Jestise “MVD” Negron won the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Come to Papa 3 in Orlando, Florida on April 28. After a loss to Andrew “ScAtt” Huntley in Top 64, MVD had to make a deep run through the losers bracket to win the tournament. Along the way, he defeated players like Vincent “Vinny G” Ghiroli, Aaron “dyr” Wilhite, Tach “Tachyon” El, and Antony “MuteAce” H. In the Grand Finals, MVD took two sets against Tetsuya “Raito” Ishiguro, the renowned Japanese Duck Hunt main.
MVD won his first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament back in December at Don’t Park on the Grass 2018. He has won a handful of small tournaments since then and maintained respectable placings at major events. MVD is considered one of the best Snake players in the world, along with Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce and Saleem “Salem” Young.
Despite being a fairly small regional event, Come to Papa 3’s Ultimate bracket was characterized by many upsets. Ezra “Samsora” Morris lost in round-robin pools to Myron “Ruther” Nolen, a relatively unknown R.O.B. player. Samsora took Game 1 with his Peach, then lost the next two games after switching to Bayonetta.
Samsora ended up placing 7th overall, suffering upset losses to James “Mr. Bones” Gaulding and Leon “Sonido” Green in the main bracket. Another high seed, Robert “Myran” Herrin, placed an uncharacteristic 65th place. Myran had to play Samsora in round 1 of the main bracket, as Samsora’s loss in pools altered the seeding. Myran lost to Samsora and dropped to losers bracket, where he lost to Cesar “EKING” Rosa.
Conversely, Raito exceeded expectations in his first tournament in the United States since Midwest Mayhem Ultimate in December 2018. Raito earned wins over Alexis “Goblin” Stennett, ScAtt, dyr, and MuteAce. His second place finish at Come to Papa 3 was far better than his 13th place finish from Midwest Mayhem Ultimate. Raito was previously considered the best Smash 4 Duck Hunt player, and he may be looking to retain this title for Smash Ultimate.
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 player blurbs for the MPGR.