Stuart98's Ultimate Live Rank: Introduction and Overview

Stuart98 - March 20, 2019

The release of Super Smash Brothers Ultimate has thrown a great deal of chaos into player rankings in the smash community, as some Smash 4 players have fallen off while others have risen dramatically. With so few events, virtually everyone has a different idea as to exactly which players sit at the top right now. The PGR has long served as the definitive player rankings in the Smash community, but the first Ultimate PGR season doesn't end until July 7th at the earliest and won't be released for some time afterwards. In most of 2017 and 2018, smashers who wanted a live look at how everyone was stacking up could rely on the Cloudhead Live Rank, but it was not without its flaws and appears to be discontinued for now partly because some of the infrastructure it relied on doesn't exist for Ultimate yet, and partly due to his focus on growing a ranking for the WiFi scene. This has left most smashers who want a snapshot of how players are stacking up for the season absent a way to get this snapshot. Until now. Introducing:

Stuart98's Ultimate Live Rank

First, a brief history of my ranking systems. I was inspired by Cloudhead's efforts in late 2017 and started working on my own ranking system. The first version of it, covering the PGRv4 season, was little more than an extension of Cloudhead's system to account for player losses and reweigh player wins based on performance throughout the season. The second iteration, covering the PGRv5 season, was a complete rebuilding of everything from placement point calculation to how scores were totalled together, but was also very difficult to read, prompted ANTi to complain that it sucked when he was lower on it than he was on the CLR at the time, and was a major chore to enter results into, even with generous help that I got from Dexter Reid. I opted not to produce a ranking for the latter half of 2018 while I considered how to resolve the first and third issues before the Ultimate PGR started (though the second appears unsolvable). I put about three hours time into rewriting the whole system on the Monday after Genesis and have been posting weekly updates every week since then in the PGStats Discord, occasionally refining the system based on the results.

Overview:

The SULR is an iterative ranking system: It relies on self-referential formulas, and these formulas are continually re-ran after new results are entered in until there's no change in the rankings with each rerun of the calculation. For ease of entering in results, the data for each tournament are segregated from each other, in contrast to the season-wide head to head matrix of both the CLRs and my Smash 4 ranking systems (Including a head-to-head matrix would literally make the sheet too big for Google). There are four factors that go into a players' rank: Placements, Wins, Losses, and Consistency; the first three are summed and then multiplied based on consistency to produce a pre-scaled point total, which is then scaled to output the final score of a player. This score then feeds into all other formulas to determine how much it says that someone outplaced them, how good a win on them is, and how bad a loss to them is.

Placement points are the largest factor in a players' rank. While there are a small number of placement points awarded directly based on a tournament's value and a players' placing, the lions share at larger events instead come from outplacing other players. Every player at an event gives players who outplaced them points with a base value of 1/5 a win on them. Every successive losers round multiplies this by 1.2, meaning that higher placements become exponentially more valuable. In order to prevent me from going insane, each event has a minimum placing required to be given points for it (and added to the sheet if they weren't already on it); this minimum placing is dependent on the tournament's size and ranges from 7th at the smallest events to 65th at the largest.

Win points are dependent on a players' score. A win on a player with a score of 100 is worth over 7 times as much as a win on a player with a score of 50 and over 26 times as much as a win on a player with a score of 20, while wins on players with scores below 20 do not give points. The value of a win varies by a factor of about two from the smallest events to the largest events.

How detrimental a loss is depends on both the player's own score and the difference between their score and their opponent's. The higher a players' score, the more detrimental any loss is, even to another highly ranked player; the flip side of this is that low scoring players are punished very little for their losses. The other component is that if the player someone lost to has a significantly lower score than they have, the resulting penalty will be much larger than if they had lost to a comparably ranked player or a player ranked more highly than themselves. Losses are scaled by the size of the tournament the same way wins are. The loss penalty caps at 20, meaning losing to a player with a score of 0 is the same as losing to a player with a score of 19.

