Smasher:Dark Wizzy

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Not to be confused with Wizzrobe, the smasher Dark Wizzy derives his name from
Dark Wizzy
Dark Wizzy.jpg
Dark Wizzy holding the Phantom 2020 trophy.
Ultimate main Mario
Other Ultimate
characters
Yoshi, Joker
SSB4 main Mario
Other SSB4
character
Rosalina & Luma
Sponsor(s) Shogunate Gaming
Former sponsor(s) Fly Society, Pastime Legends, Smash Studios, Claim to Fame Entertainment, Most Valuable Gaming
Former crews Soul Realm
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings 100: 95th
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate UltRank 2022: 78th
Winnings Super Smash Bros. 4 ~$3,750
Additional info
Real name Rasheen Rose
Birth date (age 23)
Location Albany, New York United States

Dark Wizzy is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player from from the city of Albany, New York. He was formerly considered to be the best Mario player during the early metagame and currently one of the two best Mario players in the world, along with Kurama. He is currently ranked 41st on the OrionRank 2022 North America, 77th on the OrionRank 2022, and 78th on the UltRank 2022 and has taken sets off of top players such as Tweek, Dabuz, Light, kameme, ESAM, Marss, Cosmos, and Chag.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Dark Wizzy was also a Mario player, considered to be one of the best Mario players in the United States alongside ANTi and Zenyou. Dark Wizzy is known for being a young yet extremely competent smasher, utterly dominating the Capital Region of New York, being undefeated by players within the area, and is one of the best players in all of upstate New York. He is additionally considered to be one of the best Mario players in the world. Dark Wizzy is also known for being especially potent in doubles play, where he can place highly in doubles events teaming with about any player, and has placed top 8 in majors with his preferred partner, WaDi. He has taken sets off of players such as CaptainZack, Cosmos, Fatality, Light, ESAM, WaDi, Marss, and Zinoto.

Dark Wizzy is currently ranked 0 on the New York Capital Region PR and 95th on the Panda Global Rankings 100.

On January 24th, 2019, Dark Wizzy joined Most Valuable Gaming on his birthday.[1] On January 21st, 2021, Dark Wizzy announced that he will not be resigning with Most Valuable Gaming. On July 5th, 2022, Dark Wizzy signed with Shogunate Gaming.

Playstyle[edit]

Dark Wizzy is mostly known for his extremely potent punish game and his "touch of death"; he has a mastery over Mario's combos, where he'll regularly lead each hit into a highly damaging combo that goes beyond the typical Mario fare, making getting grabbed by him an extremely threatening prospect. Since Mario typically finds ease to combo into KO moves, Dark Wizzy has a knack of finding various ways of leading his hits into a forward aerial or one of Mario's smash attacks for an early KO.

Tournament history[edit]

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2019: Ultimate's best Mario[edit]

Already finishing off Smash 4's PGR as 95th, Dark Wizzy was looking to cement himself as the best Mario player in the new game. His first few majors, however, were rather shaky. Although he had a solid 17th-place run at GENESIS 6 with a win over Nietono, his runs at Frostbite 2019 and Collision 2019 were mediocre, as he placed outside of the top 32 at both tournaments, losing to Ozone and WaDi in the former and Wishes and Jack in the latter. He also had competition for the title of best Mario, as Prodigy both defeated and outplaced Dark Wizzy at GENESIS 6.

Fortunately, he was able to pull away in the second half of the season thanks to a couple of notable performances. Although he placed 4th at Suplex City Smash, he claimed a win over Light. His next major, Pound 2019, saw yet another victory over Light as he reverse 3-0'd him to place 13th. Finally, at MomoCon 2019, Dark Wizzy got yet another 13th and claimed a win over Goblin. Despite having two lackluster performances at Smash 'N' Splash 5 and CEO 2019, these solid placements helped him rank higher than Prodigy, placing 31st on the Spring 2019 PGRU.

