Kevin Nanney

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PPMD
Kevin Nanney
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Status On hiatus
Born (1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 (age 27)
Hometown Raleigh, North Carolina
Current team Evil Geniuses
League Major League Gaming
Evolution Championship Series
Games Super Smash Bros. Melee
Project M
Championships Apex 2014
Apex 2015
Nickname(s) PPMD, Dr. PeePee
Professional career
2014–present Evil Geniuses
2013–2014 VGBootCamp

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] 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 loser's finals.[10] He placed 5th at Smash Summit on November 5–8, 2015. On January 15–17, 2016 he got 6th at GENESIS 3.[11]

Nanney trains an hour a day on average.[12] 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.[13] Nanney currently has no plans to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U competitively.[14]

Nanney announced he would not be attending EVO 2016 citing health issues as the reason for this decision.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Kevin Nanney was born in 1990.[17][18] 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.[19][20] However, he is currently undergoing treatment. Nanney is a 2009 graduate of Crest High School in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.[21] 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.[22]

Nanney has expressed interest in playing competitive Melee for a living.[23]

Nanney is commonly associated with the Twitch.tv emote Kreygasm, after fellow Super Smash Bros. player Joseph "Mango" Marquez once welcomed him into his Twitch.tv chat by saying "PPMD Kreygasm".

Notable tournament placements[edit]

Melee[edit]

Tournament [24] 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 LoZR
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 LoZR
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 LoZr
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 LoZR
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
EVO 2015 July 17–19, 2015 3rd
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Cribari (2014-07-10). "Who Will Be Crowned Greatest Smash Player Alive at EVO 2014? "5 Gods" vs "3 Underdogs"". Nintendo Enthusiast. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Ultimate SSBM rank". 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  3. ^ Jared Wynne (2014-06-23). "'Super Smash Bros.' triumphantly returns to the MLG stage". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ Jonathon Dornbush (2014-06-10). "Nintendo holds first Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 2014". Polygon. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  5. ^ Julius Vissing (2014-05-09). "Kevin "PPMD" Nanney Chosen to Lead Evil Geniuses' New Super Smash Bros. Division". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  6. ^ a b "PPMD Biography". Evil Geniuses. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ian J. Barker (2014-06-19). "With MLG Anaheim, the resurgence of competitive 'Smash Bros.' is in full swing". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  8. ^ "apex-series-2015-final-results-and-prize-money-for-super-smash-bros-event". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  9. ^ Zamora, Alonso (February 2, 2015). "PPMD se corona campeón del Apex 2015 en Super Smash Bros. Melee". LevelUp. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Womack, Barrett (July 20, 2015). "Melee at Evo 2015: Armada Is the Champion". Red Bull Esports. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The battle in and out – Kevin". 
  12. ^ Kevin, Nanney. "What's up guys! EG | PPMD here. Winner of Apex and player of bird dude and sword guy. Ask me anything!". Reddit. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Nanney, Kevin. "What's up guys! EG | PPMD here. Winner of Apex and player of bird dude and sword guy. Ask me anything!". Reddit. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Nanney, Kevin. "What's up guys! EG | PPMD here. Winner of Apex and player of bird dude and sword guy. Ask me anything!". Reddit. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Dozsa, Preston. "PPMD will not attend EVO 2016 due to health issues". The Score eSports. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  16. ^ http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/19720208/kevin-ppmd-nanney-return-super-smash-bros-melee-doubles
  17. ^ "PPMD". Team Liquid. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kevin "PPMD" Nanney – Smash Player Profile :: e-Sports Earnings". 
  19. ^ Rod Breslau (2014-01-23). "Apex 2014 Smash Melee Champion PPMD: "Melee is a journey that's tied to myself"". onGamers. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  20. ^ "Evil Geniuses – News – Where I Have Been and Where I am Going". 
  21. ^ "Shelby Star". June 9, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  22. ^ Womack, Barrett (April 22, 2015). "Friendlies: PPMD, the Good Doctor". Red Bull Esports. Retrieved August 15, 2015. 
  23. ^ Kevin Nanney (February 6, 2015). Apex 2015 – EG | PPMD Interview: "I'm thinking of speedrunning Super Mario 64.". Event occurs at 6min 30sec. Retrieved February 8, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Melee". SmashBoards. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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