Smasher:Wobbles

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Wobbles, previously known as Wobbles the Phoenix or Honorbound, is a smasher from Dallas, Texas who is known for playing the Ice Climbers and was considered the best in the world with them prior to his initial retirement. Wobbles is currently ranked 1st on the Central Texas Melee Power Rankings and was formerly ranked 1st on the Arizona Melee Power Rankings. Wobbles has since come out of retirement, and is still considered to be one of the best Ice Climbers players in the world, along with ChuDat, Nintendude, and dizzkidboogie. He is currently ranked 30th on the 2016 SSBMRank.

He became known for his use of the "grab, pummel, forward tilt" infinite combo that effectively pushed him within the top 12 finalists in his debut major tournament NorCal Tournament. Wobbles' claim to fame also sparked a series of discussions concerning whether or not the Ice Climbers' forward tilt infinite should be banned in competitive play. The Smash Back Room decided that the infinite should go unbanned in tournaments. The technique has since been called wobbling.

Tournament history[edit]

Wobbles is well known for his performance at EVO 2013, where he defied all expectations and placed 2nd. He made it into the top 8 through winners' bracket by defeating Mango 2-1 in the winners' quarters pool, and then defeated Dr. PeePee 2-0 in winners' semis and Hungrybox 2-1 in winners' finals. However, in grand finals, he lost to Mango 0-3 and 1-3 in the first and second sets respectively. After this performance with a character once considered to be below the threshold for a high tier character, Wobbles retired from the competitive community like he announced before the tournament.

Wobbles has recently made a bit of a resurgence after being sponsored by a local provider in FX DFW. He regularly goes to the Monday Night Melee weeklies and DIME monthlies and consistently gets 1st nearly every time. He has also in this time gone to 2 major tournaments, Forte 2 and Apex 2015. At Forte 2, he placed 3rd of 200+ entrants, taking out notable players such as Axe and taking a game from Hungrybox in Winner's finals before being defeated by Hungrybox 1-3 and then later Axe 0-3 in loser's finals. At APEX, Wobbles placed 33rd of roughly 1,037 entrants, getting 1st seed in his R1 and R2 pools to make bracket, in doing so defeating players such as Qerb, s0ft and Blea Gelo. He then lost to S2J in round 1 of Winner's bracket 1-2, though he quit Game 3 prematurely after losing a stock rather viciously at the hands of S2J. He then forfeited his set with Cactuar in round 1 of loser's bracket to get 33rd overall.

Wobbles has also gone to several smaller tourneys, such as Infinity and Beyond! 18, where he placed 2nd, being able to take a set off of Mew2King 3-1 in Grand Finals but ultimately losing the second set 1-3. Another tourney he attended was Low Tier City 2, where he placed 3rd, losing to Mew2King 1-3 in Winner's finals and Westballz 0-3 in loser's finals. He also attended AZ tourney Smash the Target, where he again placed 3rd, defeating the likes of Squid and Tai, the latter coming off an upset over Westballz, both 2-1 before losing to Axe 2-3 in Winner's finals and Westballz again 1-3 in loser's finals. Finally, Wobbles recently attended the monthly DIME 13, which had Lucky in attendance. Wobbles was able to take 1st at the tournament despite the top level SoCal talent being in attendance. After defeating Mojo 3-2 last stock in Winner's semis, Wobbles lost to Lucky 2-3 last stock in Winner's finals, then proceeded to defeat Mojo 3-1 in loser's finals and take grand finals over Lucky 3-2 and 3-0 for each set, respectively.

Wobbles attended huge southwest tourney Aftershock in March 2015, where he placed a great 2nd place. After earning enough qualifiers points to automatically grant a Top 16 placing, he defeated top MDVA talent in Milkman and Redd to enter Winner's Semis, where he finally defeated Westballz for the first time. He then lost to Axe in Winner's Finals, then proceeded to narrowly beat Redd again in loser's finals 3-2 to reach Grand, where he lost the first set to Axe, netting 2nd place of roughly 150 entrants. Wobbles recently stated he will be attending Sandstorm, a huge Arizona tourney expected to have 5 of the Top 6 and many more top tier talents. At the tournament Wobbles got 9th place, losing to Armada in winner's and S2J in losers, both 2-0.