This spark of success was a hint at what was to come in the second season. Despite starting the season off with an underwhelming 65th at EVO 2019 and a respectable yet empty 17th at Super Smash Con 2019, Dark Wizzy saw a streak of top 8 at majors which lasted until the next season. At these majors, he claimed several top 50 wins, including Cosmos, LeoN, and Goblin three times. Outside of majors, Dark Wizzy saw his first PGR regional win at the Mexican Gaming Championship. The highlight of his season, however, was at the Thunder Smash 2 Invitational, where Dark Wizzy defeated VoiD, ESAM, MVD, and Dabuz twice to place 2nd. With this streak, top player wins, and a decline in results from Prodigy, Dark Wizzy was unanimously considered the best Mario player, and many players including Dark Wizzy himself were expecting him to end up in the top 20 that season.

Unfortunately, while Dark Wizzy's highs were rather high, his lows were what ultimately brought him down. Despite garnering an incredible list of wins, his list of losses stood out like a sore thumb as he lost to several players who were ultimately ranked outside of the top 50, including Mao, MastaMario, and Nair^. He also struggled to defeat Salem, a player who had inconsistent results that season, and ended the season with a 0-5 record against him. These lows hurt Dark Wizzy's overall standings, and he was ultimately ranked 22nd on the Fall 2019 PGRU, a placement that heavily disappointed him.

2020: Proving the PGRU wrong[edit]

Prior to the the Fall 2019 PGRU's release, Dark Wizzy saw a rather respectable 7th place finish at Let's Make Big Moves. Following the ranking's release, Dark Wizzy, still feeling disappointed about his placement, sought to prove the rankings wrong at that weekend's major, Glitch 8 - Missingno. This desire motivated Dark Wizzy to pull best run of his career up to that point, running through Dabuz in a close 3-0, previous Glitch winner ESAM, and Tweek to place 2nd, the highest a Mario had placed at a major. This motivation continued into GENESIS 7, where despite falling to Maister in bracket, he made a notable Loser's run defeating Dabuz and Light in a close game 5 set to place 5th. Although he underperformed at Frostbite 2020, placing 17th after losing to Maister and MkLeo, his major and top 10 wins solidified himself in the top 20, with many players believing Dark Wizzy could potentially be a top 10 player.

Unfortunately, this hot streak was snuffed out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down offline competitive play for an entire year. Although many players chose to participate in the online metagame, Dark Wizzy decided not to due to his distaste for online, instead focusing on building a Twitch audience. Nevertheless, his performance pre-pandemic was still recognized, as he was ranked 9th on OrionRank's pre-pandemic rankings.

2021-2022: Playing catchup to a new metagame[edit]

With offline slowly returning in 2021, Dark Wizzy marked his return to the scene at Smash Ultimate Summit 3 in August 2021, having qualified by winning Phantom 2020. Unfortunately, Dark Wizzy would prove himself unpracticed, as he ended the tournament at 13th, being the only competitor who did not win a single set. Thus, Dark Wizzy spent most of 2021 attempting to catch up and adapt to a new metagame. Dark Wizzy saw disappointing results at Glitch 8.5 - Konami Code and Low Tide City 2021, where despite making top 32 he failed to garner any notable wins. Although there were hopes for a return to form following his 7th place run at Port Priority 6 defeating Tweek, Dark Wizzy stopped attending tournaments for the rest of the year. Due to his mediocre performances and lack of results, Dark Wizzy did not appear on the PGRUContenders list and fell out of the top 50 on the OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse, placing 62nd. In addition, his title of best Mario was once again challenged by Prodigy, now going by Kurama, who placed 3rd at the super-regional Mega Smash Mondays 240, saw consistent top 24 placement at majors, and was ranked 38th on the same ranking.

