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2019's Pro Rank Changes, Month by Month


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We’ve know had a full year of Smash Ultimate’s nascent competitive scene. In that time, we’ve seen MkLeo go from prospective #1, to definite #1. We’ve seen Tweek go from contender for #1, to losing at locals, back to top 2, back to top 10, and back to top 2. We’ve seen VoiD and Cosmos fall off, and Maister rise to top 10 in the world.

With 2019 on it’s way out, what better time to look at the month-to-month rankings of our favorite competitive players.

1. January

Notable tournaments: Glitch 6, SoCal Chronicles, Umebura SP2, Smash Conference United

  1. VoiD - 1664
  2. Tweek - 1659
  3. ImHip - 1649
  4. WaDi - 1635
  5. Nicko - 1631
  6. ZD - 1622
  7. Light - 1620
  8. Stroder - 1620
  9. ザクレイ - 1614
  10. Eon - 1613
  11. Elegant - 1604
  12. yeti - 1603
  13. MkLeo - 1600
  14. Larry Lurr - 1598
  15. Lui$ - 1595

These rankings are here just for curiosity’s sake. At this early point in Ultimate’s history, the biggest tournaments were Glitch 6 and SoCal Chronicles; Smash Conference United, Leo’s first real ultimate victory, is very underweighted by it’s limited size.

As we can see, it’s mostly SoCal players and people who did very well at Glitch.

2. Feburary

Notable Tournaments: Genesis 6, Frostbite 2019, Heart of Battle

  1. Tweek - 1920
  2. MkLeo - 1905
  3. Shuton - 1829
  4. VoiD - 1811
  5. zackray - 1810
  6. Dabuz - 1803
  7. Light - 1794
  8. Cosmos - 1778
  9. Nairo - 1776
  10. Lea - 1770
  11. Samsora - 1758
  12. Myran - 1744
  13. ZD - 1742
  14. MVD - 1741
  15. Glutonny - 1738

February was quite a month. Unfortunate for MkLeo, his win at Genesis at the beginning of February, and #1 ranking at the beginning, was closed out by Tweek with big wins, including a double-elimination at Frostbite, near the end of February.

VoiD is still on-fire from his 2nd place at Genesis. Nairo is shockingly low for the perennial top 3, usually top 2 player in Smash 4. Samsora slumped after a respectable placements at Genesis.

Myran showed his potential as a top player at Frostbite, taking out Shuton in the famous “dair a pikmin” match.

The Japanese invasion began; Shuton rounds out the top 3, and Lea inches into the top 15.

3. March

Notable Tournaments: Battle of BC 3, Collision 2019, Ultimate Nimbus, Full Bloom 5

  1. (+1) MkLeo - 1905
  2. (-1) Tweek - 1900
  3. (+4) Light - 1851
  4. (+2) Dabuz - 1835
  5. (-2) Shuton - 1829
  6. (-2) VoiD - 1821
  7. (+9) ESAM - 1819
  8. (-3) zackray - 1810
  9. (+26) Ally - 1799
  10. (-1) Nairo - 1796
  11. (-3) Cosmos - 1795
  12. (+19) Marss - 1787
  13. (+1) MVD - 1780
  14. (-4) Lea - 1770
  15. (+11) Stroder - 1768

MkLeo does a Luigi, winning the #1 spot back by doing absolutely nothing. A poor showing at Ultimate Nimbus tanked Tweek’s rating.

In the meantime, you-know-who’s Snake began to climb the ranks, Cosmos began to fall off, and Marss appears at #11 after a good showing at Full Bloom and Collision. Wonder if we’ll ever see that guy again.

The actual major tournament that occured here was Summit, however our system counts it as a local and PGR for whatever reason did not include it either, so unfortunately Leo gained nothing with his actual big win.

4. April

Notable tournaments: Umebura Japan Major 2019, 2GG: Prime Saga, Pound 2019, Come To Papa 3

  1. (+4) Shuton - 1958
  2. (+0) Tweek - 1903
  3. (-2) MkLeo - 1896
  4. (-1) Light - 1882
  5. (+5) Nairo - 1872
  6. (+3) Ally - 1866
  7. (+1) zackray - 1866
  8. (-4) Dabuz - 1861
  9. (+10) Samsora - 1854
  10. (+81) Kameme - 1843
  11. (+1) Marss - 1842
  12. (+18) Tea - 1837
  13. (+8) Glutonny - 1837
  14. (-1) MVD - 1836
  15. (+5) Myran - 1819

Shuton comes in with a vengeance. A big win at Prime Saga and 2nd at Umebura puts him on top of the world. On the other side of that, Kameme rises as one of the few players in the world to ever win an S-tier event.