Consistency is a measure of how many tournaments a player has attended without taking bad losses, or losses with a score below 20. The default consistency value is 4. A tournament where a player has one loss to a player with a score above 20 and one to a player with a score below 20 will have no impact on consistency; a tournament where a player has no bad losses will cause consistency to rise by 0.5, up to a maximum value of 8, whereas a tournament where a player has only bad losses will cause consistency to fall by 0.5 to a minimum of 0. This consistency is used as an exponent by another multiplier, which is then applied to total scores. As of right now with a relatively low number of tournaments in the system, players with high attendance (in particular Larry Lurr) have their scores inflated by consistency despite mediocre performances due to heavy tournament attendance; this problem should self-correct as the season goes on but if it doesn't then I'll lower the impact of consistency on player scores.

Though I do seek to some degree to emulate the PGR, SULR is not the PGR or affiliated with it, and a player ranking a certain position on the SULR does not guarantee that a player will rank at or near that position on the PGR (though I do try to keep it fairly close). Don't treat where a player ranks on the SULR as being all that indicative of where they'll rank on the PGR as there's a good chance you're setting yourself up for disappointment.

One final methodology note that I'll go over before going over the rankings as they stand today, March 20th, is on tournament qualification and weighing. Right now I'm only counting tournaments that count for the Spring Ultimate PGR in the system. This means that Smash Summit, events that occured before February, or events that had fewer entrants than the PGR's minimum values are not counted. I may make a deluxe version of the ranking at some point that includes Summit as well as January (and maybe December) events like Smash Conference and Glitch. PGR point values are used as a minimum point value, but I also have a talent factor that takes into account iterative player scores, and if this talent value exceeds the base value it will be used instead of the base value for weighing the event. This causes some events, like Frostbite, Collision, and Ultimate Nimbus, to tier up and give placement points to extra players.

Now, onto a snapshot of the top 25 as of March 20th; italics denotes a top 25 player; see the full sheet for an up to date list of player rankings:

