Armada first turned heads in Europe with a nail-biter 5-game set against Amsah at RoX4 (July 2007), resulting in a narrow loss and fourth place. By the time 2009 rolled around, he had established himself as the best European player and went Stateside for GENESIS, where he ended up second to Mango in one of the most iconic Melee grand finals ever played. He would keep coming back to American nationals, until his reign finally started with GENESIS 2 in 2011.
Although the landscape has changed considerably since those days, Armada is hardly less dominant. With more events, prize money, and top level talent than ever before, he is a common face in both European and American competitions. Even during his low period in 2013 and 2014, due to a temporary retirement and a struggle with some of Peach’s harder matchups, he never dropped sets to anyone but a select group of five players. He started 2015 with a new main in Fox, took EVO later that year and didn’t lose another tournament until DreamHack Winter. Sporting both Fox and Peach as two very different picks, he has his bases covered against all players and matchups.
Armada started 2016 with a victory at Genesis 3 after a 2-set grand finals against longtime rival Mango. With 1,828 singles entrants, G3 was by far the biggest event of the year yet. The months since have been fairly quiet for Armada: after winning BEAST 6 over Leffen, he got third place at Battle of the Five Gods, behind Hungrybox and Mango. He redeemed himself by taking Smash Summit 2, where he surprisingly lost 0-3 against Mew2King in winners and ran it back before grinding out two sets against Hungrybox in grand finals.
We are now seeing a rare situation where Hungrybox, Mango, Mew2King and Leffen have all recently taken a set against the champ. Although Armada is still the clear favourite at any tournament and the range of players he can potentially lose to is smaller than that of any other player, he has some reason to be worried as he is gearing up for a stacked Summer of Smash.
It is telling that voters for this ranking rewarded Armada with a perfect 10 on average and this was no different for the 2015 SSBMRank by Melee It On Me. Armada continues to be the hallmark of consistency and discipline, and there is still little reason to believe 2016 will not be a good year for him as well. Stay on the lookout for “The Meta Game”, a documentary centered around Armada, scheduled to release later this year.
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|Evo 2015||The Big House 5||DH Winter||BEAST 6||Battle of the Five Gods|
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This ranking was a SmashEurope-wide effort spearheaded by Marc, who managed the project and wrote the majority of the player profiles. Additional profiles were written by Rutger and editing was done by Remen. Cas aided in setting up the form and processing the results, while Joeri took care of layout and images. Source photographs used were shot by Seya, Stephanie Lindgren, José Luis Espinosa Parra and Michael Hathaway. We wish to thank the various community leaders who gathered votes and encouraged the panelists and, finally, Tafokints for his input and setting an example with SSBMRank.