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[e][h]Sheik Fox Plup
Player Information
Name:
Justin McGrath
Country:
Team:
Approx. Total Winnings:
$74,425
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
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Main:
Greninja
Megaman
Secondaries:
Ridley
Links
Achievements
Melee
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 4th on MPGR 2018.

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]

Results[edit]

Melee[edit]

Recent Majors[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2019
2019-06-02E15 - 6thSmash 'N' Splash 5Sheik2 : 3SwedenFoxLeffen
2019-05-19I39 - 12thGet On My Level 2019Fox1 : 3CanadaFoxmoky
2019-02-03C13rdGENESIS 6Sheik2 : 3USAPikachuAxe
2018
2018-08-05C13rdEVO 2018Sheik0 : 3SwedenFoxArmada$1,353
2018-07-01B12ndCEO 2018FoxSheik3 : 2
0 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$880
2018-05-20B12ndGet On My Level 2018Fox2 : 3
1 : 3
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$697
2018-03-11B12ndEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,061
2018-01-21A11stGENESIS 5Fox0 : 3
3 : 2
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$6,125
2017
2017-10-01E15 - 6thGameTyrant Expo 2017Fox1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$1,200
2017-07-23A11stDreamHack Atlanta 2017Fox0 : 3
3 : 0
USAJigglypuffHungrybox$4,700
2017-07-16E15 - 6thEVO 2017Sheik0 : 2USAJigglypuffHungrybox$287
2017-04-30E15 - 6thDreamHack Austin 2017Sheik1 : 3USASheikMew2King$500
2017-04-16E15 - 6thCEO DreamlandLuigi2 : 3USASheikLuigiSwedish Delight$166
2017-01-22E15 - 6thGENESIS 4Sheik0 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$511
2016
2016-07-17C13rdEVO 2016Sheik1 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox$2,372
2016-06-26D14thCEO 2016SheikSamus1 : 3USAFoxSFAT$339
2016-03-19E15 - 6thBattle of the Five GodsSheikSamus1 : 3USAFoxMango$750
2016-01-17I39 - 12thGENESIS 3Sheik1 : 3USAFalcoMango$218
2015
2015-11-28C13rdDreamHack Winter 2015Sheik0 : 3SwedenPeachArmada$2,000
2015-11-15D14thEclipseSheikFoxSamus0 : 3USAPikachuAxe$789
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2019
2019-05-19D14thGet On My Level 2019PlupFoxUSA
WizzrobeCaptain FalconUSA
2 : 3USACaptain FalconS2J
USASheikShroomed
$44
2019-02-03C13rdGENESIS 6PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
1 : 3USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
2018
2018-07-01A11stCEO 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingMarthUSA
3 : 0USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAPeachmayb
$430
2018-05-20A11stGet On My Level 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 0GermanyFoxIce
USASheikSwedish Delight
$307
2018-03-11A11stEnthusiast Gaming Live Expo 2018PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 2USAFoxSFAT
USAMarthPewPewU
$284
2018-01-21A11stGENESIS 5PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingMarthSheikUSA
3 : 1USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USAIce ClimbersChuDat
$1,575
2017
2017-10-01C13rdGameTyrant Expo 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikMarthUSA
1 : 3SwedenSheikAndroid
SwedenPeachArmada
$130
2017-07-23A11stDreamHack Atlanta 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikUSA
3 : 0CanadaFoxRyan Ford
USAFoxColbol
2017-07-16C13rdGenesis FUSE Doubles Circuit FinalsPlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$325
2017-04-30B12ndDreamHack Austin 2017PlupFoxUSA
Mew2KingSheikFoxUSA
1 : 3
2 : 3
USAFoxSFAT
USAFoxFalcoMango
2017-04-16E15 - 6thCEO DreamlandPlupFoxSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
1 : 3USASheikSwedish Delight
USAFoxSlox
2017-01-22D14thGENESIS 4PlupFoxUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
SwedenSheikAndroid
$266
2016
2016-06-26B12ndCEO 2016PlupSheikUSA
AxePikachuUSA
2 : 3USAJigglypuffHungrybox
USASheikMew2King
$212
2016-01-17R725 - 32ndGENESIS 3PlupUSA
M00NShoezUSA
1 : 2USAAbate
USAVudujin
2015
2015-11-15A11stEclipsePlupSamusUSA
AxePikachuUSA
3 : 1SwedenFoxLeffen
GermanyFoxIce
$493
2015-09-19G17 - 8thHTC ThrowdownPlupUSA
WizzrobeUSA
0 : 2USAColbol
USADruggedfox
2015-06-28G17 - 8thCEO 2015PlupSheikUSA
DruggedfoxFalcoUSA
1 : 3USAFoxFalcoWestballz
USAPeachMacD
2015-02-01M313 - 16thApex 2015PlupUSA
ColbolUSA
0 : 2USAS0ft
USAFlow
2014
2014-06-29B12ndCEO 2014PlupSamusUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
0 : 3SwedenPeachArmada
USAFoxMew2King
2014-01-19C13rdApex 2014PlupSamusUSA
HungryboxJigglypuffUSA
1 : 3USAFoxMew2King
USAFoxHax
$176
All Results
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America Ginger
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Mango
vs. United States of America Wizzrobe
vs. Spain Trif
vs. Sweden Leffen
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America KJH
vs. Canada moky
vs. United States of America SFAT
vs. United States of America La Luna
vs. United States of America Chillindude
vs. United States of America Hungrybox
vs. United States of America Mango
vs. United States of America Zain
vs. United States of America S2J
vs. United States of America La Luna
vs. United States of America 42nd

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in MPGR 2018:

Rank 7 - Zain
Rank 8 - Wizzrobe
Rank 9 - aMSa
Rank 11 - S2J
Rank 25 - KJH
Rank 32 - La Luna
Rank 35 - Trif
Rank 40 - Ginger
Rank 49 - 2saint
Rank 68 - 42nd
Rank 75 - Darkatma
Rank 88 - Jakenshaken
Rank 95 - Iceman


Ultimate[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2019
2019-06-02S1581 - 96thSmash 'N' Splash 50 : 2USAMudomo
2019-05-19Q717 - 24thGet On My Level 2019Megaman1 : 3USAPichuVoiD
2019-04-28S3197 - 128thCome To Papa 3LUSANemesis
2019-04-21S3165 - 96thPound 20191 : 2USATension
2019-03-10M313 - 16thSmash Ultimate SummitGreninja0 : 3SwedenPokémon TrainerLeffen
2019-02-24S1549 - 64thFrostbite 2019Greninja1 : 3USAWolffalse
2019-02-03S1549 - 64thGENESIS 6Megaman2 : 3USAMarioZenyou
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2019
2019-02-24Q717 - 24thFrostbite 2019PlupMegamanUSA
Mew2KingLucinaUSA
0 : 2MexicoSamusJoker
MexicoYoshiMeme


Melee Rankings[edit]

SSBMRank[edit]

Ranking Series Rank
MPGR 2018 4
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]