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Sonix began his performance at the 128-person invitational dominantly. Though every set was best-of-five, Sonix did not drop a single game in his first four sets. He defeated Arda “Rafflow” I., “Sytonix,” Chris “kchris” B., and Bruno “Br1 AV” Assemany.
While he began dropping games in Winners Quarters, Sonix still put up phenomenal results. He earned 3-1 victories over Brian “Benny&TheJets” Navarro and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey. Sonix’s greatest hurdle came in Winners Finals, where he beat Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez 3-2. Sonix defeated MkLeo 3-1 in Grand Finals in order to win the Quarantine Series May Major.
Sonix has consistently been one of the highest-placing players throughout Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Quarantine Series. He has not placed outside of top 8 at any Quarantine Series online event. At these events, Sonix has beaten players like Alexis “Goblin” Stennett, Eric “ESAM” Lew, and Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís.
Other results from the Quarantine Series May Major
MkLeo seems to have found his stride at online events, placing 2nd at the Quarantine Series May Major. His run started with predictable victories over Elias Taoudi and “Spiro.” MkLeo then tore through a stream of tough opponents seamlessly. He beat Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, Maister, Edgar “Sparg0” Valdez, and Spencer “BestNess” Garner, while only dropping one game to Sparg0. MkLeo finished his run with another 3-0 win over Maister in Losers Finals, while only losing sets to Sonix.
MkLeo had another solid run at Ultimate Naifu Wars #10, just one day before the Quarantine Series May Major. There, he beat Zuri “Jakkaru” Parker, Nicholas “Ned” Dovel, and Maister en route to 3rd place. Interestingly, MkLeo was also double-eliminated by Sonix at that event.
Maister fell into the losers bracket relatively early after running into MkLeo (his bracket demon online and offline). However, he had an impressive losers run, beating Jestise “MVD” Negron, kchris, and Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan to reach top 8. Maister also defeated Benny&TheJets, BestNess, and Tweek before losing to MkLeo again to finish in 3rd place.
With multiple tournament victories at the beginning of the pandemic, Kola looked like the best online player in the world. His results have tapered off since then, as marked by his 9th place finish at the Quarantine Series May Major. After the tournament, Kola noted that he would not participate in any more online tournaments for the foreseeable future.
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.