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Isai "malva, MevseC"
Melee mains Captain Falcon, Sheik
Other Melee
SSB64 mains Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Jigglypuff, Luigi
Other SSB64
Mario, Link, Yoshi
Crew(s) CLASH Tournaments
Former crews MC
Skill SSB64 Icon.png Top professional
SSBM Icon.png Top professional (retired)
Winnings SSB64 Icon.png ~$1,670.00
SSBM Icon.png ~$21,525.00
Additional info
Real name Joel Isai Alvarado
Birth date March 17, 1985(1985-03-17) (age 30)
Location San Jose, California USA
Ken and Isai of team "El Chocolate Diablo." (Isai is on the right.)

Joel Isai Alvarado, known as Isai (often pronounced "Isaiah"), is an American Super Smash Bros. 64 player widely regarded as the greatest of all time. He is credited with creating the modern metagame and was so far ahead of all other competitors that he was virtually untouchable, giving rise to the meme "Isai is too good" within the community. He mains Pikachu in Super Smash Bros., but can use the entire cast at a top professional level, choosing to use a variety of secondaries at tournaments. Isai has stated on Reddit that his favorite characters are Link, Mario, Fox, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Yoshi and Jigglypuff.[1]

He also played Super Smash Bros. Melee and was ranked 7th best in the United States before he retired from that game. He mained Captain Falcon and Sheik in Melee, while using Fox as a secondary. He was ranked first on the NorCal Power Rankings in 2006.

Isai plans to attend GENESIS 3 in his hometown San Jose, California after a bit of a hiatus. The last national tournament he went to was Apex 2014.


Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Isai is the undisputed world champion of Super Smash Bros.. The only player to ever beat him in a Twelve Character Battle is the Japanese champion Jousuke (possibly due to the battle being done on the Japanese version of the game) and the only other smasher who has shown true competition to his Pikachu is the Peruvian champion Gerson, who has taken multiple matches against Isai in dittos. Isai is currently ranked 3rd on the unfinished Smash 64 ELO Rating.

Isai traveled to West Japan in November of 2006 to play the professional players there. However, no sets against the Japanese champion Jousuke (nor many other top Japanese players) were recorded and as a result of this, Isai generally did not have any true competition.

Isai is well notable for his impressive performance with the low-tier character Link. He managed to finish second at Apex 2012 by only using Link, only losing to SuPeRbOoMfAn's Captain Falcon and still winning a few matches against the latter.

After winning Apex 2014 with only using Jigglypuff and defeating Moyashi, the player considered the best Kirby in the world twice, this helped Jigglypuff's recent rise on the tier list.

Isai's online crew MC was considered the preeminent crew and recruited some of the best players before its disbandment, later ceding its best crew title to PPS.

CT Live stream[edit]

Isai agreed in November 2013 to regularly stream online sessions of Smash 64 through CLASH Tournaments' Twitch channel in exchange of revenue based on viewership count. These take place on Tuesday nights at 8PM PST (11PM EST). Smashers regularly featured on the stream include Bane, Mariguas, and Near among others.


Isai in his prime was regarded as the best Melee Captain Falcon player in the world. Although his placings at Melee singles tournaments lowered over time, he is one of the few players to have defeated former Melee world champion Ken multiple times.

Isai and Ken constituted El Chocolate Diablo, the strongest doubles team in the world circa 2004-2006. El Chocolate Diablo remained undefeated in tournament sets until their loss to Taj and Forward at a Champ Combo tournament, and placed 1st at every tournament they entered until placing 2nd behind Azen and Chillin at MLG Chicago 2006. However, Isai and Ken would later win MLG Las Vegas 2006, the final MLG National Championship for Melee teams in 2006. Following this win, El Chocolate Diablo became inactive for almost a year until their final appearance at Super Champ Combo, where they placed 7th.

Loss of interest in Melee[edit]

Despite his success, Isai gradually lost interest in Melee in 2007. In early 2010, Isai expressed interest in playing Melee seriously again, but after smashing with Scar and entering a handful of tournaments, Isai still did not find it enjoyable anymore.

Notable sandbagging incidents[edit]

At Apex 2012, he was unexpectedly convinced by the crowd to play a Melee exhibition match against the other Smash veteran Captain Jack. However, he only sandbagged and was 4-stocked, much to the audience's disappointment.

