aMSa

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[e][h]Yoshi aMSa
Player Information
Name:
近本 昌也
Romanized Name:
Masaya Chikamoto
Born:
(1991-10-27) October 27, 1991 (age 30)
Location:
Canada
Country:
Years Active:
2013 - Present
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$19,402
Alternate IDs:
aMSaRedYoshi
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Current Mains:
Yoshi
Project M
Current Mains:
Lucario
Secondaries:
Yoshi
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Current Mains:
Greninja
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Current Mains:
Roy
Links
History
2014-05-13 — Present
2019-02-01 — Present
2019-07-07 — 2020-07-06
For the Dutch Sheik player, see Amsah.

Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto is a Yoshi player from Japan currently residing in Canada, who is considered the undisputed best Melee Yoshi main in the world, and the best Melee player in Japan. He was ranked 6th in MPGR 2022 Summer.

At GENESIS 8 in April 2022, he became the first Japanese player to win a major or supermajor doubles tournament by taking first place with Plup, while also becoming the first person in history to do so with Yoshi. At Double Down 2022 the following July, he took 2nd place, becoming the first Yoshi main to reach Grand Finals of a major.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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."[4]

But 2018 would be the dawn of a new era for aMSa. He started the year with wins over SFAT and Wizzrobe at GENESIS 5, then at Smash Summit 6, he accomplished the unthinkable by defeating Hungrybox in pools. Since that time, he has maintained a new level of consistency, and has earned wins over players like Mango, Plup, and Axe, earning him a top 10 spot in the rankings for both 2018 and 2019. His best placing was at GENESIS 6, where he defeated SFAT and Ginger and 3-0'd Mango to finish 4th.

aMSa became a Red Bull athlete on February 1st, 2019.[5] He joined CJ eSports on July 7th, 2019.[6] aMSa left CJ eSports on July 6, 2020.[7]

Results[edit]

Melee[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2022
2022-10-02D14thLost Tech CityYoshi1 : 3United StatesJigglypuffHungrybox
2022-07-31A11stFête 2Yoshi3 : 0SwedenFoxPipsqueak$2,412
2022-07-23A11stBattle GateWay 34Yoshi3 : 0JapanMarthInngenn
2022-07-10B12ndDouble Down 2022Yoshi2 : 3United StatesFoxiBDW
2022-07-03I39 - 12thGet On My Level 2022Yoshi0 : 3CanadaFoxmoky
2022-06-12D14thBattle of BC 4Yoshi1 : 3United StatesMarthZain
2022-04-24C13rdPound 2022Yoshi1 : 3United StatesJigglypuffHungrybox
2022-04-17E15 - 6thGENESIS 8Yoshi2 : 3NicaraguaCaptain Falconn0ne
2021
2021-12-19E15 - 6thSmash World Tour 2021Yoshi1 : 3SpainPeachTrif$2,000
2021-12-12E15 - 6thSmash Summit 12Yoshi1 : 3United StatesCaptain FalconWizzrobe
2021-11-14A11stSWT 2021 East Asia Regional FinalsYoshi3 : 0United StatesMarthdeft
2021-07-18I39 - 12thSmash Summit 11Yoshi0 : 3United StatesPikachuAxe$3,107
2020
2020-02-29A11stBattle GateWay 30Yoshi3 : 1GermanyCaptain FalconKobobi
2020-02-16I39 - 12thSmash Summit 9Yoshi0 : 3United StatesPikachuAxe$1,387
2020-01-26I39 - 12thGENESIS 7Yoshi2 : 3NicaraguaCaptain Falconn0ne$150
2019
2019-09-22D14thMainstageYoshi2 : 3United StatesPikachuAxe
2019-08-11E15 - 6thSuper Smash Con 2019Yoshi0 : 3United StatesPeachlloD$255
2019-06-23C13rdBattle GateWay 26Yoshi2 : 3JapanFoxSanne
2019-06-16G17 - 8thSmash Summit 8Yoshi0 : 3United StatesFoxiBDW$1,104
2019-06-02E15 - 6thSmash 'N' Splash 5Yoshi1 : 3United StatesMarthZain
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2022
2022-10-02C13rdLost Tech CityaMSaJapan
AxeUnited States
0 : 3United StatesMango
United StatesSFAT
2022-07-03B12ndGet On My Level 2022aMSaYoshiJapan
DuckSheikUnited States
2 : 3United StatesSheikJmook
United StatesFoxiBDW
$164
2022-06-12B12ndBattle of BC 4aMSaYoshiJapan
mokyFoxCanada
2 : 3United StatesSheikJmook
United StatesPeachAura
2022-04-17A11stGENESIS 8aMSaYoshiJapan
PlupFoxUnited States
3 : 2United StatesFoxRalph
United StatesPeachDarkatma
2020
2020-02-29M313 - 16thBattle GateWay 30aMSaJapan
n3zModGodUnited States
DQJapanTSURU
Japanわーたべ
2020-01-26M313 - 16thGENESIS 7aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
0 : 3United StatesS2J
United StatesShroomed
2019
2019-09-22E15 - 6thMainstageaMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
0 : 3United StatesCaptain FalconS2J
United StatesSheikShroomed
2019-08-11D14thSuper Smash Con 2019aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
0 : 3United StatesFoxPlup
United StatesSheikMew2King
$165
2019-06-16E15 - 6thSmash Summit 8aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
0 : 3SwedenFoxLeffen
SpainPeachTrif
2019-05-19B12ndGet On My Level 2019aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
0 : 3
1 : 3
United StatesCaptain FalconS2J
United StatesSheikShroomed
$111
2019-02-24A11stPhoenix Blue 2aMSaYoshiJapan
nebbiiYoshiNetherlands
3 : 1GermanyFoxNicki
NorwayFoxPricent
2019-02-09D14thBattle GateWay 24aMSaJapan
GucciJapan
1 : 2JapanSheik
JapanSanne
2019-02-03R725 - 32ndGENESIS 6aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
1 : 2United Statesvortex
United StatesIcy
2018
2018-11-18D14thSmash Summit 7aMSaPikachuJapan
AxeYoshiUnited States
0 : 3United StatesJigglypuffHungrybox
United StatesIce ClimbersBananas
2018-08-12Q717 - 24thSuper Smash Con 2018aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
LUnited StatesMacD
United StatesRedd
2018-08-04D14thEVO 2018aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
1 : 3United StatesDarkatma
United StatesWavebringer
$40
2018-06-17A11stAmaterasu #2aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
3 : 1JapanSheik
JapanShippu
2018-05-20D14thGet On My Level 2018aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
1 : 3United StatesFoxRishi
United StatesPeachlloD
$77
2018-05-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 6aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
0 : 3United StatesSheikMew2King
United StatesFoxPlup
2018-03-11C13rdEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUnited States
1 : 3United StatesFoxSFAT
United StatesFoxPewPewU
All Results
vs. United States Hungrybox  /
vs. United States SFOP  /
vs. United States Plup  /
vs. United States Wizzrobe  /
vs. Sweden Pipsqueak  /
vs. United States Mekk  /
vs. Sweden Pipsqueak  /
vs. United Kingdom Frenzy  /
vs. Germany Rikzz  /
vs. United States iBDW  /
vs. United States Fiction  /
vs. United States iBDW  /
vs. United States Zain  /
vs. United States Magi  /
vs. United States SFAT  /
vs. United States Azel  /
vs. Canada moky  /
vs. Canada Soonsay  /
vs. Australia Joshman  /
vs. United States Zain  /