25. AG | WaDi
WaDi's managed to sneak into top 25, barely beating out fellow MD/VA competitor ZD, through a trio of solid performances. A 25th place at Genesis saw WaDi net a win on Lima, losing to Myran and Leffen. He followed this with a more impressive run at Heart of Battle where he beat VoiD and Larry Lurr to claim the bronze before falling to Marss and MkLeo. Lastly, his Frostbite performance saw him getting 33rd with wins on Dark Wizzy and Frozen, though the importance of that latter win wouldn't become apparent until last weekend, before falling to Lea and Captain L. A character crisis may pose an issue to MD/VA's best going forward due to R.O.B.'s shortcomings that are becoming ever more conspicuous as the meta advances, but we can still expect him to keep proving his metal as a top competitor.
24. MnT | Shoyo James
Shoyo James had perhaps the most impressive losers run thus far on his way to 9th place at Frostbite. After losing to DRN in Round Run pools, James beat ESAM, DM, Pelca, MuteAce, and VoiD before falling to Nairo in a tense game 5 set. He may show some consistency issues, as demonstrated by a disappointing 33rd at Collision where he lost to Bryce and Raptor, and he wouldn't be the only Chrom player to struggle in this respect.
23. MuteAce
MuteAce started the season with a middling Genesis where he fell to Zael in R1 pools before winning the runback in losers and subsequently falling to Big D for 49th. He bounced back at Frostbite, however where he got 25th after beating Goblin (who would proceed to go on his own losers run), the German Light, and most notably Zackray, before falling to Cosmos and Shoyo James. MuteAce would follow this up with a very strong run at Ultimate Gamer Miami, where he beat CaptainZack and got two wins on Myran while falling to Salem twice for a silver at the event. South Florida's second best peach is here to show that he's hardly less capable than its best.
22. Stroder
Stroder's formula of decent performances at nationals coupled with strong regional wins is netting him a top 25 spot. Stroder started the season with a 33rd at Genesis losing to Shuton and Magister. He followed this with a 7th place finish at Heart of Battle with wins on Eon and CharlieDaKing, losing to 1st and 2nd at the event, MkLeo and Marss. Stroder has stepped it up at subsequent events: at Ultimate Nimbus, he beat Leffen and Tweek before losing to Salem and ESAM for 5th place, and also netted flawless 1st place finishes at Arizona regionals Ascension II and Ascension III. The USA's best greninja is on an upward trajectory, and all that remains is to see if he can keep it up.
21. Ho3K | Frozen
Frozen is perhaps the most unexpected name on this list. He had an okay Frostbite that saw him send near top 25 player Yeti to losers in pools before falling to Blank and WaDi for 49th. Unsatisfied by this performance, he went on an utterly insane winners bracket run at Collision 2019 that saw him beat Smokk, Cosmos, Light, and Tweek before falling to Marss and Nairo for the bronze. Frozen is now set to try to prove that this run was not a one-off event; whether he can do so or not remains to be seen.
20. ACE | CaptainZack
After numerous doubts regarding his abilities to transition into Ultimate in the beginning of the season, CaptainZack silenced the doubter, if only temporarily, through a stellar losers run to 9th at Genesis, where he beat Prodigy, lost to Tweek, and then beat Lui$, Ally, Nairo, and Salem in rapid succession before falling to Light. Unfortunately, he had a poor Frostbite performance that saw him get 65th to Meme and Advo, yet he is far from the only good player to do so (as we will see later on). He had an okay performance at Ultimate Gamer that had almost no impact on his score, with him getting 7th by beating Blank but losing to 8BitMan and MuteAce. CaptainZack must prove if his skill is reflected better by his 9th at Genesis or by his subsequent runs, and with the apparent exit of his friends Lima and tamim from the scene, the onus to prove that the young former Bayonetta mains can still perform at top level in Ultimate now falls squarely on the one-time Evo grand finalist.
19. Tea
