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Official 4BR Smash for Wii U Tier List v2.0 (Wii U Version 1.1.6)

--------------------TOP--------------------
S: :4diddy: :4cloud: :4sheik: :rosalina: :4mario: :4sonic: :4fox:
A: :4zss: :4ryu: :4mewtwo: :4bayonetta:
-------------------HIGH--------------------
B: :4pikachu: :4metaknight: :4villager: :4megaman: :4ness:
C: :4tlink: :4corrin: :4marth::4falcon: :4greninja: :4lucario:
--------------------MID---------------------
D: :4yoshi: :4pit: :4dk: :4peach: :4darkpit: :4rob: :4luigi:
E: :4olimar: :4robinm: :4bowser: :4lucas: :4wario: :4myfriends: :4lucina:
--------------------LOW-------------------
F: :4gaw: :4pacman: :4littlemac: :4palutena: :4kirby: :4duckhunt: :4link:
G: :4shulk: :4samus: :4wiifit: :4bowserjr: :4drmario: :4falco: :4feroy:
------------------BOTTOM----------------
H: :4charizard: :4dedede: :4zelda: :4ganondorf: :4jigglypuff:

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Special thanks to @shrooby for the image.

27 votes had Mii Fighters. While we were not able to accrue enough data for XXXX Miis, we did find results with 1111 Miis, which placed them into the bottom tier as follows:
H: :4charizard: :4dedede: :4miigun: :4miibrawl: :4zelda: :4ganondorf: :4miisword: :4jigglypuff:


Character Ordered Average Standard Deviation (Order) Grouped Average Standard Deviation (Group) Weighted Group Difference from v1.0
Diddy Kong 1.32 1.501 9.88 0.391 9.95 +8
Cloud 2.18 2.18 9.84 0.418 9.91 +10
Sheik 2.66 2.734 9.65 0.7 9.82 -2
Rosalina 3.39 2.085 9.66 0.634 9.85 -1
Mario 4.88 2.443 9.33 0.786 9.62 +3
Sonic 5.39 2.756 9.29 0.733 9.61 ±0
Fox 5.88 2.376 9.15 0.776 9.56 ±0
Zero Suit Samus 7.09 2.182 8.83 0.782 9.28 -6
Ryu 8.41 4.165 8.68 0.874 9.14 -5
Mewtwo 8.46 3.07 8.72 0.73 9.21 +27
Bayonetta 8.93 3.914 8.74 0.885 9.14 New
Pikachu 13.88 3.274 7.67 0.9 8.26 -7
Meta Knight 14.54 5.931 7.62 1.092 8.17 -4
Villager 15.07 4.358 7.51 0.806 8.08 -3
Mega Man 15.93 5.837 7.4 0.937 7.95 +13
Ness 16.39 4.916 7.41 1.068 8 -3
Toon Link 16.64 3.739 7.23 0.836 7.82 +5
Corrin 17.85 6.337 7.15 1.107 7.66 New
Marth 19.36 6.852 7.01 1.063 7.47 +23
Captain Falcon 20.95 4.615 6.72 0.922 7.26 -6
Greninja 21.11 5.731 6.8 1.052 7.32 +4
Lucario 21.52 5.405 6.63 0.968 7.14 +1
Yoshi 23.64 5.201 6.42 0.984 6.9 -8
Pit 23.73 6.264 6.39 1.115 6.83 -6
Donkey Kong 24.41 4.854 6.27 0.98 6.68 +2
Peach 24.52 5.898 6.2 1.079 6.64 -7
Dark Pit 24.89 5.888 6.27 1.044 6.68 -10
R.O.B. 25.64 5.393 6.08 1.17 6.51 -8
Luigi 27.34 6.583 5.95 1.126 6.26 -13
Olimar 30.93 7.914 5.62 1.338 5.94 -6
Robin 30.98 6.396 5.42 0.931 5.61 ±0
Bowser 31.55 5.812 5.23 1.018 5.4 -2
Lucas 32.18 7.071 5.17 1.149 5.34 +3
Wario 32.61 4.471 5.26 0.943 5.43 -13
Ike 32.68 5.711 5.06 1.03 5.08 -7
Lucina 34.52 7.746 4.95 1.178 5.08 +13
Mr. Game & Watch 37.8 6.637 4.38 1.337 4.33 +1
Pac-Man 38.73 6.016 4.34 1.097 4.18 -6
Little Mac 38.8 6.891 4.21 1.149 4.01 +7
Palutena 38.91 5.881 4.11 1.156 3.94 +12
Kirby 39.27 6.413 4.23 1.166 4.06 -5
Duck Hunt 40 7.697 4.21 1.303 4.05 +3
Link 40.64 8.186 4.09 1.338 3.94 +1
Shulk 41.77 6.753 3.86 1.267 3.6 -2
Samus 42.66 6.459 3.71 1.186 3.49 +8
Bowser Jr. 43.18 5.907 3.61 1.138 3.33 -10
Wii Fit Trainer 43.18 5.465 3.65 1.043 3.35 -5
Dr. Mario 45.16 4.554 3.47 1.051 3.11 -1
Falco 45.75 4.141 3.25 1.036 2.86 -9
Roy 46.02 5.323 3.38 1.191 3.08 -15
Charizard 48.27 3.763 2.82 1.077 2.48 ±0
King Dedede 49.02 4.06 2.7 1.146 2.32 -6
Mii Gunner 51.26 6.322 2.28 1.124 1.7 +2
Mii Brawler 51.89 6.696 2.26 1.316 1.76 -3
Zelda 52.07 2.235 1.92 0.616 1.49 +3
Ganondorf 52.66 2.254 1.9 0.651 1.47 ±0
Mii Swordfighter 53.85 3.951 2.04 0.947 1.53 -2
Jigglypuff 53.98 1.433 1.72 0.604 1.35 -1

