Mango (often stylized as Mang0, also known as Scorpion Master, The Kid, The GOAT, and The Buster) is a top professional Melee player from Norwalk, California who is currently ranked 3rd on the 2016 SSBMRank and 1st on the SoCal Melee Power Rankings, and was formerly ranked at the 0 position on the Northeastern Ohio Melee Power Rankings. Mango is famous for being able to play several characters at a competitive level, making significant impacts at tournaments with Falco, Fox, Marth, Jigglypuff, Mario, Captain Falcon, and Link. Because of his innovations and dominance with Jigglypuff from 2007 to 2009, Mango is generally credited for Jigglypuff's large jump in the Melee tier list, from ranking 6th and 7th with Captain Falcon to ranking 3rd (now 5th). Mango was widely considered everywhere to be #1 best Fox player in the world, though this was before the emergence of the Swedish smashers Armada and Leffen. Thus, he is widely considered to be the best NTSC Fox of all time, and one of the two best Falco players in the world (along with Westballz). Melee It On Me's 2013 SSBMRank and 2014 SSBMRank ranked Mango as the #1 Melee player in the world, and he remains the only smasher in history to have won Melee singles at EVO more than once, performing the feat in the 2013 and 2014 installments of the series. Mango is widely considered to be one of the greatest Melee players of all time.
Origin of the name
Mango received his gamertag in the 5th grade while playing the PC first-person shooter Counter-Strike. At a LAN party, he entered his name as "I want a Mango" and his friends have called him "Mango" ever since.
Rise to fame
Mango placed 3rd in Singles at EVO World 2007, defeating many of the best known professional smashers, notably Mew2King in pools. He placed 3rd in singles at Super Champ Combo, again defeating many well-known players. In doubles, he also placed 3rd with his partner Lucky, even beating the team of Ken and Isai.
On February 4th, 2008, Mango won Pound 3. After losing in round 1 of the bracket to Silent Wolf, he beat Mathos, Sliq, Cactuar, Forward, Azen, ChuDat, Cort, PC Chris, and Mew2King twice to complete one of the greatest loser's bracket runs of all-time.
By March 8th, 2009, he was considered one of the best active Melee players in the world, having beaten PC Chris, ChuDat, Mew2King, and many other smashers at Revival of Melee in Nanuet, New York, placing 1st.
On July 10th, 2009, Mango attended GENESIS by DBR, which had 290 entrants in Melee Singles (Melee's largest tournament ever at the time), where he reached the Winners' Finals and lost 2-3 the first set against Armada, a Peach main regarded as the best player in Europe. After defeating Hungrybox in Losers' Finals 3-0, Mango reached Grand Finals against Armada. Mango then proceeded to win a very intense and close second set 3-2, and the third set 3-0 to win the tournament.
Revival of Melee 2 was the cause of much debate within the Smash community when Mango placed fourth after being double eliminated by Kage The Warrior. However, rumors and uncertainty ended after Mango claimed 1st place at Pound 4 (then the largest tournament in Melee history with over 300 entrants) without dropping a set, defeating Hungrybox 3-1 in Grand Finals.
Since his victory at Pound 4, Mango was regarded by many to be the world champion of SSBM.
After being banned on SmashBoards, Mango, along with DBR and the rest of his region, decided to prank the rest of the Smash community by creating an alias known as ScorpionMaster94 and sandbag at a number of tournaments. Originally going to use Luigi or Samus, when using his alias, Mango decided to use Mario after soundly defeating fellow SoCal smasher Smoke2Jointz in a money match.
Mango and the rest of SoCal created a backstory for his alias, claiming "Scorp" was a prodigy from Mexico named Joshua Lopez who defeated everyone in SoCal and was ready to place Top 3 at Apex 2010. Mango, however, failed in this endeavor, losing to Wobbles and Eggz and getting an unexpected 25th place at Apex 2010. Mango continued to sandbag with other characters, such as Captain Falcon and Marth, in addition to his Mario, convincingly defeating Kage The Warrior 2-0 with Link and Marth at Revival of Melee 3 and receiving 9th place, and placing 17th at Pound V.
