Fatality is an American professional Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player from Sugar Hill, Georgia who currently resides in Lilburn, Georgia and is considered to be the best Captain Falcon player in the world. He has taken sets off of top players such as ProtoBanham, Kola, ESAM, Cosmos, BassMage, MuteAce, Ned, and Aaron. He is currently ranked 23rd on OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse North America, 33rd on OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse, and 37th on the PGRU v3 NA; he was also formerly ranked 2nd on the Georgia Ultimate Power Rankings and 61st on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5.
In Super Smash Bros. 4, Fatality was also a Captain Falcon player, earning his reputation as the best Captain Falcon player with his top 8 placings in both Super Smash Con 2015 and Super Smash Con 2016, in addition to getting top 16 at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga. However, his best performance was at 2GGC: Civil War, where he impressed the crowd by running through players such as Trela, komorikiri, and Nairo among other top players until he was defeated by Dabuz in Grand Finals to end at 2nd place. He was ranked 1st on the final Georgia Smash 4 Power Rankings and 19th on the Panda Global Rankings 100.
On April 17th, 2016, Fatality was signed by True AmBition, and shortly after left the team on August 16th. On October 27th, 2016, he was signed by FlySociety, from which he left on April 18th, 2017. On May 18th, Fatality was signed by Team YP. Over a year later, on June 28th, 2018, Fatality and Team YP parted ways. Fatality would eventually be signed by eSports Ecosystem on September 21st, 2018. from which he left on April 2nd, 2019. On October 14th, 2021, he was signed by FURIA Esports.
Fatality began actively competing in Project M tournaments in late 2013. Even before his dominance with the character in Smash 4 and Ultimate, he was considered one of the best Captain Falcon players in the United States. His first tournament was at Tipped Off 9 where he placed 5th, losing to PPMD and Plup. His next notable tournaments were 7th place at both Tipped Off 10 and Paragon Orlando 2015, with notable set wins over Lucky, MVD, Shroomed. Fatality switched his focus to Smash 4 upon the game's release, his last appearance at a Project M tournament was S@X 158 on July 13th, 2016.
During the first year of Smash 4, Fatality took 1st place at many locals, but struggled to get strong placements at larger events. He finally found his first national success at CEO 2015, where he defeated 6WX and Day en route to a 17th place finish. Although he followed it up with a 65th place finish at EVO 2015, his lowest placement in a Smash 4 tournament, he finally had his breakout tournament at Super Smash Con 2015, where he notably defeated Dabuz before falling to ZeRo and Nairo to place 4th. He followed this strong performance with a slew of top 24 placement at national-level tournaments, as well as victories over top players such as Mr. E, Pink Fresh, and Nietono. With these strong results at national-level tournaments, many players considered Fatality to be the best Captain Falcon player in the world, a title that was proven when he was ranked 41st on the PGR v1, 9 places ahead of the only other Captain Falcon player, Tearbear.
Fatality started the second season with a few solid placements, with a 9th place finish at MomoCon 2016 and 17th at CEO 2016. However, he wouldn't see his best placements of the season until a few months later. At Super Smash Con 2016, Fatality defeated Marss en route to a 7th place finish. Although Fatality fell to Samsora early at The Big House 6, he made a Loser's run, winning his rematch against Samsora as well as defeating an up-and-coming Cosmos and the Japanese hidden boss Ri-ma before falling to Marss, placing 9th. Although he ended off his season on a slightly weaker note, with a 33rd place finish at UGC Smash Open and a 13th place finish at 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, his overall solid placements during the middle of his season helped him rise to 28th on the PGR v2.
Despite these impressive results, Fatality's best season was yet to come, although it did not look like it at first. On the surface, his third season looked lukewarm: he consistently placed no better than 17th at nationals, and only defeated a couple of notable PGR-ranked players. Conversely, he fell to several PGR'd players as well as a couple hidden bosses such as Somé and Dog w/ Hips. Even regionally, he struggled against ScAtt, who stole victory from Fatality at two tournaments - Final Round 20 and Tupelo Titans Throwdown.
