Abadango (あばだんご) is an Ultimate Pikachu and Palutena player from Tokyo, Japan. He is considered one of the best Palutena players in the world alongside Chag and Jagaimo, and was formerly the best Wario player in Japan, the best Meta Knight player in the world, and one of the best Inkling players in the world before dropping the characters. He is currently ranked 7th on the Japan Player Rankings and 24th on the Fall 2019 PGRU.
In SSB4, Abadango is a Bayonetta and Mewtwo player, and is considered one of the three current best Mewtwo players in the world along with SDX and WaDi, the best Mewtwo player of all time, and one of the best Bayonetta players in the world. He is also a prominent Meta Knight and Rosalina & Luma player. He was originally considered the best Pac-Man player in the world, and a top Wario player before switching to Mewtwo. Abadango is ranked 1st on the JAPAN Power Rankings and 13th on the Panda Global Rankings 100.
Rise to fame
Abadango's breakout tournament was Apex 2015. Using the relatively unexplored character of Pac-Man, he quickly became a fan favorite, being dubbed the "Pac-Main" by the community. After losing in winners' finals of his round 2 pool to Mr. R, he ran through losers' bracket, defeating NinjaLink and AeroLink to make it to losers' top 8. In losers' eighths, he faced Dabuz in an infamously campy set that resulted in multiple timeouts and the 2-1 in favor of Dabuz. Abadango finished the tournament at 7th place.
After not attending any other major tournaments for six months, Abadango next appeared at EVO 2015. Having picked up his old Brawl main of Wario to complement his Pac-Man, Abadango swept through his round 1 and round 2 pools to reach top 8, defeating ESAM's Heavy Skull Bash-empowered Pikachu in the process. After losing to ZeRo in winners' semis, he had a rematch with Dabuz in loser's quarters. Abadango won the set 2-0, including a comeback in the second game with a Wario Waft stage spike. In losers' semis, he then had a close set with Mr. R, but ultimately lost 1-2, ending his run at 4th.
After EVO, Abadango made the decision to drop Wario and pick up Meta Knight and Rosalina, which he used to win Umebura 19. With this improved character spread, he entered The Big House 5, and made a deep losers' bracket run after losing to Wizzrobe. He defeated San 2-0, Megafox 3-1, and 6WX 3-0, but was defeated by ANTi 3-2 in loser's eighths, placing 7th at the tournament.
In between The Big House 5 and GENESIS 3, Abadango decided to drop Pac-Man entirely along with Rosalina, opting to solo main Meta Knight for GENESIS 3. This did not work out for him, however, as he lost sets to Zan and Zinoto, placing at an all-time low of 49th.
In February of 2016, Abadango attended Niconico Tokaigi 2016, competing with other top Japanese players and Nairo. He bounced back from his poor placing at GENESIS by winning the tournament, defeating Nairo in grand finals.
Mewtwo and Pound 2016
In light of the major buffs Mewtwo received in patches 1.1.3 and 1.1.5, Abadango opted to switch mains to Mewtwo, relegating Meta Knight to his secondary. With this new character in his arsenal, Abadango took Pound 2016 in dominant fashion, defeating Dabuz 3-2 in winners' quarters, VoiD 3-0 in winners' semis, Marss 3-1 in winners' finals, and Ally 3-0 in grand finals. This cemented his status as one of the best players in the world.
After Pound, Abadango attended Battle Arena Melbourne 8 where he placed 2nd, losing to Mr. R in grand finals.
Summer of Smash
In June of 2016, Abadango attended Smash 'N' Splash 2 and CEO 2016, placing 5th and 4th respectively while using primarily Mewtwo. Zinoto notably eliminated him from both tournaments. In July, he attended EVO 2016 where he placed 5th losing to Ally in winners' side and ZeRo in losers. He then attended PPT Summer in Germany and Clutch City Clash in America, which he both won convincingly, defeating Ixis and Samsora respectively in grand finals.
