With the Smash Summit 11 event wrapping up, Beyond the Summit is gearing up for their next big event. The next Summit event will center around the Smash Bros. Ultimate community. Smash Ultimate Summit 3 kicks off during the last weekend of August. Just like previous iterations, Smash Ultimate Summit 3 is a 16-player invitational. Also like previous Summit’s, this event will feature a mix of invited players based on tournament results as well as invited players based on voting.
On July 30th, details emerged on who the first players to be invited to the prestigious event were. Also, opt-ins for the voting portion started.
The invited players
Among the players competing are the usual suspects like T1’s Leonardo Lopez “Mkleo” Perez, TSM’s Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey, and Team Liquid’s Samuel “Dabuzz” Robert Buzby. Also joining them are Genesis 7 winner Panda Global’s Tyler “Marss” Martins and Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís . Maister climbed all the way to No. 6 in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic according to the PGRU Fall 2019 list. Maister also played at the second Smash Ultimate Summit where he placed fourth.
Also on the list are two Japanese players. Sota “Zachray” Okada and Kengo “KEN” Suzukiare will make their first appearances in North America since the pandemic began. KEN has been a force in the Japanese Smash Ultimate scene since the game came out, but has recently been even better in 2021. In a field of over 200 of Japan’s best Ultimate players, KEN took first place at the Smash World Tour Japan Online Qualifier. Before the pandemic, Zachray was the highest ranking player from the Japanese region on the Fall 2019 PGRU where he slotted in at seventh in the world.
Smash Summit qualifiers
Outside of these seven players are two players who weren’t initially invited, but earned their spots through qualification. Edgar “SpargO” Valdez who has been ranked as the best player in the Covid-19 online era, earned his spot from the online tournament, Collision Online 2021. In that event, SpargO managed to 6-0 Maister in the grand finals. The other player joining SpargO is Rasheen “Darkwizzy” Rose . Darkwizzy’s case is a little different. He originally won Phantom 2020, which was one of the last in-person events before the pandemic. This tournament was a Smash Ultimate Summit 3 qualifier event. The pandemic delayed the original date for Smash Ultimate Summit 3 by over a year. Regardless, Darkwizzy’s original invite is still valid.
The remaining players will fight it out through classic Summit voting campaigns. Stay tuned to Upcomer for more details as they become available.