When Dark Wizzy made his return in March 2022, he still lacked his historical top results as he finished 49th at GENESIS 8 and 33rd at Pound 2022. Although he saw a solid run to 9th at Low Tide City 2022, defeating BassMage and BigBoss along the way, this proved to be Dark Wizzy's best performance of the season, as he ended the season with a run to 17th at MomoCon 2022 and forfeiting Battle of BC 4 at 25th due to chest pains and body tremors. With such a small sample size of tournaments and inconsistent placings all around, Dark Wizzy was ranked 47th on the PGRU v3 North America, a controversial placement due to the ranking's time span and methodology, and slid further down to 94th on the OrionRank Mid-Year 2022.

The second season initially seemed like it was going to be the same. Dark Wizzy started the season with a decent 13th at Smash Factor 9, where he saw a win over Chag but lost to hidden Mexico talent WaKa and Cali. He then placed 33rd at Rise 'N Grind and then 25th and 17th at the super regionals Shine 2022 and Riptide 2022, placements where he saw no notable wins.

There was a spark of hope, however, at the next super regional Dark Wizzy attended, Lost Tech City 2022, where he defeated SHADIC and MuteAce en route to a 9th place finish. This spark ignited the following week at The Big House 10, where Dark Wizzy finally made his first top 8 at a major since Port Priority 6 after defeating Marss, ending the tournament at 5th with a win over kameme and losing to the winner and runner-up of the tournament, Riddles and Light, respectively.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner Tournament earnings
Apex 2015 January 30th, 2015 97th 9th PB&J
2 Fish February 14th, 2015 2nd 1st Mew2King $177.00
Smash Street #2 February 28th, 2015 1st -— $384.00
Blue Fish 1 May 2nd, 2015 2nd 1st ScrubCasual $132.40
Black Fish September 5th, 2015 1st 1st PikaPika! $367.00
UA U Smash 2 September 26, 2015 1st 1st HungryPigeon $151.50
Blue Fish 2 November 8th, 2015 1st 1st Omega Tyrant $248.50
NLSS 4 January 30th, 2016 1st 1st Omega Tyrant $154.50
Cusetown Beatdown 5 February 20th, 2016 2nd 1st LoB Champ $385.60
Shots Fired 2 March 5th, 2016 17th 9th Sparkle
UA U Smash 3 April 2nd, 2016 1st 1st TM87 $181.50
NEW FISH May 7th, 2016 9th 3rd Mr.E $37.00
KTAR XVIII June 11th, 2016 25th 4th Dabuz $67.00
Invasion 6 July 2nd, 2016 4th 1st Raffi-X $213.00
GUMS 9 August 6th, 2016 9th
Smash @ The Cave #34 August 11th, 2016 1st WaDi ?
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 25th 17th WaDi
Invasion 7 August 20th, 2016 1st 1st Omega Tyrant $408.00
Invasion 8 September 10th, 2016 5th 1st Marss $102.75
RPI Smash Monthly #1 October 14th, 2016 1st 1st TM87 $96.09
GUTS 4 November 11th-13th, 2016 7th 3rd Raffi-X $35.80
KTAR XIX November 19th, 2016 9th 4th WaDi
Frostbite 2017 February 25th-26th, 2017 97th 5th WaDi
KTAR XX April 1st-2nd, 2017 25th 3rd WaDi
Massive Smash Mondays 4 June 19th, 2017 1st $156.00
ALPHA July 1st, 2017 33rd 1st WaDi ?
GUMS 16 July 8th, 2017 7th 5th Kogarasuma $20.00
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 49th 13th WaDi
MIUS: Curtain Call August 19th, 2017 3rd 1st Ned ?
Shine 2017 August 25th-27th, 2017 13th 7th WaDi ?
Overclocked December 16th, 2017 7th ?
Quit Your Friendlies! February 17th, 2018 1st 1st SDX ?
Overclocked II March 17th, 2018 7th 3rd Dabuz ?
Collision XV March 31st, 2018 5th 1st Mr.E ?
Immortal Tech April 28th, 2018 9th 1st Light ?
ALPHA II June 9th, 2018 9th 1st Mr E ?
Smash Sounds July 7th-8th, 2018 33rd 3rd Mr.E $83.20
Overclocked III July 14th, 2018 1st 1st Marss ?
Super Smash Con 2018 August 9th-12th, 2018 7th WaDi $83.75
Shine 2018 August 24th-26th, 2018 7th 5th Mr.E ?
Curtain Call 2: Encore September 1st, 2018 2nd 1st Salem ?
Super Smash Fight Club 4 September 22nd, 2018 9th 1st Ned ?
Glitch 5 September 29th, 2018 5th 1st WaDi ?
The Big House 8 October 6th-8th, 2018 25th 4th Salem ?
Super Smash Fight Club 5 November 10th, 2018 17th 3rd Salem ?
DreamHack Atlanta 2018 November 16th-18th, 2018 7th 1st Salem ?
Super Smash Con 2019 August 8th-11th, 2019 3rd tamim $61.00
Super Smash Con: Fall Fest October 15th-17th, 2021 9th
Super Smash Con 2022 August 11th-14th, 2022 2nd Mistake

