Smasher:ESAM

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ESAM is a smasher, commentator, and tournament organizer from Miami, Florida, and is considered one of the best Brawl and Smash 4 players in the United States. In both these games, he is universally considered to be the best Pikachu player in the world, and one of the best Ice Climbers players in Brawl. He is also known for occasionally using Mewtwo, Corrin, and Samus in Smash 4. ESAM is currently ranked 27th on the Panda Global Rankings, 1st on the South Florida Smash 4 Power Rankings and 6th on the 2014 SSBBRank.

ESAM is also a notable Melee Samus player. While he generally does not place as well in Melee as he does in Brawl or Smash 4, he is able to hold his own against top professional players, having defeated renowned Melee players such as Wobbles, Chillin, Westballz, Zhu, and Javi in tournament. In the 2016 SSBMRank ESAM was ranked 68th worldwide.

ESAM is also one of the best Project M Samus players (along with Plup), and has defeated players such as Armada, Zhime, and iPunchKidsz in tournaments.

ESAM's static partner for doubles is MVD. The two have achieved some strong results in events, such as 2nd at WHOBO 4 in Brawl, 4th at SKTAR 3 in Project M, and 3rd and 7th respectively at Super Smash Con 2015 and GENESIS 4 in Smash 4.

ESAM is sponsored by Panda Global since June 24th, 2015.

He is a member of the Brawl Back Room, a former member of the Unity Ruleset Committee, and used to host the Zero Ping monthly series (located in Hollywood, Florida).

Biography[edit]

Origin of the name[edit]

ESAM's gamertag comes from the first letter of his given name "Eric" (E), and the first three letters from his Melee and Project M main "Samus" (SAM). ESAM notably said in an interview that Super Metroid is his favorite game as he and his brother Nick Riddle have watched their father play the game when the two brothers were younger. [1]

Tournament history[edit]

2010 MLG Pro Circuit[edit]

ESAM rose to fame when he placed 4th at MLG Orlando 2010. He lost to ADHD early in winners' bracket, but made a long run through losers' bracket, defeating players such as Candy, Fatal, and DieSuperFly, before being eliminated by Tyrant in losers' semis. He placed 8th at MLG Columbus 2010, defeating CO18, Choice, and Tyrant in losers' bracket after losing to Lee Martin in winners' bracket, before being eliminated by Dojo in losers' top 8, and 9th at MLG Raleigh 2010, defeating MVD and CO18 in winners' bracket before losing to Felix and Nick Riddle. Lastly, he placed 4th at MLG DC 2010, losing to Havok in winners' bracket, but defeating Nick Riddle, Lee Martin, Tyrant, Ally, and mikeHAZE to make it to losers' semis, where he lost to Mew2King.

By this time, ESAM had become recognized for his solid Pikachu play. Due to his great placings throughout the MLG 2010 circuit, ESAM received second seed in the championship bracket at MLG Dallas 2010, behind Ally. He lost to Gnes in winners' finals 1-3 and then proceeded to lose to Tyrant 1-3 in losers' finals, placing 3rd in the championship.

2011 to 2013[edit]

At Pound V, ESAM defeated Ally 2-1 in winners' bracket before losing to Anti 0-2 in winners' semis. He eliminated UltimateRazer 2-0 in losers' quarters, but lost to Ally 1-2 in a rematch in losers' semis, placing 4th. He placed 17th at WHOBO 3, losing to MVD 0-2 in winners' bracket and Illmatic in losers' bracket, and 9th at GENESIS 2, defeating Zex and Rich Brown in winners' bracket, before losing to Mew2King 1-3 in winners' bracket and Zex in a rematch in losers' bracket.

ESAM placed 4th at Apex 2012, defeating RAIN in winners' bracket before losing to Otori. In losers' bracket, he defeated Gnes, UltimateRazer 2-1, and Kakera 2-1, before losing to Nietono 0-3 in losers' semis. The last two matches of his set against Kakera are known as two of the greatest Ice Climbers ditto matches in Brawl history.