Tea entered the season as the apparent best player in Kansai, and he's proved it at his two events thus far. After falling to Gackt in winners at Sumabato SP 2, he went on a losers run that saw him beat top Japanese talent, beat Gackt in the runback for 3rd, and he then defeated Zaki twice to claim the gold. At Frostbite, he defeated NAKAT and Dabuz in winners before losing to his compatriot Shuton, and then beat Marss in losers before finally exiting at 13th to Wishes. Tea's only clear struggle going forward is in getting to the US due to the difficulties faced by Japanese players in finding time off work and school to travel and the low number of events occuring in Japan. If donation drives to fly the young Pac-Man main and some of his countrymen to the US for 2GG Prime Saga and Come to Papa 3 succeed, then we will surely see Kansai's best continue to rise.
18. TEC | Lea
Lea may have only attended a single event in the season thus far, but his run to 9th at Frostbite saw him defeat WaDi, Blank, and VoiD before falling to Cosmos and MVD. Lea is one of two players who made top 20 despite attending only a single event since the start of the PGR season, in part due to the sparsity of Japanese events thus far. Lea faces the same struggles as his countrymen to get to the US, and the world's best Greninja main may be totally dependent on future Japanese events to continue to keep up for the rest of the season.
17. Ryuga
After a middling performance at pre-season events, the best solo Ike main in the world is top 20 thus far in the season despite only attending single event (and thus incurring a confidence penalty). Ryuga had a strong run to 9th place at Frostbite, beating Salem, MVD, Captain L, and Goblin on a run that saw him lose only to Tweek and Shuton. If he continues to show up at large events, then we'll see the heir apparent to Michigan's throne continue to succeed.
16. Wishes
After a brief and tumultous relationship with Inkling in the pre-season, the artist formerly known as Justy (the artist formerly known as Vivid) settled on Pokemon Trainer and has had a pair of strong 9th place finishes propelling him here. At Frostbite, Wishes beat Samsora, DM, Fatality, and Tea before falling at 9th to Myran and Light. At Collision, he beat Dark Wizzy before losing to Marss in a controversial game 5, last hit set. In losers, he beat UtopianRay before losing, once more, to Light for 9th. We surely haven't seen the last of the best pokemon trainer in the world, and we can only expect him to keep showing up and taking names in the future.
15. MVG | Salem
Regardless of what you think of Salem, the former Evo and Apex champion's years of research has been paying off. At Genesis, Salem suffered an early loss to K9sbruce before beating Seagull Joe, Umeki, Magister, and Larry lurr before falling to CaptainZack for 13th. Frostbite was a significant set-back for Salem, as he lost to Ryuga and SDX for 65th while using a nascent Snake secondary. The former member of TL got a desponsorship buff at Ultimate Nimbus, as he beat K9sbruce in the runback and then defeated ZD and Stroder before losing to Light and ESAM for the bronze. He followed this up with a decisive win at Ultimate Gamer Miami that put him in the conversation for best Snake player in the world, taking down dyr, Kobe, MVD, and two sets off MuteAce on his way to a flawless victory. Love him or hate him, Salem is showing that he'll succeed regardless and with his characters ever being refined by more research, Salem's presence in top level Smash is here to stay.
14. GW | Zackray
Japan's best has had a mixed bag of performances at his two PGR events. At Genesis, Zackray defeated Sonido, Sonix, K9sbruce, and Light on his way to a 5th place finish that saw him fall to VoiD and Dabuz. At Frostbite, Zackray lost to MuteAce and ZD for a disappointing 33rd. The Japanese prodigy has shown that he can succeed, if only he's in the right mindset. What remains to be seen is if he can be in that mindset in the remaining events of the season, and what those events that he shows up to will be, given as how he has already attended three US events in the span of a month and a half and that level of attendance is unlikely to be sustainable and may depend on compendiums, such as a possible appearance by him at 2GG Prime Saga.
13. PG | ESAM
ESAM has shown that he is once again a top 15 player. The Pikachu specialist opened the season with a strong run to 7th at Genesis, beating Ally, Tweek, and yeti before falling to VoiD and Light. At Frostbite, unfortunately, an old demon resurfaced as he fell to Lui$'s Dr. Mario and he then became an early victim of Shoyo James' losers run, finishing at 65th place. Not one to stay down for long, ESAM rebounded with a silver finish at Ultimate Nimbus, defeating Pandarian before losing to Mr.R, and then beginning a losers run that saw him defeat Pandarian (again), Stroder, Mr.R, Salem, and culminated in taking a set off of Light in the first set of grand finals before falling short in the second one. ESAM is here to show that Pikachu is a top 5 character, and if his results continue he may yet decisively prove it.
