Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez & Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Doubles at Shine 2019. Ultimate Doubles took place on Friday, Aug 23 at Shine. This is the first time MkLeo and Dark Wizzy have teamed together in Smash Ultimate.
MkLeo and Dark Wizzy did not drop a set, nor were they forced to game five once throughout the tournament. In fact, each of their sets in top 32 was a 3-1 victory. They reached top 16, beating Daril “Don” German & Aaron “Blacktwins13” Grandison-Vargas and Brent “DM” Lee & Noah “Sharp” M. Then in Winners Quarters, MkLeo & Dark Wizzy overcame Anthony “Prof3ssorMGW” Cepeda & Julian “Juuuuul” Vera.
The winning duo advanced through Shine 2019 Ultimate Doubles Winners Semis by defeating Spencer “BestNess” Garner & Matt “Elegant” Fitzpatrick. MkLeo & Dark Wizzy finished by beating Tyler “Marss” Martins & Paris “Light” Ramirez in Winners Finals and Grand Finals.
Though they hadn’t teamed before, MkLeo and Dark Wizzy are individually two of the best Doubles players in the world. They each have earned success in Doubles with multiple teammates. MkLeo has won Doubles events with Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce, Chris “WaDi” Boston, Sergio “Serge” Balderas, and Javier “Javi” Balderas Perez. Likewise, Dark Wizzy has won Doubles tournaments with Saleem “Salem” Young, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, and Marss. Now both players can add a Shine 2019 Ultimate Doubles victory to their résumés.
Likely due to an oversight, Eric “Pandarian” Lund & Reyhan “Duwang” Ticehurst were unseeded in Shine 2019 Ultimate Doubles. As a result, they were projected to go 0-2. Despite this, the duo placed 5th, even reaching top 8 on winners side. Along the way, they beat Ezra “Samsora” Morris & Nairo and Andrew “Shyguy” Giannico & Liam “Phantom” Giannico.
Dominick “NickC” Cuccurullo & Jonathan “Venia” Grullon lost their very first set to Leonardo “S…” Calle & Alyssa “AC” M. Afterwards, they put together a phenomenal losers run. NickC & Venia managed to advance out of pools, winning their runback against S… & AC.
In top 32, NickC & Venia ran through a gauntlet of difficult opponents. They defeated Antony “MuteAce” Hoo & Luis “Lui$” Oceguera, Troy “Puppeh” Wells & Zack “ZD” Darby, Salem & Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, and Corey “Exciled” Adams & Raffi “Raffi-X” Azar. This remarkable run allowed them to place 5th in Shine 2019 Ultimate Doubles, their first-ever event teaming together.
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.