Smasher:Maister

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Maister "TWMaister" "SONIC4EVER"
Maister.jpg
Maister (right) with MkLeo
Ultimate main Mr. Game & Watch
SSB4 main Mr. Game & Watch
Brawl mains Lucas, Link
Other Brawl
character
Mr. Game & Watch
Melee main Mr. Game & Watch
Sponsor(s) Spacestation Gaming
Former sponsor(s) Team Killjoystick, Nevermore eSports, Sinai Village, Anahuac Esports
Crew(s) RF
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings 100: 81st
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2019 PGRU: 6th
Additional info
Real name Enrique Hernández Solís
Birth date (age 21)
NNID Thewiimaister
Location Atizapán de Zaragoza, Estado de México Mexico

Maister is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Mr. Game & Watch main from Mexico, considered the best Mr. Game & Watch player in the world and the second-best player in Mexico after MkLeo. Despite residing in Mexico, his frequent travels to the Chicago area resulted in him being awarded the 0 position on the Chicago Ultimate Power Rankings. He is also widely known to be the player who proved Mr. Game and Watch's viability at a time when most pros were doubtful of the character. He is currently ranked 3rd on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7, 1st on the Mexican Power Rankings, and 6th on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

In Smash 4, Maister was also a Mr. Game & Watch main, and was also considered to be the best Mr. Game & Watch player in the world. His breakout tournament was at GENESIS 5 where he placed 13th after beating top players like Pink Fresh, Mistake, and Fatality. He has also taken sets off of players such as Marss, Lima, SDX, ESAM, tyroy, Javi, Chag, and Cloudy. Maister was ranked 8th on the final Mexican Smash 4 Power Rankings and 81st on the Panda Global Rankings 100.

On October 16th, 2018, Maister was signed by Sinai Village and Team Killjoystick. [1] On July 1st, 2019, Maister and Sinai Village parted ways.[2] Maister would be picked up by Anahuac Esports on July 24th, 2019 [3] and later on, Nevermore on September 21st, 2019 [4]. He parted ways with Nevermore on December 10th, 2019.[5] On February 19th, 2020, Maister would be picked up by Spacestation Gaming.[6]

Tournament history[edit]

2018: The Rise[edit]

Maister first appeared in the competitive scene in 2017, where saw moderate success in his home country, eventually being ranked 32nd on the Mexican Power Rankings. It wouldn't be until 2018 where he would have his national breakthrough at GENESIS 5. Despite playing a character that was widely considered low-mid tier at best, Maister defeated top players such as Mistake and Fatality en route to a 13th place finish, the best performance of a Mr. Game & Watch player at a supermajor since fellow Mexican Regi Shikimi's run at EVO 2016.

His performance for the rest of the season, however, was marked with ups and downs. Following a disappointing 49th at Midwest Mayhem 11, he would surprisingly take first place at Combo Breaker 2018, defeating ESAM, Chag, and tyroy twice. He followed that run with a mediocre 49th at Smash 'N' Splash 4, but afterwards had yet another fantastic run at 2GG: Hyrule Saga, the largest tournament of the season, where he defeated Marss en route to a 17th place finish. Despite his inconsistent placements throughout the season as well as Combo Breaker 2018 not counting for the season's rankings, Maister's impressive wins and showings at GENESIS 5 and 2GG: Hyrule Saga, as well as solid placements back in Mexico, allowed him to be ranked 44th on the PGR v5, the only solo-Mr. Game & Watch player to be ranked on a Smash 4 Panda Global Rankings list.

Although he only attended a couple of PGR tournaments in the final season, Maister made each and every one of them count. His best performance of the season was at Midwest Mayhem 12, where he defeated EVO 2018 champion Lima as well as SDX, eventually placing 3rd, his first top 3 placement at a PGR tournament. Thanks to his performance in the game's final year, players considered Maister to be the best Mr. Game & Watch player in the world and one of the three best players in Mexico. By the end of the year, he would be ranked 81st on the PGR 100, Smash 4's all-time power ranking.

2019: Entering the Avatar State[edit]

Despite many players considering Mr. Game & Watch to be one of the worst characters in Ultimate's early metagame, Maister stuck with the character. He defied expectations by finding success in not just his home country, but Chicago as well, where he racked up 26 consecutive tournament set wins and was ranked in the 0th position on the Chicago Power Rankings.[7] However, he would struggle on a national level, placing 129th at GENESIS 6 and 49th at Smash 'N' Splash 5, the only 2 supermajors he attended that season. Although he was widely considered the second-best player in Mexico; had placed in the top 3 at all other PGR tournaments he attended that season, including defending his title at Combo Breaker 2018; and had multiple wins over ESAM and yeti, Maister would be left out of the Spring 2019 PGRU.