On the other side, Leo has (spoilers) his worst ranking at any point, falling to 3rd after 33th at Umebura, 7th at Pound and 7th at Prime Saga. Part of this seems to playing this weird anime character called Joker. I mean, Reddit said he’s mid tier at best–I really think he’s wasting his time.

5. May

Notable Tournaments: Smash’N’Splash 5, Momocon 2019, Get On My Level 2019, Combo Breaker 2019, Stunfest 2019

  1. (+2) MkLeo - 2054
  2. (+9) Marss - 1987
  3. (-1) Tweek - 1979
  4. (+5) Samsora - 1974
  5. (-4) Shuton - 1966
  6. (+0) Ally - 1965
  7. (-2) Nairo - 1932
  8. (-4) Light - 1928
  9. (+12) VoiD - 1920
  10. (-2) Dabuz - 1900
  11. (+27) Shoyo James - 1890
  12. (+4) Cosmos - 1887
  13. (-6) zackray - 1873
  14. (-1) Glutonny - 1868
  15. (+2) ESAM - 1862

May: The Empire Strikes Back

Leo’s back, playing a new broken DLC character, with big wins at Momocon and Smash’N’Splash. Tweek’s having middling results, though his month began with a win at GOML, and Marss makes an argument for top 3 in the world. Samsora recovers from his slump, making 2nd at SnS.

Cosmos continues to fall, and we see Rivers just barely miss top 8s.

While all this is happening, Zackray is also slumping from big heights around February.

6. June

Notable Tournaments: CEO 2019, Battlegate, Just Roll With It! 11

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2169
  2. (+0) Marss - 2021
  3. (+3) Ally - 2008
  4. (-1) Tweek - 1990
  5. (-1) Samsora - 1978
  6. (-1) Shuton - 1966
  7. (+3) Dabuz - 1944
  8. (-1) Nairo - 1933
  9. (+5) Glutonny - 1917
  10. (-2) Light - 1898
  11. (-2) VoiD - 1896
  12. (+1) zackray - 1873
  13. (-1) Cosmos - 1871
  14. (+2) MVD - 1867
  15. (+0) ESAM - 1866

Leo just can’t lose, winning another (almost) S-tier at CEO 2019, his 3rd in the span of a month. All eyes are on him for Evo. On the other hand, Marss is still doing great, being 2nd at CEO after a notable Tweek absence.

After CEO, things quieted down for a while; EVO was on everyone’s mind. But, we’re going have one more pre-Evo month.

7. July

Notable Tournaments: Albion 4, Low Tier City 4, 2GG: Breakthrough, Smash Factor 8, Defend the North 2019

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2163
  2. (+0) Marss - 2054
  3. (+1) Tweek - 2036
  4. (-1) Ally - 2008
  5. (+0) Samsora - 2003
  6. (+1) Dabuz - 1995
  7. (+2) Glutonny - 1965
  8. (+0) Nairo - 1933
  9. (-3) Shuton - 1933
  10. (+1) VoiD - 1896
  11. (-1) Light - 1883
  12. (+2) MVD - 1880
  13. (+0) Cosmos - 1878
  14. (+7) Pandarian - 1864
  15. (+0) ESAM - 1857

The calm before the storm: no S-tiers this month, just anticipation for Evo. Marss makes a case for himself, defeating Leo (not something you say every day) at Smash Factor 8.

Tweek seemingly recovers with a new character (Pokemon Trainer), crushing Low Tier City 4.

Samsora, too, wins a tournament here too, finishing off Defend the North 2019 with a Southern victory.

Albion 4 also had a different winner–Gluttony, the penguin Wario, beating favorite Dabuz.

So the month before Evo ends with Leo on top of the world still, Marss, Tweek, and Samsora winning smaller tournaments.

PGR BREAK

Here’s also when the first PGR season ended, and thus the first PGR release in Ultimate history. The first PGRU went as followed (first 15)

  1. MkLeo
  2. Tweek
  3. Marss
  4. Samsora
  5. Shuton
  6. Ally
  7. Dabuz
  8. Nairo
  9. VoiD
  10. Light
  11. Cosmos
  12. Zackray
  13. Myran
  14. Glutonny
  15. Tea

In the end, I had Ally a bit higher, Glutonny much higher, Dabuz 1 higher, Cosmos slightly slower, Shuton much lower, and had ESAM over Tea.

