Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez won his second supermajor in a row by winning Smash’N’Splash 5 Ultimate Singles on June 2. If fans doubted his proficiency with Joker before, they are now certainly convinced considering MkLeo’s dominant performance at Smash’N’Splash.
MkLeo advanced out of Swiss pools with little difficulty. Similarly, he swept through his first opponent in top 64, Alan “Gen” Soriano, with a commanding 3-0. Interestingly, MkLeo’s next set was his trickiest. Though he could not defeat MkLeo, Justin “Wishes” Magnetti was the only player to take MkLeo to game five at the whole event.
MkLeo qualified for top 8 with a convincing 3-0 over Ezra “Samsora” Morris. His top 8 was similarly commanding, as he made it to Grand Finals with 3-1 victories over Tyler “Marss” Martins and Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce. MkLeo concluded the tournament with yet another 3-0 over Samsora in Grands.
Won SmashnSplash!!! Another S tier with solo joker? Is he broken? Nah 😉 thanks for the support guys ill keep going. Im so happy 😁
— FOX | MkLeo 🐞 (@Mkleosb) June 3, 2019
With two back-to-back supermajor victories, MkLeo has a more convincing hold on the title of no. 1 in the world. The playing field was certainly leveled since Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey placed 33rd in Smash’N’Splash Ultimate, losing to Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett and Marcus “The Great Gonzales” Culbert.
Interestingly, 33rd is also MkLeo’s worst placing to date in Ultimate, which he placed at Umebura Japan Major 2019. However, MkLeo has a slight edge over Tweek with no other sub-top 8 placings. In contrast, Tweek finished in 9th at GENESIS 6.
Unsurprisingly, each of the top 8 finishers in Smash’N’Splash Ultimate Singles had an impressive run. Not least among these was the 7th place finish of Melee champion Wizzrobe. Wizzrobe made it to top 64 on winners side by beating Tyler “Miloni” Penoyer and David “UtopianRay” Estrada in pools. Then he made his way to top 8 with wins over Tweek, Lee “LeeT” W, and Andrew “ScAtt” Huntley.
Wizzrobe only suffered respectable losses to Ally and Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby in Smash’N’Splash Smash Ultimate. He now has a strong Super Smash Bros. Ultimate result to add to his résumé of Melee and Smash 64 top 8 finishes. He is by far the best Melee player in the world who is not sponsored. In fact, his performance in Melee even prompted a “sponsor him” chant from the crowd.
I made top 8 for both Ultimate and Melee at Smash'N'Splash, A SUPER MAJOR!!!! HOLY FUDGE!!!!
Someone please sponsor me!
— Wizzrobe (@Wizzrobe) June 2, 2019
Tyrell “NAKAT” Coleman had an even more impressive run to top 8, even though he is a more of a household name in Ultimate than Wizzrobe is. NAKAT lost to Troy “Puppeh” Wells in Swiss pools, forcing him to make a run through Division 2 just to make top 64 on losers side. He managed to make it into top 32 by defeating Guillermo “Stroder” Martinez Jr., Orion “DarkShad” Wolf, and Gen.
NAKAT proceeded to top 8 by scoring four upset victories in a row. He only dropped three games across his sets with Yatiyaña “yeti” Schaper, Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada, Eric “Mr E” Weber, and James “Shoyo James” Wade.
Though he struggled in his top 8 sets, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson had a strong run en route to 5th place. VoiD made top 8 on winner side by beating Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose, Nairo, and Paris “Light” Ramirez.
Samsora earned dominant victories on his run to 2nd place. Besides his losses to MkLeo, Samsora only dropped games in top 64 to NAKAT and David “LeoN” Leon. As a result, he secured 3-0 wins over Luis “Lui$” Oceguera, Saleem “Salem” Young, VoiD, Marss, and Ally.
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.