SSBMRank 2016: 1

Everybody knows who the last player standing is. But let's talk about his greatness anyways.

SSBMRank 2016: Rank 1
SSBMRank 2016: Rank 1© Melee It On Me

So yeah. In case you haven't been following along, Armada gets top marks in SSBMRank 2016. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's get into the meat of why.

As a quick reminder, the SSBMRank panelists are comprised 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 Smash Open), 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 1: Armada
Rank 1: Armada© Robert Paul/@tempusrob/

Rating: 10.000

Last year's rank: 1

Other placements:

1st: B.E.A.S.T 6, 1st: Smash Summit 2, 1st: Smash Summit 3, 1st: DreamHack Winter 2016, 1st: Heir 3, 1st: Syndicate 2016, 1st: Eclipse 2, 1st: SWEET XXIII, 2nd: WTFox 2

When the Five Gods of Melee were given their monikers, it was a reference to the Five Gods of Japanese fighting games, players who dominated the competition across the Street Fighter series and other fighters. Since the title was adopted for players of our game, one God has stood above the rest: Adam "Armada" Lindgren. Armada is the final boss of Melee. He is the obstacle all other players must overcome to be in contention for best in the world.

Armada: Head-to-Head
Armada: Head-to-Head© Melee It On Me

Don't believe us? Here's food for thought: Armada didn't drop a single set this year to a player ranked below fifth on this list. He became the only player to ever three-peat a major tournament series when he took home the title at Smash Summit 3. He is so good at this game that the occasional fifth place finish is considered underperforming. As the years go on, Armada continues to make a case that not only is he the best player in the world, but he is very likely the best player to ever touch this game. That's a claim few — if any — can contest.

Written by: Josh Kassel

Edited by: Noam Radcliffe


Head Editor: Andrew "PracticalTAS" Nestico

Graphics: Desiree "TinyKasama" Macasieb, Matthew "Icarus" Harmon, Nick "DarkDragoon" Konstantino

By Daniel "Tafokints" Lee