--------------------TOP--------------------
S: Diddy Kong, Cloud, Sheik, Rosalina, Mario, Sonic, Fox
A: Zero Suit Samus, Ryu, Mewtwo, Bayonetta
-------------------HIGH--------------------
B: Pikachu, Meta Knight, Villager, Mega Man, Ness
C: Toon Link, Corrin, Marth, Captain Falcon, Greninja, Lucario
--------------------MID---------------------
D: Yoshi, Pit, Donkey Kong, Peach, Dark Pit, R.O.B., Luigi
E: Olimar, Robin, Bowser, Lucas, Wario, Ike, Lucina
--------------------LOW-------------------
F: Mr. Game & Watch, Pac-Man, Little Mac, Palutena, Kirby, Duck Hunt, Link
G: Shulk, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Falco, Roy
------------------BOTTOM----------------
H: Charizard, King Dedede, Zelda, Ganondorf, Jigglypuff


You can read the full article here.

The Tier List v1.0 Impressions Thread can be found here for archival's sake.

As with v1.0, a fleshed out blurb as well as special thanks can b e found there, and should be the primary reference point. The tier list assumes no custom movesets. As with the last tier list thread, this thread is to focus on the list and not off-topic discussion; the article is there for you otherwise. Feel free to ask questions (you can tag myself or @Shaya if you'd like, and hopefully we can get a few more members on board to answer some questions!)
 
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Frequently Asserted Complaints (FACs)

"Headers and separations used aren't what I expected!"

Using the point gaps between averages, characters have been separated as you see them now. While seeing X character at the top is something many of you likely disagree with, the amount of characters in the highest tier is something more to remark on of how close they ended up being together. While this list suggests a definite #1, it's much closer than people probably want to make it out to be. As much as people like to knock this game's balance, it's actually a pretty well balanced game (outside of the glaring exceptions) for a large amount of the cast.

We decided to stick with individual letters purely because of aesthetic purposes. We could have used pluses or minuses but we felt that it looked a bit better. I wouldn't read too much into it, but we do appreciate that there is feedback coming on it.

"These orders are bad, this voting structure isn't accurate!"

Through the voting format's structure (as many chars as you want per tier, you can see my vote for an example), it would be wise to look at the data directly (applies to a lot) to address concerns. Tier divisions were created when certain gaps in the points were met (9.88 - 1.72 making up the entirety of the vote range, split into five for each of the tiers) and individual characters ended up in certain tiers based on their specific points (10-9, 9-8, etc) with a few exceptions (Greninja, Captain Falcon and Lucario being bumped up to high tier).

We also opted to do average group ratings to remove any sort of subjectivity; this made the tiers happen in the end. We opted to avoid single or double character tiers, as well as massive tiers with arguably too many characters, with the lowest amount of characters in a tier being 4 and the highest being 7.

"I CAN'T TELL IF IT IS RESULTS OR MATCH UP BASED TIER LIST!"

