With thousands of competitors in the Smash Wii U scene, cutting down everything to highlight the Top 50 leaves out many a player from the spotlight.
These are the honorable mentions for the PGRv5 that just missed the mark -- Area 51.
We do not consider the differences between these players to be statistically significant, so they are collectively referred to as Area 51.
By: Dom Moore
Edited by: Luis "suar" Suarez
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Mexico’s strongest players all seemed to have spawned in after the turn of the millennium - Chag, the country’s strongest Bayonetta, is no exception. He threw a pinch of US majors onto his resume in Season 5, which certainly helped his overall case, but still fell short for qualification. To his name, Chag has 1st at Smash Fest 3, 4th at Arcane Tournaments 2018, 17th at GENESIS 5 and 2GG: Hyrule Saga, 25th at ConComics 2018, and 49th at Smash N’ Splash 4, with wins over VoiD, Mr.E, and Raito to boot.
Eim typically flies under the radar in comparison to his fellow Japanese brethren, most likely due to a lack of Western exposure. However, let it be known that he is a force to dealt with in Japan, to the point where he almost cracked the Top 50 list without ever leaving the country, all with Sheik. In addition to beating Raito, KEN, Tsu, Kameme, and Nietono, Eim posted Top 8 finishes at Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 1, Sumabato 24, Umebura 32, Umeki Project, 9th at Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 2, and 17th at Umebura TAT, not to mention 25th at EVO Japan 2018 and Umebura 31.
Karna has remained near the top of Texas’ Power Ranking and a notable Sheik player since Smash Wii U’s initial release. His season was full of ups and downs, and unfortunately the downs pulled him out of contention ever so slightly. To his credit, though, he backed up dual 65ths at GENESIS 5 and 2GG: Hyrule Saga with 33rd at Frostbite 2018, 17th at both Smash Masters League: Battle for Vegas and CEO 2018, 13th at both Dreamhack Austin 2018 and King of the Springs 3, and more locally, 3rd at Denti's Bizarre Adventure 8. He even knocked off a handful of high seeds in the brackets he entered, including Tyroy, CaptainZack, and Mistake, three Bayonetta mains considered to be a threat in any bracket they are placed in.
The depth of Japan’s roster shows itself once again, as Kome finds himself in Area 51. The top Shulk on the planet had a very active Season 5, finishing in all parts of the bracket. For example, his 2nd at KVOxTSB 2018, 4th at Sumabato 23 and Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifier 1, 5th at Umebura 31, 7th at Umebura T.A.T., and 9th at Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 2 were counteracted by 25th at EVO Japan 2018 and Umebura 32, 33rd at Sumabato 24, and even a dismal 97th at Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 1, but we have come to expect this metaphorical ebb and flow from all of Japan’s top players. Kome also managed to channel the Monado’s power for wins against Komorikiri, HIKARU, and Nietono.
Manny’s lack of PGR presence has more to do with the developing metagame than with any sort of fluctuating skill, and he will be the first to tell you that. He has proven plenty of times that his results with Sonic warrant worldwide respect, but in Season 5 he opted to take a bit of a back seat. Even so, his showings at the premier events in the US’ southern states remained impressive: 1st at GatorLAN Spring 2018, 3rd at Unrivaled X: Gon' Give It To Ya, 5th at both Super Smash Fight Club 2 and Overlords of Orlando 2, 9th at MomoCon 2018, and 33rd at CEO 2018, tallying wins on VoiD and Raito in doing so.
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