aMSa

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[e][h]Yoshi aMSa
Player Information
Name:
近本 昌也
Romanized Name:
Masaya Chikamoto
Birth:
October 27, 1991 (1991-10-27) (age 25)
Country:
Team:
Alternate IDs:
aMSaRedYoshi
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Yoshi Yoshi
Secondaries:
Falco Falco
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Main:
Greninja Greninja
Links
For the Dutch Sheik player, see Amsah.

Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto is a Yoshi player from Japan, who is considered the undisputed best Melee Yoshi main in the world.

Biography[edit]

Hailing from Miyagi, Japan, aMSa is one of few top professional Yoshi mains. After taking a game off of Mew2King at EVO 2013 and placing 9th at Apex 2014, his Red Yoshi became a recognizable symbol in the competitive community. Since then, aMSa has garnered a large amount of support from the Melee community, receiving not only a crowd-funded sponsorship to go to Republic of Fighters 3 in Europe, but also a sponsorship from VGBootCamp, which was working in collaboration with the subreddit r/smashbros. His high placings at large tournaments and incredibly technical Yoshi play has lead many to reconsider Yoshi's place in the current metagame as well the tier list.

Thanks to his third place finish at Republic of Fighters 3, where he lost to only Armada and Leffen while playing the PAL version of Melee where Yoshi is considered stronger, he qualified directly into the top 20 for 2014 MLG Anaheim. At Anaheim, however, he only managed to win one set against PewPewU, finishing last in his pool before being defeated by S2J in bracket for a worst-possible placing of 17th. In many of his sets at Anaheim he took the lead 2-0 before losing the next three games, leading some to believe that his opponents managed to adapt to the unfamiliar Yoshi matchup over the course of five games.[1]

Just a few weeks later at Kings of Cali 4, however, aMSa managed to defeat Mew2King while Mew2King played Sheik and Fox. However, he then proceeded to lose to Mango and Lucky 3-0, finishing 5th, eventually outplaced by Mew2King. He ended his summer in the US with a 17th place finish at EVO 2014 a week later.

In December, aMSa attended Battle Gateway 6, the Japanese qualifier for Apex 2015, the winner of which would be awarded a free flight to Apex. However, he finished 2nd behind the Peach player Shippu. Although it looked as if aMSa would be unable to attend Apex, he announced on January 21 that his boss let him to take time off work to go to the US, allowing him to enter the then-largest tournament of all time.[2]

At Apex 2015, he went undefeated until meeting Leffen (considered the best Yoshi player in the world before aMSa's entry into the scene), who defeated him 2-0. In the losers' bracket, he eliminated Zhu, Lucky (who had eliminated him 3-0 at Kings of Cali 4), SFAT, and KirbyKaze, before losing to Mango, but not before taking two games. aMSa's 5th place finish at Apex was the best-ever placing for him and his seemingly-improved Yoshi at a US national, and showed that he was still very capable despite his middling finishes the previous summer. At EVO 2015, he finished 25th, losing early in winners to Light, a relatively-unknown Peach player in what is known as one of Yoshi's worst matchups, and in losers to Hax.

Despite his great performances internationally, with victories over some of the best players in the world, aMSa has consistently lost to players in Japan that have not been nearly as successful as aMSa internationally, such as Gucci (25th at Apex 2013), Shippu (113th at Apex 2015), and Kounotori (33rd at EVO 2013). Some have speculated that this may be because Japanese players have more experience with either the Yoshi matchup or aMSa's specific style of play, as Japanese players have many more chances to play aMSa than non-Japanese players do, hinting that perhaps aMSa's international performances owe greatly to many players' unfamiliarity with the Yoshi matchup. However, aMSa himself says that he simply performs worse in Japan than he does abroad, saying "It's not Yoshi's fault, but my mental state."[3]

Results[edit]

Date Place Event Result Prize
2017
Mar 5 A11st Battle GateWay 15 3 : 1 Japan Fox Rudolph
Jan 8 A22nd Battle GateWay 14 2 : 3 Japan Peach Shippu
2016
Nov 6 A11st Battle GateWay 13 3 : 1 Japan Falco Yu
Sep 4 A22nd Battle GateWay 12 2 : 3 Japan Peach Shippu
Aug 11-14 A59 - 12th Super Smash Con 2016 0 : 3 USA Fox PewPewU
Jul 23 A55 - 6th Battle GateWay 11 DQ Japan Da-yoshi
Apr 29-May 1 A11st KVO x TSB 2016 2 : 0
2 : 1
Japan Fox Rudolph
Apr 2-3 A513 - 16th Pound 2016 1 : 3 USA Sheik Plup
Mar 26 A57 - 8th Battle GateWay 10 1 : 2 Japan Sanne
Jan 24 A44th Battle GateWay 9 2 : 3 Japan Peach Shippu
2015
Dec 26-27 A55 - 6th CrazyHand 2015 Winter 0 : 2 Japan Fox Kounotori $16.63
Aug 14-15 A22nd CrazyHand 2015 0 : 3 Japan Peach Shippu $40.21
Aug 9 A55 - 6th Battle GateWay 8 1 : 2 Japan Fox Kounotori
Jul 17-19 B725 - 32nd EVO 2015 1 : 2 USA Fox Hax
May 2-4 A22nd KVO x TSB 2015 1 : 2
0 : 2
Japan Fox Kounotori
Jan 31-Feb 1 A55 - 6th Apex 2015 2 : 3 USA Fox Mango $903
2014
Dec 14 A22nd Battle GateWay 6 3 : 2
1 : 3
Japan Peach Shippu $250
Jul 11-13 B717 - 24th EVO 2014 0 : 2 USA Captain Falcon S2J
Jul 9 A11st Prinny's Path to Evo[4] L Germany Ice $150
Jul 5-6 A55 - 6th Kings of Cali 4 0 : 3 USA Fox Lucky $46.50
All Results

Melee Rankings[edit]

SSBM Rank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
SSBM Rank 2016 32
SSBM Rank 2015 24
SSBM Rank 2015 Summer 22
SSBM Rank 2014 22
SSBM Rank 2014 Summer 12
SSBM Rank 2013 77

Japan SSBM Rank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
Japan SSBM Rank 2016 2

Matches[edit]

aMSa vs. Mew2King - Kings of Cali 4

Interviews[edit]

References[edit]