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Panda Global Unveils PGRv5

Now that the first half of the year is done, esports org Panda Global finally revealed what could potentially be Super Smash Bros. for Wii U’s last PGR. After releasing Area 51, the esports team followed up with the long awaited Top 50 ranking. If you missed any of the individual releases, here’s the full list:

No. 50: Noriyuki “Kirihara” Kirihara
No. 49: Mason “ Locus” Charlton
No. 48: Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison
No. 47: Wesley “6WX” Alexander
No. 46: Tsubasa “Tsu” Takuma
No. 45: Orion “DarkShad” Wolf
No. 44: Enrique “Maister” Solis
No. 43: Dustin “Zenyou” Rice
No. 42: Nicholas “Ned” Dovel
No. 41: Haoka “Shky” Toshiki

No. 40: Cole “Rags” Agan
No. 39: Tyler “Tyroy” Awdisho
No. 38: Armando “Ac” Castañeda-Villalobos
No. 37: Yuta “Nietono” Uejima
No. 36: Landon “Captain L” Trybuch
No. 35: James “Shoyo James” Wade
No. 34: Vincent “Vinnie” Cannino
No. 33: Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce
No. 32: Toshimasa “Choco” Hayakawa
No. 31: Jestise “MVD” Negron

This PGR introduced a couple of newcomers. Players like Sinji, Shky, Maister, Captain L and Rags all had great results this season, finally grabbing a spot on the PGR. Other players like Kirihara and Vinnie managed to stay in the Top 50 by securing high placings at only a couple of events. Perhaps the most surprising placing had to be Ally, who went all the way down to 33rd.

No. 30: Kengo “KEN” Suzuki
No. 29: Carrington “Wrath” Osborne
No. 28: Julian “Zinoto” Carrington
No. 27: Laith “SDX” Hamdan
No. 26: Shuto “Shuton” Moriya
No. 25: Tyler “Marss” Martin
No. 24: Takuto “Kameme” Ono
No. 23: Ishiguro “Raito” Tetsuya
No. 22: Chris “WaDi” Boston
No. 21: Eric “ESAM” Lew

No. 20: Chris “Falln” Rugg
No. 19: Bharat “Lima” Chintapall
No. 18: Matt “Elegant” Fitzpatrick
No. 17: Jason “ANTi” Bates
No. 16: Larry “Larry Lurr” Holland
No. 15: Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura
No. 14: Griffin “Fatality” Miller
No. 13: Paris “Light” Ramirez
No. 12: Ezra “Samsora” Morris
No. 11: James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson

Continuing with the upper ranks, we can see there are a lot of Japanese players who managed to stay on the PGR despite attending fewer events in the US. Again, the change in the way the Panda Global counts the points for rankings has certainly helped most of the international players, especially Japan.

There’s also an abundance of placement shifts, especially among the most veteran players, including WaDi, Marss, Larry Lurr, VoiD and KEN, who dropped a bit from their previous ranks.

No. 10: Rei “komorikiri” Furukawa
No 9: Zach “Captain Zack” Lauth
No 8: Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad
No 7: Brian “Cosmos” Kalu
No 6: Tamim “Mistake” Omari
No 5: Saleem “Salem” Akiel-Young
No 4: Narioby “Nairo” Quesada
No 3: Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby
No 2: Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
No 1: Leonardo “MkLeo” López

We have finally arrived at the top 10, and it looks mostly the same with a couple new additions. Zach, Cosmos and Mistake had a huge boost during the 5th season, finally entering the top ranks. With ZeRo gone, the fight for the best player in the world was between Leo and Tweek, with the final battle at CEO being the deciding factor.

And with this new ranking, Season 5 is over. With only a couple of months left for Ultimate, what does the future hold for this iteration of Smash? You can leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Alberto "RedNova" Vásquez


A Game & Watch main and a Pac-Man main (and Shulk main if Area 51 is counted) being in this PGR is the most surprising thing for me.

Something that I noted, is that the Bayonetta mains in the PGR are more concentrated to 1st-20th area, with 4 solo mains (Salem, Mistake, Captain Zack, Lima) and 2 that dual-main her with someone else (Tweek, Abadango). However, outside of that area, the rest of the PGR has a notable lack of Bayonetta mains, with the only one being tyroy (and Chag if Area 51 is counted). This large gap between the top Bayo players and the others really shows that using this character at high level play requires a lot more skill than people think.
I'm pretty sure Nairo's last name is Quezada, not Quesada, and Mistake's last name is Omary, not Omari. It's okay, though. Maybe SmashWiki messed up.

Eh, this name thing is small anyway.
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