Panda Global has revealed its list of the top 10 Smash 4 players in the world, and to the surprise of no one, Team Solomid’s Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios is the king of the hill.
The final part of Panda Global’s Rankings begins with Jason “ANTi” Bates, who has racked up numerous notable wins against four other players in the top 10, including number two on the list, Team Liquid’s Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada. ANTi also finished 13th at CEO 2015 and fourth at The Big House 5.
The top three Smash 4 players have an incredible list of achievements.
Rosalina and Luma (Rosaluma) main Samuel Robert “Dabuz” Buzby won a Nintendo National Open Tournament before going on to take place second at Apex 2015. He also has second-place finishes at GENESIS 3 and Paragon LA 2015, as well as third-place finishes at CEO 2015 and The Big House 5. At Evo 2015, he came in fifth. But while he has an impressive list of notable victories over a good portion of the top 10, he does not have one against ZeRo.
However, number two on the list, Nairo, does, and was the first to accomplish the feat after ZeRo reeled off 55 straight tournament victories. Nairo won Paragon LA 2015, took second at CEO 2015 and The Big House 5, and third at Evo 2015. He won the MLG World Finals by beating ZeRo in a two game set, 3-2 and 3-1.
But the man atop the list has unquestionably dominated the Smash 4 scene. ZeRo was voted a unanimous number one by both Panda Global and the Smash 4 panel.
As mentioned previously, ZeRo won an unthinkable 55 straight tournaments, including Apex 2015, CEO 2015, The Big House 5, and Evo 2015. He recovered from the loss at MLG to win a handful of tournaments in 2016, including GENESIS 3, before taking time off due to a finger injury.
Recently, ZeRo was stunned in a 3-0 loss to Echo Fox’s Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, 28th on the PGR, at Get On My Level 2016. ZeRo battled all the way into grand finals through the loser’s bracket before losing to Elliot “Ally” Bastien.
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