Results become more obvious basis for tiers in the long term. Match ups become more universally understood over time. Neither of these are even a fraction as extensive as Melee and Brawl (+64) with their many years of history. People naturally come closer to a consensus with these ideas through reinforcement and clarification. Until then, a single person's rhetoric may be a lot more influential on opinions than we'd hope.
This is where at least having a tier list is nice. When you can start to say to people who think X is a lot lower than they should be, "look at Y,Z,M,A,R,T,H; you think they're all as good? wow, look at these results" and it's pretty effective.

This is a huge cast (even bigger than Marvel VS Capcom 2 now!). For many voters this was the first time they had created a tier list earnestly (there were quite a few newcomers in addition to the veterans of the previous tier list) and we tried to keep the format a bit more streamlined this time around. We didn't strong arm anyone over whether they thought that X character is overrated due to how their match ups have personally gone at majors within the last 6 months, or underrated for the other reason.

Follow Up Article can be found here:
https://smashboards.com/threads/4br-tier-list-v2-0-followup.441975/#post-21465542
 
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Welcome to the Character Competitive Impressions thread. This is the master discussion covering comparisons of characters in Smash 4.

This includes comparisons to specific other characters, or the roster in general.

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Posts in this thread must also adhere to special Topic and Substance Rules. We allow such a broad spread of interwoven topics here, that we actually require more rules to prevent things from spiraling off-topic. (Defending a bigger territory requires bigger walls.)

There's really only one rule: Posts have to be on-topic and have substance. But that's ambiguous, and so as a guideline topics allowed for discussion in this thread are divided into "Green Topics" and "Yellow Topics".

Green Topics are central topics that are explicitly okay to discuss as much as you want:
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Previous Threads:
http://smashboards.com/threads/first-official-4br-smash-for-wii-u-tier-list.429817/
http://smashboards.com/threads/4br-tier-list-v1-0-competitive-impressions.429826/
http://smashboards.com/threads/char...sions-tourneys-tiers-theories-tactics.422864/
http://smashboards.com/threads/viability-ratings-v2-competitive-impressions.410551/
http://smashboards.com/threads/competitive-impressions-mlg-finals.420852/
http://smashboards.com/threads/competitive-impressions-tbh5.419494/
http://smashboards.com/threads/evo-2kxv-competitive-impressions.410539/
http://smashboards.com/threads/character-competitive-impressions.367669/
 

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The best part about this list for me is how Robin didn't move at all numerically but it's still considered a rise.

I do have faith in Wario making a comeback tho, so maybe #31 will be temporary come v3.
 
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Oh, hello, there! I am glad to be part of this new thread.
I really don't know if I should open this can of worms, but... I am curious as to what people feel about Lucina, after this tier list.
Yes, she did rise and a lot, but... I still think she can be more than this.
 

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Big props to Mewtwo for jumping a whopping 27 places on the tier list.

By the same hand, eternal shame on Roy for dropping 15 points. It seems like the returning Melee DLC characters are of two minds: top tier or trash tier.

Get it together, Roy.
Don't forget about Marth's +23 jump~
 

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Looks like Marth is now rank C. Joy. (Not that tiers matter that much.) Just glad to see my main on high tier.
But I'm surprised that ZSS is just A rank now.
 

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I'm sort of confused by the wording about how the tier divisions were determined. Was it split at the biggest difference-points and then the <4 man tiers merged into their nearest tier, and then the huge tiers split at a convenient point?
 

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I still think she can be more than this.
It's a difficult subject for many reasons as you can imagine. I feel she could be higher as well. However, a lack of representation and results does speak for itself in many cases. In Puerto Rico, we did have a Lucina who placed well in many tournaments, top 8 rather consistently. Yet, he backed the character up with Peach. Nowadays, he completely switched to Bayonetta and falls in the top 10 for our Power Rankings.
 

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So what's the first argument we're gonna get into, guys?
Charizard is secretly high mid tier with a commanding Usmash, Jab, Grab, Nair, and Fair, and the freest ledgeguarding in the game, and the only reason he isn't so right now is because people are too scared to use him and damage the meta.

Go.
 
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I think the tier list is overall pretty good. It's hard to make an accurate tier list of 58 characters, and this one did a fine job for the most part. Everyone may have minor nitpicks, but I'd say it's fairly reflective of the current metagame. Anything below High Tier is still hard to place though.
 

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It's a difficult subject for many reasons as you can imagine. I feel she could be higher as well. However, a lack of representation and results does speak for itself in many cases. In Puerto Rico, we did have a Lucina who placed well in many tournaments, top 8 rather consistently. Yet, he backed the character up with Peach. Nowadays, he completely switched to Bayonetta and falls in the top 10 for our Power Rankings.
Yeah, I know very well figuring out a placement for her can be difficult. It does feel like Lucina is a bunch of unexplored territory. I sure hope us from the Lucina community can try out best.
 

