HugS ranks the top 20 Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time

Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez recently created his list of the top 20 Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time. He revealed the list in a video posted to his YouTube channel.

HugS has been one of Melee‘s longest-lasting top players, as he has actively competed since late 2004. As a result, he created this list based on his knowledge of the most notable players throughout Melee‘s history. HugS ranked players based on their peak placements, the duration of their peak, and the difficulty of their competition.

Here are the top 20 Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time, according to HugS:

  1. Adam “Armada” Lindgren
  2. Juan “Hungrybox” DeBiedma
  3. Joseph “Mang0” Marquez
  4. Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman
  5. William “Leffen” Hjelte
  6. Kevin “PPMD” Nanney
  7. Justin “Plup” McGrath
  8. Daniel “ChuDat” Rodriguez
  9. Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson
  10. Zain Naghmi
  11. Ken Hoang
  12. Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni
  13. Christopher “Azen” McMullen
  14. Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett
  15. Christopher “PC Chris” Szygiel
  16. Daniel “KoreanDJ” Jung
  17. Joel Isai Alvarado
  18. Johnny “S2J” Kim
  19. Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto
  20. DaJuan “Shroomed” McDaniel

A closer look at HugS’ top 20

HugS had three fairly uncontroversial picks at the very top of his list. Armada holds the No. 1 position. He has lifetime winning records against everyone he has played since Pound 4 in 2010. In addition, Armada suffered no losses outside of the top 6 from January 2010 to August 2018. Then, Hungrybox has had the longest reign as the best in the world. And Mang0 has spent nearly 13 years in the top 10.

HugS considered recent results to be more significant, as the competition has been stronger in recent history. As a result, he challenged dominant narratives regarding the legacies of players like Ken, Azen, and PC Chris. For example, Ken is seven spots lower on this list than on the ranking by “Pikachu492” and Anokh “EdwinBudding” Palakurthi.

After creating his real Melee top 20 list, HugS also made a fake list to post to Twitter. He added himself to this list, along with Robert “Wobbles” Wright and Cody “iBDW” Schwab. In addition, he replaced aMSa with the similarly-named Amsah Augustuszoon. Finally, he switched around existing players to create intentionally controversial placements. These included Hungrybox at No. 1, Zain at No. 3, and Ken at No. 14.

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.

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