ProtoBanham

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[e][h]Lucina Min Min ProtoBanham
ProtoBanham (with Light) at Smash Ultimate Summit 4 in March 2022
Player Information
Romanized Name:
Naoto Tsuji
Country:
Years Active:
2017 - Present
Approx. Total Winnings:
$1,707
Alternate IDs:
プロトバナム
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Current Mains:
Cloud
Secondaries:
Lucina
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Current Mains:
Lucina
Min Min
Links
Achievements
Ultimate
Kagaribi#4 Seibugeki #8 MaesumaTOP#6 Double Down 2022
History
2021-01-05 — 2022-01-16
2022-01-16 — 2022-07-07
2022-07-10 — Present

Naoto "ProtoBanham" Tsuji is an Ultimate Lucina and Min Min main from Chiba, Japan. He is currently ranked 0th in the PGRU PGRUv3 JP Power Rankings, and is largely regarded as the best Lucina and Min Min player in the world, as well as one of the best players from Japan.

Biography[edit]

A Wii U Cloud main with a strong Lucina secondary, he came to prominence as a Lucina main in Ultimate, frequently reaching Top 8 at Japanese majors (including a 2nd place at Umebura Japan Major 2019), while placing 5th at EVO 2019; he was ranked in the top 25 players worldwide in the first two editions of the PGRU.

Although barely active while the COVID-19 pandemic forced a full switch to online competition, ProtoBanham met a significant boost in results when offline competition resumed, having adopted the recently-released Min Min as a second main, and achieved his first three major wins back-to-back (Kagaribi#4, Seibugeki #8 and MaesumaTOP #5) between June and October 2021 in Japan, before taking 7th place at the Smash World Tour 2021 Championship. The following year, he ended MkLeo's nearly three-year long Grand Finals streak by eliminating him at Smash Ultimate Summit 4 (ultimately placing 3rd), and won his first North American major in July at Double Down 2022, where he double-eliminated MkLeo.

ProtoBanham joined VrilliantOwlX on January 5, 2021.[1] On January 16, 2022, VrilliantOwlX rebranded to Team Vrilliant.[2] Team Vrilliant's Smash division disbanded on July 7, 2022.[3] He joined Crazy Raccoon on July 10th, 2022.[4]

Results[edit]

Ultimate[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2022
2022-07-31E15 - 6thKagaribi#8LucinaMin Min0 : 3JapanMeta KnightAbadango
2022-07-25E15 - 6thWINNER! #140 : 2JapanLy
2022-07-10A11stDouble Down 2022Min MinLucina2 : 3
3 : 1
MexicoR.O.B.MkLeo
2022-07-02A11stSeibugeki #11LucinaMin Min2 : 3
3 : 1
JapanToon LinkSigma
2022-06-18I39 - 12thWAVE #11 : 2JapanAbadango
2022-06-12G17 - 8thMaesumaTOP#8Min MinLucina1 : 3JapanDiddy KongEtsuji
2022-05-30E15 - 6thWINNER! #11Lucina0 : 2JapanMeta KnightAbadango
2022-05-05M313 - 16thKagaribi#7Lucina2 : 3JapanShulkKome
2022-05-01Q717 - 24thMaesumaTOP#7Lucina1 : 2JapanBowserHero
2022-03-06C13rdSmash Ultimate Summit 4LucinaMin Min0 : 3United StatesFoxLight
2022-01-09I39 - 12thKagaribi#6Lucina0 : 3JapanSheikzackray
2021
2021-12-19G17 - 8thSmash World Tour 2021Min MinLucina2 : 3United StatesRosalinaDabuz$1,000
2021-12-11A11stEastern Powerhouse Invitational 2LucinaMin Min0 : 3
3 : 1
JapanPac-ManTea
2021-12-06B12ndWINNER! #6Lucina2 : 1
0 : 2
JapanPyra and MythraShuton
2021-11-29R725 - 32ndWINNER! #5DQJapanAkasa
2021-11-28A11stSWT 2021 East Asia Regional FinalsLucinaMin Min1 : 3
3 : 0
JapanSonicKEN
2021-11-21B12ndMjolner #1Lucina3 : 2
1 : 3
JapanSonicKEN
2021-10-31E15 - 6thKagaribi#5LucinaMin Min1 : 3JapanOlimarShuton
2021-10-23A11stMaesumaTOP#6Min MinLucina3 : 2
3 : 1
JapanPokémon TrainerWolfAtelier
2021-10-17C13rdDAWN #1Min Min1 : 3JapanHeroAkakikusu
All Results
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2019
2019-12-08M313 - 16th2GG: Kongo SagaProtoBanhamJapan
RaitoJapan
1 : 2United StatesCyro
United StatesMr. E
All Results
vs. Japan Abadango
vs. Japan Umeki
vs. Japan Eim
vs. Japan Shirayuki
vs. Mexico MkLeo
vs. Mexico MkLeo
vs. Japan KEN
vs. United States Jake
vs. United States Ned
vs. United Kingdom Bloom4Eva
vs.  TheZek
vs. Japan Abadango
vs. Japan Kome
vs. United States Light
vs. Mexico MkLeo
vs. United States Tweek
vs. United States BassMage
vs. United States Dabuz
vs. United States NAKAT
vs. United States Tweek

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in OrionRank Ultimate: Mid Year 2022:

Rank 1 - MkLeo
Rank 7 - Dabuz
Rank 11 - Tweek
Rank 20 - KEN
Rank 24 - Goblin
Rank 25 - Asimo
Rank 30 - Ned
Rank 33 - Fatality
Rank 35 - Jake
Rank 43 - BassMage
Rank 50 - Bloom4Eva
Rank 84 - Rizeasu
Rank 88 - Shirayuki
Rank 91 - Tsubotsubo
Rank 108 - Yamanaction
Rank 114 - Toura
Rank 116 - Eim
Rank 118 - ZAKI
Rank 123 - Sigma
Rank 130 - Nao

Wii U[edit]

DatePlaceEventResultPrize
2018
2018-05-12S3165 - 96thUmebura 320 : 2JapanKuro
2017
2017-11-18I39 - 12thUmebura 301 : 2JapanKEN
DatePlaceEventPartnerResultPrize
2017
2017-12-24E15 - 6thUmebura T.A.T.ProtoBanhamJapan
LakiJapan
0 : 2JapanKEN
JapanTsu

Recent Notable Wins

Wins over players ranked in PGR v3:

Rank 32 - T
Rank 43 - Nietono

Rankings[edit]

Ultimate[edit]

PGRU[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
PGRUv3 JPX
Fall 201919
Spring 201923

Japan[edit]

Ranking SeriesRank
2019 Second Half10
2019 First Half5

References[edit]