However, these lukewarm results were countered by some of his best performances ever. At 2GGC: Civil War, the largest tournament of the season, despite the many top player upsets that took place, Fatality not only managed to mostly avoid being upset, but also made some of his own upsets, including over komorikiri, Nairo, and CaptainZack. Although he fell to T, he was able to get his runback in Loser's Finals, but ultimately fell to Dabuz, placing 2nd. In addition, at MomoCon 2017, although he fell to Larry Lurr early in bracket, he made the best Loser's run of his Smash 4 career, winning his runback against Larry Lurr as well as defeating Salem, kameme, and even ZeRo, before losing to Nairo for 2nd. These two placements prove that on a good day, Fatality was a force to be reckoned with, and by the end of the season he jumped all the way to 15th.
Unfortunately, he did not see any of these explosive performances in the fourth season. Once again, he failed to place higher than 17th at any major tournament and consistently fell to other PGR players. At the 2GG Championship, he was only able to win one game - against Elegant, and ultimately placed 15th. Even at lower-ranked tournaments Fatality fell to unranked players such as SuperGirlKels and Kresent. His season was saved by a couple of good wins as well as his victory at Showdown: Battle Royale 2, but he ultimately fell to 38th, his worst season since the first.
Fortunately, Fatality was able to pull himself together for the fifth season. Despite a characteristic 17th place at GENESIS 5, he followed it up with his first top 8 at a major since MomoCon 2017 - Frostbite 2018 - where he ran through Salem and Cosmos to place 5th. His next notable placement came a month later at Smash Masters League: Battle for Vegas, where despite falling to VoiD early on, he once again made an impressive Loser's run, defeating Ally, Salem, Larry Lurr, and Cosmos before falling to MkLeo for 4th. Although the rest of the season saw a series of high and low points - from a disappointing 25th place finish at Get On My Level 2018 to yet another respectable Loser's run at CEO 2018 - these two tournaments showed that Fatality could compete against the scene's newest players, and by the end of the season, Fatality jumped back into the top 15, placing 14th.
With the next Smash game on the horizon, Fatality prepared to make the transition to the new game, which resulted in a rather characteristic season, where he placed outside of the top 8 at the final 2 majors he attended and failed to pick up any notable PGR wins. Despite this weak ending, his highs highlighted his Smash 4 career, and the panel-based PGR 100 ranked him as Smash 4's 19th best player.
During the transition from Smash 4, Captain Falcon received changes that made the character harder to play, resulting in a smaller playerbase than what the character saw in Smash 4. Despite this, Fatality continued to stick with the character and pioneered the character's metagame. Unfortunately, this effort didn't seem to pay off at the start, as during the first season, Fatality saw some of his worst performances ever. Similar to most seasons, he once again placed no higher than 17th at majors, while he placed 65th at GENESIS 6, falling to MkLeo and Captain L, and 97th at Pound 2019, falling to SciFire and Lemon. His season was saved by his regional performances, specifically his top 6 finishes at Smashpoint, Just Roll With It! 11, and 2GG: Grand Tour - South Carolina, tournaments where he saw a win over a PGR player. Due to a more lenient algorithm for the first season, these regional performances were enough for Fatality to be ranked 48th on the first PGRU.
However, the new algorithm was not lenient on him for the second season, which was by far Fatality's worst season ever. He only placed higher than 17th at one PGR-ranked tournament - his 9th place finish at Syndicate 2019 - and only garnered one PGR win - over Kola. Conversely, Fatality placed 129th at EVO 2019 - his worst performance yet - and consistently lost to non-PGR players such as Beastly at Low Tier City 7, Monty at The Big House 9, and Flow at both EVO 2019 and Syndicate 2019. Due to the slew of mediocre performances and unranked losses, Fatality was absent from the Fall 2019 PGRU, his first absence from a PGR list.
