Ezra “Samsora” Morris won Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Singles at Defend the North 2019 on July 21. Despite impressive performances throughout this season, Defend the North’s Smash Ultimate Singles event marks Samsora’s best tournament victory in Ultimate. Defend the North Smash Ultimate was also Samsora’s first tournament win since Kawaii Kon 2019 in April.
Samsora advanced through top 64 with seamless victories over Frederic “Fwed” Levreault and Jude “Jakal” Harris. In Winners Quarters, Samsora overcame Eric “Mr E” Weber in a tight five-game set. This victory enabled him to advance into top 8 on winners side.
Samsora’s performance throughout top 8 was much more commanding. He defeated Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby 3-0 in Winners Semis. Between both Winners Finals and Grand Finals, Samsora only dropped one game to David “LeoN” Leon.
Samsora has been one of the most consistent high-level players in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate thus far. He has only missed top 8 at three events and boasts a plethora of top 4 finishes at majors. Samsora has beaten many of the best players in the world, like Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez, James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson, Jestise “MVD” Negron, Saleem “Salem” Young, and Brian “Cosmos” Kalu.
LeoN had an incredibly impressive performance in Defend the North 2019 Smash Ultimate Singles. He was able to place 2nd using solely Bowser, a character most people would not consider a top tier. LeoN’s run included victories over Alan “Gen” Soriano, Tyler “Marss” Martins, Paris “Light” Ramirez, and Dabuz.
LeoN had his breakout performance at Smash’N’Splash 5, where he placed 9th. There, he defeated Justin “JeBB” Boston, Randy “RFang” Fang, Reia “Blank” Drucker, and Cosmos. Notably, he beat Cosmos 3-0, and he also three-stocked Samsora in a game-five set he ultimately lost. Defend the North Smash Ultimate was a confirmation that LeoN is the best Bowser in the world and one of the strongest competitors overall.
Gen was another player who had an unexpected run at this event. He fell into losers after losing to LeoN, then advanced into top 16 by defeating John “John Numbers” Goldberg. From there, he made it to top 8 with 3-0 victories over Jake “Frozen” Somma and Mr E. Gen concluded his run by defeating Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison and Light before finally losing to Dabuz for 4th place.
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.