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PGRContenders

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PGRContenders
PreGR.png
Years active 2021
Period active 2021
Region North America, Europe
Game(s) supported Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Producer(s) Panda

PGRContenders, also known as the Path to the PGR: Contenders Tier List and colloquially known as the PreGR, was a list of players in North America and Europe released in January and February 2022. The list was created to highlight new and upcoming players who made their debut during the COVID-19 pandemic and was a pseudo-ranking in the form of a tier list.[1] The list was planned to release in January 2022 alongside the return of the MPGR and PGRU; however, due to the rise of the Omicron variant during the COVID-19 pandemic, both rankings were postponed, leaving PGRContenders to release by itself.[2]

Methodology[edit]

The list was decided by panelists, who considered both a player's 2021 performance and their potential in the new year. Instead of a traditional ranking, a tier list is used instead in order to account for uncertainty in the scene. Each game received 2 lists: one for North America and one for Europe. Japan was excluded from PGRContenders as requested by the Japanese TOs, who believed it was too uncertain to properly rank their players in a tier list.

For the Melee rankings and Ultimate's North American ranking, 50 players were chosen for the tier list, with 30 of those players being on the final list. Panelists for each game and region gave each player a rating between 10 and 4, using the following as a reference: 10-9.6 for players they believed were S+, 9.4-8.6 for S, 8.4-7.6 for A, 7.4-6.6 for B, 6.4-5.6 for C, and 5.4-4.0 for untiered. Panelists who believed a player belonged between two tiers marked the player with "x.5," and panelists were allowed to abstain from rating a player they weren't too familiar with in 2021; although the latter did not have an effect on the final score, if enough panelists abstained from rating a player, the player would be disqualified (this only happened to moky). The scores were then normalized and the final score was calculated using a weighted average. These final scores were analyzed through K-means clustering to determine the final tiers for the list, with some tiers combined into a single tier if applicable.

The Ultimate European ranking has a different methodology. Instead of creating the tiers at the end of the entire process, tiers were created before the process began, with each tier having a set number of players and players in each tier assumed to be tied. 32 players will be on the final list. Instead of using a balloting process like the other rankings, the Ultimate European ranking was created from a consensus in a group chat.

Panelists[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

North America (17) - USA Aura, USA Cool Lime, USA DarkGenex, USA Dawson, USA EdwinBudding, USA Faceroll, Canada Faust, USA GimmeDatWheat, USA Kaiju, Mexico Metakill, Canada Mosh, USA Nickemwit, USA Tuesday, USA Weis, USA Wills, USA Zamu, Canada Zedreo
Europe (15) - Finland Acke, Germany big irf, UK GG, Switzerland Jah Ridin', Denmark King Funk, Spain Liax, Ireland Luan, UK max, UK Moby, Germany Nicki, Netherlands Noxxa, Netherlands Nuckels, Sweden Pipsqueak, Sweden Reverb, Norway Rich

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

North America (15) - Mexico 5ebas, USA Barnard's Loop, USA Cagt, Canada Dexy, USA EazyFreezie, USA FinallyRJ, USA Grayola, Canada Kantrip, USA kenniky, USA L4st, Canada Mistrals, USA moxi, Mexico Ripka, USA Stuart98, Mexico Toon
Europe (7) - UK Burning, Spain El_Bardo, UK G-P, Norway Lunner, Netherlands Muk, France Nives, Germany Rinor

Rankings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

North America[edit]

Mango's player card

Mango was named #1 in addition to being in S+ tier.

Tier Smasher Character(s)
S+ USA Mango FalcoHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
USA iBDW FoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Zain MarthHeadSSBM.png
S Japan aMSa YoshiHeadSSBM.png
USA Plup SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Wizzrobe CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
A USA Ginger FalcoHeadSSBM.png
USA Hungrybox JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
USA KoDoRiN MarthHeadSSBM.png
USA Polish PeachHeadSSBM.png
USA SFAT FoxHeadSSBM.png
B USA Aklo FoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Axe PikachuHeadSSBM.png
USA Faceroll SheikHeadSSBM.png
USA Fiction FalcoHeadSSBM.png
USA Gahtzu CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
USA lloD PeachHeadSSBM.png
USA Magi FalcoHeadSSBM.png
Canada n0ne CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
USA S2J CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
C USA Albert FalcoHeadSSBM.png
USA Ben SheikHeadSSBM.png
USA Colbol FoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Kalamazhu PeachHeadSSBM.png
USA Logan MarthHeadSSBM.png
USA Lucky FoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Medz FoxHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
USA SluG IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
Australia Sora FoxHeadSSBM.png
USA Zamu FoxHeadSSBM.png
Hidden boss[edit]

moky did not make the list due to several panelists abstaining from voting on him.

Smasher Character(s)
Canada moky FoxHeadSSBM.png

Europe[edit]

Leffen's player card

Leffen was named #1 in addition to being in S+ tier.

