Smasher:Westballz

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Westballz is a professional Melee Falco main with strong Fox and Captain Falcon secondaries from Burbank, California. He is currently ranked 8th on the 2016 SSBMRank and 2nd on the SoCal Melee Power Rankings. Westballz solidified himself as a top 10 player at MLG Anaheim 2014, where he upset Mango 3-0 in pool play. He defeated him again 3-1 in losers' quarters at MVG Sandstorm, where he also defeated Hungrybox in losers' semis 3-2. Additionally, he beat Leffen 3-1 at Dreamhack Winter 2015. Westballz is considered to be among the best Falco mains in the world along with Mango, and is widely renowned as the most technical one.

On July 2nd, 2015, Westballz was picked up by Tempo Storm alongside Axe, however has left the team a year later and signed with G2 ESports.

Biography[edit]

Origin of the name[edit]

Westballz created his gamertag while watching his brother play Halo, and based it off his brother's gamertag "Nickelnutz", replacing "Nickel" with "West" and "nutz" with "ballz".

Playing style[edit]

Westballz is often seen as the most technical Falco player in the world in both Melee and Project M. He is infamous for his very high-risk/high-reward punishes, often going for extremely technically demanding combos that can rack up extremely high amounts of damage and put his opponents into dangerous positions. As such, his punish game as Falco, particularly his platform follow-up ability, is arguably the best in the world. A very technical player whose playstyle heavily incorporates shield dropping, Westballz generally tends to show off his tech skill as much as possible such as multishining in place even in a neutral position. He is also known for his flashy secondaries, most notably his Captain Falcon, which he used to land a Sacred Combo on ZeldaFreak at Kings of Cali 3.

Westballz has stated that his success against top-caliber players stems from his ability to condition opponents and mix-up his approaches. He will often utilize a certain set of approaches in friendlies to condition players while learning their playstyle, then when he plays those same opponents in tournament, he will completely switch his playstyle, keeping his opponents adapting while controlling the match.

However, Westballz has a worse neutral game compared to his punish game. A common misconception is that Westballz is a very aggressive player, no matter who he is playing. However, against stronger players, he takes a much slower approach to the neutral game, spacing up tilts and back aerials to try to catch his opponent to then exploit his superior punish game, rather than directly applying pressure. This approach, combined with him not utilizing Falco's Blaster as well as other Falcos such as Mango and PPMD, often leads to his opponent controlling the pace of the match if he cannot get an opening.

