Smasher:Riddles

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Riddles
Riddles.jpg
Character info
Melee main Captain Falcon
Smash 4 mains Mega Man, Ryu
Other Smash 4 character Cloud
Ultimate mains Kazuya, Terry
Retired Ultimate characters Richter, Ken
Team info
Sponsor(s) Team Liquid
Former sponsor(s) team ZENMA, Even Matchup Gaming
Rankings and results info
Most recent ranking Super Smash Bros. Ultimate LumiRank 2023: 9th
Best historical ranking Super Smash Bros. Ultimate LumiRank Mid-Year 2023: 8th
Best tournament result Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1st / 619 at Collision 2023
Winnings Super Smash Bros. Ultimate ~$10,590.07
Personal and other info
Real name Michael Kim
Birth date (age 20)
Location Toronto, Ontario Canada

Riddles is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Kazuya and Terry player from Toronto, Ontario, considered the best player in Canada as well as the best Kazuya and Terry player in the world, and a top 10 player in the world following the post-quarantine era. He initially played Richter and was considered the best Richter player in the world during the early metagame. His breakout performance was at Super Smash Con 2019, where he notably eliminated Dabuz en route to a 13th place finish. After dropping Richter and briefly touching Ken and Joker, Riddles picked up Terry and, after solo-maining the character throughout the pandemic, also picked up Kazuya, with whom he won his first major tournament at The Big House 10. He is currently ranked 10th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7, 1st on the Southern Ontario Ultimate Power Rankings, 6th on the OrionRank 2022 North America, and 9th on the LumiRank 2023.

In Smash 4, Riddles was a Mega Man main with a Ryu secondary. He was an honorable mention on the Southern Ontario Smash 4 Power Rankings and has defeated players such as Jw, Burst, V115, and Pokecheese.

Riddles joined team ZENMA on August 15th, 2019, along with many other smashers. Approximately two weeks later, on August 30th, 2019, Riddles, along with many of the other smashers signed by team ZENMA, announced that he was leaving the organization due to controversies with its CEO, false[1]. In February 2020, Riddles was signed by Even Matchup Gaming[2] and left on April 19th, 2022.[3] On May 25th, 2022, he was signed by Team Liquid.[4]

Playstyle[edit]

Riddles is known for his devastating pressure and punish game. He is a huge threat while piloting the fighting game characters, being able to close out stocks in very little time with his impressive advantage state and shield pressure. Riddles is also known for having incredible movement with the fighting game characters, despite their mobility being very poor.

With Terry, Riddles' playstyle is more rushdown-based, utilizing Terry's speed, burst range, and combo game to rack up damage quickly, or even take the entire stock. He mixes up his jab timings so the opponents will have a harder time to SDI out of Terry's bread-and-butter combos, and utilizes Terry's great shield pressure (as opponents expect a special cancel) to condition opponents and bait out a defensive option. His ledgetrapping with Terry is very call-out and pressure-based, such as doing a pre-emptive rising down aerial at ledge followed by a falling neutral aerial to cover multiple options, as well as using the auto-turnaround mechanic to catch rolls. Riddles is able to overcome Terry’s mediocre recovery through smart mixups and conservation of offstage resources. When Terry has "Go", Riddles plays more passively to keep it as long as possible before he gets KO'd and he uses it to extend his lead and build momentum.

With Kazuya, Riddles is very optimized with his combo game, using Kazuya's signature move, Electric Wind God Fist, to start devastating combos, potentially taking his opponent's stock early off of one interaction. Riddles also uses Kazuya's aerials for approaching and landing to create unique combos and edgeguard situations; he also commonly uses up air as a combo breaker due to its four-frame start up. Riddles is well known for using Kazuya's command input throw Gates of Hell to gimp characters with bad recoveries, such as Pyra and Mythra, Cloud, Roy, and more. Riddles additionally uses a Kazuya-specific advanced technique known as "Ferps Tech” in order to extend Kazuya’s combos onto platforms, making his combos effective on every stage.

