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Player Information
近本 昌也
Romanized Name:
Masaya Chikamoto
October 27, 1991 (1991-10-27) (age 26)
Approx. Total Winnings:
Alternate IDs:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
2014-05-13 — Present
For the Dutch Sheik player, see Amsah.

Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto is a Yoshi player from Japan, who is considered the undisputed best Melee Yoshi main in the world. He is currently ranked 24th on SSBMRank 2017.


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]

Recent Results[edit]

2018-06-17A11stAmaterasu #2Yoshi3 : 0JapanPeachShippu
2018-05-20E15 - 6thGet On My Level 2018Yoshi0 : 3USASheikMew2King$139
2018-05-06G17 - 8thSmash Summit 6Yoshi1 : 3SwedenPeachArmada$660
2018-03-25G17 - 8thFull Bloom 4Yoshi0 : 3USACaptain FalconWizzrobe$86
2018-03-11D14thEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018Yoshi0 : 3USACaptain FalconWizzrobe$424
2018-02-11B12ndBattle GateWay 19Yoshi1 : 3
1 : 3
2018-01-21I39 - 12thGENESIS 5Yoshi2 : 3USASamusHugS$122
2018-01-06E15 - 6thPoi PoundazYoshi1 : 3USASamusHugS$36
2017-11-05M313 - 16thSmash Summit 5Yoshi1 : 3USACaptain FalconS2J$837
2017-10-08M313 - 16thThe Big House 7Yoshi2 : 3USAFoxCrush
2017-10-01I39 - 12thGameTyrant Expo 2017Yoshi0 : 3USACaptain FalconS2J$600
2017-07-16Q717 - 24thEVO 2017Yoshi1 : 2USAFalcoWestballz
2017-07-08C13rdBattle GateWay 17Yoshi0 : 2JapanCaptain FalconGucci
2017-06-04G17 - 8thBattle of BC 2Yoshi2 : 3USASamusHugS
2017-05-28A11stBattle GateWay 16Yoshi3 : 0MexicoFalcoYu
2017-05-06D14thKVO x TSB 20171 : 2JapanSanne
2017-03-05A11stBattle GateWay 15Yoshi3 : 1JapanFoxRudolph
2017-01-08B12ndBattle GateWay 14Yoshi2 : 3JapanPeachShippu
2016-11-06A11stBattle GateWay 13Yoshi3 : 1MexicoFalcoYu
2016-09-04B12ndBattle GateWay 12Yoshi2 : 3JapanPeachShippu
All Results
Date Place Event Partner Result Prize
2018-06-17 A11st Amaterasu #2 aMSaJapan
3 : 1 JapanSheik
2018-05-20 A44th Get On My Level 2018 aMSaYoshiJapan
1 : 3 USAFoxRishi
2018-05-06 A55 - 6th Smash Summit 6 aMSaYoshiJapan
0 : 3 USASheikMew2King
2018-03-11 A33rd Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018 aMSaYoshiJapan
1 : 3 USAFoxSFAT
2018-01-21 B717 - 24th GENESIS 5 aMSaJapan
0 : 2 USABladewise
CanadaRyan Ford
2018-01-06 A11st Poi Poundaz aMSaYoshiJapan
S2JCaptain FalconUSA
3 : 0 USALuigiKa-Master
2017-11-05 A33rd Smash Summit 5 aMSaYoshiJapan
0 : 3 SwedenPeachArmada
2017-10-08 B725 - 32nd The Big House 7 aMSaJapan
1 : 2 USAShinobi
USABobby Frizz
2017-06-04 A59 - 12th Battle of BC 2 aMSaJapan
2 : 3 USAKa-Master
2017-05-07 A22nd CrazyHand 2017 aMSaJapan
2 : 3 JapanSanne
2016-08-14 B717 - 24th Super Smash Con 2016 aMSaJapan
0 : 2 USATafokints
2014-07-06 A57 - 8th Kings of Cali 4 aMSaSamusJapan
P SpiritYoshiJapan
1 : 3 ChileFoxZeRo
USACaptain FalconFalcoWestballz
2014-06-29 A59 - 12th CEO 2014 aMSaJapan
0 : 2 USAKen
2014-05-18 A57 - 8th Republic of Fighters 3 aMSaJapan
1 : 2 NetherlandsFaab
All Results

Recent Notable Wins[edit]

Wins over players ranked in SSBMRank 2017:

Rank 1 - Hungrybox
Rank 4 - Mew2King
Rank 7 - Axe
Rank 8 - Wizzrobe
Rank 9 - SFAT
Rank 14 - Duck
Rank 15 - Crush
Rank 16 - Swedish Delight
Rank 19 - La Luna
Rank 20 - n0ne
Rank 21 - PewPewU
Rank 23 - HugS
Rank 25 - MikeHaze
Rank 28 - Ice
Rank 46 - Kage
Rank 74 - AbsentPage
Rank 97 - Legend

Melee Rankings[edit]

SSBM Rank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
SSBMRank 2017 24
SSBMRank 2017 Summer 34
SSBMRank 2016 32
SSBMRank 2015 24
SSBMRank 2015 Summer 22
SSBMRank 2014 22
SSBMRank 2014 Summer 12
SSBMRank 2013 77

Japan SSBM Rank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
Japan SSBM Rank 2017 1
Japan SSBM Rank 2016 2