Smasher:MkLeo

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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.

On January 4th, 2017, MkLeo was signed by Echo Fox[1] and Most Valuable Gaming.

At 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, Leo became the 16th player to take a set off of ZeRo and the youngest to do so.

Tournament history[edit]

Climbing the ranks[edit]

In 2015, MkLeo was a Meta Knight 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.

At the Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase 2016, he lost to Ally 0-3 in winners semis and Larry Lurr 1-3 in losers finals, placing 3rd overall.

At Canada Cup 2016, MkLeo once again confirmed his place among the best, double eliminating Mew2King and taking 2 sets off of Ally in a close 3-2/3-2 Grand Finals to get 1st place.

American debut[edit]

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 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.

GENESIS 4[edit]

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 Javi both 3-1 to make it to top 8. He was then sent to losers by VoiD (2-3) and eliminated by Tweek (2-3), 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.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash Factor 4 July 24th-26th, 2015 1st 1st Javi
Thunderstruck 3 October 16th-18th, 2015 1st
True Combo October 31st-November 1st, 2015 1st 1st Javi
Bring It! November 21st, 2015 1st 1st Javi
Smash@Tier3 Volume 6 February 6th, 2016 2nd
Hail Smash March 12th, 2016 1st ? ?
Smash Pendiente XXIV March 18th, 2016 1st ? ?
StreetBros March 19th, 2016 1st
Smash Pendiente XXV March 24th, 2016 2nd
The Arena 2016 March 25th-27th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXVI March 31st, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXVII April 7th, 2016 1st
Hail Smash II April 16th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Street Bros 2 April 30th, 2016 2nd 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXXI May 5th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Get On My Level 2016 May 20th-22nd, 2016 5th
Smash Pendiente XXXIV May 26th, 2016 1st
Hail Smash III May 28rd-29th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXXV June 2nd, 2016 1st
Smash Pendiente XXXVI June 9th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXXVII June 16th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Factor Prelude June 18th, 2016 2nd 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXXVIII June 23rd, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente XXXIX June 30th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 40 July 7th, 2016 1st
Smash Pendiente 41 July 14th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Orbit July 23rd, 2016 1st 1st Angel
Smash Factor 5 July 29th-31st, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 44 August 4th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 45 August 11th, 2016 1st 1st Serge
Rio de Janeiro eGames Showcase 2016 August 15th-16th, 2016 3rd
Hail Smash V August 20th-21st, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 47 August 25th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 48 September 1st, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 49 September 8th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Thunderstruck 4 September 17th-18th, 2016 1st
Smash Pendiente 51 September 22nd, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 52 September 29th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 53 October 6th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 54 October 13th, 2016 2nd Lavi
Hail Smash VI October 15th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Canada Cup 2016 October 28th-30th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 58 November 10th, 2016 1st 1st Javi
KTAR XIX November 19th, 2016 3rd 2nd Mr.E
Smash Attack 14 November 20th, 2016 1st 1st Max Ketchum
The Break Weekly #388 November 22nd, 2016 1st
XenoSaga IV November 26th, 2016 1st 1st Gomamugitya
The Break Weekly #389 November 29th, 2016 1st
Poplar Creek Bowl Weekly #76 December 1st, 2016 1st 3rd Rickles
UGC Smash Open December 2nd-4th, 2016 13th 2nd Day
Ignition #60 December 7th, 2016 1st
Poplar Creek Bowl Weekly #77 December 8th, 2016 1st 1st Mr.R
FNSD 26 December 9th, 2016 1st
Showdown: Battle Royale December 10th-11th, 2016 1st 1st Ally
GGSW 11 December 13th, 2016 1st
Smashfield Weeklies #68 December 15th, 2016 1st
2GGT: ZeRo Saga December 16th-18th, 2016 1st 5th Dabuz
Smash Pendiente 64 December 22nd, 2016 1st Lavi
Smash Pendiente 65 December 29th, 2016 1st 1st Yura
Smash Pendiente 66 January 5th, 2017 1st 1st BryanZ
2GGC: GENESIS Saga January 14th, 2017 5th 1st komorikiri
Mega Smash Mondays 81 January 16th, 2017 2nd
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 1st 1st Ally
Smash Pendiente 69 January 26th, 2017 1st
Austin's Really Feeling It #16 February 11th, 2017 2nd
Freezing Point: A Prelude to Frostbite February 24th, 2017 1st
Frostbite 2017 February 25th-26th, 2017 13th 1st Ally

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement
Smash Factor 3 August 1st-3rd, 2014 2nd

Trivia[edit]

  • The "MK" in his gamertag stands for "Monster Kingdom", which is the name of a local game store owned by his brother. Since MK is also a common acronym for Meta Knight, many have incorrectly assumed that is what his gamertag means[2].
  • Prior to Smash@Tier3 Volume 6, he had won every single Mexican Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament that he had entered. However, Serge (his cousin) managed to defeat him twice at said tournament, ending his streak.
  • He is cousins with Serge and his younger brother Javi. The three often practice together.
  • Due to visa issues, Leo had been unable to attend an American tournament prior to October 2016. He received his Canadian visa after registration for Get On My Level 2016 had closed, but a decision was made by TOs to allow him to enter despite this, due to a widespread community approval.

Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrbii8iFz1c

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