Even after he got the short end of the stick in the first season, Maister was still determined to prove himself in the second season. He began with a 3rd place at Smash Factor 8, double-eliminating Abadango and defeating Glutonny but fell to MkLeo twice, a player who eventually become his offline bracket demon. Although he had a respectable 17th placement at EVO 2019, it was quickly overshadowed by his performance at Super Smash Con 2019; he initially lost to Leffen early on in the tournament, but would make an impressive Loser's run, eliminating yeti, ESAM, and Light before falling to Marss and placing 5th. Although this was, at the time, the highest a Mr. Game & Watch player had placed at a supermajor, Maister would continue his streak of outstanding performances. From then on, he saw top 6 placements at every tournament he attended aside from Mainstage, including 3rd at the S-tiers The Big House 9 and 2GG: Kongo Saga. His impressive runs helped change the perception on Mr. Game & Watch, with players now considering the character to be a high tier, at the cost of gaining a negative reputation as a masher. Despite this, his performance would be rewarded at the end of the season where he was ranked 6th on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

2020: The Consistency Online[edit]

At the start of the third season, Maister continued his strong performances with a 7th place finish at the first national tournament of the season, Let's Make Big Moves. Although he faltered at Glitch 8 - Missingno, where he placed 17th, he followed it up with a quick return to form at the next two supermajors - GENESIS 7 and Frostbite 2020. In the latter tournament, he managed to reach Grand Finals on the Winner's side, but despite seeing some promise when he used Pichu, he was quickly 6-0'd by his bracket demon MkLeo.

Although offline play was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down all tournaments worldwide, Maister would continue to succeed in the online metagame. He started off on a decent note, with solid S-tier placements such as 3rd at The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1, 9th at Pound Online, and 13th at The Box. His best performance of the season was at Ultimate Naifu Wars 12, where he ran through Wi-Fi Warriors such as Lui$, Riddles, and Sonix to win the tournament, his first Wi-Fi Warrior Rank S-tier win. At the end of the season, he would be ranked 8th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5 with a 10-4 record against the list's top 10.

In the next season, Maister would see a performance similar to that of his second offline season. Although he did not claim victory at a single S-tier, he managed to place 2nd at the two he attended - Lockhart Series and Ultimate 32. His only major victory was at The Box: L4st's Box, where despite being disqualified in his first set, he tore through the entire tournament, eliminating Wi-Fi Warriors such as Yez, Chag, BestNess, and Chag in the process, before double-eliminating LeoN, marking one of, if not, the most brutal Loser's run during the COVID-19 period. By the end of the season, when ignoring full DQs, Maister had placed top 3 at all but four events. Due to all of the aforementioned, he would rise up to the runner-up position on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6.

Playstyle[edit]

Maister, unlike most Mr. Game and Watch players, has a very aggressive and fast-paced playstyle, centred around quickly throwing an opponent into disadvantage and sealing out stocks while taking little retaliation in return by smothering all their options. His clever usage of throws and aerials, such as Mr. Game and Watch’s forward aerial, initially thought to be one of the worst moves in his kit, along with his proficiency in edgeguarding and very strong combo game, gives him one of the most, if not the most, oppressive neutral and advantage state of any player. He is also has a flexible disadvantage state, as he maintains great DI that allow him to commonly survive up to 150% or higher as the third lightest character in the game. Notably, he is one of the few players who uses GnW's smash attacks to bait and condition his opponent due to their low ending lag, playing them his overall strengths.

However, due to his risky and aggressive playstyle, he often overextends many of his attacks which can get him KO'd early due to Mr. Game & Watch's extremely light weight. Additionally, he often become very predictable since he tends to go for the same options in certain situations without mixing things up (for example, he almost always uses down air after an up special OoS which makes his landing easy to read and punish). Combined, these two factors can leave him susceptible to comebacks which has led to upsets from lower ranked players such as Yei, Chag, and Stroder. He also has some trouble in the Joker and Byleth matchups, having a 0-10 record against MkLeo offline as well as suffering a reverse 3-0 from Zackray at The Big House 9 when the latter switched to Joker.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash Factor 6 August 4th-6th, 2017 65th 25th Topo
Smash Pendiente 97 August 24th-25th, 2017 7th 4th Tori
GENESIS 5 January 19th-21st, 2018 13th
Smash Fest 3 January 27th, 2018 4th 9th Topo
AtizaSmash x Rivals February 24th, 2018 5th 4th Topo
Smash MX Online #5 February 25th, 2018 2nd
Midwest Mayhem 11 March 10th, 2018 49th 9th Nuhuh
Backthrow Thursdays 60 May 24th, 2018 4th 3rd Nuhuh
Combo Breaker 2018 May 25th-27th, 2018 1st 5th Nuhuh
Smash 'N' Splash 4 June 1st-3rd, 2018 49th 17th Nuhuh
Mega Smash Mondays 151 June 18th, 2018 9th
2GG: Hyrule Saga June 23rd-24th, 2018 17th
Smash Factor 7 July 20th-22nd, 2018 17th
Super Smash Fight Club 3 August 18th, 2018 13th 7th Fatality
Little Big House 4 October 4th, 2018 5th
The Big House 8 October 5th-7th, 2018 13th 7th Nuhuh
Midwest Mayhem 12 November 3rd, 2018 3rd 9th Nuhuh

