Hylian, also known as Hylian88, is a Missouri smasher who has been playing competitively since 2003. He originally lived in Texas. He is an administrator for SmashBoards, and a member of the Project M Development Team.
Hylian entered the competitive scene with Melee in 2003. Originally a Marth main, he switched to Fox and Samus soon after in 2004. He frequently attended tournaments in the Texas scene before retiring from Melee in 2009 to focus on Brawl. In 2014, he began to play again, and practices with Darkatma.
Hylian was a top Brawl player from 2008-2010, taking tournament sets off notable players such as Tyrant, Dojo, Lain and others. He brought the Ice Climbers inescapable grab combos to attention in Texas after his 1st place finish with them at the large Texas tournament, HOBO 4. He is known for being the first player to use their standing infinites in tournament, and for developing their footstool chain grabs after Texas banned Ice Climbers from using infinite chaingrabs in tournament play. While more known for his Ice Climbers, he originally mained Mr. Game & Watch, and saw much success with the character.
Hylian entered the Project M scene during 2.1's release as a Link main. Showcasing various tricks the character could do, he was often ranked the best Link main by people until 2.6, when others started seeing success with the character. Soon after entering the scene, he joined the Project M Development Team as a play-tester. His main focus is balance testing and he contributes to many characters, with Ice Climbers being his main focus of development.