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[e][h]Sheik Plup
Player Information
Name:
Justin McGrath
Country:
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$41,079
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Sheik Sheik
Secondaries:
Samus Samus, Fox Fox, Luigi Luigi
Project M
Main:
Samus Samus
Secondaries:
Meta Knight Meta Knight, Sheik Sheik
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Main:
Rosallina & Luma Rosalina & Luma
Links
Achievements
DreamHack Atlanta 2017
History
2015-06-30 — Present

Justin "Plup" McGrath is a Sheik and Samus player from Central Florida currently playing for Panda Global, ranked #28 in the world on SSBM Rank 2013, #16 in the world on SSBM Rank 2014, #7 in the world on SSBM Rank 2015, and has most recently been ranked #6 in the world on SSBM Rank 2016.

Biography[edit]

Plup originally rose to national fame as "Hungrybox's teammate"; their Samus/Jigglypuff team, "Plupbox," has placed consistently high at national tournaments since 2012. Within two years of his rise to doubles prominence, he proceeded to establish himself as the top American Samus player as well. His black Samus is notable for its smooth platform game and strong punishes.

Plup is particularly good against spacies and Marth, with tournament victories over Colbol, Zhu, Lucky, Hax, Fiction, Westballz, Leffen, Chillindude, Ken, Tai, The Moon and Arc. He is also one of the best Samus vs. Puff player in the world, having taken games off Hungrybox in tournament and defeating s0ft and Darc in bracket at Apex 2013. He soundly defeated HugS in Samus dittos at both the APEX Salty Suite and Super Smash Sundays 20, putting him among the best in the dittos as well.

On May 18, 2014, Plup was flown to Southern California as part of HugS' "Fraudulent Players Fund" to practice with SoCal players and participate in Super Smash Sundays 20 and a special "Boss Rush." The Boss Rush was a "crew-battle" style tournament where Plup faced 4 teams of 4 SoCal players. Though he defeated HugS 2-0 in bracket, he placed just 7th in bracket with a 2-1 loss as Fox against S2J and a 2-0 loss to OkamiBW. In the Boss Rush, he soundly defeated the D, C, and B teams, and took the A team of Lucky, Fiction, S2J, and Westballz down to the final stock, playing Samus the entire time.

Plup's strongest tournament performances in 2014 were 9th place finishes at both 2014 MLG Anaheim—where he lost to KDJ and his teammate Hungrybox but defeated Cactuar, Arc, Zhu, Zero, and familiar Florida rival Colbol—and at EVO 2014, where he defeated Lord and DEHF before falling to Armada, and took out Lucky and Hax before losing a close-fought match to Axe.

He began 2015 with an extremely strong 5th place performance at Paragon 2015, where he defeated Westballz and Leffen in winners before falling to Mew2King and losing the rematch with Westballz in losers. This performance made Plup a strong contender for top 8 at Apex 2015, which was two weeks later. However, Plup fell to Swedish Delight's Sheik in Winners Finals of his round 2 pool. He then played Sheik in losers against KJH, losing again; he finished at a dismal 49th, his lowest ever placing at Apex.

Following this defeat, Plup, who had been playing Sheik at locals since late 2014, began co-maining Sheik in earnest. His Sheik received its first regional exposure at Bad Moon Rising, where he placed 2nd using a combination of Samus and Sheik. Since then he has become a solo Sheik main only using Samus against Ice Climbers players and players he thinks have a hard time against the Samus matchup.

At CEO 2015, Plup nearly defeated both Leffen and Mango with his Sheik, ending the tournament at 7-8th. However, he took his revenge at EVO 2015 three weeks later, defeating both of them, including using Samus against Leffen, on his way to a record 4th place finish at a premier tournament.

On June 30, 2015, Plup announced that he would be joining Panda Global.[1]

At EVO 2016, Plup had an impressive winner's bracket performance, defeating both Mango and Hungrybox before falling to Armada in winner's finals and Hungrybox again in losers, placing 3rd overall.

At DreamHack Atlanta 2017, Plup finished in first place, defeating Axe, Mew2King, and double-eliminating Hungrybox. In doing so, he became the first non-God to win a tournament with multiple Gods since January 2015, where Leffen defeated Mango and double-eliminated Armada at B.E.A.S.T 5.

At The Big House 7, Plup had a historic win vs Armada in winners semis, making Plup the first ever non-god since Leffen to beat him in a set. He ended up placing 2nd, losing twice to Hungrybox in grand finals.