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Comeback Tournaments - Choose your character December 15th, 2018 13th 13th Topo
SHFFL Anniversary #2 December 15th-16th, 2018 3rd 5th Topo
Delfino Maza Ultimate December 22nd-23rd, 2018 2nd 9th Topo
OVA IX December 30th, 2018 2nd
Ignition 166 January 17th, 2019 1st
Retro Arena 64 January 26th, 2019 2nd 2nd 8BitMan
GENESIS 6 February 1st-3rd, 2019 129th
HEX: Smash Anniversary Edition February 23rd, 2019 1st 7th Topo
Warlock Fighters: Mushroom Kingdom Saga March 2nd, 2019 1st
Full Bloom 5 March 23rd-24th, 2019 3rd 4th Nuhuh
Ragnarok April 20th-21st, 2019 1st 7th 8BitMan
Combo Breaker 2019 May 24th-26th, 2019 1st 4th Nuhuh
Smash 'N' Splash 5 May 31st-June 2nd, 2019 49th 17th Nuhuh
WeTecThose 9 June 15th-16th, 2019 1st 2nd Rox
Smash Factor 8 July 26th-28th, 2019 3rd 17th Topo
PSG Classic 2019 July 31st-August 1st, 2019 2nd
GameWorks Pre-EVO 2019 August 1st, 2019 2nd
EVO 2019 August 2nd, 2019 17th
S@X 314 August 6th, 2019 2nd
Super Smash Con 2019 August 9th, 2019 5th 17th Pelca
Port Priority 5 September 7th-8th, 2019 5th
Mainstage September 20th-22nd, 2019 17th
Little Big House 5 October 3rd, 2019 1st
The Big House 9 October 4th-6th, 2019 3rd 17th 8BitMan
2GG: Nightmare on Smashville October 20th, 2019 1st
Smash Ultimate Summit 2 October 24th-27th, 2019 4th
Delfino Maza 2 November 2nd-3rd, 2019 1st 1st Javi
2GG: Kongo Saga December 7th-8th, 2019 3rd 2nd Zackray
Let's Make Big Moves January 3rd-5th, 2020 7th
The Grind 110 January 17th, 2020 1st 1st Skyjay
Glitch 8 - Missingno January 18th-19th, 2020 17th 2nd Cosmos
GENESIS 7 January 24th-26th, 2020 5th 9th Chag
BIT MASTER MTY 9 January 31st-February 1st, 2020 2nd
Smash Vertex February 6th-9th, 2020 5th 3rd Javi
ChillHouse February 16th, 2020 1st
Ursa Minor 4 February 20th, 2020 9th
Frostbite 2020 February 21st-23rd, 2020 2nd 2nd Zackray
RFTV DOJO - LA DESPEDIDA: Thanks For Playing March 14th-15th, 2020 1st ??? Topo
Ultimate Naifu Wars 8Online March 27th, 2020 1st
The Quarantine Series Opening InvitationalOnline March 29th, 2020 2nd
Ultimate Naifu Wars 9Online April 17th, 2020 5th
The Quarantine Series: Minor Tournament 1Online April 18th-19th, 2020 13th
BESTNEXPO: MASH OFFOnline April 24th, 2020 1st
Pound OnlineOnline April 24th-26th, 2020 9th
BUK CAKES INVITATIONAL 1Online April 30th, 2020 1st
Ultimate Naifu Wars 10Online May 1st, 2020 4th
The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1Online May 2nd, 2020 3rd
The BoxOnline May 8th-10th, 2020 13th
Mazer Gaming Gives BackOnline May 15th, 2020 5th
Ultimate Naifu Wars 11Online May 15th, 2020 193rd (DQ)
Collision OnlineOnline May 23rd, 2020 17th
King of WiFi Random CharactersOnline May 30th, 2020 65th
The Online OlympusOnline May 31st, 2020 3rd
Captain's Quarters 1Online June 5th-6th, 2020 2nd
Ultimate Naifu Wars 12Online June 12th, 2020 1st
The Top Low TierOnline June 20th, 2020 9th
Playing for PrideOnline June 20th-21st, 2020 1st
The Box: Lunch Box 1Online June 24th, 2020 2nd
Ultimate Naifu Wars 13Online June 27th, 2020 1st
The Box: Juice Box #4Online July 1st, 2020 2nd
The Box: The Cube Charity Doubles InvitationalOnline July 24th, 2020 3rd MkLeo
The Box: Lunch Box 2Online July 29th, 2020 2nd
M-Kolosseum 1Online August 1st-2nd, 2020 3rd
Lockhart SeriesOnline August 9th, 2020 2nd
Elympics 1Online August 15th, 2020 3rd
Frame Perfect Series: ONLINEOnline August 22nd, 2020 17th (DQ)
The Box: Lunch Box 3Online August 26th, 2020 1st
