Smasher:Gimpyfish

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Gimpyfish, sometimes just called Gimpy, is a retired American smasher known primarily for being one of the few notable Bowser professionals in Melee. Gimpyfish was known for refusing to be called by his real name at tournaments; he requested that all players call him "Gimpy" or an acceptable variant.

In Melee[edit]

Gimpyfish was, and still remains, infamous for his notoriously high skill with the bottom tiered character Bowser, whom he elevated to extremely high levels of play that not many players had seen before. While some claimed that he would have performed much better had he mained a higher tiered character, Gimpyfish stayed true to Bowser and continued to place high at major tournaments with him. His success with Bowser stemmed from the fact that he did not focus as much on technical skill, but had remarkable mindgames and cerebral play, to the point where many of his opponents would end up with huge deficiencies from small mistakes. He made several Bowser combo videos, the last being "Gimpyfish: The Movie (aka Boozer Cute 2)", and his most famous being Boozer Cute, where he showed his Bowser's abilities against other opponents of his caliber. Gimpyfish was ranked 7th on the Washington Power Rankings before he moved to Southern California, and prior to his retirement, was considered the best Melee Bowser player in the world, and is still considered one of the best Bowsers in the history of the game along with DJ Nintendo.

Gimpyfish briefly came out of retirement and made a reappearance in EVO 2013's Melee tournament. Gimpyfish, however, underperformed in his brief return; he ended up losing to Scar in his first game, and he ultimately failed to make it out of the pool in loser's bracket.

In Brawl[edit]

Prior to the release of Brawl, Gimpyfish attended E For All to play the demo of the game; the thread, which can still be found on the forums, remains one of the most replied to and visited threads in the history of SmashBoards. In the thread, Gimpyfish praised the game for its seemingly wonderful aesthetics and fluid, albeit slower, gameplay compared to Melee, and focused especially on Bowser, who now seemed to be a competent character due to the buffs he received.

Ironically, when the game came out, Gimpyfish could no longer enjoy playing Bowser competitively as he did in Melee, insisting that Bowser was "unplayable" in Brawl. Gimpyfish then considered developing Meta Knight for tournaments, but decided to main Sheik after she was significantly weakened in Brawl, thus allowing him once again to compete with a low-tier character. His first and only combo video with Sheik was released on YouTube with the name "The Triforce of Style". Despite making a combo video and attempting to play Sheik for a while, Gimpyfish stopped playing Brawl soon after as he no longer found it enjoyable, and still widely criticizes the gameplay and changes.

Despite disliking Brawl and most of its mods, Gimpyfish plays and enjoys Project M, once again returning to his old main, Bowser. Due to the significant buffs that Bowser received, Gimpyfish has been able to do extremely well in Project M tournaments, even beating mains of Melee top tier characters such as Silent Wolf in tournament finals.

In Smash 4[edit]

Gimpyfish currently is an avid player of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where he mains Little Mac. Aside from regularly streaming For Glory mode on his Twitch channel, Gimpyfish also hosts tournaments in the Washington area, attracting a wide array of players.

Though he has dabbled in Bowser, he almost exclusively plays Little Mac due to his preference for "Punching characters." He does, however, play Bowser Jr. as well, but rarely plays him in tournament and only uses him when playing online.

Retirement[edit]

A year or two after Brawl's release, Gimpyfish stated that he had "retired" from Melee and Brawl. Similar to Rickety, however, he continues to have close ties with the competitive scene. At the beginning of 2009, Gimpyfish made a series of videos entitled "Super Smash Bros. Metagame"; the series showed the respective metagame of each Melee character, compiled from years of gameplay. Even throughout his inactive stage, Gimpyfish made efforts to go to some Melee tournaments to spend time with other smashers or even serve as a play-by-play commentator and video uploader. Gimpyfish remains active on the SmashBoards, as well holding a moderator position on both the Melee and Brawl sections of the forums, as well as the regional boards; he has been known to use his mod powers for comedic effect, often by editing other people's posts.

Gimpyfish has recently made small returns to the competitive scene. Aside from his aforementioned appearance at EVO 2013, he had gone to a handful of Melee and Project M tournaments earlier in the year, and routinely holds and attends smashfests featuring smashers from around the Washington area. He has also begun and promoted a new Smash crew, 62-bit Gaming, which consists of other well-known smashers such as Bladewise. However, he has not gone to any other major national events during this time.

Outside of Smash[edit]

Gimpyfish studied in the California Baptist University in Riverside, California; his announced major was reported to be in Education and Kinesiology. In addition, he is also the CEO and founder of 62-bit Gaming which sponsors professional smashers Bladewise and Vish.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Zero Challenge 2 August 15th – 17th, 2006 97th
GameClucks Monthly January 7th, 2007 5th
TANG 23 March 17th, 2007 1st
madskillz313 Smash Tournament May 26th, 2007 4th 5th Hitsugaya
MELEE-FC Diamond July 12th-14th, 2007 81st
Zero Challenge 3 July 20th-22nd, 2007 97th
Nezumi's Awesome Tournament September 1st, 2007 5th ? ?
North Hollywood Tournament September 2nd, 2007 2nd 7th Rob West
Shuffle & Cut 9/8 September 8th, 2007 17th 9th MikeHAZE
Super Champ Combo September 29th-30th, 2007 129th 65th Simna
Southern Arizona Smash Tournament 2 October 13th, 2007 7th 17th MikeHAZE
Shuffle & Cut 11/10 November 10th, 2007 5th ? ?
UCLA Monthlies IV December 1st, 2007 5th 17th J666
UCLA Monthlies V March 1st, 2008 9th
TourneyPlay 2 June 6th-7th, 2009 17th
TourneyPlay 3 October 17th, 2009 17th 2nd Mew2King
GameClucks Monthly Decemeber 3rd, 2010 1st
GameClucks Monthly March 3rd, 2011 7th
GameClucks Monthly March 3rd, 2012 17th
Northwest Manifest March 24th-25th, 2012 33rd (DQd) 13th THE BEEF
GameClucks Monthly July 7th, 2012 7th
GameClucks Monthly November 3rd, 2012 9th
Melee in the Hold 6 November 6th, 2012 4th Genesis
GameClucks Monthly March 2nd, 2013 17th
Smash for Smiles March 1st, 2014 9th
Geek Week Smash February 21st, 2015 5th

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
The First Brawl Tournament Ever October 19, 2007 3rd
Cazcom Smashfest August 16th, 2008 1st
GameClucks Monthly October 8th, 2008 5th

Project M[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
GameClucks Monthly November 3rd, 2012 2nd
GameClucks Monthly January 5th, 2013 1st
GameClucks Monthly February 2nd, 2013 1st
GameClucks Monthly March 2nd, 2013 3rd
GameClucks Monthly February 9th, 2014 3rd
GameClucks Monthly June 7th, 2014 13th

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
GameClucks Monthly November 8th, 2014 7th
GameClucks Weekly November 24th, 2015 4th

Trivia[edit]

  • Gimpyfish won over 8 awards for SWF's Forum Awards 2007. Such awards include Forum Monkey, Best Signature, Friendliest Member, Most Helpful, Best Forum Gamer, Most Valuable, Sexiest Mod, and Most Gregarious. He also was the runner-up for several categories as well: Dr. Smash, Smash Practitioner, Best Cinematographer, and Host with the Most. Many of his victories did not make sense (much like maining Bowser), but nevertheless he won (like with Bowser). [1]

External links[edit]

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