Notable tournament placings[edit]

Smash 64[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12th-14th, 2007 1st
GENESIS 2 July 15th-17th, 2011 2nd
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 2nd 1st Nintendude
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 2nd
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 1st


Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Tournament Go 4 January 19th, 2003 7th
Snexus 2 July 12th, 2003 2nd 2nd Recipherus
Tournament Go 5 August 2nd-3rd, 2003 3rd 1st Ken
Game Over January 10th, 2004 3rd 1st Ken
Zero Challenge 1 January 17th-18th, 2004 2nd
Smash 4 Cash June 2004 1st 2nd Matt Deezie
MLG Chicago 2004 June 19th-20th, 2004 2nd 1st Ken
MELEE-FC1 July 9th-10th, 2004 3rd 1st Ken
Tournament Go 6 August 21st-22nd, 2004 5th 1st Ken
MLG San Francisco 2004 September 11th-12th, 2004 2nd
MLG New York 2004 October 24th, 2004 2nd 1st Ken
MOAST 3 January 15th-16th, 2005 1st 1st Ken
MLG DC 2005 January 29th-30th, 2005 2nd 1st Ken
MLG San Francisco 2005 February 26th-27th, 2005 5th 1st Ken
Gettin' Schooled 2 June 25th-26th, 2005 7th 1st Ken
MELEE-FC3 July 10th-12th, 2005 4th 1st Ken
MLG Los Angeles 2005 October 14th-16th, 2005 1st 1st Ken
MLG Atlanta 2005 November 25th-27th, 2005 4th 1st Ken
MLG New York 2005 February 24th-26th, 2006 4th 1st Ken
MLG New York Opener 2006 April 21st-23rd, 2006 6th 1st Ken
MLG Dallas 2006 May 19th-20th, 2006 13th 1st Ken
MLG Anaheim 2006 June 23rd-24th, 2006 4th 1st Ken
MLG Chicago 2006 July 21st-22nd, 2006 8th 2nd Ken
Zero Challenge 2 August 15th-17th, 2006 1st Captain Jack
MLG Orlando 2006 August 26th-27th, 2006 4th 1st Ken
MLG New York Playoffs 2006 October 13th-14th, 2006 6th 3rd Ken
MLG Las Vegas 2006 November 18th-19th, 2006 6th 1st Ken
NorCal Tournament October 28th, 2006 9th 1st Ken
Cataclysm 3 March 3rd-4th, 2007 13th 1st Mew2King
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12th-14th, 2007 41st 5th Mew2King
Zero Challenge 3 July 20th-22nd, 2007 1st The King
Super Champ Combo September 29th-30th, 2007 33rd 7th Ken
GENESIS 2 July 15th-17th, 2011 13th S2J


  • Isai holds a positive record against every smasher he has played in tournament, with the exception of SuPeRbOoMfAn (3-4) and Kikoushi (1-2){{citation needed}}
  • He purchased Brawl but does not play it. Super Smash Bros. has always been Isai's preferred Smash Bros. game; he has been playing Smash 64 since 1999 and Smash 64 online since 2004.
  • Isai often used the in-game tags "VI" and "MEL" in Melee. In Super Smash Bros, his YouTube video tag is "malva" if it is an online match or "Isai" if it is a console match. His nickname "malva" originates from his mother's Windows login name (she used the initial 'm' for her name plus a shortened version of her last name, Alvarado or 'alva').
  • Isai's YouTube name is MevseC. This nickname originates from the fact that he plays Marvel vs. Capcom (MvsC). He added the two 'e' letters in the middle to make it look cooler and sound like a name.
  • From around 2005-2007, Isai was the leader of the then-top online SSB64 crew MC.
  • Isai calls online Smash "fake Smash" due to the delay and lag experienced online. He also calls it fake Smash because, by definition, it is emulated and thus merely a copy or imitation of the real game on console.
  • Noticing that there were exceptional Smash 64 players in Japan and Peru, Isai traveled to both of these countries and played the top players there (e.g. Jousuke, the Japanese national champion and Gerson, the Peruvian national champion). He is one of the few Smash 64 players to make a serious effort to travel internationally multiple times in order to play the top Smash 64 players from around the world.

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