At SKTAR, ESAM defeated Salem 2-0, Nakat, Anti 2-1, and Ally 2-1 to make it to winners' finals, where he lost to Nairo 1-3. In losers' finals, he defeated Vinnie 3-0, including an Ice Climbers ditto victory. He lost to Nairo 0-3 in grand finals, placing 2nd. ESAM also won his first national in August 2012 at WHOBO 4. He defeated Denti, MJG, Kain, and Will in winners' bracket to make it to winners' finals, where he defeated Gnes 3-2. In grand finals, he defeated Ally 3-1.

At Apex 2013, ESAM defeated Leon 2-1 in winners' bracket, before losing to Anti 1-2. He defeated Suinoko in losers' bracket before being eliminated by Mr. R, finishing at 13th place. He attended SKTAR 2 later that year, where he lost to Tyrant 1-2 early in winners' bracket, and then made a run through losers' bracket, defeating Atomsk, Xzax, and Ally 2-1, before being eliminated by ZeRo 0-2 in losers' top 8, placing 7th.

Present[edit]

At Apex 2014, ESAM defeated Salem and Tyrant in winners' bracket, and then defeated ZeRo 2-0 in winners' semis, including a 3-stock in game 2 whilst at only 22% damage. In winners' finals, he lost to Nairo 1-3, and he was then eliminated by ZeRo 0-3 in a rematch in losers' finals, placing 3rd. ESAM also entered Project M singles at the event, and placed 9th, defeating players such as OkamiBW, Eli, and Plup, before losing to Sethlon 0-2.

ESAM placed 3rd once again in Brawl singles at SKTAR 3. In winners' bracket, he defeated Leon and V115 2-0, as well as Ally 2-1 in winners' semis, in a set that went down to the last 5 seconds of game 3, with ESAM getting the final KO with a forward smash. In winners' finals, he lost to 9B 2-3, and then he was eliminated by Nairo 1-3 in losers' finals. ESAM also placed 4th in Project M singles, defeating Mango, ZeRo, and Zhime 2-0 in winners' bracket, before losing to Emukiller 1-3 in winners' semis. He defeated Armada 2-0 in losers' quarters before being eliminated by Mew2King 0-3 in losers' semis.

At CEO 2014, ESAM placed 9th in Project M singles, losing to Wizzrobe 0-2 in winners' bracket and Nick Riddle 0-2 in losers' bracket.

At Super Smash Con, ESAM finished 2nd in Brawl singles. He beat MVD 3-0 in winners semis before losing to Mew2King 3-0 in winners finals. In losers' bracket, he defeated Nairo for the first time ever, 3-1 in losers finals. He lost 3-0 in a rematch with Mew2King in grand finals, where he went Samus in Game 2 and Bowser in Game 3.

Smash 4[edit]

At the beginning of Smash 4, ESAM was invited to Sky's Smash 4 Invitational where he lost to FOW 0-2 in winners. In losers he defeated Trela 2-1, Zinoto 2-0, FOW 3-0, and ZeRo 3-1 before losing to Mr. R 1-3 and placing second.

To start out 2015, ESAM entered Final Battle where he defeated Rich Brown in winners before losing to Larry Lurr. In losers, he defeated Bloodcross and SlayerZ before being eliminated by Zex and placing 5th. His next major event was CEO 2015, where he defeated Trela 2-0 and Dabuz 2-1 before being sent to losers 1-3 by ZeRo and eliminated by Larry Lurr 1-3 and netting another 5th place finish. He later attended EVO 2015, the largest smash tournament at the time where he defeated 8BitMan 2-0 and Regi 2-1 before being sent to losers by Abadango 1-2. In losers, he defeated SS 2-0 before being elimnated by Ally 1-2 and finishing at 7th place.

