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Smash 4 at GOML 2018 was Incredible: Here’s Why


In one of the most stunning of developments of the season, a doubles team without Cloud actually won a major tournament. The team of Kelsy “superGirlKels” Medeiros and Matt “Elegant” Fitzpatrick. Using Sonic and Luigi, the team was able to defeat the team of Leonardo “MK Leo” Perez and Tamim “Mistake” Omary from winners bracket in a convincing 3-1 victory. A huge win for Elegant and superGirlKels, which comes on the heels of some pretty big changes.

On day one of the tournament, it was announced that dual Cloud was

SuperGirlKels and Elegant at GOML 2018
SuperGirlKels and Elegant dominated doubles

banned, meaning no team could have both players using the character. There has been a lot of talk throughout the community about whether or not Cloud should be banned in doubles altogether. However, this is a great starting point. Double Cloud is undoubtedly a problem in the current doubles meta.

Mistake and Leo took 2nd place after fighting through losers bracket, losing to Ezra “Samsora” Morris and Jason “Anti” Bates who took 3rd place.

Having dual Cloud banned in doubles certainly made this event more engaging to watch. More teams were able to play with different characters, as opposed to picking Cloud just to stay viable. Many regions are beginning to experiment with banning Cloud in doubles altogether, which will make these upcoming months all the more interesting. Congratulations to Elegant and SuperGirlKels on their big win.

The Underdog hero of GOML

GOML was the highest tiered event of the season so far, and it showed. The players laid it all on the line and gave some amazing performances. One of the biggest upsets of the tournament came just outside of top 24. A MewTwo player by the name of Laith “SDX” Hamdan took out Elliot “Ally” Carroza in a 3-2 set. Ally, who not too long ago was hailed as being one of the best players in the world, has seen a decline in performance as of late.

While suffering yet another loss, hopefully Ally can return to form and finish the season strong. SDX also upset Chris “WaDi” Boston 3-0, huge seeing as Wadi is viewed as the best MewTwo in the world currently. SDX finished at 9th place losing to Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey.

Singles bracket had many surprises, but top 8 was when things really heated up.

Heart stopping performances

Nairo versus MK Leo at GOML 2018
The offstage interactions between these two were insane. Image:

Winners finals saw Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada face off against MK Leo. There was a big fight feel all throughout the arena as this match had some pretty big implications. Nairo and Leo are widely believed to be two best players in the world this season.

With this being the biggest tournament of the season to date, it could make a strong case for who the definitive best in the world is. Nairo did have the set advantage (3-4) going into the set but he was still an underdog. However, he silenced all of his critics in game one. Nairo absolutely destroyed Leo in game one, two-stocking him in less than 40 seconds – an explosive start to the set for Nairo. However, Leo would not be outdone. Leo would take the next two games, one of them in dominating fashion.

Nairo would bring the set back, however, with the most intense game four that this author has ever seen. Switching from Zero Suit Samus to Bowser, Nairo put big-time pressure on MK Leo. Bowser being such a volatile character proved to be a big hurdle for Leo to overcome. In a last hit situation, Nairo kept on living into very high percents. In one final crazy offstage exchange, Nairo landed a clutch up air to close out an insane game. Leo counter picked to Bayonetta next game and put all thoughts of him losing to rest, winning 3-2, securing a spot in Grand finals. Nairo was sent to losers bracket, but would make a return.

Grand finals

Nairo fought back through losers bracket to make it into grand finals, for a run back with MK Leo. Nairo got right to work and won the first two games of set one. Leo would mount a comeback winning game three, but ultimately fell to Nairo’s Bowser in game four. With the bracket now reset, the pieces were in place for a huge finish.

Leo won game one pretty convincingly. Nairo would respond with bringing out his Bowser once again and winning game two in a last hit situation. Game three was the turning point, however, and proved to be Nairo’s downfall. Coming through with the surprise Diddy Kong pick, Nairo amassed a big lead over Leo early. But his play got a bit too sloppy late in the game, air-dodging too much and letting the victory slip form his grasp.

Leo now up 2-1, one game away from victory, came into game 4 with all the momentum in the world. Nairo would bring the Bowser out one last time but couldn’t overcome Leo’s insane pressure. MK Leo dominated the final game, closing it out with a two-stock. MK Leo remained consistent throughout the entire tournament and displayed a very clutch demeanor to win GOML 2018. Both players put on an amazing showcase of talent and definitely made the race for the top spot on the PGR much more interesting.

Congrats to MK Leo: Your GOML 2018 Champion!

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Featured image courtesy of Shoruken.

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