16-year-old Smash Ultimate prodigy Sparg0 discusses his evolution from wifi warrior to fighting for FaZe in an exclusive interview.
Sixteen-year-old Smash Ultimate prodigy Edgar ‘Sparg0’ Valdez has become one of the top players in the world. Dexerto spoke to the Mexican Cloud main to discuss his journey from quarantine wifi hell to signing with FaZe and making his childhood dream a reality.
MKLeo, who is considered to still be the best in the world, is also who Sparg0 views as his top rival, even more so than Light.
“I would say my one and only rival is MKLeo, because he has always been the player to beat, not only for me, but for practically everyone, so being so close in sets and games against him really motivates me to improve.”
That rivalry, however, is a productive one, with Sparg0 grateful for having a mentor in his fellow Mexico native.
“He has always been a huge inspiration and support for me, so being rivals and friends I believe it’s a healthy and competitive relationship,” he praised.
After his loss at Genesis, the Cloud phenom did not have to wait long to claim his first tournament as a member of FaZe, winning Low Tide City with an impressive losers’ run.
On the way, he ended up switching off his Cloud to run Pyra/Mythra, something he has worked into his repertoire.
“Some matchups are just pretty hard or annoying to play against as Cloud, so that’s when I have to pick Pyra/Mythra,” he explained. “For example, the Palu matchup is kind of annoying to play as Cloud, but it’s actually a really easy matchup as Pythra, which is what I showed when I played against Lui$. Same for Zomba.”
His win at Low Tide City has also lifted a weight off his shoulders, suggesting that the pressure is now off and he can play without added stress.
“It felt so relieving since I honestly felt kind of pressured to perform well since it was my first tournament competing under FaZe (not counting Genesis) but I’m really happy I was able to get the win.”
Even though Smash Ultimate is completed as a game, with Sora being the final DLC fighter, like many, Sparg0 hopes that Nintendo will decide to keep adding content and keep Ultimate thriving instead of opting for another title.
“I would rather have new patches and more fighters than a new Smash game,” Valdez said. “I really like the mechanics and gameplay from this game, and I believe the metagame from the game has yet to develop, so more patches or fighters would make the game more interesting.”
Despite wanting new fighters, he isn’t sure who he would add from gaming’s plethora of candidates as he’s already gotten his most-requested character.
“The only character I ever wanted in Smash was Steve and he got in so I don’t think I want any specific character in Smash for now, haha,” he said, laughing.
Feature-wise, Sparg0 is content with what Ultimate has to offer, but if there was one addition he wants, it would be the return of the perfect pivot, something he believes would be good for the meta.
With even more big tournaments in the future and the Smash World Tour up for grabs, Sparg0 has a chance to become the top player in the world. While many fans of Smash have awful memories about the online period, it has led to the rise of Sparg0 and other elite talents.FaZe Sparg0 interview: From wifi warrior to Smash Ultimate superstar View Story