SSBMRank 2016: 71-80

Familiar faces and longtime journeymen abound in today's list of Melee stars.
SSBMRank 2016: Day 3
By Daniel "Tafokints" Lee

Welcome to day three of SSBMRank 2016. This year we have partnered with Red Bull to unveil the list.

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.

Rank 80: HomeMadeWaffles © Robert Paul/@tempusrob/

Rating: 5.066
Last year's rank: 64
Other placements:
13th: Clutch City Clash, 5th: Battle of BC, 13th: Smash N' Splash, 7th: NorCal Loves Teams

Brandon "HomeMadeWaffles" Collier, known primarily for his commentary, has long been a force to be reckoned with in-game as well. While he finished just outside of Top 64 at Genesis 3, Pound 2016 and Evo 2016, his run to Top 8 at NorCal Loves Teams saw him earn impressive wins over Silent Spectre, Darrell and Cactuar. Having recently left his job to focus on streaming and improving, this Melee veteran may yet have his best years ahead of him.

Written by: Noam Radcliffe
Edited by: Nick Buckman

Rank 79: Alex19 © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 5.104
Last year's rank: 67
Other placements:
4th: Super Smash Sundays 51 and 52, 17th: NorCal Loves Teams

Alex "Alex19" Ruvalcaba looked great for most of 2016's first half, with wins over Wizzrobe, Silent Wolf and Westballz, but the Norwalk Fox had a quiet second half of the year. The popular streamer and No. 22 on the SoCal Power Rankings is looking to return to form and bounce back in 2017. Moving forward, can Alex19 break the rules and once again show us the magic?

Written by: Anokh Palakurthi
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 78: Fruitloop © SleepyK

Rating: 5.107
Last year's rank: 49
Other placements:
2nd: Oakland's Very Own: Back II Back, 33rd: CEO 2016, 9th: SSS: Blood For Blood

A transplant to NorCal from Madison, Wisconsin, Frank "Frootloop" Borden changed mains as well as regions this year. He found success regardless of character, finishing 25th and 33rd at Evo 2016 and CEO 2016, respectively. He also acheived 15th on the NorCal PR in his first season, persevering despite his switch to Sheik. He has proven that he has the fundamentals to play as any character, and if he finds his groove, he could be a serious contender in 2017.

Written by: Josh Kassel
Edited by: Henry Fellner & Matt Knutso

Rank 77: Trulliam © Matt Seal/Juggleguy

Rating: 5.109
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
13th: Canada Cup 2016, 13th: EGLX, 17th: Smash N' Splash

Ranked No. 3 in Southern Ontario, William "Trulliam" Truong makes his debut on this year's Top 100 list. The Canadian didn't travel extensively, but he impressed with a 33rd-place finish at The Big House 6, where he beat Slox and nearly upset Shroomed. He also took sets off of strong players like Professor Pro, n0ne and DJ Nintendo in 2016. As a result, he's made a name for himself as one of the best up-and-coming Falcos and someone to watch closely in 2017.

Written by: Martin Gale
Edited by: Matt Knutson

Rank 76: Ka-Master © ShowdownGG

Rating: 5.139
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
5th: Rewired 2016, 2nd: Super Smash Sundays 40

It's a treat to see Ammon "Ka-Master" Styles return to majors after a quiet 2015. He carries a storied legacy as one of the best Luigi mains of all time, and his near-decade of experience helped him pick up some solid results this year: He placed Top 64 at both Genesis 3 and The Big House 6. There's no telling what we'll see from Ka-Master in 2017 if he continues to have the opportunity to compete.

Written by: Henry Fellner
Edited by: Aidan Lilienfeld

Rank 75: Drephen © Matt Seal/Juggleguy

Rating: 5.2178
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
1st: BOPME 14, 2nd: Kill Roy 2, 5th: Kings of the North V, 17th: WTFox 2, 25th: Smash N' Splash 2, 4th: Rubicon 12

After a stellar 2015, Drew "Drephen" Scoles continued the top level play he's exhibited since the early days of Melee. This year, he continued to hold a strong grasp on the Midwest as one of its best players. He's improved his regional performance this year, taking multiple sets off of Kels, Duck and Prince Abu. With no signs of stopping soon, Drephen looks to continue building on one of the greatest legacies in Melee.

Written by: Mitchell Keller
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 74: Tai © SleepyK

Rating: 5.240
Last year's rank: 90
Other placements:
7th: Low Tier City 4, 2nd: Battlefield 9, 9th: Rewired 2016

It's been a solid 2016 for Andrew "Tai" Vo, who defeated Javi at Low Tier City 4 and Kage at Evo 2016. His silky smooth Marth mixes technical movement with gaudy punishes. People tend to sleep on Tai when it comes to the pool of high level players, but he always has the potential to put together a serious run.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Aidan Lilienfeld

Rank 73: Lovage © Matt Seal/Juggleguy

Rating: 5.261
Last year's rank: N/A
Other placements:
3rd: 805 Alive 3

As a semi-retired player and prominent commentator, Oscar "Lovage" Nilsson enjoyed a quiet but strong year. Finishing Top 64 at both Genesis 3 and The Big House 6, along with an impressive Top 48 at Evo 2016, Lovage showed little rust as he took sets off Slox, Connor and Squid with his patented technical blue Fox. As soon as people begin to forget Lovage’s legacy, the Big House 1 champion emerges and shows why he was once one of the best in the world.

Written by: Hector Arzola
Edited by: Nick Buckman

Darkatma: Rank 72 © SleepyK

Rating: 5.430
Last year's rank: 56
Other placements:
4th: Full Bloom 2, 13th: Smash N' Splash 2, 13th: WTFox 2, 13th: NorCal Loves Teams, 5th: SoCal Colosseum 2

Binyan "Darkatma" Lin has been a mentor to many players in his time in the Midwest. He recently returned to NorCal, where he spars with other high level players and will hopefully improve to new peaks. He plays his Sheik and Peach aggressively, utilizing fast movement to overwhelm his opponents and force big mistakes.

Written by: Daniel Lee
Edited by: Aidan Lilienfeld 

Rank 71: Kalamazhu © SleepyK

Rating: 5.4734
Last year's rank: 57
Other placements:
13th: SSS: Blood For Blood, 25th: CEO 2016

Peach main Kyle "Kalamazhu" Zhu moved to San Francisco late last year from his original home in Michigan. Kalamazhu, one of the three stooges of the Midwest, has shown that he can hang with the big boys in NorCal — he's already ninth on their Winter Power Rankings. After his strong CEO 2016 performance, which included a win over Colbol and a 25th-place finish, Kalamazhu looks to continue to improve in the NorCal scene.

Written by: Henry Fellner
Edited by: Aidan Lilienfeld


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

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