Suar talks incoming PGR, taking over Super Smash Bros. Melee rankings, forming the PG stats team and more

With the incoming PGR, get a look behind the scenes with suar

Posted by Nico 'SuperQue' Smith • July 17, 2019 at 2:41 p.m. PDT

The inaugural season for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has concluded. Shortly after, The PGstats team announced the release date of the Panda Global Rankings.

PG | Luis "Suar" Suarez is the head of The PGstats group. His organization also does the Super Smash Bros. Melee rankings.

Most of us wonder how the PGR even came about. Who thought of it? How did they go about forming the organization?

"I was playing, TO’ing, and doing community work," Suar told us. "I emailed Panda Global, and they responded. One of the co-founders and CEO responded after I messaged him trying to get involved, and told him it (Smash 4) needed a ranking."

"The scene needed it. He humored it, and told me he had other people interested," Suar said. "Then he put me in contact with the other people he'd mentioned. A couple spreadsheets later, all three of us created the first PGR. We got brought into Panda Global, and now we were all working under the same umbrella," Suar mentioned.

With the PGR legitimizing the scene we saw more and more teams and sponsors get involved in the scene and pick up players. "I think for Ultimate, that until there’s full acknowledgment from Nintendo and we have publisher support, it’ll never reach the tier 1 esports status," Suar communicated to us.

Why doesn't Nintendo get involved? What's preventing them? "Look at all the publishers: Square Enix, Netherrealms, EA, Bandai Namco, Sega, Ubisoft, all of that compared to the clout that Nintendo has...you see it at E3 every time, 'Nintendo wins' because they are so clean. No dirt, etc. They don't need it for sales," Suar said as he gave his opinion on the matter.

"14 million copies have been sold, and with one wave of DLC, they've already made their money back plus some." Suar also told us, "Add in what's going on with Elliot Bastien 'Ally' Carroza-Oyarce and PolarAce|Zack 'Captain Zack' Lauth, all of that and more ...the public relations we take flack for, that's why I believe Nintendo has no interest."

Having the rankings in their hands must mean a lot of sponsors and players hit them up right? "I’ve had organizations ask us things. If they don’t know much about the scene they come to us. They may take other channels to look into smash, but it always comes back to the rankings," Suar also relayed to us.

How is it doing the Super Smash Bros. Melee rankings too? "We took on the responsibility of the rankings, and then decided to combine forces with CLG | Daniel 'Tafokints' Leeon and Andrew 'PracticalTAS' Nestico who’s also behind our rankings, on it." Suar also told us, "It took about three years of Wii U rankings to get to the level to be able to do the MPGR. It happened naturally, and the compromise was to maintain how Melee does it currently, with balloting and it being validated."

So what can we expect from the incoming PGR? "A lot of players moved from the second row into the first row. The top doesn’t have room for everyone, but a lot of new folks moved into it."

Thank you to PG | Suar for taking time out to talk with us about the incoming PGR, MPGR and the story of the PGstats squad. Please give PG | Suar

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