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New Smash Bros fighter Hero is already getting banned from tournaments

Published: 15/Aug/2019 20:15 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 20:51

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Bros Ultimate’s newest fighter Hero has officially been banned in South Australia due to the character being “anti-competitive.”

Ever since his release, there has been a lot of controversy regarding the Dragon Quest character’s moves and random nature of his kit. 

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While luck does work both ways, the fact that the fighter’s success is heavily centered around RNG has been met with skepticism, especially from those who consider competitive integrity to be the utmost importance.

NintendoSome of Hero’s abilities have an element of luck.

However, not all agree with the ban. Smash icon Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios recently made a video about the fighter drama and remarked that the “ban hero” movement was a “tremendous knee-jerk reaction”.

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Despite this, South Australia Smash Central, the main network for the scene down under, decided to ban Hero. The announcement was made via a Twitlonger post on August 14.

“After deliberation and plenty of discussion we have concluded that Hero’s design as a character is fundamentally dependant on randomness to the point that it is not reasonable in a competitive environment,” South Australia Smash Central declared.

“RNG permeates every element of Hero’s design, from spell selection to random critical hits and hocus pocus effects. While randomness has to varying degrees always been present in competitive games and other Smash games, Hero is so dependent on randomness that it cannot be ‘played around’ or accounted for in competitive play. The argument is similar to the reason why items are banned in competitive play.” 

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NintendoHero is currently ‘broken’ in Ultimate.

In organized Smash Bros tournaments, stage hazards, items and final smashes are all disabled in an attempt to limit randomness. That does not mean that unexpected situations can still occur, but SASC addressed those as well.

“Additionally, even other random effects in the game, such as G&W’s Hammer or Peach’s turnips, still require the player to connect with the move. Although it is not a central issue, many of Hero’s random tools, such as magic burst edgeguards, unblockable kamikazees or psych up critical shield breaks are frequently unavoidable and decide whole stocks.” 

“We want to emphasise that this ban is not because hero is too strong, but because he is anti-competitive. We believe that tournaments are meant to provide an opportunity for players to demonstrate their skill and that, as a general rule, the player who plays more skilfully should emerge victorious,” they added. 

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The ban, however, could be lifted in the future. In a follow-up tweet, the Australian account said that Hero’s barring is indefinite and could change in the event of a patch. “Will the game get patched?  Will other scenes follow suit? We’ll look at Hero’s results in a month or two and decide again.” 

Only time will tell if more scenes side with the ban and agree to ban Hero. In any case, it’s yet another chapter in history book of controversy in the Smash Bros community. 

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CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.

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Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 

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Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”

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As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”

 

While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.

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It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.

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