Starting the Top 50 Smash Wii U players in the world from January 2017 to June 2017, today we reveal 41-50 on the #PGRv3!
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After a long hiatus during the PGRv2 season, series veteran and Las Vegas native Freddie “FOW” Williams makes his second appearance on the PGR. One of the best Ness players in the world, FOW is known for his aggressive approach options and bait and read based style of play. As one of the top content creators for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, FOW’s high energy and eccentric personality shines through his stream garnering him some of the highest concurrent viewership of any Smash Wii U streamer. While not attending an abundance of events this season, FOW still attended three out of four S-tier tournaments and a single A-tier tournament. FOW’s strongest results this season come from S-tier events 2GGC: Civil War and 2GGC: Nairo Saga where he finished 25th and 13th, respectively. Even more notable were the wins FOW collected through those two events. FOW’s PGR season was highlighted by wins over some of the best players including Larry Lurr, Rich Brown, Marss, and Locus. Even though he hasn’t found the same amount of success as before, FOW has shown flashes of brilliance in his limited appearances at events this season and has high potential to push even further into the PGR next season if given more opportunities.
Like his namesake, Toshimasa "Choco" Hayakawa's gameplay is ever sweet and deadly. While Japan’s best Zero Suit Samus has had a sparse 2017 in terms of attendance, he placed top 3 at all but two of his six showings. In contrast to the clutch-and-flux based nature of his main character, he thrives on consistency and continuity. This consistency -- especially in a region where the results could go any way -- has proven integral at internationals like Umebura Japan Major, where he took out global threats Ranai (PGRv2 #14), Edge (PGRv3 #47) and 9B (PGRv1 #17) in quick succession. In addition to these players, he accumulated a sizeable amount of notable wins at the few tournaments he did attend this season; this includes the likes of Kome, Atelier, Kirihara (PGRv2 #48) and Earth (PGRv2 #25).
Choco is on the cusp of brilliance. Should he begin travelling internationally, or travelling more in general, there’s no telling what he can achieve.
One of Las Vegas’ most fearsome competitors and high level Bayonetta main Jacob "JK" Johnson finally broke into national level prominence in the PGR v3 season. A sporadic season overall reaped a shocking number of wins for JK, taking down the likes of Mr. E and Rich Brown at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, where he placed 7th; Dath at GENESIS 4 (33rd); 6WX at Midwest Mayhem 8 (9th); and Salem and Marss at 2GGC: Nairo Saga (17th). His wild brand of West Coast Offense, which is likely a byproduct of him being an active member of both the Las Vegas and SoCal Smash Wii U scenes, netted him a good amount of success this past season with the Umbra Witch, and it is likely that his success will be replicated in the future.
At #47, Brawl veteran Yuki "Edge" Kajihara had several strong showings in the early days of Smash Wii U thanks to a Diddy Kong that was on the bleeding edge of the metagame. He was considered top-tier in his home country of Japan for a while, but largely fell off in 2016. Until his win at February’s Sumabato 17, which involved beating expected winners Earth (PGRv2 #25) and Ranai (PGRv2 #14), he was largely off the radar and considered a relic of the past -- making his PGR debut all the more impressive. His return to the global stage with a 13th place finish at Greninja Saga proves that this Edge is just as sharp if not sharper than ever.
Editor's Note: Edge is from Kansai
Chris “WaDi” Boston*
One of MD/VA’s strongest players and top Mewtwo representative Chris "WaDi" Boston definitely made an impact last season, retaining some of his momentum from his breakout in 2016. Despite only placing 49th at his sole S Tier appearance in 2GGC: Civil War, WaDi made up ground in the lower tier events, landing 13th at Frostbite 2017, 7th at Royal Flush, 5th at KTAR XX, and 1st at Glitch 3. These high-end finishes are also backed with an elite collection of wins, with names such as Ranai, Captain Zack, Zinoto, and Mr. E being at the top. Even with limited time outside of the Pokèball and onto the battleground, WaDi’s Mewtwo has proved to be adequately prepared for any challenge, which will only become more apparent with higher attendance.
