Continuing the Top 50 Smash Wii U players in the world from January 2017 to June 2017, today we reveal 31-40 on the #PGRv3!
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Northern Florida’s Manny Medina makes his return to the PGR after a lackluster last season with a solid #40 ranking. Early-2017 was lined with several successes for the ‘Sonic main of many names’, putting him back on the map as one of North America’s finest hedgehogs.
Manny’s playstyle focuses on minimizing risks taken, instead favoring safe and reliable options. Coupled with Sonic’s inherent oppressive toolkit, this has secured him wins over high-tier players like Locus and Zinoto throughout the season.
Headlined by top 16 at both CEO events, Manny’s recent results forecast more success incoming. His impeccable ability to make the right decisions in the heat of things will prove beneficial as Smash Wii U’s metagame trends towards optimization.
Making his debut on the PGR is Florida's Robert "Myran" Herrin at 39th. This Olimar broke through the mainstream this season with top 32 placings at Nairo Saga and CEO 2017, all doing so with the unpopular Wii Remote and Nunchuk control scheme.
A tried-and-true Olimar specialist, Myran has mained him since the beginning of competitive Smash 4. That being said, it is no surprise to see him have near-unparalleled knowledge about his character’s intricacies and matchups; this allows him to upset competitors thought to be far above his weight, such as his harrowing game 5 win over Tweek at Frostbite. His efforts this season have yielded a 6-9 record versus rest of the top 50, with 6wx, ScAtt, Tweek, Mr.E, and MVD all on his resume.
Myran plays to his own beat regardless of season and metagame. Sticking to his unique style of Olimar throughout the years, he has only continued to improve. Expect the Summer of Smash and the months to come to have more of him in the mix.
Musician and series veteran Rich Brown has had a tumultuous PGRv3 season. The California native is renowned for his aggressive and heavy read-based style of play which compliments his main character Mewtwo’s numerous KO options. Rich Brown had a superb start to the season with a 13th and 5th place finish at A-tier events 2GGC: Genesis Saga and 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga and a 17th place finish at S-tier event Genesis 4. Rich Brown’s early success along with his previous merits in the PGRv2 season lead to a deal with professional esports organization Panda Global, signing as their newest Smash Wii U player. The middle and late half of the season lead to more mixed results for Rich Brown. While he performed well at A-tier events CEO Dreamland and 2GGCL Greninja Saga with a 13th and 17th place finish respectively, Rich Brown had a few substandard results highlighted by a 65th place finish at S-tier tournament 2GGC:Civil War and a 49th place finish at S-tier tournament 2GGC: Nairo Saga. Rich Brown also featured one of the more negative set records against PGR players last season with his most notable wins coming from players including Ranai, Dath, Saj, Manny, AC and Darkshad. Rich Brown will be looking to improve his consistency heading into the PGRv4 season.
The Midwest’s rising star had an explosive season all throughout, showing signs of improvement and characteristics of a top Cloud at every appearance. After a slow start in the winter, Nicholas "Ned" Dovel placed 1st at Midwest Mayhem 7 by beating Zinoto twice to win a trip to 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga, where he revived himself yet again to take a long list of names, including Captain Zack, Zinoto, VoiD, and Larry Lurr on his way to 4th. Ned continued to impress at Midwest events, such as Frostbite 2017 where he defeated Fatality in pools and finished at 17th overall, 4th at Midwest Mayhem 8, unforgettably beating ZeRo in Winner’s bracket in the closing seconds of Game 5, and 3rd at Combo Breaker 2017, winning against MVD. Even with a season that can be marked overall as a success, a rapid rate of improvement and recent liberation from high school mean that Ned will likely continue to represent the Midwest well, in both the near and far future.
Osaka native and japanese sensation Eita “HIKARU” Hoshi is well known for his extremely eccentric personality and proficiency of his main character Donkey Kong. HIKARU loves to entertain the crowd both in and out of game. Out of game, HIKARU channels his inner Donkey Kong persona often reenacting Donkey Kong’s famous taunts or moves after sets to draw cheers from the audience. In game, HIKARU is the master of the fan favorite Donkey Kong-specific throw combo, the Ding Dong. Aptly named by the community for it’s one-two punch that can KO off the top early at certain percents, the Ding Dong complements HIKARU’s cerebral and explosively creative play style. With most of his results coming from Japanese events due to difficulty of traveling, HIKARU posted strong regional results for the PGRv3 season with a 9th place finish at B-tier tournament KSB 2017 and a 25th place finish at the A-tier event Umebura Japan Major. HIKARU made the most of his opportunities outside of Japan with his most notable placement of the season, a 7th place finish at S-tier tournament 2GGC Civil War. HIKARU features wins over established players such as ESAM, Tsu, Mr. R, and VoiD. With Donkey Kong’s explosive KO ability and HIKARU’s cerebral play style, HIKARU is a wild card heading into the new PGR season.
