Maryland/Virginia

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Maryland/Virginia, abbreviated as MD/VA, is a Smash region located in the United States. The term includes the U.S. states of Maryland and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia; some definitions include the states of Delaware and West Virginia (although these states both have very small Smash communities). While most of the region's activity is centered on the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas, other centers of activity exist in Richmond and other parts of southern Virginia. Neighboring regions include the Tristate Area, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh/Northeast Ohio.

MD/VA has long been one of the busiest and most important Smash regions in the United States. As the home of Azen, ChuDat, Chillin, and more of Melee's most famous old school players, the region was considered one of the strongest in the pre-Brawl era, frequently competing with the Tristate Area and Southern California. Crews like Ha Ha You Lose, Power Underwhelming, and Team Ben hosted many large tournaments, such as Game Over and BOMB 4, that were among the most important grassroots events nationwide, helping to significantly develop the Melee tournament scene. After Brawl's release, as players like Azen became inactive in the community, MD/VA lost of much of its strength relative to the other regions, but was still famous as the home of the Pound series, one of the most important national tournament series of the era. The region's national presence further declined following the failure of Pound V and the collapse of the series. However, it regained its foothold on the national stage with the introduction of the Super Smash Con series in 2015, as well as the return of Pound in 2016; this has given MD/VA the distinction as one of the only regions with more than one supermajor per year. Maryland/Virginia also hosts Xanadu, one of the most famous weekly locals series in the nation, and is the home of VGBootCamp, the largest Smash-dedicated streaming channel.

See also: MD/VA Power Rankings, Category:Maryland smashers, Category:Virginia smashers, Category:District of Columbia smashers, Category:Maryland tournaments and Category:Virginia tournaments

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

These MD/VA players were ranked on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

PGRU Rank Name Characters Notes
20 WaDi ROBHeadYellowSSBU.pngWiiFitTrainerHeadMaleGreenSSBU.png The best R.O.B. and Wii Fit Trainer player in the world.

Other top players[edit]

  • PuppehPokémonTrainerHeadPurpleSSBU.pngWolfHeadPinkSSBU.png: One of the best Pokémon Trainer players in the world. Formerly ranked 28th on the Spring 2019 PGRU.
  • ZDFoxHeadOrangeSSBU.pngWolfHeadOrangeSSBU.png: One of the best Fox players in the world. Formerly ranked in "Area 51" on the Spring 2019 PGRU.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

These MD/VA players were ranked on the 2019 MPGR.

SSBMRank Name Characters Notes
6 Zain MarthHeadRedSSBM.png Won Shine 2018 and GENESIS 7.
23 ChuDat IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png Known as a major innovator of Ice Climbers' metagame in Melee's early years; still considered to be one of the best Ice Climbers mains today.
59 Jerry FoxHeadSSBM.png
64 Kevin Maples FoxHeadSSBM.png
77 MoG PeachHeadSSBM.png
79 Cool Lime IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
80 bobby big ballz FalcoHeadSSBM.png

Other top players[edit]

  • AzenMarthHeadSSBM.png: Known as one of the most innovative Marth mains and one of the best players in the United States when he active in Melee's early years.
  • Bones FalcoHeadSSBM.png
  • DoHPeachHeadSSBM.png: Known as one of the best old school Peach mains; ranked 100th on the 2015 SSBMRank.
  • HusbandMarthHeadSSBM.png: Known as one of the best old school Marth mains.
  • Juicebox SheikHeadSSBM.png
  • Milkman FoxHeadSSBM.png
  • NEORoyHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png: Well known as the best Roy player in the world when he was active in the pre-Brawl era.
  • OroSamusHeadSSBM.png: One of the best Samus mains in the world during Melee's early years.
  • PlankSheikHeadSSBM.png: Known as the director of the Pound series, one of the most successful national tournament series of all time.
  • SypherPhoenix FoxHeadSSBM.png
  • TopeSheikHeadSSBM.png: Currently lives in San Diego, but originally from Virginia; ranked 82nd on the 2014 SSBMRank.
  • VistLuigiHeadSSBM.png: Known as one of the best Luigi players in the United States; ranked 98th on the 2013 SSBMRank.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

A list of significant regional and national Melee events hosted in Maryland/Virginia; nationals are highlighted in bold.

