The potential final appearance of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at an Evo event ended with a new king.
Texas-born Bharat “Lima” Chintapall, an outsider going into this event, won the Wii U title at Evo 2018 last night by defeating one of the best Bayonetta players, Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth, twice.
Lima remained undefeated for the majority of the tournament and beat CaptainZack first in the winner finals, sending him down to losers bracket to face off against Japan’s Yuta “Nietono” Uejima—another player who overperformed at the event. But CaptainZack easily defeated his opponent in three straight sets to set up a rematch with Lima in the grand finals
CaptainZack finally ended Lima’s undefeated streak in the grand finals to reset the bracket, setting up an intense final bout between the two Bayonetta players who both showed off just how powerful the character was throughout the entire event.
In the final game of the day, however, Lima proved to be the better Bayonetta player as he finished off CaptainZack 3-1 to take the title.
The Bayonetta mirror match in the grand finals of Evo didn’t sit well with the community, though—a good number of people chose to leave their seats and stop spectating when Nietono, the last non-Bayonetta player in the top three, got eliminated.
Bayonetta is considered to be a controversial character by part of the community—and many fans want her banned from future events. Many pro players have also weighed in on the subject in the past, but some of them are against banning a single character.
Regardless of your opinion on Bayonetta, however, this could have potentially been the last time that players get to see Smash Bros. Wii U at an Evo event since Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch will be released at the end of the year.
Super Smash Bros. Melee is the only legacy Smash Bros. title that’s still featured in esports due to its wide popularity over the past decade. It’s likely, therefore, that Lima is the final Wii U champion at Evo.