Smash Ultimate star Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ López is now widely regarded as one of, if not the, best player in the game, but a recent loss to prodigy Edgar ‘Spag0’ Valdez has cast many into doubt about his choice as a fighter.
MkLeo has been recognized as the top Smash Ultimate player for quite some time, with numerous accolades including a first place finish at EVO 2019.
He’s notably pushed the DLC fighters Joker and Byleth into the limelight by leading them to huge success, but has recently pushed the Persona character to the back burner.
This decision became controversial after his 4th place finish at Smash Ultimate Summit 4, where he lost to Cloud main Sparg0 and Japanese Naoto ‘ProtoBanham’ Tsuji.
MkLeo responds to calls to play Joker again
After losing an impressive four-game set to Sparg0 in the Winners’ Semifinals and then losing to ProtoBanham in the lower group to Byleth and Pyra/Mythra respectively, some fans felt López should have been a wild card.
“No folks, I’m not playing Joker… it’s about adapting, just like I did after the last Summit,” he said, referring to his second place finish at Smash Ultimate Summit 3. “Stop. I won’t transfer because of a ‘bad result’.”
However, his wild card could return on one big condition as the Mexican star added that if his losers continue or he fights MinMin, he would choose the Persona fighter again.
If it keeps going like this and I keep losing to Minmin, then… it’s Joker
— T1 | MkLeo (@Mkleosb) March 8, 2022
Leo went on to explain that he will “make an effort” at the next big tournament, Collision, where he will once again face off against his new rival in Sparg0.
Luckily for the former EVO champion, he doesn’t have to wait long for his revenge as the tournament is scheduled for March 12-13.
As for Sparg0, he managed to emerge victorious at the Smash Summit and claim his first-ever major tournament win. The day after, he won the G4 Invitational, showing he’s the man to beat in the smash scene for the moment.
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