Student by Day, Pro-Gamer by Night

Story by Jerry Green, staff reporter

A student attending CNM has not only managed to obtain an internship working with the Carson National Forest Hotshots (CNFH) for the summer while pursuing three degrees in fire science; Lorenzo Bachelor also entered himself into the MomoCon 2019 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament (SSBU).

Photo provided by Lorenzo Bachelor

MomoCon is an annual anime, video game and cosplay convention that takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, where some of the country’s top SSBU players gather to test the skills of one another to obtain the prize of $10,000. With his determination and love of the game, Bachelor believed that he had what it takes to win the tournament at MomoCon 2019 and planned to fly back to Albuquerque $10,000 richer.

After realizing that he wasn’t scheduled to start with the CNFH until early June, Bachelor decided to attend the SSBU tournament in Atlanta before having to report to the Hotshots for the remainder of his summer.

“What better way to start my summer than with 10k in my pocket and the pure adrenaline of working one of the most physically demanding jobs in New Mexico?” he said.

“Super Smash Bros. has always been a staple of my life since I was a kid playing on the GameCube,” he said.

Upon becoming more work-oriented later on in his life, he had to take a break from gaming and focus on his future.

While taking a prolonged break, Bachelor focused heavily on school and his three fire science degrees, which he is currently in the last semester of earning.

In a turn of events, Bachelor was approached in 2014 by a good friend of his who brought him back into the world of Super Smash Bros.

“I didn’t get back into gaming until my friend Koden convinced me and pretty much taught me the basics of strategy in the game, which helped me considerably,” he said.

Months after the game’s release, Lorenzo had “delicately balanced school and gaming” to receive an internship from the CNFH – a highly skilled and professional 20-person team that specializes in wildfire suppression and all-risk emergency situations.

Due to the sheer physical demand of this profession, interns are required to run 1.5 miles in ten minutes or less, do 40 sit-ups in 60 seconds and do a plethora of other challenging exercise requirements that will be expected upon attendance.

When asked about his favorite character in SSBU, his response was a very straightforward one. “Kirby has and will always be my main. I’ve used him since I was a kid and I don’t plan on stopping now,” he said.

Out of 14,320 votes in the SSBU Reddit community, Kirby was ranked in the “Low Tier +” group, which is the third-to-last tier group in the game out of 80 characters.

“Kirby gets a lot of hate and that’s always frustrated me somewhat,” he said. His ability is to gain the ability of those he swallows and can be a game changer in the middle of a match and people take that for granted.

MomoCon took place May 23 through May 26 and the SSBU tournament was streamed live on YouTube.

Lorenzo Bachelor is an associate of the writer.

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