Smasher:Tea

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Not to be confused with .tea, an Austrian player
Tea "てぃー" "TeaPacMan"
Tea 2020.jpg
Character info
Smash 4 main Pac-Man
Other Smash 4 character Bayonetta
Ultimate mains Pac-Man, Kazuya
Team info
Sponsor(s) ZETA DIVISION
Former sponsor(s) Revo
Rankings and results info
Most recent ranking Super Smash Bros. Ultimate LumiRank 2023: 12th
Best historical ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 OrionRank 2018: 70th
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate UltRank 2022: 5th
Best tournament result Super Smash Bros. 4 3rd / 515 at Umebura Smash 4 Final
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1st / 863 at Temple: Hermès Edition
Personal and other info
Real name Takuma Hirooka
Birth date (age 26)
Location Tokyo, Kantō Japan

Tea (てぃー, Tea) is a Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pac-Man and Kazuya player from Shiga Prefecture, Kansai, Japan who is currently living in Tokyo, Kantō, Japan. He is considered to be the best Pac-Man player in the world and one of the best players in Japan; he is also considered one of the two best Kazuya players in the world alongside Riddles. He is currently ranked 12th on the LumiRank 2023; he was also ranked 6th on the old Experimental Smash Player Rankings.

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] On September 17th, 2022, Tea, Acola, and Gackt were signed by ZETA DIVISION. [4]

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, ProtoBanham and KEN when the latter switched his character to Sephiroth.

Rankings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

OrionRank[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
OrionRank 2018 January 1st-December 2nd, 2018 70th Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Panda Global Rankings Ultimate[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
Spring 2019 PGRU February 1st-July 7th, 2019 15th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png X-Factor: +2
Fall 2019 PGRU July 13th-December 15th, 2019 12th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngDonkeyKongHeadSSBU.png
PGRU v3: Japan Top 50 Players to Watch March 1st-June 13th, 2022 Top 10 Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

LumiRank[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
UltRank 2022 June 18th-December 18th, 2022 5th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
LumiRank Mid-Year 2023 December 19th, 2022-July 23rd, 2023 14th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
LumiRank 2023 December 19th, 2022-December 17th, 2023 12th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

OrionRank Ultimate[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
OrionRank Ultimate: Six Months In January 5th-June 30th, 2019 19th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank 2019 January 5th-December 15th, 2019 11th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png X-Factor: -2
OrionRank Pre-Quarantine December 27th, 2019-March 15th, 2020 5th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse April 2020-December 19th, 2021 6th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Mid-Year 2022 December 22nd, 2021-June 26th, 2022 12th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank 2022 December 22nd, 2021-December 18th, 2022 6th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

OrionRank Japan[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
OrionRank Japan Top 150 January 2019-June 2021 3rd Pac-ManHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank Ultimate: Eclipse Japan June 2020-December 19th, 2021 3rd Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png
OrionRank 2022 Japan December 22nd, 2021-December 18th, 2022 3rd Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

LumiRank Japan[edit]

Ranking Time period Rank Character(s) Notes
LumiRank 2023 Japan December 19th, 2022-December 17th, 2023 5th Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png

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 Qualifier 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 / 515
Kyojin Dojo December 30th, 2022-January 1st, 2023 5th

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
Tamisuma Championship 5Online July 29th, 2021 33rd
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
Ultimate WANTED 4 August 25th-28th, 2022 3rd 9th Etoiles
L'Odyssée - Chant I October 15th-16th, 2022 1st
Ludwig Smash Invitational October 21st-23rd, 2022 17th
Ultimate Fighting Arena 2022 November 11th-13th, 2022 1st
WINNER! -Next 1- November 27th, 2022 1st
Mainstage 2022 December 2nd-4th, 2022 13th 5th Shuton
Kyojin Dojo December 30th, 2022-January 1st, 2023 1st 7th Marche
Umebura SP 9 January 7th-8th, 2023 2nd
GENESIS 9 January 20th-22nd, 2023 9th
Maesuma TOP 11 March 5th, 2023 17th
tamasuma kyokkan 2 April 15th, 2023 2nd
Maesuma TOP 12 April 30th, 2023 5th
TOKYO SMASH BOOT CAMP May 3rd, 2023 7th
Kagaribi 10 May 6th-7th, 2023 17th
Crown the Third June 3rd-4th, 2023 13th / 418 13th / 99 Shuton
Maesuma TOP 13 June 24th-25th, 2023 13th / 541
Smash Factor X July 28th-30th, 2023 9th / 702 9th / 108 Shuton
Ultimate Wanted 5 August 10th-13th, 2023 3rd / 325 3rd / 54 Asimo
Kagaribi 11 October 7th-8th, 2023 4th / 1,472
Port Priority 8 November 11th-12th, 2023 13th / 710 13th / 165 Shuton
Ultimate Fighting Arena 2023 November 24th-26th, 2023 5th / 1,013 7th / 96 BassMage
Umebura SP 10 January 6th-8th, 2024 9th / 1,275
Pre-Genesis X at Guildhouse (Thursday) February 15th, 2024 13th / 160
GENESIS X February 16th-18th, 2024 7th / 1,506 17th / 302 BassMage
Kyokkan 5 April 20th, 2024 2nd / 231
DELTA 8 May 3rd, 2024 17th / 516
Kagaribi 12 May 5th-6th, 2024 5th / 2,030

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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