Plup

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[e][h]Sheik Fox Plup
Player Information
Name:
Justin McGrath
Country:
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$69,284
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Main:
Sheik, Fox
Secondaries:
Samus, Luigi
Project M
Main:
Samus
Secondaries:
Meta Knight, Sheik
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Main:
Rosalina
Links
Achievements
DreamHack Atlanta 2017 GENESIS 5
History
2015-06-30 — Present
2018-05-02 — Present

Justin "Plup" McGrath is a Sheik and Fox player from Central Florida currently playing for Panda Global, ranked 2nd on MPGR 2018 Summer.

Biography[edit]

Plup originally rose to national fame as "Hungrybox's teammate"; their Samus/Jigglypuff team, "Plupbox," has placed consistently high at national tournaments since 2012. Within two years of his rise to doubles prominence, he proceeded to establish himself as the top American Samus player as well. His black Samus is notable for its smooth platform game and strong punishes.

Plup is particularly good against spacies and Marth, with tournament victories over Colbol, Zhu, Lucky, Hax, Fiction, Westballz, Leffen, Chillindude, Ken, Tai, The Moon and Arc. He is also one of the best Samus vs. Puff player in the world, having taken games off Hungrybox in tournament and defeating s0ft and Darc in bracket at Apex 2013. He soundly defeated HugS in Samus dittos at both the APEX Salty Suite and Super Smash Sundays 20, putting him among the best in the dittos as well.

On May 18, 2014, Plup was flown to Southern California as part of HugS' "Fraudulent Players Fund" to practice with SoCal players and participate in Super Smash Sundays 20 and a special "Boss Rush." The Boss Rush was a "crew-battle" style tournament where Plup faced 4 teams of 4 SoCal players. Though he defeated HugS 2-0 in bracket, he placed just 7th in bracket with a 2-1 loss as Fox against S2J and a 2-0 loss to OkamiBW. In the Boss Rush, he soundly defeated the D, C, and B teams, and took the A team of Lucky, Fiction, S2J, and Westballz down to the final stock, playing Samus the entire time.

Plup's strongest tournament performances in 2014 were 9th place finishes at both 2014 MLG Anaheim—where he lost to KDJ and his teammate Hungrybox but defeated Cactuar, Arc, Zhu, ZeRo, and familiar Florida rival Colbol—and at EVO 2014, where he defeated Lord and DEHF before falling to Armada, and took out Lucky and Hax before losing a close-fought match to Axe.

He began 2015 with an extremely strong 5th place performance at Paragon 2015, where he defeated Westballz and Leffen in winners before falling to Mew2King and losing the rematch with Westballz in losers. This performance made Plup a strong contender for top 8 at Apex 2015, which was two weeks later. However, Plup fell to Swedish Delight's Sheik in Winners Finals of his round 2 pool. He then played Sheik in losers against KJH, losing again; he finished at a dismal 49th, his lowest ever placing at Apex.

Following this defeat, Plup, who had been playing Sheik at locals since late 2014, began co-maining Sheik in earnest. His Sheik received its first regional exposure at Bad Moon Rising, where he placed 2nd using a combination of Samus and Sheik. Since then he has become a solo Sheik main only using Samus against Ice Climbers players and players he thinks have a hard time against the Samus matchup.

At CEO 2015, Plup nearly defeated both Leffen and Mango with his Sheik, ending the tournament at 7-8th. However, he took his revenge at EVO 2015 three weeks later, defeating both of them, including using Samus against Leffen, on his way to a record 4th place finish at a premier tournament.

On June 30, 2015, Plup announced that he would be joining Panda Global.[1]

At EVO 2016, Plup had an impressive winner's bracket performance, defeating both Mango and Hungrybox before falling to Armada in winner's finals and Hungrybox again in losers, placing 3rd overall.

At DreamHack Atlanta 2017, Plup finished in first place, defeating Axe, Mew2King, and double-eliminating Hungrybox. In doing so, he became the first non-God to win a tournament with multiple Gods since January 2015, where Leffen defeated Mango and double-eliminated Armada at B.E.A.S.T 5.

At The Big House 7, Plup had a historic win vs Armada in winners semis, making Plup the first ever non-god since Leffen to beat him in a set. He ended up placing 2nd, losing twice to Hungrybox in grand finals.

Plup finished in a historic first place finish at GENESIS 5, defeating Mango, Armada, and double-eliminating Hungrybox. In doing so, Plup became the second non-God to win a premier tournament in the era of the Five Gods, the first being Leffen.

He became a Red Bull athlete on May 2, 2018.[2]

