Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6: 30-21 #WWRv6 - Upcomer

Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6: 30-21 #WWRv6

Daily Esports is proud to partner with the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank team once again to present the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6 (WWRv6)! The Wi-Fi Warrior Rank rates 50 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players based on their performances at online tournaments. Check out the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank Discord to find out more about Smash Ultimate’s competitive online scene.

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A handful of PGR-ranked competitors and other successful offline players have made their way onto this portion of the rankings. But of course, it also includes others who have made names for themselves strictly through online tournaments.

WWRv6: 30-21

It takes some mental resolve to compete with the frequency of our next player, but don’t worry — Kiyarash Younessi is always ready to throw down. After making it on the rank by a hair in his rookie season, his sophomore campaign saw him keep climbing and land firmly at 30th. The Luigi specialist had his share of deep runs in dangerous brackets. This included a 4th place finish at the Lunch Box #4, where he took down 8BitMan, Ravenking, and Goblin. Almost a month to the day later, he repeated that placing at the $2000 Legion Smash Ultimate Cup. After being 3-0ed by Epic_Gabriel, Kiyarash made a losers run through Myran, Goblin, and Chag. His run culminated in him winning the runback versus Epic_Gabriel 3-2.

Kiyarash had no trouble adding to his list of wins. He had multiple set wins over six WWRv6 players, the most out of any player up to this point. Though still prone to a number of unranked losses, his improvement was apparent this season. He grew from an up-and-coming name to a regular in top 16 of large events. Kiyarash is one of the more synonymous names with the Wi-Fi scene today, so his first foray into offline will be watched closely when it comes. Where it’ll take him is anyone’s guess. But with a resume like this, you can bet he’s ready to take the plunge.

Written by: Liam “Cloudhead” Estes

Few players in the community can match the positive energy that Brett “8BitMan” Esposito radiates. Not only is he one of the best people to grace the community’s presence, but he’s also a fearsome competitor. Coming in hot at the No. 29 spot on the WWRv6, 8BitMan has collected wins over the likes of Epic_Gabriel, Chag, Ned, Riddles, and many more. Furthermore, he boasts some impressive placements. 8BitMan placed 7th at Lunch Box #7 and M-Kolloseum #2, and earned an impressive 9th place finish at Get On My Line 2020. Beyond the major weekend events that count for WWR, he also regularly enters weekly events. 8BitMan always places within the top echelon of those brackets.

Despite those peaks, 8BitMan has suffered a substantial number of unranked losses. In addition, he holds a 13-20 record against the top 50. Nevertheless, his tenacity in tournament and his cheerful demeanor are always sights to behold, and it’s always a pleasure to watch him make amazing plays in bracket. We cannot wait to see what else he pulls off in upcoming seasons.

Written by: Cyrus “Cagt” Gharakhanian

Keeping the tradition of at least one Pikachu on the WWR every season, Guatemala’s Markus “ShinyMark” Florido makes his debut. In doing so, he continues his own streak of appearing on the WWR for the third time in a row and the fifth time in total. Not merely content to reappear, he’s improved upon his last spot, cracking top 30 in the increasingly competitive Wi-Fi era.

ShinyMark began the season strong with a 4th place finish at Flat Realm #7. There, he earned wins over Fatality, Mr. L, and SKITTLES!!. His undisputed best run of the season, however, came late at Lunch Box #6, where he took the silver. He lost only to Yez and ran through a gauntlet of strong players. Among them were Beast, LeoN, Ned, Maister, Sharp, and Yez himself in the first set of Grands.

A few lackluster finishes at large events in the mid-season, as well as lower-than-average attendance, unfortunately hampered that glimmering peak performance. But anyone who has played ShinyMark will surely tell you that he’s one of the very best Pikachu players in the world, and capable of ranking even higher. Eagerly await the day that he can attend an offline tournament in the future. He’ll be sure to produce shock and awe just as he does online.

Written by: Hannah “Dexy” Adey

When the conversation shifts to the best Pac-Man mains in the game, Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison will always be one of the first names mentioned. That’s how it’s been since Smash 4. He’s held the title of best Pac-Man in the West for years relatively unchallenged. And this season, his first full one competing, he looked like the best Pac-Man on Wi-Fi too. He slots in at No. 27 with a WWRv6 season that was more than solid.