Name Entrants Date Notes
DC Super Smash #1 40 July 12th, 2003
DC Super Smash #2 42 September 20th, 2003
BOMB 1 October 25th, 2003
Game Over 85 January 10th, 2004 Known as a clash between the three strongest Smash regions at the time: Maryland/Virginia, Southern California, and New York.
BOMB 2 April 17th, 2004
DC Super Smash #3: Remember Your Roots 30 September 25th, 2004
Gettin' Schooled 63 October 14th, 2004
MLG DC 2005 97 January 29th-30th, 2005
BOMB 3 ~70 March 9th, 2005
Gettin' Schooled 2 99 June 25th-26th, 2005
BOMB 4 105 November 12th, 2005
Pound 1 January 28th 2006
Pound 2 201 June 16th-17th, 2007
Pound 3 224 February 2nd-3rd, 2008 The last Melee national before the release of Brawl.
Pound 4 347 January 16th-18th, 2010 At the time, the largest Melee tournament ever.
Pound V 243 February 19th-21st, 2011 The tournament generated major controversy after over $10,000 in prize money was lost; tournament director Plank was blacklisted by Smashboards, and the series' collapse led to the decline of MD/VA's presence in the national tournament scene.
Pound V.5 95 November 9th, 2013 The tournament was held on a much smaller scale than the previous Pound tournaments.
Super Smash Con 2015 593 August 6th-9th, 2015 A series-wide supermajor; unique for its inclusion of a Smash-related gaming convention, in addition to the tournament itself.
Pound 2016 933 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 Marked the return of the Pound series, after Plank had paid off the winners of Pound V.
Super Smash Con 2016 940 August 11th-14th, 2016 A series-wide supermajor. Was MD/VA's largest Melee tournament to date prior to Super Smash Con 2017.
Super Smash Con 2017 1,092 August 10th-13th, 2017 A series-wide supermajor and MD/VA's largest Melee tournament to date.
Xanadu - End of an Era 162 February 24th-25th, 2018
Pound Underground 216 May 12th-13th, 2018
Super Smash Con 2018 1,053 August 9th-12th, 2018
The Script - Episode 1: "Race to the Finish" 105 October 13th-14th, 2018
The Script - Episode 2: "Hands Off My Prey" 130 February 16th-17th, 2019
Pound 2019 451 April 19th-21st, 2019

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Super Smash Con 2019 853 August 8th-11th, 2019

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

These MD/VA players were ranked on the Panda Global Rankings 100.

PG ranking Name Characters Notes
26 WaDi MewtwoHeadBlueSSB4-U.png Currently one of the three best Mewtwo players in the world.
60 Pink Fresh BayonettaHeadRedSSB4-U.pngLucasHeadGreySSB4-U.png One of the best Bayonetta players in the United States.
87 Rags MetaKnightHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png One of the best Meta Knight players in the world.

Other top players[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

These MD/VA players were ranked on CLASH Tournaments' 2014 SSBBRank.

SSBBRank Name Characters Notes
37 Seagull Joe WolfHeadGreenSSBB.png The best Wolf player in the world. Currently ranked 10th on the 2016-2017 SSBBRank.
49 ChuDat KirbyHeadRedSSBB.png The best Kirby player in the world.
76 Junebug LucarioHeadRedSSBB.png
84 Coney KingDededeHeadGreenSSBB.png
88 Lie DiddyKongHeadPurpleSSBB.png
92 NEO MarthHeadGreenSSBB.png
97 Pink Fresh LucasHeadPurpleSSBB.png One of the best Lucas players in the world.