MKLeo wins 2GGT ZeRo Saga, new $100,000 circuit announced

by Josh Bury Dec 19 2016
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Leonardo "MKLeo" Lopez Perez has won 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, defeating Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland, James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson and even Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios himself en route to the win.

Coming from the losers' side and playing mostly Marth, Leo reset the bracket in the Grand Finals against Larry Lurr with a 3-1 win, then took the final set 3-2.

The victory is Leo's first at an international major, and also represents the 15-year-old smasher's first series win over ZeRo, continuing the so-called "saga curse" — a player that a 2GGT Saga event is named for has never won their own tournament. Leo also got the salty runback against VoiD, who sent him to losers' in the first place.

Despite finishing fourth at his namesake event, ZeRo is still the most successful player at the 2GGT Saga events, having won the Fatality, ESAM, EE and Abadango sagas.

Larry Lurr, who finished second at ZeRo Saga with his loss to MKLeo, also has a legacy of success at saga events. He won the Mexico Saga in June 2016 and has been runner-up at four Saga events including ZeRo Saga.

Following the win, tournament organizers announced the new $100,000 2GG Championship Series, a Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament circuit that will be held in Southern California. Monthly tournaments will qualify first-place finishers for the Championship, to be held at the end of the year. Points will also be awarded for other placements at the monthlies, and the top 20 players on the leaderboard will qualify for the championship.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury is a news editor for theScore esports and, like most sentient beings, he has a Cloud. You can find him on Twitter.