David “LeoN” Leon won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at 2GG: Run it Back in Hilliard, Ohio on Sept. 7. This was LeoN’s biggest tournament win to date, as well as the most significant tournament win for his character, Bowser.
LeoN swept through pools without dropping a game. His dominance continued in top 48, where he earned a 3-0 victory against Kenshi “Gomakenpi” Quist. Then in Winners Quarters, LeoN scored a 3-1 win over Masaki “Umeki” Shimizu.
LeoN made his way into Grand Finals of 2GG: Run it Back with another pair of 3-1 victories. These wins were against Jace “Mystearica” Peterson and Chris “WaDi” Boston. LeoN’s biggest challenge of the tournament came in Grand Finals, where he lost the first set to Takuma “Tea” Hirooka. However, LeoN retaliated with a 3-1 win over Tea in the second set in order to win the event.
Though he debuted at an impressive No. 35 on the Spring 2019 PGRU, LeoN has only continued to improve. He boasts 9th place finishes at both Smash’N’Splash 5 and Shine 2019. In addition, he placed 2nd at Defend the North 2019. LeoN has defeated Tyler “Marss” Martins, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Samuel “Dabuz” Busby, Paris “Light” Ramirez, and Brian “Cosmos” Kalu.
2GGaming hosted 2GG: Run it Back to make amends for a previous event, 2GG: Grand Tour – Ohio. That event suffered from a poor venue, no internet, and more issues caused by poor communication. However, this event was put on in direct cooperation with Ohio’s Smash Ultimate tournament organizers.
Interestingly, a handful of players from Ohio and surrounding regions pulled off impressive upsets against the visiting Japanese players. Mystearica beat Tea, and Orion “DarkShad” Wolf beat Seisuke “Kome” Komeda. In addition, Mii Gunner main Troy “Katakiri” Smith defeated Umeki while sporting the new Sans costume.
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Dylan Tate is a student in 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, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.