Darkshad's diligence and commitment to improving has resulted with him, in just over a year's time, going from being an unknown wifi Shulk to earning the rank of 44th on the Panda Global Rankings v2, 7th on the Midwest Smash 4 Power Rankings, and 2nd on the Ohio Smash 4 Power Rankings. In 2017 Shad has been very active: attending tournaments through-out the USA, including several Saga's and Genesis in California, CEO, EVO, SmashCon, GameTyrantExpo and large regionals through-out the Midwest such as Smash & Splash and the Mayheim events.
During 2017 Darkshad has taken sets off of several "top caliber" players such as Ally, and Seagull Joe at 2017 Smash Con, CaptainZack and Cosmos at Climax 2 in Toledo, Ohio, Pugwest, Mr.E, Pink Fresh, at Glitch 3, and Locus, MVD, ZeRo and Nairo at GameTyrantExpo 2017. In 2016 Shad took sets off of Larry Lurr, Abadango, MkLeo, Zinoto, Tweek, Samsora, MVD, and Ned. In the last two years this is 7 set wins over Top 10 PG players.
The highlight of Shads play to date in 2017, has been improved consistency and a clear "step-up" in performance versus a year ago. Finishing 7th at GameTyrantExpo by beating both ZeRo and Nairo, 9th at 2017 Smash and Splash, 13th at 2017 SmashCon, a respectable 33rd at CEO, 49th at Genesis, and a marginal 65th at both Civil War and EVO, highlight 2017 "major tourney" performance. Regional performance has virtually always resulted in a top 10 finish with wins in Indy, Louisville, Cincinnati, Toledo, and respectable performance (top 10) at Mayheim events in Chicago, and a 3rd place finish at Glitch 3 to name but a few.
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