A power ranking is a list of the best players for a given game and region on a specific time period. Power rankings are often quarterly, bi-annual or annual. Some are more frequent, but very rarely are they published more than once a month.
Two main uses of having a power ranking are:
- to account for changes in the level of top players inside a region, and show recognition for improving players;
- to help tournament organizers seed players at the level to which they belong, especially on national and international tournaments where they might not know all major players.
Common methodologies include:
- having a discussion panel, often including both top players and tournament organizers, creating a list of the best eligible players (eg. UK Power Rankings)
- gathering votes from a panel, leading up to a scoreboard (eg. SSBM Rank, France Power Rankings, Vienna Power Rankings)
- using an automated algorithm to create a scoreboard (eg. SmashRanking.EU)
In most cases, a power ranking includes at least one of the following formats:
- A written and numbered or tiered list
- A recap image of the ranking
- Written snippets about players who made the list
- A combo video of all players on the list