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Just as my initial impression, I'd like to comment...that considering the diverse assortment of top players who contributed to this list, each with their own mental blocks, character biases, operational definitions, criteria for certain things...this list is very good.

Like a lot of us here I have many placements and rankings that I find highly questionable and I could sit here and list them all but I'm sure others will point them out with much more eloquence and respect for the nuances of the metagame than I can. The important thing is that we finally have a list that at least somewhat accurately reflects the current metagame, and that's something we haven't had for months now. This list is essential to tiering discussion because even though it's not perfect, it gives us a competent foundation for discussion.

EDIT: is anyone else lowkey dying at the fact that all the characters in the F - G tiers are the most common on for glory
 
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I absolutely love the new BR tier list.

  • Top tier makes sense. I would place Mewtwo higher personally for his matchup spread, scary tools and strong results from the few top players who do use him, but you could honestly construct an argument for any of the top tiers to be top 5, so I don't really have any qualms.
  • That Pikachu placement is PERFECT! I was so worried that people were going to underrate him so much that he'd be like 20th, but thankfully he ended up just where he should be for now, right below top tier at 12th. He obviously lacks the results to be top tier or anything at the moment, but his matchup spread, neutral and edgeguarding are all just way too strong to be much lower than he is on this new list.
  • The rest of the high tier placements are just really solid. I would personally switch Toon Link and Megaman, but Megaman's still done enough to justify his 15th placement and is good enough on paper to warrant that placing I guess, so good stuff.
  • Mid tier is good. Obviously people with have some qualms about underrated and overrated characters, but I think the grouping of these characters in mid tier is more important than their specific placements for now. Lucina's placement could be controversial, but considering how the voting was done, it's not surprising that her placement was a bit odd considering that people are so split on whether she is right below Marth or if she's a low tier character.
  • Low tier probably has my only major qualm which is Wii Fit Trainer's placement. She doesn't fit as a bottom 10 character when she gets good results with John Numbers and Waveguider in spite of her low representation among players and doesn't really lose any matchups too hard aside from like Kirby to my knowledge. She's also got that solid mobility, super good edgeguarding and stupidly good projectiles. As long as John keeps stomping over New York like he does, I don't see this position working. Overall a good tier though, Wii Fit's placing isn't horrible per se.
  • Bottom tier works. Zelda bottom 5, Charizard at the top, Mii Gunner outside of bottom 5...yeah that seems about right. If Mii Brawler was bottom 3 on the Mii version, it would be just right I think. Tbh, I think Jiggs has more redeeming factors than 1111 SF and Brawler since her insanely good edgeguarding and small stature alone give her a niche in a few matchups whereas those two Miis don't really have one without access to their other Mii Specials. Again though, no major qualms.
Also just want to say thanks to the backroom for getting this out. Post-SSC was good timing.
 

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There's a few characters I'd bump up a tier like Lucas and Marth and there's a few I'd drop down like ZSS and Ness but for the most part it's a decent list. I'm just glad we got a new one.
 

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Ryu shouldn't be 9th place. The characters around him have gotten top 8s at super stacked majors repeatedly over a long period of time. Whereas Ryu's best rep drowns in pools (CEO) or gets 25th (SSC). His results when it matters most are laughably bad.

"B-But he made 9th at Evo that one time!!"

Yeah so did Pit, why isn't he top 10? You have to look at overall results at nationals paying attention especially to recent placings. Ryu has nowhere near the results of a top 10 character. Putting him that high next to characters with actual results is just wishful thinking.

2. Pikachu being that high is a total joke. He does NOT have the results or the matchup spread of a top 15 character. He loses to nearly all top tiers and disjoints in general, that's 20 characters right there where he has losing matchups against. He hasn't done anything relevant at nationals in ages. This tier list has taken quite some time to get out, how it could be so horribly outdated on something is beyond me. Did Esam play a part in this tier list or something?

3. Charizard is ranked way too low. The character has the best neutral and disadvantage state out of all the super heavy weights by far. That alone is enough to not make him bottom 5.

4. Lucas definitely deserves to be over Ness at this point looking at results. His arguably worse kill power is more than made up by a superior recovery and neutral.
 
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I absolutely love the new BR tier list.

