Smasher:Omega Tyrant

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Omega Tyrant
SSB4 main R.O.B.
Other SSB4
character
Charizard
Brawl mains Wolf, King Dedede
Other Brawl
character
Snake
Melee main Ganondorf
Project M main Ganondorf
Skill SSBM Icon.png Amateur
SSBB Icon.png Semi-professional (Retired)
SSB4 Icon.png Semi-professional
Winnings SSBB Icon.png Approximately $500
SSB4 Icon.png Approximately $750
Additional info
Real name Michael Oliver
Birth date July 21, 1991(1991-07-21) (age 24)
Location Schenectady, New York United States

Omega Tyrant is a upstate New York smasher from the city of Schenectady, who actively participates in tournaments, has contributed extensively to Smash knowledge, and is known for having a fairly popular Smash-based YouTube channel that features notably entertaining AI exploitation videos among others. His current main Smash game is Smash 4, in which he has been using R.O.B. almost solely in tournaments, though he uses Charizard occasionally as well. He additionally used to competitively play Brawl pre-Smash 4, where he comained the unusual combination of King Dedede and Wolf, with an occasional Snake secondary. He does not play Melee seriously, but will occasionally enter local Melee tournaments, where he will only use Ganondorf.

Omega Tyrant is currently an honorable mention on the New York Power Ranking for Smash 4, and was formerly ranked second on the New York capital region PR, though inactivity over the 2015 Summer and Fall caused him to miss the current capital region PR entirely. He was additionally ranked 5th on the final New York PR for Brawl.

Play style[edit]

Omega Tyrant plays a space-heavy game, with a heavy emphasis on harsh punishes, and abusing any exploitable patterns he finds in his opponent's game. This was very apparent in his Brawl play, where he fully utilised Wolf's outstanding mobility, focusing on constant moving and frequent spaced back aerials and forward aerials, while trying to open up DACUS opportunities and potential down throw chains and tech chases.With King Dedede, he took a more methodical style reliant on pressuring the opponent, making heavy use of out of shield punishes as well as spaced bairs and full hopped dairs when in close, while attempting to bait an opportunity to land a grab or up tilt when the opponent was at KO percent.

In Smash 4 with R.O.B., he heavily uses neutral aerial and forward aerial to control space, keeping the Gyro in play as much as possible limit to the opponent's options, while always looking for opportunities to punish opponents with his grab to lead to R.O.B.'s powerful throw combos. With Charizard, he focuses on a more aggressive style, staying in enemy range throwing out spaced tilts and aerials, heavily abusing up smash to control the air, and always looking for any opportunity to deliver a harsh punish. He also has a tendency to go for high-risk-but-flashy kills whenever he sees an opportunity, such as when he mained Ganondorf, using his up tilt at any chance he gets.

Omega Tyrant initially mained King Dedede in Smash 4, and used him with success for his first few Smash 4 tournies. However, while he enjoyed the direction Smash 4 Dedede took in his changes and found him to be a better designed character than his Brawl incarnation, he came to the conclusion Dedede was one of the worst characters in the game, with extremely limited mobility and frame data, while not having anywhere near the punish strength to make up for it. This feeling has only been reinforced with the passing of each balance patch that seemingly ignores Dedede. As such, he dropped the character completely, though still enjoys playing Dedede for fun, and has said he may pick him back up if a future patch seriously buffs him.

He additionally used to main Ganondorf and use Charizard as a full co-main instead of an occasionaly secondary. With the legality of customs falling out of favor, he ended up dropping Ganondorf and nearly dropped Charizard until the 1.1.5 patch; he finds Charizard too limited without access to Dragon Rush, while finding Ganondorf completely unviable in default when his recovery is terrible without Dark Fists and Wizard's Dropkick. He additionally found them extraneous, and dropped usage of them to focus his efforts on R.O.B. Omega Tyrant also briefly picked up Zero Suit Samus in late 2015, with the intention of eventually solo maining her. A few months later though he found a renewed enjoyment for playing R.O.B., as well as feeling that ZSS was not as good a pick for him as initially thought, leading to him dropping her completely.

History[edit]

Omega Tyrant entered the Brawl competitive scene rather late, only entering his first tournament in November 2011. Around this time, he was making plans to attend Apex 2012, where he found the All is Brawl tournament page for 5th BEST, and saw that it was being held in a neighboring city. After he posted on the tournament page expressing his interest in attending, he was contacted by the tournament director Calm, who would then introduce him to the nearby competitive scene in upstate New York. Shortly afterward, he was able to join the Albany/Troy carpool to ASX3 to enter his first tournament. He was able to do rather decent in his first tournament, defeating Canadian smasher Phiddlesticks and Yoshi player Sharky, before being decimated by San, and being eliminated by Metal Pat in losers, obtaining an overall 9th placing out of 32 participants. After ASX3, he attended 5th BEST, where in only his second tournament, he was able to place in the money, claiming 4th out of 21 players, defeating Calm and Falco player CAC, while losing to Fatal in winners and being eliminated by Marth player Vibe in losers' semi-finals. Omega Tyrant then attended Apex 2012 with San, Sharky, Pika Pika!, and K.I.D. Goggles. He failed to accomplish much at Apex, being eliminated in first round pools having placed fourth, losing to Zex, Hylian, and Z0MFG, but avoided a last placing by defeating Colorado smasher deathbysuarez.

