While development ended almost two years, the competitive Project M scene shows no sign of stopping. The meta is starting to reach a place of equilibrium, now is a good a time as any for the Project M backroom to release a new tier list. There are still characters who have the potential to rise up — one only needs to look at the success of ThundeRzReiGN and his DK — but the top tiers of PM have more or less been decided.
As a result, this tier list is less of a definitive “these are the best characters now and forever”, and more of a symbol of the current Project M meta. Things will change and expect 2018’s list to have its own quirks and changes. In the abstract accompanying the tier list release, the PMBR notes factors like Falco’s fall down the tier list and the rise of DK, along with other points of contention among the panelists. You can read these full thoughts over on the Smashboards post, as well as see the full list of panelists. The tier list is as follows:
In comparison to last year’s list, ROB has fallen 20 places from A Tier to C Tier, while characters like the Ice Climbers and Sonic have seen a huge leap up. Meta Knight and Wolf have successfully booted Fox and Diddy from S Tier, while Bowser and Kirby still languish in the depths of bottom tier.
If you’re interested in learning more about Project M and its tumultuous history, keep your eyes out for Rewrite: The Project M documentary which is scheduled for release in 2018.