MkLeo or Leo is a Smash 4 top professional smasher from Mexico, maining Marth and Cloud. Initially a Meta Knight main, he gradually dropped him in 2016 and now uses him as a counterpick. MkLeo is his country's best player and widely considered to be one of the best players in the world. He is also widely considered to be the best Marth and Meta Knight player in the world, as well as one of the best Cloud players in the world (along with komorikiri, Tweek, and Mew2King).
MkLeo is known for his aggressive style and powerful punish game as well as his masterful spacing of Marth's aerials. He is also notorious for defeating his opponents convincingly after initially losing to them in their first encounter. He is so far the youngest player to win a major Smash 4 tournament, doing so at 15 years old.
He is also a proficient doubles player, along with his cousin and static partner Javi. Their team consisting of Cloud/Cloud or Cloud/Sheik dominates the Mexican scene and they won Canada Cup 2016 over Mew2King and Ally.
Leo is currently ranked 8th on the Panda Global Rankings and 1st on the Mexico City Power Rankings.
Climbing the ranks
In 2015, MkLeo was a Meta Knight main and was already considered the best player in Mexico. He burst onto the international Smash scene when he won Smash Factor 4, Mexico's largest Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament at the time, defeating Mr.R in Grand Finals 3-1, 2-stocking him in each game he won. Later in the year, at another Mexican tournament, True Combo, MkLeo defeated Vinnie 3-1 in Grand Finals, further proving his capabilities as a player and creating more interest in the Mexican Smash scene as a whole.
In 2016, MkLeo's usage of Meta Knight progressively decreased following his nerfs in the 1.1.5 patch, and he began to rely much more on his Marth and Cloud, only playing Meta Knight in specific match-ups such as Peach and Ryu.
At his first tournament outside of Mexico, Get On My Level 2016, MkLeo placed 5th. He notably sent Nairo to losers bracket in a 3-1 set, and almost defeated ZeRo in a last hit, last stock situation, proving that he could go toe-to-toe with many other top players. He placed 5th at that tournament, losing to Ally 1-3 in winners semis and ZeRo 2-3 in losers quarters. Soon after, at Smash Factor 5, after losing to Wonf in winners quarters 2-3, he made a run through the losers bracket, getting the runback against Wonf in losers semis 3-0, eliminating Dabuz in losers finals 3-2, and beating Mr.R twice in grand finals (3-0 and 3-2) to win the tournament with a combination of his three mains.
In October 2016, MkLeo's visa was approved, allowing him to travel to the United States. His first tournament there was KTAR XIX where he placed 3rd, beating Nairo a second time 3-2 but losing to ZeRo 2-3 in winners finals and Salem 1-3 in losers finals.
At UGC Smash Open, he lost to Marss 2-3 in winners and was then upset by Darkshad 1-3 in losers, finishing at a disappointing 13th place. However he won Showdown: Battle Royale one week later defeating Blacktwins 3-0, Seth 3-0, Marss 3-0, and Mr.R 3-0 and 3-1.
At 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, MkLeo became the 16th person to take a set off of ZeRo, defeating him 3-0 in losers semis. In that tournament, he was sent to losers by VoiD 2-3; subsequently, he made an impressive losers run, defeating Dabuz 3-1, ANTi 3-0, and Ally 3-1, before eliminating ZeRo (perpetuating the saga curse). He then won the rematch against VoiD in losers finals 3-0 to reach Grand Finals against Larry Lurr. He reset the bracket 3-1 and claimed the second set 3-2 (coming back from 0-2 to 3-2) to win his first American national tournament. Soon after, he was sponsored by Rick Fox's eSports team Echo Fox as a result.
A month later, MkLeo travelled to California to participate in the upcoming international tournament GENESIS 4. His first event there was 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, set the weekend before GENESIS, where he beat Rich Brown and his cousin Javi both 3-1 to make it to top 8. He was then sent to losers by VoiD (2-3) and eliminated by Tweek (1-3), placing 5th.
At GENESIS 4, MkLeo solidly cruised through his round 1 and 2 pools, defeating You3 and Raffi-X both 2-1. In top 32, he beat Elegant and komorikiri in two very close 3-2 sets. In top 8, using Marth only, he first beat Mr.R 3-0, then he defeated Ally 3-1 and 3-2 in winners finals and grand finals respectively, winning his second supermajor tournament in a row.
MkLeo also won doubles in a dominant manner at both these events, teaming with komorikiri at GENESIS Saga and Ally at GENESIS 4.
At the Texas regional Austin's Really Feeling It #16, MkLeo defeated Jerm and Karna 2-0 and 3-0 before being defeated by Trela 1-3 in winners finals. After defeating Karna 3-0, once again MkLeo fell to Trela 1-3 in grand finals, placing 2nd.
Later on at Frostbite 2017, MkLeo defeated taranito 2-0 to make it out of pools. In top 48, he was defeated 1-3 by Kameme and sent to losers. In losers, he defeated Abadango 3-0 before being eliminated by VoiD 1-3 and finishing in 13th place.
MKLeo attended KI Con 2017 two weeks later. He fell to Nairo 2-3 in winners finals. After defeating Illusion 3-0 in losers finals, he faced Nairo again in grand finals where he reset the bracket 3-2 but lost the second set 1-3, placing 2nd.