With thousands of competitors in the Smash Wii U scene, cutting down everything to highlight the Top 50 leaves out many a player from the spotlight.
These are the honorable mentions for the PGRv3 that just missed the mark -- Area 51.
We do not consider the differences between these players to be statistically significant, so we are calling them all #51.
By: Dom Moore
Editor's Note: To better understand how these players were ranked, refer to the FAQ.
James “Shoyo James” Wade
James had one of the hottest starts to the PGR v3 season, using his mix of Luigi and Diddy Kong to take sets from Ally, Captain Zack, and Tyrant en route to 2nd at Midwest Mayhem 6. He remained silent throughout spring, only reappearing on the public radar in the summer at Smash N Splash 3, where he placed 9th and took Larry Lurr to a last-stock-last-hit situation in Game 5 of their set.
Note: Ned was DQ'd due to not attending SNS3
Shawn “K9sbruce” Bruce
The future King of Smash, K9sbruce from SoCal, found himself just outside the Top 50 this season as well. His peaks, including 9th at 2GGC: GENESIS Saga, where he knocked falln and Marss out of Winner’s bracket, and 25th at GENESIS 4, beating Ryo in Loser’s, were unfortunately not enough to secure a spot on the PGR v3.
Eric “Tyrant” Legesse
This will be the first edition of the PGR that will not feature Tyrant, who is known globally as one of SoCal’s titans and a top Meta Knight main. Under-performances at key events ended up being his downfall, however he did manage to break Top 16 at an A Tier event by placing 13th at 2GGC: Greninja Saga. Tyrant also beat Rich Brown, Dath, and saj this past season in order to stay in the race.
Albert “Trela” Miliziano*
*Trela announced his retirement from competitive Smash after 2GGC: Civil War.
The Super Smash Bros. Brawl veteran Trela was equally known for his prolonged absences as he was his profound appearances, but after 2GGC: Civil War, he decided that his time was up- this time with no reappearance slated, stating that his “..Smash career was complete”. However, he failed to leave quietly, placing 17th at 2GGC: Civil War, and also defeating MKLeo, Rich Brown, and Day before hanging up the controller.
Carrington “Wrath” Osborne
Wrath was ultimately done in by his inability to compete consistently during the PGR v3 season, which can be credited to a combination of his young age and still being in school. His varied appearances were quick reminders that he has not gone anywhere, and that he is still holds a spot in all discussions regarding top Sonic mains, placing 25th at 2GGC: Civil War, 13th at CEO 2017, and 9th at MomoCon 2017. Wrath was also able to accrue wins over ESAM, Mew2King, and Dath during his activity.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for the reveal of the PGRv3 50-41!