Recent Major Results[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2018
2018-10-07B12ndThe Big House 8Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$2,064
2018-08-26D14thShine 2018Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox
2018-08-05C13rdEVO 2018Sheik0 : 3SwedenFoxArmada$1,354
2018-07-01B12ndCEO 2018FoxSheik3 : 2
0 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$880
2018-05-20B12ndGet On My Level 2018Fox2 : 3
1 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$697
2018-05-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 6SheikFox0 : 3SwedenFoxArmada$990
2018-04-07B12ndNoods Noods Noods: Oakland EditionFox1 : 3
1 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,164
2018-03-11B12ndEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,061
2018-01-21A11stGENESIS 5Fox0 : 3
3 : 2
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$6,125
2017
2017-11-05E15 - 6thSmash Summit 5Sheik1 : 3USAFoxMango$3,769
2017-10-08B12ndThe Big House 7Fox1 : 3
1 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$3,044
2017-10-01E15 - 6thGameTyrant Expo 2017Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,200
2017-08-27E15 - 6thShine 2017Samus2 : 3USACaptain FalconS2J
2017-08-13C13rdSuper Smash Con 2017Sheik0 : 3USASheikMew2King$1,201
2017-07-23A11stDreamHack Atlanta 2017Fox0 : 3
3 : 0
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$4,700
2017-07-16E15 - 6thEVO 2017Sheik0 : 2USAJigglypuffHungrybox$287
2017-06-04E15 - 6thSmash 'N' Splash 3FoxLuigi1 : 3USASheikShroomed$674
2017-04-30E15 - 6thDreamHack Austin 2017Sheik1 : 3USASheikMew2King$500
2017-04-16E15 - 6thCEO DreamlandLuigi2 : 3USASheikLuigiSwedish Delight$166
2017-03-05E15 - 6thSmash Summit - Spring 2017Sheik2 : 3USASheikFoxMarthMew2King$2,314
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2018
2018-10-07C13rdThe Big House 8PlupFoxUSA
WestballzFalcoUSA
1 : 3USAIce ClimbersChuDat
USAJigglypuffHungrybox
$1,238
2018-08-26B12ndShine 2018PlupFoxUSA
Swedish DelightSheikUSA
2 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
2018-07-01A11stCEO 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingMarthUSA
3 : 0USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAPeachmayb
$430
2018-05-20A11stGet On My Level 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 0GermanyFoxIce
USASheikSwedish Delight
$307
2018-05-06C13rdSmash Summit 6PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
0 : 3SwedenFoxArmada
SwedenFoxLeffen
$483
2018-03-11A11stEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 2USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
$284
2018-01-21A11stGENESIS 5PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingMarthSheikUSA
3 : 1USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersChuDat
$1,575
2017
2017-11-05B12ndSmash Summit 5PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthFoxUSA
0 : 3
1 : 3
SwedenFoxArmada
SwedenFoxLeffen
$2,187
2017-10-08E15 - 6thThe Big House 7PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikFoxUSA
2 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersChuDat
$164
2017-10-01C13rdGameTyrant Expo 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthUSA
1 : 3SwedenSheikAndroid
SwedenPeachArmada
$130
2017-08-27D14thShine 2017PlupFoxUSA
Swedish DelightSheikUSA
1 : 3SwedenFoxLeffen
GermanyFoxIce
2017-08-13B12ndSuper Smash Con 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthUSA
0 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
$470
2017-07-23A11stDreamHack Atlanta 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 0CanadaFoxRyan Ford
USAFoxColbol
2017-07-16C13rdGenesis FUSE Doubles Circuit FinalsPlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$325
2017-06-04D14thSmash 'N' Splash 3PlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3USASheikShroomed
USACaptain FalconS2J
$269
2017-04-30B12ndDreamHack Austin 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikFoxUSA
1 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAFoxFalcoMango
2017-04-16E15 - 6thCEO DreamlandPlupFoxSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
1 : 3USASheikSwedish Delight
USAFoxSlox
2017-03-05E15 - 6thSmash Summit - Spring 2017PlupFoxUSA
WestballzFalcoUSA
2 : 3USAFoxLucky
USAFalcoMango
2017-01-22D14thGENESIS 4PlupFoxUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$266
2016
2016-11-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 3PlupFoxUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
2 : 3USAFoxMango
USACaptain FalconS2J
All Results
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America S2J
vs. United States of America Mango
vs. United States of America ARMY
vs. United States of America HugS
vs. Sweden Armada
vs. Sweden Leffen
vs. United States of America Mango
vs. United States of America Wizzrobe
vs. United States of America Westballz
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Mew2King
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America SFAT
vs. United States of America La Luna
vs. United States of America La Luna
vs. United States of America MikeHaze
vs. United States of America Albert

Recent Notable Melee Wins[edit]

Wins over players ranked in SSBMRank 2017:

Rank 1 - Hungrybox
Rank 2 - Armada
Rank 3 - Mango
Rank 4 - Mew2King
Rank 6 - Leffen
Rank 7 - Axe
Rank 8 - Wizzrobe
Rank 9 - SFAT
Rank 10 - S2J
Rank 14 - Duck
Rank 16 - Swedish Delight
Rank 17 - Lucky
Rank 18 - Westballz
Rank 19 - La Luna
Rank 20 - n0ne
Rank 22 - Zain
Rank 23 - HugS
Rank 25 - MikeHaze
Rank 32 - Ryan Ford
Rank 39 - Amsah
Rank 49 - Ginger
Rank 53 - ARMY
Rank 56 - Abate
Rank 61 - Spark
Rank 83 - Jerry
Rank 91 - Kaeon
Rank 93 - Iceman
Rank 96 - moky

Melee Rankings[edit]

SSBMRank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
MPGR 2018 Summer 2
SSBMRank 2017 5
SSBMRank 2017 Summer 6
SSBMRank 2016 6
SSBMRank 2015 7
SSBMRank 2015 Summer 7
SSBMRank 2014 16
SSBMRank 2014 Summer 23
SSBMRank 2013 27

Central Florida Power Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
Winter 2016 - 2017 2
Fall 2016 1
Winter 2015 1

Combo Videos[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]