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in MPGR 2022 Summer NA:

Rank 1 - Zain
Rank 2 - iBDW
Rank 3 - Jmook
Rank 5 - Leffen
Rank 8 - lloD
Rank 12 - Fiction
Rank 13 - moky
Rank 14 - Ginger
Rank 20 - Krudo
Rank 21 - Magi
Rank 23 - SFAT
Rank 24 - Pipsqueak
Rank 26 - Swift
Rank 31 - Soonsay
Rank 33 - Skerzo
Rank 35 - bobby big ballz
Rank 44 - Frenzy
Rank 45 - Mekk
Rank 46 - Logan


Wii U[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2018
2018-01-28S3165 - 96thEVO Japan 20181 : 2JapanDainosuke
2017
2017-10-08S3165 - 96thThe Big House 71 : 2United StatesNinja
2017-10-01S1549 - 64thGameTyrant Expo 20170 : 2United StatesPow
2017-07-16S3165 - 96thEVO 2017LUnited KingdomIxisNaugus
2017-06-04S1533 - 48thBattle of BC 21 : 3CanadaaMac
2016
2016-08-14S63129 - 192ndSuper Smash Con 20160 : 2United StatesBryce
2016-04-03S3165 - 96thPound 20160 : 2United StatesTekNo
2015
2015-06-06Q717 - 24thUmebura 16LJapanPaseriman
2015-05-16S1533 - 48thUmebura 15LJapanまちこ
2015-05-04I39 - 12thKVO x TSB 2015Greninja1 : 2JapanSheikDiddy KongEdge
2015-03-15Q717 - 24thUmebura 13LJapanおおとも
2015-02-01I39 - 12thApex 2015Greninja1 : 2United StatesDuck HuntLittle MacMVD
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2016
2016-08-14R725 - 32ndSuper Smash Con 2016aMSaJapan
Mr.iiJapan
0 : 2United StatesMVD
United StatesESAM
2016-04-03G17 - 8thPound 2016aMSaJapan
Mr.IIJapan
1 : 3United StatesMVD
United StatesESAM
$28
2015
2015-02-01M313 - 16thApex 2015aMSaJapan
AbadangoJapan
LCanadaAlly
United StatesBoss
vs. Japan Edge  /
vs. United States MVD  /
vs. Canada Ally  /


Project M[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2014
2014-06-29I39 - 12thCEO 2014LUnited StatesTheReflexWonder
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
This player has no results.
No VODs on record


Rankings[edit]

Melee[edit]

Matches[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • aMSa was one of four players hired by Nintendo to help with testing for Ultimate, and appears in the game's credits.[8]

References[edit]