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Japanese Smash Ultimate pro says Hero’s language barrier may have cost him

Published: 23/Sep/2019 16:58 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 8:49

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Bros Ultimate games are often decided by a competitor having a better grasp of matchups than their opponent, but, as one Japanese Smash Bros pro discovered at a recent Major tournament, Hero is making things difficult for players who don’t understand English language.

Following on from his defeat to Saleem ‘Salem’ Akiel Young, Ishiguro ‘Raito’ Tetsuya argued that his inability to read Hero’s moves cost him the game. Ever since the Dragon Quest character made his debut in Ultimate in July 2019, he has become one of the most polarizing fighters in the game. 


The fact that some of his moves randomly result in an RPG-style critical hit. is enough to rile players, but the English language text box the drops down with his down+b special is also proving controversial.

NintendoBeing able to read Hero’s command menu is a big part of his playstyle.

This special pulls up a text dialogue box with four random spells that can be selected, including the incredibly powerful Snooze and Thwack. Both of these moves can result in a guaranteed KO if they land. 


This can be a big problem for players who don’t know how to read English. A player with a grasp of the language could read the menu and would be able to react quicker than someone who doesn’t – and in Smash Bros, these split-second decisions can prove crucial. 

Salem, who had already caused controversy at the event by refusing to shake Melee God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren’s hand following a victory, decided to play Hero against Raito’s Duck Hunt and Banjo & Kazooie.

At the top 16 stage, the Hero specialist took out Raito in a clean 3-0 win. After the match, the Japanese pro took to Twitter where he appeared to blame his inability to read English for the defeat.


“I don’t think it’s unfair at all about Hero language issues,” Raito said on Twitter. “English is a universal language, and I was bad because I didn’t study properly.”

For his part, Salem says that he didn’t even take English into account when deciding to play Hero.

“I wasn’t even thinking about all this,” he said. “But I know Hero is extremely strong vs camping characters.”


There has been a lot of discussion over Hero’s legality in tournaments due to the emphasis on RNG and the fact that it forces Japanese players to learn English for the matchup. 

Hero was banning not only Hero, but all future DLC characters from all upcoming Smash Bros Ultimate competitive tournaments. 


How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos


The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.


With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.


As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.


FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.


FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.


FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson