Smasher:Aklo

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Aklo
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Character info
Melee main Fox
Other Melee characters Link, Young Link
Ultimate main Fox
Project M mains Link, Fox
Team info
Sponsor(s) Nouns Esports
Former sponsor(s) Chilly Mountain
Crew(s) Brotherhood
Rankings and results info
Most recent ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee SSBMRank 2023: 10th
Best historical ranking Super Smash Bros. Melee SSBMRank 2023: 10th
Personal and other info
Real name Dawud Rahman
Birth date (age 23)
Location Long Island, New York United States

Aklo is a smasher from Long Island, New York who mains Fox in Melee with a Link secondary. He is currently ranked 1st on the New York City Melee Power Rankings and 10th on the SSBMRank 2023. He is currently considered the best active Link player in the world with Sixx's hiatus from competition. He co-mains Link and Fox in Project M. He also plays Fox in Ultimate.

In Melee, Aklo is notable for his versatile recovery mixups, proficiency in tech-chasing, and solid defensive game. He first gained attention from the broader Melee scene by demonstrating proficiency against the old guard of top players in Northeastern US regionals, including Hax, Rishi, and Captain Smuckers. Aklo first rose to prominence after being voted into Smash Summit 11, where he defeated then-Top 5 player Axe. In the time since, he has commonly been regarded as one of the best players to emerge from the post-pandemic era.

In Project M, he notably attended both iterations of The Flex Zone, placing 7th at both. At The Flex Zone, he was sent to losers early by POOB, but made a loser's bracket run through DJ Nintendo, Shiny Zubat, The Moon, and Envy to make it to top 8, where he lost to POOB again. He also made a big impact at The Flex Zone 2, where he defeated 3 PMRanked players in the form of Gallo, Kycse, and Zhime, only losing to Flipp in winners and then Switch in a game 5 last stock scenario in top 8. He has continued to perform well in tournaments for Project+, the spiritual successor to Project M.

In Ultimate, he has wins over players such as Zenkai, Stocktaker69, Kofi, and ZeroTwoNone.

On October 29th, 2021, Aklo signed with hometown NYC-based organization Chilly Mountain.[1] He would part ways with Chilly Mountain on October 9th, 2022. Afterwards, Nouns Esports announced that they had signed Aklo on October 21st, 2022.[2]

Rankings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

SSBMRank/MPGR[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
MPGR Summer 2022 March 1st - July 11th, 2022 18th FoxHeadSSBM.pngLinkHeadSSBM.png
SSBMRank 2022 March 1st - December 18th, 2022 16th FoxHeadSSBM.pngLinkHeadSSBM.png
SSBMRank Summer 2023 December 19th, 2022 - July 23rd, 2023 11th FoxHeadSSBM.pngLinkHeadSSBM.png
SSBMRank 2023 December 19th, 2022 - December 17th, 2023 10th FoxHeadSSBM.pngLinkHeadSSBM.png

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
The Flex Zone January 18th, 2015 25th
Super AON 2018 October 20th, 2018 9th 7th Foxy Grandpa
Black Friday Blow Out III November 23rd, 2018 1st
Scorpious 2019 January 12th, 2019 2nd 1st Foxy Grandpa
AON Melee #226 May 16th, 2019 2nd
Concrete Throwdown #2 May 26th, 2019 7th
AON Melee #228 May 30th, 2019 1st
Omega III June 8th-9th, 2019 9th 3rd Foxy Grandpa
AON Melee #234 July 11th, 2019 1st
Concrete Throwdown - Smash Edition 2 July 28th, 2019 3rd
Hax's Nightclub #10 November 20th, 2019 3rd
Hax's Nightclub S0E15 December 18th, 2019 7th
Hax's Nightclub S1E1 January 1st, 2020 3rd
Scorpious 2020 January 4th, 2020 1st 2nd Foxy Grandpa
Hax's Nightclub S1E2 January 8th, 2020 2nd
Hax's Nightclub S1E3 January 15th, 2020 3rd
Hax's Nightclub S1E5 January 29th, 2020 2nd
Hax's Nightclub S1E6 February 5th, 2020 5th
Hax’s Nightclub S1E7 February 12th, 2020 9th
Hax's Nightclub S1E10 March 4th, 2020 1st
Pound Online Online April 24th-26th, 2020 17th
Get On My Line 2020 Online July 18th-19th, 2020 9th
Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 2 Online July 25th-26th, 2020 33rd
Rollback Rumble: Summit X Qualifier Online November 14th 2020 4th
Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 3 Online December 19th-20th, 2020 25th
Galint Melee Open Online January 9th-10th, 2021 4th
Frame Perfect Series 4: ONLINE Online January 16th, 2021 3rd
Four Loko Fight Night Online March 6th-7th, 2021 7th
Galint Melee Open: Spring Edition Online March 19th-21st, 2021 17th
The Allston Melee Bender Online April 3rd-4th, 2021 4th 2nd Foxy Grandpa
Get On My Line 2021 North America Online June 19th-20th, 2021 3rd
Pound 2021 Online: Melee EditionOnline June 26th-27th, 2021 9th
Smash Summit 11 July 15th-18th, 2021 13th
Galint Melee Open: Summer Edition Online July 23rd-25th, 2021 5th 4th Foxy Grandpa
SWT: NA East Melee Regional Finals October 30th-31st, 2021 7th
Smash World Tour 2021 Championships December 17th-19th, 2021 9th
The Nightclub Online S1E2 Online January 12th, 2022 2nd
The Nightclub VIP: iBDW April 3rd, 2022 1st
Pound 2022 April 22nd-24th, 2022 7th 3rd bobby big ballz
The Function 2 May 7th, 2022 13th
The Big House 10 October 7th-9th, 2022 17th
Ludwig Smash Invitational October 21st-23rd, 2022 9th
The Nightclub S5E7 November 16th, 2022 2nd
Apex 2022 November 18th-20th, 2022 5th 9th Foxy Grandpa
Mainstage 2022 December 2nd-4th, 2022 9th
Redemption Rumble December 30th-31st, 2022 1st
The Nightclub S6E1 January 4th, 2023 1st
GENESIS 9 January 20th-22nd, 2023 25th
The Coinbox #48Online February 8th, 2023 4th
Collision 2023 March 10th-12th, 2023 7th 9th Foxy Grandpa
The Coinbox #54Online March 21th, 2023 7th
The Coinbox #56Online April 4th, 2023 5th
The Come Up 2023 April 22nd, 2023 3rd
Battle of BC 5 May 19th-21st, 2023 9th
Tipped Off 14: Resurgence June 3rd-4th, 2023 5th / 344 5th / 79 Foxy Grandpa
Wavedash 2023 June 16th-18th, 2023 3rd / 234
The Nightclub VIP 2 June 24th, 2023 3rd / 161 2nd / 29 Maher
Fête 3: By the Sea July 14th-16th, 2023 7th / 409 5th / 128 Foxy Grandpa
Get On My Level 2023 July 21st-23rd, 2023 13th / 764 7th / 121 Maher
Super Smash Con 2023 August 10th-13th, 2023 7th / 860 17th / 161 Maher
Shine 2023 August 25th-27th, 2023 3rd / 683 7th / 158 Foxy Grandpa
Riptide 2023 September 8th-10th, 2023 9th / 477 9th / 101 Maher
The Big House 11 October 20th-22nd, 2023 7th / 1,011 13th / 221 Maher
The Function 3 November 11th, 2023 2nd / 259
Arcamelee 4 November 18th-19th, 2023 4th / 279 4th / 89 Foxy Grandpa
Santa Paws December 8th-10th, 2023 3rd / 127 2nd / 23 Foxy Grandpa
Eggdog Scramble 2 January 13th, 2024 5th / 137 4th / 27 Maher
GENESIS X February 16th-18th, 2024 13th / 1,544 7th / 305 Foxy Grandpa
Collision 2024 March 15th-17th, 2024 17th / 494 2nd / 85 Foxy Grandpa
The Pregame - BOBC6 Pre-Event March 28th, 2024 2nd / 89

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
The Flex Zone January 18th, 2015 7th
The Flex Zone 2 February 18th, 2017 7th 25th Vidiot
Resting Stitch Face 2 October 26th, 2019 7th 9th Foxy Grandpa
THE YERR January 12th, 2020 1st 2nd Foxy Grandpa
THE YERR 2nd Edition February 9th, 2020 7th
HELLBREAK December 3rd, 2022 17th
Tipped Off 14: Resurgence June 3rd-4th, 2023 1st / 65

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Concrete Throwdown #2 May 26th, 2019 2nd
AON #025 May 31st, 2019 9th
AON #031 July 12th, 2019 17th 5th Killacubs
AON #032 July 19th, 2019 9th
AON #033 July 26th, 2019 9th
Concrete Throwdown - Smash Edition 2 July 28th, 2019 5th
AON #036 August 16th, 2019 5th
AON #51 November 29th, 2019 3rd
AON #52 December 6th, 2019 13th
AON #54 December 20th, 2019 9th
AON #55 December 27th, 2019 13th
AON #56 January 3rd, 2020 1st
AON #59 January 24th, 2020 3rd
Mind Over Meta February 29th, 2020 13th
AON #065 March 6th, 2020 7th
Domics' Atomic ArenaOnline June 19th-21st, 2020 193rd
King 2021Online May 2nd, 2021 9th
SWT: NA Northeast Ultimate Online QualifierOnline May 22nd-23rd, 2021 385th
Pound 2022 April 22nd-24th, 2022 193rd (DQ)
MAGFest 2023 January 7th, 2023 1st

Trivia[edit]

  • Aklo has played Melee since he was a toddler, and grew up alongside a family of brothers who all retain an active competitive interest in the game. His brothers' tags are Killacubs, Foxy Grandpa, and Vidiot.
    • Collectively known as the Brotherhood, they all attended The Flex Zone and caused some significant upsets in Project M singles, in which:
      • Killacubs sent Gallo to Loser's side of bracket.
      • Foxy Grandpa sent dvd to Loser's side of bracket.
      • Vidiot eliminated Malachi at 33rd place.
      • All 3 of them were eliminated by the same player, Animal.
  • Aklo notably won the 25th and final Uncle Sam's Maple Syrup online Melee bracket using only Link.
  • Smash Summit 11 was Aklo's first in-person Smash major outside of his home state of New York.
  • Aklo is known to perform flashy displays of tech skill in between stocks (such as continuously edge canceling Fox's mid-shortened side special on platforms) against his opponents in tournament.
    • For a while, he was also notorious for occasionally taunting after landing a Star KO (inspired by the taunt bonus mechanic of Street Fighter).
  • Aklo was the first player to win a national-level Melee tournament while utilizing Link at Redemption Rumble, using him to beat KoDoRiN and Swift.

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