His first event of the season turned out to be one of his best. At Get On My Line 2020, he devoured a bracket path that included Benny&thejets, 8BitMan, and Riddles. This all culminated in a 5th place finish at the season’s first S-tier. More S-tier brilliance soon followed, as he placed 9th at Lockhart Series and 25th at Ultimate 32. Sinji also secured a top 8 spot at the B-tier Lunch Box #3 for good measure. His win rate against the WWRv6 was nearly even, but his whopping total of zero losses to unranked players is perhaps the biggest boon for Sinji’s season. Tristate’s resident Pac-Man pro will surely be back on the offline grind as soon as possible. But as long as he’s around, it’s gonna take more than a stroke of luck to take him down.

Written by: Liam “Cloudhead” Estes

The third blue blur to be revealed on this season’s rankings, Carrington “Wrath” Osborne spin dashes into the No. 26 spot on the WWRv6 after nothing short of a solid season. Due to his defensive playstyle, this Georgia native gets plenty of screen time as he whittles his opponents away. With his results always remaining solid, his inclusion on the rankings for the second season in a row seems unsurprising.

Wrath’s strongest results included a 2nd place finish at B-tier Uncivil War: 1st Edition. At that event, he defeated Beast, Middy, and Sharp, and even bested Sonix with a surprise Min Min pick. Wrath also finished in 5th place at both the Legion Smash Ultimate Cup and Smash for Rainn. In the process, he picked up wins on Myran, KirbyKid, Mr. E, WebbJP, and SuperStriker. He also dominated smaller events without a hitch, taking home back-to-back 1st place finishes at August’s Memes Tournament and the C-tier Canada Cup Minor Tournament within the same weekend.

A noticeable drop between last season and this season stems from significantly less major events entered and dominated by Wrath. Last season, he took home 1st and 2nd place finishes at two S-tiers. Conversely, 9th place at Get On My Line was his only S-tier result this season. Nonetheless, Wrath remains more consistent than most other players, maintaining an extraordinarily low count of unranked losses. Although he barely missed out on the top half of this season’s rankings, you certainly can’t count Wrath out. He’ll be sure to speed his way into top 8 before you know it.

Written by: Sean “GME” Wilkinson

The kid, the myth, the legend: Luke “KirbyKid” Richmond makes his WWR return at No. 25. And he’s done so by stomping the competition with a character many believe to be a low- or bottom-tier. KirbyKid boasted incredible peaks this season at a multitude of events. He placed 3rd at the A-tier Zinc Tank #3, 2nd at B-tier Lunch Box #4, and 2nd at C-tier The Collective 3. Between these events, he defeated some of the WWRv6’s best in often challenging matchups. His win list included Pokelam, MkLeo, Sparg0, Sharp, Sonix, and plenty more.

Beyond those events, KirbyKid placed 5th at Frame Perfect Series 2. There, he found additional wins on Pokelam and Sparg0, and earned one on Dabuz’s Min Min. He accomplished his third and final set win on Sparg0 at Galaxy Gambit 2, where he also defeated Chag en route to 4th place. Throughout this season of impressive tournament showings, KirbyKid grew into an absolute threat that even the very best of players would want to avoid in bracket.

Any less-than-stellar performances were few and far between for KirbyKid. His impressive resume of wins more than made up for some outlier tournaments here and there. Furthermore, earning a positive 3-2 record on Sparg0 is something very few can boast, let alone with King K. Rool. As one of the best crocodiles out there, expect KirbyKid to do more than keep taking names. He’ll maintain his throne as one of the very best of his character.

Written by: Sean “GME” Wilkinson

WWRv6 Mr. E

Entering the battle in the No. 24 spot is Lucina specialist Eric “Mr. E” Weber. Mr. E is known for his prolific play with the character both online and offline. His gameplay includes his strong neutral, dangerous punish game, as well the occasional footstool offstage, which he would call the Mr. E classic. All those traits and more contributed to his reappearance on the WWR for the second season in a row.

