Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís won Smash Ultimate Singles at Combo Breaker 2019 on May 26. Maister made it to Grand Finals on winners side, beating Enrique “Kain” Villaroel, Eric “ESAM” Lew, and Yatiyaña “yeti” Schaper. He lost to yeti in the first game of the five-part set of Grands, but he soon turned things around. Maister went on to overcome yeti 3-1 in the second set in order to win the tournament.
Combo Breaker is an ongoing FGC tournament in St. Charles, Illinois, and Maister notably won the Smash 4 event at Combo Breaker 2018. His back-to-back Combo Breaker victories are especially impressive since he plays Mr. Game & Watch, a character considered low- to mid-tier in both games.
I won Combo Breaker 2018!!!! This is something I absolutely did not see coming. I'm so happy and filled with so many emotions that I don't even know what to feel…Now it's time for SnS in 1 week!!
Oh…and again, I told you G&W is High Tier 😉 LETS GOOOO pic.twitter.com/fzIYboZRde
— SV | KJS | Maister @ Combo Breaker (@Maister_SSB) May 28, 2018
Combo Breaker 2019’s Smash Ultimate Doubles champions, ESAM and Jestise “MVD” Negron, notably underperformed at this Singles event. No. 2 seed ESAM finished in 5th, losing to Maister and MVD. Similarly, No. 1 seed MVD finished in 4th, being double eliminated by Julian “Zinoto” Carrington.
The 2nd place finish from yeti involved victories over Dillon “Dill” R, Jason “ANTi” Bates, and Zinoto. Zinoto landed in 3rd place through his victories over MVD and Tyler “Tyroy” Awdisho, who notably played Joker.
Maister has had a strong start in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is one of the best players in Mexico. Maister also holds an honorary position on the Chicago, Illinois power rankings because he has attended and won so many tournaments there. Though he had a rough performance at GENESIS 6, placing 129th, he has since bounced back. Maister placed 3rd at Full Bloom 5 and has now won two tournaments in a row, with his first victory coming at Ragnarok.
Throughout the year, Maister has beaten several good players, even outside of those he defeated at Combo Breaker 2019. Among these are MVD, Nicholas “Ned” Dovel, Rodrigo “Cloudy” Arias, Cristian “Hyuga” Correa Medina, and Javier “Javi” Perez.
Dylan Tate is a student in the School of Media and Journalism 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 competitive guides for Dignitas and Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.