Galaxy GambitOnline September 3rd, 2020 1st
GOML North American Open: MexicoOnline September 5th-6th, 2020 3rd
Frame Perfect Series 2: ONLINEOnline September 18th, 2020 1st
Mashfest 2Online September 26th, 2020 2nd
Galaxy Gambit 2Online October 8th, 2020 3rd
The Box: L4st's BoxOnline October 28th, 2020 1st
Smash Out Breast CancerOnline October 30th-31st, 2020 2nd
Frame Perfect Series 3: ONLINEOnline November 8th, 2020 9th
Ultimate 32Online November 14th-15th, 2020 2nd
Galaxy Gambit 3Online November 19th, 2020 3rd
The Box: Lunch Box 6Online November 25th, 2020 5th
Juice Box 21Online December 2nd, 2020 1st
Jingle JairsOnline December 5th, 2020 3rd
The Box: Lunch Box 7Online December 23rd, 2020 4th
The Sephiroth GimvitationalOnline Janurary 2nd-3rd, 2021 7th
Juice Box 25Online January 13th, 2021 5th
Juice Box 26Online January 20th, 2021 1st
The Box: Lunch Box 8Online January 27th, 2021 4th
TNS: Pandemic Monthly 7Online January 28th, 2021 1st
The AirlockOnline February 13th, 2021 3rd
Mazer Gaming Gives Back 2Online February 21st, 2021 3rd
The Box: Lunch Box 9Online February 24th, 2021 4th
Cure Rare Disease Charity InvitationalOnline February 27th-28th, 2021 2nd
SWT: Mexico Ultimate Online QualifierOnline March 13th-14th, 2021 3rd
The Box: Lunch Box 10Online March 31st, 2021 1st
CUP Smash’s Charity TournamentOnline April 17th, 2021 5th
Weed TankOnline April 20th, 2021 1st
The Box: Juicebox+Online April 21st, 2021 3rd
Proving Grounds InvitationalOnline April 22nd, 2021 5th
Collision Online 2021Online April 24th, 2021 2nd
The Box: Lunchbox+Online April 28th, 2021 2nd
The Airlock: Charity Smash TourneyOnline May 15th, 2021 1st
Maruchan Gaming SeriesOnline May 28th-June 13th, 2021 9th
MUERTE AL ONLINE June 26th, 2021 1st
Cherry's Glasmine 001 July 31st, 2021 2nd
Warlock in The Multiverse of Hex August 7th, 2021 3rd
SWT: Central America Ultimate Regional Finals August 21st-22nd, 2021 2nd
Smash Ultimate Summit 3 August 26th-29th, 2021 9th
Riptide September 10th-12th, 2021 5th 3rd Elegant
The Grind 156 September 24th, 2021 1st
Glitch 8.5 - Konami Code September 24th-26th, 2021 4th
Low Tide City 2021 October 1st-3rd, 2021 5th 5th BigBoss
Super Smash Con: Fall Fest October 15th-17th, 2021 3rd

Trivia[edit]

  • Maister was scheduled to money match Salem at Smash 'N' Splash 5 after a small encounter on Twitter, but Salem never went through with it.
  • When playing in tournaments, Maister can frequently be seen leaning very far into the screen he's playing on. This often results in the player cam only showing the top of his head.
  • When Maister starts to condition his opponent with Mr. Game & Watch's smash attacks or successfully hits a nine with Judge, the community likes to joke that Maister "has entered the Avatar State".
    • This joke originated from a tweet written by Maister himself, where he was comparing himself to Aang, the protagonist of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Like him, Maister has usually a goofy personality but when playing, he becomes very serious and is almost playing unconsciously. When a set is over he is sometimes wondering what happened exactly, like Aang when he is back to his normal state. [8]
    • This running joke has inspired some of Maister's Twitch emotes and other memes.

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Gameplay videos[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

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