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Sonix defeats MKLeo to win Cr1tikal & Alpharad’s Smash Ultimate major

Published: 3/May/2020 10:49 Updated: 3/May/2020 20:04

by Michael Kelly

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Smash pro ‘Sonix’ was victorious at the first major of ‘The Quarantine Series’, bringing home $4,000 of the $10,000 pot.

This tournament was the first official major in a set of online brackets hosted by popular community content creators Jacob ‘Alpharad’ Rabon and Charlie ‘Cr1tikal’ White.

In stark contrast to last week’s Pound Online tournament, which played host to over 5,100 entrants, this week’s major was an invite-only event that featured 128 of the best players from the professional scene.

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Sonix defeated MkLeo in the tournament’s Grand Finals

En route to his tournament victory, Sonix defeated notable names such as Team SoloMid’s Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey.

In the Grand Finals, Sonix defeated longtime top-tier Smash player Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Lopez. This marked his first-ever win over MkLeo despite the both of them entering in several tournaments together since the professional Smash scene moved online.

And while a victory in an online setting might pale in comparison to an in-person win, the talent at this tournament still rivaled that of any S-tier supermajor.

Next week, the online scene is going to open back up to the entire community as Smash legend Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma will be hosting a 8,192 entrant tournament in partnership with New York Jets star Le’Veon Bell.

This announcement comes in tandem with the recent news that EVO 2020 is going to be moving into an online format, leaving the Smash Ultimate community without its most recognizable tournament this year.

Keep in mind that most tournament organizers are making an effort to move their events online in wake of the ongoing global situation. EVO is expected to join other Smash majors in an attempt to be played by way of the internet later this year.

While the Smash community transitions into online play, it’s not like there’s a lack of tournaments to choose from. If anything, the sudden shift to online is making the game more accessible as a whole, considering that entry to a large majority of these events is completely free.

Although there’s a gaping hole where in-person Smash tournaments used to be, that’s not to say that there still isn’t a decent amount of content to find, and WiFi tournaments to play in. Now more than ever, the Smash community is at its easiest to get into.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.