Continuing the Top 50 Smash Wii U players in the world from January 2017 to June 2017,
today we reveal 21-30 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.
One of the world’s best Marths and the leader of Tip Nation had a comparatively quieter season than his PGRv2 run, but nonetheless Eric "Mr. E" Weber managed to hold his own against the higher level of competition in the PGR v3 season. Mr. E made a point to travel away from New York as much as possible to compete, putting himself in brackets across the country throughout the opening half of 2017, with good success to boot. His travels ended with decent S Tier placings like 49th at GENESIS 4, 33rd at 2GGC: Nairo Saga, 25th at 2GGC: Civil War, and 17th at CEO 2017, and were accompanied by good A Tier peaks, such as 9th at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga and Frostbite 2017, and 7th at Smash ‘N’ Splash 3. En route to these placements, Mr. E also locked in key victories over Captain Zack, Fatality, Kameme, Manny, and Myran to further solidify his bracket presence. Mr. E is currently one of the game’s most active players, and this high level of activity allows him to prove himself worthy of a spot among the elites time and time again.
Attending more events than most players in the PGR this season, established Super Smash Bros. Brawl veteran and Florida’s own Jestise “MVD” Negron is one of the most well traveled players in the United States. Currently one of esports organization Panda Global’s longest tenured players, MVD is known for his top Diddy Kong play and imposing neutral game. MVD’s best results this season come from A-tier events Smash N’ Splash 3 and DreamHack Austin where he placed 7th place and 9th place respectively and S-tier event CEO 2017 where he finished 9th place. MVD also picked up wins against all-star talent this season including sets over ANTi, WaDi. ESAM, Abadango, and Mr. E. After a more substandard PGRv2 season, MVD’s PGRv3 season was more of a return to form matching some of his successes from the first PGR season.
Reports of Chris "Falln" Rugg's greatness have been greatly underappreciated but make no mistake, he is a global threat in his own right. Now on his third PGR appearance, Southern California's resident Rosalina is better than ever at #28. Falln's Rosalina is the result of constant labbing -- refined, confident and relentless. He efficiently uses his 'Luma' puppet as a hyper-aggressive extension of himself, forcing opponents into unfavorable conditions. All those who face him are often left struggling as a result. Despite having a relatively small tournament attendance (12 to be exact) compared to the rest of the list, Falln's consistently high placings more than compensate for it. He has yet to finish below 17th at a tournament outide of 65th at Genesis 4. He has also accumulated a solid amount of wins over the course of the the year, which includes Locus (PGRv3 #22) and ZeRo (PGRv2 #1). Contrary to his name, Falln is constantly rising. Don't be surprised to see him topbill more events in the near future with the amount of work he puts into the game.
Returning to the PGR for the second year in a row, DetonatioN Gaming’s Takuto “Kameme” Ono is the best Mega Man player in the world. Considered to be one of the original pioneers of the current Mega Man meta, the Japan native is known for popularizing many of Mega Man’s flashy metal blade follow-ups including his patented metal blade footstool setup. With more top players starting to learn the once uncommon Mega Man matchup, Kameme has started utilizing more secondary characters including Sheik, Yoshi, and Cloud to deal with more problematic matchups. While still having a successful PGRv3 season, Kameme struggled to find a breakout performance at an S-tier event to rival his 2nd place finish at Evo 2016 last year. Kameme’s best results this season derive from A-tier tournaments Momocon 2017 where he finished 5th place, Umebura Japan Major 2017 where he finished 7th place, and Frostbite 2017 where he finished 9th place. Kameme’s PGRv3 season was highlighted by wins over top players including Ally, MKLeo, Zinoto, Myran, ScAtt, Abadango, and komorikiri. After failing to make top 16 at an S-tier event during the PGRv3 season, Kameme will be looking for a return to form at Evo 2017 and the new PGR season.
Few competitors can claim to have defined a character, yet tsu is perhaps the reason why Lucario is considered relevant. Coming in at #26, this Japanese powerhouse makes his first PGR appearance thanks to his explosive international debut. Lucario is a character that requires utmost precision, especially given the Jackal Pokemon's low starting power that increases the more it is damaged. That being said, tsu is in no short supply of this trait thanks his mastery of the character's combo and movement options. The level of expertise he possesses over Lucario's toolset allows him to bring any opponent to their feet. Signs of a successful season for tsu came in the form of domestic results, finishing in 7th and 4th at Sumabato 15 and Niconic Tokaigi 2017 respectively. His breakout performance however, came in the most unlikely of circumstances: a legendary stateside debut at Frostbite, taking down titans like VoiD (PGRv2 #6), Salem (PGRv2 #13) and ZeRo (PGRv2 #1) to finish 2nd, losing to the latter in a teeth-clenching grand final runback. While he has since struggled to reach these heights again, a 4th place finish at the recent super regional Umebura 27 -- beating out Kameme (PGRv2 #11) and Earth (PGRv3 #35) -- shows that we shouldn't count him out at all. If anything, the upcoming season will serve a chance for him to turn the tides like he has done in countless matches before.