Tier Smasher Character(s)
S+ Sweden Leffen FoxHeadSSBM.png
Sweden Pipsqueak FoxHeadSSBM.png
Spain Trif PeachHeadSSBM.png
S UK Frenzy FalcoHeadSSBM.png
Germany Ice FoxHeadSSBM.png
Germany Nicki FoxHeadSSBM.png
UK Professor Pro FoxHeadSSBM.pngSamusHeadSSBM.png
Finland Solobattle JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png
A Switzerland Jah Ridin' LuigiHeadSSBM.png
Germany Kins0 FalcoHeadSSBM.png
Finland Levingy FalcoHeadSSBM.pngMarthHeadSSBM.png
Sweden Meady MarthHeadSSBM.png
UK MINT FoxHeadSSBM.png
B UK Kingu JigglypuffHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
France Mahie MarthHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png
UK max SheikHeadSSBM.png
France Raoul FoxHeadSSBM.png
Germany Rikzz FoxHeadSSBM.png
Sweden Sharp PeachHeadSSBM.png
Netherlands skullbro DrMarioHeadSSBM.png
Austria Timi FalcoHeadSSBM.png
C Sweden abbearv MarthHeadSSBM.png
UK Fat Tino FalcoHeadSSBM.png
Netherlands Fout NL PeachHeadSSBM.png
UK Fuzzyness FoxHeadSSBM.png
Sweden Humpe FalcoHeadSSBM.png
Netherlands Jeapie CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
Norway Niklas2912 YoungLinkHeadSSBM.png
Norway NintendOrk IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
Netherlands Renzo MarthHeadSSBM.png

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

North America[edit]

MkLeo's player card

MkLeo was named #1 in addition to being in S+ tier.

Tier Smasher Character(s)
S+ Mexico MkLeo BylethHeadSSBU.pngPyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png
Mexico Sparg0 PyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngCloudHeadSSBU.png
USA Tweek DiddyKongHeadSSBU.png
S USA Dabuz OlimarHeadSSBU.pngRosalinaHeadSSBU.pngMinMinHeadSSBU.png
USA Kola RoyHeadSSBU.png
USA Light FoxHeadSSBU.png
Mexico Maister MrGame&WatchHeadSSBU.png
A Mexico Chag PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
USA Cosmos PyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadSSBU.pngCorrinHeadSSBU.png
USA Elegant LuigiHeadSSBU.png
USA ESAM PikachuHeadSSBU.png
USA Lui$ PalutenaHeadSSBU.pngFoxHeadSSBU.png
USA Marss ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBU.png
B USA Fatality CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png
USA Goblin RoyHeadSSBU.png
USA LeoN BowserHeadSSBU.png
USA MuteAce PeachHeadSSBU.png
USA MVD SnakeHeadSSBU.png
USA Myran OlimarHeadSSBU.png
Canada Riddles KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png
Dominican Republic Sonix SonicHeadSSBU.png
USA Tilde FalcoHeadSSBU.png
USA WaDi MewtwoHeadSSBU.pngROBHeadSSBU.png
USA Zomba ROBHeadSSBU.png
C USA Aaron DiddyKongHeadSSBU.pngSoraHeadSSBU.pngROBHeadSSBU.png
USA Anathema ROBHeadSSBU.png
USA Charliedaking WolfHeadSSBU.png
USA Jakal WolfHeadSSBU.png
USA Scend NessHeadSSBU.png
USA Wrath SonicHeadSSBU.png
Hidden bosses[edit]
Smasher Character(s)
Mexico Cloudy PyraMythraHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.pngCloudHeadSSBU.pngSephiroth's stock icon.
USA loaf WarioHeadSSBU.png
USA Quidd PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png
USA VoiD SheikHeadSSBU.png

Europe[edit]

Glutonny's player card
Tier Smasher Character(s)
S+ France Glutonny WarioHeadSSBU.png
S UK Bloom4Eva BayonettaHeadSSBU.pngThe random stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
France Leon LucinaHeadSSBU.pngChromHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands Mr.R ChromHeadSSBU.pngSheikHeadSSBU.pngSnakeHeadSSBU.png
France Oryon WolfHeadSSBU.pngDrMarioHeadSSBU.png
Spain sisqui DarkSamusHeadSSBU.png
Germany Tarik GreninjaHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
A Spain AndresFn KenHeadSSBU.pngRyuHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png
France Flow RoyHeadSSBU.pngPyraMythraHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands iStudying GreninjaHeadSSBU.pngBanjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
France Neeroz PikachuHeadSSBU.png
UK Peli SonicHeadSSBU.pngKingDededeHeadSSBU.png
France Raflow PalutenaHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands Space InklingHeadSSBU.pngPyraMythraHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands Supahsemmie YoungLinkHeadSSBU.png
B Germany DarkThunder BowserHeadSSBU.png
Switzerland Jaka IsabelleHeadSSBU.png
Finland Lancelot ChromHeadSSBU.png
UK Luugi LuigiHeadSSBU.png
France Mezcaul RidleyHeadSSBU.png
France Nitox LucasHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands Ramses ShulkHeadSSBU.png
France RyuKai WolfHeadSSBU.pngFoxHeadSSBU.png
Germany Samuuu BayonettaHeadSSBU.png
C Saudi Arabia eMass JokerHeadSSBU.png
France Homika RosalinaHeadSSBU.pngPikachuHeadSSBU.png
Spain MVL DiddyKongHeadSSBU.pngWolfHeadSSBU.png
UK OwlBBs Banjo&KazooieHeadSSBU.png
France PeW NessHeadSSBU.png
Germany Rinor RoyHeadSSBU.pngMinMinHeadSSBU.pngChromHeadSSBU.png
Austria Sintro ROBHeadSSBU.png
France TriM MegaManHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png

Trivia[edit]

  • Glutonny is the only player to be placed in a tier by themselves (namely, S+ Tier for PGRUContenders Europe) out of all 4 lists.

References[edit]

External links[edit]