SSBMRank 2016: 3
After a long 2015, a certain kid staged a comeback tour of the century, retaking his place in SSBM.
The remaining players have won a multitude of majors. They are strong threats to win any event and have shown dominance over the majority of the year.
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: 4
1st: DreamHack Austin 2016, 1st: WTFox 2, 2nd: Pax Arena, 2nd: Battle of the Five Gods, 2nd: Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, 2nd: Low Tier City 4, 3rd: Clutch City Clash, 4th: Smash Summit 3, 4th: Smash Summit 2, 4th: DreamHack Winter 2016
What a difference a year makes. 2015 was Joseph "Mango" Marquez's roughest in the modern era, with only a small handful of major wins and placements dipping as low as 17th. 2016 could not be more different; Mango started off the year by showcasing a new and improved Fox and storming through the loser’s bracket of Genesis 3.
He has placed fourth or higher at every tournament he's attended save for one and even took The Big House 6 as a super-major win. This extends past success with his modernized Fox; this year all of his characters have seen the spotlight, including a new Marth which saw some light in the counterpick rotation. His records against other top players have also been very impressive; notably, he boasts the highest win rate of any player this year in sets against Armada. With a new coach and newfound drive headed into 2017, one thing is certain: Mango is gunning to return to his throne at No. 1 next year.
Written by: Josh Kassel
Edited by: Noam Radcliffe
Head Editor: Andrew "PracticalTAS" Nestico
Graphics: Desiree "TinyKasama" Macasieb, Matthew “Icarus” Harmon, Nick "DarkDragoon" Konstantino