PGRv4 Resumes With #21-30


The second week of PGRv4 has begun with the reveal of 21st through 30th place. This set of rankings marks the midway point in the rankings, and includes both new faces and established top players alike.

Starting off the list at 30th place is Calib "Konga" Byers, a Donkey Kong main from the Pacific Northwest who's made a name for himself in the past year as one of the best DK mains in the United States. This is his first time making it onto the Panda Global Rankings, and while most of his A and S-tier placements were somewhat lacking, he finished fifth at PAX Arena West and fared well at B and C-tier events like Low Tier City 5 and Clutch City Clash 2. His set wins are where he really shines, with wins over Gavin "Tweek" Dempsey, Leo "MkLeo" Perez Lopez, Jason "ANTi" Bates and Nicholas "Ned" Dovel, and two victories over James "VoiD" Makekau-Tyson.

At 29th is Noriyuki Kirihara, widely regarded as one of the best Rosalina mains in the world, second only to Samuel "Dabuz" Buzby. He started 2017 off incredibly strong, reminding the world of Rosalina's top-tier status at a time when even Dabuz was starting to question it, and while he's dropped in rankings since PGRv3, he was still a force to be reckoned with. He finished fifth at 2GG West Side Saga and ninth at both 2GGC Fire Emblem Saga and MkLeo Saga, qualifying for the 2GG Championship, where he made 13th place. Notably, he scored a win against fellow Rosalina main Chris "Falln" Rugg at FE Saga.

At 28th is Eric "Mr.E" Weber. Widely regarded as one of Tristate's strongest players and the second best Marth main in the world, he's had a strong performance throughout the latter half of 2017, with a 13th place finish at Dreamhack Atlanta, where he double eliminated Griffin "Fatality" Miller, and further 13th place finishes at The Big House 7 and FE Saga. He also scored a top 8 finish at IBP Masters SD, scoring a win against Larry "Larry Lurr" Holland along the way.

Coming in at 27th is Shuto "Shuton" Moriya, one of Japan's strongest players and the best Olimar main in the world. While only able to attend four North American majors in the latter half of 2017, his performance at them has been astounding, placing third at West Side Saga, where he took sets off Falln, Kengo "KEN" Suzuki and even Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios, making him one of the few players with a tied record against ZeRo. He also made seventh place at FE Saga, where he beat Chris "WaDi" Boston in losers, and he qualified for the 2GG Championship, where he beat MkLeo in the group stage.

26th place goes to Orion "Darkshad" Wolf, returning to the Panda Global Rankings after his absence from PGRv3. Throughout late 2017 he's proven himself to be one of the best, if not the best Ryu main in the world. Though he didn't travel much throughout the season, he had a 13th place finish at Super Smash Con, where he beat Elliot "Ally" Carroza-Oyarce and finished in seventh place at GameTyrant Expo, where he beat fellow Ryu main Mason "Locus" Charlton, as well as ZeRo, Jestise "MVD" Negron, and Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada.

Panda Global's own Jestise "MVD" Negron takes 25th place. While he placed below top 16 at most of late 2017's majors, he finished 5th at The Big House 7, and had plenty of wins against other top players, including Ally, Jamaal "Samsora" Morris, Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth, Ramin "Mr.R" Delshad, Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura, Tweek and Rich Brown.

At 24th place is Bharat "Lima" Chintapalli. This Texan Bayonetta main had a breakout success in July of 2017, making a name for himself among the community with his 9th place finish at EVO 2017, where he beat both Mr.E and Tyrell "NAKAT" Coleman. He kept up the strong performance throughout the latter half of the year, with a 17th place finish at 2GGC SCR Saga, a 13th place finish at West Side Saga, and a 7th place finish at MkLeo Saga, where he beat VoiD, KEN, Kirihara and Locus. He's also had strong performances at B and C tier tournaments, with wins against Ally and Julian "Zinoto" Carrington at Canada Cup and against Larry Lurr at Low Tier City 5.

Manny Medina comes in at 23rd, a sharp rise from his previous rank of 40th. While he was already considered one of the best Sonic mains in North America, his performance in the second half of 2017 shows that he may just be the best. He scored a 13th place finish at EVO, with wins over both Yuya "9B" Araki and Elegant, as well as a seventh place finish at FE Saga, with wins against both Tweek and Shuton and a second win against Elegant. On top of those, he's also had stand out performances at several B and C-tier events, with wins against both Dabuz and Eric "ESAM" Lew at Too Hot to Handle, a win against Samsora at Showdown: Battle Royale, one against MVD at TGL Presents: Divided and set wins against both WaDi and fellow Sonic main Wesley "6WX" Alexander at Showdown: Battle Royale 2.

At 22nd is top Peach main Jamaal "Samsora" Morris, Jr. His performance throughout the year has been consistently strong, barring his low placements at EVO and Super Smash Con. Most notably, he scored a win against ZeRo at Dreamhack Atlanta, and managed to beat Nairo, Dabuz and Abadango at GT-X before finishing in 7th place. He also came in 7th at FE Saga, where he beat Tomoyasu "Earth" Yamakawa, Locus, CaptainZack, and Falln.

Topping off this round of results at 21st place is Eric "ESAM" Lew. While his results haven't been quite as strong as during his comeback at the beginning of 2017, his results during the latter half of the year were still impressive. He took sets off both Dabuz and Ned before finishing ninth at Dreamhack Atlanta and beat Larry Lurr early in bracket at Super Smash Con. He also had an excellent record at B and C-tier tournaments throughout the season. He scored a win against Ally and a second win against Dabuz at Dreamhack Montreal, beat CaptainZack and scored a second win against Larry Lurr at Low Tier City 5 and beat Saleem "Salem" Young, Rich Brown and WaDi at Too Hot to Handle.
Blaise "Scribe" Camacho