At Super Smash Con 2015, ESAM defeated DKwill 2-0, and Nairo 3-2 before losing to ZeRo in a very close set in winners finals, 3-2. He would then defeat Nairo 3-1 in losers finals before losing his rematch with ZeRo 3-0 in grand finals, where he used Yoshi in Game 2. ESAM later traveled to California for Paragon Los Angeles 2015, where he defeated Angbad 2-0 and Zex 2-0 before losing to 6WX 0-2. In losers he defeated AC 2-0 before losing to SlayerZ 1-2 and finishing at 13th place. In October, ESAM traveled to Michigan for The Big House 5; he also entered Smashfield Weeklies 9 which was happening before the event. At the weekly, he defeated Megafox 2-1, Abadango 2-0, and Ally 3-2 before Ally defeated him 3-1 in both sets of grand finals. At The Big House 5 itself ESAM defeated smasher1001 2-0, and Shel 2-0 to make it into top 32. In Top 32, ESAM defeated Trela 2-0 before losing to Dabuz 0-3 and being eliminated by ZeRo 1-3 and ultimately finishing at 9th place.

He finished 3rd in Smash 4 singles at MLG World Finals 2015. In winners' bracket, he beat Nick Riddle 3-2, GrimTurtle 3-0, and Nairo's Dr. Mario 3-1 in winners semis before falling to ZeRo 3-1 in winners finals. He then lost a rematch with Nairo's Dr. Mario 3-0 in losers finals, where he switched to Samus in Game 3 after losing twice in a row with his Pikachu.

At Tipped Off 11, he defeated iPunchKidsz 2-0, and Leaf FC 2-0 to make it out of pools. In top 32 he defeated Kodystri 2-0, ScAtt 2-0, and Vinnie 3-1 before losing to ZeRo 1-3 in winners finals. In losers finals, he defeated Vinnie 3-1 again before being eliminated by ZeRo 3-0 and ultimately finishing 2nd.

To finish off the year, ESAM entered Frame Perfect Series where he defeated Day 2-0 to make it out of pools. In bracket ESAM lost to DJ Jack 1-2. In losers ESAM defeated Day 2-0 again, Ryo 2-1, Manny 3-2, and Fatality 3-1 before being eliminated by DJ Jack 3-1 finishing in 4th place.

To start out 2016, ESAM was flown out to California to attend 2GGT: ESAM Saga. At the tournament, he defeated Aarvark 2-0 and S2H 2-0 to make top 16. In top 16 he defeated falln 2-1 before losing to K9sbruce 1-3 in winners semis. ESAM was then defeated by Tyrant 2-3 and placed 5th place at his own tournament. At GENESIS 3, ESAM defeated Rice 2-0 before being upset by Teb 1-2 in round 2 pools. In losers' bracket, he defeated J! 2-1 and Seagull Joe 2-0 to make top 32. In top 32 he eliminated RIN 3-0 and Manny 3-0 before losing 3-2 to Nairo, who lost the first two games with Dr. Mario before winning three in a row with Zero Suit Samus. At PAX Arena, ESAM was upset 1-3 by Jbandrew in top 32. In losers bracket he defeated Mew2King 3-2 to make top 8 losers side. In top 8 he lost to Vinnie 1-3 and finished in 7th place. At TGC 6 ESAM defeated Mew2 2-0 and Jbandrew 2-0 to make top 8 winners side, however top 8 was canceled and the pot was split evenly among the remaining 8 competitors.

ESAM at B.E.A.S.T. 6

At B.E.A.S.T 6, he finished 3rd in Smash 4 singles defeating vyQ 2-1. and cyve 2-0 to make top 8 winners side. In winners semis he defeated wilksy15 2-0 before losing to Mr. R 2-3 in winners finals and being upset by iStudying 2-3 in losers finals. He also placed 9th in Melee singles defeating Vanity Angel 2-1 in winners and Baxon 3-1 in losers. He also teamed with MVD to win Smash 4 doubles over Mr. R and cyve.

