Steelhead

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Steelhead
Full Name Phil Denzmore, Jr.
Country USA
Main Icon-Max Brass.png Max Brass

Steelhead (often shortened to Steel) is an American ARMS player from St. Louis, Missouri. He is one of the founders of the community's first major forum, ARMS Central, and is considered the current #1 Max Brass player in the world.

Steelhead first discovered ARMS upon its initial announcement on January 12th, 2017. With excitement for the new game, he and fellow Smash Bros. player Guts created a Discord server for ARMS. Despite initially being created for comedic or ironic purposes, the server grew to a large size and eventually outclassed many other ARMS Discords. After gaining some help from the Pokken community for moderation, as well as partnering with the r/ARMS Discord Server, the server was renamed ARMS Central. This server's goal was to be a hub for most, if not all, other ARMS communities while also being a community itself. To this day, ARMS Central is still utilized by many players and community members.

Throughout 2017, after ARMS' release, Steelhead helped create and foster a competitive offline ARMS scene for the local St. Louis area. Being considered one of the strongest local scenes for the game, if not the strongest overall, their events culminated with Smash Out Hunger 2017 in December of 2017 which ascended in status from a local to a fully-fledged ARMS major. Under the Neopunch team, Steelhead demonstrated his skills and took 1st place at the event, winning over numerous top players in St. Louis, including HanukkahJamboree, N-Man, and Luna-Gabs. Shortly after this win, he parted ways with Neopunch.

On February 4th, 2018, Steelhead formally announced that he was leaving the ARMS community as the game was bringing out the worst in his emotions. Upon reflection at a later time, he realized that he often engaged in arguments or drama with other players which didn't promote a positive environment. Steelhead still occasionally went to locals and supported the community throughout his retirement, even running a small tournament known as "The Steel Trap" in August of 2019, but did not fully return to the community until early March of 2020, just before the announcement of an ARMS character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. After coming back from hiatus, he continued to show his prowess by placing high in numerous online majors including Bamboo Battles: Hibernation Arc and Quarantined Rapport 2.

Throughout Steelhead's ARMS career, he has displayed that he is one of the best players in North America. He has placed #1 on the St. Louis ARMS Power Ranking numerous times, as well as earning a #0 spot during his time off. He has also become the most prominent and proficient Max Brass user in the world, with Pega retiring from the game and Serp being less active than he once was. Over his ARMS journey, Steelhead has also been a part of numerous well known eSports organizations including Empire Arcadia, BreakThough eSports, and Milky Way eSports. Once Milky Way eSports disbanded, Steelhead preferred to remain unaffiliated as he found being on a team to be unnecessary for ARMS. Despite being essentially retired for a decent fraction of ARMS' life, Steelhead has remained a prominent member of the community and one of its best players, being considered by many to be in the top 5 best players in North America.

Playstyle[edit]

Steelhead leans more on the defensive side than most Max Brass players. His style utilizes Brass' permacharge to keep heavy pressure from a considerable distance. He tends to stick to Brass' default ARMS, especially the Nade, but as time passed he began to embrace customs, using ARMS like the Chakram, Hydra, and Toaster more frequently. His style will change drastically depending on the opponent between the defensive zoning he was previously known for and a more aggressive bait-and-punish style.

Steelhead has also been known to play Springtron on occasion, with some considering him to be the best Springtron player in the world. This is partially due to the overall lack of Springtron players.

Results[edit]

Tournament Date Location Placement Tournament Type
2GGP: ARMS Circuit 1 August 6th, 2017 Online 9th Online
Brothers in ARMS 3 September 17th, 2017 Online 1st Online
2GGP: ARMS Circuit 2 September 24th, 2017 Online 3rd Online
Smash Out Hunger 2017 December 2nd, 2017 St. Louis, MO 1st Major
G7 ARMS Online January 13th, 2018 Online 3rd Online
Midwest Mayhem 12 November 3rd, 2018 Northlake, IL 3rd Regional
Smash Out 2018 December 15th, 2018 St. Louis, MO 9th Major
Midwest Mayhem Ultimate December 29th, 2018 Northlake, IL 2nd Regional
2GG: Heart of Battle February 9th, 2019 Norwalk, CA 4th Regional
Pressure 2 July 20th, 2019 Mentor, OH 4th Regional
ARMS of Smash March 29th, 2020 Online 4th Online
Bamboo Battles: Hibernation Arc April 5th, 2020 Online 7th Online
Polaris Punchout April 18th, 2020 Online 17th Online
ARMS Comeback Series #1 June 5, 2020 Online 4th Online
Quarantined Rapport 2 June 14, 2020 Online 3rd Online

Trivia[edit]

  • Steelhead's tag just simply came to him one day. After creating it, he realized just how fitting it was with how he uses Max Brass' silver alt and his favorite Street Fighter character, Q, just so happens to have a metal mask that covers his whole head.
  • Besides ARMS, Steelhead's favorite games are Xenoblade Chronicles X and The Wonderful 101.
  • Steelhead's highest placement on the Global Dashboard is #7.

Social Media[edit]

Twitter account

Gameplay Videos[edit]

Heart of Battle - Flo | Mileve (Mechanica) VS Steelhead (Max Brass) - ARMS - Losers Quarters
Heart of Battle - Steelhead (Max Brass, Springtron) VS AstroNinja0 (Dr. Coyle) - ARMS - Losers Semis
CotE #25 - Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. Dartremix (Dr. Coyle) - Winners Side - ARMS
CotE #25 - Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. C2F | SlosherWailord (Ninjara, Max Brass) - Losers Side - ARMS
CotE #27 - Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. FlorThamma (Springman) - Losers Finals - ARMS
CotE #27 - Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. IluZ | TwinedFive0 (Lola Pop) - Grand Finals - ARMS
Smash Out 2018 - Pools Match - Glitch vs Steelhead
Smash Out 2018 - Pools Match - IluZ | Asqew vs Steelhead
Smash Out 2018 - Loser's Top 8 Qualifier - IluZ | Dendy vs Steelhead
Midwest Mayhem Ultimate - Arms - Losers Final's - IluZ | Asqew vs. Steelhead
Midwest Mayhem Ultimate - Arms - Grand Final's - Dastardly vs. Steelhead (L)
WFGC Monthly 11/10/2018: Loser's Semi's - MWe | Steelhead Vs. MWB | Stylo Ren
WFGC Monthly 11/10/2018: Winners Round 1 - MWe | Steelhead Vs. Jaroh
G7 Top 8 - AotN | Serperiorfan vs EMP | Steelhead (Winner Semi Finals)
Thursday Night Fights 4 - WH | Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. LunaGabs (Min Min) LR3
Webster Bi-Weekly #2 - Steelhead (Max Brass) vs. LunaGabs (MinMin) WR2
Midwest Mayhem 12 - Arms - Winner's Finals - MWe | Steelhead Vs. IluZ | Asqew
Midwest Mayhem 12 - Arms - Loser's Finals - MWe | Steelhead Vs. Flo | HanukkahJamboree
Brothers in ARMS 3 | Top 8 Semi Final | Magnet vs Steelhead
Brothers in ARMS 3 | Top 8 Final | Steelhead vs M3OW
Brothers in ARMS 3 | Grand Final | Magnet vs Steelhead