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Ever wanted to know who the best Smash players in the world are?

Beginning in 2015, esports organization Panda established the PGR to keep track of the top Super Smash Bros. for Wii U players. They continued to create an algorithmic ranking of the best players in Smash Ultimate from 2018 to 2022.

However, following recent controversies that led Panda CEO Alan Bunney to step down, a new ranking called the UltRank has emerged to replace the PGR. An amalgamation of three different algorithms — OrionRank, EchoRank, and ΩRank — the UltRank 2022 ranked the best Smash Ultimate players in the world from June to December of 2022.

Best Smash Ultimate players in the world

Here are the best Smash Ultimate players in the world according to the UltRank 2022:

  1. Leonardo “MkLeo” López Pérez
  2. Mashita “acola” Hayato
  3. Edgar “Sparg0” Valdez
  4. Paris “Light” Ramirez Garcia
  5. Takuma “Tea” Hirooka
  6. Angel “Onin” Mireles
  7. Shuto “Shuton” Moriya
  8. Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey
  9. Michael “Riddles” Kim
  10. Naoto “ProtoBanham” Tsuji
  11. Pedro “Kurama” Alonso Jr.
  12. Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby
  13. Kolawole “Kola” Aideyan
  14. Enrique “Maister” Hernández Solís
  15. William “Glutonny” Belaid
  16. Carlos “Sonix” Pérez
  17. Miya
  18. Salvatore “Zomba” DeSena
  19. Dawson “Big D” Perron
  20. Dylan “ApolloKage” J.
  21. Oliver “Bloom4Eva” Alexander
  22. Takuto “Kameme” Ono
  23. Steven “Anathema” Acosta
  24. Brian “Cosmos” Kalu
  25. Jude “Jakal” Harris
  26. Yoshidora
  27. Pau “Sisqui” Caire
  28. Kazuki “Asimo” Takeuchi
  29. Kengo “KEN” Suzuki
  30. Aaron “Aaron” Wilhite
  31. Michael “Tilde” Tedesco
  32. Luis “Lui$” Oceguera Ramos
  33. Jacob “Jake” Silberman
  34. Eita “HIKARU” Hoshi
  35. Hero
  36. Tyler “Marss” Martins
  37. Nicholas “Ned” Dovel
  38. Sota “zackray” Okada
  39. Antony “MuteAce” Hoo
  40. Yaura
  41. Gakuto “Gackt” Ito
  42. Syrup
  43. Jayjay “Ouch!?” Basilian
  44. Sigma
  45. Juan Pablo “Skyjay” Osorio Lozada
  46. Griffin “Fatality” Miller
  47. Ramin “Mr.R” Delshad
  48. Bharat “Lima” Chintapall
  49. Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura
  50. Santiago “Chag” Pérez Checchi
  51. Jared “jaredisking1” Sharp
  52. Arda “Raflow” Imrek
  53. Jestise “MVD” Negron
  54. Spencer “Scend” Garner
  55. Troy “Puppeh” Wells
  56. Niko “Niko” P.
  57. Alan “AlanDiss” Carrillo
  58. Troy “BassMage” Waters
  59. Markus “ShinyMark” Florido
  60. Dominic “T3 DOM” Carone
  61. Christian “Jahzz0” Ramsay
  62. Repo
  63. Ethan “SHADIC” San Miguel
  64. Seisuke “Kome” Komeda
  65. Adam “Luugi” Jassim
  66. Mario “WaKa” Cervantes
  67. Toriano “Toast” Warren Jr.
  68. alice
  69. Tarik “Tarik” Fayazi
  70. Marcel “quiK” Romagnuolo
  71. Rylan “ChunkyKong” Silva
  72. Julian “Zinoto” Carrington
  73. Shirayuki
  74. Akakikusu
  75. Christian “Peabnut” Londoño
  76. Willow “IcyMist” Barto
  77. Nassim “Leon” Laïb
  78. Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose
  79. Sem “Supahsemmie” J.
  80. Darrell “Quandale Dinglelingleton” Boone
  81. Alain “Space” Balemba
  82. Abraham “MKBigBoss” Slane Parra
  83. Alexis “goblin deez” Stennett
  84. Shimizu “Umeki” Masaki
  85. Jason “Yei” Valverde Mora
  86. Leonardo “Rox” Herrera
  87. Chris “WaDi” Boston
  88. Tanner “skittles” Jordan
  89. Dylan “NaetorU” Renon
  90. MASA
  91. Jeffrey “ATATA” Solberg
  92. Yuta “Nietono” Uejima
  93. Caleb “Chronos” Filler
  94. Yonnas “yonni” Gadissa
  95. Towa “Atelier” Kuriyama
  96. Ricky “Ling” Gorritz
  97. Connor “Regalo” Myers
  98. Eric “Mr. E” Weber
  99. Yutaro “Paseriman” Nagumo
  100. Andrew “enhancedpv” Davis
  101. Axel “MFA” Perez

More about the UltRank 2022 top 100

Even after his least dominant season to date, MkLeo still emerged at the top of the UltRank 2022. As a result, he has continued his streak of finishing in first place on every offline Ultimate ranking to date. However, players like acola, Sparg0 and a recently-resurgent Tweek could challenge his title as the best player in the world this year.

As the first international ranking of the best Smash Ultimate players post quarantine, several players naturally made high debuts. Some of the standout players include Onin and Miya. Though neither of them appeared on the PGRU v3’s regional rankings, their strong second halves of 2022 allowed them to debut on the UltRank 2022 at No. 6 and No. 17, respectively.

Notably, the ranking period for the UltRank 2022 excluded some of Japan’s biggest tournaments of the year. As a result, some Japanese powerhouses like Yoshidora and Hero debuted a bit lower than expected. Nevertheless, these players could easily climb higher up the rankings in 2023.