Mew2King on MKLeo’s Riptide win: “I think people tend to overestimate the characters they use”
Super Smash Bros. pro Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman Melee, had a lot to say after watching the incredible final between Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez and Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey.
MKLeo defended his Super Smash Bros. Most Valuable Player title. Ultimate in the world by defeating Tweek at Riptide. As he started 1-1, MKLeo quickly started to ramp up, becoming nearly unstoppable. In the last game, MKLeo stocked up three Tweeks and took the win almost effortlessly.
Mew2King seemed most interested in which fighter MKLeo chose to use throughout the match. Against Diddy Kong and Sephiroth of Tweek, MKLeo stayed with Byleth. Mew2King said MKLeo’s victory proved “how balanced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is”.
“This character is probably mid/high level,” Mew2King tweeted, “and if Leo wasn’t piloting them I think people would consider Byleth mid level. people don’t think so.”
Mew2King explained that the main reason MKLeo and other high-level players excel with fighters that aren’t considered S-level is because of their fundamental understanding of the game. Mew2King pointed out how successful top players are. in online and offline tournaments with a variety of characters, which he thinks players can’t do without “all-round intelligence and skill”.
For Mew2King, it’s not that MKLeo, Sparg0, and Tweek fighters actually use better than people think. In fact, people often “overestimate” the characters used by players. In fact, the biggest factor that allows top players to win tournaments with mid-level players is the pros’ overall abilities as competitors.
This led Mew2King to this conclusion: “Guys, you can probably win with your favorite character. Level gaps aren’t as big in this game as other Smash games in my opinion.”
The Smash community found Mew2King’s insight to be quite accurate. Others have noted that the community has been quick to say that the best fighters used by the best pros are great instead of acknowledging the greatness of the best pros.
For example, Pyra and Mythra were highly regarded in Smash due to MKLeo’s high rankings in tournaments with the Xenoblade Chronicles duo. But Pyra & Mythra might not be as high end as people say. Instead, MKLeo is so good at the game that he can use just about anyone and get a good placement in a Major Smash tournament.
Still, other members of the Smash community felt Byleth’s nair was “one of the best in the game”, which gave MKLeo an edge. But some players disagreed, stating that Byleth is still mid-level even after MKLeo’s performance.
Lesson? Play the character you want. Don’t play a character just because MKLeo or Sparg0 have mastered them and won a tournament with them. Instead, focus on your favorite character and their playstyle, practice with them, and learn the game inside and out. Having a better understanding of your chosen character and Smash in general is ultimately what will help you place in tournaments.