Last night, Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey defeated Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez in a grand final sweep to win Frostbite 2019, the second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate major of the Panda Global Rankings season. With this win, Tweek secured a winning head-to-head record against MkLeo, his biggest rival in the battle for the No. 1 rank.
Tweek’s clean grand final victory over MkLeo belied the razor-thin skill gap between the Team Solomid member and his rival, who played a tense five-game winner’s final earlier in the night. This showdown was one of six sets that came down to a game-five situation during last night’s finals, a marathon top eight heightened by the excitement of a wildly enthusiastic crowd.
Robert “Myran” Herrin’s run to third place was the most surprising result of the night. Seeded 20th, the Floridian Olimar main secured a spot in winner’s semis by defeating Shuto “Shuton” Moriya in a mirror match. When the two faced off again in loser’s semis, the Japanese player captured the hearts of the crowd with an unorthodox—and ultimately unsuccessful—switch to Richter.
Frostbite’s top eight was rounded out by fifth-place finishers Paris “Light” Ramirez and Brian “Cosmos” Kalu and seventh-place finishers Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada and Jestise “MVD” Negron. Notably absent from the tournament’s final day was Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, who suffered a shocking 3-0 upset at the hands of Japanese Pac-Man player Takuma “Tea” Hirooka on the tournament’s second day.
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