At Shots Fired 2, ESAM defeated Venom 2-1 to make top 32. In top 32 he lost to ANTi 2-0 and in losers he defeated C3PO 2-0 before being eliminated by Ranai 1-3. At Pound 2016 ESAM defeated Camalange 2-1 to make it to round 2 pools. In round 2 he defeated Wizzrobe 2-1 before losing to Marss 1-2. In losers bracket he defeated Raptor 2-0 to make top 16 where he defeated NAKAT 3-0 and was eliminated by Ally 2-3 and placing 9th. At TGC 7, ESAM was upset by CaptainZack 0-2 in pools. In top 32 he defeated RunC.T. 2-0, GrimTurtle 2-0, L.U.C.Y 2-0, Pugwest 2-0, and Karna 2-0 before being eliminated by his teammate MVD 0-2 and finishing in 5th place.

ESAM was able to end his losing streak by taking first at Paradigm Shift, defeating Fatality 3-0 in winners finals and grand finals. He also won Combo Breaker 2016 defeating smasher1001 2-0, Skorpio 2-0, Dekillsage 3-0, JJROCKETS 3-2, and Tyroy 3-2.

His short win streak was ended at Midwest Mayhem 3, where he lost to Tyroy 0-2 in winners quarters. In losers bracket he defeated MVD 2-1, BoScotty 3-0, and Ksev 3-1 before being eliminated by False 2-3 and ultimately finishing in 4th place. At Low Tier City 4 ESAM lost to Hyuga 1-2 in bracket. In losers he defeated Aerolink and MJG to make top 8 losers side. In top 8 he defeated P2P with Gibus 3-0 before being eliminated by Hyuga 1-3. At CEO 2016 ESAM defeated Mister Eric 2-0 to make it out of pools. In top 64 he defeated Wrath 2-1 before losing to Dabuz 0-2 and being eliminated by Saj 1-2 and placing 17th. At EVO 2016 ESAM was upset by NickC 1-2 in pools. In losers he eliminated Sinji 2-0, Falln 2-0, DJ Jack 2-0, and HIKARU 2-0 before being eliminated by Trela 1-2 and finishing at a disappointing 25th place. At Trail Gaming League 8, ESAM took the tournament defeating Seibrik, NickRiddle, and MVD, but not before MVD reset the bracket. At Super Smash Con 2016, ESAM defeated Rayquaza07 2-1 in round 2 pools before losing 0-2 to Ryo and Dark Wizzy, finishing at an all time low of 33rd place.

ESAM saw a return to form starting at Shine 2016, where he defeated Manny 3-0 to make top 8 winners side. In winners semis he defeated Mew2King 3-1 to move onto winners finals where he lost to ZeRo 1-3. In losers finals he defeated Dath 3-2 before being eliminated by ZeRo 0-3 in grand finals. At Trail Gaming League 9 he defeated True Blue, Saj 2-0, Wormynugget 2-1, Dyr 3-0 and Zinoto 3-1 en route to a first place finish. However ESAM fell back down in results at The Big House 6 where he lost to Frozen 1-2 in round 1 pools. In losers he eliminated Puppeh 2-0 and Ned 2-1 before losing to CaptainZack 1-2 and placing yet another 33rd place. At Trail Gaming League 10, ESAM defeated Xaltis 2-0 and Child 2-0 before falling to False 0-3 in winners finals and MVD 1-3 in losers finals. At Midwest Mayhem 5, ESAM was upset by JDB! 2-3 in winners quarters. In losers bracket, he eliminated Seth 3-1 to make top 8 losers side. In top 8, he eliminated Nero 3-0, JJROCKETS 3-2, and MVD 3-2 before falling to Zinoto 1-3 in losers finals.

Late November and early December, ESAM had by far his best performance of the year. At Kings of the North, he took first place defeating Skorpio 2-0, yeti 3-1, and JJROCKETS 3-0 and 3-1. At UGC Smash Open, he defeated James 2-0 and Salem 3-1 to make it out of pools. In top 48 he defeated VoiD 3-2 and CaptainZack 3-0 to make top 8 winners side. In winners semis he narrowly lost to Abadango 2-3. In losers quarters he defeats VoiD 3-2 again and eliminates Nairo 3-1 before being eliminated by Abadango 3-0 finishing with a very respectable 3rd place.

