PGRv3 #1-10 Top Smash Bros Wii U Players In The World

Finalizing the Top 50 Smash Wii U players in the world from January 2017 to June 2017,

today we reveal 1-10 on the #PGRv3!

To learn more on our methods and how the PGR was created, read the FAQ.

For more information on how/which tournaments were ranked, check the Tournament Tier System.

Link to the data used.

 

 

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While Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura remains a top tier threat this time around, he arrives on the PGRv3 at #10, a slight downgrade compared to last season’s #7. The Mewtwo from Tokyo’s impressive highs were pulled down by middling lows, thanks in part to an ever-improving global talent pool. That being said, the Mewtwo from Tokyo is as dangerous as ever, more so due to the reimplementation of Meta Knight and the addition of Bayonetta into his character pool.

Abadango’s signature adaptability and creativity netted him top 6 finishes at two S-Tier events this season, namely 2GGC: Nairo Saga and Genesis 4. He also improved on his previously mediocre domestic results, placing 1st at Umebura 27 and 2nd at KSB 2017 to name few. Missing out on top 8 at the other two S-Tier events of the season, 2GGC: Civil War and CEO 2017, unfortunately cost him opportunities to rank any higher. These mixed placements are reflective of his match history: a negative 18-23 tally against the rest of the top 50.


Fluctuations aside, Abadango has done well if we look past the numbers. Recent wins over best-in-class players such as Komorikiri, CaptainZack and VoiD show that he is still in the game -- and that we shouldn’t think otherwise any time soon.

 - Justin "Popi" Banusing 

 

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European sensation and Sheik aficionado Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad is highly regarded for his relentless offense and master neutral game. Using Sheik’s lightning fast aerials and movement, Ramin is able to apply unyielding pressure to his opponent pushing their disadvantage state to the very limit. While Sheik is still his mainstay character, Ramin has utilized a variety of secondary characters in tournament setting including Marth, Bayonetta and Cloud - even taking a set off the undisputed best player in the world, ZeRo, with Cloud. Attending tournaments in numerous countries throughout every version of the PGR and the Brawl era, Mr. R is one of the original world warriors in Smash. Expanding that title even more during the PGRv3 season, Mr. R traveled to Japan to undergo extensive training with some of Japan’s best. Currently living in the Netherlands, Ramin has recently expressed interest in moving to the United States for easier access to the highest level tournaments. Mr. R has been somewhat known for his occasional controversial and open-minded opinions ranging anywhere from topics such as certain characters’ place on the tier list to the best way to consume cereal.

Starting off his PGRv3 season in impressive fashion, Mr. R finished 5th place at the first S-tier event Genesis 4 taking sets over some of the biggest names including Rain, Fatality, Captain Zack and Nairo. Mr. R would carry that momentum through most of the beginning of the season - placing 1st place at B-tier event BEAST 7 and 9th place at S-tier event 2GGC: Civil War. The Sheik main reached his apex during the mid-season putting together an impressive string of placements at A-tier tournaments - a pair of 2nd place finishes CEO Dreamland and Royal Flush, 7th place finish at 2GGC: Greninja Saga and a 5th place finish at Smash N’ Splash 3. During that long run at A-tier events, Ramin strung together phenomenal wins against several notable top players including ScAtt, NAKAT, Esam, Nairo, Dabuz, Mr. E, Tweek, VoiD, and ZeRo. After strong performances during the first three-quarters of the year, Mr. R had a disappointing end. Matching his worst results in his Smash Wii U career, Ramin finished with a pair of 17th place finishes at the final two S-tier events 2GGC: Nairo Saga and CEO 2017.

After a tumultuous PGRv2 season, Mr. R positioned himself to make a push back into the top 5 spot early in the year. While a subpar ending to the season set him back, Ramin was still able to place in the top 10 and ultimately move up one spot from the previous season. Unhappy with how the PGRv3 season ended, the Sheik main will be looking to retain that momentum he had during the middle of the season throughout the entire PGRv4 season.

 - Adam "Mayday" Braham

 

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The first half of Rei “Komorikiri” Furukawa’s 2017 can be summed up in one word: improvement. Following an already impressive ranking of #12 last season, his decision to take a break from schooling paid off with increased attendance, better results and a #8 spot on the PGRv3. What helps even further are his ties to both to his home country of Japan and his host region of Southern California, giving him access to two of the most popular hotbeds for competitive Smash.

2017 saw Komorikiri shift more of his attention towards Cloud, although Sonic still remains as another of his mains. The shift in focus to a more versatile character enabled him to assert more dominance over the playing field than ever before, bringing his suffocating play style to new heights. In addition, his development of a solid Marth secondary makes playing against him all the more dangerous.

