How Leffen Became the God Slayer of Smash Melee - Dexerto

How Leffen Became the God Slayer of Smash Melee

Published: 20/Jul/2020 13:25 Updated: 20/Jul/2020 13:26

by Shane King


In Smash Melee history, five players are immortalized in the pantheon of the game as the Five Gods: Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma, Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman, Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren, Joseph ‘Mango’ Marquez, and Kevin ‘PPMD’ Nanney. Though William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte has taken them down. 

These players were beyond the mere mortals that surrounded them, and for a long time were rarely defeated except by one another. Until Leffen came around, that is.


After a tumultuous start to his Melee career, where he had to overcome being banned for toxicity, Leffen would grind his way up the ladder to earn his chance against the Gods. At first, he mastered Falco, and later on Fox as his mains.

In the game his skill was undeniable. One by one, the Gods fell before him, and in bringing down these deities, he himself ascended became a star. His legend was cemented at Apex 2015 when he defeated Mew2King to become the first person to take down all five Gods.


This is the story of how one man took out a pantheon of gods and became the God-Slayer of Smash Melee.


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.