Rankings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Panda Global Rankings Ultimate[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
Fall 2019 PGRU July 13th - December 15th, 2019 47th TerryHeadSSBU.pngRichterHeadSSBU.pngKenHeadSSBU.png
PGRUContenders NA 2021 B (Top 24) KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png
PGRU v3 NA March 1st - June 13th, 2022 6th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

LumiRank[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
UltRank 2022 June 18th - December 18th, 2022 9th KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png
LumiRank Mid-Year 2023 December 19th, 2022 - July 23rd, 2023 8th KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png
LumiRank 2023 December 19th, 2022 - December 17th, 2023 9th KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png

OrionRank Ultimate[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
OrionRank 2019 January 5th - December 15th, 2019 94th TerryHeadSSBU.pngRichterHeadSSBU.pngKenHeadSSBU.pngJokerHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Pre-Quarantine December 27th, 2019 - March 15th, 2020 53rd TerryHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse April 2020 - December 19th, 2021 27th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Mid-Year 2022 December 22nd, 2021 - June 26th, 2022 8th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank 2022 December 22nd, 2021 - December 18th, 2022 11th KazuyaHeadSSBU.pngTerryHeadSSBU.png

Wi-Fi Warrior Rank[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v3Online December 26th, 2018 - June 28th, 2019 19th RichterHeadSSBU.pngSimonHeadSSBU.png
Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v5Online January 11th - June 28th-29th 2020 20th TerryHeadSSBU.png
Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6Online July 5th - December 27th, 2020 15th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKenHeadSSBU.png
Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v7Online January 2nd - June 30th, 2021 10th TerryHeadSSBU.png

OrionRank North America[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
OrionRank North America Top 200 January 2019 - March 2020 24th TerryHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse North America June 2020 - December 19th, 2021 18th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank 2022 North America December 22nd, 2021 - December 18th, 2022 6th TerryHeadSSBU.pngKenHeadSSBU.png

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Road to ShineOnline August 6th-10th, 2016 7th
Well Played August August 20th-21st, 2016 9th 7th Infinity
Hero to ZeRoOnline November 5th-7th 2016 33rd (DQ)
UGC Online OpenOnline November 1st-10th, 2016 2nd
AMD ExtravaLANza 2017 November 18th-19th, 2017 9th
The Ontario Smash 4 Arcadian January 27th, 2018 5th
Get On My Level 2018 May 18th-20th, 2018 97th 25th Infinity
NXNE 2018 Game Land June 8th-10th, 2018 3rd
Revenge of the 6ix: Smash 4 Episode V June 30th, 2018 9th 9th Jw
Smashurai Dojo - FinaleOnline July 13th, 2018 4th
Naifu Wars: World War 4Online July 14th, 2018 13th
Revenge of the 6ix: Smash 4/SSBM Episode VI July 21st-22nd, 2018 13th
Revenge of the 6ix: Last Chance Qualifier August 18th-19th, 2018 4th
The Coinbox 98 - SM4SH SENDOFFOnline April 3rd, 2024 3rd / 358