12. WBG | MVD
MVD might not have had the flashiest season for a main of a character whose kit revolves around explosives, but he's had a consistent one. At Genesis 6, MVD beat Pelca, ImHip, and SDX before falling to Dabuz and yeti for 13th. He followed this up with a strong run to 7th at Frostbite that saw him besting NAKAT, Suarez, UtopianRay, Samsora, and Lea before falling to Ryuga and Light. At Ultimate Gamer Miami, MVD beat Goblin and 8BitMan before falling to Salem and Myran in two tense game 5 sets for a 4th place finish. The snake specialist is in a strong position thus far and surely seeks to stake a claim in the top 10, something he can definitely achieve if he continues his strong performances.
11. NRG | Nairo
Smash 4's second best all time has continued his success in Ultimate, taking sets off top players with Palutena, Lucina, his old main of Zero Suit Samus, and even Ganondorf. After opening with a disappointing 17th at Genesis where he beat Klaatu and lost to Cosmos and CaptainZack, Nairo bounced back with a solid 7th place at Frostbite, taking down Fatality, Captain L, Ned, and Shoyo James before falling to MkLeo and Shuton. At Collision, Nairo had his best tournament yet by going on an extensive losers run after losing to Marss that saw him beating Mr. R, Sinji, Tweek, Light, Frozen, before taking a set off of Marss in grand finals but falling short in the second set. Nairo seems poised to re-enter the top ten, but he's not quite there yet.
10. Marss
The former best player in New England and second best Zero Suit Samus player in the world now finds himself the second best player in New England and the best Zero Suit Samus player in the world, and is poised to also capture another title he never managed to claim in Smash 4: A top ten player in the world. In addition to solid records at non-PGR events (including a 2-1 record against MkLeo at weeklies), Marss has made multiple deep bracket runs at PGR events. He opened the season with an underwhelming run at Genesis 6, placing 25th with wins on Shaky and NAKAT while losing to Cosmos and Glutonny; he followed this with an impressive losers run to 2nd at Heart of Battle after losing to Jonny Westside in pools; Marss proceeded to defeat Eon, Jonny Westside in the runback, Stroder, VoiD, Razo, WaDi, and take a set off of MkLeo while falling short in the second set of grands. Overclocked Ultimate saw Marss defeat Dabuz and Light before falling to Dabuz twice in grand finals. Frostbite was another more middling performance for Marss, as he placed 17th by defeating Ally, Gackt, and Abadango but lost to Ned and Tea. At Return to Subspace, Marss defeated Pelca and took two sets off Dark Wizzy to attain a flawless victory. Lastly, and most impressively, Marss captured the gold at Collision 2019 by defeating Wishes, Nairo, Dabuz, and Frozen before dropping a set to Nairo in grands but winning the bracket reset. After a disappointing 2018, Marss is resurgent and is set to capture a top 10 title; what remains to be seen is if he'll prevail against the stiff competition he faces in vying for that ever coveted rank.
9. SST | Shuton
The best Olimar player in Japan entered Ultimate invigorated by numerous heavy buffs to his character, buffs that have been reflected in the Japanese Olimar's strong placements and wins at his two PGR events. At Genesis 6, Shuton beat Regi Shikimi, 8BitMan, and Stroder before losing to VoiD and Tweek for 13th. At Frostbite, Shuton defeated dyr, Geist, Tea, Ryuga, Nairo, and Cosmos before falling to Myran twice to place 4th. More opportunities for Shuton to travel to the states come in the form of the 2GG Prime Saga and Come to Papa 3 compendiums, and while he is sure to perform well at Japanese events without them his top 10 status may well be contingent on them.
8. PG | Cosmos
After a middling pre-season, Cosmos entered the PGR season with a bang. At Genesis 6, Cosmos defeated Mr E, Marss, Nairo, and Myran to place 7th to Samsora and Dabuz. He followed this up with a run to 5th place at Frostbite, besting JW, Abadango, MuteAce, and Lea while losing to Tweek and Shuton. Lastly, at Collision had a somewhat more shaky run that saw him defeat Raptor, and Pelca while falling to Frozen and Light on his way to 7th. Panda Global's best player might have ranked only #30 in Smash 4's all time rankings, but the Inkling specialist is following up his strong 2018 with an even stronger push to debut in the top 10 for Ultimate's first ranked season.
