I changed from Peach to Jigglypuff exactly 7 months ago on the 10th November 2016. I did a video update about it which I’ll post below.
I started playing Melee in April 2015 which means I’ve been playing Melee for 26 months.
Peach – 19 months – 73% of play time
Puff – 7 months – 27% of play time.
I thought it would be a good time to do an update of how far I’ve come since changing to Puff.
Starting Out as Puff
Here’s the result of a tournament on the 6th December 2017 where I went 0-4, coming last in both Pro bracket and Amateur bracket.
Shortly after this tournament on the 13th December 2016 my ELO hit rock bottom at 862. This is almost half of the ELO compared to my high of 1,909 in September 2016 and well below where I was hovering at the time around 1,500-1,600 ELO.
It was even lower than my previous low of 897 back on the 19th January 2016.
So I basically lost 10 months of progress in on foul swoop.
This was super disheartening at the time but I was able to continue with Puff even though I was losing a lot of matches I would have won if I had stayed Peach.
Amateur Bracket After Amateur Bracket
Since my low in November I continually worked to improve my Puff and despite continually being in Amateur bracket I wasn’t coming last anymore.
In January I came 3rd in the Amateur bracket at a monthly and on the 31st January I won my first ever Amateur bracket at Downsmash beating LOM, LS300 and Dr_Jim.
I had my first upset at Griffith Monthly in Feb 2017 beating Darkfire to make it out of pools, but the glory was short lived as I went 0-2 in bracket and continually ended up in Amateur bracket at future monthlies and weeklies.
BAM9 – Melbourne
In May 2017 we went down to BAM9 to compete and I went 2-2 coming 97th/210 which I was happy with but it wasn’t a stellar performance by any stretch of the imagination.
My Best Results
My best results have come recently:
I came 13th/35 at a Brisbane weekly on 29th June 2017. This means I didn’t make it into the Amateur bracket which I was very happy about.
And even though I didn’t make it through pools at the Qld Major on the 1st July 2017 I was able to come 1st/19 winning the Amateur bracket the following day.
As Good as Peach?
My ELO is finally over the 1,500 mark which is similar to the ELO I had when I was a Peach main.
Time will yet tell whether or not I stay at this level or if more work is needed.
Overall it’s really hard to tell because in the last 7 months a lot of the mid-level players in my region have gotten so much better so the competition is now a lot harder than it was when I used to play Peach back in 2016.
I’ve Come A Long Way
Whether or not my Puff is better than my Peach was is something that is subjective and I’ll never really know the answer too it.
But I can see that I’ve come a long way in the last 7 months. From coming last in Amateur bracket to winning the largest Amateur bracket this year and now consistently taking sets of the low-mid level players and even having a small chance against players better than me.
It’s an exciting time for my Puff and I’ll be looking to take some names and move my way up the ranks in over the coming months.
The Next 6-12 Months
I haven’t really thought about my goals for the next 6-12 months until I am writing this right now.
My immediate goal is to be ranked in the Top 100 in Australia in terms of ELO. I am current 107th so I am really close to that.
6 Month Goal
My goal for the next 6 months is to be in the top 20 in Queensland. This means I will need to be at a similar skill level to Brad, XP2000, Scared, Booerns, Entice etc
This is no easy feat but with continual practice and improvement I think it’s achievable.
12 Month Goal
I think for a 12 month goal I’m going to be super ambitious. I want to aim to be top 10 in Queenland in ELO and be on the Winter PR list.
While this goal is unlikely to be achieved with some super strong players to consistently beat to even be considered I’m definitely going to aim for it regardless.
I’ve spent a lot of time comparing my Puff to my Peach over the last 7 months and felt like the entire time I’ve been playing catchup (which I have).
I now feel that my Puff has got to a level where the comparison isn’t worth doing anymore. My peach is now worse than my Puff due to rustiness and even though I brought her out at BAM9 for a couple a games this is unlikely to happen again in the future as my Puff continues to get better.
I’m excited for the next 6-12 months to see how much I can improve. I hope to get good enough to be able to go over to the states and have fun competing over there as well as start to go even with and potentially even start beating my mates.