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Luminosity Gaming has signed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pros Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, creating what the organization called “the greatest Smash roster of all time.” The announcement came during day one of Beyond the Summit’s final Super Smash Bros. invitational, Smash Ultimate Summit 6.

Last month, MkLeo and Tweek were both dropped by their former teams within a week of each other. MkLeo parted ways with T1 on February 23, while Tweek departed from TSM on February 28. As a result, they instantly became the two most high-profile free agents in the competitive Smash scene.

“I’m a big basketball guy and it feels like Lebron going to Miami,” Tweek said on the Ultimate Summit 6 broadcast regarding him and MkLeo being on the same team.

MkLeo and Tweek have become the second and third Smash Ultimate players to join Luminosity, following Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís. The organization also includes Melee player Avery “Ginger” Wilson. Previously, Luminosity sponsored Melee player Mustafa “Ice” Akçakaya and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura before exiting the Smash scene from 2019 to 2021.

MkLeo and Tweek join forces on Luminosity

Long before teaming up on Luminosity, MkLeo and Tweek kickstarted one of the most prominent rivalries in Ultimate history. They were ranked as the top two players in the world on the first iteration of the PGRU. To date, they have an 11-8 lifetime set record excluding online tournaments and locals, with MkLeo holding the narrow lead. However, Tweek has won their last four sets.

MkLeo is widely regarded as the greatest Smash Ultimate player of all time, having been ranked first on every official ranking the game has ever had. Though his results have been trending somewhat downward recently, MkLeo still placed first at Genesis 9 earlier this year. There, he beat Antony “MuteAce” Hoo, Paris “Light” Ramirez Garcia, Carlos “Sonix” Pérez, Takuma “Tea” Hirooka, Pau “Sisqui” Caire and more.

Despite dropping out of the top two in the world after Ultimate’s first season, Tweek has been trending upward over the past several months. His best performance so far this year was his first-place finish at Let’s Make Big Moves 2023. There, Tweek defeated the likes of MkLeo, Edgar “Sparg0” Valdez, Michael “Riddles” Kim and Steven “Anathema” Acosta.

The rivalry between MkLeo and Tweek has evolved over time; they notoriously would not play friendlies against each other until late last year. Based on their recent results, it’s not unreasonable to think that Luminosity could secure the top two spots on the next iteration of the UltRank.

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.