ZeRo is a smasher from Chillán, Chile who currently resides in Indiana.
He was the undisputed best Smash 4 player in the world throughout 2014 and 2015. With a combination of Diddy Kong and Sheik, he had a record of 56 consecutive tournament wins from the game's release on Wii U in November 2014 until MLG World Finals 2015 in October 2015, including nationals such as Apex 2015, CEO 2015, EVO 2015, Super Smash Con 2015, and The Big House 5. After winning 2GGT: EE Saga, ZeRo went on a 4-month hiatus and made his comeback in the summer of 2016, almost exclusively playing Diddy Kong, mainly due to the Sheik nerfs in 1.1.5. In March 2017, he also picked up Lucina as one of his main characters. While not as dominant as before, he still achieves great tournament results such as 1st at The Big House 6, UGC Smash Open, Frostbite 2017, 2GGC: Nairo Saga, and CEO 2017, and is still considered the best in the game. ZeRo is currently ranked at the 0 position on the Chicago Smash 4 Power Rankings and 1st on the Panda Global Rankings v3. He was formerly ranked at the 0 position on the SoCal Smash 4 Power Rankings, and was formerly ranked 1st on the New Jersey Smash 4 Power Rankings.
ZeRo started playing Brawl in 2011 and dominated the Chilean scene with his Meta Knight. He originally became famous in the United States by being one of the top players on All is Brawl. Due to his strong and consistent tournament results such as 2nd at Apex 2014, and 1st at Rescue 2 and KTAR 9, he was widely considered to be one of the best players in the world in 2013 and 2014 and was ranked 3rd on the 2014 SSBBRank. He quit the game when Smash 4 was released.
In Melee, ZeRo mained Fox and played from 2007 to 2010 before quitting and focusing on Brawl. He returned to the competitive scene in 2014 and met with great success, qualifying for MLG Anaheim 2014 and placing 17th at both CEO 2014 and EVO 2014. As a result he was ranked 35th on the 2014 SSBMRank. ZeRo quit the game again in November 2014 to focus on Smash 4.
He has had "ZeRo" as his gamertag since 2005, and has been playing Smash since the release of Smash 64 in 1999. Due to his top professional success in multiple Smash games, ZeRo is widely considered to be one of the best overall Smash players in the world, along with Mew2King, Wizzrobe, ESAM, and Larry Lurr.
ZeRo began playing competitively in 2006 with Melee. Not much about his career during this time period is known until his first international tournament roughly 6 years later.
Shortly before Apex 2013, ZeRo arrived in the United States to attend XSmash, and shocked the world by winning the tournament, defeating top professionals such as Vinnie, Nairo, and Mew2King during his march to victory. At Apex 2013, he placed 9th in singles and 13th in doubles, teaming with quiKsilver. ZeRo's last tournament on the East Coast during his stay was Rescue 2, which he won after defeating Nairo in two consecutive sets during grand finals. A week later, he traveled to the Midwest to attend Outrage, which he won after defeating players such as Ally and Zinoto. Before leaving the United States to return to Chile, ZeRo was honorably ranked 2nd on the Tristate Brawl Power Rankings, behind Mew2King.
Later that year, ZeRo traveled to the United States in preparation for SKTAR 2. He convincingly won his first tournament, Crossfire: Shockwave, during his stay, defeating top professionals such as Vinnie and Anti. He also won doubles with Anti at said event. ZeRo continued his winning streak at Rescue 3, a tournament that provided a glimpse of the fierce competition that would be seen at SKTAR 2, defeating Mr. R, Vinnie, and Nairo to take the event.
At SKTAR 2, ZeRo placed 4th in doubles, teaming with Ally, losing to Nakat and False in winners' semis and Nairo and ADHD in losers' semis. In singles, ZeRo got 1st seed in his bracket pool after defeating Atomsk in winners' finals. In winners' quarters, he lost to ADHD 1-2 in a close set, getting timed out and losing the percentage lead at the very last second of game 3. ZeRo then took out SKTAR champion Nairo 2-1 and ESAM 2-0 in losers' bracket before being eliminated by Nakat 1-2 in losers' quarters, placing 5th.
