Official 4BR Tier List V4 - Competitive Insight & Analysis

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Official Smash Wii U Backroom List V4 (Wii U Version 1.1.7)
S: :4bayonetta: :4cloud: :4diddy:
A: :4sheik: :rosalina: :4zss: :4fox: :4sonic: :4mario: :4mewtwo: :4marth: :4ryu:
B: :4corrinf: :4lucina: :4pikachu: :4metaknight: :4lucario: :4luigi: :4falcon: :4peach:
C: :4olimar: :4dk: :4tlink: :4bowser: :4villagerf: :4greninja: :4megaman: :4ness: :4lucas:
D: :4duckhunt: :4link: (:4pit::4darkpit:) :4yoshi: :4shulk: :4rob: :4robinm: :4samus:
E: :4gaw: :4myfriends: :4wario: :4feroy: :4charizard: :4littlemac: :4palutena:
F: :4pacman: :4falco: :4bowserjr: :4drmario: :4kirby: :4wiifitm:
G: :4dedede: :4ganondorf: :4zelda: :4jigglypuff:
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S: Bayonetta, Cloud, Diddy Kong
A: Sheik, Rosalina, Zero Suit Samus, Fox, Sonic, Mario, Mewtwo, Marth, Ryu
B: Corrin, Lucina, Pikachu, Meta Knight, Lucario, Luigi, Captain Falcon, Peach
C: Olimar, Donkey Kong, Toon Link, Bowser, Villager, Greninja, Mega Man, Ness, Lucas
D: Duck Hunt Dog, Link, Pit & Dark Pit, Yoshi, Shulk, R.O.B., Robin, Samus
E: Mr. Game & Watch, Ike, Wario, Roy, Charizard, Little Mac, Palutena
F: Pac-Man, Falco, Bowser Jr., Dr. Mario, Kirby, Wii Fit Trainer
G: King Dedede, Ganondorf, Zelda, Jigglypuff

As always, read the full article for details. There were some process changes this time around. A followup article will be released around the end of the year.

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Previous Lists:
Version 1.0
Version 2.0
Version 3.0

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Tournament results are to be posted in this thread.
 
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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.

This can be in theory, results, or personal experience.

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Legacy 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/
https://smashboards.com/threads/4br-tier-list-v3-competitive-insight-analysis.445990/
 

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Thank you for putting Luigi in high tier and Cloud in second, as well as Falcon staying in high tier.
I can not wait for everyone to post their opinions! I said earlier that Sheik left A tier for the first time.... Cloud in second is pretty cool. I hope everyone enjoys this new thread!

Pizza pasta put it in a box
Where is the box?

Wow, nothing too controversial this time.
Yes, hopefully everyone agrees with the list. The only dangers I could see is Cloud in second and Greninja in middle tier ( though hopefully everyone ignores this ).
 
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Aw man Boswer Jr is in F tier. I should really get back into playing Mario considering how high he ranks.

Surprised to see Diddy Kong in top 3. I know he still gets used a lot but I didn't realize he was considered that good.
 

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Unsurprisingly I still disagree with almost all of this. Underrated characters are severly underrated, Overrated characters are extremely overrated. Nothing surprising, although I am surprised that Little Mac still isn't in low tier when he very clearly belongs there and the majority seems to agree.
 

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Very solid list all around! Obviously some things could be contested but nothing major. Not surprised at all by the top 3 (especially Bayo having the lowest deviation). Sad to see my girl Zelda bottom 2 but well :(
Good job!
 

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From the article on the home page: While we avoided giving strict designations (Top, High, Mid and Low) for this edition of the Tier List, for those looking towards specific character tier events, tiers F and G would be fair to consider for Low Tier; for Mid Tier, tiers D and E.

So S and A would be top, B and C would be high tier?
 
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Female Corrin instead of male Corrin, perhaps as a homage to great Corrin players who use female Corrin such as Cosmos, Ryuga, Frozen, MkLeo, Earth, and, well... Most of them, really.