Komorikiri saw frequent trips to the US, often to compete in the 2GG Championship Series organized by his sponsor. It is at these event that he farmed a sizeable amount of results, taking 2nd at Genesis Saga and 3rd at both Greninja Saga and Midwest Mayhem Saga. He also broke into top 8 at two S-Tier events, Genesis 4 and Nairo Saga. A handful of disappointing results however, such as 33rd at CEO 2017 and 17th at Civil War, hampered his overall standing.

Nonetheless, Komorikiri is a competitor on top of the food chain. He has accumulated a respectable win portfolio that includes the likes of Dabuz, CaptainZack and Ranai -- wins few other players can claim to have.

  - Justin "Popi" Banusing 

 

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At the age of 15, Lousiana’s Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth has accomplished more than most players accomplish in their entire esport careers. As the youngest player to ever hold a top 10 spot on any PGR iteration, CaptainZack was scouted and signed by prominent esports organization Phoenix1, joining them as their 3rd overall Smash player. Currently one of Smash Wii U’s rising stars, CaptainZack is known for his incredibly stylish personality and unique flair both in and out of game. In game, CaptainZack features a devastating Bayonetta renowned for it’s extremely creative combos and explosive punish game. Usually boasting a quick offensive playstyle, the Bayonetta main has recently embraced a slower, more optimal style of play for more difficult matchups. CaptainZack also keeps multiple secondary characters, including his original main character Peach and Wii Fit Trainer, tournament ready if ever needed. Out of game, CaptainZack takes inspiration from his main character, Bayonetta, to help instill more raw confidence in himself and his play. CaptainZack often re-enacts Bayonetta’s signature dance and in-game taunt as part of his captivating on-stage persona.

CaptainZack has had a very rollercoaster-esque PGRv3 season fluctuating between many incredible highs and the occasional low. CaptainZack’s worst performances this season derives from a trio of 17th place finishes at A-tier tournaments Frostbite 2017, Royal Flush and Momocon 2017 and a 33rd place finish at S-tier tournament 2GGC: Nairo Saga. While Zack’s weaker performances were mostly at A-tier events, his strongest performances were at the largest events this year. CaptainZack’s best results this season originate from three of the four S-tier events with a pair of resounding 4th place finishes at Genesis 4 and 2GGC: Civil War and a 5th place finish at CEO 2017. Complimenting his fantastic placements this season, CaptainZack picked up numerous wins over all-star talent including set wins over Marss, ANTi, Abadango, Kameme, Mr. R, Raito, Falln, Manny, Ranai, MVD, Elegant, Nairo and Zinoto.

Making dramatic leaps in rank with each new PGR version, CaptainZack has proven he has the ability and skill to compete with the best Smash Wii U players. Showing flashes of pure brilliance the entire first half of the year, CaptainZack will be focused on improving his consistency heading into the PGRv4 season. With CaptainZack seemingly only getting better over time, the future looks bright for the young Bayonetta main.

 - Adam "Mayday" Braham 

 

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Three seasons have seen the Father of Fox in the Top 10 and this time there’s no surprises.  Legendary SoCal Brawl vet, Misfit’s Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland takes 6th!

The stoic nature of Larry Lurr is something that defines him as he silently traps enemies in Fox vortexes that result in stocks, games, and sets.  A man of few words very few mistakes, Larry exhibits some of the tightest play seen to date.

Ending the season with a bold 3rd place finish at CEO 2017 sealed Larry’s top 10 spot with a season filled with impressive highs.  2nd at Greninja Saga and 3rd at Smash N Splash 3 bolstered his placement score even more.

Flexing a positive set score over the PGR of 27 to 20, Larry is never seen falling behind.  Even when he is upset into loser’s early on in tournament, you can expect to see him burning through the bracket all the way up into Top 16 when many others would run out of steam.

Being 8-10 against the Top 10 is also another point of success for Larry, especially considering the fact he has made great use of his Donkey Kong secondary.  Larry beat out some of last season’s brightest opponents including Abadango, Komorikiri, MKLeo, Nairo, and Dabuz.

With the 2GG Circuit in such close proximity, Larry will be busy keeping up his craft against the world’s toughest foes.  Witness his season unfold as he defends SoCal from countless other forces the rest of the year.

 - Dominique “Dom” Moore 

 

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Brawl veteran and Cloud9 member Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce has been on the top echelon of competition for as long as most people can remember and this season is no different. While he isn’t second best in the world anymore, Canada’s top dog isn’t to be trifled with given a #5 placing on the PGRv3.

Ally’s playstyle is seemingly easy to the untrained eye yet deadly and unpredictable to all those who face him. His ability to spot cracks in his opponents’ gameplay is second to none; he and his famous Mario turn the smallest of openings into explosive sequences that often result in victories. The overwhelming combination of fundamentals, creativity and experience that he possesses makes him one of the strongest players around, especially considering that Mario thrives on all the traits mentioned above.

