The Melee Stats Top 100: 70-61

By Melee Stats | 11/08/21

The Melee Stats Top 100 Players of All-Time as presented by PGstats continues today with the reveal of players 70-61.

For more on the methodology behind these rankings, the people who made this all possible, and the schedule going forward, read our introductory article here.
For other articles in the series, see below:
By Zane "Epengu" Bhansali
If I asked 100 Melee players to name an incredible Falco who has been around since 2007 and loves beer, chances are I’d get about 99 variations on . But for the one percent in the know, Melee’s true drunken master goes by other names. Lambchops; Chopsteezy; WhiteBoyWasted; these days he answers mostly to the moniker .
Despite his wild reputation, it was Lambchops' precise laser control that established him as one of the Florida Falcos who helped shape the region’s pedigree. Although his migration to New York saw a drop in his attendance, he's found a new purpose as would-be sensei to many of the city's young up-and-comers - and the rare "Beerman" sighting at a local still means there's a walking upset alert on the premises.
By Anokh "EdwinBudding" Palakurthi
While most people remember that finished in top eight of Genesis, few remember that he used to routinely go to-to-toe with greats like , Eggm, , Azen, and even a young . When Scar moved to NorCal, he won The Deep over and , even toning down his hatred for Jigglypuff a little bit.
However, the greatest thing about his career is his resume's impeccable ability to withstand a completely different methodology for another Top 100 all-time ranking—three years after the original one—seemingly for the sole purpose of keeping him as the eternal 69th best player of all-time.
By Brendan "GimmeDatWheat" Malone
At The Big House 4, the then-worldwide No. 2 held the spot of the highest placing Peach, bowing out at fourth place. The second highest placing Peach was a then-unranked Michigan player named Kalamazhu, who only months prior to his ninth place run was bringing notebooks to tournaments to analyze Armada's Peach in real time.
After seven years and a move to NorCal, has refused to fade away, winning sets over VaNz, , , , and . Don’t be surprised to see future Peach players start taking notes from him. 
By Eryk "Ambisinister" Banatt
There's more to than just being the guy who beats up the UK and makes fun of 's impressions all day. While his in-region records are astonishing, his performances out of region are no less impressive. With wins on , , , , and , his resume is packed full of big-ticket victories in spite of comparatively fewer trips overseas.
One can only imagine how different things would have been if he spent more time in the States. I could really see him putting up some amazing performances, like placing top eight at a major over , Shroomed, and . Oh, wait - he already did that at UGC Smash Open.
By Jacob "chroma" Robins
Feared most for his tech-chasing prowess, terrorized fast-fallers and floaties alike up and down the east coast from 2006-2014, in singles as well as alongside his longtime doubles teammate . At Genesis, he notoriously foiled the highly anticipated vs face-off by "tope-chasing" the former out of winners' before losing to the latter, though he'd have his revenge and beat both on his way to ninth at Pound 4.
At Paragon LA, a mostly retired Tope would face Leffen in bracket. The sparsely-watched tape shows Tope winning game 1, and on the verge of losing on Leffen's counterpick, he accidentally Up-Bs out of shield. Of course, he hits Leffen, begins techchasing, and is audibly cackling in the recording.
By Melissa Blight
used to dominate the Pacific Northwest, beating players like , and DJ Combo. If he didn't go on sabbatical to Hawaii throughout the early 2010s, he might be even higher on this list than he currently is, as his peak years were effectively taken from him.
Nonetheless, the fact Ka was able to return to competing after such a long leave—reclaiming his spot as the best Luigi in the world from 2018 to 2019—speaks so much to his skill.
By Eryk "Ambisinister" Banatt
The dragon duelist himself, is an easy pick for one of the best players of all time, having accumulated one of the most impressive resumes to ever belong to a player never ranked Top 10 in the world. There are a number of things about Crush which make him stand out from the crowd - his unquestionable dominance over New England locals, his perennially underrated rivalry with , and his penchant for taunting against ICs players.
But what he will perhaps be most remembered for is his absolute fire Twitter account, still fondly remembered by the fringe Top 100 Fox player who plagiarizes one of his tweets once every couple of months.
By Brendan "GimmeDatWheat" Malone
For years, held the title of “Second Best Peach in Europe”, quite the Pyrrhic victory considering the holder of the “First Best Peach in Europe.” Earning the moniker was no small feat, with Trif boasting annual results which vaulted him into the upper echelon of the continent.
However, after Armada’s retirement in 2018, we saw Trif take another step forward. After beginning 2019 with a startling upset over at Genesis 6 and defending Europe by winning Phoenix Blue 2 over aMSa, Trif amassed a series of high level wins stateside including iBDW, , Fiction, and even . Today, after years of being called the “Second Best Peach in Europe,” Trif has a new title: The second best player in Europe.
By Anokh "EdwinBudding" Palakurthi
Not many Melee players can claim to be Top 2 in a state as stacked as Washington for as long as . He's also been making Top 32s at majors for just a bit under a decade. Fun fact: he's never missed out on the Top 100, having also made the Top 50 from 2013 to 2018.
In 2017, Bladewise successfully defended the Pacific Northwest at the first ever Bridgetown Blitz, where he casually defeated and without dropping a set—and somehow everyone just moved on.
By Eryk "Ambisinister" Banatt
Eggm was a technical innovator—he was doing waveshine out of shield punishes long before most of today's smashers graduated kindergarten. A mainstay at East Coast tournaments in the mid to late aughts, his resume is jam packed full of impressive finishes, such as placing fourth at Revival of Melee 5, with wins on and .
If you're shocked to see him make the list, that's likely due to his tendency to finish barely outside the limelight, such as his run through PC Chris, , and to finish in ninth place at Apex 2010. If you've never seen him play, go watch Eggm vs Ken at Apex 2015 - you'll thank me later.
The Melee Stats Top 100 will continue Wednesday with the reveal of players 60-51. Follow @MeleeStatsPod and @PGstats on Twitter to keep up with the full series.