Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest (often acronymized to PNW) is a Smash region in the United States. The PNW generally refers to the states of Oregon, Washington (which is typically further split into Eastern Washington and Western Washington due to the difficulty of travelling across the state) and the province of British Columbia (BC). Additional regions like Alberta, Idaho and Montana may occasionally be grouped in, but in most cases the region is exclusively the coastal states and provinces.

The Pacific Northwest harbors one of the most active Smash Ultimate scenes in the United States, as well as one of the most active P+ scenes. The scene is most populous in Western Washington, where attendance count for locals such as Orbitar are remarkably high and - in the case an attendance cap is needed - reach capacity quickly. However, the region has struggled to obtain mainstream relevancy on the same level as other regions due to a number of factors, from geographic isolation to other regions scheduling larger events over the PNW's own. Despite this, very strong players for all Smash games have come out of the region, including SilentWolf, Bladewise, Ka-Master, moxi, Big D, and Pikmon.

The Pacific Northwest has also received a significant amount of direct support and events from Nintendo, as the Nintendo of America headquarters is located in Redmond, Washington. Examples include attending the annual conventions Emerald City Comic Con and Penny Arcade Expo's PAX West with dedicated booths. While not officially affiliated, PAX also has its PAX Arena tournament, which usually features at least one Smash game. Nintendo also has a traveling booth that they fill with games and events and bring to local festivals like Seafair and the Seattle Street Food Festival. More minor examples include Nintendo sponsoring technology based institutes like Digipen Institute of Technology, but direct support of local competitive tournaments has remained sparse to nonexistant.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

Globally Ranked Players[edit]

All-Time Ranking Name Characters Notes
10 Plup SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png Moved to Oregon from Florida in 2021.
36 Silent Wolf FoxHeadSSBM.png
62 Bladewise PeachHeadSSBM.png
65 Ka-Master LuigiHeadSSBM.png Considered one of the greatest Luigi players of all time.

Other Notable Players[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

History & Events[edit]

2018-2019[edit]

As expected, the Ultimate scene was initially comprised of many Smash 4 veterans, as well as dozens of new players. The Pacific Northwest was one of the first battlegrounds for an Ultimate major, as Don't Park on the Grass 2018 was held only a week after the game's release. Konga would be the highest-placing Pacific Northwest player at 3rd, with Big D, Captain L, and Magister joining him in Top 8.

The Pacific Northwest continued a largely quiet existence separated from the rest of the national scene, with occasional trips to majors made by the scene's most prominent players at the time, namely moxi, Big D, and Captain L, all of which would eventually earn a PGRU spot. Battle of BC 3 and Port Priority 5 were the largest events held in the northwest since DPG, reaching over 400 entrants each. 2019 also saw an anticpated rise from those who joined the scene after the release of Ultimate, including Ouch and Mystery Sol.

2020[edit]

With the Smash World Tour marking Port Priority 6 as a Gold-tier event and Emerald City 9 looking to pull more national talent from out of region including the likes of Elegant and Scend, the Pacific Northwest was projected to have a greater spotlight on it compared to previous years. However, the COVID-19 Pandemic quickly halted any offline activity on the global scale, forcing Emerald City 9 to cancel only a few days before the event, and relegating all Smash competition to online events.

The Pacific Northwest was unique among other regions participating in the WiFi-era, the biggest difference being that players largely participated in tournaments region-locked to the PNW region rather than nationwide events like Mega Smash Mondays, The Box or Smash @ Xanadu, causing the scene to become more isolated than ever. Additionally, numerous power-ranked players rarely or entirely refused to participate in wifi tournaments, opening the door for quickly improving players like rm8, Justice and JDV to gain lots of tournament experience over quarantine.

2021[edit]

The first half of 2021 largely continued on the same path as 2020 had ended. The initial seeding for the SWT: NA Northwest Ultimate Online Qualifier came under scrutiny for the local playerbase as the seeding team weren't aware of the PNW's habit of only participating in region-locked wifi events, leading to questionable seeding. With the help of local wifi TOs including Cube, this problem was quickly resolved, and the tournament is noteworthy for being among the least upset-prone major Ultimate events ever.

Local tournaments began to resurface around the summer. Within only a few tournaments, players dedicated to online play began to perform exceptionally well, with JDV winning the first Western Washington tournament back, Ouch winning Pinnacle 2021 & dominating the British Columbian scene, and Domnique securing the #1 spot in Oregon.