Regaining the lead
Mango's planned revival was GENESIS 2. Despite being upset by Taj in Winners Semis, he was able to fire through Losers Bracket to reach Grand Finals against Armada, defeating Hungrybox 3-0 in Losers Semis and Taj again 2-0 in Losers Finals (Taj forfeited after he was 4 stocked in game 2). After a close and intense set, Mango ultimately placed 2nd, losing 2-3 against Armada.
At Apex 2012, Mango fell short of people's expectations and placed 3rd after losing 0-3 to Armada in Winners Finals and 1-3 to Hungrybox in Losers Finals.
After Apex 2012, Mango began to regain the dominant lead he held back in 2008. He won IMPULSE, a Canadian national tournament, after defeating Dr. PeePee, Hungrybox and Mew2King. Mango continued to defend his victory streak, convincingly defeating Hungrybox in Grand Finals at MELEE-FC10R Legacy and again at The Big House 2, winning both national tournaments without dropping a set. However, he placed 2nd at Kings of Cali, where he unexpectedly lost two sets of Grand Finals to Dr. PeePee 3-2 and 3-1 after defeating him 3-0 in Winners Finals.
At Apex 2013, Mango defeated several notable smashers in Winners bracket such as Nintendude, Vwins, and Eggm, before losing to Mew2King. In Losers bracket, he defeated Vwins again, Hax, and Hungrybox before losing to Mew2King again, placing 4th.
Road to EVO 2013
At NorCal Regionals 2013, Mango was upset by PewPewU in Winners Semis. Mango reached Grand Finals after defeating Fly Amanita, Westballz, and PewPewU in the Losers Bracket and won a convincing 3-0 first set against Hungrybox (including a 4 stock in game 2), but failed to pull through in the second set, losing 2-3.
At Vindication, Mango defeated Mew2King in Winners Finals 3-0, but lost the first set of Grand Finals 1-3. However, he managed to win the second set 3-1, winning the tournament.
Zenith 2013 was a significant tournament, with all 4 top players in the United States present for the first time since Apex 2013 as well as being a road to EVO qualifier. Mango was put in the Losers Bracket by Mew2King after losing Winners Semis 1-3. He defeated DaShizWiz 2-0 in Losers Quarters, Dr. PeePee 3-1 in Losers Semis, and Mew2King 3-1 in Losers Finals before reaching Grand Finals against Hungrybox. Mango won the tournament after defeating Hungrybox in 2 sets, both 3-1.
At IMPULSE 2013 in Toronto, Mango claimed 1st place without dropping a game, defeating Unknown522 3-0 in both Winners and Grand Finals. Mango also took 1st in Melee Doubles (teaming with Unknown522) and 1st in Project M Singles.
With 709 entrants, EVO 2013 was the largest Melee tournament in a year. With his victory at Zenith 2013, Mango was the number one seed and successfully advanced from his pool in day one, cruising into the Winners' Quarters pool without dropping a game.
On day two, Mango then proceeded to the Winners Semis pool after defeating Axe 2-1. In Winners Semis, Mango was put in the Losers Bracket after losing 1-2 to Wobbles. Mango then cemented his place in the Top 8 after defeating SFAT 2-1.
Mango began EVO finals in the Losers Bracket. He defeated Ice 2-0 and Dr. PeePee 2-0 before reaching Losers Semis against Armada. In a highly anticipated match, Mango defeated Armada 2-0 to reach Losers Finals against Hungrybox. After defeating Hungrybox 2-0, Mango reached Grand Finals against Wobbles. Mango then defeated Wobbles in 2 sets, 3-0 and 3-1 to become the champion of EVO 2013. This, along with his run at Pound 3, is considered one of the best loser's bracket runs of all-time.
