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William Peter Hjelte
Leffen in 2018
Personal information
Born (1994-10-16) 16 October 1994 (age 26)
Nickname(s)The God Slayer
Career information
Current teamTeam SoloMid, Red Bull
GamesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
Project M
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Career prize money$79,488.55
Career history
2015–presentTeam SoloMid
2016–2018Red Bull
Career highlights and awards
  • EVO champion (2018)
  • SSC champion (2015, 2019)
  • CEO champion (2015)
  • DreamHack champion
  • 2× B.E.A.S.T champion
  • 2× GOML champion (2016, 2017)

William Peter Hjelte (born 16 October 1994), better known as Leffen, is a Swedish professional gamer who competes in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In Melee, Hjelte plays the character Fox, and is considered one of the best players in the world, having been ranked as one of the top six Melee players in the world every year since 2014.[1] Hjelte is the first of two players to have beaten each of the "Five Gods" of Melee—Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, Joseph "Mango" Marquez, Adam "Armada" Lindgren, Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, and Kevin "PPMD" Nanney—in a tournament set and was also the first person outside the "Five Gods" to win a major tournament since 2010 when he did so in 2015.[2] Hjelte has won several major Melee tournaments, including EVO 2018, Super Smash Con 2015 and 2019 and Community Effort Orlando 2015. He is sponsored by Team SoloMid.


Leffen in 2017

Hjelte started playing Super Smash Bros. in 2009, when he was introduced to Super Smash Bros. Melee. He initially started as a Yoshi and Falco player before switching to Fox.[3] Leffen feels that he made the gradual switch from Falco to Fox because he views Falco as requiring more discipline and Fox being more suited to his play style.[3]

He placed 9th in the Swedish national tournament B.E.A.S.T 2 within his first year of playing Melee.[4] Throughout 2014 Leffen began placing highly in tournaments and defeating the top five Melee players regularly. Prior to EVO 2014, Joe Cribari of Nintendo Enthusiast listed Leffen among the three "underdogs" with the greatest chance to win the tournament.[5] He finished 9-12th at EVO 2014.

In VGBootCamp's Apex 2015 Salty Suite, Hjelte defeated Kashan "Chillin" Khan in a first-to-five set without dropping a single game.[6] Because of this, Hjelte has the "rights" to use Fox's default color.[7][8] Joseph "Mango" Marquez subsequently challenged Hjelte to a US$1,000 money match if they were to face-off in the Apex Singles bracket. Hjelte would in turn beat Mango when they played in Winners' Semifinals.[8] After defeating Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman at Apex 2015 in singles bracket, Hjelte has taken at least one set off each of the "five gods" of Melee. Hjelte ultimately finished third in Apex 2015 Melee singles.[9]

On 9 March, Hjelte was signed by Team SoloMid as its first player on their Super Smash Bros. division, as well as their first fighting game player.[10] In the aftermath of his Apex 2015, Leffen is now viewed as being on par with the Melee gods.[3] The melee community often debates Leffen's exact title with regards to the Melee gods. Some say that due to his ability to beat all of the gods he is officially considered one of the gods, while others state that the term Melee God refers to players who were dominant for a period of time from 2008 to 2014 and that Leffen instead fits the title of Godslayer better. It is due to this division in the melee community that most analysts and commentators refer to the Melee Gods and Leffen as the Big Six, with Leffen being the person who officially ended the era of the gods.[citation needed] At CEO 2015 in Orlando, Florida, Leffen won his first American major, defeating Armada. He placed 5th at EVO 2015 later that year, despite being a favorite to win. He was upset by Panda Global's Justin "Plup" McGrath who played Samus.[11] Melee it on Me ranked Leffen as the 2nd best player in the world in their summer 2015 mid-season rankings.[12] Leffen was barred from entering the United States just before The Big House 5 tournament because he was travelling on an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and employed by US-based Team SoloMid.[13]

On 16 February 2016 Leffen became sponsored by Red Bull as an official Red Bull Athlete.[14] As of 2018, he was no longer with Red Bull.

On 29 April 2016 Leffen announced that his Form I-129 petition to obtain a visa had been denied by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.[15] On 4 May 2016 it was initially announced that Team SoloMid was able to secure a P1 Visa for Leffen so he can be able to attend US-based tournaments throughout July which includes EVO 2016. TSM is working on extending this visa for the long term.[16] However, 14 July Leffen announced that he had run into additional delays in the visa approval process and would miss EVO.[17] Finally, on 3 October, Leffen's visa was approved, allowing him to compete in US-based tournaments again, in time for The Big House 6, a year after his deportation.[18] In August 2018, Leffen won Evo 2018, defeating Armada 3–0 in grand finals to claim the trophy.[19]

Other games[edit]

Hjelte has competed in fighting games including Dragon Ball FighterZ, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and The King of Fighters XIII. In an interview with EventHubs prior to Apex 2015, he suggested he might play Guilty Gear Xrd on his Twitch stream after Apex 2015 concluded.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Hjelte is Korean-Swedish; his father was adopted from South Korea and his mother is Swedish.[21] Hjelte says his family does not regularly follow Korean cultural traditions.[21]