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Let's Make Moves December 29th, 2018 33rd 4th Marss
Smash Conference United January 5th-6th, 2019 9th 1st Salem
Glitch 6 January 20th, 2019 25th 5th Salem
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 17th 1st Salem
Frostbite 2019 February 22nd-24th, 2019 65th 9th Salem
Return to Subspace 2 March 9th, 2019 2nd 1st Marss
Collision 2019 March 16th-17th, 2019 33rd
Suplex City Smash April 6th, 2019 4th 1st Nairo
Pound 2019 April 19th-21st, 2019 13th 7th Salem
UltiMania May 4th, 2019 3rd Marss
MomoCon 2019 May 23rd-26th, 2019 13th 5th Salem
Smash 'N' Splash 5 May 31st-June 2nd, 2019 25th 1st Nairo
CEO 2019 June 28th-30th, 2019 33rd
Aurora Blitz 2 July 13th-14th, 2019 2nd 1st Salem
Paradigm Shift 2019 July 20th-21st, 2019 2nd 3rd Salem
Thunder Smash 2 July 28th, 2019 2nd
EVO 2019 August 2nd-4th, 2019 65th
Super Smash Con 2019 August 8th-11th, 2019 17th 7th Salem
Shine 2019 August 23rd-25th, 2019 5th 1st MkLeo
Port Priority 5 September 7th-8th, 2019 17th 2nd MVD
Glitch 7 - Minus World September 14th-15th, 2019 7th 2nd Light
The Big House 9 October 4th-6th, 2019 129th (DQ) 9th Samsora
Thunder Smash 3: Clash of the Pandas October 12th-13th, 2019 5th
Mexican Gaming Championship October 19th, 2019 1st
Overlords of Orlando: OCTOBERLORDS October 26th, 2019 2nd 1st Salem
DreamHack Atlanta 2019 November 15th-17th, 2019 4th 3rd Salem
Play With Heart November 30th-December 1st, 2019 5th 1st Mr E
Let's Make Big Moves January 3rd-5th, 2020 7th 1st Light
Glitch 8 - Missingno January 18th-19th, 2020 2nd 4th Light
GENESIS 7 January 24th-26th, 2020 5th 3rd Nairo
Frostbite 2020 February 21st-23rd, 2020 17th 13th MkLeo
Phantom 2020 March 7th-8th, 2020 1st 2nd Corvid
Smash Ultimate Summit 3 August 26th-29th, 2021 13th
CT Gamercon 4 September 18th-19th, 2021 2nd 2nd naitosharp
Glitch 8.5 - Konami Code September 24th-26th, 2021 25th 5th Ned
Low Tide City 2021 October 1st-3rd, 2021 13th 4th Ned
Port Priority 6 October 30th-31st, 2021 7th 4th Ned
SOS 7 March 26th, 2022 7th 5th LeoN
Clip It II April 10th, 2022 7th
GENESIS 8 April 15th-17th, 2022 49th 7th Larry Lurr
Pound 2022 April 22nd-24th, 2022 33rd
Low Tide City 2022 April 29th-May 1st, 2022 9th 2nd Ned
MomoCon 2022 May 26th-29th, 2022 17th 4th Maister
Warped! June 4th, 2022 1st Dabuz
Battle of BC 4 June 10th-12th, 2022 25th 9th Chag
COST 2022 June 18th-19th, 2022 7th 1st Elegant
Warp Zone June 25th, 2022 5th 2nd Ned
Central Stadium July 23rd, 2022 7th 1st Kurama
Smash Factor 9 July 29th-31st, 2022 13th 7th Goblin
Super Smash Con 2022 August 11th-14th, 2022 4th Ned
Rise 'N Grind August 19th-21st, 2022 33rd 3rd Ned
Shine 2022 August 26th-28th, 2022 25th 2nd MuteAce
Riptide 2022 September 9th-11th, 2022 17th 2nd Ned
Glitch - Regen September 23rd-25th, 2022 1st Ned
Lost Tech City 2022 September 30th-October 2nd, 2022 9th 3rd MuteAce
The Big House 10 October 7th-9th, 2022 5th 13th Ned
Back in Blood 5 October 15th, 2022 3rd 1st Ned
Let's Make Moves Miami October 28th-30th, 2022 13th 2nd Ned
Port Priority 7 November 12th-13th, 2022 25th 3rd Ned
Let's Make Big Moves 2023 January 6th-8th, 2023 25th 4th Ned
GENESIS 9 January 20th-22nd, 2023 33rd