It's a good list, overall. Certainly an improvement over the 3.0 list. There are lots of things I don't 100% agree with but that's to be expected. Samus seems a bit low though. Seems Corrin remain at #13, top of high tier. Last time a lot of people disagreed. Do people still disagree? I think she might actually belong around #13.
 
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Hrrmm Again lucina and marth aren't close enough together, dark pit is gone so I'm guessing him and pit are the same placement? And ryu is still way too high....everything else seems ok though...
 

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Wow I'm actually okay with Ness placement I was expecting him to get really disrespected lol. Would C be considered high or mid high?
C's very much a grey area. Definitely would fit in the middle-high range since most characters in there could fit within mid or high.

From the article on the home page: While we avoided giving strict designations (Top, High, Mid and Low) for this edition of the Tier List, for those looking towards specific character tier events, tiers F and G would be fair to consider for Low Tier; for Mid Tier, tiers D and E.

So S and A would be top, B and C would be high tier?
If you want into get into the nitty gritty that would be the case; however, the existence of tiers like C tier made Shaya and myself opt to focus less on the designations.

dark pit is gone so I'm guessing him and pit are the same placement?
This has been the case since V3.
 
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Okay, what's new scooby doo...


*Cloud is ranked 2nd - No surprise there.

*Miis are executed - Aww...

*Pit and Dark Pit are now one of the same - Interesting...

*Duck Hunt got a boost

*Toon Link is sandwiched in between DK and Bowser - Odd...

*Dr. Mario is up 2 spots - Woo hoo!

*Pac Man's still bottom 10 - I guess Sinji wasn't enough.

*Corrin hasn't changed - Good.



That's all I got.
 
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I thought that, just for a moment, the battle would finally be all over. Looks like I was wrong. Alas, this is a step in the right direction. But nevertheless, still disheartening. I can't remember the last time I've seen a renown Smash player separate the two Falchions.
 

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C's very much a grey area. Definitely would fit in the middle-high range since most characters in there could fit within mid or high.


If you want into get into the nitty gritty that would be the case; however, the existence of tiers like C tier made Shaya and myself opt to focus less on the designations.


This has been the case since V3.
That's a fair way of looking at it, overall a pretty solid list good work.
 

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Hrrmm Again lucina and marth aren't close enough together, dark pit is gone so I'm guessing him and pit are the same placement? And ryu is still way too high....everything else seems ok though...
At the very least I think this is the closest together Marth and Lucina have been, right? Only Corrin and Ryu are between them. Progress, at least.
 
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This is pretty agreeable overall and definitely the best one yet. Just a few nitpicks personally:

- Marth and Ryu are for sure not top tier, I'm not sure how they're still up here. Mewtwo being below Mario also strikes me as odd, but I guess it doesn't matter in the long run.
- Peach, Luigi, Olimar, and especially Greninja are super underrated where they're at, but that's not too surprising since they're all pretty rare characters. If we ever get more nationally relevant players of them, expect them all to shoot up.
- Is Wii Fit really bottom 5? I can't see it.
- I can agree with Diddy in third (Him, Sheik, and Rosa are pretty much tied to me at this point) but I think he'd fit better at the top of A rather than S.

And for my mains (yay, bias!), I think Rosa's spot is spot-on and she's solidly top 5, and Link almost being in the top half of the cast (And, if I'm reading this right, the second best mid tier) makes me really happy.

Here's to another round of circlejerking, everyone.
 

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With V3 Marth and Lucina had 7 characters separating them, with this one, there's only 2 and apparently Marth and Ryu weren't even a whole point apart so it could've very well been only one character separating them. I'd be happy about that rather than complaining if I cared about Lucina's placement.
 

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Friends, we are gathered here today in remembrance of the Volume 3 Discussion Thread. It lived a long, healthy life of 6 months and over 200 pages. It bore witness to some of the greatest events in Smash Brothers history. We should not mourn, however weird people found certain placings, but instead we should celebrate this new opportunity for discussion given to us by the Backroom. Thank you all for having been there with the V3 Thread in it's final hours.

