Kevin Nanney

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Kevin Nanney
StatusOn hiatus
Born (1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 (age 28)
HometownRaleigh, North Carolina
Current teamEvil Geniuses
LeagueMajor League Gaming
Evolution Championship Series
GamesSuper Smash Bros. Melee
Project M
ChampionshipsApex 2014
Apex 2015
Nickname(s)PPMD, Dr. PeePee
Professional career
2014–presentEvil Geniuses

Kevin Nanney (born September 25, 1990), also known by his gamer tag of PPMD and formerly known as Dr. PeePee, is an American professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player who plays for Evil Geniuses. Although currently inactive due to health issues, Nanney is considered one of the dominant "Five Gods" of Melee, the others being Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, Joseph "Mango" Marquez, Adam "Armada" Lindgren, and Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma.[1] He is a two-time champion of Apex and was ranked in the top six in the world in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Nanney uses Falco and Marth and is known for his intelligent and patient playstyle.[2]

Gaming career[edit]

PPMD garnered attention in 2009 after placing higher than Mango at Revival of Melee 2 and finishing runner up to Hungrybox. Nanney won the tournament's next incarnation in 2010. He placed 5th at Apex 2012 after losing to eventual 4th place Javier "Javi" Ruiz. Next year at Apex 2013 he placed 2nd after losing to Armada in the Grand Finals. On July 16 Nanney became sponsored by Twitch streaming channel VGBootCamp.

In 2014, Nanney won Apex 2014, the second largest tournament at the time. In June Dr. Pee Pee won SKTAR 3 beating Mew2King in the finals and automatically qualifying for MLG Anaheim 2014. He finished 4th at MLG Anaheim despite being the favorite to win.[3] Nanney was invited to the Nintendo organized Super Smash Bros. Invitational at the E3 2014 to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, pre-release, and received the Fan-Favorite Award.[4]

In May 2014 he left VGBootCamp and became a member of Evil Geniuses as their first Super Smash Bros. player.[5][6][7] In 2015 PPMD became a repeat Apex champion when he beat Armada after Armada forced a bracket reset.[8][9] Nanney then placed 5th in doubles at Bad Moon Rising on March 14-15, 2015, with his good friend and former rival Adam "L0zR" Jones. Nanney and Jones performed very well as a team in doubles tournaments earlier in Melee's life. Nanney competed only in doubles, and not singles, at this event.[10] He placed third at EVO 2015, only his second singles tournament of the year. He was sent to losers in a rematch with Armada and then eliminated by Hungrybox in the Losers Final.[11] Nanney won Canada Cup 2015 on October 30-November 1, 2015, over notable Samus player James "Duck" Ma.[12] He placed 5th at Smash Summit on November 5–8, 2015. On January 15–17, 2016 he got 6th at GENESIS 3.[13]

Nanney trains an hour a day on average.[14] Nanney has cited one of the reasons for his success as a player due to his ability to outplay his opponents psychologically by forcing them to make bad decisions.[15] Nanney currently has no plans to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U competitively.[16]

At the Battle of the Five Gods tournament on March 17-19, 2016, Nanney won two sets and lost one in Group B of the Group Stage, qualifying for the Playoffs Group. There, Nanney won no sets and lost four, leading him to not qualify for the Finals Bracket, and finish in 10th place.[17] At this event, Nanney also participated in a recorded panel where the rest of the "Five Gods" besides Hungrybox, who was not available for the session, discussed their thoughts about each other. This panel was moderated by professional Super Smash Bros. commentator D'Ron "D1" Maingrette.[18]

Nanney announced he would not be attending EVO 2016 citing health issues as the reason for this decision.[19]

On July 1, 2017, Nanney participated in the doubles tournament at Bad Moon Rising 2, competing only in doubles and teaming up with Adam "L0zR" Jones once again. Nanney decided to enter this tournament to support his friend in Jones' decidedly final tournament appearance.[20] The duo eventually finished at 4th place in the tournament, including a remarkable come-from-behind victory over Team Liquid's team of Hungrybox and Hungrybox's coach, Luis "Crunch" Rosias, in the Losers Quarterfinal.[21] This doubles participation at Bad Moon Rising 2 was Nanney's first tournament entered in over a year, and it has been his last to date.

Personal life[edit]

Kevin Nanney was born in 1990.[22][23] Nanney struggled with depression over the years, which has limited his ability to travel to events and at times he has found motivation in the game difficult.[24][25] However, he is currently undergoing treatment. Nanney is a 2009 graduate of Crest High School in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.[26] He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.[6] PPMD currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. His younger brother Alex "Twitch" Nanney is also a competitive Smash player.[27]

Nanney has expressed interest in playing competitive Melee for a living.[28]

Nanney is commonly associated with the emote Kreygasm, after fellow Super Smash Bros. player Joseph "Mango" Marquez once welcomed him into his chat by saying "PPMD Kreygasm". Nanney also has his own version of the Kreygasm emote available as a subscriber-only emote on his Twitch channel, known as ppmdKreygasm, which involves Nanney personally making a Kreygasm-like expression.[29]

Nanney posted a video update on his Twitter page on December 18, 2017.[30] His next update to the public was not until December 27, 2018, in which he was interviewed by reputable Melee community leader Daniel "Tafokints" Lee.[31] Nanney then posted a new update on his Twitter page on January 18, 2019, in which he discusses his plan to return to streaming sometime between March and May of 2019.[32] In this update, Nanney also discusses his plans to return to competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee sometime during 2019, hopefully close to the time he returns to streaming.[33]

Notable tournament placements[edit]


Tournament [34] Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Revival of Melee 2 November 21–22, 2009 2nd 13th tag$
Pound 4 January 16–18, 2010 9th 3rd L0zR
Apex 2010 August 6–8, 2010 4th 5th everlasting yayuhzz
Revival of Melee 3 November 20–21, 2010 1st 3rd everlasting yayuhzz
Winter Game Fest VI January 22–24, 2011 1st 1st Mew2King
Pound V February 19–21, 2011 1st 4th L0zR
GENESIS 2 July 15–17, 2011 7th 2nd Mew2King
Revival of Melee 4 November 19–20, 2011 2nd 5th everlasting yayuhzz
Apex 2012 January 6–8, 2012 5th 3rd L0zR
Zenith 2012 May 26–27, 2012 1st 2nd everlasting yayuhzz
IMPULSE June 30 – July 1, 2012 2nd 1st Mang0
Smashers' Reunion: Melee Grande July 13–15, 2012 2nd 2nd Leffen
Kings of Cali November 10, 2012 1st 3rd Ken
Apex 2013 January 11–13, 2013 2nd 7th L0zR
Zenith 2013 June 1–2, 2013 4th 3rd Unknown522
EVO 2013 July 12–14, 2013 5th
The Big House 3 October 12–13, 2013 3rd 2nd Hax
Apex 2014 January 17–19, 2014 1st 9th Leffen
Civil War VI April 12–13, 2014 1st
SKTAR 3 May 31 – June 1, 2014 1st 2nd Mang0
MLG Anaheim 2014 June 20–22, 2014 4th
EVO 2014 July 11–13, 2014 4th
Apex 2015 January 30 – February 1, 2015 1st
Bad Moon Rising March 14-15, 2015 5th L0zR
EVO 2015 July 17–19, 2015 3rd
Canda Cup 2015 October 30-November 1, 2015 1st
Smash Summit November 5–8, 2015 5th 5th Plup
GENESIS 3 January 15–17, 2016 6th
Battle of the Five Gods March 17–19, 2016 10th
Bad Moon Rising 2 July 1, 2017 4th L0zR


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