This poor season, however, did not deter Fatality, and he went into the third season hoping for something better, and initially, it looked like it was going in Fatality's favor. At his first major, Glitch 8 - Missingno, Fatality managed to place just outside of the top 8 while defeating LeoN, his best win since the first season. Although he had a mediocre Frostbite 2020, he was able to place top 8 at Clash Of The Carolinas III, his first top 8 at a PGR tournament since 2GG: Grand Tour - South Carolina nearly a year before.
Unfortunately, the season was cut short after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the offline metagame, and Fatality moved into the growing online metagame, where he performed just as poorly online as he did offline; throughout the next year, he failed to place higher than 49th at almost all of the major online tournaments he attended. However, he saw a glimpse of success at Ultimate Naifu Wars 12, where he ran through Scend, Middy, and MkLeo to place 3rd. This performance greatly helped him that online season, and he was ranked 61st on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5.
During the online metagame, Captain Falcon received several buffs that addressed several of the character's problems, and Fatality capitalized on the buffs as he labbed the character. While it did not pay off during the online metagame, it was about to make him a threat once the offline metagame returned. At InfinityCON Tally 2021, the first national tournament since CEO Dreamland 2020, Fatality was able to show that he still had it in him by placing 5th, defeating the rising stars Grayson and Epic_Gabriel along the way. This tournament was only a taste of what Fatality could do, and at the next few majors he attended, he ended up placing no lower than 17th. This performance was hindered by the fact that he only defeated a couple of notable players during this time, as well as a mediocre 33rd at Mainstage. However, Fatality followed this with his best Ultimate run yet at CEO 2021, where despite falling to Toast early in bracket, he made his first ever Loser's run in Ultimate, defeating the rising star Jake and veteran players WaDi, ESAM, and MVD, en route to a 4th place finish. This performance, as well as consistently high placements at majors, helped put Fatality back on the map, and he was placed in the B-tier, or top 24, on the PGRUContenders North America, as well as 33rd on the OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse.
With a return to form in 2021, Fatality was looking better than ever in 2022, and he was able to continue his strong performances in the first season by placing top 24 at every major he attended except GENESIS 8. This time, he was able to garner some notable wins at each tournament: Anathema and Ned at Let's Make Big Moves 2022, Riddles and WaDi at Glitch - Infinite, and ProtoBanham at Smash Ultimate Summit 4. However, his season was not without downsides, which while not terrible, certainly affected his final standings for the season. Despite defeating ProtoBanham, he failed to win any other set at Summit and ended up placing 13th. His remaining majors, while solid, were also largely empty brackets as the only national-level win he got during these tournaments was Wrath, a player who had only attended a handful of tournaments that season and thus was ultimately not ranked on most global rankings. Due to a rather empty second half of the season, Fatality didn't make any notable improvements on the global rankings, maintaining his 33rd place ranking on the OrionRank Mid-Year 2022 and dropping out of the top 24 to 37th on the PGRU v3 NA.
The second half of the season seemed like it will continue Fatality's uneventful year as he initially placed 65th at Double Down 2022 after losing to Goblin and RyuKai, his worst placement since the return of offline competitive play. Although he had a really solid run at Super Smash Con 2022, where he placed 13th after defeating Cosmos and BassMage, most of his other results during the first half of the season weren't that noteworthy. Despite placing highly at Smash Factor 9 and Ultimate WANTED 4, Fatality failed to garner any notable wins. Even at smaller events, Fatality saw a 9th-place finish at the super regional BOSS BATTLES: Phase 1 losing to Lucretio and Sandro. Due to these results, Fatality began considering other characters as a secondary, and started to work on Kazuya.
Fatality implements heavy usage of dash-dancing, utilizing it for spacing, mind games, and approaches. He is known for his simultaneously flashy and incredibly devastating punish game, zero-to-death combos, and impressive off-stage proficiency, notably his prowess at getting back on stage with a recovery as intercept-able as Captain Falcon's. In order to KO his opponents (often times at very early percents) Fatality incorporates air dodge reads and a myriad of kill set-ups, all with style. He is also reputable for his consistent usage of footstool combos.