Trivia[edit]

  • Being comparable to Wizzrobe as a smasher of a very high skill level despite their young age, Dark Wizzy chose his tag at the suggestion of PB&J, being said to be the "black version" of Wizzrobe.
  • Dark Wizzy significantly prefers playing doubles over singles, and at tournaments will usually opt to play doubles friendlies over offers for 1v1s.
  • Dark Wizzy has a deep hatred for Sonic, and has the opinion that nobody should ever try to play the Sonic matchup as Mario.
  • Dark Wizzy considers fellow Most Valuable Gaming player Salem to be his bracket demon, having a very poor record against him.
    • In addition, Dark Wizzy struggles against Marss, although Dark Wizzy would finally beat him at The Big House 10.
  • While Dark Wizzy is generally considered one of the two best Mario players in Ultimate, his record in the mirror match is noticeably worse:
    • At GENESIS 6, he went against Kurama and lost in a close 3-2 set, placing 17th.
    • At EVO 2019, he lost 2-0 against Masta, placing 65th and is currently tied with Frostbite 2019 as his worst placement in a tournament outside of DQs.
    • At Central Stadium, he lost 3-0 against umanz, placing 7th, outplaced by both Kurama and umanz.
  • Among Dark Wizzy's other hobbies include Terraria, of which he is an avid fan of.
  • A consistent joke in Dark Wizzy's fanbase is calling him a furry, which he repeatedly denies, despite him previously trying on a fursuit belonging to prominent furry YouTuber Majira Strawberry.[2]
  • Dark Wizzy is known for being very vocal about supporting trans rights, often times playing Mario's pink and blue alternate costume as a representation of this support. At GENESIS 7 he would wear a Transgender Pride flag as a cape on the main stage.
  • Dark Wizzy has been joked about SDing a lot, which he tends to do in majors. This has led to a joke of a curse, where people playing Mario SD.
  • Dark Wizzy is known about his love for Mario and the series overall, with this being expressed by tweets where he just states "Mario" gaining traction quickly.
    • This is also expressed by his Twitch layout being Mario themed, and his subs being claimed as "Mini-Marios".
  • Dark Wizzy considers Mario's green costume to be his worst alternate costume, having a strong and vocal dislike toward the alt.

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