Last night, Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez scored a dominant victory at the Smash Ultimate Summit, dropping only two games in bracket—both against Ezra “Samsora” Morris—on his way to earning the event’s $16,000 first-place prize. Though MkLeo had dropped a pools set to Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada using his secondary character Ike, the Echo Fox player was unstoppable after he switched to Lucina, defeating second-place finisher Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby in a decisive 3-0 grand final stomp.
MkLeo’s win at the prestigious tournament strengthened his argument for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s world No. 1 rank, though the event will not be counted towards this season of the Panda Global Rankings Ultimate due to its invitational nature. This is for good reason: Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, MkLeo’s primary rival for the No. 1 rank, did not compete at the California event after failing to qualify via the voting round or tournament qualification process.
The Melee players crossing over into Smash Ultimate for the event acquitted themselves well. Adam “Armada” Lindgren took a bracket set off of Smash 4 legend Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, and both Armada and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman defeated Zack “ZD” Darby in pools. In the end, Armada, Mew2King, and William “Leffen” Hjelte managed to earn respectable ninth-place finishes in the 16-man bracket.
“The skill gap is actually much lower than most people make it out to be,” Armada said after his elimination from the tournament.