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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
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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.

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Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
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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
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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.

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