PGRUv3 Hub + FAQ

By Andrew "PracticalTAS" Nestico | 08/02/22

Have questions about PGRU Season 3? Hopefully the answers you want are here!

When are the rankings being released?
As stated here, PGRU Season 3 will be releasing as follows:
Wednesday, August 3rd: PGRU v3 EU 30-11 & PGRU v3 NA 30-11
Thursday, August 4th, 10 AM Eastern Time: PGRU v3 EU Top 10 + Video
Thursday, August 4th, 3 PM Eastern Time: PGRU v3 NA Top 10 + Video
Thursday, August 11th: PGRU Japan 50 Players to Watch, Full Video Release
Why has the PGRU switched to a panel process?
As originally announced more than 2 years ago, the PGRU has switched to a panel process identical to the process that has been used for the MPGR since 2018. Prior to PGRU season 2, PGRU was calculated by an algorithm, which resulted in an impartial (which is not to be confused with “unbiased”, algorithms are often biased) ranking. Over the course of the past few years of SSBU competition, we found that players were increasingly attempting to game the algorithm, altering their behavior in order to trick the algorithm into rewarding them with a better ranking than they deserved. We felt that this issue was only going to get worse over time, so we made the decision to switch to a panel of well-informed folks whose variety of opinions make gaming the system more difficult (if not impossible).
How does the panel process work?
A panel of top players, TOs, and analysts were asked to rate eligible players in their region based on the following prompt:
Based on quality and quantity of results from March 1, 2022 to June 13, 2022, rate each player on a scale of 10.0 (best) to 4.0. Who performed the best at offline events over the course of the season?
You may give the benefit of the doubt to players who attended more events during the ranking period.
You are expected to consider their results at regionals and majors.
You may consider their results at out-of-region events.
You may consider their results at serious invitationals, but keep in mind that players who qualified for reasons other than merit received an opportunity they otherwise may not have gotten.
You may consider their results at locals ONLY IF they lack sufficient data for you to make an informed judgement without local results.
Between 60 and 65 players were eligible in each region, and each panelist gave players a rating between 10.0 and 4.0. Panelists were also allowed to abstain from scoring a particular candidate if they felt they did not know enough about them; this had no effect on the player’s final score, but if enough panelists did not rate a player, they would be disqualified (this did not happen for any players on any list this time around).
Panelists’ scores were then normalized for consistency, and each player’s final score was calculated using what is essentially a weighted average, with higher weights given to an individual rating the closer it is to the interquartile mean of the given player’s scores.
What were the eligibility requirements for each list?
The minimum eligibility requirement was either 2 major events or 1 major event and 2 regional events in the specific region. If a player made eligibility requirements for multiple regions, they were eligible for both panels and voted on separately by each. As requested and voted on by the panelists themselves, panels were able to take into account a player’s results from other continents; so, for example, Glutonny's North American results were considered by the European panel, and vice versa.
Why is Ultimate split by region?
Due to travel restrictions caused by the ongoing Covid pandemic, there was limited intercontinental competition this season. To not incentivize players traveling intercontinentally before they feel comfortable or are able, the decision was made to split the PGRU into 3 regional lists.