During this season Mr. E was very active, attaining a 17-24 record against the WWRv6 top 50. Lockhart Series was one of Mr. E’s best events this season. There, he made a long losers run to defeat SKITTLES!!, Epic_Gabriel, and Sharp and finish in 4th place. He also won the B-tier M-Kolosseum #3, taking out BestNess and Ravenking, and besting Kola in Grand Finals.

With additional high placings like 7th at Ultimate 32 and 5th at Smash Out Breast Cancer, and a whole host of wins on the top 50, Mr. E was dangerous in any bracket he entered this season. Given his prior rankings, Mr. E’s ascendance on the WWR was no surprise. He was formerly ranked 38th on the 2019 Spring PGRU, and was No. 3 in New York City. Mr. E’s future is not written, but looks very promising nonetheless.

Written by: Kyle “Grayola” Gray

One of the flashiest players out there and one of his character’s best representatives, Dominic “T3 DOM” Carone crosses over from offline to online as he debuts at No. 23 on the WWRv6. Despite Richter’s reputation as a zoner that benefits from the online setting, T3 DOM is the first Belmont main to appear on the WWR since Riddles and Vendetta three seasons ago. His playstyle utilizes plenty of challenging yet rewarding setups involving the character’s projectiles. This has allowed him to achieve extraordinary placements and wins in only a short span of time playing online tournaments.

The highlight of T3 DOM’s season was at the S-tier Lockhart Series. There, he vanquished Sparg0, MkLeo, and Sharp en route to a 3rd place finish. He also entered Get On My Line, making a long run before falling to Wrath for 13th place. T3 DOM’s third and final result of the season was a 4th place finish at the extremely stacked M-Kolosseum #2. At that event, he knocked Myran and BestNess into the losers bracket and eliminated Chag.

Taking 3rd place at one of the biggest events of the season allowed T3 DOM to make the most of only entering three WWR-eligible events over the course of the last six months. With two solid S-tier showings under his belt, he stayed wholly consistent. In fact, T3 DOM didn’t drop a single set to any player outside of this season’s top 50. If he chooses to enter more events in the future, he is certainly capable of accomplishing an even higher ranking if his S-tier performances stay as dominant as they were throughout this season.

Written by: Sean “GME” Wilkinson

Joining the rankings in the No. 22 spot is Arturo “Joker” Ochoa. Known widely as the impressive Samus player hailing from Mexico, and one half of a formidable doubles team with his brother Meme, he brought his talents to Wi-Fi this season for the first time. He undoubtedly made the most of it.

When it comes to the online scene, Joker finds himself ranked so high largely due to his consistent play. He was 13-10 against the WWRv6 and did not have a single unranked loss. His best placements included 9th at Ultimate 32, 4th at Frame Perfect Series 3, and 1st at Get Clipped #3. He was also able to pick up wins on high-profile players such as Epic_Gabriel, ChunkyKong, BestNess, Chag, and many more. Joker’s consistency and prowess have propelled him to the 22nd spot on these rankings. Just as he contends for the title of best Samus in the world, he should contend for a top spot on the WWR as long as he keeps showing up.

Written by: Kyle “Grayola” Gray

Aaron Wilhite is a player that is impossible to forget. Whether it’s for his entertaining streams, or his eccentric Diddy Kong, Aaron is by far one of the best players to hold a controller. His results are a prime example of that. Placing 4th at The Cosmic Kerfuffle, 7th at Elympics #1, and 13th at Ultimate 32, he’s a threat to behold. Beyond that, he has acquired wins over some of the toughest opponents out there. These include Sonix, BestNess, Epic_Gabriel, Chag, Lui$, and plenty of others.

He currently holds a 19-22 record against the top 50, and does unfortunately have 13 unranked losses to his name. But while that may hold him back to just below top 20 on the WWRv6, his results still show that he is a formidable opponent who is absolutely capable of taking on the world’s best. And even if you aren’t a competitor, he’s always ready to put on a show on Twitch for your entertainment. If you’re looking for talent, then Aaron is without a doubt someone you should be paying attention to.

Written by: Cyrus “Cagt” Gharakhanian

Make sure to check back on Tuesday, January 26, as the rankings continue with the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6: 20-11!

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Dylan Tate
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.