MKLeo entered the day as the prohibitive favorite to win the tournament among a crowded field of names, and the result is a disappointing effort against Japanese King Dedede main Zaki, sends him to fight out of the losers bracket. MKLeo starts in losers round two, and Zaki moves into a potential match up with California Fox main Charlie.
Zaki clearly had a feeling for how MKLeo wanted to approach with Cloud. The use of the ledge and double-jump with a fast fall neutral-air, maximizing King Dedede’s giant hitbox. The defensive play gave MKLeo issues in getting hits. Anytime MKLeo tried to get in it fed right into Zaki’s gameplan.
In similar fashion to other Japanese players (“T” the Link main), Zaki’s a low-tier main that uses his character unlike any player in the United States. Zaki makes King Dedede look fast by not wasting movement. The constant movement coming out his tough for opponents to handle, especially when his directional input is top notch. The crowd was on his side and he delivered a huge upset on day one.
Elegant and Stroder in Grand Finals
Elegant, the California-native Luigi main, teaming with Arizona’s Guillermo “Stroder” A. Martinez Jr., otherwise known as the US’s best Greeninja player. The synergy is evident when watching these two trade off blows and display a keen sense of spacing. With one match left to go, we’ll see if the pressure gets to them.
Wins over Kamememe and Abadango, Mr. R and NAKAT, amd a winners finals slam over Marss and Light. Impressive display of teamwork from one of the most unlikelist teams to reach this point, shocking the bracket and three stage wins away from a title.
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