7. eU | Samsora
The best Peach player in the world might have missed top 10 for every Smash 4 PGR season, but he seems dead-set against this being repeated in Ultimate's first season. Samsora opened the PGR season with a run to the bronze medal at Genesis, taking down Sinji, Larry Lurr, Cosmos, and MkLeo in doing so before falling to VoiD and losing the runback against MkLeo in losers finals. Samsora followed this up with a run to 13th at Frostbite, where he defeated LingLing, Sonido, Lui$, Zinoto, and Ned while falling to Wishes and MVD. However good Peach actually is, Samsora's used her to rise into the top 10; what remains to be seen is if he can sustain it.
6. TL | Dabuz
The newly sponsored Olimar main has embarked on numerous successful bracket runs thus far in Ultimate's first competitive season as he seeks to once again stake claims to the titles of top 5 player in the world and most consistent player in the world. At Genesis, Dabuz beat FOW, MVD, Tweek, Cosmos, and Zackray on his way to a 4th place finish that saw him losing only to MkLeo. At Overclocked Ultimate, Dabuz took the gold from losers after falling to Marss by besting Gen, Laid, Light, and then taking two sets off Marss in grand finals. Dabuz suffered a setback to Frostbite as he placed 17th after being upset by Tea in winners and falling to VoiD in losers; nonetheless, Dabuz still defeated SDX and Tachyon in losers. Lastly, at Collision Dabuz managed to defeat Suarez while falling to Marss and Light. Dabuz is no doubt hungry for more wins, and his Olimar (and supplemental Palutena and Rosalina) are sure to deliver them at future events.
5. CLG | VoiD
As hard as it is to believe now, VoiD was once an unknown in the Smash scene just 4 years ago, though he rose to top 10 status by the end of Smash 4's first competitive season. VoiD enters Ultimate anything but an unknown, and his performances have him set to make top 5 in Ultimate's first ranked season. Buoyed by the small electric rat, VoiD entered the season with an explosive run to silver at Genesis that saw him taking down Umeki, Shuton, ESAM, Zackray, and Samsora before dropping two sets to MkLeo in grands. At Heart of Battle, VoiD experimented unsuccessfully with secondaries as he took down ImHip but lost to WaDi and Marss for 5th. At Frostbite, VoiD defeated false and Gackt before being upset by Lea; he then defeated Dabuz in losers before becoming the final victim of Shoyo James' losers run to finish at 13th place. VoiD is on a path to finish Ultimate's first season as a top 5 player; all that's left is to see if he can see if he can keep it up.
4. Armada | Myran
It might be a surprise to see Myran this high up, but make no mistake; the best Olimar player in Florida and perhaps the world has earned it. After barely falling short of top 100 in Smash 4, the former wii remote user is here to show that he belongs in the very highest echelons of the top Smash Ultimate players. Myran began the season with a run to 9th at Genesis that saw him take down Big D, WaDi, K9sbruce, and Prodigy before falling to MkLeo and Cosmos. He followed this up with a crowd-silencing run to the bronze at Frostbite as he took down Gen, Larry Lurr, Wishes, Shuton, Light, and Shuton again while losing only to MkLeo. He fell short at Ultimate Gamer Miami, taking another bronze as he defeated 8BitMan, dyr, and MVD while dropping two sets to MuteAce. Whether you expected it or not, Myran is succeeding, and he's surely looking to cement his status as the best Olimar in the world at future events.
3. Rogue | Light
The young Fox main has wrested many titles from others over the past year, claiming the title of best player in New England last year over Marss as well as best Fox main over Larry Lurr. Now he seeks to claim one more title in Ultimate's first season: top 3 player in the world, and he is well on his way to achieve it. Light opened the season with a run to 5th at Genesis, taking down Pandarian, SDX, Dark Wizzy, CaptainZack, and ESAM to get there while dropping sets to Zackray and MkLeo. At Overclocked Ultimate, Light came home with a disappointing bronze as he defeated DM and Laid but fell to Marss and Dabuz. He bounced back with another 5th place finish at Frostbite, taking down JW, Suarez, Umeki, Wishes, and MVD while losing only to Tweek and Myran. Light clawed his way into 1st at Ultimate Nimbus, taking down Charliedaking, Eon, Mr. R, Salem, and ESAM, though he dropped a set to the latter in grand finals. At Collision, Light walked away in 4th place after falling to Frozen in winners before taking down Nicko, Wishes, Cosmos, and Dabuz, until he was reverse 3-0'd in spectacular fashion by Nairo's Ganondorf. For Light, the only thing standing in the way of success are the apparent #1 and #2, who have refused to drop any sets to him (though Light bested both in the preseason). That won't stop the best Fox main and best player in New England from continuing to try, however.
