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PMRank 2023: The Edge of Glory

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Photo Credit: bluerosetori

Welcome everyone to another year of PMRank! PMRank is a panel-based Power Ranking of the Top 50 Project+ players in North America. We're excited to put together another list of the best performers throughout the 30+ eligible events this year, covering Exodus 2023 through Honeypot 6. Initially, 76 players were qualified to be ranked based on their placings and attendance at major Project+ events throughout 2023. Panelists were tasked with reviewing this data and ranking each player in order, from #1 to #76. For each player, the highest and lowest rankings on all panelists’ lists were removed when averaging votes to reduce variance. After an initial ballot, panelists were given time to discuss the aggregated results and move closer to consensus in the case of players with high standard deviations. Then, panelists submitted a second and final ballot to determine the placement of our PMRank Top 50.

This project would not have been possible without the dedicated volunteers who helped us engineer spreadsheets, track down tournament data, construct head-to-head charts, create and revise ranking ballots, write and edit player summaries, and gather photographs. A number of photographers have given us permission to use their high-quality photographs of Project M/+ players for the purposes of this project as well.

The full list of eligible events and eligibility requirements for PMRank 2023 can be found on our start.gg hub.

Before we begin the Top 50 proper, we'd like to highlight a few players who just barely missed the cut for this season. All of these players have been on a national ranking before, but one did not accomplish that on PMRank...


You've just sat down to play your set and a quiet, humble man sits down next to you and picks Jigglypuff. "Oh sweet, easy W!" you think to yourself. As the announcer shouts "Go!", you notice something is a bit off…25 seconds have passed. Terror starts to set in, and dread begins to dawn – this man has not approached you once since the game started. Struggle as you may, you can’t seem to break through the invisible wall placed between the two of you as he indifferently drifts in and out, peppering you with back airs. Each and every time, your approach fails. In an act of sheer desperation, you fling yourself at his shield, praying for an opening. Instead, you find your demise lying in wait, accompanied by a soul-shattering “ping!” as Jigglypuff closes her uncaring eyes. You look down, defeated, and see a fist in front of you waiting for reciprocation. “GG’s” is the first and last thing your opponent ever says to you, and as far as you can tell is the only phrase he’s uttered all day. From behind you in the crowd you hear a cacophony of people shouting, “That makes 41 billion and one!” and realization strikes that this Puff was none other than the first National Melee Arcadian winner and former rank #50 on the MPGR, UGS | Michael. Disturbing eyewitness reports suggest Jisp, MVZY, Shenanigans, Jhamp, Star and even Motobug have all fallen victim to the abject horror of this incomprehensible puffy peril. Be on the lookout for this light-pink menace or you too could be another casualty of the “41 billion and one.”

Written By: evil lesbian


New York’s co-TO of Cream of the Crop, established commentator, game show host, and resident 2D man expert Mr.Watch&Learn was able to put up quite the healthy resume while balancing his talents. With wins over wren, Wombat, Mulldrifter, mawwwk, and Av across his eight events, 2022’s #49 found solid success implementing ROB and Kirby along with his tried and true Mr. Game & Watch. With some more time to adjust to all of his roles (and maybe with the help of some lucky 9 hammers), Mr.Watch&Learn could absolutely find his way back on the top 50 next season.

Written By: Motobug


Everyone’s favorite, well-beloved devil’s advocate Ripple made quite the showing for the aspiring heavy mains of the community this season. Accruing wins over Midwest’s Rise, Not Chris, and Che, along with out-of-region victories over grealy and Lord Wavy, this year saw Ripple return to his roots - piloting King Dedede in the majority of his sets at PMRank-qualifying events this season. If he ever manages to release the next Project+ version, and get more time to compete at events, we may be seeing more of the big man come next season.

Written By: ilikepizza107

Other PMRank 2023 NA Articles

1/29/2024 - PMRank 2023: The Edge of Glory
1/29/2024 - PMRank 2023: In The Margins
1/30/2024 - PMRank 2023: 50-41
1/31/2024 - PMRank 2023: 40-31
2/1/2024 - PMRank 2023: 30-21
2/2/2024 - PMRank 2023: 20-11
2/5/2024 - PMRank 2023: 10-7
2/6/2024 - PMRank 2023: 6-4
2/7/2024 - PMRank 2023: 3-1

Last Year's Rankings

1/23/2023 - PMRank 2022: The Edge of Glory
1/24/2023 - PMRank 2022: 50-41
1/25/2023 - PMRank 2022: 40-31
1/26/2023 - PMRank 2022: 30-21
1/27/2023 - PMRank 2022: 20-11
1/30/2023 - PMRank 2022: 10-7
1/31/2023 - PMRank 2022: 6-4
2/1/2023 - PMRank 2022: 3-1


PMRank Staff:

  • Che “Che” Woodson
  • Brennan “FlashingFire” Connolly
  • Paul “Motobug” Canavan
  • Peter “Pikmon” Woodworth

Graphic Design and Character Renders:
  • Paul "Motobug" Canavan
  • Cosmetic Standardization Project (CSProject) & the Project+ Development Team

  • CND
  • rye "evil lesbian"
  • Artemis "[Fleabag]" Groobert
  • Timothy “ilikepizza107” W.
  • Paul "Motobug" Canavan
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