outside the top four at his last two majors.
Notably, Eric “ESAM” Lew defeated Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez to make it to the loser’s final. A victory over MkLeo, who ESAM has long struggled against, gives new legitimacy to the Panda Global member’s infamous confidence.