aMSa

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Player Information
Name:
近本 昌也
Romanized Name:
Masaya Chikamoto
Birth:
October 27, 1991 (1991-10-27) (age 27)
Country:
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$8,928
Alternate IDs:
aMSaRedYoshi
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Yoshi
Secondaries:
Falco
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Main:
Greninja
Links
History
2014-05-13 — Present
2019-02-01 — 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 9th on MPGR 2018.

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]

aMSa became a Red Bull athlete on February 1st, 2019.[5]

Results[edit]

Melee[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2019
2019-06-16G17 - 8thSmash Summit 8Yoshi0 : 3USAFoxiBDW
2019-06-02E15 - 6thSmash 'N' Splash 5Yoshi1 : 3USAMarthZain
2019-05-19I39 - 12thGet On My Level 2019Yoshi0 : 3USAMarthZain
2019-02-24B12ndPhoenix Blue 2Yoshi2 : 3SpainPeachTrif
2019-02-03D14thGENESIS 6Yoshi1 : 3USAPikachuAxe
2018
2018-11-18E15 - 6thSmash Summit 7Yoshi2 : 3USACaptain FalconWizzrobe$2,552
2018-08-12E15 - 6thSuper Smash Con 2018Yoshi1 : 3USASheikMew2King$315
2018-08-05S1533 - 48thEVO 20180 : 2USADuck
2018-07-22A11stBattle GateWay 21Yoshi3 : 1JapanFoxShunsuke
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
USAFoxSFAT
2018-01-21I39 - 12thGENESIS 5Yoshi2 : 3USASamusHugS$122
2018-01-06E15 - 6thPoi PoundazYoshi1 : 3USASamusHugS$36
2017
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
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2019
2019-06-16E15 - 6thSmash Summit 8aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
0 : 3SwedenFoxLeffen
SpainPeachTrif
2019-05-19B12ndGet On My Level 2019aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
0 : 3
1 : 3
USACaptain FalconS2J
USASheikShroomed
$111
2019-02-24A11stPhoenix Blue 2aMSaJapan
nebbiiNetherlands
3 : 1GermanyNicki
NorwayPricent
2019-02-03R725 - 32ndGENESIS 6aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
1 : 2USAvortex
USAIcy
2018
2018-11-18D14thSmash Summit 7aMSaPikachuJapan
AxeYoshiUSA
0 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersBananas
2018-08-12Q717 - 24thSuper Smash Con 2018aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
LUSAMacD
USARedd
2018-08-04D14thEVO 2018aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
1 : 3USADarkatma
USAWavebringer
$40
2018-06-17A11stAmaterasu #2aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
3 : 1JapanSheik
JapanShippu
2018-05-20D14thGet On My Level 2018aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
1 : 3USAFoxRishi
USAPeachlloD
$76
2018-05-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 6aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
0 : 3USASheikMew2King
USAFoxPlup
2018-03-11C13rdEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
1 : 3USAFoxSFAT
USAFoxPewPewU
$106
2018-01-21Q717 - 24thGENESIS 5aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
0 : 2USABladewise
CanadaRyan Ford
2018-01-06A11stPoi PoundazaMSaYoshiJapan
S2JCaptain FalconUSA
3 : 0USALuigiKa-Master
USAPeachBladewise
$115
2017
2017-11-05C13rdSmash Summit 5aMSaYoshiJapan
AxePikachuUSA
0 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenFoxLeffen
$937
2017-10-08R725 - 32ndThe Big House 7aMSaJapan
SanneJapan
1 : 2USAShinobi
USABobby Frizz
2017-06-04I39 - 12thBattle of BC 2aMSaJapan
RustinUSA
2 : 3USAKa-Master
USADMW
2017-05-07B12ndCrazyHand 2017aMSaJapan
GucciJapan
2 : 3JapanSanne
MexicoYu
2016
2016-08-14Q717 - 24thSuper Smash Con 2016aMSaJapan
Mr.iiJapan
0 : 2USATafokints
USAMafia
2016-04-03S1533 - 48thPound 2016aMSaJapan
TophUSA
1 : 2USAArc Tres
USASemi
2014
2014-07-06G17 - 8thKings of Cali 4aMSaSamusJapan
P SpiritYoshiJapan
1 : 3ChileFoxZeRo
USACaptain FalconFalcoWestballz
All Results
vs. United States of America iBDW
vs. Nicaragua n0ne
vs. United States of America Wizzrobe
vs. Sweden Leffen
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America S2J
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America Wizzrobe
vs. United States of America Mango
vs. United States of America ChuDat
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America Hax$
vs. United States of America SFAT
vs. Uzbekistan Matteo
vs. Spain Trif
vs. Sweden Daydee
vs. Spain Trif
vs. Sweden Daydee
vs. Sweden Poppmaister6000
vs. Sweden FA0

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in MPGR 2018:

Rank 1 - Hungrybox
Rank 5 - Mango
Rank 11 - S2J
Rank 12 - SFAT
Rank 16 - n0ne
Rank 38 - Hax$
Rank 40 - Ginger
Rank 46 - ChuDat
Rank 53 - Spark
Rank 78 - Zamu


Wii U[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2018
2018-01-28S3165 - 96thEVO Japan 20181 : 2JapanDainosuke
2017
2017-10-08S3165 - 96thThe Big House 71 : 2USANinja
2017-10-01S1549 - 64thGameTyrant Expo 20170 : 2USAPow
2017-07-16S3165 - 96thEVO 2017LUnited KingdomIxisNaugus
2017-06-04S1533 - 48thBattle of BC 21 : 3CanadaaMac
2016
2016-08-14S63129 - 192ndSuper Smash Con 20160 : 2USABryce
2016-04-03S3165 - 96thPound 20160 : 2USATekNo
2015
2015-05-04I39 - 12thKVO x TSB 2015Greninja1 : 2JapanSheikDiddy KongEdge
2015-02-01I39 - 12thApex 2015Greninja1 : 2USADuck HuntLittle MacMVD
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2016
2016-08-14R725 - 32ndSuper Smash Con 2016aMSaJapan
Mr.iiJapan
0 : 2USAMVD
USAESAM
2016-04-03G17 - 8thPound 2016aMSaJapan
Mr.IIJapan
1 : 3USAMVD
USAESAM
$28
2015
2015-02-01M313 - 16thApex 2015aMSaJapan
AbadangoJapan
LCanadaAlly
USABoss


Melee Rankings[edit]

SSBM Rank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
MPGR 2018 9
MPGR 2018 Summer 8
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 2018 1
Japan SSBM Rank 2017 1
Japan SSBM Rank 2016 2

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.[6]

References[edit]