The world’s best Super Smash Bros. 4 player calls it quits
ZeRo hits number 1 and exits the tournament scene.
While no one was surprised when Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios was revealed to be the top-ranked player in the Panda Global rankings, the announcement that he would be taking a break from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has shocked the community.
In a tweet from ZeRo, he outlines how he has lost the passion for the game, “I just don’t have that ‘fire’ that I used to have for Smash 4.”
While only 22 years old, ZeRo has been the top contender in the scene for some time now. With a 78% win rate, ZeRo has been destroying the competition with his Donkey Kong Jr main.
Along with the release of PGRv4 I am also announcing the future of my competitive journey in Smash 4. I've attached 3 more pictures to this tweet which contain my letter to the Smash community.
I did my very best for as long as I could.
Thank you so much for all your support. pic.twitter.com/JVNBh3rqRW
— 『 ZeRo 』 (@TSMZeRo) January 12, 2018
“It’s strictly competing,” wrote Barrios, "like in highly stressful tournaments and super competitive rankings that I’m moving away from.”
The pro has stated that he will not be retiring forever as he still intends on returning to the game in the future. He will most likely return with the next version of the game, with Smash rumoured to be releasing on the Switch down the line. While he has given up playing in tournaments, his streams and YouTube account will still be continuing. He has also expressed interest in guest commentating or making an appearance at competitions.
In the meantime, Barrios has a few ideas to fill his days: writing a book, taking better care of himself or maybe learning a third language. After working so hard to become the best, he deserves some downtime.
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