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner Earnings
Ultimate Naifu Wars 2Online January 4th, 2019 4th
Press Less 2019 April 6th, 2019 4th 2nd Blacktwins13
Pound 2019 April 19th-21st, 2019 33rd
Ultimate Naifu Wars: Sandy Road to CEO 2019 1Online April 26th, 2019 3rd
Ultimate Naifu Wars: Sandy Road to CEO 2019 2Online May 3rd, 2019 5th
Saints Gaming Live 2019 May 11th, 2019 9th 5th Jw
Get On My Level 2019 May 17th-19th, 2019 13th 97th Dkbill
Ultimate at The Cave August 8th, 2019 2nd 2nd Steve From Accounting
Super Smash Con 2019 August 8th-11th, 2019 13th 25th Steve From Accounting
Shine 2019 August 23rd-25th, 2019 33rd
Rising Stars at EGLX 2019 October 18th-20th, 2019 3rd 5th Mew2King
The Amuka Smash Cup November 9th-10th, 2019 1st 1st Blacktwins13
2GG: Kickoff - Kongo Saga December 6th, 2019 4th
2GG: Kongo Saga December 7th-8th, 2019 33rd 33rd Astro
HABBY Birthday 2019 December 28th, 2019 1st 1st Blacktwins13
Let's Make Big Moves January 3rd-5th, 2020 17th 25th Blacktwins13
Float February 8th, 2020 1st
Frostbite 2020 February 21st-23rd, 2020 33rd
Mazer Gaming SmashOnline March 22nd, 2020 3rd
Ultimate Naifu Wars 8Online March 27th, 2020 25th
The Quarantine Series Opening InvitationalOnline March 29th, 2020 25th
Hitpoint Online Tournament: UltimateOnline April 5th, 2020 9th
Ultimate Naifu Wars 9Online April 17th, 2020 7th
The Quarantine Series: Minor Tournament 1Online April 18th-19th, 2020 33rd
Pound OnlineOnline April 24th-26th, 2020 65th
Ultimate Naifu Wars 10Online May 1st, 2020 17th
The Quarantine Series: Major Tournament 1Online May 2nd, 2020 33rd
The BoxOnline May 8th-10th, 2020 129th
Ultimate Naifu Wars 11Online May 15th, 2020 9th
King of WiFi Random CharactersOnline May 30th, 2020 7th
Ultimate Naifu Wars 12Online June 12th, 2020 4th
Captain's Quarters 2Online June 19th-20th, 2020 5th
Domics' Atomic ArenaOnline June 19th-21st, 2020 2nd
Get On My Line 2020Online July 25th-26th, 2020 9th
Epic_TournamentOnline August 7th-8th, 2020 3rd
The Cosmic KerfuffleOnline August 8th, 2020 1st
Juice Box 9Online August 12th, 2020 5th
GOML North American Open: East CanadaOnline August 29th-30th, 2020 1st
Maister's RNG InvitationalOnline September 25th, 2020 17th
Mashfest 2Online September 26th, 2020 7th
PRYDE + HONOR 1Online October 16th, 2020 1st
The Box: L4st's BoxOnline October 28th, 2020 9th
GOML North American Open: FinaleOnline November 7th, 2020 7th
Ultimate 32Online November 14th-15th, 2020 25th
Gaming For TotsOnline December 12th, 2020 17th (DQ)
HABBY Birthday 2020Online December 19th, 2020 13th
The Host Up InvitationalOnline Januray 30th, 2021 25th
The AirlockOnline February 13th, 2021 13th
The Box: Juicebox+Online April 21st, 2021 2nd $150
Collision Online 2021Online April 24th, 2021 3rd
The Box: Lunchbox+Online April 28th, 2021 9th
SWT: NA Northeast Ultimate Online QualifierOnline May 22nd-23rd, 2021 6th
heavens double vacc home July 5th, 2021 3rd 5th Bacon
Get In My Basement Weekly Invitational #4 July 23rd, 2021 1st 1st Pokecheese
blanc's booty blast 1 July 26th, 2021 1st 3rd Blacktwins
The Comeback July 31st, 2021 4th
97.7 Heaven FM Smashfest August 9th, 2021 1st
97.7 Heaven FM Riddles Edition August 16th, 2021 1st
Get In My Basement Weekly Invitational #8 August 20th, 2021 1st 1st Pokecheese
Smash Ultimate Summit 3 August 26th-29th, 2021 9th
