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'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.
Origin of the name
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. 
2010 MLG Pro Circuit
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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