Smasher:MkLeo

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MkLeo, also known simply as Leo, is a Smash 4 top professional smasher from Mexico, maining Marth and Cloud, and is cousins with Serge and Javi. Initially a Meta Knight main, he gradually started to drop him in mid-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. Due to his mastery in the ditto, as well as a current tournament win streak playing the character, he is now widely considered to be the best Cloud player in the world.

Leo arguably popularized both Meta Knight and Marth, characters that had been seen as mediocre after their nerfs from Brawl, as top players such as Abadango have since used Meta Knight against other top players until his nerfs in game updates, as well as lower-leveled players picking up Marth due to his dominance with him.

He is so far the youngest player to win a major Smash 4 tournament, doing so at only 15 years old, as well as the 16th player to take a set off of ZeRo, achieving the feat at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga. Due to his aggressive style and heavy punish game with Meta Knight and proving his skills surpass those of top players at a very young age, some compare him to Nairo's early Brawl career.

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 while having two impressive first places at major tournaments such as 2GGC: Civil War and Canada Cup 2016. The duo has wins over the likes of ZeRo and Nairo, Mew2King and Ally, and Larry Lurr and ANTi.

Leo is currently ranked 8th on the Panda Global Rankings, in the 0 position on the Mexico City Smash 4 Power Rankings and 1st on the Mexican Smash 4 Power Rankings.

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

Play style[edit]

Leo is known for his aggressive, yet calculated, playstyle with most of the characters he plays with, which grants him a strong punish game, as well as being known for his intense mindgames. As Marth, he is well known for his masterful spacing of Marth's aerials, as well as a surprisingly aggressive approach with a character that is often played with a more patient and defensive playstyle. As Cloud, he is more known for his defensive spacing and reserved usage of Limit Break-boosted moves, though he does retain his signature aggressive playstyle with him whenever he has the advantage, allowing him to pressure the opponent very well. As Meta Knight, he is known for his mastery of Meta Knight's combos, his uncanny ability for reading the opponent's air dodges, and his proficiency at executing the Rufio, Meta Knight's famous death combo.

He is also notorious for his player knowledge, defeating his opponents convincingly after initially losing to them in their first encounter. However, he does have some problems on the Ryu match-up, having dropped sets to Darkshad, Trela, Venom, Klein, and takera.

Tournament history[edit]

Climbing the ranks[edit]

In 2015, MkLeo was a Meta Knight main and was already considered the best player in Mexico. He busted into 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, Leo 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, Leo's usage of Meta Knight progressively decreased as he also started to use Cloud. Following Meta Knight's nerfs in game update 1.1.5 and Marth's buffs in the same update (as well as 1.1.4), he started to express high interest on using Marth as a main, and began to rely more on him and Cloud, while only playing Meta Knight in specific match-ups such as Peach and Ryu.

Due to visa issues, Leo was 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. Using his newfound combination of characters, he defeated False 3-0 to face Nairo, who he defeated 3-1. Upon reaching top 8, Leo was matched up against Ally and was defeated 1-3. Dropping down to the loser's bracket he was faced with ZeRo, where he narrowly lost 2-3 in a last hit, last stock situation, proving that he could go toe-to-toe with may other top players.

At Smash Factor 5, after losing to Wonf in winners quarters 2-3, Leo 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. Soon after, 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, Leo once again confirmed his place among the best. He double eliminated Mew2King, and despite losing to Ally in winner's finals 2-3, he ended up taking 2 sets off of Ally in a close 3-2/3-2 Grand Finals to get 1st place.

His USA debut[edit]

In October 2016, MkLeo's visa was approved, allowing him to travel to the United States. His first American tournament 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 Marss 3-0, and Mr.R 3-0 and 3-1.

At 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, Leo 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.

2017[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 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, Leo 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.

Leo 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, Leo 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 Leo fell to Trela 1-3 in grand finals, placing 2nd.

Later on at Frostbite 2017, he defeated the Japanese Ness player 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.

