[DATA] The State of Smash 4 – 2018 Report – Character Stats, Attendance, Viewership, and Sponsorships

Introduction

Hello, I am Barnard’s Loop. You may recognize my name for previous articles I have done in relation to Smash 4, or for my involvement in OrionRank. Today, this report will examine and discuss Smash 4’s status in 2018 by looking at:

  • Character stats
  • Power Ranking data
  • Attendance & Viewership numbers
  • Sponsorship statuses
  • Bayonetta (less extensively this time)

I tend to do small reports every 4 months, as each 4 months represents a Phase in my data collection. As of the end of April, Phase 7 ended, which led me to begin to produce this report.

I hope this report/article will divulge some important information about the current state of the metagame.

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OrionRank Mid-Spring 2018 – #15-#1

Introduction

Hello! I am Barnard’s Loop. As with last year, there is an early-year, Mid-Spring Top 25 to provide as an update to see how the metagame is going. Today, we’re finishing off the Top 25 with 15-1!

This covers January 1st-May 1st of 2018, for 4 total months of events used. 

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OrionRank Mid-Spring 2018 – #25-16, Honorable Mentions

Introduction

Hello! I am Barnard’s Loop. As with last year, there is an early-year, Mid-Spring Top 25 to provide as an update to see how the metagame is going. This will cover the Top 25 of the season as well as some scattered honorable mentions among newer, rising players.

This covers January 1st-May 1st of 2018, for 4 total months of events used. 

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DATA – Cloud in Doubles – An Analysis

Introduction

I am Barnard’s Loop. You may know me for my data work, most recently a Bayonetta article examining how prominent she was in Singles. It was my intention to publish a similar examination of Cloud in Doubles by late 2018, but the announcement of Smash 5 has made this urgent.

Furthermore, several scenes have taken steps to mitigate Cloud’s presence in their doubles scenes. This includes things ranging from a x2 Cloud ban similar to what was enacted with Meta Knight in Brawl to scenes banning Cloud in doubles entirely.

I will attempt, as with my last article, to approach this subject in a professional manner with interpretations based on the data I’ve uncovered. Sources will be provided at the bottom.

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OrionRank 2017 – 101-140, Retrospective, 2018 Plans & Changes.

This is a bit late, but I can finally present the conclusion of OrionRank 2017 – a look back, 101-140, and how 2018 is going so far.

Table of Contents

  • 1.0: Improvements
  • 2.0: OrionRank 2017: 101-140
  • 3.0: Region & Character Data
  • 3.1: Regions Unrepresented in the Top 140
  • 3.2: No Longer Ranked from 2016
  • 3.3: Dropped Out of Top 100 from 2016
  • 3.4: Tidbits of Info
  • 4.0: OrionRank 2018 Qualification & Changes 
  • 5.0: Conclusion

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DATA – Bayonetta – A detailed statistical breakdown of Smash 4’s most controversial character.

INTRODUCTION

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.

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OrionRank 2017 Top 100 – #10-#1

This is it! The final article for the main Top 100. In the next week, I’ll post players who scored outside of the top 100, as well as some commentary & thoughts about the project, as well as plans for OrionRank 2018. Thank you for reading!

More Information: https://intheloop837.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/orionrank-2017-top-100-announcement-information-methodology-101/

Written by Barnard’s Loop

Illustrations by Freeziebeatz

Ranking work by Freeziebeatz & Barnard’s Loop

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