Continuing the Top 50 Smash Wii U players in the world from January 2017 to June 2017,
today we reveal 11-20 on the #PGRv3!
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Hailing from Michigan, Julian “Zinoto” Carrington of Evil Geniuses rounds out the PGR v3’s Top 20 competitors. Carrying his legacy as a top Diddy Kong representative in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Zinoto followed suit in this title, becoming one of the most knowledgeable players of the character, if not the most outright. A deep bag of tricks and endless matchup knowledge against the metagame are on display in every set he plays. Zinoto could be seen frequently defending the Midwest from invaders at any event that attracted them this past season, displayed by his 1st place finish at Midwest Mayhem 6, 2nds at Midwest Mayhem 7 and Midwest Mayhem 8, and 7th at Frostbite 2017, redirecting Ally, Komorikiri, Javi, Samsora, Elegant and Mr. E during their bracket runs.
Zinoto is also a national level threat when he travels outside of the Midwest, proving this point on multiple occasions. Although he has not been able to reciprocate a peak as high as his 2nd at CEO 2016 last season, ironically enough his S Tier peak came in Orlando once again this season, placing 9th at CEO 2017. At the other S Tiers, Zinoto placed 33rd at GENESIS 4, 25th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga, and 17th at 2GGC: Civil War to accompany a pair of 9th places at the A Tier events 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga and Royal Flush. He was also able to nab impressive wins outside of his home region, beating Salem and MVD while repeating success on Samsora, Mr. E, and Komorikiri.
‘Hidden boss’ is a played out term in the realm of competitive Smash, but Noriyuki Kirihara is one of the few players deserving of that moniker. Japan’s once-rarely-seen Rosalina specialist recently began attending tournaments regularly, his efforts paying off in the form of a coveted #19 spot on this season’s PGR.
Befitting of his elusive nature, he employs an in-your-face playstyle rarely utilized by other Rosalinas. Make no mistake, his take on Rosalina is still zoning-focused, albeit with a zone that rapidly encroaches opponents rather than walling them out. Adversaries are forced to play to his lethal beat, there being no reprieve for those unable to keep up.
Kirihara began 2017 with a strong 4th place showing at SGC 2017 in his hometown of Tokyo, beating out domestic threats like Atelier, Nyanko and Pichi. This degree of success soon found its way stateside, with a 13th place at Frostbite signalling the start of his breakout season. He then won Frame Perfect Series 2 a month later by defeating ESAM (PGRv2 #27), Komoriki (PGRv2 #12) and ZeRo (PGRv2 #1) twice, becoming the second Japanese player to ever win a North American Smash Wii U national.. Any doubts about him were further squashed with top 6 finishes at 2GGC: Civil War and Umebura Japan Major, taking down the likes of Locus (PGRv3 #22), Larry Lurr (PGRv2 #5) and Abadango (PGRv2 #7) in the process.
With Kirihara increasingly travelling abroad, him climbing to the top soon wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
Panda Global’s Eric "ESAM" Lew has been steadily returning to his old self, and the PGR v3 season is possibly the biggest proponent to that claim. The world acclaimed #1 Pikachu player since the Super Smash Bros. Brawl days landed at 18th out of 50 when the season concluded, bouncing himself back up from missing Top 20 on the PGR v2. ESAM also accompanied his Pikachu with a polished Samus counterpick, which he used frequently in more comfortable matchups to secure sets. His decision making, ability to play multiple characters, and electrifying personality make ESAM a treat to watch in bracket, especially when he is able to compose a deep run and take some names.
Ryuto “Ranai” Hayashi has been a fan favorite in Smash 4 since his breakout performance in early 2015, captivating audiences with his top-notch Villager gameplay at every event he finds himself at. A slight drop-off from his rankings on the PGR v1 and PGR v2, Ranai earned 17th on the PGR v3 with respectable placings at events of all tiers, both in his home country of Japan and in various United States scenes. Although his consistency showed signs of deterioration throughout the PGR v3 season, striking lows previously not perceived to be possible for a player of his level, Ranai’s peaks were about as high as one would expect them to be.