Additionally, while Westballz has more wins against top players like Mango and Leffen under his belt than most others of his caliber, he is rather inconsistent, and is infamous for losing games, or even sets, to players far below his skill level. At Rubicon 2, he gained a 3-stock lead on KJH, but attempted to "style" on him with unsafe attacks for the rest of the game, allowing KJH to mount a 4-stock comeback. He also lost to Jake13, a mid-level Falco, at Low Tier City 2, after sandbagging and losing with Donkey Kong in game 1. He also occasionally becomes overwhelmed by pressure, making untimely self-destructs that lead to his defeat, such as in Loser's Semis at Pat's House 2 against Fly Amanita's lone Ice Climber in a last stock, last hit situation. Intending to input a back aerial, he accidentally inputted an unsafe down aerial that spiked Popo onto the stage while he self-destructed, ending his run.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Nice Shot Hugo March 27th, 2010 25th Dunk
Grev X July 17th, 2010 9th
Don't Go Down There Jeff December 18th, 2010 17th
Winter Game Fest VI January 22nd-23rd, 2011 17th 13th Pat
GENESIS 2 July 15th-17th, 2011 49th 7th Baka4moe
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 25th 17th StriCNYN3
Winter Game Fest VII January 14th-15th, 2012 3rd
Northwest Manifest March 24th-25th, 2012 4th 9th Tafokints
Rule 6: NorCal Regional July 29th, 2012 7th 4th Scar
The Big House 2 October 6th-7th, 2012 9th 13th Scar
Kings of Cali November 10th, 2012 7th 9th Scar
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 33rd 9th Hax
Winter Game Fest VIII January 21st-23rd, 2013 1st
Kings of Cali 2 April 13th-14th, 2013 7th 3rd MacD
NorCal Regionals 2013 April 26th-28th, 2013 4th
EVO 2013 July 12th-14th, 2013 17th
Kings of Cali 3 December 14th-15th, 2013 5th 9th HomeMadeWaffles
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 33rd 17th Aisengobay
SoCal Regionals 2014 February 28th-March 2nd, 2014 1st 5th DEHF
The Next Episode March 22nd-23rd, 2014 2nd 5th S2J
Pat's House 2 May 24th-25th, 2014 4th 7th ZeRo
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 5th 5th Hax
SSS Lock-In June 14th-15th, 2014 13th
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20th-22nd, 2014 9th
Kings of Cali 4 July 5th-6th, 2014 7th 5th ZeRo
EVO 2014 July 11th-13th, 2014 13th 17th DoH
Mayhem August 9th, 2014 3rd 2nd Hungrybox
Low Tier City 2 August 16th-17th, 2014 2nd 1st Wobbles
Mayhem September 6th, 2014 2nd 4th Jace
The Big House 4 October 4th-5th, 2014 7th 9th Darkrain
Do You Fox Wit It? November 15th-16th, 2014 17th 7th Connor
Super Smash Sundays 29 December 7th, 2014 1st 2nd Reno
Super Smash Sundays 30 December 21st, 2014 2nd 3rd DEHF
Smash the Target January 3rd, 2015 2nd
Paragon Orlando 2015 January 17th-18th, 2015 4th 7th Axe
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 33rd 17th DEHF
Aftershock March 28th-29th, 2015 4th 2nd Gahtzu
Monday Night Melee 22 March 30th, 2015 1st
SWEET XX April 4th, 2015 2nd 4th Deep C Squid
I'm Not Yelling! April 11th-12th, 2015 5th 7th Sung
MVG Sandstorm April 18th-19th, 2015 2nd 7th Gahtzu
Mayhem May 2015 May 2nd, 2015 2nd 2nd Sung
Press Start May 9th-10th, 2015 17th 9th Sung
Mayhem June 2015 June 6th, 2015 1st 1st MacD
CEO 2015 June 26th-28th, 2015 4th 4th MacD
FC Smash 15XR: Return July 4th-5th, 2015 5th 2nd MacD
WTFox July 10th-11th, 2015 5th 3rd Wizzrobe
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 13th 49th MacD
Super Smash Con 2015 August 6th-9th, 2015 4th
PAX Prime 2015 August 28th-30th, 2015 3rd 3rd Nintendude
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 4th
Rubicon 2 September 12th, 2015 1st 2nd Vro
DreamHack London 2015 September 19th-20th, 2015 2nd
Helix September 26th-27th, 2015 2nd 2nd Overtriforce
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 5th 9th Axe
Smash Summit November 7th-8th, 2015 9th 7th Zhu
Eclipse November 14th-15th, 2015 49th 7th NamiNami
Kickstart 4 November 22nd, 2015 4th 1st Plup
DreamHack Winter 2015 November 26th-29th, 2015 4th 17th Baxon
Forte 3 December 19th-20th, 2015 2nd
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 17th 17th Gahtzu
Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 1/20 January 20th, 2016 2nd
Frosty Faustings VIII January 22nd-23rd, 2016 1st
PAX Arena January 29-31, 2016 3rd 5th Wizzrobe
Kickstart 6 February 14th, 2016 1st 1st Overtriforce
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 3rd
Battle of the Five Gods March 17th-19th, 2016 5th
Super Nebulous 4 March 27th, 2016 4th
Pound 2016 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 33rd 3rd MacD
Smash Summit 2 April 21st-24th, 2016 9th 5th Shroomed
Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo April 29th-May 1st, 2016 9th
Get On My Level 2016 May 20th-22nd, 2016 5th 5th MacD
Zotsmash Biweekly 21 June 1st, 2016 2nd
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 5th 2nd Wizzrobe
WTFox 2 July 1st-3rd, 2016 9th
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 7th
Super Smash Sundays 49 July 31st, 2016 1st 3rd Jace
Clutch City Clash August 6th-7th, 2016 4th 33rd Ice
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 7th 9th Shroomed
Super Smash Sundays 51 August 21th, 2016 1st 1st Wieners
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 13th 4th Prince Abu
Syndicate 2016 September 10th-11th, 2016 2nd 2nd Professor Pro
Kickstart 11 September 17th, 2016 2nd
Forward Smash Tournament 1 September 19th, 2016 1st
Super Smash Sundays 53 September 25th, 2016 1st
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 13th 5th Plup
SSS: Blood For Blood October 15th, 2016 3rd 2nd The Moon
SoCal Colosseum #5 October 29th, 2016 5th 1st Vro
Smash Summit 3 November 3rd-6th, 2016 9th 7th n0ne
Rewired 2016 November 19th-21st, 2016 1st 2nd Gahtzu
Don't Park on the Grass December 17th-18th, 2016 3rd 13th Gahtzu
SSBM @ Quickly 13 January 7th, 2017 1st 1st S2J
Wednesday Night Fights 2017 Offseason 1.2 January 11th, 2017 1st
Smash at Power 9 #17 January 12th, 2017 1st
Friday Night Turnip 35 January 13th, 2017 5th
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 7th 25th Prince Abu

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Super Smash Sundays 2-16-2014 February 16th, 2014 4th
Low Tier City 2 August 16th-17th, 2014 17th 9th iPunchKidsz
The Big House 4 October 4th-5th, 2014 17th
Paragon Orlando 2015 January 17th-18th, 2015 4th
Infinity and Beyond! 48 March 27th, 2015 1st
MVG Sandstorm April 18th-19th, 2015 Top 3 3rd iPunchKidsz
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 25th 17th iPunchKidsz
Smash @ the Balcony 30 January 1st, 2016 1st 1st iPunchKidsz
Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 1/20 January 20th, 2016 3rd
The Big Balc May 27th-29th, 2016 9th
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 5th Hungrybox
BroCal's Gym: Bulking Season January 8th, 2017 9th 5th SK92


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