Wobbles then later entered EVO 2015, the largest Smash tournament of all time with 1800+ entrants. However, instead of using his main of Ice Climbers, he decided to use Mario instead. In doing so, he lost winner's finals of his Round 1 pool to mid tier SoCal player Trichael Man, but made it out in losers side. He eventually lost to Mooninite, who is best known for beating Crimson Blur with Kirby in losers to net 129th place. However, shortly after this tourney at Low Tier City 3, Wobbles proved why he was still one of the best players in the world by winning the tournament. Wobbles first defeats friend Axe 3-2 in Winner's Semis in a close set, but then proceeds to double eliminate Mew2King, defeating him in Winner's Finals and Grand Finals 3-1 each time, with a 3 stock on 3 different occasions, all on Peach, Ice Climbers' worst matchup.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Champ Combo: NorCal Edition April 8th, 2006 25th
NorCal Tournament 2 October 28th, 2006 9th
EVO South 2007 March 10th-11th, 2007 1st
EVO East 2007 May 25th-27th, 2007 9th
Zero Challenge 3 July 20th-22nd, 2007 13th 9th Taj
Super Champ Combo September 29th-30th, 2007 5th 5th Taj
Pound 3 February 2nd-3rd, 2008 33rd 13th DoH
TGMTSBCO June 7th-8th, 2008 17th 13th DoH
Mango Juice March 21st, 2009 4th 2nd Taj
Active Gamers September 26th-27th, 2009 7th 3rd Romeo
Apex 2010 August 6th-8th, 2010 6th 9th DoH
GENESIS 2 July 15th-17th, 2011 9th 9th DoH
Apex 2012 January 6th-8th, 2012 9th
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12th-14th, 2012 57th (forfeited)
Apex 2013 January 11th-13th, 2013 17th 17th Taj
Kings of Cali 2 April 13th-14th, 2013 2nd
Project AZ Melee June 1st, 2013 2nd
EVO 2013 July 12th-14th, 2013 2nd
King of the House 3 June 21st, 2014 1st
Gameguys Intergalactic Kegger July 26th-27th, 2014 2nd
Infinity and Beyond! 18 August 14th, 2014 2nd
Low Tier City 2 August 16th-17th, 2014 3rd 1st Westballz
Monday Night Melee 2 November 10th, 2014 1st
Absolute Battle 5 November 15th, 2014 1st
Monday Night Melee 5 December 1st, 2014 1st
Monday Night Melee 7 December 15th, 2014 1st
Forte 2 December 21st-22nd, 2014 3rd
Smash the Target January 3rd, 2015 3rd 3rd Twin
DIME 12 January 24th, 2015 1st
Apex 2015 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 33rd 17th Taj
Monday Night Melee 16 February 9th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 17 February 16th, 2015 1st
DIME 13 February 21st, 2015 1st 4th Sethlon
Monday Night Melee 19 March 9th, 2015 1st
Aftershock March 28th-29th, 2015 2nd 1st Axe
MVG Sandstorm April 18th-19th, 2015 9th 5th Taj
Monday Night Melee 34 June 22nd, 2015 3rd
Monday Night Melee 35 June 29th, 2015 9th
Monday Night Melee 36 July 6th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 37 July 13th, 2015 7th
EVO 2015 July 17th-19th, 2015 129th
Monday Night Melee 39 July 27th, 2015 1st
Low Tier City 3 August 1st-2nd, 2015 1st 9th Rat King
Monday Night Melee 40 August 3rd, 2015 3rd
Monday Night Melee 41 August 10th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 45 September 7th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 48 September 28th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 50 October 12th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 52 October 26th, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 53 November 2nd, 2015 1st
Tipped Off 11 November 7th-8th, 2015 13th
Monday Night Melee 56 November 23, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 57 November 30, 2015 3rd
Monday Night Melee 58 December 7, 2015 1st
Monday Night Melee 59 December 14, 2015 1st
Forte 3 December 19th-20th, 2015 1st
GENESIS 3 January 15th-18th, 2016 97th 25th Taj
PAX Arena January 29st-31st, 2016 9th
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 7th 17th Isyan
Battle of the Five Gods March 17th-19th, 2016 4th
Smash Summit 2 April 21st-24th, 2016 13th 5th Axe
DreamHack Austin 2016 May 6th-8th, 2016 9th
Smash 'N' Splash 2 June 11th-12th, 2016 5th Hungrybox
Low Tier City 4 June 18th-19th, 2016 5th 17th (DQ) Tai
CEO 2016 June 24th-26th, 2016 33rd
EVO 2016 July 15th-17th, 2016 25th
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 17th Axe
Shine 2016 August 26th-28th, 2016 13th 9th Nintendude
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 25th

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Final Smash 4 June 28th, 2008 9th ? ?
MELEE-FC10R Legacy August 12th-14th, 2012 4th Admiral

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
Shockwave 8 November 21st, 2014 7th
B.E.A.S.T 6 February 19th-21st, 2016 97th

Trivia[edit]

  • Wobbles is infamous for popularizing the term "Arizona Anger", when he threw his controller in a match against SilentSpectre. [1]
  • Wobbles is one of three Ice Climbers players who has made top 8 at EVO, himself placing top 8 at EVO 2013, and the others being Fly Amanita at EVO 2014 and ChuDat at EVO 2007 and 2015.
  • Wobbles has beaten all but one of The Five Gods (Armada) in a tournament bracket match, defeating Mew2King at GENESIS 2, and defeating Mango, PPMD, and Hungrybox in subsequent fashion at EVO 2013.

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