Nairoby 'Nairo' Quezada Kicks Off Smash Masters League with Battle for Vegas Win

The Smash Masters League is underway, as the Esports Arena Las Vegas played home to the Battle for Vegas. And Nairo christened the new venue by crushing any Bayonetta that stood in his way.

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The Smash Masters League has kicked off in style from Sin City. The first major event held from the new Esports Arena Las Vegas is in the books, with the Battle for Vegas playing home to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's best players. After an intense weekend of action, Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada defeated Leonardo "MkLeo" Perez to come away with first place.

Nairo overcame some intense challenges over the course of the Top 8, with the latest one coming from Leo's Bayonetta. But Nairo and his Zero Suit Samus quickly settled down and swept all three games to win the series and the tournament from the winner's side of the bracket.

The Smash Masters League was announced earlier this year as a year-long global circuit for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee. The League will hold events throughout the year across several continents, leading up to the Las It now potentially stands to be the last major circuit for Smash 4, as a new Super Smash Bros. is expected to release on Nintendo Switch later this year. In fact, Nintendo is set to hold a Smash Invitational at this year's E3, where the new game will likely be on display. Nairo made his case to be among the invitees in his post-game interview.

"Invite me, y'all!" Nairo said in an aside. "Invite me! I don't know if y'all been inviting people, but invite me!"

For his first place victory, Nairo walks away with $12,500 and now sits at the top of the Smash Masters League global leaderboard.

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