Smasher:Tea

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Tea "てぃー" "TeaPacMan"
Tea 2020.jpg
Ultimate main Pac-Man
Other Ultimate
character
Kazuya
SSB4 main Pac-Man
Other SSB4
character
Bayonetta
Former sponsor(s) Revo
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fall 2019 PGRU: 12th
Additional info
Real name Takuma Hirooka
Location Shiga Prefecture, Kansai Japan

Tea (てぃー, Tea) is a Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pac-Man player with a Kazuya secondary who is considered to be the best Pac-Man player in the world, one of the best Kazuya players in the world, and one of the best players in Japan. He is currently ranked 6th on the Experimental Smash Player Rankings, and 12th on both the Fall 2019 PGRU and OrionRank Mid-Year 2022; he was also ranked 5th on the discontinued Japan Player Rankings. Tea has taken sets off of players such as Dabuz, Kola, Light, KEN, Glutonny and Tweek.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he is considered to be one of the best Pac-Man players in the world along with Sinji. He is mostly known in Japan for his mastery of Pac-Man's trapping abilities, which led him to getting a 9th place at Sumabato Niconico Qualifier. Tea has taken sets off of players such as KEN, Abadango, Kameme, Elegant, falln, Raito, Earth, and Rizeasu. He is currently ranked 21st on the JAPAN Smash 4 Power Rankings.

On February 21st, 2020, both Tea and Kome were signed by SUSANOO GAMING8.[1] On July 1st, 2021, SUSANOO GAMING 8 and KURENAI GAMING were merged to form the gaming team GUREN (now known as Revo). [2] Exactly one year later, Tea has left the team. [3]

Playstyle[edit]

Tea is a Pac-Man player who excels at combo games and usage of various Bonus Fruit items. He prefers to use Galaxian in lower percentages and Bell in mid or high percentages, using them as a kill confirm in many situations. He is also well-known to set up a mind-game situation consisting of his usage of Bell, often inducing opponent's mistake and landing a Bell into his forward Smash. Off-stage, Tea utilizes Pac-Man's impressive recovery options to recover from unexpected places. Another hallmark of Tea's playstyle is that he often utilizes Fire Hydrant to block opponent's movements, charge Bonus Fruit and edgeguard opponents.

However, Tea struggles when he deals with players with long-ranged attacks, due to the fact that he can't land his signature kill confirm with his Bell. This is evident in matches between MkLeo, Sparg0 and KEN when the latter switched his character to Sephiroth.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Sumabato 6 October 23rd, 2015 25th
Sumabato Niconico Qualifiers December 26th, 2015 9th
Sumabato 7 February 11th, 2016 17th
Sumabato 9 April 9th, 2016 5th
Sumabato for THE BIG HOUSE July 30th-31st, 2016 7th 33rd Ginko
Sumabato 12 August 27th, 2016 17th
Sumabato 19 August 12th, 2017 7th
Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 1 February 3rd, 2018 9th
Umebura Tokaigi Qualifier 2 February 4th, 2018 33rd
Sumabato 23 February 17th, 2018 13th
Sumabato 24 March 24th, 2018 9th
Sumabato x Cyclops #50 May 18th, 2018 1st
Sumabato 25 May 27th, 2018 7th
Sumabato x Cyclops #57 July 20th, 2018 9th
Umebura 33 July 28th, 2018 49th
Sumabato 27 August 12th, 2018 13th
SoCal Regionals 2018 September 14th-16th, 2018 2nd 2nd Sinji
Mega Smash Mondays 158 September 17th-18th, 2018 1st
Sumabato Smash 4 Final October 21st, 2018 33rd
Umebura Smash 4 Final December 1st, 2018 3rd