Since Apex 2012, Omega Tyrant began his strong presence in upstate New York, placing in the money or just outside it in every Brawl tournament in the region he entered since Apex, and having defeated every active and notable upstate player in a tournament set outside San and Cura. Within just six months of his tournament debut, he managed to get ranked on his region's Power Rankings.

He attended a few tournaments in NY/NJ and occasionally in New England with fellow Schenectady smasher No Skillz. While he usually did not perform poorly in them, he was not able to place beyond a mid placing in the much stronger competition. He later attended Apex 2013 with No Skillz, and in his bracket pool, he lost to Gunblade, then defeated Kiwi and another player, before being eliminating by Shadow, finishing 5th in his pool and failing to make bracket again. Apex 2013 was the last out-of-state tournament Omega Tyrant entered in Brawl, and his activity dropped off, only entering a few nearby Brawl tournies since.

Omega Tyrant fully reentered the scene upon the release of Smash 4, and immediately emerged as one of upstate New York's strongest Smash 4 players, winning money at each event he entered, and obtaining 1st on the first New York capital region PR. While he did not attend New York tournies that frequently throughout the Winter and Spring of 2015, and rarely attended the local weeklies, he remained one of the strongest players when he did, leading to him getting 2nd in the second Capital Region PR, being only outranked by the recently emerged Dark Wizzy.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner Tournament earnings
Axs3 11/5/2012 9th - - $0.00
5th BEST 11/12/2012 4th - - $7.35
Apex 2012 1/7/2012 241st (4th of 5 R1 pool) - - $0.00
8th BEST 2/11/2012 1st[1] 4th No Skillz $73.25
Utican do it! 3/03/2012 2nd - - $66.00
7th BEST 3/31/2012 5th 3rd No Skillz $3.00
Upstate Battle series #1 4/21/2012 4th - - $0.00
(15/2)th BEST 5/5/2012 1st - - $40.20
Clash of the Titans 6 6/2/2012 33rd (5th of 8 Bracket pool) - - $0.00
Impact III 6/16/2012 17th - - $0.00
Smash It Up Too 6/30/2012 7th - - $0.00
Mega Mass Madness 2 7/21/2012 17th 4th Metal Pat $0.00
9th BEST 9/8/2012 1st 1st No Skillz $70.50
Apex 2013 1/12/2013 129th (5th of 11 Bracket Pool) - - $0.00
NFS 1 November 16th, 2013 2nd 1st K.I.D.Goggles $180.00
Nipples Spikes March 15th, 2014 1st 1st K.I.D.Goggles $65.00

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner Tournament earnings
NFS2 November 2nd, 2014 3rd - - $20.70
1 Fish December 13th, 2014 3rd 2nd Joe? $50.00
2 Fish February 14th, 2015 4th 2nd Metal Pat $42.50
Smash Street #3 March 28th, 2015 1st - - $270.00
Blue Fish 1 May 2nd, 2015 3rd 2nd K.I.D.Goggles $68.50
Next Level Smash Series 1 May 9th, 2015 3rd - - $5.50
Blue Fish 2 November 8th, 2015 5th 1st Dark Wizzy $45.00
Next Level Smash Series 4 January 30th, 2016 9th 1st Dark Wizzy $42.00
Cusetown Beatdown 5 February 20th, 2016 13th - - $0.00
UA U Smash 3 April 2nd, 2016 3rd - - $38.25
NEW FISH May 7th, 2016 25th - - $0.00

Youtube channel[edit]

Around March 2013, Omega Tyrant started up a YouTube channel, originally with the intention of being a place to upload his and other upstate New York players' tournament matches. However he started utilising his extensive knowledge of the Smash AI to create AI exploitation videos, the most famous of which was a Melee video of beating every level nine CPU with Luigi by doing absolutely nothing, with the video going viral and garnering over 500,000 views. Eventually he replicated the feat in SSB4 despite the game's more advanced AI, and this video ended up becoming even more popular than the original Melee video, with over one million views.

In addition to the AI exploitation videos, Omega Tyrant uploads montages, videos of single-player feats (such as beating Boss Battles on Intense difficulty without taking damage), interesting matches and highlights, and other miscellaneous Smash videos.

To date, his channel has garnered over 12,000 subscribers and 8 million total views. His Smash AI exploitation series is additionally currently up to over 80 videos and counting.

Trivia[edit]

  • Omega Tyrant enjoys playing Brawl Minus, vastly preferring it to the other mods of Brawl. The primary reason for this is it being the only Brawl mod that feels like a different Smash game in his view, rather than being a patch or "Meleefied" Brawl.
    • Omega Tyrant is also undefeated in his region for Brawl Minus tournaments, including once winning a Brawl Minus tournament without dropping a single game. He mostly used Wolf, but also used King Dedede and Ganondorf.

References[edit]

  1. Grand finals was forced to split, due to the venue closing before the set could be completed

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