ZeRo attended Apex 2014 five months later. He defeated Ally in winners' quarters before losing to ESAM 0-2 in winners' semis, and then proceeded to eliminate ADHD 2-1, Mew2King 2-0, and ESAM 3-0 in a rematch in losers' bracket, making it to grand finals against Nairo. ZeRo ultimately lost to Nairo 1-3 and placed 2nd in singles after some very close and exciting matches. He also placed 5th in doubles, teaming with Chibo, defeating several teams such as Nakat and False, and also almost defeating Nairo and ADHD.
ZeRo's next appearance was at the MLG sponsored Smash event Shuffle V in Columbus, Ohio. In Brawl singles, he placed 1st after defeating ADHD 2-0, Mew2King 2-1, and Vinnie 3-2 in winners finals. He lost to Vinnie 2-3 in the first set of grand finals, but still won the second set 3-1. ZeRo also placed 13th in Melee singles, 3rd in Melee doubles with Nintendude, 13th in Project M singles, and 1st in Project M doubles with Denti.
ZeRo would then travel to several qualifiers for the Melee event at MLG Anaheim 2014. At Fighters' Edge, he placed 5th in Melee singles and 2nd in Project M singles. At WHOBO MLG one week later, ZeRo placed 1st in Brawl singles, Project M singles, and Project M doubles with Denti. He also placed 2nd in Brawl doubles with Denti, and 4th in Melee singles.
ZeRo then attended SKTAR 3 the week after. In Brawl singles, he was knocked out of winners' bracket 1-2 by ADHD, and then eliminated Vex 2-0, Vinnie 2-1, and Ally 2-0, before being eliminated by Nairo 1-2, placing 4th. He placed 4th in Brawl doubles with Vex, 9th in Project M singles, and 1st in Project M doubles with Rolex, defeating Mew2King and Armada 3-2 in both winners' finals and grand finals. Lastly, ZeRo placed 9th in Melee singles, notably eliminating HugS and Darc in losers' bracket before losing to SFAT 0-2. This placement, coupled with ZeRo's placements at previous qualifiers, allowed him to qualify for the championship bracket at MLG Anaheim 2014. He also placed 5th in Melee doubles with s0ft.
At MLG Anaheim 2014, ZeRo's only win in his pool was against aMSa, who he defeated 3-2. He lost against Armada 1-3, Mango 0-3, Hungrybox 1-3, PewPewU 0-3, Fiction 1-3, and Westballz 0-3. This caused ZeRo to be seeded in losers' round 1 in the championship bracket, where he was eliminated by Plup 0-3, placing 17th overall.
ZeRo attended CEO 2014 one week later. At this tournament, he won Project M singles, defeating aMSa 2-0, ChuDat 2-0, and Wizzrobe 3-1 in winners' finals. He lost to Wizzrobe 0-3 in the first set of grand finals, but still won the second set 3-1. ZeRo also placed 2nd in Project M doubles with Mew2King, 17th in Melee singles, and 4th in Melee doubles with ESAM. ZeRo then attended Kings of Cali 4, where he placed 13th in Melee singles and 5th in Melee doubles with Westballz.
At EVO 2014, ZeRo defeated Fiction 2-0 in the winners' quarters bracket, and then defeated SFAT before losing to Hungrybox 0-2. However, in the losers' bracket, he was eliminated by Fiction in a rematch, placing 17th overall in Melee singles. ZeRo also placed 5th in the Melee doubles side event with KoreanDJ, and 1st in the Project M singles side event.
In Project M singles at Zenith 2014, ZeRo managed to win the tournament through losers' bracket after losing to NinjaLink 0-2 in the second round of winners' bracket. He defeated Jtails 2-0, DJ Nintendo 2-0, Rolex 2-1, Seagull Joe 2-0, NinjaLink 2-1 in a rematch, Mew2King 3-1, and Emukiller 3-0 to make it to grand finals. In grand finals, he defeated Junebug 3-1 in both sets. ZeRo also placed 1st in Project M doubles with Mew2King, defeating Rolex and Emukiller 3-0 in winners' finals and Junebug and Pink Fresh 3-1 in grand finals, 7th in Melee singles, losing to Zhu 0-2 in losers' top 8, and 2nd in Melee doubles with Axe, losing to Mew2King and Hax in winners' finals, and then defeating Zhu and Cactuar in a close set in losers' finals before losing to Mew2King and Hax again in grand finals.
