Spring 2020 PGRU
The Spring 2020 PGRU is a cancelled list of the best smashers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The ranking period started on December 16th, 2019 and became frozen on March 12th, 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The list would ultimately be cancelled in favor of a new list that ignored the results of this season due to the amount of time that had passed.
Between January to February 2022, a series of articles and videos titled PGRContenders were published, looking at some of the biggest PGR contenders from North America and Europe heading into the new season. Panelists of the tier list considered tournaments in 2021 for the list, and the tournaments in early 2020 remained permanently unranked.
Due to concerns over players attempting to game the rankings, the methodology received an overhaul. Rankings would be panel-based instead of using an algorithm, in a similar fashion to the MPGR. The rankings themselves would be extended by 50 places and now would rank the top 100 players instead of 50. Players in Area 51 would be counted for the PGRU, and five additional "rising stars" would be considered for PGR tournaments 3 months into the season; both would be worth the same as those ranked from 31-50. The international multiplier was changed as well: the multiplier for the continental United States and Japan remained the same; however, the multiplier everywhere else changed to ~1.67x; the C-tier threshold for those countries was now 120. Disqualifications for entrants in free-to-enter tournaments were counted, and a 1-DQ buffer was given to S-tier tournaments. Finally, there were plans for an off-season starting in December and ending in January.