  • Top tier makes sense. I would place Mewtwo higher personally for his matchup spread, scary tools and strong results from the few top players who do use him, but you could honestly construct an argument for any of the top tiers to be top 5, so I don't really have any qualms.
  • That Pikachu placement is PERFECT! I was so worried that people were going to underrate him so much that he'd be like 20th, but thankfully he ended up just where he should be for now, right below top tier at 12th. He obviously lacks the results to be top tier or anything at the moment, but his matchup spread, neutral and edgeguarding are all just way too strong to be much lower than he is on this new list.
  • The rest of the high tier placements are just really solid. I would personally switch Toon Link and Megaman, but Megaman's still done enough to justify his 15th placement and is good enough on paper to warrant that placing I guess, so good stuff.
  • Mid tier is good. Obviously people with have some qualms about underrated and overrated characters, but I think the grouping of these characters in mid tier is more important than their specific placements for now. Lucina's placement could be controversial, but considering how the voting was done, it's not surprising that her placement was a bit odd considering that people are so split on whether she is right below Marth or if she's a low tier character.
  • Low tier probably has my only major qualm which is Wii Fit Trainer's placement. She doesn't fit as a bottom 10 character when she gets good results with John Numbers and Waveguider in spite of her low representation among players and doesn't really lose any matchups too hard aside from like Kirby to my knowledge. She's also got that solid mobility, super good edgeguarding and stupidly good projectiles. As long as John keeps stomping over New York like he does, I don't see this position working. Overall a good tier though, Wii Fit's placing isn't horrible per se.
  • Bottom tier works. Zelda bottom 5, Charizard at the top, Mii Gunner outside of bottom 5...yeah that seems about right. If Mii Brawler was bottom 3 on the Mii version, it would be just right I think. Tbh, I think Jiggs has more redeeming factors than 1111 SF and Brawler since her insanely good edgeguarding and small stature alone give her a niche in a few matchups whereas those two Miis don't really have one without access to their other Mii Specials. Again though, no major qualms.
Also just want to say thanks to the backroom for getting this out. Post-SSC was good timing.
Not to undermine your overall points because I like these impressions but Waveguider is using far more Greninja than Wii Fit these days. Whether he wants to pick Wii Fit for certain MUs is still possibly a thing, but if I had to guess I'd say he's feeling less and less confident in his WFT as a relevant meta character. He may have finally come to the point where he feels she's holding him back, or he may re-dedicate himself and pull her out again in the near future.

Which is actually a good time for me to mention Australia's coming up to another major, OzHadou Nationals. It's being held in my own hometown of Sydney and although the raw numbers add up to only just over half of BAM (I believe 136 might be the final entrants number?) in terms of our current meta and the amount of high-level players coming it's looking really stacked for an Aussie event and should reveal a lot as to whether we learnt anything from BAM or not. There may be an article about it on the front page, but if not I'll give you guys more information before the week's end, as it's happening this very weekend, the 26th-28th August. We'll definitely have a stream going which I will also link you and there may actually be 2.

So get hype, and if you're still keeping up to date with our scene there'll be no better time to watch than now!
 
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The list itself looks much better than the last one. Of course, everyone is going to have some arguments about placings of certain characters, which isn't a bad thing, as it shows how balanced the game is and that a good majority of the cast is viable.

Being a Mac main, i am a tad irked he's still considered low tier, He has way too much going for him in his character and his representation to be Low tier. People give arguments of "can't land" "bad recovery" so on so on. But people haven't seen how mac can deal with that. He actually CAN land, the only "bad" part about his recovery is the distance, and His ground moveset and kill ability, combined with his movement speed is just too amazing for him to be low tier.

I would dare argue he's top 20, but again, character bias here. He should objectively be mid tier though 25-30.
 

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2. Pikachu being that high is a total joke. He does NOT have the matchup spread of a top 15 character
I think pretty much everyone can disagree with this, actually.
Even with/very slightly losing to Sheik, beats Diddy, beats Cloud, beats ZSS, beats Rosa, even with Sonic, beats Fox, etc.
losing MUs are Mario, G&W, Ness, MK, and one or two others.
So a 6:4 or 65:35 in Mario and -1s vs a bunch of fairly uncommon characters.
That's certainly a top 15 MU spread.
 

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I was of the mind that Lucas is better than Ness for a while, and he very well could be. Taiheita puts out good results with the character. I think that Ness's kit has enough good in it that he can't possibly be lower than upper mid at the very worst. He has the potential for comebacks or early kills at all times, and has the stability of a very powerful kill throw. That may or may not be more valuable than Lucas's better neutral and recovery in this game. Just some food for thought.