Matthew “Elegant” Fitzpatrick from SoCal had one of the most improved years amongst all players in 2016, and only got better through the first half of 2017. Widespread attendance at events during the PGR v3 allowed him to finally display his skill at a national level and rack up mind-boggling wins, earning him the #25 spot and putting Luigi, a character previously thought to have fallen out of the metagame, back on the map. Elegant proved that Luigi’s touch-of-death combos and monstrous advantage state are just as powerful as his disadvantage his laughable, taking out ANTi, Salem, Captain Zack, Fatality, Mr. E, Rich Brown, Scatt, and Raito with the Green Plumber. His results in the past season were also top notch, securing 13th at GENESIS 4, 33rd at 2GGC: Civil War, and 7th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga in terms of S Tier events. He was no slouch at A Tiers either- 17th at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga and 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga and 13th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga can attest to that. Long story short: Elegant has been a threat for a while. While his spot is relatively high for a PGR newcomer, don’t be surprised to see a rise out of him in the future.
One of Louisiana’s superstar players, with the other being Captain Zack, Jamaal “Samsora” Morris Jr. came out of hiding in 2016, and from then on has looked like nothing less than the spiritual successor to SlayerZ, the previous top Peach who is currently inactive. Samsora failed to slow down in PGR v3 season, using his world-class neutral game to topple a number of impressive opponents and advance deep into brackets on his way to the #24 spot. He followed his opening S Tier performance of 49th at GENESIS 4 with a much improved 17th at 2GGC: Civil War, then again with 9th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga. Other peaks include 9th at 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga, 7th at Midwest Mayhem 8, and 5th at CEO Dreamland, with wins over ANTi, VoiD, Kameme, ESAM, WaDi, 6WX, Elegant, and Raito being plucked during his fits of success. Samsora is one of the most impressive individual players and accomplished Peach mains Smash 4 has to offer, and with any semblance of luck, he will continue to replicate his success in upcoming season.
Yuya “9B” Araki is something of a spectacle in the Smash 4 scene- from conducting the Sumabato tournament series in Japan, to providing Japanese commentary on occasion, and, of course, competing at a high level. After bouncing around between characters, 9B settled on Bayonetta and hasn't looked back since, becoming a pioneer of the character and a mainstay in even the most merciless of brackets. In his appearances in the states he placed an impressive 13th at both GENESIS 4 and 2GGC: Civil War, and even those hardly compare to his finishes in Japan- 9th at KSB 2017, 7th at Tokaigi 2017, and 4th at Umebura Japan Major 2017 speak for themselves. 9B’s play allowed him to accumulate great wins as well, handing defeat to Komorikiri, Ranai, Tsu, Earth, Shuton, Nietono, HIKARU, Edge, Mr. E, Rich Brown, and FOW.
Canada’s Mason “Locus” Charlton’s sophomore PGR season has been one of success, and his rise to the #22 spot shows that. Known for his signature Ryu and positive personality, this Canadian titan translated the momentum he gained from his 9th place finish at ZeRo Saga last year into success this season.
Locus in tandem with Ryu is persistent, pressure-heavy and willing to take calculated risks to defeat an opponent. What sets him apart from the competition however, is his unrelenting work ethic. In a metagame where players have learned to optimize their spacing, Ryu’s bane as a close-range fighter, he has dedicated much of his time towards finding new ways to improve himself as much as possible.
This persistence is reflected in his results and wins. While he began the year with a middling 25th place finish at GENESIS 4, he more than made up for it with top 8 finishes at Civil War, Dreamhack Austin and Greninja Saga. It was at these tournaments that he developed his vast portfolio of wins this season, which include the likes of Ally (PGRv2 #2), Shuton (PGRv3 #33) and Nairo (PGRv2 #3). Though he failed to break into the top echelon at the other S-Tier events, namely CEO 2017 and Nairo Saga, his consistency throughout the year by never placing below 33rd slightly makes up for it.
Come the slew of international events this summer, Locus will have even more chances to prove himself on the big stage -- and more opportunities for world to witness the rarity that is a top-level Ryu.
A slight drop-off from his desert-hot-tundra-cold PGR v2 season, Jason "ANTi" Bates landed himself at 21st on the PGR v3. ANTi uses his high game IQ to his advantage better than most in Smash 4, making use of unconventional option coverage and a wide array of characters: Zero Suit Samus, Meta Knight, Cloud, Sheik, and Charizard have all been seen backing up his trademark character, Mario. Known for his larger-than-life personality and a seemingly larger counterpick tree, the Long Island native was able to vault himself to his fair share of high placings, including 9th at GENESIS 4 and 25th at both 2GGC: Civil War and CEO 2017. He also brought his dominance to A and B Tier events, finishing 5th at Battle of BC 2, 4th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga, and 3rd at Rise 2017, and backed his unexpected losses with a number of quality wins, taking down the likes of ZeRo, Mr. R, VoiD, Salem, 9B, NAKAT, and Wrath. ANTi is a player that borderlines being a must watch at an event- when he has his good days, he is a player capable of defeating anyone and taking home 1st at even the largest events. Hopefully he can return to form in the upcoming season, and if he does, a spot at the top will surely be waiting for him.