Sparg0 is an Ultimate Cloud player from Tijuana, Mexico. He is considered the best Cloud player in the world, the best Aegis player in the world when he actively used them, as well as one of the best players in the world following the end of the online era, being widely considered the second best player in the world after MkLeo. He is one of the most well-known prodigies in Smash, competing with and even taking sets off of top professionals at the age of 13. This, along with his heavy usage of sword characters, has given him comparisons to MkLeo's Smash 4 career. He is one of the youngest Ultimate players to win his first major alongside acola, winning Smash Ultimate Summit 4 at the age of 16. Sparg0 is currently ranked 1st on both the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7 and the Tijuana Power Rankings, 2nd on the Mexican Ultimate Power Rankings, OrionRank Mid-Year 2022 and the PGRU v3; he was also formerly ranked 2nd on the SoCal Ultimate Power Rankings.
In all Smash games, Sparg0 is a methodical, yet aggressive player, using his movement, game plan, and solid fundamentals with the characters he plays. He is known for creating effective bread and butters and ledgetrapping his opponents, often taking players' stocks very quickly. In addition, his Aegis and Cloud are known for their excellent spacing and jump callouts.
During Smash 4's competitive lifespan, Sparg0 competed both online and in his home region of Tijuana, and in both scenes, he became recognized for his skill despite his young age. Online, he achieved wins over other top players like Chusam, Rax, and Zomba. Sparg0 was ranked 31st on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v2; ranked just four days after his 13th birthday, he remains the youngest player ranked on any iteration of the WWR.
2018-2020: Ultimate's First Prodigy
Shortly after Ultimate's release, Sparg0 won Smashing Legends Ultimate Christmas Special, the first WWR-eligible event of the new game. About a week later, he won the 818-entrant Ultimate Naifu Wars 2, defeating Vendetta 3-1 in grand finals. With the tournament's large size, and its wide viewership on Nairo's stream, Sparg0 quickly gained notoriety in the Smash community for his skill at only 13 years old. Around this time, Sparg0 made his first trips to compete in the United States. He quickly made an impact in the SoCal weeklies he attended, defeating well-known players such as Elegant. He placed 49th at his first major, GENESIS 6, losing to California natives ImHip and Lui$. Months later at 2GG: Prime Saga, he placed 25th losing to Shuton and Teb.
However, it wasn't until late in the season that Sparg0 made his biggest waves offline. In April and May, he entered all three tournaments in the Ultimate Naifu Wars: Sandy Road to CEO circuit, with the winner of the circuit being flown out to CEO 2019. Despite finishing second to king_chris in the circuit, chris opted to award the flight to Sparg0, so he was able to attend his first tournament outside Mexico or California. At CEO, Sparg0 defeated Myran 2-1 and Sinji 2-0, achieving wins on two players en route to PGR-ranked seasons of their own. Though he lost shortly after to Marss and WaDi, his 17th place finish and aforementioned wins were his best ever at an offline major. Finishing the season with wins at weeklies over VoiD, Kameme, and Zenyou, he was ranked 2nd on the SoCal Ultimate Power Rankings despite living just outside the region. His strong play online continued as well, and he was ultimately ranked 2nd on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v3.
Heading into the second half of 2019, Sparg0 was well known as a strong player and one of the best Cloud players in the world. However, he was unable to build on the success he found in June. Seeded 8th at his home country's Smash Factor 7, he fell at 17th after a loss to Mr. R and an upset by Pablo. Continuing to attend majors throughout the season, he placed 33rd at EVO 2019, 25th at 2GG: SwitchFest 2019, and 49th at 2GG: Kongo Saga. Despite respectable placings, none were breakouts to eclipse his previous peak at CEO, and he was unable to get a PGR-ranked win at any. During this time, Sparg0 remained a top threat online, but reduced attendance with his shift to offline play led him to drop to 15th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v4.
Sparg0's results held steady after the new year. In January 2020, he attended Let's Make Big Moves in New York City, traveling the furthest from his home yet. Despite a strong performance in the Tristate vs The World Crew Battle, taking five stocks for Team World, he placed 33rd in the main bracket, defeating Mr. E 2-1 but losing to Larry Lurr and Light, both 0-2. A 49th place finish at GENESIS 7, losing to and MuteAce 1-2 and Cosmos 0-3, ended his final major event before the quarantine period. Though still ranked highly in-region and regarded as one of his character's best players, Sparg0 was unable to break top 16 at a major during this time, and the quickly rising Kola had begun to challenge him for the title of best Cloud.
2020-2021: The King of Wi-Fi
Upon the cancellation of events worldwide in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sparg0, like many others, shifted his focus to online competition. Though the influx of PGR-ranked players made the competition tougher than ever, Sparg0's skill and familiarity with online conditions allowed him to keep his footing at the top. He placed highly at many large and lucrative online events, including 1st place at Mazer Gaming Smash, 2nd at The Quarantine Series: Minor Tournament 1 and 5th at The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1. At the end of the season, he was ranked 4th on the 75-player Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5, and was the only returning player to rise in placement despite the massive influx of offline threats.
The second half of 2020 brought even greater success. Early on, Sparg0 won Lockhart Series, taking winners' and grand finals 3-1 and 3-0 over Maister. As the thousand-entrant supermajors gave way to a landscape of top player-hosted sub events, Sparg0 gladly traded his subs for first place finishes. He won Maister's Flat Realm 8, Hungrybox's El Jugo Box, Dabuz's Galaxy Gambit 2, and MkLeo's M-Kolosseum 4. Additionally, he was able to keep positive records over his closest competitors, Maister, BestNess, and Sonix. This dominance led him to be ranked 1st on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6, topping the rankings for the first time.