Recent Major Results[edit]

Date Place Event Result Prize
2017
2017-11-05 A55 - 6th Smash Summit 5 Sheik 1 : 3 USAFoxMango $3,769.11
2017-10-08 A22nd The Big House 7 Fox 1 : 3
1 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox $3,044
2017-10-01 A55 - 6th GameTyrant Expo 2017 Fox 1 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox $1,200
2017-08-27 A55 - 6th Shine 2017 Samus 2 : 3 USACaptain FalconS2J
2017-08-13 A33rd Super Smash Con 2017 Sheik 0 : 3 USASheikMew2King $1,201.20
2017-07-23 A11st DreamHack Atlanta 2017 Fox 0 : 3
3 : 0
USAJigglypuffHungrybox $4,700
2017-07-16 A55 - 6th EVO 2017 Sheik 0 : 2 USAJigglypuffHungrybox $287
2017-06-04 A55 - 6th Smash 'N' Splash 3 FoxLuigi 1 : 3 USASheikShroomed $674
2017-04-30 A55 - 6th DreamHack Austin 2017 Sheik 1 : 3 USASheikMew2King $500
2017-04-16 A55 - 6th CEO Dreamland Luigi 2 : 3 USASheikLuigiSwedish Delight $166.50
2017-03-05 A55 - 6th Smash Summit - Spring 2017 Sheik 2 : 3 USASheikFoxMarthMew2King
2017-01-22 A55 - 6th GENESIS 4 Sheik 0 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox $511.20
2016
2016-11-06 A55 - 6th Smash Summit 3 Sheik 1 : 3 USAFoxMango $972.41
2016-10-09 B717 - 24th The Big House 6 Fox 2 : 3 USASheikShroomed
2016-08-28 A57 - 8th Shine 2016 Fox 2 : 3 USAFalcoMango $306.59
2016-07-17 A33rd EVO 2016 Sheik 1 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox $2,372
2016-06-26 A44th CEO 2016 SheikSamus 1 : 3 USAFoxSFAT $339
2016-04-24 A55 - 6th Smash Summit 2 Sheik 2 : 3 USAFoxMango $1,166.54
2016-04-03 A55 - 6th Pound 2016 Samus 0 : 3 USAFoxMango $420
2016-03-19 A55 - 6th Battle of the Five Gods SheikSamus 1 : 3 USAFoxMango $750
All Results
Date Place Event Partner Result Prize
2017
2017-11-05 A22nd Smash Summit 5 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthFoxUSA
0 : 3
1 : 3
SwedenFoxArmada
SwedenFoxLeffen
2017-10-08 A55 - 6th The Big House 7 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikFoxUSA
2 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersChuDat
$164
2017-10-01 A33rd GameTyrant Expo 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthUSA
1 : 3 SwedenSheikAndroid
SwedenPeachArmada
$130
2017-08-27 A44th Shine 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Swedish DelightSheikUSA
1 : 3 SwedenFoxLeffen
GermanyFoxIce
2017-08-13 A22nd Super Smash Con 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthUSA
0 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
$470
2017-07-23 A11st DreamHack Atlanta 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 0 CanadaFoxRyan Ford
USAFoxColbol
2017-07-16 A33rd Genesis FUSE Doubles Circuit Finals PlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3 SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$325
2017-06-04 A44th Smash 'N' Splash 3 PlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3 USASheikShroomed
USACaptain FalconS2J
$269
2017-04-30 A22nd DreamHack Austin 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikFoxUSA
1 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAFoxFalcoMango
2017-04-16 A55 - 6th CEO Dreamland PlupFoxSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
1 : 3 USASheikSwedish Delight
USAFoxSlox
2017-03-05 A55 - 6th Smash Summit - Spring 2017 PlupFoxUSA
WestballzFalcoUSA
2 : 3 USAFoxLucky
USAFalcoMango
2017-01-22 A44th GENESIS 4 PlupFoxUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3 SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$266.70
2016
2016-11-06 A55 - 6th Smash Summit 3 PlupFoxUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
2 : 3 USAFoxMango
USACaptain FalconS2J
2016-10-09 A55 - 6th The Big House 6 PlupFoxUSA
WestballzFalcoUSA
2 : 3 USAPeachMacD
GermanyFoxIce
$161.50
2016-08-28 A11st Shine 2016 PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 1 USASheikShroomed
USAPeachMacD
$1,008
2016-04-24 A22nd Smash Summit 2 PlupSheikUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
1 : 3 USASheikMew2King
SwedenFoxArmada
$656.25
2016-04-03 A11st Pound 2016 PlupSheikUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
1 : 3
3 : 1
USAMarthPewPewU
USAFoxSFAT
$488
2015
2015-11-15 A11st Eclipse PlupSamusUSA
AxePikachuUSA
3 : 1 SwedenFoxLeffen
GermanyFoxIce
$493
2015-11-08 A55 - 6th Smash Summit PlupSheikUSA
PPMDFalcoUSA
1 : 2 USAFalcoMango
USAFoxLucky
2015-10-04 A57 - 8th The Big House 5 PlupSheikUSA
DruggedfoxFoxUSA
1 : 3 USAPeachBladewise
MexicoFoxJavi
All Results

Melee Rankings[edit]

Melee Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
SSBMRank 2017 Summer 6
SSBMRank 2016 6
SSBMRank 2015 7
SSBMRank 2015 Summer 7
SSBMRank 2014 16
SSBMRank 2014 Summer 23
SSBMRank 2013 27

Central Florida Power Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
Winter 2016 - 2017 2
Fall 2016 1
Winter 2015 1

Combo Videos[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]