What the hell is wrong with you guys?
This site either wanks Vista to death or downplays him to all hell.
"Maybe Tatch" and "Maybe Ace" aren't answers.
If Oda had intended for Ace or Thatch to be the strongest after Jozu, then he would have made it abundantly clear. Instead Thatch got murdered by Blackbeard offscreen and Ace then got captured by him.
Vista, on the other hand, has showings against Mihawk and Akainu. Saying that he "never managed to inflict the slightest wound on an opponent" is downright fallacious considering that Akainu expressed equal annoyance with Marco and Vista's assault.
This is the hierarchy of the WB Pirates:
•Thatch and the others
I don't know why this shit is so difficult to grasp.