Leffen has stated his goal is not to just be the best Super Smash Bros player, but the best fighting game player.[22]


Leffen is a controversial figure in the Super Smash Bros. community, where he has been called a "villain" due to acts of bad sportsmanship, including insults targeting other players and online forum posts inciting drama.[23][24][25] He was banned from attending tournaments in Sweden and from SmashBoards for much of 2013 because of these reasons.[23] The accusations against Leffen were contained in a Zip file called "evidence.zip".[26]

Notable tournament placings[edit]


Tournament[27] Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
B.E.A.S.T 7–9 January 2011 9th 13th AJP
GENESIS 2 15–17 July 2011 17th 13th AJP
B.E.A.S.T II 10–14 August 2011 4th 5th AJP
Apex 2012 6–8 January 2012 33rd 25th Zoler
Epita Smash Arena 5 20–23 April 2012 5th 2nd Fuzzyness
Smashers' Reunion: Melee Grande 13–15 July 2012 3rd 2nd Dr. PeePee
King Funk's Castle II: Måske 4–7 October 2012 3rd 2nd Ice
Apex 2013 11–13 January 2013 17th 5th Ice
EVO 2013 12–14 July 2013 9th 5th Ice
Apex 2014 17–19 January 2014 4th 9th Dr. PeePee
B.E.A.S.T 4 12–16 February 2014 1st 2nd Ice
Republic of Fighters 3 17–18 May 2014 1st 2nd Fuzzyness
MLG Anaheim 2014 20–22 June 2014 5th 5th Hax
EVO 2014 11–13 July 2014 9th 3rd Ice
COMEBACK I 1–3 August 2014 2nd 1st Beat
Hit & Stun Tournament 2 6–7 September 2014 3rd 2nd Ice
The Big House 4 4–5 October 2014 3rd 3rd Hax
DrommeLAN 4.0 7–9 November 2014 2nd 2nd Ice
B.E.A.S.T 5 9–11 January 2015 1st 2nd Ice
Paragon 2015 17–18 January 2015 3rd 3rd MacD
Apex 2015 30 January – 1 February 2015 3rd 3rd Ice
I'm Not Yelling 11–12 April 2015 3rd 1st MacD
Press Start 9–10 May 2015 9th 2nd MacD
CEO 2015 26–28 June 2015 1st 2nd HungryBox
FC Smash 15XR: Return 4–5 July 2015 1st
WTFox 10–11 July 2015 1st 2nd Mango
EVO 2015 17–19 July 2015 5th
Super Smash Con 6–9 August 2015 1st 1st MacD
PAX Prime 2015 28–30 August 2015 2nd 1st MacD
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 5–6 September 2015 5th
HTC Throwdown 2015 9 September 2015 1st
Eclipse 14–15 November 2015 2nd 2nd Ice
DreamHack Winter 2015 26–28 November 2015 9th 5th Ice
The Come Up 2016 23 April 2016 1st
Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo 29 April – 1 May 2016 7th 2nd Hungrybox
Get On My Level 2016 20–22 May 2016 1st 3rd Hungrybox
DreamHack Summer 2016 18–19 June 2016 1st
The Big House 6 7–9 October 2016 17th
Smash Summit 3 3–6 November 2016 9th 3rd Mafia
UGC Open 2-4 December 2016 4th[28] 2nd[29] Ice[29]
Don't Park on the Grass 17–18 December 2016 1st 4th Ice
GENESIS 4 20-22 January 2017 5th 2nd Ice
EVO 2017 14–16 July 2017 9th
Smash Summit 5 2-5 November 2017 3rd 1st Armada
EVO 2018 03-5 August 2018 1st
Smash Summit 8 15 June 2019 3rd 4th Trif
Super Smash Con 2019 10-11 August 2019 1st
Shine 2019 24-25 August 2019 5th
GENESIS 7 24-16 January 5th

Dragon Ball FighterZ[edit]

Tournament Date Placement
WNF 2018 Season 4.17 21–22 March 2018 1st
Brussels Challenge Major Edition 7–8 April 2018 2nd
Combo Breaker 2018 25–27 May 2018 13th
Smash'N'Splash 4 1–3 June 2018 1st
Summit of Power 8–10 June 2018 9th
CEO 2018 29 June - 1 July 2018 9th
EVO 2018 3–5 August 2018 33rd

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
King Funk's Castle II: Måske 4–7 October 2012 2nd 1st Fuzzyness
Apex 2014 17–19 January 2014 9th
B.E.A.S.T 4 12–16 February 2014 3rd
COMEBACK I 1–3 August 2014 2nd
Hit & Stun Tournament 2 6–7 September 2014 2nd
The Big House 4 4–5 October 2014 33rd
DrommeLAN 4.0 7–9 November 2014 2nd
B.E.A.S.T 5 9–11 January 2015 4th

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
DrommeLAN 4.0 7–9 November 2014 1st

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
B.E.A.S.T 5 9–11 January 2015 3rd

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3[edit]

Tournament Date Placement
Republic of Fighters 3 19 May 2014 7th

Ultra Street Fighter IV[edit]

Tournament Date Placement
The Call of Ragnarok 25–26 September 2015 13th


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