Armando “AC” Castañeda-Villalobos seemed to gradually heat up as the PGR v3 season carried on, resulting in a daunting resume that landed him 45th overall without ever leaving his home region of SoCal to compete, racking up unexpected wins and impressive placings at all the 2GGC events to date with an unorthodox core of winged soldiers in Meta Knight and Falco. After a silent 33rd place finish at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, AC took flight to Top 8 at the next stop on the circuit, 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga, beating 6WX, Ned, and Samsora along the way. The following month at 2GGC: Civil War, he unexpectedly cracked Top 32, most notably eliminating MKLeo from the tournament. His season ended in a relatively tame fashion by comparison with 17th and 33rd at 2GGC: Greninja Saga and 2GGC: Nairo Saga respectively, but nonetheless AC has done more than enough to prove not just his individual strength, but the collective power of SoCal that lies just outside the spotlight.
Javier “Javi” Balderas Perez accounts for half of one of the most fearsome doubles teams on the planet with MKLeo, but in the PGR v3 season he showed why he is also considered one of Mexico’s best singles players, displaying a large amount of competence in this metagame as well. Javi’s Sheik and Cloud netted him a number of wins and placings, especially during the winter, getting him 9th at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, 25th at GENESIS 4, and 4th at Midwest Mayhem 7. He followed up these performances with more solid showings in the later months, including 33rd at 2GGC: Civil War and 25th at 2GGC: Nairo Saga, collecting wins on MKLeo, Ally, Nietono, falln, and Tyrant along the way.
One of DetonatioN Gaming’s strongest Japanese players, Tokyo’s Yuta “Nietono” Uejima is one of the most mechanically sound players in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Supporting his superb understanding of core fundamentals and clean neutral play, Nietono plays two of the most technical characters in Sheik and Diddy Kong. Both characters’ lightning fast frame data and numerous movement options mesh seamlessly with Nietono’s high technical prowess. Known for being very inconsistent internationally, Nietono’s results outside of Japan finally started to become more stable this season with a 33rd place finish and 17th place finish at S-tier tournaments Genesis 4 and 2GGC Civil War respectively. Nietono is one of the more consistent players in Japan, a region infamous for having the most inconsistent results. Nietono’s best result of the year came from a 5th place finish at A-tier tournament Umebura Japan Major. Nietono’s season was highlighted with wins over top players including komorikiri, Ranai, Kameme, and FOW. If given more opportunities at international events, Nietono has the potential to cause major upsets at the largest events in the next PGR season.
One of Smash Wii U’s biggest and most known personalities made his return to the Top 50 club in the PGR v3 season. Tyrell “NAKAT” Coleman turned the chip on his shoulder into a burst of performances that were most definitely fitting of a player of his caliber in both singles and doubles. An immediate bang came at GENESIS 4 where he placed 17th overall, taking Kameme out of Winner’s bracket while also taking VoiD and ANTi to Game 5. After that came a slew of placements that would drop him right in the middle of the action: another 17th at MomoCon 2017, 25th at Frostbite 2017 and CEO Dreamland, and 33rd at 2GGC: Civil War, but the height of his play came at 2GGC: Greninja Saga, where said play propelled him to 9th place and a victory over Edge, another one of Japan’s best competitors. NAKAT has carried the burden of being on the cusp of immortality in Smash Wii U, showing countless instances of being ready for primetime, but not fully snatching it for himself just yet- and even so, he has proven to be one of game’s best competitors without question.
Considered to be the best Mega Man player in the United States, Most Valuable Gaming’s Andrew “ScAtt” Huntley is renowned for his spacing and character control. Using Mega Man’s signature pellets and other strong zoning tools, the Georgia native is able to masterfully control space between his opponent while adding safe damage in the process. ScAtt is notable for being one of the few players that can play at an extremely high level with one of the more controversial and under used controller options, the Wiimote and Nunchuck. Dropping 9 spots from his PGRv2 ranking, ScAtt had a very tumultuous PGRv3 season. ScAtt’s highest points in his roller coaster-esque season came from a pair of 9th place finishes at S-tier event 2GGC: Nairo Saga and A-tier event CEO Dreamland. Even with less than average placements this season, ScAtt still managed to pick up wins over accomplished players including Tweek, ZD, Rich Brown, Fatality, ImHip, Regi and JK. With making his 3rd consecutive appearance on the PGR in a row, ScAtt has proven he is still one of the most talented players in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.