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[e][h]Sheik Fox Plup
Player Information
Justin McGrath
Approx. Total Winnings:
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Sheik Sheik, Fox Fox
Samus Samus, Luigi Luigi
Project M
Samus Samus
Meta Knight Meta Knight, Sheik Sheik
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Rosallina & Luma Rosalina & Luma
DreamHack Atlanta 2017 GENESIS 5
2015-06-30 — Present

Justin "Plup" McGrath is a Sheik and Fox player from Central Florida currently playing for Panda Global, ranked 5th on SSBMRank 2017.


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.

Recent Major Results[edit]

2018-05-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 6SheikFox0 : 3SwedenFoxArmada$990
2018-04-07B12ndNoods Noods Noods: Oakland EditionFox1 : 3
1 : 3
2018-03-11B12ndEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,140
2018-01-21A11stGENESIS 5Fox0 : 3
3 : 2
2017-11-05E15 - 6thSmash Summit 5Sheik1 : 3USAFoxMango$3,769
2017-10-08B12ndThe Big House 7Fox1 : 3
1 : 3
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
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
2017-01-22E15 - 6thGENESIS 4Sheik0 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$511
2016-11-06E15 - 6thSmash Summit 3Sheik1 : 3USAFoxMango$972
2016-10-09Q717 - 24thThe Big House 6Fox2 : 3USASheikShroomed
2016-08-28G17 - 8thShine 2016Fox2 : 3USAFalcoMango$306
2016-07-17C13rdEVO 2016Sheik1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$2,372
All Results
Date Place Event Partner Result Prize
2018-05-06 A33rd Smash Summit 6 PlupFoxUSA
0 : 3 SwedenFoxArmada
2017-10-08 A55 - 6th The Big House 7 PlupFoxUSA
2 : 3 USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersChuDat
2017-08-27 A44th Shine 2017 PlupFoxUSA
Swedish DelightSheikUSA
1 : 3 SwedenFoxLeffen
2016-01-17 B725 - 32nd GENESIS 3 PlupUSA
1 : 2 USAAbate
2015-10-04 A57 - 8th The Big House 5 PlupSheikUSA
1 : 3 USAPeachBladewise
2015-09-19 A57 - 8th HTC Throwdown PlupUSA
0 : 2 USAColbol
2015-01-18 A11st Paragon 2015 PlupSamusUSA
3 : 2 USASheikShroomed
2014-10-05 A22nd The Big House 4 PlupSamusUSA
0 : 3 USAFoxJigglypuffMew2King
2014-06-29 A22nd CEO 2014 PlupSamusUSA
0 : 3 SwedenPeachArmada
All Results

Melee Rankings[edit]

Melee Rankings[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
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]