Smash 4 dominance
ZeRo is widely considered to be the best Smash 4 player in the world, winning numerous amounts of early Smash 4 national tournaments including Apex 2015, CEO 2015, and EVO 2015, often without losing a set. This amazing prowess was recognized in CEO, where $500 would be rewarded to any Smasher who could take a set off of ZeRo; however, he again successfully won the tournament without dropping down to losers bracket, defeating ESAM 3-1 in winners semis and Nairo 3-1 in both winners finals and grand finals. At EVO 2015, ZeRo defeated Ally and Abadango 2-0 in winners quarters and semis, and Nairo and Mr. R 3-0 in winners finals and grand finals, taking the tournament without losing a single game while switching back exclusively to Diddy Kong for his set against Mr. R.
He resigned from CLASH Tournaments on November 2nd, 2014.
On August 1st, 2015, after a 43 tournament win streak, including winning EVO 2015 without dropping a game, ZeRo was signed on by Team SoloMid.
At The Big House 5, ZeRo suffered a shocking loss in Round 2 Pools against Seagull Joe, leading many to believe that the undisputed #1 player would finally be defeated. However, ZeRo would end up easily going through the losers bracket, defeating MVD 2-0, StaticManny 2-0, Wizzrobe 2-0, Ally 3-0, ESAM 3-1, Zenyou 3-0, and Rayquaza07 3-1. Finally, he was put up against Anti in losers semifinals, but despite being down 2-1 against Anti's Mario, he brought it back in a very close set to win 3-2. After 3-0'ing Dabuz in losers finals, he would go on to face long time rival Nairo. ZeRo would 3-0 Nairo in the first set to cause a reset, after Nairo was playing secondaries in an attempt to avoid his ZSS being downloaded. In the second set of grand finals, with Nairo playing Zero Suit Samus, ZeRo was down 2-1 to Nairo, marking the second time in the tournament that he was just one game away from losing his streak. In the end, ZeRo brought it back once again, defeating Nairo 3-2, and completing one of the greatest losers bracket runs in Smash history.
ZeRo's huge winning streak was finally ended at MLG World Finals 2015, where Nairo beat him 3-2 and then 3-1 in grand finals.
At GENESIS 3, ZeRo solidly cruised through his round 1 pool without dropping a game. In his round 2 pool, he defeated Akiro 2-0 and Umeki 2-0 to advance to top 32, where he would go on to defeat Earth 3-1 and Mr. R 3-0 to qualify for top 8 in winners. In winners semis, ZeRo managed to defeat Dabuz 3-2 in a close set, advancing to winners finals against Ranai. In a highly anticipated match, ZeRo was able to defeat Ranai 3-2, advancing to Grand Finals, where he would again take a close 3-2 set against Dabuz to win the tournament.
ZeRo went on a hiatus due to personal medical issues, most importantly an injury in his middle finger, and could not attend many tournaments, most notably Pound 2016, as a result. This could be marked as the end of his dominance in the game as his return 2 months later was rocky as a result.
After initially dropping out of registration, ZeRo competed at Get On My Level 2016, the first tournament he has attended since 2GGT: EE Saga, as Zinoto was unable to attend and vacated his spot for ZeRo. Performing well up until winners quarters mostly using Diddy Kong over Sheik, Mew2King's Cloud defeated both of his characters in a 3-0 upset. However, ZeRo managed to advance to the loser's side of grand finals, defeating San 3-0 to get into top 8 and Mr. R 3-2 in losers eighths. In losers quarters, he fought MKLeo in a highly anticipated set which he won 3-2. He continued his losers run, defeating Nairo 3-0 in losers semis, and Larry Lurr 3-2 in losers finals. In grand finals, ZeRo lost to Ally 2-3, placing 2nd at the tournament with his sixth ever set loss, and only second ever tournament loss since his streak ended at MLG World Finals 2015.
The next few tournaments began a streak of losses for ZeRo, placing 2nd at three more tournaments after Get On My Level 2016, usually losing two sets in grand finals. He lost to Larry Lurr twice at 2GGT: Mexico Saga (2-3 both sets), ANTi twice at Wednesday Night Fights 2016 2.5 (1-3 and 0-3) and Ally twice at Smash 'N' Splash 2 (1-3 both sets).
