SSBMRank 2016: 2
We're at the final two. Who is this year's runner-up?
Well, it's one of two people. Time to find out who finished where.
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.
Last year's rank: 2
1st: PAX Arena, 1st: Battle of the Five Gods, 1st: Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, 1st: Super Nebulous 4, 1st: Smash ‘N’ Splash 2, 1st: Low Tier City 4, 2nd: Smash Summit 2, 2nd: Smash Summit 3, 2nd: DreamHack Winter 2016, 2nd: Canada Cup 2016, 5th: WTFox 2
Make no mistake: This has been the year of Hungrybox. Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma took Battle of the Five Gods, made it to grand finals of both Smash Summits and even clutched out his first Evo title in 10 grueling games against Armada. Hungrybox has been a terror to behold this year, clutching out set after heart-pounding set from the most consistent opponents in the world.
Yet even though he has a winning record over his long-time demon Mango, and even though he was undeniably the best in the world after his Evo win, Hungrybox's biggest victory came after The Big House 6, when he took the plunge and quit his job in pursuit of a full-time Smash career. Now fully committed to the game he loves, a Hungrybox that maintains his legendary clutch factor and continues to optimize his play to never-before-seen heights just might be unstoppable in 2017.
Written by: Josh Kassel
Edited by: Noam Radcliffe
Head Editor: Andrew "PracticalTAS" Nestico
Graphics: Desiree "TinyKasama" Macasieb, Matthew "Icarus" Harmon, Nick "DarkDragoon" Konstantino