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Sparg0 Wins Luminosity Makes Moves 2023


Luminosity Gaming, a professional Esports organization with teams in multiple games such as Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Rainbow Six Siege. Ultimate, hosted their first Super Smash Bros. tournament, Luminosity Makes Moves Miami. The tournament was formally known as Let’s Make Moves Miami. The event was hosted and organized by Even Matchup Gaming. 

Luminosity Makes Moves Miami ran from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29. Players who are sponsored by Luminosity Gaming such as Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez, Enrique “Maister” Hernandez, Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, and Dawson “Big D” Perron and their newest signee, Carlos “Sonix” Pérez.

Team Liquid’s Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby and Michael “Riddles” Kim were ready to prove their organization was the best. However, it would be FaZe Clans’ very own Edgar “Sparg0” Lopez, proving he was the best player in this tournament. 

Sparg0 fought his way into the top 8, to not much surprise, Sprag0 has long been considered the second-best player behind MkLeo. Despite his placing, 13th. Sparg0 had other fierce opponents such as Sonix and Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan. 

Winners Semi-Final: Sparg0 vs. Kola

The set kicked off between Sparg0’s Aegis and Kola’s Roy. Roy is a character known for his aggressive playstyle and being able not to let opponents breathe. Sparg0 is normally a cloud player but decided to play Aegis against Kola. Both characters are considered to be great characters so this set was a match of skill. 

Games 1 & 2

Game 1 started with the usual Roy tactics; smothering your opponent. Kola used Roy’s hitboxes to keep Sparg0 at a constant disadvantage and punish his aerial landings. He used his neutral airs and forward smashes to close out game 1. In game 2, Sparg0 was more careful about the buttons he pressed in the disadvantage state and decided that he would play more bait and punish and try to maximize his advantage state as long as possible. The tactic worked for Sparg0 as he was able to close out game 2 and tie up the set at 1-1.

Games 3 & 4:

Game 3 was a back-and-forth between the two players. Kola would take the first stock off a great tech chase and after some damage, Sparg0 would answer back with Pyra’s side b to kill Kola at 164 percent. Kola would use Roy’s frame data to quickly work through Sparg0’s second stock, giving Kola a whole stock advantage. However, that did not matter to Sparg0. Using Mythra’s mobility and Pyra’s high damage, he would juggle and chase Kola’s stock, leveling the field to exactly one stock a piece. It was not enough as Kola would use his mastery of tech chasing to punish Sparg0’s rolls and a whiffed grab from Sparg0 would get him punished by Kola’s back air to close out game 3.

Game 4 was perhaps the closest yet. Both players were wiping out each other’s stocks until it was one stock a piece, it looked like Kola just needed one good read or a jab into back air kill confirm to close it out but Sparg0 clutched up and made a highly risky play by sending Kola off stage and using his double jump, and swapping to Mythra, to finish off Kola. If Sparg0 had missed and not killed Kola, he would have lost due to a self-destruct.

Game 5:

This game 5 was incredibly explosive, keeping players and the audience on the edge of their seats, there was a variety of mixups, punishes, and mistakes made that got both players to a last-stock, last-game situation, where both players could push the advantage into a set win. That happened exactly, Sparg0 did not let up, juggling Kola and using Pyra’s long sword to catch Kola close to the top of the blast zone and close out game 5. This was an exciting and fast-paced set to watch, and it isn’t even Winners Finals. 

Winners Finals: Sonix vs. Sparg0

Game 1:

Sonix beat Dabuz in the Winners Semi-Finals to face Sparg0 in the Winners Final. Game 1 started well for Sparg0 as he applied a similar pressure against Kola with the great toolkit that Mythra and Pyra have. 

But game 2 was a different story as Sonix used Sonic’s incredible speed and spin dashes to punish and get kill confirms off Sparg0. Sonix used Sonic’s big forward smash hitbox to two-frame Sparg0’s recovery and get Sonix a game 2 win. 

Game 3:

Sparg0 got off to a rough start, Sonix kept edge-guarding Sparg0 and taking advantage of Aegis’ linear recoveries, getting him up two stocks against Sparg0. But Sparg0 was able to bounce back and get a strong dash attack against Sonix, to take his first stock and an off-stage air dodge read to spike his second stock away. 

In a last-hit situation, Sonix miraculously catches Sparg0’s high recovery and gets the kill of a trade with his back air. Putting it at set point for Sonix to secure a seat in the Grand Finals and at the very least second place.  

Game 4:

Sparg0 would take the first stock with Sonix firing right back. Sonix was down 60 percent but that didn’t matter as Sonix took Sparg0 from 0 percent to 181 percent and killed with a back throw. All while Sonix only receives an extra 9.4 percent. Although Sparg0 got Sonix to his last stock, a well-timed off-stage forward air would get Sonix the set win and one step closer to winning the entire tournament.

Losers Finals: Sparg0 vs Dabuz

FaZe Clan vs. Team Liquid. Despite going Aegis for the majority of his tournament run, Sparg0 decides on a Cloud swap against Dabuz. While opinions are mixed about Cloud, Sparg0 knows how to utilize the Cloud’s toolkit such as limit, which gives Cloud a chance to empower a move while gaining additional move speed while it is active. 