However, ZeRo's losing streak began again and would last throughout the summer. ZeRo placed 9th at CEO 2016 after getting upset by Prince Ramen's Palutena 0-2 in winners semis of his pool and Larry Lurr 0-3 in losers, marking the first time he was eliminated before top 8. At WTFox 2, ZeRo placed 3rd, losing to Dabuz 2-3 in winners finals and Mr. R 1-3 in losers finals. At EVO 2016, ZeRo was upset again, this time by Mr.E. However, this time he managed to make top 8. He proceeded to defeat Larry Lurr, Abadango and VoiD all 2-0 but lost to Kameme 0-3 in losers finals, placing 3rd. However, ZeRo again placed outside of top 8 at Super Smash Con 2016, placing 13th after getting upset by Day 1-2 in winners and Ally 1-3 in losers.
Endgame would mark the beginning of ZeRo's return to dominance as he took the tournament. Though he lost to Mew2King 2-3 in winners finals, he beat Ally 3-1 in losers finals, marking his first win over him in 2016. He proceeded to defeat Mew2King 3-1 in both sets of grand finals, with a JV-3 stock in the final match. He attended Shine 2016 the following weekend and took the tournament without dropping a set, defeating ESAM 3-1 and 3-0 in winners finals and grand finals respectively.
To start off September, ZeRo attended Collision XIV. Unfortunately, he was double eliminated by Salem 2-3 in both winners quarters and losers semis, placing 4th. However, he began a winning streak starting with 2GGT: Abadango Saga, defeating Nairo 3-1 in winners finals and after dropping the first set of grand finals to Larry Lurr 1-3, he won the second set 3-1. He won The Big House 6 two weeks later, only losing to ANTi in winners finals 1-3 but 6-0'd him in grand finals.
ZeRo would not attend another tournament until KTAR XIX which he solidly took. Winners finals pitted him against MKLeo in a rematch from Get On My Level 2016. ZeRo won the set 3-2 then beat Salem 3-1 in grand finals. He then won UGC Smash Open without dropping a single set, defeating Abadango 3-0 and 3-2 in winners finals and grand finals respectively. ZeRo was then invited to attend Smash City LA which he again won without dropping a set, defeating Larry Lurr 3-1 and 3-2 in winners finals and grand finals respectively.
However, his short winning streak ended at, ironically, his namesake tournament: 2GGT: ZeRo Saga where he lost to Ally 2-3 in winners quarters and MKLeo 0-3 in losers semis, placing 4th and perpetuating the 2GGT "saga curse".
ZeRo's first tournament he attended in 2017 was 2GGC: GENESIS Saga. ZeRo solidly took his pools without dropping a single set, defeating KiraFlax and Saiki on the way. He made to top 8 after defeating Elegant and Mr.E, both 3-1 and defeated Zenyou in Winner Semis 3-2 in a close set. He then 3-0d VoiD in winners finals and took the tournament 3-1 over Komorikiri in grand finals, also qualifying him for the final 2GG Championships in December.
At GENESIS 4, ZeRo suffered a huge upset in round 2 pools, losing to Brood's Duck Hunt 1-2. However, ZeRo still managed to make top 32 losers after defeating Manny 2-0. ZeRo went through the losers bracket defeating Salem and Nairo both 3-2, ESAM 3-1 and VoiD 3-2 advancing to Top 8. He proceeded to defeat Dabuz (although it was later discovered that their set had accidentally been played with a launch rate of 0.9) and Mr. R 3-1 each and Captain Zack 3-0, but narrowly lost to Ally 2-3 in a very close set using Cloud in losers finals, placing 3rd.
At Frostbite 2017, ZeRo defeated Some 2-0 in his pool to qualify for top 48 winners. After defeating Ned 3-0, Dabuz 3-2 and Nairo 3-0, he lost to Tsu-'s Lucario 1-3 in winners finals. After defeating Nairo again 3-1 in losers finals, he won both sets of grand finals 3-1 and 3-2, with the second set being extremely close, to take the tournament.
At Frame Perfect Series 2, ZeRo solidly took his pools, not dropping a set and entering top 48 on winner's side. In top 48, he beat MVD 3-1 then both Captain Zack and MKLeo 3-0 each until falling to Kirihara 2-3 in winners finals. After defeating MKLeo again 3-0 in losers finals, he lost to Kirihara again 2-3 in grand finals, placing 2nd.
At 2GGC: Greninja Saga ZeRo solidly took his pools defeating ImHip 2-0 qualifying to winners top 32. However, he then lost to falln 2-3. After defeating Rich Brown and Lea 3-0 each, he lost to ANTi 2-3 in a close set, placing 9th.
