SSBMRank 2016: 21-25

We've arrived at the coveted Top 25 spots. Who's made the cut?
SSBMRank 2016: Day 9 © Melee It On Me
By Daniel "Tafokints" Lee

Today’s list features a group of players that grinded for endless hours to get to where they are today.

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 Eden), 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 25: Colbol © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 7.920
Last year's rank: 21
Other placements:
9th: WTFox 2, 1st: Rise of the Empire, 1st: Fight Pitt VI, 2nd: Frame One

Colin "Colbol" Green is crazy! He is crazy fast, crazy aggressive and crazy good at Melee. His best national placing was Top 12 at Genesis 3, where he beat Lord, Hugs, but he really shined at the regional level. He won Fight Pitt 6, beating n0ne and dizzkidboogie while only dropping two games the entire tournament; he placed second at Frame One, beating HugS and Axe; and he finished first at Rise of the Empire, where he eliminated Duck, Gahtzu and Swedish Delight. Colbol's 2016 was great, but if he stays consistent and continues to level up, his 2017 will be even crazier.

Written by: Matthew Moore
Edited by: Noam Radcliffe

Rank 24: Professor Pro © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 8.036
Last year's rank: 34
Other placements:
1st: Summit 2016, 5th: Heir 3, 4th: Olympus, 5th: DreamHack Winter 2016, 4th: Shots Fired 2, 5th: B.E.A.S.T. 6

After shocking the world by taking a set off Hungrybox in late 2015, Aaron "Professor Pro" Thomas finished 2016 as not only the clear No. 1 in the United Kingdom, but also as one of the five best players in Europe. The English Fox main took sets off Leffen and Ice this year and placed fifth at both B.E.A.S.T. VI and DreamHack Winter 2016. Across the pond, he defeated n0ne, The Moon, Shroomed and Swedish Delight, taking out the latter two en route to a fifth place finish at UGC Smash Open. With another great year-end tournament, Professor Pro once again shows promise and potential going into the new year.

Written by: Anokh Palakurthi
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 23: Druggedfox © Matt Seal/Juggleguy

Rating: 8.044
Last year's rank: 18
Other placements:
1st: TGL Monthly 4, 9th: CEO 2016, 5th: Olympus, 9th: WTFox 2, 1st: Kill Roy 2

2016 was a year of discovery for Sami "Druggedfox" Muhanna. His Sheik brought him into the national consciousness in 2015, but he reset at the start of the year and developed his Fox and Falco before eventually settling on his namesake Fox. The transition period at the beginning of the year was rocky, but the past six months suggest that the No. 1 player in Georgia is back and better than ever. With wins over Axe, MacD, SFAT and Ice, a ninth place finish at UGC Smash Open, and a tournament victory at Eden, Druggedfox has proven that his Fox is not to be slept on.

Written by: Nick Buckman
Edited by: Henry Fellner

Rank 22: ChuDat © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 8.063
Last year's rank: 35
Other placements:
3rd: Heir 3, 7th: CEO 2016, 1st: Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 1/20

Daniel "ChuDat" Rodriguez never ceases to amaze with his signature Ice Climbers. The Virginia native finished in the Top 24 of all seven majors he entered this year, and placed third and seventh at Heir 3 and CEO 2016, respectively. He took home impressive victories from every event, including The Moon, Druggedfox, Westballz and SFAT, and became the only Ice Climbers player ever to take a game off Armada’s Peach. ChuDat’s play this year has been stellar, even managing to improve over 2015, and the 13-year Melee veteran shows absolutely no signs of slowing down.

Written by: John Craytor
Edited by: Noam Radcliffe

Rank 21: The Moon © Thomas Tischio

Rating: 8.211
Last year's rank: 28
Other placements:
2nd: Shots Fired 2, 5th: WTFox 2, 7th: Clutch City Clash, 2nd: Heir 3, 2nd: Olympus

Mr. "That’s Not Safe" himself, Ryan "The Moon" Coker-Welch has had his most explosive year yet. His outsized personality matches his aggressive and swing-happy Marth, which has won him phenomenal placings this year including ninth and 17th at The Big House 6 and Evo 2016, respectively. Also, he was recently voted in to Smash Summit 3, which dramatically increased his exposure and gave him the opportunity to train with the best of the best. That combined with his recent pickup by Team Misfits indicates a strong upward trajectory for this fan favorite. Expect to see The Moon in Top 8s throughout 2017.

Written by: Noam Radcliffe
Edited by: Henry Fellner

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