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
SUMABATO x CYCLOPS #76 December 7th, 2018 3rd
Sumabato SP January 6th, 2019 2nd
Sumabato SP 2 February 2nd, 2019 1st
Toryumon Kiwami #8 February 20th, 2019 4th
Frostbite 2019 February 22nd-24th, 2019 13th 3rd Lea
TrueGaming Invitational March 28th-30th, 2019 3rd
2GG: Prime Saga Kickoff April 12th, 2019 9th
2GG: Prime Saga April 13th-14th, 2019 5th 5th T
Umebura Japan Major 2019 May 1st-2nd, 2019 5th
Sumabato SP 4 May 26th, 2019 2nd
Shulla-bra SP 4 June 8th, 2019 1st
Sumabato SP 5 June 22nd, 2019 7th
Karisuma SP 3 July 6th, 2019 2nd
Sumabato SP 6 July 13th, 2019 2nd
Umebura SP 4 August 16th, 2019 17th
SwitchFest 2019 Kickoff August 30th, 2019 7th
2GG: SwitchFest 2019 August 31st-September 1st, 2019 2nd 5th Shuton
2GG: Run it Back September 7th, 2019 2nd
Mainstage September 20th-22nd, 2019 5th
Umebura SP 5 September 28th, 2019 9th
Thunder Smash Thursday! #20 October 10th, 2019 2nd
Thunder Smash 3 October 12th, 2019 1st
Smash Ultimate Summit 2 October 24th-27th, 2019 5th
Seoul Smash X November 2nd, 2019 2nd
Umebura SP 7 November 16th, 2019 17th
2GG: Kongo Saga December 7th-8th, 2019 9th 9th T
Mega Smash Mondays 219 December 9th, 2019 9th
Sumabato SP 11 December 28th, 2019 3rd
Let's Make Big Moves January 3rd-5th, 2020 4th
EVO Japan 2020 January 24th-26th, 2020 3rd
Frostbite 2020 February 21st-23rd, 2020 4th 9th Manzoku
Voyage Qualifier 1Online May 3rd, 2020 2nd
VoyageOnline May 5th, 2020 5th
Mido Smash June 28th, 2020 3rd
Smash Ultimate Online Challenge Finals 3Online September 5th, 2020 5th
Maesuma TOP 4 October 31st-November 1st, 2020 3rd 9th Kome
2nd Kansai Top Round Robin November 7th, 2020 1st
Sumabato SP 15 November 15th, 2020 9th
Tamisuma Championship 1Online February 17th, 2021 33rd
Sumabato SP 17 March 7th, 2021 9th
Kagaribi 3 March 27th, 2021 1st
SWT: Japan Ultimate Online QualifierOnline April 16th-17th, 2021 25th
Kagaribi 4 June 26th-27th, 2021 3rd
GI Carnival July 3rd, 2021 2nd
Sumabato SP 19 July 24th, 2021 1st
Maesuma #249Online August 29th, 2021 1st
Temple: Hermès Edition September 1st-5th, 2021 1st
Tamisuma SP #310Online September 18th, 2021 1st
Maesuma Champion Series 8Online September 18th, 2021 1st
Maesuma TOP 6 October 22nd, 2021 7th
Kagaribi 5 October 30th-31st, 2021 7th
Mainstage 2021 November 12th-14th, 2021 4th 17th Riddles
Eastern Powerhouse Invitational 2 December 11th, 2021 2nd
Heavyweights only Tamisuma 4Online January 2nd, 2022 5th
Fighting game characters only TamisumaOnline January 16th, 2022 17th
Smash Ultimate Summit 4 March 3rd-6th, 2022 13th
Maesuma TOP 7 May 1st, 2022 4th
Kagaribi 7 May 4th-5th, 2022 9th
Battle of BC 4 June 10th-12th, 2022 2nd 3rd KEN
King's Court: Crown 2 Pre-Local June 17th, 2022 5th
Crown 2 June 18th-19th, 2022 1st 5th KEN
Double Down 2022 July 8th-10th, 2022 3rd 17th Shuton

Trivia[edit]

  • Tea likes to shout "Kazuya Mishima" whenever he takes stock in game versus certain players. This has since become a running joke amongst Japanese players where they would also say Kazuya Mishima. Tea himself would also tweet the words "KAZUYA MISHIMA" on Twitter from time to time.
    • These jokes as well as Tea's success with the character have led some players to jokingly claim that Tea is the best Kazuya.

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