Panda Global Rankings v2: 50-41

Sun 15th Jan 2017 - 1:30pm : Gaming

The Panda Global Rankings v2 from May 2016 to December 2016


#PGRv2 represents the efforts of our @ThePGstats team: Suar, Zan, Dom, Juddy96, Giant, Fyazko, Spike, Mayday, and Popi. 

If you'd like to know how it was created, take a look at the Methods section! Each image was made by KeithTheHuman. Videos were created by Fyazko and False, narrated by Suar and Alpharad. Mobile users may find the imgur album easier. 

PGR: 40-31 

PGR: 30-21 (1/17)

PGR: 20-11 (1/18)

PGR: 10-1 (1/19)

Want to know what the X-factor is? Take a look at the Methods section!



Without Further Ado,


Photo credit: Ayub Arain of Melee Everyday

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

Nicholas “Ned” Dovel has been a dominant force in the Chicago scene. Ranked 1st in the Chicago power rankings and 3rd in the Midwest Power Rankings, Ned is one of the elite Cloud players in the United States. He features an exceptionally smooth neutral game and has the ability to hold center stage for extended periods of time. Ned’s best placings this year consists of a 3rd place finish at Smash N Splash 2, a 25th place finish at EVO 2016, a 5th place finish at Endgame, and a 25th place finish at UGC Smash Open. He possesses multiple wins over top caliber players including Ally, Darkshad, and Zinoto. Ned looks to continue his strong Midwest presence into 2017.

-  Adam "Mayday" Braham (@PG_Mayday)


Photo credit: Stream Screenshot

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

Taichi "Taiheita" Ito is the best Lucas on the planet and is something of a doubles god in Japan, placing high in doubles brackets with his static teammate Gomamugitya with a fearsome Lucas-Lucario duo. This past season, Taiheita also showed a proficiency in singles in both Japan and America. In his sole American event, Super Smash Con 2016, addition to winning Smash 4 doubles with Gomamugitya, he placed 17th in Smash 4 singles, beating Marss in Loser’s bracket, and In Japan he has wins over Abadango and Earth. Taiheita proved that he can have success on the battlefield by himself furthermore with his report card this season, and for that he will have a seat amongst the Top 50.

- Dominique “Dom” Moore (@PG_Dom)


Photo credit: Stream Screenshot

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

The East’s best Rosalina, Noriyuki “Kirihara” Kirihara utilizes the puppet character with utmost precision and optimization. While he attended fewer events than his peers, the Japanese titan made up for it by placing within the top 6 of every domestic affair he showed up to, save for a 33rd place finish at Umebura 2016.

Since Kirihara will be attending more stateside events in the coming months, 2017 will be the year that we’ll see what he is truly capable of on the world stage.

- Justin "Popi" Banusing (@PopiSSB)


Photo credit: @2GGLakitu

PGRv1 rank: 21

Jestise "MVD" Negron has been one of Smash 4’s most active high level players from the jump, and showed no signs of slowing down last season. His frequent activity drew in decent results and some notable wins, with his highest peak being a respectable 9th place at Super Smash Con 2016. The Rocketbarrel Technician also placed 25th at The Big House 6 and has wins on Captain Zack, Rich Brown, and Trela on his resume to back up his placings, safely securing him a spot in the Top 50 for another 6 months.

- Dominique “Dom” Moore (@PG_Dom)


Photo credit: @2GGLakitu

PGRv1 rank: 45

Since Brawl, Tommy "Ryo" Janky has shown proficiency with Fire Emblem characters, most notably Ike. In Smash 4, he has upped the ante, adding Roy and Corrin to his party, having notable wins and placings with the trio. He suffered an early upset (much like everyone else that weekend) at CEO 2016 and only placed 65th, but instantly backed that up by narrowly missing Top 8 at Super Smash Con 2016, getting 9th and pushing Abadango to Game 5 with Roy in the process. To finish off the season, he placed 33rd at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, beating Nietono at said event. This half of Black & Blue has had few national performances to his name thus far, but the quality of his resume this season definitely outweighed the quantity.

- Dominique “Dom” Moore (@PG_Dom) 


Photo credit: @2GGLakitu

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

Ryu specialist Mason “Locus” Charlton made his mark late last year at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, where he placed 9th by defeating the likes of Mr. R, Tweek and Saj along the way. This, coupled with solid placings in his home region of British Columbia, earned him his spot on the 2nd PGRank.

Boasting a sizable and often comedic fan base under the name of the ‘Mason Charlton Fanclub’, he rarely fails to excite spectators with his play.  Should he continue competing out-of-state in 2017, the odds of him becoming a consistent top-level threat are high.

- Justin "Popi" Banusing (@PopiSSB)


Photo credit: Jeff Mahieu -- @Delta52_

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

Starting off his Smash career with an explosion, Orion “Darkshad” Sky shocked the midwest scene with a surprising, out of nowhere victory over Zinoto in one of his first tournaments ever attended. Originally a Shulk main, Darkshad transitioned to Ryu in the second half of 2015 and hasn’t looked back. He has since become the premier Ryu player in the midwest and one of the top Ryu’s in the United States. With Ryu’s strong punish game and Darkshad’s great survivability, he has the ability to create upsets anywhere in bracket. His breakout event came late in the year with a 9th place finish at UGC Smash Open. Hosting a difficult bracket, Darkshad made upset after upset taking sets off of notable players including MVD, Larry Lurr, Samsora, and MKLeo.

- Dominique “Dom” Moore, @PG_Dom


Photo credit: @InConGaming

PGRv1 rank: Unranked

Recently signed by Fly Society, 2016 was the breakout year for Carrington “Wrath” Osborne. Though somewhat notorious for his signature defensive playstyle, the Atlanta-based Sonic is undeniably a force to be reckoned with in-bracket. His results, which include 3rd and 13th place finishes at Momocon and CEO 2016 respectively, prove this.

At the young age of 15, the wunderkind already has wins on Ally, Vinnie and Fatality, all top level players considered to be above his caliber.  With a solid career already in place, it would not be a surprise to see him rank up further next season.

- Justin "Popi" Banusing (@PopiSSB)


Photo credit: @tischphotos

PGRv1 rank: 25

Texas’ strongest player and the world’s best Ryu main Alberto "Trela" Miliziano returns to the PGR for a second season, albeit with a bit of a drop off. Fits of inactivity and a shockingly underwhelming performance at CEO 2016 were backed up by some otherwise impressive showings, such as 1st at Texas Gaming Championships 8, 9th at EVO 2016, and 25th at Super Smash Con 2016. Along the way to these placings, Trela has defeated the likes of Mr. R, Mr. E, ESAM, Vinnie, and Day, proving that despite the downs suffered throughout the season, he is anything but out.

- Dominique “Dom” Moore (@PG_Dom)


  Photo credit: @2GGLakitu

PGRv1 rank: 35

New Jersey native, Corey “False” Shin, is known for his ability to play multiple characters at a high level. False’s current mainstay characters are Sheik and Marth, but he hosts a variety of other well practiced characters including Ryu and Luigi. His great fundamentals and acute technical skill help him maintain a high-octane offensive style of play. False has spent the second half of the year focused on creating content and producing the Super Smash Bros. Brawl documentary with his production team, Rush Hour Smash. With strong placings at tournaments like 2GGT: KTAR Saga, KTAR XIX, and CEO 2016, False has proven that he has the capability to push into top 16 at any tournament when his obligations permit.

- Adam "Mayday" Braham (@PG_Mayday)







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