2019 MPGR ranks top 100 Super Smash Bros. Melee players

The 2019 MPGR recently concluded its reveals, which were released by Red Bull Gaming from Jan. 13 – 24. These rankings rated the top 100 Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world for the 2019 season.

2019 MPGR panelists ranked players based on their performances throughout the entire year. This differs from the Fall 2019 PGRU, which was based on a six-month season.

Here are the top 100 Melee players

  1. Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma
  2. William “Leffen” Hjelte
  3. Joseph “Mang0” Marquez
  4. Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson
  5. Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett
  6. Zain Naghmi
  7. Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto
  8. Justin “Plup” McGrath
  9. Cody “iBDW” Schwab
  10. Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman
  11. Johnny “S2J” Kim
  12. Shephard “Fiction” Lima
  13. Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni
  14. Kurtis “moky” Pratt
  15. Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby
  16. Álvaro “Trif” García Moral
  17. Griffin “Captain Faceroll” Williams
  18. James “Swedish Delight” Liu
  19. Aziz “Hax” Al-Yami
  20. Joey “Lucky” Aldama
  21. Avery “Ginger” Wilson
  22. Zaid “Spark” Ali
  23. Daniel “ChuDat” Rodriguez
  24. Kevin “PewPewU” Toy
  25. Arjun “lloD” Malhotra
  26. Armand “ARMY” Del Duca
  27. Charlie “AbsentPage” McKinley
  28. Connor “Bananas” Lamb
  29. Kalindi “KJH” Henderson
  30. DaJuan “Shroomed” McDaniel
  31. Weston “Westballz” Dennis
  32. Juan “Medz” Garcia
  33. Michael “MikeHaze” Pulido
  34. Aaron “Professor Pro” Thomas
  35. Toussaint “2saint” Turnier
  36. Jason “Gahtzu” Diel
  37. Albert Luu
  38. Te-Tuhi “Spud” Kelly
  39. Steven “FatGoku” Callopy
  40. Rishi Malhotra
  41. Jonathan “Bimbo” Rocha
  42. Adam “Setchi” Farmer
  43. Sasha “Magi” Sullivan
  44. Josh “Morsecode762” Morse
  45. Jake “Jakenshaken” Bloxsom
  46. Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez
  47. Nick Stango
  48. Daniel “Zamu” Bernstein
  49. Drew “Drephen” Scoles
  50. Michael Rollberg
  51. Mustafa “Ice” Akçakaya
  52. Jefferey “billybopeep” Palmer
  53. Ryan “La Luna” Coker-Welch
  54. Colin “Colbol” Green
  55. Roberto “Overtriforce” Iglesias
  56. Anthony “Slox” Detres
  57. Kyle “Kalamazhu” Zhu
  58. Nicholas “Nickemwit” Whittier
  59. Jerry Powell
  60. Derek “Aura” Olson
  61. Michael “Nut” Silver
  62. David “Kalvar” Coyne
  63. Matt “Polish” Warshaw
  64. Kevin Maples
  65. Theodore “Bladewise” Seybold
  66. Andrew “Tai” Vo
  67. Jeremy “Squid” Deutsch
  68. Forrest Griffin
  69. Rhodes “Joyboy” Sabangan
  70. John “KoDoRiN” Ko
  71. Ryan Ford
  72. Anees “Free Palestine” Assaf
  73. Nico “Ryobeat” Rodriguez
  74. Ammon “Ka-Master” Styles
  75. Christian “Kurv” Melendez
  76. Elliot “Frenzy” Grossman
  77. Malachi “MoG” Markos
  78. Matt “Boyd” Reymann
  79. Diego “Cool Lime” Wheat
  80. “bobby big ballz”
  81. Michael “Nintendude” Brancato
  82. Aljon “Franz” Apilado
  83. Dominik “Nicki” Kunze
  84. Tyler “lint” Auger
  85. Michael “King Momo” Morales
  86. Jonathan “TheRealThing” Clinton
  87. Umar “Umarth” Sohi
  88. Oliver “Zeo” Pei
  89. Tommy “Pricent” Lindås
  90. Abhishek “Prince Abu” Prahbu
  91. Amsah Augustuszoon
  92. Kristian “Rocky” Cruz
  93. Tyler “Sharkz” Bass
  94. Harrison “HTwa” Turner
  95. Roustane “Kage” Benzeguir
  96. Joshua “Schythed” Drumm
  97. Brandon “Panda” Orooji
  98. Miles “Soonsay” Foster
  99. Luis “TheSWOOPER” Olivo
  100. Ethan “Snowy” Brun

2019 MPGR

2019 marked Hungrybox’s third consecutive year as the No. 1 player in the world. This is the longest streak of any person to be ranked No. 1 since Melee’s global rankings began in 2013. As a result, Hungrybox may rival the GOAT status of Adam “Armada” Lindgren. When he actively competed, Armada was heralded for his consistency against all non-top 6 players.

Some players took to Twitter to criticize some of the placements on the 2019 MPGR. Specifically, players complained because Leffen ranked ahead of Mang0, Wizzrobe ranked ahead of Zain, and Mew2King ranked ahead of Fiction. Some believe the panelists are disincentivizing attendance by overly punishing bad losses and extrapolating for players with few tournament appearances.

Albert had the highest top 100 debut of anyone on the 2019 PGR. His placement is largely a result of his performance at Low Tier City 7, where he defeated Hungrybox and Lucky. Albert also boasts wins over Ginger, billybopeep, and Bladewise. Bimbo and Setchi also placed in the top 50 in their first appearances on the year-end rankings.

Besides newcomers, Morsecode762 and Magi made the largest climbs up the ranking, climbing 55 and 54 spots, respectively. Conversely, Rocky and Ryan Ford had the longest falls, dropping 41 and 40 spaces, respectively. This, of course, is not including players who dropped out of the top 100 altogether because of inactivity.

Dylan Tate
Dylan Tate is a student in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, including Smash Bros., Splatoon, ARMS, and Pokémon. Dylan also writes Nintendo news articles for Nintendo Enthusiast.