After a 54-tournament win streak, the best Super Smash Bros. 4 player finally falls - Nairo defeats ZeRo at MLG World Finals

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 19, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. PDT

So, a lot of people have been wondering if ZeRo was ever going to lose a tournament... Well, that day has finally come.


Now, a player revered as the best in any game losing a tournament generally isn't a huge deal. It's big, sure, but to understand the magnitude of the events that transpired at the MLG World Finals this weekend, we'll need a bit of back story.

Gonzalo "TSM|ZeRo" Barrios is easily the most dominant player in Super Smash Bros. Wii U ever. Not only does he consistently create educational Smash Wii content, but this Sheik/Diddy Kong player hasn't lost a singles tournament since November 2014.

In fact, ZeRo has been on a 54-tournament win streak since that time last year, taking 1st in 54 out of the 56 singles events he's entered since the Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 last year. He had a close call back at The Big House 5 -- getting 2-0'd in pools -- but he battled back in losers and won the entire thing.

However, this weekend something incredible happened: the king was finally dethroned. Nairoby “Liquid|Nairo” Quezada, arguably the 2nd best in Smash 4, defeated ZeRo.

You can check out the final moment of the tournament below.


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The MLG World Finals event was definitely Nairo's time to shine. Using his trademark Zero Suit Samus and battling from the losers side, Nairo managed to reset the bracket by defeating ZeRo 3-2.

In the final set of the entire tournament, Nairo decided that one good turn deserves another and beat ZeRo again, albeit more convincingly. With a 3-1 victory, Nairo solidified his place in Smash 4 history by being the first to take out the best player on the scene and went home with a nice chunk of change -- $4,000 USD, to be exact. After the tournament, ZeRo took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the loss. It's clear that Barrios is humble in defeat, congratulating his fellow Smasher in his time of victory.

As for Nairo? This tweet really says it all.

Source: 1, 2, and 3. Via Kotaku.
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