To start the season, Ranai made a stop at San Jose, California for GENESIS 4, where he placed 9th, defeating Javi and Larry Lurr along the way. By winning Karisuma Tokaigi Qualifiers, he became eligible to compete at Tokaigi 2017, where he then finished 5th, securing a win over Mr. R before being knocked out of the invitational event. After a pair of 33rds at Frostbite 2017 and Sumabato 15, Ranai regained a bit of form for Frame Perfect Series 2, placing 7th, and the 2nd S Tier of the season: 2GGC: Civil War, placing 17th. A trip back home reaped a number of good placings for him, taking 3rd at Sumabato 17, 2nd at Karisuma 13, 7th at KSB 2017, and 13th at Umebura Japan Major 2017. His final returns to the US last season also showed a ton of promise, finishing 17th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga and 2GGC: Nairo Saga, and twin 9ths at MomoCon 2017 and CEO 2017. Even with his resume looking more shaky now than in recent memory, Ranai was still able to prove that his skill level is still to be respected- on top of the aforementioned Javi, Larry Lurr, and Mr. R, he was able to write off AC, Myran, JK, HIKARU, Edge, Nietono, ESAM, Marss, Salem, Zinoto, Samsora, and Dabuz.
Currently the best solo Sonic player in the world, Tokyo’s Kengo “KEN” Suzuki is one of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s rising stars. Beginning his competitive career with Smash Wii U, KEN quickly rose to prominence through hardwork and dedication making an immediate impact on the Smash Wii U scene. While Smash titles have been traditionally more offline-centric in the past, KEN credits a portion of his rapid improvement to Wi-Fi training - specifically ladder-based matchmaking website Sumamate. KEN features the most complete play style out of all Sonic players with the ability to play both extremely high-pressure offense and steady methodical defense. KEN is renowned for his repeated strong performances in Japan, holding the number 1 ranking in the Japan Power Ranking for most of the season. After multiple close encounters with all-star player Nairo this season, KEN has become Nairo’s pseudo-international rival.
Continuing where he left off after his breakthrough PGRv2 performance, KEN put together another impressive season. With most of his results coming from regional events due to difficulty and cost of travel, KEN has flourished in Japan. Despite living in one of the most difficult regions to compete, KEN has never placed outside top 24 at a PGR sanctioned event in his career. KEN’s strongest regional results this season derive from B-tier tournaments NicoNico Tokaigi 2017 where he finished 2nd place, KSB 2017 where he finished 9th place and the stacked A-tier tournament Umebura Japan Major 2017 where he finished 2nd place. When giving the chance to travel outside of Japan, KEN made the most of it. Attending 3 PGR sanctioned events in the United States, KEN placed 17th place at A-tier event Frostbite 2017, 9th place at S-tier event 2GGC Nairo Saga, and a remarkable 5th place at S-tier event CEO 2017. KEN picked up numerous wins over top players this season including ESAM, Dabuz, Ranai, Tsu, Abdango, Nairo, T, Kameme, 9B, MKLeo, komorikiri, Falln, and Mr. R. If given more opportunities to travel overseas, KEN has the talent and potential to push into the top 10.
Griffin “Fatality” Miller is one of the most electrifying players in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Currently the best Captain Falcon player in the world, Fatality is known for his impressive movement-based gameplay. Using Captain Falcon’s great dash dance and heavy punish game, Fatality is able to open up his opponent's defenses and string combos together to take early stocks. Fatality is currently the number 1 ranked player in the Georgia Power Rankings. Due to his recent success, esport organization Team YP signed Fatality as their first Smash Wii U player late in the PGRv3 season.
Fatality has had an impressive PGRv3 season with the highlights outweighing the lows. Fatality’s lowest placing this season derives from A-tier tournaments CEO Dreamland and Frostbite 2017 where he placed 33rd and 25th respectively. Both would be the only events where he placed outside top 24 this season. Fatality’s best results come from a pair of 2nd place finishes at A-tier event Momocon 2017 and S-tier event 2GGC: Civil War, considered to be one of the most talent stacked events in Smash Wii U history. Continuing to push the best players to their limits, Fatality has taken sets off some of the most talented players including Captain Zack, komorikiri, Nairo, Kirihara, Kameme, Larry Lurr and even ZeRo in one of the most high octane Smash Wii U sets to date. After making it to grand finals in both an A-tier and S-tier event this season, PGRv4 could finally be the season where Fatality finds his first A or S-tier event win.
Returning to the top 15 for the 3rd consecutive PGR season, Rhode Island's Tyler “Marss” Martins is one of the most consistent players in Smash Wii U. Currently ranked 1st on the New England Power Rankings, Marss is well regarded for his high octane, electric Zero Suit Samus. Marss is a player that will fearlessly commit to his instinct and reads often choosing the heaviest punish option, even if not guaranteed. When everything clicks, Marss is one of the most terrifying players to play against and can take stocks at almost any given moment. Marss draws attention from his choice in attire, often choosing to wear pajama pants at majors for extra comfort. The pajama-clad warrior is also renowned as one of the best doubles players in the world with his brother and static doubles partner, Pugwest.
