MkLeo wins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at MomoCon 2019
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Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at MomoCon 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia on May 26. It was his first major tournament victory since Smash Ultimate Summit in March.

MkLeo overcame many difficult opponents at MomoCon 2019, including Shimizu “Umeki” Masaki. Umeki notably eliminated MkLeo the last time they played at Umebura Japan Major 2019. However, MkLeo retaliated with a 3-0 victory at MomoCon.

From there, MkLeo made his way to Winners Finals by defeating Ezra “Samsora” Morris and Tyler “Marss” Martins. MkLeo then defeated Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey in both Winners and Grand Finals in dominant fashion. Between their two sets, MkLeo lost only one game. MkLeo and Tweek are widely held as the two best players in the world. Considering Tweek’s recent victory at GOML, this tournament win was particularly important for MkLeo.

MkLeo’s win at MomoCon 2019 also marks the first major tournament victory for Joker, one of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC fighters. With his recent results, MkLeo has proven how viable Joker is, and he has effectively adopted Joker as his main fighter.

The road to top 4

Tweek had strong showings in each of his sets beside those against MkLeo. He defeated Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose, Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, and Marss. Though Tweek has used a variety of characters in tournament sets, he relied primarily on Wario and Roy at MomoCon 2019. It is likely that he will settle on these characters as his mains, at least for the time being.

Marss’ 3rd place finish was a continuation of his strong results in Ultimate. Marss has placed in the top 4 of every event he has entered since 2GG: Prime Saga in April. He has even won a handful of tournaments in this year, like Collision 2019 and Full Bloom 5. At MomoCon 2019, he beat Chris “WaDi” Boston, Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, and Samsora.

Of the top 4 finishers, Samsora had the earliest dip into losers, losing to MkLeo in Winners Quarters. Even so, his 4th place finish came with wins over the likes of James “Shoyo James” Wade, WaDi, Sinji, and VoiD. Samsora also overcame potential upset situations earlier in the bracket. He beat Chukwuemeka “Mekos” Anazia, against whom he had a losing record in Smash 4. In addition, Samsora beat Leon “Sonido” Green, who eliminated him at Come to Papa 3 in April.

An unexpected S tier

With over 1200 players registered, MomoCon 2019 was an S tier event, the most prestigious kind of event under Smash Ultimate’s Panda Global Rankings. Thus, the Summer of Smash is already packed with important tournaments, as next week’s Smash’N’Splash 5 will also likely be an S tier. However, due to online registration being free, many of the players registered for MomoCon did not show up. The dropouts will likely not have any bearing on MomoCon’s S tier status, however.

Such a significant event naturally came with a handful of upsets. Sinji was undoubtedly the most surprising face in top 8. Sinji finished in 7th, beating Shoyo James, Brian “Cosmos” Kalu, and Robert “Myran” Herrin. Though this is his best performance to date, Sinji has had other strong showings at majors, placing 25th at GENESIS 6 and 9th at Pound 2019. He is considered one of the best Pac-Man mains in the world, along with Japanese player Takuma “Tea” Hirooka.

Cosmos finished in 13th at MomoCon 2019, losing to Sinji and WaDi. It was his first time placing lower than top 8 this year. According to Cosmos, it was a relief knowing he no longer had a perfect top 8 streak to keep up. It is also a testament to Cosmos’ skill that his lowest placing this year is still in a tournament’s top 16.

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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.