8. August

Notable Tournaments: Evo 2019, Super Smash Con 2019, Shine 2019, 2GG: Switchfest 2019

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2256
  2. (+3) Samsora - 2154
  3. (+0) Tweek - 2108
  4. (-2) Marss - 2042
  5. (+3) Nairo - 2007
  6. (+0) Dabuz - 1987
  7. (-3) Ally - 1972
  8. (-1) Glutonny - 1967
  9. (+0) Shuton - 1953
  10. (+7) zackray - 1915
  11. (+4) ESAM - 1903
  12. (+8) Maister - 1903
  13. (-2) Light - 1901
  14. (+2) Kameme - 1897
  15. (-3) MVD - 1880

An explosive time in Smash History, Leo wins the two largest tournaments of Smash History back to back, Samsora has a good performance at Evo, a great performance at Smashcon, and an amazing one at Shine to take #2.

Tweek has a great Evo, but falls off a little.

Other things to note is the rise of Maister, who went from dark horse to serious threat after finally having great performances at an S-tier, Light slumping, and Nairo slowly but surely climbing the ladder throughout the months.

9. September

Notable Tournaments: Mainstage, Glitch 7 - Minus World, Umebura SP5, Port Priority 5

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2267
  2. (+0) Samsora - 2114
  3. (+0) Tweek - 2094
  4. (+1) Nairo - 2082
  5. (-1) Marss - 2077
  6. (+7) Light - 2009
  7. (-1) Dabuz - 1997
  8. (+3) ESAM - 1987
  9. (-1) Glutonny - 1975
  10. (-1) Shuton - 1946
  11. (-4) Ally - 1939
  12. (+2) Kameme - 1917
  13. (+4) VoiD - 1910
  14. (-2) Maister - 1907
  15. (-5) zackray - 1894

Nairo has his big break through, joining the small club of players who have won S-tiers. Tweek actually lost some points this month, just not much. Leo and Samsora retain #1 and #2.

Light has a big resurgence, and so did ESAM, who also won a big tournament this month.

10. October

Notable Tournaments: The Big House 9, Ultimate Fighting Arena 2019

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2261
  2. (+1) Tweek - 2103
  3. (-1) Samsora - 2100
  4. (+0) Nairo - 2095
  5. (+0) Marss - 2066
  6. (+1) Dabuz - 2032
  7. (+2) Glutonny - 2023
  8. (-2) Light - 2015
  9. (+5) Maister - 2014
  10. (+5) zackray - 2010
  11. (-3) ESAM - 1970
  12. (-2) Shuton - 1950
  13. (-1) Kameme - 1937
  14. (+5) Salem - 1907
  15. (-4) Ally - 1907

Not that much happened this month; Zackray has a resurgence, Leo has fun in Europe.

11. November

Notable Tournaments: Umebura SP7, Dreamhack Atlanta, Tristate Showdown

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2269
  2. (+1) Samsora - 2121
  3. (+1) Nairo - 2114
  4. (+1) Marss - 2106
  5. (-3) Tweek - 2098
  6. (+1) Glutonny - 2055
  7. (-1) Dabuz - 2046
  8. (+2) zackray - 2025
  9. (+0) Maister - 2014
  10. (-2) Light - 2011
  11. (+0) ESAM - 1978
  12. (+0) Shuton - 1948
  13. (+0) Kameme - 1934
  14. (+4) Cosmos - 1909
  15. (+8) Dark Wizzy - 1905

Again, a pretty light month; Tweek had a new character crisis, trying out Joker with some success, but falling to Nairo at Tristate Showdown; Marss won something at Dreamhack. Umebura happened.

Behind the scenes, Dark Wizzy was slowly but surely climbing the ranks, and now he finally pops into the top 15.

12. December

Notable Tournaments: 2GG Kongo Saga

  1. (+0) MkLeo - 2292
  2. (+3) Tweek - 2120
  3. (+0) Nairo - 2109
  4. (-2) Samsora - 2107
  5. (-1) Marss - 2106
  6. (+0) Glutonny - 2082
  7. (+2) Maister - 2038
  8. (-1) Dabuz - 2038
  9. (+1) Light - 2026
  10. (-2) zackray - 2015
  11. (+0) ESAM - 1978
  12. (+0) Shuton - 1966
  13. (+0) Kameme - 1931
  14. (+8) WaDi - 1915
  15. (+5) Tea - 1909

The last month came with the last S-tier, and once again Leo won. Tweek surged back to #2 after two close sets (losing to Leo 3-2 is literally the best way to lose in an Elo system; you only lose about 4 Elo points) against him.

Tea and Wadi jump into the upper echelon, Maister continues to go up and up and up.

And that wraps up the first year of Ultimate. Though fairly rowdy in the beginning, by May a definite heirarchy had appeared. The quad of MkLeo, Tweek, Samsora, and Marss were top 5 ever since. Nairo joins towards the end, making a seemingly impenetrable block at the upper ranks.

Will a new player enter the top 5? Only time can tell.

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