Due to US/Canada land border complications, Canadian participation in American tournaments has plummeted dramatically - and vice versa, with the only player regularly crossing the border being Capsize. This also led to numerous BC players being unable to attend Port Priority 6, the Pacific Northwest's first truly undisputed major for Ultimate with over 600 entrants.

Notable Players[edit]

Globally Ranked Players[edit]

PG ranking Name Characters Notes
33 moxi WolfHeadSSBU.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png Considered one of the best Pokémon Trainer players in the world prior to picking up Wolf.
49 Big D IceClimbersHeadSSBU.png The best Ice Climbers player in the world.

Other Notable Players[edit]

  • Captain LPichuHeadSSBU.pngSheikHeadSSBU.png, Ranked 50th on the PGRU v1 and currently ranked 7th in British Columbia.
  • OuchWolfHeadSSBU.png, the best Wolf in Canada and considered one of the best in the world.
  • JeJaJeJaKirbyHeadSSBU.png, considered the best Kirby in the United States. The highest placing PNW player at Back in Blood (2nd).
  • Mystery SolIncineroarHeadSSBU.png, the best Incineroar player in the United States. 9th at Port Priority 6.
  • Pokepen, regularly stayed within the top 3 of Western Washington power rankings with an army of characters.
  • JoJoDaHoBoToonLinkHeadSSBU.png, considered the best Toon Link in the United States.
  • CattailToonLinkHeadSSBU.png, Eastern Washington's #1 ranked player.
  • DeciRobinHeadSSBU.png, considered one of the best Robin players in the United States.
  • LudoMarioHeadSSBU.png, the best Mario in the PNW.
  • DomniqueROBHeadSSBU.png, the best R.O.B. in the PNW. #1 on Oregon's power rankings as of 2021.
  • LemmonJokerHeadSSBU.png, the best Joker in the PNW and 3rd in British Columbia.
  • KongaDonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png, considered one of the best Donkey Kong players in the world prior to his retirement.

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable Players[edit]

Globally Ranked Players[edit]

All-Time Ranking Name Characters Notes
76 Konga Donkey Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Considered one of the best Donkey Kong players in the world. Ranked #1 on Western Washington All-Time PR.
78 Captain L Pikachu's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Jigglypuff's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Considered the second best Pikachu player in the world after ESAM.

Other Notable Players[edit]

  • CacogenSheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U., ranked on the PGR v1 and was the best player in Washington throughout the first few years of the game. Ranked #2 on the WWA All-Time PR.
  • Big DMario's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Captain Falcon's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U., The best player in British Columbia.
  • moxiMeta Knight's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U., the best Meta Knight in the PNW. Finished at #1 in WWA's final PR.
  • LocusRyuHeadSSB4-U.png, One of the best Ryu players in the world.

Instances of overlapping major events with other regions/organizations[edit]

Pacific Northwest events have been prone to being scheduled over by other larger organizations or events, oven splitting or crushing viewership for the northwest.

PNW Event Overlapped by Date(s) Game(s) affected Notes
Don't Park on the Grass 2GGT: ZeRo Saga December 16th-18th, 2016 Smash 4 ZeRo Saga was announced well after DPG. Due to the higher stakes, many high level players cancelled on DPG, reducing the relevance of the Smash 4 bracket.
Port Priority MomoCon 2017 May 27th, 2017 Smash 4
Port Priority 2 IBP Masters Showdown November 11th, 2017 Smash 4 IBP Masters was announced 2 weeks before Port Priority 2's event date, causing a few prominent out of region players to cancel. The $10,000 pot bonus and short notice sparked heated discourse on social media.
Emerald City 6 2GGC: West Side Saga September 9th, 2017 Smash 4 2GG offered spots on the compendium to Oregon/Washington players after complaints that a tournament called "West Side Saga" did not consider all west coast states.
Don't Park on the Grass 2018 Sky Ultimate Invitational December 15th, 2018 Ultimate Sky Williams donated $2,500 to the prize pool of DPG18 as compensation for scheduling conflicts.
Emerald City 8 MomoCon 2019 May 25th, 2019 Ultimate
Don't Park on the Grass 2020 Smash World Tour 2020 Finals December 17th-20th, 2020 Melee, Ultimate Although both events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, SWT was announced well after the announcement for DPG20, making it the third time in DPG's history that a larger event was scheduled over it well after its announcement.