Post EVO 2013
After winning EVO 2013 and with the birth of his son, Mango announced that he would be taking a small hiatus from competitive Melee. During this period he entered tournaments primarily with secondary characters, including placing 2nd at LANHAMMER 2013 with Marth and 2nd at Pound V.5 with Marth and Captain Falcon.
At Apex 2014, Mango beat Fiction 2-0 in Winners Quarters but was defeated 1-3 by Dr. PeePee in Winners Semis. He then defeated Hungrybox in Losers Quarters 2-0 to reach Losers Semis against Leffen, the preeminent Fox player in Europe. Mango defeated Leffen in a riveting 3-2 set (including a 4-stock in game 5). Mango ultimately lost to Mew2King 1-3 in Losers Finals and placed 3rd.
Cloud9 and MLG Anaheim 2014
Revival of Melee 7 marked Mango's return to competitive Melee. Mango won the tournament without dropping a set, defeating Hungrybox 3-0 in winners' quarters, Darrell 3-0 in winners' semis and Mew2King 3-2 in winners' finals and 3-1 in Grand Finals. This was also the third time Mango has claimed a ROM title.
At Fight Pitt IV, Mango faced off against Mew2King in winners' finals and won 3-2. In Grand Finals, Mew2King won the first set 3-2, but Mango prevailed in the second set, winning 3-0. In the final set, Mango's Falco was able to defeat Mew2King's Marth on Final Destination in two consecutive games, a remarkable feat considering Mew2King's mastery of the Space Animal match-up on that stage.
At WHOBO MLG, Mango was upset by Hax 1-3 in winners' finals. Mango went on to defeat Hax in two sets of grand finals 6-0 using Falco to win the tournament and successfully qualify for MLG Anaheim 2014.
On May 6th, 2014, Cloud9 announced that they had signed Mango to lead their fighting games division. Mango's first tournament under this new sponsor was Get On My Level 2014, where he took 1st place, defeating Kage 2-0, KirbyKaze and Mew2King 3-0, and Hungrybox 3-2 in grand finals for the title. However, at subsequent tournaments, Mango did not perform as well. At SKTAR 3, he lost to PPMD 1-3 in winners' finals, and then was eliminated by Mew2King 1-3 in losers' finals, finishing at 3rd place overall. At Super SWEET, he was defeated by Armada 2-3 in winners' finals then eliminated by Mew2King 1-3 once again in losers' finals, with the last match being a 4-stock against him on Pokémon Stadium.
MLG Anaheim 2014 was notable for having one of the largest prize pools in Smash history at $15,000. Mango defeated PPMD in winners' semis 3-2 and Armada in winners' finals and grand finals, both sets 3-2, to claim first place.
Mango later attended CEO 2014, where he managed to defeat Mew2King 2-0 and Armada 3-1 to secure a spot in grand finals. However, CEO proved not to be a repeat of MLG Anaheim, as Armada came back in grand finals to win two sets over Mango, 0-3 and 1-3, to take the tournament.
At Kings of Cali 4, Mango defeated MacD, Fiction, and aMSa 3-0 before reaching winners' finals against Armada, where he won 3-1. He lost the first set of grand finals 0-3 to Armada, but still won the second set 3-1, placing 1st overall in singles at the tournament.
EVO 2014 had a total of 970 entrants for Melee, surpassing the record set by EVO 2013 and becoming the largest Melee tournament for over six months. In the winners' quarters pool, he defeated Axe 2-1 to make it into the top 8 via winners' bracket. He then defeated Mew2King 2-0, and Hungrybox 3-2 in both winners' finals and grand finals, to take first place.
This victory allowed Mango to become the first player to win Melee singles at EVO more than once.
In October of 2014, Mango attended The Big House 4, one of the biggest tournaments of the year. In Top 32, Mango beat The Moon 2-0 and Hax 3-1 to make Top 8. In Winners Semis, he lost 3-0 to Mew2King's Sheik. In the Loser's Bracket, he defeated his best friend Lucky 3-2, Armada 3-1, and Leffen 3-1 to reach Grand Finals versus Mew2King. Mango defeated Mew2King's Marth 3-1 in both sets of Grand Finals to claim first place. Due to this victory along with his victories at MLG Anaheim 2014 and EVO 2014, Mango was considered by many to be the world champion of Melee at the time.