Leo attended KI Con 2017 two weeks later. He fell to Nairo 2-3 in winners finals for the first time. After defeating Illusion 3-0 in losers finals, he faced Nairo again in grand finals where he reset the bracket 3-2 but ultimately lost the second set 1-3, placing 2nd.

A week later, Leo attended Frame Perfect Series 2. In the winner's bracket, Leo defeated Ranai in a rather dominantly 3-0. He was then sent to the loser's bracket by ZeRo 0-3, landing next to Dabuz in bracket where he won 3-2. Leo then went on to face Komorikiri in loser's semis, defeating him 3-0 in Cloud dittos, before being double-eliminated by ZeRo in another 0-3 set, placing 3rd. After this tournament, people started questioning if ZeRo had Leo figured out, as their close matches had turned into sweeps by ZeRo.

At 2GGC: Civil War, Leo was upset by Meteor 0-2 in winners semis of his pool. He then lost in another upset to AC 2-3 in Meta Knight dittos, finishing at 65th, his worst placement yet.

To start off April, he attended KTAR XX where he qualified for top 8 winners after defeating Mr.E 3-0 in a highly anticipated Marth ditto set. He then beat Nairo 3-1 but lost to ZeRo 1-3 in winners finals and Tweek 2-3 in losers finals, placing 3rd.

Returning back to his native Mexico, he attended The Arena 2017 using almost exclusively Corrin the entire tournament after stating on Twitter that he believes the character can be top 10[2]. He defeated Wonf 3-0 in winners finals but lost to Javi 1-3 in the first set of grand finals. Switching out of Corrin, he won the second set 3-1.

MkLeo later attended DreamHack Austin 2017. He made it to top 8 winners without losing a game, beating players such as Locus and Whispy. He then defeated VoiD 3-2 and Ally 3-1 to reach grand finals, where he lost to ZeRo 0-3 twice, placing 2nd.

To start out May, MkLeo traveled to Japan for the first time and attended his first event there, KSB 2017. He solidly won the tournament, defeating Ranai 2-0, Edge 2-0, and Abadango 2-1 and 2-0 in winners finals and grand finals respectively. He then attended Umebura Japan Major 2017, going through winners, defeating the likes of Kirihara 2-1 and Choco 3-0 until losing to KEN 0-3 in winners finals. After defeating Choco 3-2 again in losers finals, he won both sets of grand finals against KEN 3-2 and 3-0 using Meta Knight, taking the tournament. He also attended the pre-EVO Japan event called Sai 2017, which featured a 3v3 tournament for Smash 4. He teamed with Shuton and 9B and placed 2nd, losing to the team of KEN, Tsu- and Kirihara.

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
Smash Pendiente 70 February 2nd, 2017 1st Javi
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
Smash 'N' Chill Weekly #7 February 28th, 2017 1st
No Fun Allowed March 4th, 2017 1st 1st Cosmos
League of Shadows Season 7 Weekly 09 March 9th, 2017 1st
Smash 4 at KI Con March 10th-12th, 2017 2nd 1st Nairo
Frame Perfect Series 2 March 18th-19th, 2017 3rd 4th Mew2King
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 65th 1st Javi
Mega Smash Mondays 91 March 27th, 2017 2nd
Wednesday Night Fights Winter Season 1.7 March 29th, 2017 1st
KTAR XX April 1st-2nd, 2017 3rd 1st ZeRo
The Arena 2017 April 8th-9th, 2017 1st 1st Javi
Smash Pendiente 80 April 20th, 2017 1st 2nd Javi
DreamHack Austin 2017 April 28th-30th, 2017 2nd 1st ZeRo
KSB 2017 May 4th-6th, 2017 1st
Umebura Japan Major 2017 May 6th-7th, 2017 1st 1st Mew2King
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #2 May 10th, 2017 7th
Toryumon Weekday Tournament x STUDIO SKY #3 May 17th, 2017 17th

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash 'N' Chill Weekly #7 February 28th, 2017 3rd

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[3].
  • 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.
  • 2GGC: Civil War stands as MKLeo's worst tournament, placing 65th after losing to Meteor and AC in early upsets.

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