Always one of the more quietly consistent players, Marss added to his Smash Wii U legacy with another strong season. Continuing his trend of never placing outside of the top 32 in his Smash Wii U career, Marss’ worst results from the PGRv3 season come from a pair of 25th place finishes at A-tier event Royal Flush and S-tier event 2GGC: Nairo Saga - losing to both a pair of ranked and unranked players. With impressive results at both A-tier and S-tier tournaments alike, Marss picked up a pair of 7th place finishes at A-tier event CEO Dreamland and S-tier event CEO 2017. Marss’ best placement this year originates from an immaculate 5th place finish at the manic S-tier tournament 2GGC Civil War. Adding to his already stacked list of career wins, Marss beat top players including Larry Lurr, Fatality, Ranai, Manny, Salem, ScAtt, 6WX, Tweek, Nietono, Falln Abadango, Locus, and ANTi. With his potential highlighted by his already established track record, the PGRv4 season could very well be the season where Marss breaks into the top 10.
Nothing can be said about Counter Logic Gaming’s young star player that has not been said already. James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson is for certain a Top 2 Sheik player in Smash 4, of world class talent, crowd-pleasing combo game, a pocket of characters waiting to be revealed, and a personality that is easily gravitated towards. Even though he took a step outside of the Top 10, being placed 13th on the PGR v3, he is still a force to be reckoned with in bracket. However, he showed signs of susceptibility this past season, dropping into Loser’s bracket early at multiple high tier events at the hands of players perceived to be under his skill level- a crippling side effect of being a Sheik main in the current metagame.
Phoenix1 made the decision to sign Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey after his sudden rise from high level play to top level play, which may have come as a shock to many- not so much the happening itself, per se, but the rapid pace in which it happened. The flip of the calendar into the new season gave way to a brand new player, one hungrier for success than in the past, and rightfully so, the results started to match almost immediately. Finishing the PGR v3 season at #12 overall, Tweek further cemented himself as not only one of the best Cloud and Donkey Kong players on the planet, but possibly one of the strongest Smash 4 players in the world currently when playing to his potential, with consistency at the most crucial of events being his only crutch.
Encapsulating a hot start, Tweek placed 4th at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, 9th at GENESIS 4, and 2nd at 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga. A short cooling off period came around in late February, resulting in 33rd at Frostbite 2017 and 25th at both 2GGC: Civil War and CEO Dreamland in addition to some uncharacteristic losses. Signs of life quickly popped up when Tweek returned to his home state of New Jersey for KTAR XX- he placed 2nd, finally taking a set from ZeRo in Grand Finals. The good tidings carried into May for Royal Flush and 2GGC: Greninja Saga, allowing him to finish 3rd and 5th respectively. 4th at Smash ‘N' Splash 3 would sadly be his last single digit placing at a tiered event in the season, as he placed a still respectable 13th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga but a shocking 33rd at CEO 2017. Arguably more impressive than his finishes is his laundry list of victories in bracket, with this young Cloud defeating ZeRo, MKLeo, Nairo, Mr. R, Larry Lurr, Komorikiri, Salem, VoiD, Captain Zack, Marss, ESAM, and many more prominent threats.
Saleem “Salem” Akiel-Young has been in contention for the title of “Best Bayonetta In the World” for as long as anyone can remember, and the PGR v3 season only seemed to give him more clout. With his highest ranking to date at #11, Salem seemed to outdo himself at every appearance, putting on more refined Bayonetta gameplay than before. His use of the character’s ability to tack on safe chip damage in addition to her notoriously strong combo game upon landing a stray hit make Salem a nightmare to fight for even the most competent opponents, and one worthy of his high spot on the PGR v3.
Salem has a tendency of looking near unstoppable from time to time, displaying a preview of this by jumping into the season winning Smash Conference LXIX. He slowed down a bit at the opening S Tier of the season, placing 25th at GENESIS 4, but quickly got right back into his winning ways by breaking Top 8 at Frostbite 2017 and Frame Perfect Series 2, 5th and 7th respectively. Another step back came with at the 2GGC: Civil War, plaguing Salem with another 25th place finish at an S Tier, but 4th at KTAR XX, 17th at CEO Dreamland, and 7th at MomoCon 2017 allowed him to hold his spot. With the arrival of 2GGC: Nairo Saga, Salem was finally able to make Top 8 of an S Tier event, pulling off the feat twice in two weeks even, finishing 2nd there and complementing that success with 7th at CEO 2017. As expected, these accolades come with a multitude of souls claimed, not limited to Ally, Nairo, MKLeo, Ranai, Komorikiri, KEN, Mr. R, Abadango, Tweek, ESAM, and Samsora.