Homecoming: See Me Offline September 18th, 2021 1st 5th Blacktwins13
Pinnacle 2021 October 8th-10th, 2021 7th
Super Smash Con: Fall Fest October 15th-17th, 2021 33rd
SWT: NA East Ultimate Regional Finals November 6th-7th, 2021 2nd
Mainstage 2021 November 12th-14th, 2021 25th 17th Tea
Smash World Tour 2021 Championships December 17th-19th, 2021 13th
The Box: Lunch Box 18Online January 26th, 2022 13th
Glitch - Infinite February 18th-20th, 2022 49th
The Box: Lunch Box 19Online February 23rd, 2022 5th
Collision 2022 March 12th-13th, 2022 4th
Gourmet Bash March 20th, 2022 2nd
HABBY Belated April 2nd, 2022 1st 1st Orange
Guildhouse Pre-Genesis 8 Tournament April 14th, 2022 2nd
GENESIS 8 April 15th-17th, 2022 13th 9th Stroder Ame
Pound 2022 April 22nd-24th, 2022 4th
MomoCon 2022 May 26th-29th, 2022 7th 33rd Grape
Battle of BC 4 June 10th-12th, 2022 4th
The Gimvitational June 16th-19th, 2022 3rd
CEO 2022 June 24th-26th, 2022 2nd
Get On My Level 2022 July 1st-3rd, 2022 3rd 7th Tilde
Double Down 2022 July 8th-10th, 2022 25th 13th Cosmos
Super Smash Con 2022 August 11th-14th, 2022 7th 49th Blacktwins13
Ultimate WANTED 4 August 25th-28th, 2022 4th 4th BassMage
Smash Ultimate Summit 5 September 15th-18th, 2022 5th
Little Big House 6 October 6th, 2022 1st
The Big House 10 October 7th-9th, 2022 1st
Ludwig Smash Invitational October 21st-23rd, 2022 9th
Let's Make Moves Miami October 28th-30th, 2022 4th
Path to Glory November 18th-19th, 2022 1st
Mainstage 2022 December 2nd-4th, 2022 17th 4th Chase
Scuffed World Tour December 18th, 2022 9th
Let's Make Big Moves 2023 January 6th-8th, 2023 7th 3rd Onin
TVS: Takeover January 13th-15th, 2023 1st
Pre-Genesis 9 at Guildhouse January 19th, 2023 33rd
GENESIS 9 January 20th-22nd, 2023 33rd
Frosty Faustings XV 2023 February 3rd-5th, 2023 1st
Collision 2023 March 10th-12th, 2023 1st
Smash Ultimate Summit 6 March 23rd-26th, 2023 9th
MAJOR UPSET April 1st-2nd, 2023 3rd 13th jaredisking1
The Come Up 2023 April 22nd, 2023 1st
Maesuma TOP 12 April 30th, 2023 4th
TOKYO SMASH BOOT CAMP May 3rd, 2023 5th
DELTA 4 May 4th, 2023 2nd
Kagaribi 10 May 6th-7th, 2023 7th
Battle of BC 5 May 19th-21st, 2023 17th
CEO 2023 June 23rd-25th, 2023 2nd / 513
Get On My Level 2023 July 21st-23rd, 2023 5th / 877 5th / 132 Ouch!?
Super Smash Con 2023 August 10th-13th, 2023 9th / 2,607
UTSmash Monthly - September 2023 September 15th, 2023 1st / 62
heavens arena: gaiden! October 1st, 2023 1st / 75
Rise 'N Grind 2023 October 13th-15th, 2023 13th / 443
Luminosity Makes Moves Miami 2023 October 27th-29th, 2023 9th / 387
Port Priority 8 November 11th-12th, 2023 13th / 710 33rd / 165 Zomba
The Coinbox IRL December 17th, 2023 5th / 16 $550
Luminosity Makes BIG Moves 2024 January 5th-7th, 2024 9th / 891
Frosty Faustings XVI 2024 January 26th-28th, 2024 1st / 229
GENESIS X February 16th-18th, 2024 9th / 1,506
Revenge of the 6ix: 2024 Test Launch March 2nd-3rd, 2024 1st / 48 2nd / 8 Pwner ???
Collision 2024 March 15th-17th, 2024 13th / 714 17th / 108 AndresFn
Gourmet Bash 3 March 23rd-24th, 2024 3rd / 140 ???
The Pregame - BOBC6 Pre-Event March 28th, 2024 1st / 173
Battle of BC 6 March 29th-31st, 2024 5th / 494 ???
Diamond Dust April 6th-7th, 2024 4th / 284 2nd / 48 Onin ???

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Smash Ultimate Summit 5 September 15th-18th, 2022 5th

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