i need to look it up. do you have the time for the vod?
anyway, i dont COMPLETELY agree with Rith. some of the mid tiers can do damage against the top tiers. it takes more effort for sure, but it's not impossible. Tacos didnt use puff for the hell of it. Ybombb took killer out and was up against wizzy 3 stocks to one, but he ****ed up and used pound at the wrong time, saved wizzy, and he was able to turn things around. fireblaster still uses mario for some matchups, and afaik he doesnt consider himself a yoshi main really (according to that podcast with him and boom).
even though nobody uses DK in tournament, there were a few players at apex this year who couldve gotten far with him.
karajan was beating people up with his DK the first night, but im not sure which character he used in tournament. Z, tacos, and SK have really good DK's. They're not even DK mains, but I know that they could get far with them if they decided to practice their DK's consistently before a tournament. Near also has a good DK from what I saw.
cobr has an amazing samus, and ive seen plenty of sets where he couldve won but he simply ****ed up edgeguards and pretty much defeated himself. i would put him at or above several people who placed top 16 at apex this year (cobr dont be a ***** and stay).
regardless of that, you cant really think that all characters are the same and that the game is prefectly balanced. even if you take something like the jousuke chart and you look at which characters are more difficult to operation, you cant deny that some characters are clearly better at certain matchups. i would still prefer a jousuke chart + matchup chart over a tier list, but thats just me