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The best Duck Hunt user in the world releases his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list for version 9.0

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • November 20, 2020 at 7:51 a.m. PST • Comments: 5

TG|Raito, generally known as the best Duck Hunt user in the world, recently released a tier list for version 9.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Earlier this year, Raito was able to secure a 5th place finish at EVO Japan 2020, a tournament in which 2,988 players signed up to compete. The Japanese competitor was able to achieve this with Duck Hunt as his main character, and Banjo-Kazooie ready as a secondary.

This latest tier list arranges characters into six different categories — S tier, A tier, B tier, C tier, D tier and E tier. A video was also released that has Raito talking about the placements, but you'll probably need to have English translations captions turned on unless you are able to understand Japanese.

Please note that every category is unordered. Characters are arranged in such a way that they appear based on when they became playable in the Smash series. This means that Smash 64 challengers will proceed Melee challengers, then Brawl fighters will come next, followed by Smash 4 and Ultimate newcomers.

While there aren't too many players aside from Raito exploring Duck Hunt's meta, Raito appears to believe the character to be a high tier contender. As such, Raito has placed Duck Hunt in A tier.

Raito's secondary character, Banjo-Kazooie, has been located in the C tier group. This implies that there are at least 46 characters better than Banjo-Kazooie.

One strange placement has Mr. Game & Watch in B tier when most North American players view the 2D combatant as being a top tier. Of course, no player sees more success with Mr. Game & Watch than SSG|Maister. Perhaps Raito's opinion will change in the future if these two come across each other more often at tournaments.

Pit being located in A tier is also interesting as the character generally isn't regarded as being particularly strong in the current meta. This might have something to do with the fact that a player known as Earth, the best Pit user in the world, also lives in Japan.

Raito's Smash Ultimate 9.0 tier list image #1
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