I am Barnard’s Loop. I have collected tournament data at the regional and national level across most prominent countries for two years, and have used it to engineer a scoreboard for showing what characters do the best, alongside their meta saturation.
I have done a number of stats & data based projects for Smashboards & Reddit, as evidenced by the content on this blog. Some were with help, others without. I feel like I can call myself very qualified to discuss the issue at hand from a data perspective and have plenty of evidence to support it if asked.
I began to write preliminary versions of this article during May-June, possibly sooner, but priorities shifted and it became delayed. By late December, I decided to begin work on it again, and I have accelerated that work after GENESIS 5 and Frostbite 2018.
The reason, of course, is because the community has become pretty tumultuous as of late. Twitter, Smashboards, and Reddit are rife with discussion about this character with many top players or people who manage the scene chiming in.
I figured after doing experimental projects with Freezie like OrionRank, after analyzing character diversity across multiple titles, and after doing short-form analysis of character data for Kirby & Marcina, I decided it would be a good idea to extensively research the most discussed character in Smash 4.
This article will largely be based in factual data and reasonable interpretations based on that data. I will include sources and methodologies at the bottom.