That being said, I just can't seem to wrap my head about what people see in Dedede that makes him better than Ganondorf and Zelda. Ledge traps only account for so much.

Greninja's placements
The list page explained that the frog, unfortunately, had his explosion after the voting ended.
Which tbh is a shame considering all the work his players have been putting out.
 

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Are we gonna get an addendum like last years explaining some of the placements?
To be honest I really want to know under what criteria happened here exactly that put Marth as better than Corrin and Ryu but Lucina as worse than those two. Why those two specifically, and why the position.
At least this is still progress.
 

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At the very least I think this is the closest together Marth and Lucina have been, right? Only Corrin and Ryu are between them. Progress, at least.
That is indeed the case.

Are we gonna get an addendum like last years explaining some of the placements?
To be honest I really want to know under what criteria happened here exactly that put Marth as better than Corrin and Ryu but Lucina as worse than those two. Why those two specifically, and why the position.
At least this is still progress.
There will be a followup article; I'll be in charge of it. I can't explain for all the voters ultimately but I will likely be looking at some of the more contested characters and large movers that weren't covered in the article, alongside some potential statements from other members.
 

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Are we gonna get an addendum like last years explaining some of the placements?
To be honest I really want to know under what criteria happened here exactly that put Marth as better than Corrin and Ryu but Lucina as worse than those two. Why those two specifically, and why the position.
At least this is still progress.
Take it for what it is mate.

I'm still happy to see Doc not in Bottom 5.
 

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Are we gonna get an addendum like last years explaining some of the placements?
To be honest I really want to know under what criteria happened here exactly that put Marth as better than Corrin and Ryu but Lucina as worse than those two. Why those two specifically, and why the position.
At least this is still progress.
Considering Marth and Ryu were separated by 0.04, I'd say it's probably just Corrin that's weird.
 
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...you've got to be kidding me. In what universe is Palutena worse than Charizard, Wario, Ike and Mr. Game & Watch? Haven't people come to accept what she can do, and that she has better MUs than some of those other characters? Haven't her results spoke up for her? I seriously thought 49th at GTX (S), 17th at Greninja Saga (A) and 33rd at EVO 2017 (S+) would be enough. Guess not. Guess she is still as irrelevant as always. I'm ashamed to call myself a Palu main, knowing she was at the brink of being low tier yet again...
 
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Very accurate list, I like how we now have a good grasp of what the final tier list will be.

I don't think it will change much in the future. Maybe some +1/-1's here and there in S/A tier, but nothing too crazy.

B & C tiers are the most likely to change radically, depending on how those characters' metagames develop.

D & E tier are really spot-on if you ask me, except that I expected Roy to be where Ike is.

F & G are pretty much set in stone IMO. These are the absolutely unviable characters of Smash4 : there's a huge gap between E & F tier. We're 3 years in after the game's release, their metagame won't get developped any further at this point.
That still leaves a huge amount of good/decent characters in the game, though!

Great work overall, so gj to the people involved.
 
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...you've got to be kidding me. In what universe is Palutena worse than Charizard, Wario, Ike and Mr. Game & Watch? Haven't people come to accept what she can do, and that she has better MUs than some of those other characters? Haven't her results spoke up for her? I seriously thought 49th at GTX (S), 17th at Greninja Saga (A) and 33rd at EVO 2017 (S+) would be enough. Guess not. Guess she is still as irrelevant as always. I'm ashamed to call myself a Palu main, knowing she was at the brink of being low tier yet again...
As a Palu secondary, I can agree with this. Wario, Ike and Mr. Game and Watch are definitely worse than her. I don't know about Charizard though...

Why does Kirby keep on dropping? Is he being used less? Ah well. Also thank you for Doctor Mario not in bottom five, he has some Mario potential ( despite his horrible recovery ).
I think it is a combination of not very good theory and a lack of representation at a high level. One of his biggest problems is his range so that doesn't help anything.
 
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