Though not as high as that of last season, Ally’s recent placings have been impressive by all standards. His highlights include 1st at Greninja Saga, 2nd at both Genesis 4 and Smash N’ Splash 3 and 3rd at Dreamhack Austin.  Coupled with an extremely positive 32-18 set count against the Top 50 -- which includes wins over CaptainZack, ZeRo and Larry Lurr -- he remains simply one of the best.

With EVO 2017 coming, Ally will face his biggest challenge yet: defending the most coveted title in the fighting game world from a host of international threats.

  - Justin "Popi" Banusing 

 

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Detroit Renegade’s Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby has been one of the most consistent players in Smash Wii U’s short life span, only moving one spot in three iterations of the PGR. Returning to the #4 spot for the second season in a row, the New York native features one of the most aggressively defensive play styles of any Smash Wii U player. Maining Rosalina and Luma, Dabuz uses Luma to safely apply pressure often forcing his opponents to commit to unsafe options. Dabuz has the uncanny ability to quickly transition from defense to offense often fully maximizing his punishes and capitalizing on his opponent's’ mistakes. Considered to be one of the most cerebral and well-studied players, Dabuz spends hours recording notes for every matchup and analyzing sets from the largest tournaments. While the previous season found the Rosalina and Luma main utilizing his secondary character Olimar more often, Dabuz refocused on Rosalina for most of the PGRv3 season only pulling out Olimar in his worst matchups.

Dabuz has had a very successful PGRv3 season only failing to place top 8 at two events. His worst performance came at the very beginning of the season with a 13th place finish at the first A-tier event of the year, 2GGC: Genesis Saga. Entering the event feeling completely unconcentrated, 2GGC: Genesis Saga left Dabuz somewhat perplexed and unmotivated. Refocusing on his play, Dabuz would turn his unusual start of the season to a mostly successful winter performance finishing 7th place at S-tier event Genesis 4 and 4th place at A-tier event Frostbite 2017. Hitting his stride in spring, Dabuz had arguably the strongest mid-season out of everyone with a 2nd place finish at B-tier event PAX Arena, a 5th place finish at A-tier event Frame Perfect Series 2, a 4th place finish at CEO Dreamland, and an immaculate 1st place finish at S-tier event 2GGC: Civil War. Establishing one of the best bracket runs of his career, Dabuz beat high caliber players such as Aarvark, MVD, Shuton, Kirihara, CaptainZack, T and Fatality at 2GGC: Civil War. Ending on more of an anticlimactic note, Dabuz only attended one more B-tier or higher tournament. With his second worst placing of the season, Dabuz finished 9th place at S-tier event CEO 2017.

While placing one spot higher in the PGRv1, the PGRv3 season could be considered as the current apex of Dabuz’ Smash Wii U career. After a long 2 years of numerous top 8 appearances but no major wins, Dabuz finally achieved his coveted first career S-tier tournament win with his first place finish at 2GGC: Civil War. With that burden finally off of his shoulders, Dabuz will be an interesting player to watch heading into the 4th iteration of the PGR. 

 - Adam "Mayday" Braham 

 

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The only thing bigger than the name Nairo has set for himself in Smash Wii U is his gameplay, and the PGR v3 season was yet another testament to that. After the completion of a six month trial, he retains #3 spot for the second time in a row. Holding the standalone title of world’s best Zero Suit Samus, Nairo also displays a handful of pocket characters developed from his ever-growing stream, showing off Bowser, Cloud, and Lucina when needed. His calculated, aggressive playstyle is one that has yet to be matched in Smash Wii U, and is one that has allowed him to hang alongside the most notable players worldwide regardless of circumstance.

Another loser’s bracket run from ZeRo would see Nairo as just another victim, cutting his fun short at GENESIS 4 short with 17th, a disappointing mark to begin the PGR v3 season. However, he would land on his feet, traveling to Japan and finishing 1st at Umebura Tokaigi Qualifiers to make himself eligible for Tokaigi 2017, then winning that event as well. His return to stateside competition would be at the A Tier event Frostbite 2017, and he would go relatively untouched there en route to placing 3rd overall, falling only at the hands on ZeRo via double elimination. Another 1st place and monumental wins over MKLeo came at Smash 4 at KI Con, a small C Tier event in Texas. 2GGC: Civil War acted as Nairo’s opening act to the Spring months of the season, and he achieved he respectable 9th place, narrowly missing Top 8 by way of double upset at the hands of Fatality and Locus. The next handful of events would result in Top 8s for him, earning 5th, 3rd, and 7th at KTAR XX, CEO Dreamland, and Royal Flush all in a row. As May concluded, Nairo seemingly ran out of juice, even if only for a small period of time, as his low placing of 17th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga was immediately rectified with a gold medal finish at MomoCon 2017, placing 1st whilst taking a set off ZeRo for the first time since late 2015. The PGR v3 season would close with back-to-back S Tiers for Nairo, and he would fail to disappoint with his performances at those, finishing 4th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga, a major event hosted by 2GG in his honor, and CEO 2017.

