Smasher:DP

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DP "D..P"
Melee main Falco
Other Melee
characters
Mario, Ness
Project M main Falco
Former crews Team Rocket
Skill Super Smash Bros. Melee Professional
Additional info
Real name Michael Pigford
Location Sacramento, California United States

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.

Playing style[edit]

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.

Notable tournament placings[edit]

Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
CGC @ SFSU VI February 28th, 2009 3rd
CGC @ SFSU IX May 2nd, 2009 9th
CGC @ SFSU X June 20th, 2009 7th 7th Dark Mike
CGC @ SFSU XII October 10th, 2009 5th 7th Mr. G
CGC @ SFSU XIII November 7th, 2009 7th 2nd Shroomed
CGC @ SFSU XIV December 5th, 2009 4th 4th Catnip
R3 December 19th-20th, 2009 5th
CGC @ SFSU XIX July 17th, 2010 9th
CGC @ SFSU XX August 14th, 2010 7th 9th Meep
Gamecenter VI July 27, 2013 4th 9th Josh
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/6 May 6th, 2014 2nd
Shell Shocked XV May 10th, 2014 1st 2nd Boss
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/20 May 20th, 2014 1st
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/27 May 27th, 2014 4th
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 6/3 June 3rd, 2014 2nd
Thanks For Playing 7 June 7th, 2014 5th 2nd ChuDat
Mortality eSports Tournament August 2nd, 2014 2nd 1st TC1
SMASH BASH 4 November 29th, 2014 1st
Let It Shine! August 15th, 2015 1st
Button Check #1 August 29th, 2015 1st
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 65th 25th TC1
Sacramento Saturday Smash #2 February 13th, 2016 1st
Button Check #5 April 2nd, 2016 1st
The Golden Bair 4 April 3rd, 2016 7th
Button Check #6 June 25th, 2016 3rd
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 97th
Button Check #7 July 30th, 2016 2nd

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/6 May 6th, 2014 13th
Shell Shocked XV May 10th, 2014 9th 3rd TC1
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/20 May 20th, 2014 7th
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 6/3 June 3rd, 2014 13th
FinalBOSS January 9th-10th, 2016 13th

Trivia[edit]

  • DP has been repeatedly featured in "salt compilations" due to his refusal to shake some players' hands after he loses a set, particularly Ice Climbers players who utilize wobbling. The most well-known example of this are DP's many matches with Nintendude at Xanadu, particularly his Grand Finals sets with him.
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