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MKLeo joins T1 as organization expands Smash, fighting game rosters

Published: 27/Feb/2020 2:25

by Andrew Amos


Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez has found a new home at T1, with the South Korean organization on the hunt to expand their rosters in Smash Ultimate and other fighting game titles.

MKLeo has joined one of esports’ most storied organizations in T1, with the top-ranked Smash Ultimate player bolstering the team’s FGC presence.

The announcement comes after the Joker main’s miraculous lower bracket run at Frostbite over the weekend, where he swept the grand final 6-0 to get back to his winning ways after Genesis 7.

T1 announced the move on Twitter on February 26. “We’re proud to strengthen our North American presence and continue our winning legacy with this superstar on our side,” the organization said.

“I will keep trying my best to keep pushing the Ultimate meta and get all those tourney wins,” MKLeo added. “This is just the beginning of a lot of great things with my new family.”

MKLeo is the hottest prospect in Smash right now. The Smash Ultimate god has won two Smash Ultimate Summits, Super Smash Con, EVO 2019, CEO 2019, and MomoCon 2019 all in the last two months.

He hasn’t placed lower than second in a singles event since May 2019, with 12 wins and 4 runner-up placings since Get On My Level 2019. He’s one of the most flexible players in Smash, but has found himself a main in Joker since the fighter’s release last year.

He is at the top of the Smash Ultimate power rankings for good reason, and now with the backing of one of esports’ most storied orgs, he will be looking to continue breaking records at the top.

T1 signed Jason ‘ANTi’ Bates back in April 2019 as their first foray into the Smash scene. The Mario main was one of Smash 4’s top players, but has failed to find form in Ultimate, with his most recent finish being a 17-24th place at EVO Japan.

With a number of free agents on the market though, T1 has the opportunity to really expand their FGC lineup.

Dominique ‘SonicFox’ McLean announced their free agency yesterday, and with their former Echo Fox companion now joining T1, the duo combining again isn’t too far out of the equation.

MKLeo hasn’t revealed where he’s going to play next, but it’s likely he will be on the bracket at CEO Dreamland 2020 to defend his 2019 title on March 13-15.


Ludwig protests Nintendo with Smash Melee charity tournament

Published: 23/Nov/2020 2:24 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 4:19

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Ludwig is one of the many pillars in the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene who were shocked and appalled by Nintendo’s decision to shut down The Big House, and he’s decided to host a charity tournament to protest against them.

Ludwig Ahgren is a popular streamer in his own right. However, he started as a competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee player and found even more success as a commentator.

Naturally, that means he’s knee-deep in the community and one of the many fans and players who were outraged by Nintendo’s decision to shut down The Big House with a cease and desist order.

Nintendo was within their rights to demand a cease and desist due to the use of a third-party tool, Slippi. It’s used to streamline the competitive experience by integrating a built-in matchmaking feature in addition to other tweaks and improvements.

Still, many believe it was a tone-deaf decision that delegitimized the entire event. The community has expressed their dissatisfaction on social media ever since. Now, Ludwig is about to take it a step further.

Ludwig Super Smash Bros Melee
Ludwig has done it all, from competing and commentating to entertaining and streaming.

Ludwig has decided to host a charity tournament to protest against Nintendo. He’s even using money out of his pocket and donations on his stream to fund it.

“All donations for the next month will be going toward the prize pool for LACS 3: Charity Edition,” he said.

“I am also pledging $10,000 towards the event. Let’s make it one of the biggest tourneys of all time. If you cannot donate, just spread the word.”

It didn’t take long for others to hop on board and offer their support. Ludwig was proud to say they’ve already almost tripled the funds from his initial donation.

“Including the $10,000 I’m donating, we’ve already raised $27,555 for this tourney,” said Ludwig. It’s already one of the biggest prize-pools ever, with all proceeds going towards charity.

It goes to show how passionate and dedicated the Smash Bros. Melee competitive community is.

In the end, they’re willing to fight the good fight, even if it means rising against the hand that feeds them.

Nintendo still hasn’t responded or softened their stance on the issue, and they technically don’t have to. However, it could hurt them in the long run.