 Who is on each regional panel?
The regional Ultimate panels consist only of residents from that region; only North American panelists voted on the North American list, only European panelists voted on the European list, and only Japanese panelists voted on the Japanese list.
Why is the Ultimate season a different length than Melee’s?
Due to this being the first time the Smash Ultimate community underwent a panel process, and because we produced 3 separate regional lists for Ultimate, we chose to give the panelists and production team (graphics, writers, editors, etc) extra time to produce the list rather than rush them. This meant that we needed a shorter season if we wanted the lists to all be released before Super Smash Con. On the Melee side, ballots were provided to panelists before the end of their season and voting was completed on a shortened time scale in order to have the list ready on time, neither of which would have been feasible for Ultimate.
Who are the panelists?
Hugo "Lancelot" Hujala (Finland)
Marius "5D" Goeme (France)
Soufiane "Guilshark" Benamar (France)
Kevin "Nives" Grillot (France)
Hugo "Pikana" Perny (France)
Tarik "Tarik" Fayazi (Germany)
Piero "firstbones" Primossi (Italy)
Manuel "Ryng™" Tolu (Italy)
Alice "Alice" Len (Netherlands)
Wesley "Muk" Meijer (Netherlands)
Ricardo "WhYYZ" Kappar (Netherlands)
Emanuel "Anikai" Lesner (Poland)
Mousa "eMass" Hafez (Saudi Arabia/United Kingdom)
Marc "Marcbri" Briansó (Spain)
Oliver "Bloom4Eva" Alexander (United Kingdom)
Tom "Burning" Yeadon (United Kingdom)
Tom "G-P" Scott (United Kingdom)
Boma "Junko" Iringe (United Kingdom)
Tom "Tigerton" Dalton (United Kingdom)
Keenan "Mistrals" Aguiar (Canada - British Columbia)
Trevor "Kantrip" Lukan (Canada - British Columbia)
Hannah "Dexy" Adey (Canada - Ontario)
Michael "Riddles" Kim (Canada - Ontario)
Sebastián "5ebas" Flores Morales (México - Jalisco)
Enrique "Maister" Hernandez (México - México)
José "Toon" Laguna (México - Querétaro)
Armando "AC" Castañeda Villalobos (USA - California)
James "Void" Makekau-Tyson (USA - California)
Robert "BobbyWasabi" Wilson (USA - California)
Alexis "Goblin" Stennett (USA - Florida)
Cyrus "Cagt" Gharakhanian (USA - Florida)
Eric "ESAM" Lew (USA - Florida)
Jack "Trash Day!" Clifton (USA - Maryland)
Kenny "kenniky" Wang (USA - Massachusetts)
Riddge "FinallyRJ" Mussington (USA - New Jersey)
Samuel "Dabuz" Buzby (USA - New Jersey)
Myles "Myles" McKenzie (USA - New York)
Rasheen "Dark Wizzy" Rose (USA - New York)
Salvatore "Zomba" DeSena (USA - New York)
Sean "Fang" O'Hare (USA - New York)
Kyle "Grayola" Gray (USA - Rhode Island)
Ryan "L4st" Krichbaum (USA - Tennessee)
Joshua "Barnard's Loop" Craig (USA - Texas)
Mat "EazyFreezie" Aliotta (USA - Texas)
Stuart "Stuart98" Hepworth (USA - Utah)
Hiroaki "wawon" Endo (Japan - Kanto)
Isami "T" Ikeda (Japan - Kanto)
Kazuki "Asimo" Takeuchi (Japan - Shikoku)
Kazuma "Nojinko" Nojima (Japan - Kansai)
Kento "Kyon" Suga (Japan - Kansai)
Matsuno "Yakara" Takumi (Japan - Kanto)
Naoto "OMNaoto" Takayanagi (Japan - Kanto)
Naoya "Nanaki" Kobayashi (Japan - Kanto)
Seisuke "Kome" Komeda (Japan - Kansai)
Shintaro "Kuro" Kakihara (Japan - Kanto)
Shotaro "Lucia" Ihara (Japan - Kansai)
Kamigaki "Kishiru" Tomohiro (Japan - Kanto)
Tsubasa "Tsuttsun" Harada (Japan - Kyushu)
Yuji "Tempra" Aida (Japan - Kanto)
"obarin" (Japan - Hokkaido)
"Toki" (Japan - Hokkaido)
"chromakeybullet" (Japan - Kanto)
"jak" (Japan - Kanto)
"mani" (Japan - Kanto)
"Mao" (Japan - Kanto)
"NOHOHO" (Japan - Kanto)
"Ryuji3" (Japan - Kanto)
"Maedakun" (Japan - Kansai)