Mango began 2015 by traveling to Sweden for B.E.A.S.T. 5. He beat Ice 3-0 in Winners Semis to advance to Winner's Finals, where he lost to Leffen 3-2, the first time Leffen had beaten him. Mango then quickly lost to Armada 3-0 to place a disappointing 3rd place.
Mango's appearance at the Apex tournament in February of 2015 was largely the role of an avenger after Leffen's highly anticipated and convincing 5-0 game win against Chillin. In response to Chillin's loss, Mango challenged Leffen claiming: "[If] we meet in bracket, we're putting one thousand on it." Leffen immediately accepted and would go on to defeat Mango's Falco with Fox in a series of hard fought matches that ended with a 3-1 game score in Leffen's favor. After the defeat, Mango defeated Yoshi main aMSa in a close 5 game set 3-2 in loser's quarters before losing to Armada 0-3 in loser's semis, netting 4th place. He also coined the "Buster" meme, claim that he "went out like a buster" after losing to Leffen and Armada.
Road to EVO 2015
After his performance at Apex, Mango did not enter another major tournament until I'm Not Yelling in April. After reaching Top 8, Mango got his revenge on Leffen, beating him 3-1 and then beat Armada's Fox 3-1 as well to advance to Grand Finals. However, Armada switched to Peach and won both sets of Grand Finals by a score of 3-1.
At Press Start in May, Mango was DQ'd from the Winner's Bracket after failing to show up to his match on time. In the Loser's Bracket, he beat Jace, Westballz, Hax, Leffen, Shroomed, Lucky, Hungrybox, Axe, and Fly Amanita twice to complete yet another amazing Loser's bracket run. He rode this momentum to win at Battle Arena Melbourne 7 in Australia, where he defeated Leffen in Winner's and Grand Finals by a score of 3-2.
Though he seemed poised for a repeat of 2013 and 2014, where he had a bad winter but a dominating summer, this would not turn out to be the case. At CEO 2015, Shroomed's Sheik defeated Mango's Fox 2-0 in Winner's Quarters. He narrowly defeated MacD 2-1 to make Top 8. The next day, he won a close nailbiter set against Plup's Sheik 3-2, then beat Hungrybox and Westballz 3-1 before losing to Armada 3-1 for a 3rd place finish.
One week before EVO, Mango attended WTFox. After beating Wizzrobe 3-1 to make Top 8, he lost to Armada by a score of 3-1. In the Loser's Bracket, he defeated Westballz 3-0, Mew2King 3-2, and Armada in a dramatic 3-2 set before being swiftly 3-0'd by Leffen to finish in 2nd place.
EVO 2015 became the largest Melee tournament of all time, with 1869 entrants. Mango was knocked into the losers bracket in winners quarters by Plup's Sheik 1-2 in a rematch from CEO 2015, causing a major upset. He beat DruggedFox 2-0 to make it into top 8, then beat ChuDat 2-0 to face Hungrybox in losers quarters. Hungrybox ended up winning over Mango 2-1, ending Mango's EVO run at 5th place, meaning a new EVO champion would be crowned, which ended up being Armada.
At Paragon Los Angeles 2015, Mango placed first over players such as Mew2King, Hungrybox, Leffen, Plup, Axe, and Westballz. Notably, he used Falco for matchups that had caused trouble for his Fox in previous months, namely, Sheik, Marth, and Pikachu. However, a few weeks later, Mango had a catastrophic performance at HTC Throwdown, losing to DruggedFox and MacD for 17th place.
At The Big House 5, Mango reached Top 8 by defeating Abate 3-0. He lost to Hungrybox 3-1, beat Westballz 3-1, then lost to Mew2King by a score of 3-0 to get 4th place. He failed to defend his Big House title.
