Fly Amanita is an American smasher who mains Ice Climbers in Melee, and is considered to be one of the best Ice Climbers players in the world, along with ChuDat, Nintendude, dizzkidboogie, and Wobbles. Fly Amanita was formerly ranked 30th on the 2015 SSBMRank and 1st on the SoCal Melee Power Rankings. He went on hiatus to focus on his math doctorate and has since unofficially retired, citing a lack of interest in competing.
At EVO 2014, Fly Amanita managed to place 7th in Melee singles. He defeated Ice 2-1 and Nintendude 2-0 in the winners' quarters pool before losing to Armada 0-2, and then defeated Chillin 2-0 in the losers' bracket to make into the top 8 bracket from losers'. In losers' top 8, he brought PPMD down to the last stock of game 3, but eventually lost 1-2. Fly Amanita's best placing ever was at Press Start placing 2nd losing 6-0 to Mango.
Fly Amanita is also a former member of the Project M Backroom, having assisted in the new redesign of the Ice Climbers. Despite this, he does not use the Ice Climbers in Project M tournaments, but rather uses King Dedede instead. He is considered one of the best King Dedede players in the world, and placed 5th at Apex 2014's Project M event using only him. He was formerly ranked 2nd on the SoCal Project M Power Rankings.
Fly Amanita has been well-known to not be proficient at wobbling, which somewhat limits his punishes at the highest level. This is because in a tournament setting, he typically cannot react to landing a grab quickly enough and will mess up the wobble timing, whereas he can continue his punish more organically with hand-off combos, which are ironically much more difficult technically than wobbling. However, he will refuse to enter majors that ban wobbling out of principle, notably not attending The Big House 4.
To compensate for this, Fly Amanita developed strong fundamentals and a unique, unusual approach to the Ice Climbers' otherwise lackluster neutral game. At the beginning of his career, he built his game plan around completely shutting down his opponent's options, but has since developed a more well-rounded playstyle. His Sopo is also known to be one of the best in the world, famously clutching out a win against Silent Wolf at Kings of Cali 3.