This time it’s the right one. Third in the EVO in 2019, finalist in the CEO in 2021 and in the Genesis – the equivalent of the Worlds on Super Smash Bros Ultimate – Just a week ago, Frenchman William “Glutonny” Belaïd won the Pound overnight from Sunday to Monday in Laurel (Maryland, near Washington DC). His first tournament won in the United States, where almost the entire professional circuit of the game takes place. Never has a European player achieved such a feat.
But the player from the Touraine Solary club has been on an upward slope for months. Untouchable in France and Europe, he trained his compatriots to beat him so that he could progress at home and thus become a threat to the best in the world. His performance at Genesis was just a taste.
In Laurel, in the play-offs of the tournament, Glutonny successively sent Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby (United States), an opponent against whom he regularly struggled to find solutions, into the loser bracket of a double elimination tree, Leonardo “MkLeo ” Lopez Perez (Mexico), the world No. 1 who had defeated him in the final a week earlier, and Paris “Light” Ramirez (United States), one of the best players on the planet too. Again opposed to MkLeo in the grand final, Glutonny got rid of him this time after an epic encounter (1-3, 3-2).
“ It was my dream to reach a grand final against MkLeo and I did it. I am too happy. The next step is to beat it
“, he tweeted only seven days ago about the best player in the world, to whom he is very close. It only took him a week to get there.