Game 1:

The game went to Sparg0, while it was a last-stock situation, Sparg0 got Dabuz to 150 percent while remaining at 0. Sparg0 played well into Dabuz’ Luma, getting it out of the way and alleviating some pressure to get his hits that would get him the stocks needed to win the game.

Game 2: 

Dabuz swapped to Min-Min but Sparg0 was trying to speedrun. Within 40 seconds, Sparg0 had already taken care of the first stock and was quickly working on the second one, which he eventually got about another 40 seconds later. 

Meanwhile, Sparg0 maintained his three stocks and was only at 59 percent but trying to cheese his opponent, he would gift his stock of his own accord. In an anti-climatic ending, Sparg0 just goes off stage catching Dabuz off guard and causing a missed tech into the stage. 

Game 3: 

Swapping back to Rosalina and Luma, Dabuz needs to steal some momentum away from Sparg0, however, it is too little too late. Sparg0 kept the same game plan and same zoning concept against Luma to confidently close out game 3 and sweep Dabuz, putting Sparg0 in the Grand Finals against Sonix. 

Grand Finals: The Rematch

After confidently beating Dabuz, Sparg0 now has a chance to beat Sonix and win it all, however, it is easier said than done as Sparg0 has to win two sets and Sonix only has to win one. It is a difficult challenge but one that has been done before. 

Game 1:

Because both players faced each other in the Winners Finals and locked in the same characters, the match’s pace went more or less the same as the previous set. However, Sparg0 was the one closing out the stocks and ultimately taking the first game.

Game 2: 

Sparg0 kept up high-damage combos and pressure to take Sonix’s first stock. Sonix answered right back by punishing a high horizontal recovery but would, unfortunately, waste all his resources and self-destruct at 0 percent, giving Sparg0 a free stock. 

As Sonix was getting very close to closing out Sparg0’s stock, forcing all the resources out of his belt and having to punish only one option, Sonix would miss the easy punishment, but would eventually get the stock. Sparg0 would close out the game due to Sonix dropping his shield prematurely and getting hit with the very last hit of the jab.

Game 3:

Set point for Sparg0, one more win would reset the bracket to a true final set and the winner of that would win it all. However, Sonix knew that better than anyone. Despite both players dancing and trying to land a hit, Sparg0 was at kill percent. A throw off-stage and landing the forward air he missed in game 2 would send this set to a fourth game.

Game 4:

The pressure was intense as Sparg0 wanted to reset the bracket and Sonix was looking to make a reverse sweep comeback.

A strong start from Sonix and a missed grab from Sparg0 would land Sonix the first kill. Unfortunately, for Sonix, a self-destruct would also land Sparg0 a kill. That didn’t stop Sonix as he was all over Sparg0, not letting him breathe and closing out the game with an edge guard from Sonic’s spring.

Game 5: 

The stakes are high. Either Sonix wins it all, or Sparg0 has to play another set against a fierce opponent. Both players went back and forth, as usual, but any small advantage could shift the momentum and lead a player to victory. 

Sparg0 was ahead with a  healthy lead and with Sonix at kill percent and Pyra’s strong attacks, Sonix had to dodge for his life. Sparg0 caught Sonix’s jump from the ledge and closed out the set, resetting the bracket and breathing a sigh of relief with a small pop-off. 

True Finals: The Reset

Game 1:

With the bracket reset, now it is do or die for both players. Game 1 went well for Sparg0 as he worked his way through Sonix’s stocks but Sonix would fall as he was at an incredibly high percent, and Pyra’s tool kit would kill with any move.

Game 2:

Game 2 was a display of patience and seeing who could land that first hit. Both players were able to take stock of the other. However Sparg0 had a good lead on the last stock, his 0 percent to Sonix’s 126 percent. Sonix would apply pressure and edge guard Sparg0 to kill him at 60 percent, robbing the game from Sparg0 and evening the set. 

Game 3:

Despite being robbed in the second game, Sparg0 remained focused as throughout the game he continued to get the stocks needed to keep Sonix practically one stock behind. This time there would be no robbery for Sonix as Sparg0 would punish an aerial on shield with Pyra’s up special.

Game 4:

Tournament point for Sparg0. It is visibly apparent just how much both players are trying their hardest to keep calm. Sonix decided on a map swap to Hollow Bastion and game 4 began. Unfortunately, after having his first stock taken, Sparg0 would accidentally buffer a side special and could not grab the ledge, giving away a stock. Sonix would close out the game in a three-stock, the first three-stock in both sets. 

Game 5:

Everything is on the line now, Sparg0 cannot let the previous game affect his mentality here. Sonix drew first blood, as a high-angled forward smash would catch Sparg0’s jump. Without taking too much damage, Sparg0 would eventually find the first stock off Sonix. 

The second set of stocks was much closer but it was Sonix taking the second stock first. However, Sparg0 caught Sonix’s spin attack off the ledge and brought it to a last-stock, last-game situation. 

Sparg0 kept the momentum going and put Sonix into kill percent, Sparg0 caught Sonix’s roll off the ledge, finished off the game, and won the tournament. After almost an hour of straight games, finally, a winner was declared. Sparg0 pulled off the comeback, if only slightly.

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