Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios proved why he’s a champion after taking down second place winner Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad in a sweep in the 2017 CEO Dreamland competition.
Mr. R was strong coming into the finals after defeating 2016 Super Smash Con champion Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada with his Sheik (Legend of Zelda). He’s last challenge was ZeRo who is a household name in the fighting game. He has a list of championships including EVO 2015 and CEO 2015. He was even personally invited by Nintendo when the Smash 4 title was released for the Wii U.
During their match, ZeRo’s Diddy Kong was too fast and strong for Mr. R’s Cloud (Final Fantasy) and his Lucina (Fire Emblem). The match seems like is was mostly paws and banana peels being thrown everywhere. It was the final moments of the match that made you go “what just happened?”
ZeRo’s Diddy Kong proved that the character didn’t miss a beat following a patch that made him less powerful than before upon release of the game in 2014. But with every side B attack, dodge, and edge guard, Diddy Kong and ZeRo were like the Dora and Boots of Smash Bros.
The best part of the competition were not just the matches themselves, but the sportsmanship between the two players in the finals. Before each of the matches, they would give a respective fist dab. It is a sign of respect in competitive gaming for players to show that they’re friends and having fun.
Although he didn’t make it to the final match, an honorary mention goes to Nairo who gave an impressive performance and can be deemed as the comeback kid as he fought through two other opponents with a 3-2 win with his Zero Suit Samus (Metroid) before he battled Mr. R.
These matches are not just enjoyable but can be used as training clips to those who are looking to become the next ZeRo or Mr. R. Players can study combos and gameplay, especially if they main Diddy, Lucina, or Cloud. Now with CEO over, ZeRo will be headed to his next competition Dreamhack Austin April 28. He ended the weekend at No. 1 from 376 participants in singles and number one in doubles along with third place winner Nairo.
Now with CEO over, ZeRo will be headed to his next competition Dreamhack Austin April 28. He ended the weekend at No. 1 from 376 participants in singles and number one in doubles along with third place winner Nairo.