At MomoCon 2017 ZeRo easily made top 8 winners side without dropping a single game, defeating Rango in winners finals of his pool. He defeated Mekos, Salem and Larry Lurr all 3-0, but lost to Nairo 1-3 in winners finals for the first time since MLG World Finals 2015. He then lost to Fatality 1-3 in losers finals, placing 3rd.
At Smash 'N' Splash 3, ZeRo made top 8 winner side without dropping a game, defeating Shel and MVD 3-0 each. He then defeated Tweek 3-0, but lost to Ally 0-3 in winners finals. He 3-0d Larry Lurr in loser finals then defeated Ally 3-1 and 3-2 in grand finals to take the tournament (using Diddy Kong instead of Lucina). Carrying this winning momentum, he won 2GGC: Nairo Saga the following weekend, not dropping a game to make top 8. In top 8, he defeated Nairo 3-0 in winners semis, MKLeo 3-2 in winners finals and Salem 3-2 in grand finals to win the tournament.
At 2GGC: ARMS Saga ZeRo took his pools without dropping a single game and qualified to Top 8 after defeating Raito 3-1 and VoiD 3-0. In winners semis he defeated Charliedaking 3-2, but lost to Dabuz 1-3 in winners finals. After defeating KEN 3-2 in losers finals, he reset the bracket 3-2 against Dabuz (opting to play Cloud instead of Diddy Kong), but lost the second set 0-3, placing 2nd.
At EVO 2017 ZeRo easily took his pools without dropping a single game and made to Top 48 after defeating Mr.E 2-0. He then made top 8 winners after defeating Ranai 2-1 and KEN 2-0. In winners semis he defeated Tweek 2-0 and Larry Lurr 3-2 in winners finals but lost to Salem 2-3 in both sets of Grand Finals, placing 2nd.
At DreamHack Atlanta 2017 ZeRo took his pools without dropping a single game defeating HyperKirby 2-0, entering top 64 winners side. He lost to Samsora 2-3 in an upset in round 1 of winners, landing next to MkLeo in losers. He then defeated MkLeo 3-0 and Ally 3-1, but lost to Nairo 2-3, placing 9th, with Nairo using Bowser the whole set.
At Low Tier City 5 ZeRo made his pools to enter top 64 winners side. In winners quarters however, he lost to Mistake 1-2 in an upset. He made top 8 losers after defeating Illusion 2-0. In top 8, he defeated Abadango, Lima and ESAM 3-1 each and Mistake 3-0 in a runback before losing to Tweek in grand finals 1-3, placing 2nd.
At Super Smash Con 2017, ZeRo solidly won his pools, defeating Cashmere 3-0 to enter top 16 winners. He then beat VoiD 3-2 in winners quarters to qualify for top 8 winners. In winner semis he defeated Mr.R 3-2 in a close set and MKLeo 3-1 in winners finals. In grand finals, he lost to Nairo twice (2-3 both sets), placing 2nd.
Across all Smash games, ZeRo is a very methodical and theoretical player, focusing on having solid fundamentals and a commanding neutral game that can allow him to completely control the match after one mistake from his opponents. Due to this, he is considered to have the strongest neutral game in the world in Smash 4, and is one of the most adaptive players in all games. He is known to memorize percents, setups, and any other info that can improve his gameplay. In Smash 4, his playstyle varies depending on who he is facing. At times, ZeRo plays very proactively, inducing pressure on his opponents with precise hits, simple but effective punishes, and strong stage control. At other times, ZeRo plays more reactively and will not approach at all, preferring to camp most of the time and bait out mistakes from his opponent. In Melee, ZeRo plays very defensively overall, preferring to camp opponents with Fox's Blaster and only approach when provoked to in the beginning of the set. This is to gain information on the opponent so that he can adjust his playstyle according to the habits that he picks up from his opponents during the course of the match.
In addition, his ledge pressure is very overwhelming, often being able to inflict large amounts of percent while the opponent is trying to recover or even kill early. His spacing in these interactions also makes it very difficult for his opponents to attempt a reverse edge guard.
However, ZeRo's tendency to resort to defensive play can hurt him sometimes, as he will play too safely and will not go for kill confirms on the verge of overextending. Although he is one of the most adaptive players across the span of a set, he can still struggle to bring back a set where his opponent has overwhelmed him, which is more prevalent in Melee where the micro-adaptations that are necessary within a game are far more emphasized.
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