Put simply, the best current SA player is still Ava. Time and time again, he has proven that he can still beat the best of today’s active players. He is the current King of Sticks for 1v1 and 2v2 from the King of Sticks Tournaments, only losing 1 game in both Invitationals tournaments combined from Season 1. You could argue that this was over 1 month ago, but I honestly think he will dominate if he played in a tournament right now as well; not much has changed.
The truth is, the number of active pros grinding to be the best has been slowly diminishing as the years have gone by; right now, we are at an all-time low. Even worse than the dwindling number of pros is the lack of distinct groups (clans) to space out the pros. It’s just a lackluster one-track free-for-all race to rise to the top on your own, and this really has no competitive juice in my opinion. Some of the pros who still do play are just as good if not better than pros in years past, but when you combine the fact that it’s just not interesting anymore with the fact that no one has proven themselves capable of stopping Ava when he decides to just hop back on and play, the question of “Who is the best current SA player?” really becomes almost meaningless.
This is not to excuse myself from trying to be the best or anything. I’ve played this game for many years with the main goal of becoming as great as possible, if not rise to the top of the game. I’m just being honest about what the competitive situation is like now. We still have tournaments, but it’s really just not the same.
You want to answer “Who is the best current SA player?” We shall have to wait until there is one person who can come out and consistently prove themselves time and time again to dominate over others in important situations, like tournaments, wars, or otherwise “serious” battles (and beat Ava, and Sin perhaps, hopefully). But I don’t see anyone making that clear-cut effort, or anyone with that mindset to take over. Don’t look at me; I’m busy and I’ve got stuff to do, I can’t grind on this game like I used to.