Since you mentioned it @Fivec, I’d like to talk about the PotY concept for this year.
So first thing is there is a short list of names to be considered for that honor this year:
Of course there is @mysticjuicer as fivec mentioned. There is also @Fluffiness who won Sumer Smash and became the scourge of the EU. Also @Legion who took home a quite ridiculous win rate. I would be remiss to not also mention @flagrantangles who has been the bridesmaid quite a bit.
But I would pick MJ, and here is why -
Because he embodies the ideal that “hard work” can make you a better player.
If you look at the newly crafted ELO chart by @vengefulpickle there is a quite clear trend; all players immediately race to their skill tier and then spend the rest of their days bouncing around. Much of the skill in this game would appear to be innate. The only person who defies that thus far is Mystic Juicer.
I recall when I re-engaged with this game a few years ago I saw the presence of a name I’d not seen before, and what a presence it was. He was dedicated to Yomi, that much was certain. He had written a Rook guide, he was curating spreadsheets of player records, he was organizing tournaments. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very good. His analyses carried a lot of mistakes and he just didn’t win very often. So I assumed he’d found his skill tier just like everyone else had and that’s where he’d stay,
Except he didn’t. Time passed and he kept playing. He kept analyzing. He worked with new characters and found what clicked. His analyses were better, faster, more insightful. It didn’t happen overnight, or even within a year or two. But you can see that ELO line and it’s clear as day. He is now without a doubt a great player, and he proved that you can improve at this game with effort, as nobody else had really shown. And i have no doubt he can still improve even more, and I would be very surprised if he didn’t.
Juice, you are (and should be) an inspiration. If I was the one handing out trophies you’d get one my man.