SSBMRank 2016: 91-100

The first 10 players on this year's Top 100 is a mix of first-timers and veterans.
SSBMRank 2016: Day 1 © Melee It On Me
By Daniel "Tafokints" Lee

Welcome to our fourth edition of SSBMRank. This year we have partnered with Red Bull to unveil the list. Before we begin, I wanted to acknowledge all of the volunteers that helped with creating the ballots, voting, fact checking, writing, editing and taking pictures.

As a quick reminder, the SSBMRank panelists are comprised of a large group of players, figureheads and community volunteers that rate the placers. Voters rated players based on the following criterion:  

Given the quality and quantity of work in 2016 (From Genesis 3 to UGC), if everyone entered 100 tournaments, who on average would place the best?

Panelists voted on a 1-10 scale with the best player receiving a "10" and the worst player on the list receiving a "1." Ballots that were not scaled properly were rescaled using an algorithm to place the best player at a "10" and the worst player at a "1." With over 50 panelists this year, we also decided to remove the two lowest and two highest ratings before taking the average in order to reduce the variance.

Without further ado, let’s get to the rankings! 

Rank 100: Drunk Sloth © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.261
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
3rd: The Smash House, 9th: Frame One, 1st: Unrivaled 3  

Jay "Drunk Sloth" Dahya made great strides in his gameplay during the second half of the year. After his run at Evo 2016, where he finished 33rd, he focused on the other aspects of his Ice Climbers game; specifically, he avoided wobbling opportunities to become more familiar with other situations. This paid off for him as he pulled off wins against the likes of Porkchops and Druggedfox at The Smash House.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Anokh Palakurthi & Matt Knutson

Rank 99: 4% © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.299
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
5th: Kill Roy: Volume 2  

Though he's not the most well-known name, David "4%" Long has had a solid 2016. The best player in Northeastern Ohio scored wins over strong players, such as Laudandus and Alex19, to keep his patient Jigglypuff on the map. His 17th place finish at UGC Smash Open belies his performance there — he upset dizzkidboogie and only lost to Leffen and Mango. This strong showing at the end of the year gives him great momentum going into 2017.

Written by: Jack McDonald
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 98: Nightmare © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.314
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
5th: Frozen Phoenix, 17th: CEO 2016  

Indisputably the flashiest Marth north of the border, Vikram "Nightmare" Bassi began his journey into notoriety the way many Marths do — by upsetting Foxes. Carrying wins on Weon-X and Chillindude, EMG’s very own “6 God” quickly gained a reputation as a Fox slayer, but more recently has demonstrated a flexible sensibility with his development, earning him wins on Trulliam, Fork and 4%.

Written by: KirbyKaze
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 97: $mike © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.326
Last year's rank: 85
Other placements:
17th: CEO 2016, 4th: Super FamiCon 2016, 1st: Sweet Zone 2  

Mike "$mike" Scaturchio, pronounced "Money Mike”, is the top ranked player in North Carolina. His standout performances this year include wins over DJ Nintendo and Milkman at Super Smash Con 2016, and a losers bracket run to 17th place at CEO 2016 that went through Toph, Captain Smuckers and A Rookie.

Written by: Nick Buckman
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 96: Vanity Angel © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.331
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
5th: Kickstart 13, 7th: Heir 3, 7th: Kickstart 5

Robby "Vanity Angel" Gee is known for his aggressive Peach style and old-school fundamentals. The highlight of his year was his performance at Heir 3, where he defeated Zgetto and Amsah en route to a Top 8 finish. Despite lacking funds and living in a region low on practice partners, Vanity Angel is ranked Top 20 in Europe and now Top 100 worldwide.

Written by: Vincent Tam
Edited by: Zach McCormick

Rank 95: JFlex © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.354
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
33rd: CEO 2016, 3rd: Nebs After Dark, 4th: Nebulous Prime #64

When the community talks about solid players, Jacob "JFlex" Pinto often slips under the radar, but his solid Sheik routinely places well at Tri-State locals and regionals. In 2016, he created a solid baseline of performances with Top 64 finishes at Genesis 3, Pound 2016 and The Big House 6. With Swedish Delight moving to New York, Jflex is now the undisputed best player in New Jersey.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 94: Porkchops © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.365
Last year's rank: 93
Other placements:
7th: Come to Papa 2, 3rd: TGL 10

Clay "Porkchops" Moulton has traveled less in 2016, but he still performs incredibly well in Florida, where he defeated Wizzrobe at The Smash House invitational. His meticulous use of Falco's lasers were largely influenced by his mentor Beerman; combine that with his strong punish game, and you get a player that's incredibly difficult to deal with. As a result, he often tilts his opponents into making big mistakes.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Anokh Palakurthi

Rank 93: NMW © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.505
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
7th: Emerald City III, 17th: NorCal Loves Teams, 17th: SSS: Blood For Blood

Hard work paid off for Nicholas "NMW" Whittier in 2016. He consistently worked to refine his neutral and punish game, regularly taking sets off the upper echelon of NorCal players. He's also known for grinding money matches against Top 50 level players — and winning them. It'll only be a matter of time before NMW starts placing significantly higher at majors.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Anokh Palakurthi

Rank 92: Darrell © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.518
Last year's rank: 83
Other placements:
7th: SSS: Blood For Blood

Despite the rarity of Darrell "Darrell" White's appearances this year, the NorCal vet has still shown that he's capable of solid tournament runs. He placed 13th and 7th at NorCal Loves Teams and SSS: Blood 4 Blood, respectively, and made Top 64 at The Big House 6. Along the way, he beat Frootloop, Alex19, Kira, and Fuzzyness. If Darrell can get more chances to travel in 2017, he will continue to prove himself as one of the top Samus players in the world.

Written by: Luke Romeo
Edited by: Aidan Lilienfeld

Rank 91: Phil © SSBMRank

Rating: 4.547
Last year's rank: 92
Other placements:
17th: Norcal Loves Teams

NorCal’s very own Phil "Phil" DeBerry, known for his hilarious personality and vintage style of Melee commentary, is also a top level threat as a player. His veteran Fox play brought him solid results in 2016 despite not traveling out of his region very much. Phil's best moment this year came at UGC Smash Open, where he defeated Colbol and Shinobi in losers bracket for an excellent 17th place finish.

Written by: Luke Romeo
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Credits

Head Editor: Andrew “PracticalTAS” Nestico
Graphics: Desiree “TinyKasama” Macasieb, Matthew “Icarus” Harmon, Nick “DarkDragoon” Konstantino

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