Abadango's next major tournament was Super Smash Con 2016, where he placed 7th. Coming back from an early loss in the Mewtwo ditto against Rich Brown in round 2 pools, he defeated SuperGirlKels 2-0, Trela 2-0, Master Raven 3-0, Saj 3-1, and Ryo 3-2 before finally falling to his rival Ally 3-2 in loser's eighths. Abadango underperformed at Umebura S.A.T., however, placing 13th with losses to Taiheita and Nietono. He then placed 2nd at Umebura 25, losing 3-1 to Kameme in grand finals.
Fall 2016 began a string of sub-par placings for Abadango. At his namesake tournament, 2GGT: Abadango Saga, he placed 13th, losing in pools to a relatively unknown Dr. Mario main in B7Games. He then lost in bracket to Elegant. At The Big House 6, Abadango tried his new Mega Man pocket pick against ZeRo in winner's quarters, but lost 3-0. He then immediately lost to VoiD 3-1 in losers, finishing at 9th. At Waseda Festival 2016, Abadango also finished in 9th place, losing once again to Taiheita and being eliminated by Todoman.
His placings began to improve once again starting at DNG Kanto Invitational, where Abadango placed 3rd in a round-robin with some of the best smashers in Kanto. He followed this up with a stellar performance at UGC Smash Open, where he defeated ANTi 3-1 in the round of 16, Nairo 3-1 in winners' quarters, and reverse swept ESAM 3-2 in winners' semis. After once again being defeated by ZeRo 3-0 in winner's finals, Abadango crushed ESAM 3-0 in the losers' finals runback, and using his Meta Knight, took ZeRo to a last game, last stock, last hit situation in grand finals before finally being defeated 3-2. He finished the tournament at 2nd place. Abadango then placed first at Hirosuma Tokaigi Qualifiers defeating Atelier 2-1, Ron 2-1, OCEAN 2-0, and Kome 2-1 and 2-0 on his march to victory. One week later at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga Abadango defeated Locus 2-0, and Pugwest 3-1 to make it out of pools. In bracket he defeated Salem 3-1 before falling to Larry Lurr 1-3 in winners quarters. He was then eliminated by Komorikiri 2-3 and finished in 9th place.
Abadango attended Single Game Championships: Umebura X Single-Chu where he was upset by MasaRotom 1-2. He then made a losers run taking out players such as Yui before being eliminated by Mao 1-2 and finishing at 9th place.
At GENESIS 4, he defeated Light 2-0 to make it into Round 2 pools. In Round 2 pools he defeated Mr. ConCon 2-0 and Ito 2-1 to make it to Top 32 winners side. In top 32 he defeated MVD 3-2 and Tweek 3-1 before losing to Ally 0-3 in winners semis and CaptainZack 2-3 in losers quarters to finish at 5th place.
At Niconico Tokaigi 2017, Abadango made his way to winners finals defeating Hiro 2-1, Shuton 2-1. and Ranai 2-1 before falling to Nairo 0-2. In losers he was eliminated by KEN 1-2 and ultimately finished in 3rd place.
At Frostbite 2017, Abadango was upset by Black Yoshi 0-2 in pools and sent to losers. In losers he defeated Rayquaza07 3-1 and Blacktwins 3-1 before being eliminated by MKLeo 0-3 and finishing in 17th place.
At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference Pro Exhibition, Abadango defeated Koolaid 2-0, and Pugwest 2-1 before falling to Marss 2-3 in Winners finals. In losers finals he defeated Light 3-1 before losing to Marss 1-3 in Grand Finals finishing 2nd.
Abadango's next event would be 2GGC: Civil War. En route to top 32 Abadango defeated Max Ketchum 2-0, AC 2-1, and Elegant 3-1. In top 32 Abadango defeated HIKARU 3-0 before falling to T 2-3 and Marss 1-3 to finish 9th place.
At Kawaii Kon 2017, Abadango defeated Saiki 3-1 to move onto winners finals where he was defeated by VoiD 0-3. In losers finals he defeated Saiki 3-0 before falling to VoiD 1-3 in grand finals finishing 2nd.