At Don't Park on the Grass, ESAM was upset by Snickeldorf 0-2 in pools and after a long losers bracket run was eliminated by Captain L 0-3 finishing out the year at 9th place.

At the start of 2017, ESAM attended Smash Conference LXIX where he defeated Myran 2-0 before losing to Samsora 1-2 in winners quarters. In losers bracket ESAM defeated Child 2-1, Nick Riddle 2-1, Wormynugget 2-0, and Mew2King 3-2, before being eliminated by Samsora 1-3 starting off the year with a solid 3rd place.

ESAM later traveled to California for 2GGC: GENESIS Saga and GENESIS 4. At 2GGC: GENESIS Saga ESAM was defeated by Zenyou 1-2 in winners finals of their pool. In losers he defeated Jingen 3-0 before being eliminated by Dabuz 0-3 and finishing at 25th place. At a pre-GENESIS 4 Mega Smash Mondays, he lost to Tyrant 1-2 and was sent to losers. In losers, he defeated Marss 2-1, Javi (Smash 4) 2-1, and Tyrant 2-1, before losing to MkLeo 0-3 and finishing in 4th place. At GENESIS 4, ESAM was upset by AeroLink 0-2 in winners finals of their round 1 pools. In losers, ESAM went on a losers bracket run defeating False 2-0, Mr. ConCon 2-1, Samsora 2-1, Ito 2-0, Earth 3-1, and Chag 3-0 before losing to ZeRo 1-3 and finishing at 13th place.

In February ESAM was invited to Niconico Tokaigi 2017. At the event he defeated Kameme 2-0 before falling to Kirihara 1-2 and KEN 0-2 to finish 9th.

At 2GGC: Civil War, ESAM Placed 17th, outplacing many upset top players. However, his true accomplishment at said tournament was that he finally beat Ally 3-1. After losing game 1 with Mewtwo, he then opted with the low-tier character Samus, and took 3 straight games from Ally in dominant fashion.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
FAST 1 July 17th-20th, 2008 33rd 17th Nick Riddle
Zero Ping Monthlies August 15th 2009 3rd
MLG Orlando 2010 April 16th-18th, 2010 4th 13th MVD
MLG Columbus 2010 June 4th-6th, 2010 8th 9th MVD
MLG Raleigh 2010 August 27th-29th, 2010 9th 4th MVD
MLG DC 2010 October 15th-17th, 2010 4th 5th MVD
MLG Dallas 2010 November 5th-7th, 2010 3rd 4th MVD
Pound V February 19th-21st, 2011 4th 3rd MVD
WHOBO 3 March 18th-20th, 2011 17th 9th MVD
WHOBO 3 LT March 18th-20th, 2011 7th 1st Poltergust
GENESIS 2 July 15th-17th, 2011 9th 4th MVD
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 4th 13th MVD
SKTAR July 14th-15th, 2012 2nd 5th Mekos
Smashed Together July 28th, 2012 1st 2nd MVD
WHOBO 4 August 4th-5th, 2012 1st 2nd MVD
WABA November 10th, 2012 1st 5th Mink
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 13th 17th MVD
SKTAR 2 August 3rd-4th, 2013 7th 17th MVD
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 3rd 3rd MVD
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/6 May 6th, 2014 2nd
NickRiddle & 8Bitman's May Brawl/PM Monthly May 17th, 2014 3rd
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 3rd 3rd MVD
Final Battle January 17th, 2015 2nd (Split) 2nd (Split) MVD
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 129th
Super Smash Con 2015 August 6th-9th, 2015 2nd 13th MVD
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 65th

