Smasher:ProtoBanham

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ProtoBanham "プロトバナム"
Protobanham.png
Ultimate mains Lucina, Min Min
Retired Ultimate
character
Inkling
SSB4 main Cloud
Other SSB4
characters
Mario, Lucina
Sponsor(s) Team Vrilliant
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Professional (retired)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2019 PGRU: 19th
Additional info
Real name Naoto Tsuji
Birth date (age 29)
Location Kanto, Japan Japan

ProtoBanham (プロトバナム) is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Lucina and Min Min main from Japan who formerly used Inkling. He is considered the best Lucina and Min Min player in the world, and one of the best Inkling players in the world before dropping her. ProtoBanham is currently ranked 2nd on the Experimental Smash Player Rankings, 15th on OrionRank Mid-Year 2022, and 19th on the Fall 2019 PGRU; he was also ranked 10th on the discontinued Japan Player Rankings. His Lucina is known for being extremely aggressive and utilizing an excellent advantage state.

ProtoBanham won his first major at Kagaribi 4 in 2021 using Lucina and Min Min. Throughout the year, ProtoBanham was often considered to be the best player in Japan, finishing in 1st place at Seibugeki 8, Maesuma TOP 6, SWT: East Asia Ultimate Regional Finals, and Eastern Powerhouse Invitational 2. Although his results declined in 2022, he still made an impressive run at Smash Ultimate Summit 4 where he defeated many top players in the loser's bracket, including MkLeo and Tweek, to place 3rd.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, ProtoBanham was a Cloud main. He had set wins over the likes of Nietono, T, and Somé.

On January 5th, 2021, ProtoBanham joined the newly founded Japanese organization Team Vrilliant (Vrilliant Owl X at the time) as their first Smash player, along Lea.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Umebura 19 August 29th, 2015 25th
Umebura Japan Major May 6th-7th, 2017 17th Laki
Umebura 30 November 18th, 2017 9th
Umebura T.A.T. December 23rd-24th, 2017 5th FurudoLaki
Umebura 32 May 12th, 2018 65th
Umebura Smash 4 Final December 1st-2nd, 2018 4th FurudoLaki

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Umebura SP 2 January 12th, 2019 25th
Weekly Smash Party 21 January 30th, 2019 3rd
Toryumon Kiwami 6 February 12th, 2019 1st
Ueno Smash Ultimate Weekly 8 March 28th, 2019 1st
Weekly Smash Party 32 April 8th, 2019 3rd
Umebura SP 3 April 13th, 2019 4th
Umebura Japan Major 2019 May 1st-2nd, 2019 2nd
Ueno Smash Ultimate Weekly 15 June 6th, 2019 2nd
Weekly Smash Party 40 June 10th, 2019 7th
Weekly Smash Party 42 June 24th, 2019 3rd
CEO 2019 June 28th-30th, 2019 13th
Kurobra 17 July 13th-15th, 2019 1st 1st FurudoLaki
Weekly Smash Party SP 27 July 19th, 2019 1st
Weekly Smash Party SP 28 July 29th, 2019 2nd
EVO 2019 August 2nd-4th, 2019 5th
Umebura SP 5 September 28th, 2019 5th
Weekly Smash Party SP 34 October 7th, 2019 1st
Umebura SP 6 October 22nd, 2019 5th
Toryumon Kiwami 42 October 30th, 2019 9th
Weekly Smash Party SP 38 November 11th, 2019 2nd
Umebura SP 7 November 16th, 2019 257th
Toryumon Kiwami 45 November 20th, 2019 1st
2GG: Kongo Saga December 7th-8th, 2019 25th 13th Raito
EGS Cup 3 January 13th, 2020 4th
EVO Japan 2020 January 24th-26th, 2020 9th
TSC 13 December 26th, 2020 1st
Tamisuma Championship 1Online February 17th, 2021 1st
Tamisuma Championship 2Online March 18th, 2021 5th
SWT: Japan Ultimate Online QualifierOnline April 17th-18th, 2021 4th
Winner! June 21st, 2021 9th
Kagaribi 4 June 26th-27th, 2021 1st
Winner! #2 July 5th, 2021 1st
Shinosuma #96 October 9th, 2021 2nd
Seibugeki 8 October 10th, 2021 1st
DAWN 1 October 17th, 2021 3rd
Maesuma TOP 6 October 22nd, 2021 1st
Kagaribi 5 October 30th-31st, 2021 5th
Mjolner 1 November 21st, 2021 2nd
SWT: East Asia Ultimate Regional Finals November 27th-28th, 2021 1st
Eastern Powerhouse Invitational 2 December 11th, 2021 1st
Smash World Tour 2021 Championships December 17th-19th, 2021 7th
Kagaribi 6 January 8th-9th, 2022 9th
MaesumaHIT #8 February 24th, 2022 2nd
Smash Ultimate Summit 4 March 3rd-6th, 2022 3rd
Maesuma TOP 7 May 1st, 2022 17th
Kagaribi 7 May 4th-5th, 2022 13th
Shinosuma HEROES 1 May 21st, 2022 2nd
Maesuma TOP 8 June 11th-12th, 2022 7th
Wave 1 June 18th, 2022 9th
Weekly Smash Party! #55 June 21st, 2022 1st
Seibugeki 11 July 2nd, 2022 1st

Trivia[edit]

  • ProtoBanham's signature look is his baseball cap Le Coq Sportif. He wore it in every major tournament he attended so far.
  • ProtoBanham was able to place 5th at EVO 2019 despite suffering from kidney stones. However he dropped out of Super Smash Con 2019 to have treatment.
  • Proto is one of four players to win an Ultimate major while being seeded outside of the top 16 (Kagaribi 4 as the 25th seed), alongside Kuro (won Umebura SP 6 as the 37th seed), Quidd (won Let's Make Big Moves 2022 as the 32nd seed), and acola (won Kagaribi 7 as the 57th seed).
  • ProtoBanham is one of two players to have an even record against MkLeo in Ultimate (1-1), with the other being TKM (1-1).

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]