2GGC Civil War kicks off on Friday, March 24, featuring many of the top Super Smash Bros. for Wii U talents from around the world. The weekend is set to end with the main event, which is the 10v10 crews battle between Team ZeRo, led by Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, versus Team Ally, led by Elliot “Ally” Carroza.
This week, Yahoo Esports looks at five potential marquee matchups likely to take place during the Civil War crews battle. Each day, we look at two opposing players and their Smash history.
The week continues with a tale of two Sheiks: James “VoiD” Makekau-Tyson (Team ZeRo) vs. Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad (Team Ally).
This is the story of two of the world’s best Sheik players, each with distinctly different styles. Mr. R’s Sheik play relies on fundamentals and aggressive approaches that keep opponents on the defensive. He’s not afraid to go toe-to-toe with stronger characters like Cloud, using Sheik’s swift movement to land quick combos and kill setups, including some lethal ledge guarding.
By contrast, VoiD focuses on observation and exploiting opponents’ mistakes, He has a knack for brutal punishes, landing long combo strings if an opponent offers any kind of opening. If VoiD sees an opportunity, he’ll move in with a relentless aggression, whether it’s off the side of the stage or atop the Smashville platform.
While both competitors have their share of alternate characters (Mr. R with Bayonetta and Marth, VoiD with Mewtwo), they have not shied away from the Sheik mirror when facing off against one another. Each has relished the opportunity to prove who has the better character.
“VoiD’s kill setups and combos are way better than mine, but my neutral and ledge trapping are better than his,” Mr. R told the PG Stats team. “A combination of both our skillsets would elevate Sheik play even further.”
They’ve crossed paths in the past few seasons, with the pair almost evenly matched. They faced off at Pound 2016, with Mr. R winning 3-1; at the Glitch super regional, with VoiD winning in a deceptively-close 3-0 grand finals; and at 2GG KTAR Saga, where VoiD narrowly won a 3-2 set, leaving Mr. R visibly frustrated.
Both VoiD and Mr. R had some hard luck losses in the past year. Mr. R put up one of the best runs of his career at Super Smash Con 2016 before back-to-back losses against Nairoby “Nairo” Quezada and Samuel “Dabuz” Buzby. He also went on a tear at The Big House 6, where he was stopped in a heartbreaking loss against Rei “Komorikiri” Furukawa.
VoiD, meanwhile, has been one of Smash 4’s most improved players over the last season. He had a string of fourth place finishes and has been on the cusp of breaking out for months. He’s had his own share of soul-crushing losses, including the unforgettable set with ZeRo at Genesis 4 that ended with his face buried in his hands.
Their continued improvement, tenacity, and desire to reach the next level of greatness have made both Mr. R and VoiD into sentimental fan favorites. This Sunday, they’ll stand on opposite sides and fans may get to witness another chapter between two of the world’s best Sheik players.
ELV | Mr. R (PGR #10) vs CLG | VoiD (PGR #6) By the Numbers, by the PG Stats team (Luis “suar” Suarez, Dominique “Dom” Moore, Adam “Mayday” Braham, and Justin “Popi” Banusing)
Both main Sheik and prefer to play the Sheik mirror in head-to-head sets.
Both are known for pioneering the Sheik metagame.
Mr. R entered the launch of Smash 4 as a top player, while VoiD rose to the top in late 2015.
Mr. R is known for his aggressive neutral game and offensive pressure.
VoiD is known for his extensive combo game and creative kill setups.
Both believe the other player excels in the areas they lack.
Since 2016, both Mr. R and VoiD have only placed outside of top 8 five times each.
Both are still looking for a premier tournament win. Mr. R has taken a set from PGR #1 ranked player ZeRo, while VoiD has not.
Most popular stage pick in head-to-head is Final Destination. VoiD leads Ramin 10-4 in games on Final Destination (2016 and on, including locals)
Mr. R’s PGRv3 tournament placings: Genesis 4 (5th), Tokaigi 2017 (9th), Beast 7 (1st)
VoiD’s PGRv3 tournament placings: 2GGC Genesis Saga (3rd), Genesis 4 (9th), 2GGC Midwest Mayhem Saga (7th), Frostbite 2017 (9th)
Vs. PGRv2 Top 10: Mr. R 7-17, VoiD 9-18
Mr. R’s PGRv2 tier 1 major placings: CEO 2016 (5th), EVO 2016 (17th), Super Smash Con 2016 (3th), The Big House 6 (4th), UGC Smash Open St. Louis (9th), 2GG ZeRo Saga (17th)
Dabuz’s PGRv2 tier 1 major placings:CEO 2016 (9th), EVO 2016 (4th), Super Smash Con 2016 (4th), The Big House 6 (5th), UGC Smash Open St. Louis (5th), 2GG ZeRo Saga (3rd)
Head-to-Head sets: VoiD 1, Mr. R 0 in 2016 season (PGRv2); have not faced each other in 2017 season (PGRv3).
Ozzie Mejia is excited to see the superior Sheik. Follow him on Twitter @Ozz_Mejia. The PG Stats team also contributed to this article. Follow them on Twitter @PG_suar, @PG_Dom, @PG_Mayday, @PopiSSB, and the whole team @ThePGStats.