Super Smash Bros. Melee has been a bit of a underground cult phenom in the gaming world, hailed as one of the greatest fighting games of all time because of glitches that players exploit to create combos that were never intended by the developers and since the GameCube had no real internet capabilities there is no way patch these glitches but in return it helped spawn an amazing fighting game meta. Most developers now leave bugs in games because of this.
This is the Top 5 Gods and Highest Earners from Melee Tournaments.
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1. Adam “Armada” Lindgren – $228,800.85 From 149 Tournaments
Adam has proven himself the God of this game. He is relentless with his examination of every line of code trying to figure out how to optimize a better path to victory. He takes this game to a whole new level.
Adam Lindgren (born 28 March 1993), known by his handle Armada, is a Swedish expert Super Smash Bros. Scuffle player from Gothenburg. He is a two-time champion of Apex and three-time champion of Genesis starting at 2017. He completed fourth at EVO 2013, third at EVO 2014, first at EVO 2015 and runner-up to Joseph “MaNg0” Marquez at MLG 2014.
Lindgren began his gaming vocation in 2003 contending in the Swedish Nintendo Championship.
Armada is a legend of melee and analysis of his previous matches makes him a god of this game.
Armanda Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArmadaUGS
Armanda’s Analysis of Smash Matches:
2. Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman – $218,983.62 From 516 Tournaments
He is currently considered one of the “Five Gods” of Melee. Mew2King is known to play Melee using the “claw” grip on his controller.
Mew2King is widely accepted as one of the best Melee players in the world. At one point, he was even considered the best Brawl player in the world, as well as the best Meta Knight player in the world.
Although M2K has only won 2 Melee majors since 2013, he has still placed second or third at many of them, and also regularly beats other members of the Big Six. Zimmerman was ranked 3rd in the world in the 2013 SSBMRank, 4th in 2014, 5th in 2015, and 4th in 2016.
Mew2King Twitter: https://twitter.com/MVG_Mew2King
Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman gameplay:
3. Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma – $167,305.54 From 198 Tournaments
He is generally respected to be the best Jigglypuff primary on the planet.
Juan Manuel Debiedma (Born June 21, 1993), otherwise called Hungrybox, is a full-time Argentinian American expert Super Smash Bros. Skirmish eSports player from Orlando, Florida who utilizes Jigglypuff.
Hungrybox says that he “got great utilizing tricks” and that his hands are not sufficiently quick for specialized skill.
Debiedma trusts that he increased more regard as of late to play a character once considered gimmicky.
In 2015, Debiedma won his first national triumph for the year at Paragon after helpfully vanquishing Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman in fabulous finals.
Hungrybox Twitter: https://twitter.com/LiquidHbox
Hungrybox Winning the Finals:
4. Joseph “Mango” Marquez – $127,678.90 From 162 Tournaments
Mango is shredding the competition by using Jigglypuff in ways never thought possible.
Joseph Marquez (born December 10, 1991) is a professional competitor in Super Smash Bros. Melee, a crossover fighting game published by Nintendo for the GameCube in 2001.
A native of Norwalk, California, Marquez is part of the Cloud9 esports team. He primarily plays as Fox and Falco, although he began his competitive career as a Jigglypuff main. He is widely credited for Jigglypuff’s jump in the tier list, from seventh to third.
Joseph is always creating new ways to out maneuver opponents.
Mango Twitter: https://twitter.com/C9Mang0
A look into Mango:
5. William “Leffen” Hjelte – $79,488.55 From 92 Tournaments
William takes melee to a new level. By going into the games could he plays Meleee FRAME BY FRAME in order to find an advantage!
This dedication to the game makes Leffen a huge threat and someone to watch out for.
Hjelte started playing Super Smash Bros. in 2009, when he was introduced to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. He initially started as a Yoshi and Falco player before switching to Fox.
Leffen feels that he made the gradual switch from Falco to Fox because he views Falco as requiring more discipline and Fox being more suited to his play style.
After beating Mew2King at Apex 2015, Leffen became the only player to have beaten each of the five aforementioned players in a tournament set. Melee It On Me ranked Hjelte 5th best in the world at the end of 2016, a substantial improvement from 14th in the world in 2013 and 6th in 2014.
Leffen Twitter: https://twitter.com/TSM_Leffen