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Doodah 3 December 29th, 2007 4th 7th Phanna
FAST 1 July 17th-20th, 2008 13th
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 33rd
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 49th
Smash Carolina 3 March 1st, 2014 1st 1st Atlas
Shell Shocked XV May 10th, 2014 4th
CEO 2014 June 27th-29th, 2014 4th ZeRo
Tipped Off 10 September 20th-21st, 2014 13th 3rd Axe
DIME 15 June 13th, 2015 2nd
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 17th
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 25th
Tipped Off 11 November 7th-8th, 2015 5th
Frame Perfect Series November 21st, 2015 5th
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 65th
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 9th
Tiger Smash 4 March 26th-27th, 2016 2nd 3rd Starlord
TGC 7 April 9th, 2016 1st
Smash Summit 2 April 21st-24th, 2016 13th 7th Ice
DreamHack Austin 2016 May 6th-8th, 2016 17th
Combo Breaker 2016 May 27th-29th, 2016 4th
Low Tier City 4 June 18th-19th, 2016 4th 2nd Hungrybox
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 65th
Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 7/6 July 6th, 2016 1st
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th 513th
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 13th
The Smash House September 23rd-25th, 2016 5th 4th Flamin Roy
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 17th Kage
Gamers Fight Cancer October 22nd-23rd, 2016 2nd 1st Mojo
Smash the Record 2016 November 11th-14th, 2016 65th
ASH@WIT #85 November 18th, 2016 3rd
Smash Conference LXIX January 7th, 2017 5th Hungrybox

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash @ Xanadu Monthly - 2/23 February 23rd, 2013 1st PPMD
Apex 2014 January 17th-19th, 2014 9th
Smash Carolina 3 March 1st, 2014 1st 1st Atlas
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesday 5/6 May 6th, 2014 2nd
Shell Shocked XV May 10th, 2014 1st 1st Seagull Joe
NickRiddle & 8Bitman's May Brawl/PM Monthly May 17th, 2014 1st
SKTAR 3 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 4th 4th MVD
'No JEANS' June 7th, 2014 1st 3rd Teachable
Infinity and Beyond! 58 June 11th, 2015 7th
CEO 2014 June 27th-29th, 2014 9th 5th MVD
Tipped Off 10 September 20th-21st, 2014 5th 2nd MVD
Frame Perfect Series November 21st, 2015 4th
Shots Fired 2 March 5th-6th, 2016 9th 5th Strong Bad
Smash @ Xanadu Wednesdays 7/6 July 6th, 2016 1st

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Xanadu Smash 4 Invitational November 6th, 2014 9th