2021 was more of the same for Sparg0, who continued winning major online events with few blemishes on his record. Notably, two of these tournament wins secured him spots at offline events later in the year. At his region's online qualifier for the recently announced Smash World Tour 2021, he recovered from an 0-3 loss to MkLeo with a 3-2 win over Maister and two wins over MkLeo in grand finals, earning him a spot at the upcoming offline regional qualifier. At Collision Online 2021, he 3-0'd Maister twice in two sets of grands, securing him a spot at Smash Ultimate Summit 3. In the end, despite a close race against Sonix and Maister, he repeated as 1st place on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7, becoming just the second player ever to rank 1st in two separate seasons. With nothing left to prove on Wi-Fi, and with the return of online majors around the corner, the pressure was on Sparg0 to translate his dominance to the in-person stage for the first time.
2021: The Next Best Player?
At SWT: Mexico Ultimate Online Qualifier, Sparg0 placed 6th, losing 3-2 each to MkLeo and Maister, and disqualifying out of the tie-breaker against Yei. Despite falling short of both his 1st place finish at its online counterpart and expectations from those who were watching him, this placement was good enough to secure him a spot at the Smash World Tour 2021 Championships later that year. A week later at Smash Ultimate Summit 3, Sparg0 was faced with daunting pools matchups against invitees Tweek and KEN, both of whom were among the best in their home regions and the world. However, he shocked the world by winning both sets, 3-1 and 3-2, respectively. Not only did this secure him a spot in final bracket on winners' side, but it marked his first PGR wins at a major since CEO 2019 more than two years prior. He continued his hot streak on Sunday finals, defeating Riddles and Zackray, before falling to Tweek 3-1 and to MkLeo in a crushing reverse 3-0. In the post-set interview, Leo commended Sparg0, and stated his belief that Sparg0 would be the next player to become the best in the world after himself.
Since quarantine, Sparg0 had relegated his Cloud to a secondary, and was now using Pyra and Mythra for most matchups. With this new character choice, he continued to reach the podium at every major he attended. At Riptide, he once again lost to MkLeo and Tweek, placing 3rd. With the two absent from Super Smash Con: Fall Fest, Sparg0 entered grand finals on winners' side, but lost two sets to Light to place 2nd. Later that month, he outplaced Tweek for the first time, defeating him 3-2 in losers' finals of Port Priority 6; he lost to Leo 2-3 in grands, once again placing 2nd. By this time, Sparg0 had cemented himself as one of the top three players in North America post-quarantine, along with his fiercest competitors Leo and Tweek.
Arguably Sparg0's most notable result of the year came at Mainstage 2021; with a Summit spot and supermajor win on the line, all eyes were on him to see if he could finally come out on top. An early 1-3 loss to Chag put this in doubt, but Sparg0 responded with a monster losers' run, defeating ESAM, Kola, Light, Chag, Tea, and Elegant along the way. Waiting for him in grand finals was MkLeo, who he had yet to take an offline set from. Sparg0 won the first set of grands 3-1, and looked poised to take the second after leading in percent during game 5. However, an untimely reversal allowed Leo to stuff out Sparg0's recovery with a devastating Byleth down air, stealing the Mainstage title in seconds. Despite another strong finish at the SWT Championships, Sparg0 was unable to get revenge, losing once again to MkLeo and then to Cosmos, both of whom also used Pyra & Mythra.
Though a major title eluded him, Sparg0 ended the year widely considered as the second best player in the world. He was ranked S+ tier, or top 3, on the PGRUContenders North America, and 2nd on the concurrent OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse North America.
2022: Threatening the Throne
The lull in tournament activity in early 2022 allowed Sparg0 time to reconsider his character choices. After finding himself the third best Aegis player at SWT, he decided to return to his longtime choice of Cloud as his main. Having qualified for Smash Ultimate Summit 4 back at Mainstage, this became his first major event of the year. He swept his pool again, this time as the first seed, defeating Tea, Elegant, and Lavish. After winning his runback against Chag in final bracket, he defeated MkLeo for only the second time, 3-1. Sparg0 then faced off against Light, and defeated him twice in winners' and grand finals, to achieve his first-ever victory at a national tournament, using Cloud for the majority of his sets other than Chag and Lavish.
Sparg0 continued his hot streak at Collision 2022 the next weekend, reverse 3-0ing MkLeo's Byleth in winners' finals and 3-0ing Tweek in the second set of grands for his second straight major victory. However, at the Mexican invitational Delfino Maza RETA 2022, a major in its own right, he finished in 2nd place after Leo pulled out a character counterpick of his own: Corrin. Despite this result, coming out of the first quarter many players started to believe that Sparg0 had the potential to finally dethrone Leo as the best player in the world, and many eyes were on him and Leo coming into GENESIS 8.
Sparg0 fell slightly short at GENESIS 8, losing to both MkLeo and Glutonny to place third. This, alongside his losses to MkLeo at Relax & Smash at GeekFest Cancún and his disappointing 7th place finish at The Gimvitational, solidified his rival's position on the throne. Still, despite threats from Light, Glutonny and Japan's rising star acola, Sparg0 managed to hold onto his 2nd place position thanks to his incredible first half of the season, as well as his run at Low Tide City 2022, where after he fell to MuteAce prior to top 8, he tore through the loser's bracket, 3-0ing almost everyone in his path, before double-eliminating Kola to take the tournament. On the PGRU v3 NA, he was 0.7 points away from MkLeo, marking the closest time MkLeo was outranked.
However, even with all of his success within the last year, Sparg0 struggled with his mental health. As a result, on June 20th, he announced his indefinite hiatus.