SSBMRank 2016: 81-90

Meet the second batch of contenders in this year's Top 100 rankings.
SSBMRank 2016: Day 2 © Melee It On Me
By Daniel "Tafokints" Lee

Welcome to day two of SSBMRank 2016. We have partnered with Red Bull to unveil this year's list.

As a quick reminder, the SSBMRank panelists comprise of a large group of players, figures, 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 fifty 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.

Rank 90: Zanguzen © SleepyK

Rating: 4.607
Last Year's Rank: 68
Other Placements:
5th- Nebulous Prime Melee #64, 5th- KTAR XVI

Alex "Zanguzen" Shnyder, a long-time veteran from the Tri-State region, has a strong defensive game that revolves around Falco's lasers, up-tilts, and back-airs. His disciplined playstyle can frustrate his opponents, creating opportunities through their lack of patience. He didn't attend much this year, but was strong when he did, placing top 64 at Genesis 3 and Pound 2016.

Written By: Nathan Peterson
Edited By: Nick Buckman

Rank 89: Medz © SleepyK

Rating: 4.632
Last Year's Rank: N/A
Other Placements:
3rd: Battlefield 9, 9th: Rewired 2016

Juan "Medz" Garcia is a lesser-known player from Arizona, but he has earned the #2 spot in the state above players like Taj, Forward, and Tai. He totes a technical Fox with fast, aggressive movement, and his playstyle is rounded out with strong punishes and effective recovery. Despite not traveling much in 2016, Medz has taken set wins over out-of-region players like Ken, Eddy Mexico, and Eikelmann.

Written By: Andrew Vo
Edited By: Henry Fellner

Rank 88: Mojo © SleepyK

Rating: 4.661
Last Year's Rank: N/A
Other Placements:
9th: PAX Arena, 7th: Low Tier City 4, 13th: DreamHack Austin 2016,

Texas’ premier Fox main and resident sleeper (preferring his naps to be after winners semis and before winners finals), Oscar “Mojo” Malherbe’s Fox breaks down his opponents with lightning fast reads and demoralizing punishes, all while playing so aggressively you might start to wonder if he has a death wish. The only thing keeping Mojo from world domination is his lack of traveling, and his game plan for 2017 seeks to fix that.

Written By: Jacob Jorgensen
Edited By: Henry Fellner

Rank 87: Ken © SleepyK

Rating: 4.717
Last Year's Rank: 52
Other Placements:
17th: DreamHack Austin 2016, 7th: Super Smash Sundays 40

The King of Smash hasn't had the most stellar year, at least compared to his previous heights. Since the end of 2015, Ken "Ken" Hoang's hand problems have forced him to take more of a backseat to Melee, but he still placed respectably, finishing 33rd and 49th at Genesis 3 and Evo 2016, respectively. With wins against HomeMadeWaffles and Slox, among others in the year, glimpses of potential can be seen for the former world champion.

Written By: Michael Forde
Edited By: Anokh Palakurth

Rank 86: Kira © SleepyK

Rating: 4.771
Last Year's Rank: 60
Other Placements:
13th: Smash N' Splash 2, 13th: SSS: Blood For Blood

Hey guys, you already know David "Kira" Kim's punchline from SSBMTutorials. 2016 has been a redefining year for Kira as he made the full transition from Sheik to Fox. The switch has been a little rough, but he finished with a solid win over Professor Pro at Eden. There is no doubt that he will continue to improve as he continues to reflect on adjusting his mindset while helping any beginners learn the game.

Written By: Daniel Lee
Edited By: Henry Fellner

Rank 85: Fuzzyness © SleepyK

Rating: 4.864
Last Year's Rank: N/A
Other Placements:
4th: Syndicate 2016, 4th: DreamHack Summer 2016, 17th: B.E.A.S.T. 6, 9th: Eclipse 2

Charles "Fuzzyness" Kimmelman is more known these days for his amazing speedrunning skills than tournament play. He has broken many records in single-player Melee, practicing on his Twitch stream and at live events. Still, Fuzzyness carries an underrated competitive resume, pulling together strong wins and placings at European majors such Syndicate 2016, where he placed 4th.

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

Rank 84: Tafokints © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 4.886
Last Year's Rank: 80
Other Placements:
33rd: CEO 2016, 17th: NorCal Loves Teams

Has there ever been a player with such good results but so little faith in himself? Although he's more known for his content creation, and he never practices any more, Daniel "Tafokints" Lee still had solid placings on the year. The current #13 in Southern California scored wins over respectable players like Smashg0d, Eddy Mexico, and the all-time great Azen. That said, if you ever play him, please — don't let him beat you with Fox.

Written By: Anokh Palakurthi
Edited By: Matt Knutson

Rank 83: Reno © SleepyK

Rating: 4.933
Last Year's Rank: 74
Other Placements:
33rd: CEO 2016, 17th: Olympus, 2nd: Get Smashed at the Foundry 100

Will "Reno" Hsiao has been on a long grind to improve his weaker matchups, and the hard work paid off this year. Reno continues to make strides with Fox, but he can also fall back on his tried-and-true Sheik if things aren't working out. He has also had multiple high placings in doubles with Lucky. When he's not playing, you can salivate over the food pictures Reno puts up with the #hsiaochow hashtag.

Written By: Daniel Lee
Edited By: Aidan Lilienfeld

Rank 82: Arc © SleepyK

Rating: 5.010
Last Year's Rank: 87
Other Placements:
13th: PAX Arena, 2nd: Aftershock 2016

Despite a wane in tournament attendance, Texas Marth main Austin "Arc" Conley still performed with the best in 2016. Combining the ability to beat even the quickest spacie with a stylish and unconventional take on the swordsman, Arc was a crowd-pleaser as he took sets off Zhu, ESAM, and Darkatma this year. Finishing top 32, top 16, and top 8 at Genesis 3, PAX Arena, and Clutch City Clash, respectively, Arc is showing no signs of rust going into 2017.

Written By: Ezequiel Pinedo
Edited By: Aidan Lilienfeld

Rank 81: Milkman © SleepyK

Rating: 5.021
Last Year's Rank: N/A
Other Placements:
9th: Olympus

The Milkman always delivers in the Maryland/Virginia region. In prior years, Cory "Milkman" Hong was often under recognized due to his lack of travel. Yet in 2016, he started the year with a bang by defeating Wobbles at Genesis 3. He has made great strides in singles, but he also loves to show off his Fox in doubles, usually teaming with other MD/VA players like Cyrain. There, his strong awareness and fundamentals shine through.

Written By: Daniel Lee
Edited By: Anokh Palakurthi


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

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