4BR Tier List: Ganondorf, Still King of Bottom Tier?

Ganondorf was once known for near unmatched levels of disrespect and evisceration in Super Smash Bros. Melee, and took one of the biggest dives in skill and overall shock and wow when going into Brawl. Ganondorf went from crowd favorite, to everyone’s favorite punching bag, considered by many to be the worst in the game, and laughably easy to defeat. Has this same mentality of Ganondorf carried over from Brawl into Smash 4?

The 4BR currently ranks Ganondorf as third from last in the game, even worse than characters like Charizard and Samus. I personally rank Ganondorf somewhere around 10-11 spots up from the bottom, or comparatively in the 4BR Tier List, in the G Tier (definitely just a coincidence and not on purpose for Ganondorf Tier). Is there any valid data to show that Ganondorf should be higher?


Ganondorf has not only actively ruled one, but two different State Power Rankings. Both Pennsylvania and Minnesota have been dominated by the King of All Evil Himself, Ganondorf.

Until he was finally taken over by Mega Man main Swag at the start of 2016, GanonTheBeast controlled his region, ranking first in every PR released last year, all as a solo Ganondorf main.


Even during the customs meta for the first half of last year, GanonTheBeast still preferred to keep his default moveset instead of opting for Ganondorf’s devastating Dark Fists and Wizard’s Dropkick.

Ready to write off GanonTheBeast’s success in being from a relatively unknown state? Guess again as Vex Kasrani from Philadelphia was able to achieve the same feat on the Philadelphia Power Rankings for the better part of last year. While Vex’s Power Ranking is only for a smaller part of a larger state, it is widely agreed upon that he tops the best players from Central and Western PA as well, the other two Power Rankings that make up the entire state of Pennsylvania with Philadelphia.

Vex has yet to drop from his first spot on the Philadelphia PR since the start of the game, though has done so with multiple different characters. While he’s currently focusing on Donkey Kong and has spent time in the past as King Dedede and Bowser, he spent the majority of 2015 at the top with everyone’s favorite Dark Lord.


Find me any character around Ganondorf on the 4BR Tier List that not only has reached the top spot on a state’s power ranking, but hold it for the better part of a year. Oh, and apply that to two different states.

Sorry 4BR, but Ganondorf is ready again to show what he’s made of in this game.

CT Chibo

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