Inaugural Panda Global Ultimate Rankings Roundup

The much anticipated inaugural Panda Global Rankings for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has finally come out out. Every event since Genesis 6 has been building to this. Over 80 tournaments culminated in these very rankings. There four classifications for tournaments that officially counted towards the PGRU: C-tier, B-tier, A-tier, and S-tier. 

North America had the most high ranked tournaments, with multiple S-tier and A-tier tournaments while other regions had a few. We saw players traveling all over the world to make sure they attended enough to have a shot at making the rankings. We saw players get picked up with success in the newest Super Smash Bros. title. 

Area 51

A few players get recognized for nearly making the top 50 players in the world. They are part of “Area 51” just barely outside of the top 50, and knocking on the door to those coveted 50 spots. Zack “ZD” Darby, Leon “Sonido” Green, Laith “SDX” Hamdan, Alan “Gen” Soriano, Brett “8BitMan” Espositom are the players who compromise this placement this season. Each has had strong peaks, but the lows just prevented them making it in. These are the players to be on the lookout for moving into the summer season. 



Top 50 Players


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50.Landon “Captain L” Trybuch

49.Jon Suarez

48.Griffin “Fatality” Miller

47.Isami “T” Ikeda

46.Jake “Frozen” Somma

45.Yuta “Nietono” Uejima

44.Tsubasa “Tsu” Takuma

43.Marcus “The Great Gonzales” Culbert

42.Shimizu “Umeki” Masaki

41.Andrew “ScAtt” Huntley

In the 50 - 41 rankings we see a lot of returning players from Smash 4. Many are still getting used to Ultimate and how it plays when it comes to their current mains. There is a lot of potential in these players to rise up in the summer season. There isa  distinct Japanese flavor here, but sprinkles of players from everywhere. 

40 through 31


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40.Yuta “Abadango” Kawamura

39.Alexis “Goblin” Stennett

38.Eric “Mr E” Weber

37.Pedro “Prodigy” Alonso

36.Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad

35.David “LeoN” Leon

34.Yatiyaña “yeti” Schaper

33.Dacota “Ryuga” James

32.Zack “CaptainZack” Lauth

31.Rasheen “Dark Wizzy” Rose


Here we see the next frontier of Smash professionals. This younger generation aside from a vew Smash 4 and Brawl veterans started in Smash 4 in the latter time period of the competitive life of that game. They have taken the Ultimate scene by storm, with Dark Wizzy being the headliner. Brawl veterans Abadango and Mr. R are also part of the 40-31 ranked players.

Numbers 30 through 21


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30.Takuma “Lea” Hirooka

29.Guillermo “Stroder” Martinez Jr.

28.Troy “Puppeh” Wells

27.Antony “MuteAce” Hoo

26.Tyrell “NAKAT” Coleman

25.Ricardo “Sinji” Mathison

24.Chris “WaDi” Boston

23.Laki “ProtoBanham” Furudo

22.Saleem “Salem” Young

21.Justin “Wishes” Magnetti


In the 30-21 rankings we saw several new faces to the Smash scene. Sinji made a push near the end of the Smash 4 for recognition, but has made a giant impact within this game. Wishes at #21 is one of the highest ranked newcomers to Smash in the entire PGRU. Japan again is highly represented here too.


Top 20 Players


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20.Ishiguro “Raito” Tetsuya

19.Takuto “Kameme” Ono

18.James “Rivers” Wade

17.Jestise “MVD” Negron

16.Eric “ESAM” Lew

15.Takuma “Tea” Hirooka

14.William “Glutonny” Belaid

13.Robert “Myran” Herrin

12.Sota “Zackray” Okada

11.Brian “Cosmos” Kalu

In the 20 through 11 ranks it is a return to the normal. All players were widely recognized from Smash 4 aside from Zackray who still was making a name near the end of Smash 4. Myran achieved his highest ranking to date, with longtime staples MVD and ESAM making their Ultimate PGR debut. Cosmos continues his excellence having carried it over from the previous iteration of smash. Gluttony also has his highest ranking to dat

Top 10


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10.Paris “Light” Ramirez

9.James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson

8.Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada

7.Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby

6.Elliot “Ally” Carroza-Oyarce

5.Shuto “Shuton” Moriya

4.Ezra “Samsora” Morris

3.Tyler “Marss” Martins

2.Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey

1.Leonardo “MkLeo” Perez


The top and elite from Smash 4 once again reign supreme in Ultimate with Mkleo, Tweek, Marss, Samsora, Void, Light and Dabuz placing within the top 10. It’s a back to the future moment as we saw this coming in the past and the future was ultimately realized. Mkleo has reprised his role as the best Smash player in the world yet again.

Top Available Free Agents

  1. MVD
  2. Rivers (Shoyo James)
  3. Raito

These players have proven to have the in game results needed. More importantly they offer any team/organization/sponsor the ability to add to their brand and marketing and be an attractive asset. They have strong social media presences and ability to influence past their in game results. Expect to see these three picked up relatively quickly. Also don’t be surprised to see others change from smaller, newer organizations to more established bigger ones who will pay more.

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