Smash Con: Fall Fest featured a Top 8 filled with intensity, drama, last-hit scenarios, plenty of game-5s, and of course, high-octane grand finals that saw Paris "Light" Ramirez take home his first career major against Edgar "Sparg0" Valdez.
Out of the 11 sets played during the Top 8, eight went the distance, suffice to say, excitement was aplenty, especially when Light took the centre stage, as he ended up playing a total of 28 games during his run.
The recently signed Moist Esports rep had to fight through steep competition, including Tyler "Marss" Martins, Kolawole "Kola" Aideyan, Jestise "MVD" Negron, and Enrique "Maister" Hernández on his way to grand finals, where he met 15-year-old prodigy Sparg0.
Expected to come out with his trusty Pyra/Mythra, Sparg0 decided to pull the rug under Light's feet by dusting off his Cloud, however, the Fox main was playing like a man on a mission, landing every tech chase, finding the correction option during every interaction, and eventually 3-0ing Sparg0 in the first set of grands.
After a moment to calm his nerves, Sparg0 came out swinging with Cloud during the bracket reset, quickly adapting to Light's fast-paced style, avoiding all the kill-confirm setups with relative ease, sadly for the young star, Light remain calm, often slowing down the tempo when needed, a trait rarely seen in such an explosive player, preferring to control centre stage and looking for non-forced errors, rather tan overcommitting.
Eventually, his new playstyle paid off, as Sparg0 was put against the ropes, and following a nailbiter last-hit last-stock game 5, Light cemented himself in Smash history.
2021 features plenty of majors still to be played, with Port Priority 6 the closest on the horizon at the end of October, with Light looking to prove those who still doubt he's more than just a one-tournament wonder.
Smash Con: Fall Fest Top 8 results
- 1st.- Light
- 2nd.- Sparg0
- 3rd.- Maister
- 4th.- MVD
- 5th.- Kola
- 5th.- Jakal
- 7th.- Marss
- 7th.- Tilde
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