DP or D..P is a Falco main from Oakland, California and the brother of Catnip. Although he has not yet made national impacts, he has performed very well while living in Maryland, having taken sets off of notable players such as ChuDat, Chillin and DJ Nintendo. DP was formerly ranked 8th and 9th on the DMV Melee Power Rankings and MD/VA Project M Power Rankings, respectively. He is currently ranked 1st on the Sacramento Melee Power Rankings.
DP is a defensive "textbook" Falco player. He employs heavy usage of dash dancing and lasers in the neutral game, and uses safe options to stifle his opponent's approaches. DP also has excellent spacing, particularly with his aerials, and usually makes decisions to give himself positional advantage, pressuring his opponent with his superior position rather than with extended combos. DP also employs Falco's more underused tools, such as his up smash, back throw, and forward tilt, in creative ways, usually also to gain position. Because of this, in his games, he usually racks up damage slowly then goes for a guaranteed KO setup when the time is right. DP's patient playstyle has allowed him to defeat low tier characters even without knowing the matchup beforehand, such as DJ Nintendo's Bowser.
However, due to this reliance on spacing, DP will usually drop combos that similarly-skilled Falcos would not. This makes his punish game weak for his level, and gives him serious problems against players who can beat him in the neutral game but have a much more lethal punish game, such as Mew2King. Additionally, due to his reliance on guaranteed KO setups and edgeguards, he struggles if the opponent lives up to a high percentage where those setups are no longer available to him. DP is also weak in matchups against floaty characters, and used to be notoriously poor at playing around the Ice Climbers and wobbling.
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