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Sky's Smash 4 Invitational November 20th-22nd, 2014 2nd 1st Nairo
Sm4sh @ Arcade Oddyssey 11-28-14 November 28, 2014 1st
Sm4sh @ Arcade Oddyssey 12-26-14 December 26, 2014 1st
Kumite in Tennessee 15 January 9th-11th, 2015 2nd 1st Reflex
Final Battle January 17th, 2015 5th 9th MVD
Smash 4 Our Sins 2 March 21, 2015 1st
Versus Smash 4 Weekly 5/7/15 May 7, 2015 1st
2015 Versus EVO Qualifier May 16th, 2015 1st 13th PRETTYWING
Versus Smash 4 Weekly 5/21/15 May 21, 2015 2nd
Versus Smash 4 Weekly 5/28/15 May 28, 2015 1st
Tampa Never Sleeps May 31, 2015 1st
Versus Smash 4 Weekly 6/4/15 June 4, 2015 2nd
Shockwave 33 June 10th, 2015 1st
Versus Smash 4 Weekly 6/18/15 June 18, 2015 2nd
CEO 2015 June 26th-28th, 2015 5th 5th MVD
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 7th 17th MVD
Super Smash Con 2015 August 6th-9th, 2015 2nd 3rd MVD
Paragon Los Angeles 2015 September 5th-6th, 2015 13th
Smashfield Weekly #9 October 1st, 2015 2nd
The Big House 5 October 2nd-4th, 2015 9th 4th MVD
MLG World Finals 2015 October 16th-18th, 2015 3rd
Tipped Off 11 November 7th-8th, 2015 2nd 2nd MVD
Frame Perfect Series November 21st, 2015 4th 2nd MVD
Hot Import Nights Tournament #4 December 26th, 2015 1st
2GGT: ESAM Saga January 9th, 2016 5th 2nd ZeRo
GENESIS 3 January 15th-17th, 2016 13th 17th MVD
PAX Arena January 29th-31st, 2016 7th 5th MVD
TGC 6 February 6th, 2016 Top 8 3rd MVD
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 3rd 1st MVD
Shots Fired 2 March 5th-6th, 2016 13th 4th MVD
Salt in the City 3 March 12th, 2016 1st 4th Starlord
Tiger Smash 4 March 26th-27th, 2016 1st 1st Romano_Loxley
Pound 2016 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 9th 4th MVD
TGC 7 April 9th, 2016 5th 2nd MVD
Paradigm Shift May 21st-22nd, 2016 1st 1st Nick Riddle
Combo Breaker 2016 May 27th-29th, 2016 1st 1st MVD
Midwest Mayhem 3 June 4th, 2016 4th 1st MVD
Low Tier City 4 June 18th-19th, 2016 5th 3rd MVD
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 17th 13th MVD
Smash @ Xanadu Tuesdays 7/5 July 5th, 2016 1st
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 25th
Trail Gaming League 8 August 6th, 2016 1st
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 33rd 17th MVD
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 2nd 2nd ZeRo
Trail Gaming League 9 September 10th, 2016 1st 1st MVD
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 33rd 7th MVD
Trail Gaming League 10 October 15th, 2016 3rd 1st MVD
Gamers Fight Cancer October 22nd-23rd, 2016 3rd 2nd MVD
Ignition #55 November 2nd, 2016 1st
Poplar Creek Bowl Weekly #72 November 3rd, 2016 1st 1st MVD
Midwest Mayhem 5 November 5th, 2016 3rd 1st MVD
Smash the Record 2016 November 11th-14th, 2016 1st 2nd MVD
Kings of the North V November 19th-20th, 2016 1st 1st JJROCKETS
UGC Smash Open December 2nd-4th, 2016 3rd 7th MVD
Don't Park on the Grass December 17th-18th, 2016 9th 1st MVD
VSGC Weekly 12/22 December 22nd, 2016 1st
VSGC Weekly 12/29 December 29th, 2016 1st
Smash Conference LXIX January 7th, 2017 3rd 3rd MVD
2GGC: GENESIS Saga January 14th, 2017 25th 2nd MVD
Mega Smash Mondays 81 January 16th, 2017 4th
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd, 2017 13th 7th MVD
Niconico Tokaigi 2017 February 11th-12th, 2017 9th
PAX Arena at PAX East 2017 March 12th, 2017 4th
Frame Perfect Series 2 March 18th-19th, 2017 9th 3rd MVD
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 17th 7th MVD

Trivia[edit]

  • ESAM is Nick Riddle's younger brother.
  • ESAM is also a top professional Divekick player, and won Divekick at CEO 2014.
  • ESAM sometimes goes by the alias "Mr. Clean".
  • Due to many of ESAM's questionable or unpopular opinions, particularly his insistence on Pikachu being one of the best characters in Smash 4, "#ESAMOpinions" has become memetic in the Smash community, being used to refer to any stance that is not widely shared. [1]
  • ESAM is somewhat seen as controversial in the Smash community. In early October 2016, ESAM tweeted about hoping that "ZeRo would lose to every Bayonetta player until he learned that SDI was real". Shortly afterwards, ZeRo tweeted about his disrespectful behavior, saying that he was "the most annoying person he knew in the "Smash 4" community", in a similar fashion of how Hax tweeted about Mango's "disrespectful" gameplay at The Big House 4, where he chose Marth and Captain Falcon instead of his usual mains, Fox and Falco.
  • ESAM is notable for being one of the few top professional smashers to adopt the Bidou control scheme in Smash 4; however, he does not use Bidou for any character other than Pikachu, which sometimes requires him to set up two control schemes for every tournament set.

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