The Smash World Tour has come to an end and the winner is an old acquaintance: Mexican Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez has officially become the first world champion of Smash Bros. Ultimate, thus closing one of the best years in his professional career.
Currently, the title of world champion is little more than a formality for Leo. Before this event, he had already won 5 of 7 major tournaments he participated in during 2021. And in those pair of competitions that he did not win, he reached the grand final finishing in 2nd place. His victory in the SWT is a deserved conclusion for the best Ultimate player to date.
Leo’s performance in the round robin phase was as convincing as expected: he passed Jonathan “Jdizzle” Douglas and Steven “Anathema” Acosta. In addition, he earned 3-1 victories against James “Peli” Hunt and Robert “Myran” Herrin, allowing him to enter the final bracket from the winners’ side.
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As the competition got tougher, Leo beat his opponents even more convincingly. He swept Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby, Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan and Edgar “Sparg0” Valdez without losing a single game, and secured his ticket to the grand final.
Brian “Cosmos” Kalu was his most challenging opponent as he built a 2 – 1 lead, but MkLeo and his trusty Byleth closed the set 3 – 2 by conquering the tournament.
The first edition of the Smash World Tour was not without controversy. An inadvertent change in game setup raised doubts about the competitive integrity of the tournament. The organizers, however, decided to go ahead with the event.
This does not in any way tarnish Leo’s performance, but it is a fact that is worth mentioning because some people were dissatisfied with the result. On the contrary, Leo said that he was very happy with the victory.