Nairo’s consistency in the PGR v3 season was a stark contrast to the comparative rollercoaster that he and his fans had to endure in the previous one. He proved that putting together a string of good showings has always been in the cards. Wins over the world’s strongest competitors -- ZeRo, MKLeo, Ally, Dabuz, Abadango, VoiD, Captain Zack, Ranai, Salem, Kirihara, KEN, and Fatality just to name a few -- further push the point of Nairo being one of the best players in the world himself, and one capable of miraculous accomplishments at any given event.

 - Dominique “Dom” Moore 

 

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Echo Fox’s Leonardo “MKLeo” Perez has long been a top-tier threat, but it was only in 2017 that he truly got the chance to shine internationally. The 16-year-old wunderkind from Mexico attended more than 25 out-of-country events this year, a number near-unparalleled on the PGRv3. For his efforts, he is now one step closer towards his goal of being the best in the world, coming in on the list at #2.

MKLeo synthesizes solid offense, impeccable spacing and a knack for mind games into his choice of mains: a swordsman quartet in Cloud, Meta Knight, Marth and Corrin. While he is normally the aggressor in any match-up, anything he does is not without reason. He carefully evaluates every option possible before committing to one, making sure he is control of the match and ensuring that there is no room for his opponent to retaliate.

Opening up the year in the most explosive way possible, MKLeo won the S-Tier Genesis 4 by taking down a laundry list of Smash Wii U’s finest. This included the likes of Elegant, Mr. R, Ally and Komorikiri. Soon after however, he fell into a short rut, placing 13th at Frostbite and 65th at 2GGC: Civil War -- the latter an all-career low. He was able to bounce back in the second half of the season nonetheless, winning KSB 2017, Umebura Japan Major, Battle of BC 2 alongside placing 2nd and 3rd at CEO 2017 and Nairo Saga respectively.  

Throughout all these events, MKLeo garnered 18-10 record over the top 10, a record unmatched by anyone but the top spot on this list. With positive records over most of the PGR, there is no denying that he is a world-class player through and through.

The best is yet come for this prodigy. There’s no telling what he can achieve considering the feats he has accomplished at such an early point in his international career.

  - Justin "Popi" Banusing 

 

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Returning to the number one spot for the third consecutive PGR season, Chilean-native and current United States citizen Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios continues to build upon his legacy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Known for his mastery of Diddy Kong, ZeRo features a very methodical play style focused on gaining and maintaining stage control. Using Diddy Kong’s suffocating moveset, ZeRo forces his opponents on the ledge and traps them with a very flowchart-esque style of option coverage. Sporting perhaps the best neutral of any Smash Wii U player, ZeRo thrives under the war of attrition. ZeRo also has prepared a tournament ready pocket Lucina for Diddy Kong’s more problematic matchups - namely Mario. Lucina’s extra range and disjointed hitboxes makes it difficult for close-quarter style characters like Mario to approach. Recognized for his unequaled success throughout Smash Wii U, ZeRo is currently one of two Smash players on premier esports organization TeamSoloMid’s roster.

Continuing his Smash Wii U dominance, ZeRo posted tremendous results throughout the PGRv3 season. ZeRo’s worst performance this season comes from the manic and hectic S-tier tournament 2GGC: Civil War where he finished 49th place - the largest outlier in ZeRo’s legendary career. ZeRo’s strongest performances this season comes from a pair of 1st place finishes at S-tier tournaments 2GGC: Nairo Saga and CEO 2017. Complimenting his 1st place finishes at both S-tier events, ZeRo also finished 1st at 7 A-tier tournaments this season. Out of the 17 PGR-sanctioned events ZeRo attended, he finished first in 12 of them - averaging a 71% tournament win rate. Even more unbelievable, ZeRo boasted a 33-5 set record against the PGRv3 top 10 players and an untouchable 71-13 set record versus the rest of the PGRv3 players - 30 more set wins than the next closest player.

While the PGRv1 season was the beginning of ZeRo’s dominance with the infamous record-breaking 50+ consecutive tournament win streak and the PGRv2 season was highlighted by his ability to return to form after injury, the PGRv3 season can be summarized by his perseverance to remain on top. With the overall skill level of the rest of the field rising, ZeRo has shown the uncanny ability to not only stay in the lead, but do so in a convincing fashion. Considering his immaculate work ethic and unrivaled clutch factor, ZeRo will be the lead candidate to retain the number 1 spot heading into the PGRv4 season.

 - Adam "Mayday" Braham