The competitive world of Super Smash Brothers Melee (SSBM) has long been dominated by the very few “Gods” of the game. While casual spectators may only see players such as Armada, Hungrybox, Mango, PPMD, Mew2King and Leffen taking the top placings at major tournaments, they may miss the competition beneath the elite. Behind the top six lies an array of top level players, putting in hundreds of hours, training to defeat players not only ranked above them, but below them as well.
At the end of every year, the famous SSBM blog and podcast Melee It On Me collaborates with a panel of forty-two top players to publish a “power rankings” list of the Top100 players in the game. As of 2015, Justin “Wizzrobe” Hallett, a Captain Falcon main from Florida, ranks in at 23 on the list. Wizzrobe, or Wizzy for short, is one of Melee’s youngest top players at age 18 and has also been a constant threat across nearly every single iteration of Super Smash Brothers since he began playing in tournaments in 2013. Despite being a top contender in Smash 64, Project M and Smash 4 for Wii U, Wizzy’s primary focus is Melee where he along with two other Florida Flacon mains “Gahtzu” and “Gravy” spend their days in the lab attempting to optimize their character. Under the group name of “20GX”, the trio work towards pushing Captain Falcon away from his usual flashy and unsafe play style into a more conservative and calculated style, in order to prove to the community that Falcon deserves his place amongst the best characters.
Despite his ranking of 23rd, Wizzrobe is continually improving and taking out stronger threats. At PAX Arena in January of this year, Justin managed to beat “Lucky”, a SoCal Fox main ranked 12th on MIOM’s list, three games to zero in a best of five set and placing 7th in the tournament overall. This month at the major Dreamhack: Austin, Wizzrobe took out “MacD”, a SoCal Peach main ranked 15th as well as “Sfat” the NorCal Fox main ranked 13th, ultimately landing him 4th place and becoming the first Captain Falcon main in history to place in the top four of a tournament with at least three of Gods in attendance. Prior to this, Wizzrobe held the record for making top four at a tournament with two gods in attendance. With more massive tournaments on the way, such as Get On My Level 2016 at the end of May and Smash’N’Splash2 in the middle of June, Wizzy will have more opportunities to prove to himself and the world that he is on the come up to becoming the best of the best.