Also new thread hype. I'm not going to talk about the list because I feel like I have little to add. Lots to say about it though.
 
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Charizard is secretly high mid tier with a commanding Usmash, Jab, Grab, Nair, and Fair, and the freest ledgeguarding in the game, and the only reason he isn't so right now is because people are too scared to use him and damage the meta.

Go.
If it's not all talk, ANTi plans on bringing out Charizard as a CP to Mario. So I suppose we'll see?
 

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I think pretty much everyone can disagree with this, actually.
Even with/very slightly losing to Sheik, beats Diddy, beats Cloud, beats ZSS, beats Rosa, even with Sonic, beats Fox, etc.
losing MUs are Mario, G&W, Ness, MK, and one or two others.
So a 6:4 or 65:35 in Mario and -1s vs a bunch of fairly uncommon characters.
That's certainly a top 15 MU spread.
On what planet does Pika beat Diddy or Cloud? Because he can edge guard them well? So can a ton of other characters, good luck getting in on a good Diddy with Pikachu. Same goes for Cloud. If the criteria for beating Diddy or Cloud was simply if your character can edge guard them well, they would lose to more than half the cast and would be low tier. It's a very absurd argument. Pika's neutral cannot contend with these characters.

He definitely does not beat Rosalina either. Fallen beat Nakat. Dabuz easily defeated Esam recently.

He also loses to Marth, Lucina and Tink. And probably Corrin, Luigi and Lucas as well.
 
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Surprised that DK is still that high even though I haven't seen him do really much recently.

I won't lie I sorta have bias towards DK but has he honestly done anything notable recently as far results go to warrant that placement next to the other characters in that tier? What about his mu spread with the characters around and above him?
 

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To see Cloud at 2nd is not surprising though completely inaccurate, as I've argued many times.
How did Ryu end up 9th? Above Mewtwo and Bayonetta? That seems too high, even using 'potential' as an argument.
I really think top tier is stretching it for Ryu, he just doesn't belong alongside ZSS et al right now.
Sad to see ... inconsistencies like these make me question the whole methodology behind this tier list.

Lower down the tiers I think DK is too high, especially compared with Bowser. DK is bad, not high mid tier.
I also don't see what Corrin has done to be ranked alongside Toon Link and Marth, two strictly better characters.
Seeing Falcon up there is good though, I was afraid people would start sleeping on him. He's still a respectable character.
That's honestly kinda bad of an upper half for me already. Let's look at the lower half, shall we!

Seeing Duck Hunt who has respectable results in a Low Tier but Wario who has forgettable results in mid tier is a bad start.
Unnecessarily low imo. Duck Hunt is not a bad character, japanese results still aren't respected enough it seems.
Can't really say I agree with a lot of the lower half in general. Pac-Man as a low tier is too much. Roy isn't that bad.
Kirby is surprisingly high. Not that I disagree with his placing but he has like no results compared to DHD or Link.
So all in all I see a lot of tiny things that make me not like this one very much but I expected it so it's w/e.

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It's a difficult subject for many reasons as you can imagine. I feel she could be higher as well. However, a lack of representation and results does speak for itself in many cases. In Puerto Rico, we did have a Lucina who placed well in many tournaments, top 8 rather consistently. Yet, he backed the character up with Peach. Nowadays, he completely switched to Bayonetta and falls in the top 10 for our Power Rankings.
That's fair. Hopefully public perception changes and more and more players start to use her at higher levels of play.

It's all on Lucina mains at this point.
 

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Diddy's weight and size are perfect for Pika's combos. Diddy can't monkey flip much if at all in neutral. Pika low profiles rising fair during most standing moves like jab and dtilt. Diddy doesn't have many real answers to QA without banana already in hand. Diddy legitimately cannot do ANYTHING to a Pika camping with the lead. Bair covers both monkey flip and barrels, killing Diddy instantly if you connect and fastfall anywhere from ledge height below. Pika's dtilt can stuff Diddy's dtilt. PP Utilt ruins Diddy's aerial approaches and bair crossup attempts.
etc.
The mu is no worse than 55:45 because Diddy's dtilt conversions are bonkers in this MU, Pika is super susceptible to JCIT banana combos, and Pika's QA can be beaten out by fair but a loss is a loss.
every pika and diddy player accepts that Pika wins this. should not be news.
 
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