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Mang0 misses MPGR top 10 for first time in Melee history

It’s been an off year for the Melee GOAT

Joseph “Mang0” Marquez has been ranked No. 11 on the Summer 2022 MPGR. This marks the first time in his Melee career that he has missed the top 10 on a ranking. In addition, it is only the third time that he has missed the top five.

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Since the official Melee rankings began in 2013, Mang0 has appeared in every top five prior to now except for the Summer 2018 MPGR, where he ranked sixth. In addition, he peaked at No. 1 on the year-end rankings for 2013, 2014 and 2021.

Mang0 also ranked in the top three every year from 2008 to 2012 on the unofficial RetroSSBMRank, which Smash History released in 2017. Mang0’s lowest rank before now came during his first year of competition in 2007. For that year, the RetroSSBMRank placed him at No. 9 in the world.

How Mang0 missed the MPGR top 10

Mang0 came into this season with a great deal of momentum. Not only was he ranked first in North America last year, but he was also declared the greatest Melee player of all time. He also placed second at the online Ludwig Ahgren Championship Series 4 in January.

However, when the 2022 season began in March, Mang0 placed outside of the top eight at three consecutive majors – a first for his career. In the process, he incurred a loss to Evan “Fizzwiggle” Akhavan, who is not ranked in the top 50.

Nevertheless, Mang0 has generally been consistent against lower-ranked players this year. Meanwhile, he defeated Jake “Jmook” DiRado, Edgard “n0ne” Sheleby, Josh “Joshman” Lyras and Johnny “S2J” Kim during the first half of the year. He has also beaten John “KoDoRiN” Ko and Shephard “Fiction” Lima since the end of the season. This suggests Mang0 could have what it takes to climb back into the MPGR top 10 by the end of the year.

This year’s summer rankings have also included a number of other historic developments. For example, Dan “Swift” Petruso has ended Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson’s nearly 12-year tenure as the best Pikachu player in the world. The Summer 2022 MPGR reveals will conclude with the top 10 players on Thursday.

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Dylan Tate is an alumnus of 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, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.