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Regular Contributors



Anokh “EdwinBudding” Palakurthi


Edwin is an aspiring author, freelance journalist and creator of this website. You can check out some of his previous work on his personal blog. He enjoys reading, writing, sports, history and music.



Sam “Ding” Greene
Staff Writer/Social Media Manager

Ding is a person from Rhode Island who, with 343, leads seeding efforts for large tournaments. He also writes When’s Melee, a weekendly article with tourney information.



Scott “SaveAsUntitled” Schroeder
Melee Stats Podcast Producer


Save started off making YouTube videos earlier this decade for other video games before getting involved in the Melee community as a content creator. He likes music, video games and is an avid Dungeons & Dragons player.


Other Members



Eryk “Ambisinister” Banatt
Quipper Extraordinaire


Ambi is a formerly power ranked Tristate Fox and Melee’s mini-version of Gwern. You can check out some of his material on his YouTube channel or his website.



Brendan “GimmeDatWheat” Malone
Lead Data Tracker


Wheat tracks results data for the Melee Stats team and the world. He’s maintained spreadsheets with top 50 players’ results for the last two years, which provide valuable information to SSBMRank panelists. On top of that, he submits tons of tournament data to Tafostats.



Andrew “PracticalTAS” Nestico
Frame Data Wizard


PracticalTAS is a Melee TASer, statistician and content creator. He’s an analyst for SSBMRank and the Smash 4 Panda Global Rankings, as well as a member of both the UCF team and the Melee Competition Committee “25.”




Damien “343” Jiang
Seeding Organizer


343, also known as Algebra, leads seeding efforts for large tournaments alongside Ding. He used to write for Team Liquid.



Leon “ycz6” Zhou
West Coast Correspondent



Ycz has played Melee for over a decade, creating mini highlight videos, being power ranked in different regions and, most famously, writing the compendium of SSBM knowledge. Right now, he’s NorCal’s No. 20 Melee player.




Luiz Felipe “Fairfax” Rossas
South America Correspondent



Fairfax keeps track of stage and viewership data from Melee nationals. He’s also a PPMD cultist, WRPG aficionado and organizes tournaments in Brazil.




Glenn “KayB” Kim
East Asia Correspondent



KayB is the main writer for Melee scenes within Korea and Japan. He’s pursuing a degree at Cornell University.




Ben “Ovenn” Dyck
British Columbia Correspondent


Ovenn literally enjoys playing Peach against Jigglypuff. He currently helps keep track of data within Tafostats.



Akhil “Fire” Silla
Puff Player


Fire is our resident ChuDat apologist. He makes playlists of old-school Melee on YouTube and tries to save stream recordings before they disappear.




John “SleepyK” Lee
Player Analyst



SleepyK has been involved in Melee since the mid-00s, having competed, written guides on how to play Melee and created tutorials for newer players. Currently, he’s signed by Balance Gaming, where he is a player analyst and streamer, as well as commentator at larger regionals and nationals.




Jake “Chroma” Robins
Commentary Expert



Chroma is the premier San Diego Melee expert and has organized several local tournaments before.  Today, he focuses on commentary, both at regionals and nationals.



Daniel “tafokints” Lee
Editorial Advisor


Tafokints formerly coached for Cloud9 and has written for ESPN, Yahoo, HTC, etc. Along with years of being a community leader, tournament organizer, top 100 player and content creator, he also once won a thousand-dollar money match.