After this, Mango fully committed to playing only Falco. At Smash Summit, he lost to Mew2King in Winners Semis by a score of 3-0 before beating Shroomed, Plup, and Mew2King, all by a score of 3-1. He then lost to Armada in a close 3-2 set to get 2nd place.
At Dreamhack Winter 2015 however, he lost to Plup 3-2 and Westballz 3-0 to place 5th and cement 2015 as one of Mango's worst years in Smash.
The first major tournament of 2016, Genesis 3 marked the revival of one of the most prolific tournament series in Smash history. Mango came into the tournament as an underdog, as he failed to place above 3rd at any major in 2015. He was upset in winners quarters by Axe 3-1 before defeating Plup 3-1 in the losers bracket to qualify for Top 8. Mango then proceeded to win the next 10 games he played, running through Nintendude 3-0, PPMD 3-0, and getting his revenge on Axe 3-0. He then defeated Hungrybox 3-2 to qualify for Grand Finals against Armada. Mango crushed Armada in the Fox ditto in the first two games, prompting Armada to switch to Peach before Mango won the first set of Grand Finals 3-1. Mango lost the 2nd set 3-1, placing the highest he had in any super major for over a year at 2nd.
Second place master
As 2016 wore on, Mango continued to consistently place better than in 2015 but major tournament victories still eluded him, thanks in part to the recent dominance of Hungrybox. Mango placed 2nd to Hungrybox at PAX Arena, Battle of the Five Gods, Pound 2016, Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo, and Low Tier City 4, and defeated him once in between, taking two sets to win DreamHack Austin 2016. He added another silver medal to his collection at Get On My Level 2016, where he defeated Hungrybox in Loser's Finals but lost in Grand Finals 3-1 to Leffen.
At WTFox 2, Mango breezed through bracket playing only Marth before playing Wizzrobe in Winners semis where he won in a close game 5 set 3-2. He then faced Armada in Winners Finals, where he once again brought out a Marth pick for the Final Destination match before winning the set 3-1. He then faced Armada in Grand Finals, where he cleanly swept Armada 3-0 to win his first tournament with Armada present since The Big House 4.
The Big House 6
Mango entered The Big House 6 and swept through the entire bracket (with exception to a very close battle in winners quarters against The Moon, who he beat 3-2) up to the winners side of Top 8, where he defeated Armada 3-2 and Ice 3-0 to qualify for Grand Finals. He faced Armada in Grand Finals once again. Despite Armada resetting the bracket 3-1, he ended up winning 3-2, with very close games in both sets of Grand Finals, and once again taking the title of champion of The Big House.
With Fox, Mango is known for his excellent neutral game, featuring incredible dash-dancing, aggressive running shine cross-ups, and running shield mix-ups. With Falco, Mango is known for creativity, excellent use of crouch cancels and shine out-of-shield to start combos and an unparalleled ability to dominate otherwise amazing players when the crowd is behind him. Mango is known for having world class DI, great recovery, as well as reading and reacting to his opponent's poor choices.
Mango is also capable of playing many characters at a very high level, including Mario, Jigglypuff, Falcon, and Marth. He often has demonstrated (and pointed out himself) that his Jigglypuff in particular still influences his usage of aerial movement with his other characters in tournament, such as in this moment during GOML 2016. Mango will play Falcon occasionally for styling or when playing a ditto match. An infamous set where he played Falcon and Marth against Hax, who had recently changed to Fox, was in Winner's Quarterfinals at The Big House 4. Mango won the set 3-1 and had a notably memetic play where he walked up slowly and just down smashed for a KO. After that, he closed out the last two games of the set with Marth, which he rarely used in tournaments at the time.
However, Mango's performance can be wildly inconsistent, as seen with his 17th placing at HTC Throwdown. His unorthodox and usually unsafe approach to the game has led to several upsets from lower ranked players, such as Plup, Westballz, MacD, DruggedFox, Axe, Hax, and Wobbles. He has since worked on mixing in defense and zoning along with his signature aggressive style, which has recently seen success against Hungrybox and Armada.
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