Smasher:9B

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9B (pronounced kyuu-bi) is a smasher from Osaka, Japan, who mains the Ice Climbers in Brawl and Bayonetta in Smash 4. He is considered to be the best Brawl Ice Climbers in the world as well as the top Brawl Lucario player in Japan, and the best Smash 4 Bayonetta player in Japan. He was also formerly a notable Shulk, Ryu, and Mewtwo player, but has since dropped the characters. Due to his infrequent tournament losses, 9B is currently considered to be Japan's top Brawl player along with Edge, and was ranked 1st on the 2014 SSBB Player Rankings (tied with Nairo). He is currently ranked 8th on the JAPAN Power Rankings and was formerly ranked 17th on the Panda Global Rankings.

9B is the tournament director of the Sumabato series.

Metagame advancement[edit]

9B is said to have created the faster yet more difficult chaingrab for the Ice Climbers in Brawl. This involves using Popo's down throw to start the chain, having Nana re-grab, then executing a back throw so Popo can regrab. [1] The following description is from the Youtube video showcasing this technique, which can be found at the bottom of this page or by clicking the reference tag before this sentence. It explains how the technique works and why it is a faster chaingrab.

When you grab with Popo, naturally, Nana will grab as well. Since Popo normally grabs the opponent, Nana will be left with a dead grab animation. An experienced player in the Ice Climbers match-up knows this is the PERFECT time to MASH THE HELL OUT OF THAT CONTROLLER, as the Nana cannot re-grab just yet. Since Popo's B-Throw executes in so few frames, Nana will have to wait to finish said animation. HOWEVER, D-Throw's animation lasts significantly longer, giving Nana time to finish her grab animation DURING the throw, meaning the opponent can't mash out. After D-Throwing with Nana, Popo doesn't have a grab animation, so you can instantly throw again; buffered B-Throw being your fastest option. That's how this chain came to be.

The main mechanics of achieving this string includes buffering a walk in the opposite direction after re-grabbing with Nana. The B-throw will then come out accompanied by a turnaround by Popo, not a walk. This allows Popo to re-grab the opponent and thus continue the chain.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
SumabatoX 3 October 30th, 2010 1st
SumabatoX 4 December 4th, 2010 1st
SumabatoX 5 January 22nd, 2011 1st
SunRise Tournament Rehearsal (Kanto) February 11th, 2011 1st
SumabatoX 6 March 12th, 2011 1st
Battle Road FES X May 4th, 2011 3rd
SumabatoX 9 October 9th, 2011 1st
SumabatoX 10 November 19th, 2011 1st
Sun Rise Tournament August 10th-12th, 2012 5th
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 9th 97th Punishment Divine
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 1st 7th Mekos
Sumabato X Final August 23rd-24th, 2014 5th (forfeit)

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Sumabato 0 October 25th, 2014 9th

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Karisuma 2 February 14th, 2015 4th
Karisuma 3 May 23rd, 2015 5th
Umebura F.A.T. September 21st-22nd, 2015 5th
Karisuma 5 October 10th, 2015 2nd
Hirosuma 2 November 15th, 2015 2nd
Umebura Niconico Qualifiers November 29th, 2015 5th
Pre KVO 2016 December 19th, 2015 5th
Wombo Wednesday #21 January 13th, 2016 5th
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 49th 9th Earth
Sumabato 7 February 11th, 2016 13th
Shots Fired 2 March 5th-6th, 2016 5th 5th Ranai
Sumabato 8 March 12th, 2016 2nd
Hirosuma 3 March 20th, 2016 3rd
Karisuma 6 April 3rd, 2016 1st
Sumabato 9 April 9th, 2016 1st
Umebura 22 April 24th, 2016 9th
KSB 2016 April 29th-May 1st, 2016 7th
Battle Arena Melbourne 8 May 13th-15th, 2016 3rd 9th MGK
Sumabato 10 May 29th, 2016 33rd
Hirosuma 4 June 12th, 2016 1st
Sumabato 11 June 18th, 2016 25th
Karisuma 8 June 25th, 2016 13th
PSG Classic 2016 July 13th, 2016 9th
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 129th
Sumabato for THE BIG HOUSE July 30th-31st, 2016 25th
Umebura S.A.T. August 20th-21st, 2016 49th
Sumabato 12 August 27th, 2016 9th
Umebura 25 September 10th, 2016 25th
Hirosuma 5 September 18th, 2016 3rd
Shulla-bra VIII September 24th, 2016 5th
Sumabato 13 September 25th, 2016 33rd
Karisuma 10 October 8th, 2016 5th 2nd Nojinko
Sumabato 14 October 22nd, 2016 4th 9th Kei
Dubai Dojo November 25th-26th, 2016 1st 2nd Kei
Hirosuma Tokaigi Qualifiers December 11th, 2016 9th
2GGT: ZeRo Saga December 16th-18th, 2016 25th 9th Nietono
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifiers December 25th, 2016 13th
SGC 2017 January 7th-8th, 2017 2nd
Karisuma Tokaigi Qualifiers January 14th, 2017 4th
Smash of the Titans 15 January 19th, 2017 2nd
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd 2017 13th 33rd FILIP
Sumabato 15 January 28th, 2017 2nd 33rd ch
Umebura Tokaigi Qualifiers February 4, 2017 3rd
Niconico Tokaigi 2017 February 11th-12th, 2017 7th
Sumabato 16 February 25th, 2017 1st

Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

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