MkLeo will go back to playing as a counterpicker

Jan 29 2020 2 min read
Image credit: Li Hoang via Genesis

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Leonardo “MKLeo” Lopez was undoubtedly the best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player in 2019. His number one placing at most of the year’s top-tier events is a dead giveaway, which also led to him taking the top spot on the Fall 2019 PGRU.  

MkLeo dominated the scene using the Person 5 guest character, Joker, but it looks like 2020 has something different in store for us all. At last week’s Genesis 7 event, he lost to Panda Global’s Tyler "Marss" Martins in the Grand Finals with a 0-3 scoreline, his first tournament of the year. MkLeo also lost to Marss and his partner, Paris "Light" Ramirez of Rouge in the Doubles Grand Finals as well. Light and Marss fought their way through the Losers Bracket to force a 3-2 reset and then secure the win with a 3-1 set. 

Following that event, the Joker main decided to change up his strategy and go back to how he used to play in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which is as a counter picker. He won’t be dropping Joker anytime soon, but he will be adding two more characters to his lineup. No confirmations yet, but in his tweet, he mentioned that Byleth and Mr. Game & Watch are in consideration. 

Before his solo act with Joker, MkLeo used to play Lucina, Ike, Marth, and Chrom. However, he has occasionally gone back to using Marth at tournaments. Picking Byleth as a possible pick is an interesting move, considering the fan backlash and how new the character is.  

With Frostbite 2020 about a month away, MkLeo has a bit of time to settle on his new picks. Frostbite will take place from February 21-23 in Detroit.  


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