Recently, Team Solomid’s Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, rightly regarded as the world’s best Smash 4 player, announced his retirement from playing Smash 4 competitively after the PGRv4 stats hit the Internet last month.
For those unaware, PGR, also referred to as Panda Global Rankings, records the stats of each Smash 4 player based on their performance in specified events. At the end of every season, the top 50 players are announced via their page at Smash.GG. With the closure of 2017 came the final release of the Version 4 PGR stats.
Out of all fifty players, ZeRo, hailing from Chile and currently residing in Chicago, finished right at the top of the mountain, as he did with every season since the rankings first launched back in 2016. He has defended his reputation as the best Smash 4 player from the moment the game launched in 2014, right up to the end of his journey just two months ago. As stated in his letter to the Smash community, he had to sacrifice all but one aspect of his life in order to achieve his goal of dominating Smash 4 on a scale never seen before.
Now, after years of defending his reputation, he has passed on the torch in order to focus on other goals. However, he remains affiliated with his sponsor, as stated in his letter to the Smash community.
The Smash 4 community was saddened by his decision to step down, but all have wished him well. That said, ZeRo himself has said that at least one of the following may spark his competitive fire once again: the release of the next Smash Bros. title, Smash 4 being ported to the Nintendo Switch (there have been rumors of such), or even a deluxe update for Smash 4 on the current console. For the time being, he continues to produce Smash-themed content via his social media pages.
One example of such content is an exhibition he’s recently played with Liquid’s Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, who currently holds the title of the best player in another entry of the Smash Bros. franchise: Super Smash Bros. Melee! So one must ask the question: what happens when the best of the Smash 4 community steps into Hungrybox’s territory?
The video below should answer your question.
Ever wondered how the Smash 4 GOAT vs the current #1 ranked Melee player in the World, @LiquidHbox would look like… IN MELEE?
— 『 ZeRo 』 (@TSMZeRo) February 11, 2018
P.S. As of today, ZeRo has shared another Melee exhibition with @Tempo_S2J, who is known as the best Captain Falcon from the Melee scene. Check out the video below to witness the next leg of ZeRo’s journey in Melee!
— 『 ZeRo 』 (@TSMZeRo) February 12, 2018
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