Playing one of the more overlooked and forgotten characters in the current Smash Wii U meta, Japan’s Tomoyasu “Earth” Yamakawa is regarded as the premier Pit player in the world. Carrying over his title as the most successful Pit player in Brawl, Earth’s fluid neutral game meshes seamlessly with Pit’s overall solid toolkit. While Pit is still his go-to character, Earth has started to develop a secondary character in Corrin for more difficult matchups. Never placing outside 33rd in his Smash Wii U career, Earth has distinctly been one of the most consistent players - even while residing in the region most renowned for its inconsistency. Continuing this trend throughout the PGRv3 season, the Japan native’s best results derived from the disruptive S-tier event 2GGC Civil War where he finished 17th, a 13th place finish at A-tier event Frame Perfect Series 2, and a 4th place finish at B-tier event KSB 2017. Earth collected a series of impressive wins over the past season accentuated by set wins over notable players such as KEN, Ranai, Manny, and komorikiri. While Earth continues to post steady above average results, he will still enter the PGRv4 season searching for that breakout top 8 finish at an S-tier event.
If you were to ask anyone which Duck Hunt main would make it onto the PGR at the start of the season, few would have put their money on Ishiguro "Raito" Tetsuya. At #34, he is the only member of Japan’s Duck Hunt quartet to make it onto the list. This is thanks in part due to the Duck Hunt community funding several of his stateside outings.
Raito’s PGR debut season has been nothing short of impressive, placing 13th at the S-Tier Nairo Saga and CEO 2017 with a peak of 9th at CEO Dreamland. His mastery over Duck Hunt’s unique trap-focused toolset has allowed him to score wins in the most clutch of situations over the likes of Larry Lurr, MKLeo and Mr. R -- all players of the highest caliber.
Raito is the prime example of a player pushing a character beyond their perceived limits. Expect to see more of him next season as he increases the frequency of his out-of-country trips.
Japan’s Shuto “Shuton” Moriya, fresh off his stateside debut, makes his first appearance on the PGR at #33. This Olimar specialist from the Fukuoka region has thrived in a metagame where his character is rare; this in part due to his refined pressure-heavy playstyle and unparalleled ability to micromanage Olimar’s Pikmin units.
Shuton repeatedly proved his mettle in both domestic and international events throughout the season. He opened up 2017 with a dominating win at Sumabato 15, besting the likes of 9B and Choco (PGRv3 #49). He soon carried that momentum to perform solidly at his first two top-tier tournaments in North America, placing 5th at Frostbite and 13th at 2GGC: Civil War. It was during this trip that he secured his first high-profile wins against North Americans, namely Ally (PGRv2 #2) and Trela (PGRv3 Area 51). Finally, he closed the first half of the year with strong domestic results, finishing 1st and 2nd at Hirosuma 6 and Sumabato 18 respectively.
Considering what Shuton has accomplished in his first few months of international travel, there’s no telling how far he’ll be able to climb in future seasons.
Before attending a single event overseas, Tokyo native Isami “T” Ikeda became a household name in the west. Rumors from the east reached western shores early about an extremely talented player having success with an extremely unconventional character, Link - a character viewed as subpar in almost every iteration of Smash. With the excitement building around T, the Link main traveled to the United States for the first time during the PGRv3 season. While his US PGR sanctioned event debut turned out to be more of a disappointment - a 49th place finish at Frostbite 2017 - it wouldn’t be until T’s second PGR sanctioned event where he made his biggest impression. T’s strongest result of the season came from a resounding 3rd place finish at one of the most talent-stacked events in Smash Wii U history, S-tier tournament 2GGC: Civil War. Taking sets off multiple notable players including K9, NAKAT, Tsu, Abadango and Fatality on his way to 3rd, T proved to the western audience that he could compete with the best. T would end his PGRv3 season with a strong regional appearance at A-tier tournament Umebura Japan Major with a 13th place finish.
With the occasional spectacular result during a mostly sporadic PGRv3 season, T will be one of the biggest wild cards heading into the new season.
Wesley "6WX" Alexander returns to the PGR for a 3rd consecutive iteration as the sole representative from the state of Pennsylvania and one of the best Sonic players in the world. His aggressive spin on a character that is unanimously believed to be of a passive, bait-and-punish archetype continued to reap success this past season, netting wins over FOW, Elegant, falln, Captain Zack, and Tweek. On the results side, 6WX found himself in the thick of the action time and time again, narrowly making or missing Top 8 at A and B Tier events, evidenced by 7th place finishes at KTAR XX and 2GGC: GENESIS Saga and 9th place finishes at 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga, Midwest Mayhem 8, and CEO Dreamland. His S Tier performances also showed promise, getting 33rd at GENESIS 4 and 2GGC: Civil War, 25th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga, and 17th at CEO 2017. 6WX has been a constant in high level Smash 4 from the moment he began competing, and even with a bit of a quiet season he found himself a spot squarely in the middle of the rankings once again.