2. TSM | Tweek
The newly sponsored player for TSM ended 2018 as the second best player in the world in Smash 4, and by all appearances he will retain this title in Ultimate. Tweek's season has been a mixed bag of successes and failures. He finished a disappointing 9th at Genesis, besting CaptainZack, Glutonny, and Shuton but falling to ESAM and Dabuz. He turned it up at Frostbite, however, as he seized a flawless victory at the most stacked event of the season thus far by defeating Zinoto, Ryuga, Light, Cosmos, and then becoming the only person since the start of the season to take a tournament over MkLeo, defeating him in Winners Finals and Grand Finals without dropping a set. His hopes of attending Summit were dashed at Ultimate Nimbus, as he fell the same as his fellow TSM member Leffen to Stroder and ZD for a disappointing 7th. At Collision, Tweek defeated Sinji and Raptor but lost to the ascendant Frozen and then Nairo while mostly going the low-tier Ridly for 5th place. Tweek has shown that if he's playing well, he performs as the best player in the world. The struggle for Tweek is in finding the motivation and mindset to play at that level consistency. Should he find that motivation and mindset, he has the potential to claim the throne as the number one player in the world. For now, however, he sits merely as the crown prince.
1. Echo Fox | MVG | MkLeo
It should come as no surprise that MkLeo sits on the throne of Smash Ultimate. The Mexican prodigy has dominated at his three PGR events thus far, taking home two gold trophies and a silver through a combination of Lucina, Ike, and Wolf. He opened with a strong but not quite dominant performance at Genesis, taking down Fatality, Myran, Leffen, and Dabuz in winners before losing 2-3 to Samsora in Winners Semi-finals. He then bested Light and took a second set off Dabuz before winning the runback against Samsora and then taking two sets off VoiD in grand finals to become the three-time Genesis champion. At Heart of Battle, Leo beat Stroder, Razo, and WaDi using a wolf secondary on his path to grand finals; he lost to Marss in the first set of Grand Finals but was able to win the second set (though the same cannot be said of subsequent sets they played in weeklies thereafter). At Frostbite, Leo defeated Advo, JeBB, UtopianRay, Nairo, and Myran on his way to winners finals, before losing to Tweek after a reverse 3-0. He bested Myran again in losers finals, but was handily dispatched again by Tweek in grand finals. MkLeo has sole claim to the title of most consistent player in Ultimate thus far, and his hold on the throne of first is firm but not unshakeable. MkLeo has yet to win a PGR tournament from Winners, and his loss to Tweek in grand finals of Frostbite wasn't even close. Nonetheless, though he is not invincible, MkLeo is, for now, the clear best Smash Ultimate player in the world.

Full top 50, as of March 20th

See the full sheet for an up to date list of player rankings.

FAQ

Is this the PGR?
A: No, no it isn't, though it should come fairly close to the final PGR. I'm trying to mostly emulate the PGR, but that doesn't mean I won't deviate away from it if I feel it makes the ranking better (eg iteratively retiering tournaments based on the talent of whoever shows up).
Why are some of the country labels for events the wrong color?
For some reason whenever a tournament is retiered based talent, the country label for the previous event changes colors to match it. I have absolutely no idea why this is happening lol.
Why isn't listed?
Players are only added into the system if they finish at a qualifying placement at an event; this caps out at top 96 at the largest events, like Genesis and Frostbite. ANTi, Mew2King, and Armada are all notable players who aren't listed currently due to placing 97th at Genesis and not attending another event (or placing 129th at that other event, in Mew2King's case).
I spotted an error, how do I contact you?
You can contact me by either DMing me on Twitter or by mentioning me on my discord server or DMing me on discord.

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